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IBPS SO 2018: Exam Dates, Pattern, Syllabus, Notification, Eligibility, Preparation

The competitive exam comprises two successive exams; IBPS SO-Pre & IBPS SO-Mains. After clearing these two tests, the candidate will move to the interview for the final selection.

Content :

Exam dates

Eligibility

Application Fee

Selection

Exam Pattern

Syllabus

Previous Years Cut off

Participating Banks

IBPS SO Notification 2018 :

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Announced Yearly Exam Calendar. Generally, the first IBPS notification is IBPS PO, IBPS RRB Assistant & Officer, IBPS Clerk, and IBPS SO, IBPS has announced official notification of  IBPS SO. According to IBPS Calender, The Online Registration for IBPS SO is from 06 November to 26 November 2018. IBPS has introduced approx 1599 vacancies for IBPS SO 2018 Exam. The candidates eligible and interested can register themselves online for the said post on the official IBPS website.www.ibps.in.

Total no. of Vacancies - 1599

Sr. NoPOSTSNo Of Vacancies
01I.T. Officer (Scale-I)219
02Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)853
03Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)69
04Law Officer (Scale I)75
05HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)81
06Marketing Officer (Scale I)302

IBPS SO 2018 Important dates:

EventsTentative Dates
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates06.11.2018- 26.11.2018
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online)06.11.2018- 26.11.2018
Download of call letters for Online examination – PreliminaryDecember 2018
Online Examination – Preliminary29.12.2018 and 30.12.2018
Online Examination – Main27.01.2019
Conduct of interviewFebruary 2019
Provisional AllotmentApril 2019

 IBPS SO 2018 Eligibility Criteria :

All candidates must check their eligibility before applying for the post that they are eligible for the post or not. Eligibility Criteria of SO Exam covers participant education qualification, age criteria, etc. Qualification standard different for every post checks it.

For IT Officer (Scale I) :- Candidate must have completed 4 year Engineering Degree in Computer Science / Computer Applications/ Information Technology / Electronics / Electronics & Telecommunications / Electronics & Communication / Electronics & Instrumentation OR  Post Graduate Degree in Electronics / Electronics & Tele Communication / Electronics & Communication / Electronics & Instrumentation / Computer Science / Information Technolog y/ Computer Applications OR Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level.

For Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I): Candidate must have completed 4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture / Horticulture /Animal Husbandry / Veterinary Science / Dairy Science / Agriculture Engineering / Fishery Science/ Pisciculture / Agri Marketing & Cooperation / Co-operation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry.

For Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I): Candidates must have Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level OR Post graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.

For Law Officer (Scale I): A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.

For HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I): Graduate and Regular Post Graduate degree or Regular Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR/HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law.

For Marketing Officer (Scale I): Graduate and Full-time MBA (Marketing) / Full time two years PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing.

IBPS SO 2018 Application Fee:

Application Fees – General / OBC candidates required to pay Rs. 600/- as application fees and (Sc/ST/PWD) candidates are required to pay Rs. 100/- as fees.

IBPS SO 2018 Age Eligibility:

Candidates applying for the IBPS SO examination should be of 20 years old but not more than 30 years old at the time of registration. Besides this, there is age relaxation relevant to category wise candidates as per the government rules:

Category
Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)
5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer)
3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
10 years
Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel)
5 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu & Kashmir
during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989
5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots
5 years

IBPS SO 2018 Selection Process :

1. IBPS SO Preliminary Exam

2. IBPS SO Mains Exam

3. Interview

The candidate gets selected for the Mains examination after clearing the Preliminary test. After securing the marks equal to or more than the cut-off marks in Mains, he/she will be called for an interview. Then the merit list is produced on the basis of aggregate marks with of both mains and interview. The weightage (ratio) of Mains and interview would be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination of CWE SO/MT-VI and Interview. A candidate should qualify both in the CWE (Main) and interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process, details of which will be made available subsequently on IBPS website.

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Pattern:                           

It consists of a paper of objective type (multiple choice questions) and carries a maximum of 125 marks.

This is a screening test only to qualify for the next step and its marks will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

The scheme of this test for IT Officer, HR Officer, Marketing Officer, and Agricultural Officer is given below in a table.

S.noTest nameMax. questionsMax. marksTime duration
1Reasoning505040 Minute
2Quantitative Aptitude505040 Minute
3English Language502540 Minute
 Total1501252 hours

The scheme of this test for Law Officer is given below in a table.

S.noTest nameMax. questionsMax. marksTime duration
1Reasoning505040 Minute
2General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry505040 Minute
3English Language502540 Minute
 Total1501252 hour

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern                                     

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Office

S.no

Test nameMax. questionsMax. marksTime duration
1Professional Knowledge606045 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of the TestNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks Medium of ExamDuration
Profession Knowledge (Objective)4560English & Hindi30 minutes
Profession Knowledge (Descriptive)230 minutes

The marks obtained in this test along with the interview will determine the merit list for the final selection.

IBPS SO Interview 100 Marks

Shortlisted Candidates in the main examination for IBPS-SO subsequently called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS. Interviews to be conducted at select centres. The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview must not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). However, like most interviews for various examinations, IBPS-PO interview does not have defined syllabus but candidates need to be articulate about his/her knowledge in General Awareness with special emphasis on Banking, Finance and Economics along with his/her own qualification and work experience (if any) related questions.

IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus

S.noQuantitative apptitudeReasoningEnglish General AwarenessComputer Knowledge
1Number systemSeries completionError locationsCurrent affairsIntroduction to computer
2HCF & LCMAnalogySynonymsInternational economyBasic computer organisation
3Decimal fractionClassificationAntonymsUNOComputer languages
4Square root & cube rootCoding-decodingPhrasal verbsMarketingMemory
5PercentageDistance and directionWords often confused & misusedAward & honorsComputer networks
6Ratio and proportionRanking and numberPrepositionSportsInternet
7AverageBlood relationPassage completionFinanceE-commerce
8SimplificationMathematical operationFill in the blanksAgricultureOpertating System
 Quadratic equationsSitting arrangementsReading comprehensiveHistory of bankingNumber System
10Problems on agesPuzzle testRe arrangementsCountry currency capitalDatabase management system
11PartnershipsVenn diagramSentence improvementBooks & authorsData Structure
12Profit and lossData sufficiencyMisspelled for inappropriateBanking termsComputer Org.
13Simple and compound interestInput and output-- 
14Allegation and mixtureEligibility test-- 
15Time and distanceStatement conclusion-- 
 TrainsStatement course of action-- 
17Boat and streamsStatement assumptions---
18Pipe and cisternCritical reasoning---
19Mensuration 2D & 3D----
20Permutation & combination----
21Probability----

Participating Banks in IBPS SO 2018 Exam

S.no Bank name
1Syndicate Bank
2Indian Bank
3Vijay Bank
4Punjab National Bank
5Punjab & Sind Bank
6Bank of Maharashtra
7Allahabad Bank
8Oriental Bank of Commerce
9Central Bank of India
10Andhra Bank
11UCO Bank
12Indian Overseas Bank
13Canara Bank
14Bank of India
15United Bank of India
16Corporation Bank
17Bank of Baroda
18Union Bank of India
19Dena Bank
20IDBI Bank
21Indian Bank

Official IBPS SO Mains Cut Off 2017:

IBPS SO Maximum Score (Mains + Interview) 2017:

PostCategory
UROBCSCST
I.T Officer (Scale I )66.2758.6757.4055.47
Agricultural Field Officer63.0056.4751.6751.33
Rajbhasha Adhikari65.8047.6743.67NA
Law Officer76.0066.0759.9366.40
HR/Personnel Officer77.3374.6756.9347.67
Marketing Officer80.0775.6071.4076.93

IBPS SO Minimum Score (Mains + Interview) 2017:

PostCategory
UROBCSCST
I.T Officer (Scale I )50.9346.7341.0032.27
Agricultural Field Officer46.8746.0741.4038.53
Rajbhasha Adhikari45.5343.0738.67NA
Law Officer59.0052.9347.6746.00
HR/Personnel Officer63.0759.3350.0047.67
Marketing Officer70.5367.0063.33

55.67

Official Cut Off Marks of IBPS SO Mains:

IBPS SO Mains Cut off 2017 – Agriculture Field Officer (Scale I)

Name of Test

Maximum

Marks

Cut Off marks of Mains ExaminationCut Off Marks for Short listing in Interview 2018
Professional Knowledge60GENOBC/SC/ST/PWDGENOBCSCSTPWD
13.7510.7520.7520.7518.7516.00HIOCVIID
15.0020.7520.5012.50

 IBPS SO Mains Cut off 2017 – HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

Name of Test

Maximum

Marks

Cut Off marks of Mains ExaminationCut Off Marks for Short listing in Interview 2018
Professional Knowledge60GENOBC/SC/ST/PWDGENOBCSCSTPWD
21.2517.5029.2524.5023.2518.75HIOCVIID
NA21.0028.00NA

IBPS SO Mains Cut off 2017 – IT Officer Scale I

Name of Test

Maximum

Marks

Cut Off marks of Mains ExaminationCut Off Marks for Shortlisting in Interview 2018
Professional Knowledge60GENOBC/SC/ST/PWDGENOBCSCSTPWD
16.501322.0020.0016.2513.75HIOCVIID
15.7514.5015.2516.00

IBPS SO Mains Cut off 2017 – Law (Officer Scale I)

Name of Test

Maximum

Marks

Cut Off marks of Mains ExaminationCut Off Marks for Shortlisting in Interview 2018
Professional Knowledge60GENOBC/SC/ST/PWDGENOBCSCSTPWD
22.251831.0028.0025.7526.25HIOCVIID
NA25.7525.7526.75

IBPS SO Mains Cut off 2017 – Marketing Officer

Name of Test

Maximum

Marks

Cut Off marks of Mains ExaminationCut Off Marks for Shortlisting in Interview 2018
Professional Knowledge60GENOBC/SC/ST/PWDGENOBCSCSTPWD
31.752839.2538.5034.2529.25HIOCVIID
31.5034.0032.50NA

IBPS SO Mains Cut off 2017 – Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

Name of Test

Maximum

Marks

Cut Off marks of Mains ExaminationCut Off Marks for Shortlisting in Interview 2018
Professional Knowledge60GENOBC/SC/ST/PWDGENOBCSCSTPWD
1410.7518.2518.2517.5013.50HIOCVIID
NA14.5022.50NA

IBPS SO Cut-offs (2016)

IBPS SO Cut Off 2016 for the online objective Written Test.

Name of TestQuestionsMaximum
Marks
Cut Off
Marks
Reasoning50Qualifying
Subject
9
English Language50Qualifying
Subject
5
Quantitative Aptitude50Qualifying
Subject
8.25
General Awareness50Qualifying
Subject
-
Professional Knowledge505013.75
Total Weightage Score 80 (50 x 1.6)44.40

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