IBPS SO 2018 Exam

Juhee Prasad Updated On: 09 Oct, 2018 16:23 IST

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About IBPS SO 2018

IBPS (short for Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) organises an entrance exam for the recruitment of qualified candidates to various posts of Specialist Officers in almost 20 Public Sector Banks. The examination of IBPS SO is conducted in three phases for all the eligible candidates – Preliminary exam, Mains, and Interview. All the candidates have to qualify all the three rounds of IBPS SO selection process to be shortlisted for the posts.


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IBPS SO 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has announced the IBPS SO 2018 Eligibility Criteria. It is a determinant that can be defined as the conditions in terms of age limit, nationality, and academic qualification, which the candidates must fulfil before filling the application form. Any candidate who fails to fulfil the eligibility criteria will not be able to sit for the IBPS SO 2018 examination.

According to the defined eligibility criteria of IBPS SO 2018, candidates must prepare the set of required documents that are to be attached while submitting the application form of IBPS SO 2018. Candidates are also recommended to keep a soft copy and two sets of photocopies of all the attached original documents, as documents will be asked at all processes involved in the selection of Specialist Officers.

Age Limit:

IBPS has decided the upper and lower age limit for all the candidates as part of IBPS SO eligibility criteria. The age criteria under the IBPS SO 2018 eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Minimum: 20 years
  • Maximum: 30 years

A candidate should not have been born before 02.11.1987 and not after 01.11.1997.


A candidate should either:

  • Be an Indian citizen,
  • Or could be a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan or Tibetan Refugee,
  • Could be a Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of settling permanently in India.
  • Could be a person of Indian origin who has migrated from East African countries of Kenya, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Academic Qualification:

IBPS will specify academic qualifications under the IBPS SO eligibility norms 2017 for all the candidates. Candidates are advised to examine the eligibility norms and make sure they fulfill each of them before filling the application form. 

Post Name

Academic Qualifications

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

4 year Degree graduate degree in Dairy Science/Agriculture/Animal Husbandry/Horticulture/ Veterinary Science/ Pisciculture/ Fishery Science/Co-operation & Banking/ Agriculture Marketing & Cooperation/ Agro-Forestry/Agricultural Biotechnology/ Forestry/Agriculture Business Management/ Food Science/ Dairy Technology/ Food Technology/Agricultural Engineering.

Law Officer (Scale I)

B.A. in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council.

Marketing Officer (Scale I)

MBA (Marketing) /Graduate and Two years Full-time  MS (Marketing)/PGDBM with specialization in Marketing/Full time Two years PGDBA

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

Full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management/ Graduate and Full time Post Graduate degree/HR/Social Work/Labour Law. Industrial Relations/ HRD.

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

P.G in Hindi with English as a subject/ P.G in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the Graduation level.

IT Officer (Scale-I)

Technology Degree in Computer Science/ / 4 year Engineering/Information Technology/ Computer Applications/Electronics/ Electronics and Communication/Electronics and Telecommunications/ Electronics and Instrumentation (OR) P.G in Electronics/ Electronics and Communication/Electronics and Tele Communication/ Computer Science/ Electronics and Instrumentation/ Computer Applications/Information Technology (OR) Graduate having passed DOEACC 'B' level.

Relaxation of Upper Age Limit:



Age Relaxation

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe


5 years

Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)


3 years

Persons With Disabilities (PWD)

10 Years

Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned 5 years Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered at least military service and have been released on completion of assignment otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment

5 years

Persons Ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir

during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989


5 years

Persons affected by 1984 riots

5 years


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IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus

IBPS SO 2018 Syllabus describes the subjects and topics covered in the exam paper. Candidates appearing for IBPS SO 2018 examination must know that the syllabus of IBPS SO is based on four subjects in both the sections of CWE. It is important to have a clear understanding of the syllabus in order to prepare for the exam in an effective way.

The IBPS SO 2018 syllabus includes English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and Professional Aptitude. The syllabus for all the four subjects has been made available here. Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus mentioned below and start their preparation according to the prescribed syllabus.

