IBPS SO 2018 – Notification, Application Form, Apply Online, Syllabus

IBPS SO 2018 Recruitment & Apply Online : IBPS CWE Specialist Officers 2018 official notification has been released by IBPS in the last week of October 2018 for recruiting banking aspirants as Specialist Officers in all public sector banks except SBI. Like other years, this year also the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released the official notification of the IBPS SO exam 2018 on IBPS official website. Here you will get complete information about IBPS CWE SO-2018 Official notification, Important Exam Dates, Application form and process, Admit card, results, cut off etc.

IBPS conducts the SO exam to fill SO vacancies in public sector banks. Once you qualify, you are hired as a specialist officer in the participating banks. Different branches for the exam being held are IT, HR, Agricultural Field, Rajbhasha, Marketing and Law. Total no. of vacancies is 1599. Post wise no. of vacancies is given below

  • I.T. Officer – 219
  • Agricultural Field Officer – 853
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari – 69
  • Law Officer – 75
  • HR/Personal Officer – 81
  • Marketing Officer – 302

Mode of examination would be online and examination will be held at various locations throughout India.

IBPS SO Notification 2018

IBPS has released recruitment notification of IBPS CWE Specialist officers 2018 for recruiting 1599 candidates in the month of October 2018. Official notification advertisement is available on IBPS official website, and the online applications are made available on official website with the release of notification.

Download IBPS SO 2018 official notification

IBPS SO Important Dates

EventsDates (Tentative)
Exam NameIBPS CWE SO 2019
Conducted byIBPS
Notification release dateOctober 2019
Online registration commences fromNov 2019
Last date of registrationNovember 2019
Download Prelim Exam Call LetterDecember 2019
Preliminary Exam dateDecember 2019
Declaration of Prelim Exam ResultJanuary 2020
IBPS SO mains examinationJanuary 2020
Declaration of mains resultFebruary 2020
Download of IBPS SO interview call letterFebruary 2020
IBPS SO interviewFebruary 2020
Final result declarationApril 2020

IBPS SO Recruitment

IBPS SO 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • Age Limit [As on Nov 01, 2018]

All the candidates must not be less than 20 years and not more than 30 years of age to be eligible for applying IBPS CWE SO 2018examination.

  • Relaxation Of Upper Age Limit

Relaxation will be given for SC/ST/PwD/OBC/ Ex-servicemen and other below mentioned categories.

S.No.CategoryAge Relaxation
1Scheduled caste (SC) / scheduled tribe(ST)5 years
2Other backward classes (OBC Non-creamy layer)3 years
3Persons with disabilities10 years
4Ex-servicemen5 years
5Persons ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period

01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989
5 years
6Persons affected by 1984 riots5 years
  • Minimum Educational Qualification

A candidate should have minimum education qualification to be eligible to apply for IBPS SO 2018 Examination as mentioned below.

I.T. Officer (Scale I)

  • 4 year engineering or technology degree in Computer Applications or Computer Science or Electronics or Information Technology or Electronics & Instrumentation or Electronics & Telecommunications


  • Post graduate degree in Electronics & Telecommunication or Electronics or Electronics & Instrumentation or Electronics & Communication or Computer science or Computer Applications or Information Technology


  • Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

  • 4 year Degree in Agriculture or Animal husbandry or Horticulture or Veterinary Science or Dairy Science or Pisciculture or Fishery Science Agri. Marketing & cooperation or agro- forestry or cooperation & banking or forestry or agriculture business management or dairy technology or agricultural engineering food technology

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

  • PG degree in Hindi with English as one subject at the degree level


  • PG degree in Sanskrit with English & Hindi as subjects at the degree or graduation level

Law Officer (Scale I)

  • A bachelor degree in Law & should have enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council

HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I)

  • Graduate and 2 yrs full time PG degree or 2 yrs full time PG diploma in personnel management/ HRD industrial relations/ HR / social work/ labour law

Marketing Officer (Scale I)

  • Graduate and 2 yrs full time MMS (Marketing) or 2 yrs full time MBA (Marketing) or 2 yrs full time PGDBA/ PGDBM/ PGDM /PGPM with specialization in the field of marketing

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS CWE SO 2018 exam will be conducted in two-phase online examination which is followed by an interview. They are

  •           Prelim Exam
  •           Main Exam
  •           Interview

Prelim Exam – The IBPS SO 2018 prelim exam will consist of three sections and total duration will be of 2 hr.

Post wise exam pattern is given below

  • Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

S.No.SubjectNo. Of QuestionsMax. Marks
1English language5025
2Logical reasoning5050
3General awareness with special reference to banking industry5050
  • IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

S.No.SubjectNo.Of QuestionsMax. Marks
1English language5025
2Logical reasoning5050
3Quantitative aptitude5050

Mains Exam – Main Exam will be conducted for those candidates who have cleared prelim exam by securing the cutoff marks prescribed by IBPS. Main examination exam pattern is tabulated below.

  • Law Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

Name Of The TestNo.Of QuestionsMax. MarksDuration
Professional knowledge606045 min.
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name Of The TestNo.Of QuestionsMax. MarksDuration
Professional knowledge (objective)456030 min.
Professional knowledge (descriptive)230 min.

Note : there will be penalty of 0.25 mark for each wrong answer in both preliminary and mains examination.

Interview – candidates who qualify the mains exam are selected for interview. The participating organization will conduct an interview which will be coordinated by the nodal bank.

IBPS SO Final Result 

The final result is declared on the basis of candidate’s overall performance in the mains examination and interview.

