IBPS Specialist Officers 2018 Exam: Important Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Result, Selection Process

IBPS Specialist Officer

Administered by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, IBPS SO 2018 will be conducted to filter out suitable candidates for various posts - Agriculture Field Officer (Scale I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I), Marketing Officer (Scale I), I.T. Officer (Scale I) and Law Officer (Scale I). The IBPS Specialist Officers exam will be held online throughout India. Interested candidates who wish to work for any of the following participating organisations must register for CRP SPL-VIII (Common Recruitment Process for Recruitment of Specialist Officers in Participating Organisations).

Participating Organisations -

Allahabad Bank

Andhra Bank

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

Bank of Maharashtra

Canara Bank

Central Bank of India

Indian Overseas Bank

Corporation Bank

Dena Bank

IDBI Bank

Indian Bank

Oriental Bank of Commerce

Punjab National Bank

Punjab & Sind Bank

Syndicate Bank

UCO Bank

Union Bank of India

United Bank of India

Vijaya Bank

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About Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is a recruitment agency responsible for inducing quality human resource in the Public Sector Banks and the Regional Rural Banks. IBPS conducts Common Written Examinations (CWE) for the probationary officers, specialist officers and clerical posts. The IBPS Specialist Officers exam recruits candidates for the specialised posts offered by the participating banks. The exam happens once a year where the Institute carries out the online preliminary test, declares the result of the preliminary test, informs candidates about the main exam, announces the result of the main exam and shortlists applicants for the Common Interview.

The official website of IBPS states, “A premier organisation in the field of Employment Testing, Selection, Assessment and Management of Human Resource in India”.

IBPS SO Latest Updates 2018 – As per the latest notification released by the Institute, the IBPS SO 2018 online examination (preliminary) will be held on 29th and 3oth December. The IBPS SO 2018 online Main examination will tentatively be held on 27th January 2019. IBPS will conduct the Interview in February 2019, and the Provisional Allotment will be carried out in April 2019. The online registration will begin from 6th November 2018.

IBPS SO 2018 Overview:

Name of Exam

IBPS SO

Extended Form

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Specialist Officer

Year

2018

Purpose

Recruitment of Specialist Officers in Participating Organisations

Occurrence

Yearly

Exam Level

National

Official Website

https://www.ibps.in/

Commencement of exam

29th December 2018


Available Application Forms

IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 Important Dates

IBPS SO 2018 Events

IBPS SO 2018 Dates (Announced)

Release of online registration form

06-November-2018

Registration/ Editing/ Modification of application

06-November-2018 to 26-November-2018

Release of payment (online)

06-November-2018 to 26-November-2018

Availability of admit card for preliminary exam

December 2018

Online preliminary exam to be held

29th & 30th December 2018

Announcement of result

January 2019

Availability of admit card for main exam

January 2019

Main exam to be commenced

27-January-2019 (announced)

Announcement of result

February 2019

Download Common Interview admit card

February 2019

Interview to be held

February 2019

Provisional allotment

April 2019


IBPS Specialist Officer Previous Years Solved Papers


IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

Are you aware that IBPS SO 2018 will be conducted in two phases – Preliminary and Main? The preliminary exam will occur on 29th and 30th December 2018, while the main exam will be held on 27th January 2019. Go through the table below and understand the exam structure of IBPS Specialist Officers.

Penalty for Wrong Answers

In the objective tests, candidates need to be careful while selecting the answers. There is a provision of negative marking. The test-takers will have to pay penalty for the incorrect answers. 1/4th marks will be deducted for every incorrect input. For the unattended questions, there will be no penalty.

IBPS SO 2018 Preliminary Examination Pattern

IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Law Officer (Scale-1) and Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-1)

Subject

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Medium

Duration

Reasoning

50

50

English and Hindi

2 Hours

English Language

50

25

English

 

General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry

50

50

English and Hindi

 

Total

150

125

 

 

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IBPS SO Exam Pattern for IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale -1 for all officers)

Subject

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Medium

Duration

Reasoning

50

50

English and Hindi

2 Hours

English Language

50

25

English

 

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

English and Hindi

 

Total

150

125

 

 

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IBPS SO 2018 Main Examination Pattern

IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer

Subject

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

Medium

Professional Knowledge

60

60

45 Minutes

English and Hindi

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IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-1)

Subject

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

Medium

Professional Knowledge (Objective)

45

60

30 Minutes

English and Hindi

Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)

2

30 Minutes

English and Hindi

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IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus

The Institute conducts the exam in two stages – Preliminary and Main, which indicates that the applicants need to have a quick look at the IBPS SO syllabus for both prelims and mains.