Name of the Section


English Language

  • Theme detection and passage completion
  • Phrases and idioms
  • Vocabulary like homonyms, Synonyms, antonym
  • Word formation and sentence completion
  • Grammar
  • Sentence improvement
  • Spotting error questions
  • Articles
  • One-word substitution
  • Prepositions
  • Fill in the blanks


  • Letter and symbols
  • Statement and arguments
  • Logical problems
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Number series
  • Making judgment
  • Alphabet test
  • Blood relation
  • Direction sense test
  • Coding and decoding
  • Input output
  • Passage and conclusion
  • Number ranking

Non -Verbal reasoning

  • Series test
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Odd figures

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Quadratic Equation
  • Sequences and series
  • Number system
  • Data interpretation
  • Mensuration – Cone, sphere, and cylinder
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Simplification
  • Profit and loss
  • Ratio and proportion percentages
  • Time and distance
  • Work and time
  • Mixture and allegations
  • Simple and compound interest

Professional Knowledge

  • Data communication and networking
  • Operating system
  • Software engineering
  • Data structure
  • Human resource development
  • Network security
  • Data base management system (DBMS)
  • Web technologies
  • Translational analysis
  • Programming languages
  • ewards and recognition
  • Industrial relations
  • Training and development
  • Recruitment and analysis

The latest data for IBPS PO 2018 is not yet updated & will be available as soon as it is out. Stay tuned! 

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IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2018 exam pattern describes the type and structure of the question paper that the candidates are about to face. Exam pattern helps candidates to understand the pattern of question paper, type of questions, number of questions in each section, marks allotted to each question and duration of the examination.

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has announced the exam pattern for aspirants of IBPS SO Prelims, on its official website. The Mains exam pattern has also been released for the candidates. Candidates are advised to go through the pattern before they start preparing for the examination. Candidates can refer the below-mentioned pointers for a better understanding of the IBPS SO 2018 exam pattern.

  • The IBPS SO exam will be organised into three levels, Preliminary, Main, and Interview.
  • The question paper will be available in English as well as in the Hindi language.
  • All the candidates will have to first appear for the Preliminary examination.
  • The Preliminary exam of IBPS SO will include questions from English Language, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude/General Awareness based on their choice of post.
  • IBPS SO 2017 Mains examination will examine the candidates based on their professional knowledge.
  • Based on the performance in the Preliminary, candidates will be selected for the Mains examination.
  • Candidates qualifying for both Preliminary and Mains exam will be called to appear for the Personal interview.

The structure of the online CWE will be as follows:

Preliminary Examination:

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari:


Number of Questions

Marks (per section)

Medium of language

Total Duration

English Language




2 Hours




English and Hindi

General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry




English and Hindi






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


Number of Questions

Marks (per section)

Medium of language

Total Duration

English Language




2 Hours




English and Hindi

Quantitative Aptitude



English and Hindi






Mains Examination:

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


Total Number of Questions

Total Marks

Medium of language

Total Duration

Professional Knowledge



English and Hindi

45 Minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:


Total Number of Questions

Total Marks

Medium of language

Total Duration

Professional Knowledge (Objective)



English and Hindi

30 Minutes

Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)


English and Hindi

30 Minutes

Marking System:

  • There will be negative marking for incorrect answer. One fourth or 0.25 will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

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How To Prepare for IBPS SO 2018

For those who are wondering how to prepare for IBPS PO 2018, here's a complete guide to succeed in the examination with flying colours.

The IBPS SO 2018 Preliminary exam is scheduled to be conducted on 29th and 30th December 2018, whereas, the IBPS SO 2018 Mains is going to take place on 27th January 2019. Candidates who have applied for IBPS SO 2018 must start their preparation now.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for SO (Specialist Officers) is an examination conducted for the aspirants of banking sector. The exam is conducted in offline mode (pen & paper based) in different allotted centers.