IBPS SO Syllabus 2018

IBPS CWE SO 2018 syllabus has been given below

English LanguageQuantitative AbilityReasoningComputer AptitudeGeneral Awareness
Reading comprehensionSimplificationAlphanumeric seriesInternetFinancial awareness
Cloze testAverageRanking/direction testMemoryCurrent affairs
Para jumblePercentageData sufficiencyKeyboard shortcutsStatic GK
Paragraph completionRatio and proportionCoded inequalitiesComputer abbreviation
Fill in the blanksData interpretationSeating arrangementMicrosoft office
Error spottingMensuration and geometryPuzzleOperating system
VocabularyQuadratic equationsTabulationNetworking
Simple and compound interestSyllogismComputer fundamentals/terminologies
Problems on agesBlood relations
Number seriesInput output
Speed, distance and timeCoding decoding
Time and workScheduling
Data sufficiencyVerbal reasoning
Mixture and allegations

Professional Knowledge Syllabus

I.T. OfficerAgricultural Field OfficerMarketing OfficerLaw OfficerHR/Personnel Officer
Data base management systemBasics of crop productionBasics of marketing managementBanking regulationsHuman resource development
Data communication and networkingHorticulture seedBrand managementCompliance and legal aspectsBusiness policy and strategic analysis
Operating systemSeed scienceAdvertising PR, sales, retail, business ethicsRelevant law and orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchangeTransnational analysis
Software engineeringAgronomy and irrigationMarket segmentationPrevention of money laundering, limitation actTraining and development
Data structureAgricultural economiesMarket research and forecasting demandConsumer protection actRecruitment and selection
Computer organization and microprocessorAgricultural practicesProduct life cycleSARFAESReward and recognition
Object oriented programmingSoil resourcesCorporate social responsibilityBanking ombudsman schemeBusiness policy and strategic analysis
Animal husbandryService marketingLaws and actions with direct link to banking sectorGrievance and conflict management
AgroforestryMarketing strategiesBankers book evidence actPerformance management and appraisal
EcologyDRT act
Government scheme

ReadIBPS SO Syllabus 2018

IBPS CWE SO 2018 Application Form

IBPS CWE SO 2018 Application Form will be available on IBPS website from Nov 06, 2018 to Nov 26, 2018. Candidates can apply online before the end date of application form and no registration will be entertained after that.

Before Applying Online, Candidate Should

  • Have Scanned copy of photograph and Signature
  • Signature should not be in Capital Letters, which will not be accepted
  • Keep the necessary details/documents to fill application online and keep ready details to make online payment of the requisite application fee/intimation charges.
  • Have a valid personal email ID and it should be kept active till the process is completed

ReadIBPS SO Apply Online 2018

Procedure For IBPS SO 2018 Applying Online

  • Candidates should  to go to the IBPS’s website or click here to access directly www.ibps.in
  • Click on the IBPS CWE SO tab  to open the link “CWE SPECIALIST OFFICER”
  • The online application form will be opened
  • Complete the application by entering basic information like personal details, education details etc.
  • Provisional registration number and password will be generated and displayed on the screen. This should be kept safe.
  • Candidates are required to upload their photograph and signature as per the specifications.
  • Candidates have the option of making the payment of requisite fees through the ONLINE mode only         
  • After submitting payment download the final application form for further reference.       

Application Fee

IBPS SO 2018 candidates are required to pay Application fee/ intimation Charges through Online mode. The charges are as follows

  • Rs.100/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates
  • Rs.600/-for all others

IBPS SO Admit Card 2018

IBPS CWE SO 2018 Admit Card or call letters will be released by IBPS for prelims and Main examination along with Interview. The center, venue address, date and time for both preliminary and main examinations and interview shall be intimated in the call letter. Dates when admit cards will be available to download are given below

  • Call letters for Preliminary exam will be available to download from Dec 2018
  • Call letters for Main exam will be available from January 2019
  • Call letters for Interview will be available from February 2019

Eligible candidates should download their call letter from the IBPS website www.ibps.in by entering his/her registration number and password.

ReadIBPS SO 2018 Admit Card

Here Are The Steps To Download IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card

  • Log on to official website www.ibps.in
  • Click on recruitment section and IBPS SPECIALIST OFFICER admit card
  • Enter the registration number and password/date of birth
  • Enter the captcha
  • Click on the ‘submit’ button
  • IBPS SO admit card will be displayed on the screen
  • Check all the details and take print out

Documents Required

In the examination hall as well as at the time of interview certain documents need to be carried by the candidate.

  • The call letter along with a photocopy of the candidate’s photo identity card such as PAN card/ Passport/ Driving License/ Aadhar card
  • Caste Certificate if applicable
  • Education Certificates
  • Age proof certificate/ SSC mark list

IBPS SO 2018 Result

To check the result of prelim exam, main exam and interview candidate should follow the following steps:

  • Log on to official website @ www.ibps.in
  • Click on the ‘result’ section
  • Enter the registration number and password/date of birth
  • Enter the captcha
  • Click on the ‘submit’ button
  • Result will be displayed on the screen

ReadIBPS SO Result 2018

IBPS SO 2018 Cut Off (Expected)

Cut-off is the minimum marks a candidate need to score to qualify for prelim and mains examination which is further followed by an interview.

Note :

  • Prelims is only of qualifying nature
  • Mains and Interview marks will be normalized to 100 and weightage will be 80:20 respectively.

The Final cutoff marks or combined normalized marks of mains cum interview of IBPS CWE SO 2017 have been given below.

I.T Officer 62.60 60.60 58 52.60
Agriculture Field Officer 35 34.80 31.20 29.20
Rajbhasha Adhikari 52.60 55.60 5246.60
Law Officer 57.40 51.60 4831.80
Hr/Personnel Officer 60.60 57.60 57.2055.40
Marketing Officer 67.20 65.40 63.4051.80


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