IBPS SO 2018 Prelims Syllabus

  • Reasoning
  • English Language
  • General Awareness
  • Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS SO 2018 Mains Syllabus

The Main syllabus encompasses subjects for IT Officer Scale-I, Agricultural Field Officer Scale-I, Marketing Officer Scale-I, Law Officer Scale-I, HR/Personal Officer Scale-I and Rajbhasha Adhikari.



IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 Eligibility

Age Limit (As on 01.11.2018) – 

  • The candidate should be between 20 - 30 years of age.
  • He should have been born between 2nd November 1988 and 1st November 1998.

Nationality – 

  • The candidate should be an Indian citizen.
  • If an applicant is a subject of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet and has migrated to India before January 1, 1962, with an intention of settling down in the country permanently, he certainly can apply for the test.
  • A PIO who has migrated from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan and East African countries including Malawi, Vietnam, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Zaire, Zambia and Ethiopia to settle down in India permanently, he is also eligible to register for the exam.

Candidates other than Indian citizens will be required to produce the relevant documents in original to prove their claim.

Academic Requirements -

Read below to know about the relevant qualification for different posts for the IBPS Specialist Officers 2018 exam.

Name of Posts

Qualifications required (from any recognised University/Board/Institutions.

I-T Officer (Scale-1)

A candidate should have done either of the three–

  • Bachelor’s degree of DOEACC ‘B’ level
  • B.E/B.Tech/4 years of Engineering in Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communications/ Electronics & Instrumentation
  • PG in Electronics / Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communications/ Electronic and Instrumentation/ Computer Application/Computer Science/Information Technology

Law Officer (Scale-1)

Should have an LLB or Bachelor Degree in Law and should be enrolled with the Bar Council of India

HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-1)

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Post Graduate
  • Diploma holders should have done full-time Post Graduation in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/HR/HRD/Social Work/ Labour Law

Rajbhasha Adhikari Officer (Scale-1)

  • PG in Hindi with English as one of the subjects at the graduation level
  • PG in Sanskrit with Hindi and English as subjects at the graduation level

Agriculture Officer ( Scale -1)

Graduation, 4 years of Degree in Agriculture/Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/Dairy Science/ Fishery Science/ Agriculture & Marketing Co-operation/ Co-operation &Banking/ Agro-Forestry/ Forestry/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Food Science/ Agricultural Business Management/ Food Technology/ Dairy Technology/ Agricultural Engineering

Marketing Officer (Scale-1)

Graduate/PG in MBA (Marketing), MBA (MMS)/ 2 years full-time PGDBA/PGDBM/PGPM/PGDM.

Age Limit – 

  • The candidate should be between 20 - 30 years of age.
  • He should have been borne between 2nd November 1988 and 1st November 1998.

The reserved category candidates are given age relaxation in the upper age limit as follows –

Category of Candidate

Relaxation of Upper Age limit

OBC

3 years

SC/ST

5 years

PWD

10 years

Ex-servicemen’s

5 years

Applicants domiciled in the J&K state from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989

5 years

Those who have affected by 1984 riots

5 years

A substantial amount of measures will be taken to consideration to ensure that applicants seeking the age relaxation facility must submit the correct documents in copies or in original during the Interview and subsequent stages.

Reservations for Candidates Standard Disability

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (under section 34) states that applicants suffering from benchmark disabilities will avail the reservation facilities. Those who fall under the below-mentioned categories will be eligible for Reservation –

  • Low vision or blindness
  • Hearing disability
  • A locomotor disability such as muscular dystrophy, leprosy cured, cerebral palsy, acid attack victims and dwarfism
  • Mental illness, specific learning disability, intellectual disability and autism

IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 Application Process

Like every year, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will release the IBPS SO 2018 application form in the month of November. The form will be available on November 6, 2018 and should be filled and submitted online. Check out the steps below to register for the Specialist Officer posts.

