IBPS SO 2018

Exam Date : December 29, 2018 To January 27, 2019
Result Date : March 25, 2019

IBPS SO 2019 Application Form, Dates, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

***IBPS SO 2018 CRP SPL VIII Scorecard is out !!! Go to the official website to see the Merit List***

  • Purpose of exam: Every year, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts a common recruitment process (CRP) to hire Scale I officers viz. I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer for the following banks: 

Allahabad Bank

Canara Bank

Indian Bank

Syndicate Bank

Andhra Bank

Central Bank of India

Indian Overseas Bank

UCO Bank

Bank of Baroda

Corporation Bank

Oriental Bank of Commerce

Union Bank of India

Bank of India

Dena Bank

Punjab National Bank

United Bank of India

Bank of Maharashtra


Punjab & Sind Bank

Vijaya Bank

  • Recruitment Process:  

    • The banks mentioned above have given the IBPS a mandate to conduct the recruitment process.

    • IBPS is responsible to conduct the online preliminary and main exam and declare results for both.

    • IBPS will also inform the candidates shortlisted for the final phase of selection; personal interview.

    • The personal interview will be conducted by the participating organisations/banks and will be coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each state or union territory.  

IBPS SO 2019 Dates/Schedule

The tentative schedule of the important events are as follows:


Date (Tentative)

Online Registration window, also edit/correction of particulars in Application

6th - 26th November 2018

Online Payment of Application Fees

6th - 26th November 2018

Release of Hall Ticket for Preliminary exam

December 2018

Online Preliminary Examination

29th - 30th December 2018

Results - Prelims

January 2019

Release of Hall Ticket for Main exam

January 2019

Online Main Examination

27th January 2019

Results - Main

February 2019

Release of call letters for interview

February 2019


February 2019

Provisional Allotment of posting

April 2019

 Check all IBPS SO 2019 Dates and timings. 

IBPS SO 2019 Vacancy

  • IBPS with a mandate from the participating banks has declared 1599 Scale I Bank Officer vacancies to be recruited for in 2019. 

  • Posts: Recruitment Notification has been released by IBPS for hiring the following officers: I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer.

Check category-wise IBPS SO 2019 Vacancy details. 

IBPS SO 2019 Eligibility

Candidates desiring to apply for IBPS SO Recruitment 2019 must ensure they fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • Nationality/Citizenship: An applicant must be either of the following:

    • a citizen of India;

    • a subject of Nepal;

    • a subject of Bhutan;

    • a Tibetan refugee who shifted to India before January 1st, 1962 with intentions of settling in India permanently;

    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

  • Age Limit:

    • Upper Age Limit: As on 1st November 2018, the candidate must not be more than 30 years of age.

    • Lower Age Limit: The candidate must not have been born before 2nd November 1988. The applicant must be at least 20 years old as on 1st November 2018.

  • Educational Qualification: The minimum educational qualification required for being appointed as any of the above-mentioned officers will be different. This will depend on the particular officer post a candidate is applying for.

Check the detailed educational requirements and relaxation provided for age in IBPS SO 2019 Eligibility.

IBPS SO 2019 Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for the Preliminary exam will include Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English and General Awareness. The topics to study under the mentioned subjects are as given below:

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Reasoning Ability (RA)


Verbal Reasoning



Percentage & Ratio Proportion

Seating Arrangements

Data Interpretation


Quadratic Equations

Input Output


Data Sufficiency

Linear Equations

Blood Relations

Profit & Loss

Directions & Distances

Number Series

Ordering & Ranking

Speed, Time & Distance

Coding & Decoding

Mensuration & Geometry

Coded Inequalities

Time & Work

Analytical Decision Making

Number Systems

Data Sufficiency

Permutation & Combination



English Language Test

General Awareness

Reading Comprehension

Financial Awareness

Error Spotting

Current Affairs

Phrase Replacement

Who's who

Fill in the Blanks

Sentence completion

Cloze Test

Para Jumbles

The syllabus for IBPS SO 2019 Mains will be of graduation level. Candidate's professional knowledge in the field of concern will be assessed depending on the post they have applied for: 