It is a national-level examination that has more than ten thousand applicants every year. Candidates must plan an effective preparation strategy, so that they are able to clear the examination with a good score. To make an effective preparation schedule, candidates must be aware of the IBPS SO 2018 syllabus and exam pattern.  

Apart from that, the following  tips and tricks can be very useful in cracking the IBPS SO 2018 exam:

Subject-Wise Preparation for IBPS SO 2018

Subject-wise preparation is an effective and approved trick to score good in a national-level examination like IBPS SO. Let’s look at the subjects covered in the IBPS SO 2018 exam and the best strategy to perform well in the exam.

English Language: 

  • An average student, must take upto 20 to 25 minutes to complete the entire English Language section of the IBPS SO 2018 exam.

  • To score good marks in this section, you need to have a strong hold over the language and grammar of English.

  • The section consists of topics like Theme Detection and Passage Completion and Word Formation and Sentence Completion which requires more concentration, focus and time. These topics need more practice than others.

  • It is important to be quick and correct with the other topics of English Language. To do so, you can practice previous years’ question papers and practice materials that are easily available in the market and over the internet.

  • Topics like One-word Substitution, Fill in the Blanks, Grammar and Prepositions can be mastered only with a good command over the language and regular practice sessions.

  • Reading newspaper and education based magazines for a better understanding of the usage of words and grammar is considered a very good practice for the aspirants of IBPS SO 2018.

Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Average time taken to solve Quantitative Aptitude should not be more than 25 to 35 minutes.

  • It is subject-matter that requires understanding of the patterns and skills to solve each question of this section.

  • You must also have a good grip on the Mathematical formulas and theories involved in solving the mathematical sums.

  • Topics like Percentage, Average, Simplification and Ration & Proportion must be given more time during the practice session, so that, solving these in the main paper becomes easy and quick.

  • Tricky questions related to Data Interpretation and Analysis can be achieved with rigorous amount of practice. The more the sums are practiced, the more clear and quick you will be with the questions.

  • You can also read good books that explain the topic in a clear way and helps you to understand the steps and formulas.

  • Seeking help from seniors, teachers or coaching centers is also a good option for conquering the trickiness of Quantitative Aptitude.   

Reasoning Ability:

  • Candidates can spend approx 20 to 25 minutes to solve the questions of this section.

  • The more you practice Reasoning sums, the more grip you will have over the variety of questions.

  • It is a section that requires understanding of the tricks to solve the questions. This can be accomplished by solving practice papers and previous years’ exam paper.

  • Devote more time to tricky topics like Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Coding-Decoding, Input Output, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Puzzels, etc.

  • Once your understanding of the topics are clear, you can put your stop watch on and start practicing the questions. This will help you in increasing your speed for the tricky questions, which will help you solve maximum number of questions in the main examination.

Professional Knowledge:

  • 20 to 25 minutes can be the maximum duration of time that you should spend on solving this section in the examination paper.

  • For this subject-matter, all you need to do is to be thorough with the topics that have to be covered.

  • Use good reference materials for understanding difficult topics and questions.

  • For topics like IT, Network Security, Translation Analysis, Human Resource Development and Marketing, seek help and guidance from experts and seniors.

  • The more you read, the more clear you will be with these topics. Look for the type and style of questions that have been asked in the previous years’ question papers.  

Tips & Trick for IBPS SO 2018 Preparation

Follow these tips to ease your exam preparation and be among the toppers of IBPS SO. These tips will not only help you in enhancing your preparation skills but will also help you to be quick with the entire syllabus and complete it on time.

  • It is very important for you to know about the syllabus first and then start your preparation. Take some time and go through the syllabus prescribed by the concerned authority of IBPS SO 2018.

  • Creating a study-plan can be your second step towards a good preparation. Study plan will give you an insight about the important subjects of the syllabus that need to be covered first. A planned structure will also give you time for revision and improvement.

  • Making a time-table is also an effective way to cover the syllabus. This will also help you in maintaining your study-plan and  running it smoothly. Divide your syllabus equally in suits you and start your preparation.