IBPS SO 2018 Step by Step Form Filling Guide -

  • Visit www.ibps.in
  • Click on CWE-Specialist Officer’s 2018 exam
  • Create an account by clicking on the option ‘New registration’
  • For registration, provide basic details like the name, mobile number and address
  • Once the registration is done, the applicant is given a provisional registration number and password which should be retained until the completion of the selection process
  • Access the application form using the provisional registration number and password
  • Upload the scanned copies of the passport-size photo, signature, thumb impression and  handwritten declaration with the prescribed size and dimension
  • Pay the Application Fee
  • Submit and get a printout the confirmation page

Document Specifications

Documents

Size

Format

Photograph

20-50 kb

JPG

Thumb Impression

10-20 kb

JPG

Signature

10-2- kb

JPG

Handwritten declaration

10-20 kb

JPG

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IBPS SO Exam 2018 Online Registration Begins - Click Here

Application Fee

  • SC/ST/PWD candidates should pay ₹ 100/-
  • General candidates should pay ₹ 600/-
  • The application fee can be paid through the Internet Banking, IMPS, Mobile wallet, Cash Cards, Debit Cards (RuPay/Visa/Master Cards/Maestro)
  • Keep the proof of the application fee payment (e-receipt)
  • Keep a copy of the submitted application form

Other Details

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Centres

The IBPS Specialist Officers 2018 Exam will be held in almost every capital city in India. The candidates can opt for the exam centre of their choice. However, the exam conducting authority reserves the right to change the examination centre. Check out the state/UT/NCR where the IBPS SO preliminary and main exams will be administered -

State Code (Not in Sequence)

State/ UT/ NCR (As per state code)

11

Andaman & Nicober

17

Chhattisgarh

16

Chandigarh

20

Delhi

26

Jharkhand

12

Andhra Pradesh

27

Karnataka

14

Assam

25

Jammu & Kashmir

15

Bihar

13

Arunachal Pradesh

19

Daman & Diu

30

Madhya Pradesh

29

Lakshadweep

18

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

23

Haryana

32

Manipur

21

Goa

28

Kerala

35

Nagaland

37

Puducherry

22

Gujarat

31

Maharashtra

39

Rajasthan

24

Himachal Pradesh

38

Punjab

34

Mizoram

33

Meghalaya

36

Odisha

40

Sikkim

44

Uttar Pradesh

46

West Bengal

41

Tamil Nadu

43

Tripura

45

Uttarakhand

42

Telangana

IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card

The IBPS SO admit card 2018 will be issued in December. The Institute will not send any hard copy. Visit the official website to download the same. Remember, the exam-conducting body will release two separate admit cards for the preliminary (December 2018) and main exams (January 2019). To access the call letter, you must possess the registration/roll number, password and date of birth.

IBPS SO 2018 Results

The IBPS Specialist Officers 2018 preliminary result will be declared in January 2019, while the Institute will announce the main exam result in February 2019.

Interview and Selection

The candidates who qualify the CWE stages (Prelims and Main) are called for the interview round. This is the last stage of the IBPS recruitment procedure for the Specialist Officers’ posts.


IBPS SO 2018 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: When will the IBPS Specialist Officer 2018 exam be held?

A: The Preliminary Exam will be conducted on 29th and 30th December 2018, while the Main Exam will be conducted on 27th January 2019. The interview round will take place in February.

Q: What is the exam structure of IBPS Special Officers?

A: The IBPS SO exam is held in two stages - Common Written Examination (Prelims and Main) and Interview (the final selection).

Q: I wish to apply for both I.T. Officer (Scale I) and Law Officer (Scale I). Do I need to fill separate application forms?

A: No. The application form is common for all Specialist Officers’ posts.

Q: Can NRI/OCI candidates appear for the exam?

A: You need to read the eligibility section of IBPS SO 2018.

Q: Age relaxation for the reserved category candidates?

A: Yes, the reserved category candidates enjoy the age relaxation facility in the upper age limit. The candidates of SC/ST are given 5 years of age relaxation. The PWD category candidates are given age relaxation of 10 years.

Q: What should be the minimum educational qualification for the IBPS Specialist Officers 2018 Exam?

A: Graduation or Post-Graduation in the relevant subjects. 

Q: My friend belongs to the OBC category. He is 33 years old. Can he take the test?

A: Yes, he can. The upper age limit of the candidates belonging to OBC category is 3 years.

Q: Name the posts for which the IBPS Specialist Officers 2018 Exam will be conducted.

  • Agriculture Field Officer (Scale I)
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)
  • HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
  • Marketing Officer (Scale I)
  • I.T. Officer (Scale I)
  • Law Officer (Scale I)

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