IT Officer Database Management System
Data Communication and Networking
Operating System
Computer Organization and Microprocessor
Software Engineering
Data Structure
Object Oriented Programming
Agricultural Field Officer Basics of Crop production
Seed Science
Soil resources
Agronomy and Irrigation
Agricultural Economies
Agricultural Practices
Animal Husbandry
Government Schemes
Marketing Officer Basics of Marketing Management
Business Ethics
Brand Management
Market Segmentation
Market research and forecasting demand
Product Life Cycle
Corporate Social Responsibility
Service Marketing
Marketing Strategies
Law Officer Banking Regulations
Compliance and Legal Aspects
Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act
Consumer Protection Act
Banking Ombudsman Scheme
Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector
Bankers Book Evidence Act
HR/Personnel Officer Human Resource Development
Business policy and strategic analysis
Rewards and Recognition
Transnational Analysis
Training and Development
Recruitment and Selection
Industrial Relations
Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
Grievance and Conflict Management
Performance Management and Appraisal

IBPS SO 2019 Paper Pattern

IBPS SO 2019 Recruitment Exam will be conducted in 3 phases: Prelims, Mains and Interview. The highlights of IBPS SO 2019 Exam Pattern are as given below:

  • The preliminary exam will be a test containing 150 objective type questions. The medium of paper will be English and Hindi. 

  • There will be a total of 3 sections- English Language, Reasoning Abillity and Quantitative Aptitude/ General Awareness. Basically, the 3rd section will be decided based on the post the applicant has applied for.

  • The main exam will have both descriptive and objective type questions based on the post.

  • Candidates qualifying the main exam will be called for an interview with the bank applied to during registration.

IBPS SO 2019 Preliminary Paper Pattern

Exam mode

Online Computer Based Test

Total number of questions


Sections in paper

3- English Language, Reasoning and General Awareness/ Quantitative Aptitude

Total Marks


Exam duration

2 hours (120 minutes)

Medium of paper

English and Hindi

IBPS SO 2019 Main Paper Pattern for IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

Exam mode

Online Computer Based Test

Total number of questions


Sections in paper


Total Marks


Exam duration

45 minutes

Medium of paper

English and Hindi

IBPS SO 2019 Main Paper Pattern for Rajbhasha Adhikari

Exam mode

Online Computer Based Test

Total number of questions

45(Objective type) + 2(Descriptive type)

Sections in paper


Total Marks


Exam duration

60 minutes (30 minutes for each section)

Medium of paper

English and Hindi

IBPS SO 2019 Application Process

  • Application Fee: The Application Fees for IBPS SO 2019 Recruitment Exam is INR 600. The fees for reserved category candidates is INR 100. 

Follow the steps below to apply for IBPS SO 2019 Recruitment:

Step I: Registration

  • Visit the official website of IBPS, ibps.in. Navigate to ‘Click here for new Registration’. On clicking, the registration form for creating the User Profile will appear on screen.

  • Enter general details like name, date of birth and contact details- valid email ID and mobile number as asked in the form. Once done, click on ‘Register’ button.

  • Candidates will be provided a Provisional Registration Number and Password which will appear on the screen. The same credentials will also be sent on their registered email ID and phone number.

Step II: Filling details

  • Use your Registration Number and Password to login and proceed to filling the application form.  

  • An applicant will be require to enter their personal and contact details as well as details about their academic qualification, work experience, prefered choice for exam centre, etc.

  • Candidates will have to upload scanned images of their recent passport sized photograph and signature as per the specifications appearing on the screen.

  • Verify all the details entered and click on ‘Final Submit’ to proceed to pay the application fees.

Step III: Application Fee Payment

  • This is the last step of the Application Process.

  • Applicants can pay the fees using a Credit/ Debit card, Net banking, Cash Card & Wallet and IMPS.

  • Save the receipt page for proof of payment. 

Read in detail about IBPS SO 2019 Application Process.

IBPS SO 2019 Exam Centers

  • IBPS SO 2019 Recruitment exam will be conducted in major cities and towns across India.

  • Candidates will have to provide their preferences while filling the application form.

Check all the cities where the Preliminary and Main exams will be conducted in IBPS SO 2019 Exam Centers.

IBPS SO 2019 Hall Ticket

  • Availability: The IBPS SO Recruitment Exam Admit Card will be released on the official website of IBPS. The admit card shall have all the details about the examination date, timing, and the exam centre details. The Admit Card for the preliminary exam will be issued in December 2018.

  • How to download?

    • Visit the official website of IBPS.

    • Login using your Registration Number and Password.