  • Keep a time slot for practice papers and solving previous years’ question papers. The practice session will help you keep track of types and patterns of questions that might come in the IBPS SO 2018 exam.

  • Take tests regularly, as it will help you improve the time taken to solve the entire paper. It will also help you have a strong hold on tricky questions. Taking tests on a regular basis is considered to be a good practice for the preparation of entrance exam.

  • Revision is one of the most important things that you must do on a day-to-day basis. This will help you in brushing up the studied subject-matter and will also help you in memorising tricks and formulas.    

Best Books for IBPS SO 2018

Good books are one of the best source for the preparation of entrance exams. They will help you in understanding the difficult topics and will also guide you through the tricks and tips that should be adopted to solve difficult questions. Mentioned below are few recommended IBPS SO 2018 books, that you may select to start your preparation.

Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by R. S. Aggarwal

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal

IBPS Specialist Officers I.T. Officer CRP SPL – VII Professional Knowledge Main Exam Practice Work Book by Kirna Prakashan

Bank Success Book: Score Well in SBI & IBPS, Clerk, PO & SO Exams by BankingCareers Experts

Objective Mathematics for Competitive Examinations by Tarun Goyal

A New Approach to Logical Reasoning by B.S.Sijwali and Indu Sijwali

Verbal Reasoning by R.S Aggarwal

Objective English by Hari Mohan Prasad and U.R.Sinha

Banking Awareness by Arihant Publication

Basic Banking & Financial Issue by Gantam Majumdaar

Professional Knowledge for IBPS/ SBI Specialist IT Officer Exam 2nd Edition

by Disha Experts

Objective Computer
Awareness for
General Competitive
Exams 1st Edition by R Pillai

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IBPS SO 2018 Result

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) SO Result is announced for all the 3 phases – Preliminary, Mains and Interview. The IBPS SO exam is conducted to recruit around candidates for the posts of Specialist Officers (SO) in various public sector banks as well as other participating organisations.

Candidates are required to qualify each level of the IBPS SO recruitment by obtaining the minimum qualifying marks decided by IBPS. The preliminary exam is a screening test and only the marks secured in the Mains examination are considered to shortlist candidates for the interview round and for preparing the final merit list. To check the IBPS SO result for each level, candidates have to log in with their User ID /Registration number/roll number and password/D.O.B.

Candidates have to qualify the Preliminary exam to participate further in the Main exam. The scores for the Preliminary exam are available in the month of January, whereas for the Main exam, candidates can view their scores in the month of February.

Steps to Download IBPO SO Mains Result 2018

  • Visit the official website of IBPS.
  • Click on the link available to download the exam scores.
  • You will be directed to a page where you will be required to enter your registration number, password and also enter the captcha code.
  • Click on login and the result will appear on your screen.
  • Take a print-out and keep a soft copy of the same on your computer for future use.

IBPS SO Cut-off 2018

Each candidate has to score the minimum marks in the online Main examination and also secure sufficiently high scores to be shortlisted for the interview round. Based on the number of available vacancies, the IBPS SO cut-off is decided and candidates are shortlisted for the interview stage. Before completing the interview process, the scores obtained in the online Main Examination are not shared with the candidates who are shortlisted for the interview.

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IBPS SO 2018 Selection Process

IBPS SO Selection Process comprises of all the phases that candidates have to clear for recruitment to the desired IBPS participating organisation. On the basis of their performance in the Preliminary exam, Mains exam and Interview process, candidates are shortlisted for the vacant posts in the Participating banks of IBPS.

IBPS SO Interview Process

Shortlisted candidates in the Main examination will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Institute and coordinated by the Nodal Banks in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS. The interview will be held at the selection centers. The venue of centre, as well as schedule for an interview, will be informed to the shortlisted candidates in the call letter. Candidates are required to download their interview call letters from the official website of IBPS.

