IBPS SO 2018 Notification has been released by IBPS. The preliminary exam of IBPS SO 2018 is scheduled on 29th and 30th December 2018 and IBPS SO Mains Exam 2018 is scheduled on 27th January 2019. To ace IBPS SO 2018 Exam, it is necessary to be acquainted with the Exam Pattern and detailed Syllabus. This will help candidates in judicious preparation for the upcoming IBPS SO 2018 Exam. Let’s have a look at the IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus one by one.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2018 Exam will be conducted in the following three phases: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Process. It is mandatory for every applicant to clear all level of examination to get selected to the post of Specialist Officer in multiple Public Sector Banks participating in IBPS SO 2018.

New chanages in IBPS SO 2018 Exam are stated below:

  • The exam will be conducted in three phases: Preliminary, Mains and Interview Process.
  • A candidate must appear for the Prelims first and the selected students after the Preliminary Exam will be eligible to give the Mains Exam.
  • Score of Preliminary Exam will not be taken into consideration for final allottment. Final selection will be based on on the Mains Exam and Interview Process.
  • The Mains Examination will contain questions only from the Professional Knowledge Subjects.

IBPS SO 2018 Preliminary Exam Pattern

For post of law officer & Rajsabha Adhikari

Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
2. English Language 50 25
3. General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50
Total 150 125

For other Specialist Officers (Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I

Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
2. English Language 50 25
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Total 150 125

IBPS SO 2018 Mains Exam Pattern

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

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge(Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive) 2 English & Hindi 30 minutes

IBPS SO 2018 Interview Process

Candidates who qualify the Mains Exam will be finally called for the Interview Process by IBPS. It is really important for candidates to fare well in the Interview Process as the final selection of a candidate is based on how he/she fares in this final round of the IBPS SO Recruitment Process.

IBPS SO 2018 Mock Test Series


IBPS SO Syllabus 2018

To ace IBPS SO 2018 exam, it is really necessary to know the detailed IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus. Candidates must master the general sections of reasoning, quants and English as well as the Professional Knowledge Subjects to fare well in the upcoming IBPS SO 2018 Exam. Let’s have a look at the syllabus of IBPS PO 2018 Exam:

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Syllabus

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam is the primary selection round of IBPS PO 2018 Exam. Candidates who clear the preliminary exam are eligible to appear for the mains exam. The Preliminary Exam of IBPS PO 2018 comprises of three major sections: Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

Reasoning English Langugae Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness
Seating Arrangements Puzzles Inequalities Syllogism Input-Output Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Order and Ranking Alphanumeric Series Distance and Direction Verbal Reasoning Cloze Test Reading Comprehension Spotting Errors Sentence Improvement Sentence Correction Para Jumbles Fill in the Blanks Para/Sentence Completion Number Series Data Interpretation Simplification/ Approximation Quadratic Equation Data Sufficiency Mensuration Average Profit and Loss Ratio and Proportion Work, Time and Energy Time and Distance Probability Relations Simple and Compound Interest Permutation and Combination Current Affairs Banking Awareness GK Updates Currencies Important Places Books and Authors Awards Headquarters Prime Minister Schemes Important Days

Professional Knowledge Syllabus

IT Officer (Scale-I) Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Marketing Officer (Scale-I) Law Officer (Scale-I) HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
·  Database Management System

·  Data Communication and Networking

·  Operating System

·  Software Engineering

·  Data Structure

·  Computer Organization and Microprocessor

·  Object Oriented Programming

·  Basics of Crop production

·  Horticulture

·  Seed Science

·  Agronomy and Irrigation

·  Agricultural Economies

·  Agricultural Practices

·  Soil resources

·  Animal Husbandry

·  Agroforestry

·  Ecology

·  Government Schemes

·  Basics of Marketing Management

·  Brand Management

·  Advertising

·  PR

·  Sales

·  Retail

·  Business Ethics

·  Market Segmentation

·  Market research and forecasting demand

·  Product Life Cycle

·  Corporate Social Responsibility

·  Service Marketing

·  Marketing Strategies

·  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

·  DRT Act

·  Human Resource Development

·  Business policy and strategic analysis

·  Transnational Analysis

·  Training and Development

·  Recruitment and Selection

·  Rewards and Recognition

·  Industrial Relations

·  Business Policy and Strategic Analysis

·  Grievance and Conflict Management

·  Performance Management and Appraisal