    • Once logged in, click ‘Download Admit Card’ link.

    • Now, the Admit Card will open in a new tab. Take a coloured print out of the same.

  • Read more about IBPS SO 2019 Admit Card.

IBPS SO 2019 Results

  • Release Date: 

    • Preliminary Exam: January 2019

    • Main Exam: February 2019

  • How to download:

    • Visit the official website of IBPS.

    • Navigate to and select ‘IBPS SO 2019 Prelims/ Mains Result’.

    • The result will be downloadable in the form of a file. Applicants will be required to enter their roll number to view the result.

    • The final merit list will be prepared and released after the interview round is over.

    • The positions/ranks obtained by the candidates on this list will be based on their cumulative scores obtained in Mains exam and Interview.

Read more about IBPS SO 2019 Results.


Q. When will the registration for the upcoming IBPS SO start?

It is expected that the registration process for IBPS SO will begin by the month of November.

Q. What are the posts that will be recruited under the process IBPS SO?

  • I.T. 

  • Agricultural Field Officer

  • HR/ Personnel Officer 

  • Marketing Officer
  • Law Officer

  • Rajbasha Adhikari

The recruited candidates will be designated as Scale I officer.

Q. What is the selection process of IBPS SO 2019? How many rounds will be there?

There will be three rounds in the selection process to recruit the candidates in IBPS SO 2019.

  • Preliminary Exam

  • Mains Exam

  • Personal Interview

Q. When will the exam be conducted for IBPS SO 2019?

There has not been any official notification from the management yet, but it is speculated that the exams will be conducted in the month of January 2019.

Q. What is the educational requirement to apply for the post of I.T. Officer?

Candidates should have graduated from any of these following courses:

  • Engineering

  • Technology Degree in Computer Science

  • Computer Applications

  • Information Technology

  • Electronics

  • Electronics and Instrumentation

  • Electronics and Telecommunications

  • Electronics and Communication


  • Electronics

  • Electronics and Telecommunications

  • Electronics and Communication

  • Computer Science

  • Information Technology 

  • Computer Applications

  • DOEACC 'B' level

Q. What is the age limit to apply for IBPS SO 2019?

The candidate should be between 20 - 30 years to apply for the IBPS SO Recruitment 2019.

Q. I am a final year student, am I eligible to apply for this exam?

If your results will be declared before the month of December, you are eligible to apply for this exam.

Q. How much is the IBPS SO Application fee?

For SC/ST/PWD/EXSM - Rs. 100

For General and other categories - Rs. 600

Q. Are there any limits to apply for the IBPS SO?

A candidate can attempt any number of times for the IBPS SO, there is no limit on the number of attempts to clear the exam.

Q. What is the educational requirement to apply for the post of Agricultural Field Officer?

Candidates should have graduated from any of these following courses:

  • 4 years degree in Agriculture or Horticulture or Animal husbandry

  • Veterinary Science

  • Dairy science

  • Fishery science

  • Pisciculture

  • Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation

  • Cooperation and Banking

  • Agro-Forestry

  • Forestry

  • Agricultural Biotechnology

  • Food Science

  • Agricultural Business Management 

  • Food Technology

  • Dairy Technology

  • Agricultural Engineering

Q. Is there the concept of negative marking in IBPS SO 2019?

Yes, the candidates will have to face negative marking in case they do not get the answer right during the Prelims and Main exam. One-fourth of the mark will be deducted for every wrong, which is 0.25. If the candidate chooses not to answer the question, in that case, the candidate will not face any negative marking.

Q. When will the results be released for IBPS SO?

The results will be released in the month of March and April.

Q. What is the vacancy and how many employees will be recruited by this IBPS SO Recruitment?

There isn't any official notification regarding the vacancy for IBPS SO. Usually, the vacancies will be determined with respect to the requirement by the individual banks.

Q. What are the banks that recruit the successfully cleared candidates of IBPS SO 2019?

  • Indian Bank

  • Vijaya Bank

  • UCO Bank

  • Central Bank of India

  • Syndicate Bank

  • Canara Bank

  • Bank of India

  • Punjab National Bank

  • Bank of Baroda

  • Allahabad Bank

  • Indian Overseas Bank

  • Andhra Bank

  • Oriental Bank of Commerce

  • Punjab and Sind Bank

  • Dena Bank

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