  • The minimum qualifying marks in interview for general category candidates is 40% and for reserved category candidates is 35%.
  • The weightage of Online CWE (Main Exam) and interview will be 80:20 ratio respectively.
  • The combined final score of candidates will be based on the total score received by candidates in the online main examination of IBPS SO and Interview.
  • Interview score of the candidates who have failed to secure the minimum qualifying marks or otherwise will not have to go through any further selection process.

List of Documents to be Produced at the Time of Interview

  • Printout of the Interview Call Letter
  • System generated printout of the online application
  • Date of Birth proof
  • Identification Proof
  • Marksheets and certificates (Proper document from Board / University for having declared the result on or before 27.11.2017 has to be submitted)
  • Caste Certificate Documents(If you are belonging to SC/ST/OBC category candidates authorized by the government of India.)
  • Disability certificate (authorized by District Medical Board)
  • Experience certificates, if any
  • Persons eligible for age relaxation must produce a certificate from the District Magistrate to the effect that they are eligible for relief in terms of the Rehabilitation Package for 1984 Riot Affected
  • Persons sanctioned by the Government.
  • Any other relevant documents.

IBPS SO Provisional Allotment

The marks for provisional allotment in IBPS SO 2017 can be defined as the lowest marks that the test takers will have to obtain to be provisionally allotted in any one of the participating banks of IBPS SO. The IBPS SO Cut off for provisional allotment will be calculated out of 100 and after eliminating inter-SE-merit (ties) on the basis of date of birth.

Participating Organisations

The number of vacancies is decided based on the recruitment need of the 20 participating banks. 

Allahabad Bank

Corporation Bank

Syndicate Bank

Andhra Bank


UCO Bank

Bank of Baroda

Indian Bank

United Bank of India

Bank of India

Indian Overseas Bank

Vijaya Bank

Bank of Maharashtra

Oriental Bank of Commerce


Canara Bank

Punjab National Bank


Central Bank of India

Punjab & Sind Bank


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IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card

The IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card has not been released by the exam conducting authority yet. However, the exam date for IBPS SO 2018 Prelims and Mains Exams have been announced for the aspirants. IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card can be downloaded form the official website of IBPS after it is published. Candidates who have successfully registered themselves for IBPS SO 2018 exam will be able to download the admit card.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the exam for the selection of Specialist Officers for various posts including I.T. Officer (Scale I), Agriculture Field Officer (Scale I), Law Officer (Scale I), Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I), etc.  

IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card – Important Dates


Dates (Tentative)

Issue of IBPS SO 2018 Prelims Admit Card

December 2018

IBPS SO 2018 Preliminary Exam

December 2018

IBPS SO 2018 Result for Preliminary Exam

To be Announced

Issue of IBPS SO 2018 Mains Admit Card

To be Announced

IBPS SO 2018 Mains Exam

January 2019

IBPS SO 2018 Result for Mains Exam

To be Announced

Steps to Download IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card

  • Go to the official website of IBPS.

  • On the ‘Home’ page, click on the link available to access the IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card.

  • A new page will open. Fill in the required credentials and click on the ‘Submit’ button.

  • Download the Admit Card for IBPS SO 2018 exam displayed on the screen and take a print out of it.

  • Also, get a photocopy of the IBPS SO admit card in case the document goes missing.

Important Instructions

  • For aspirants of IBPS SO 2018, admit card is the an essential document that they must carry to the examination center.

  • Along with the admit card, candidates must also carry an identity proof, for verification of their identity.

  • Remember to take the identity proof that has your latest photograph attached to it.

  • No other document shall accompany the test takers at the test center.

  • Candidates must follow the instructions given on the admit card and disseminated at the exam center.

  • Keep the IBPS SO admit card in good condition until the recruitment process is over, as the document will be required at different stages of the recruitment process.

Details Mentioned on IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card

Candidates must check their admit card once it has been issued to them. The information on the IBPS SO 2018 admit card is about the candidate and the examination. Candidates can look for the below-mentioned details on their IBPS SO 2018 admit card:

  • Name of the Candidate

  • Venue of the Examination

  • Photograph of the Candidate

  • Time of the Examination

  • Date of the Examination

  • Name of the Examination

  • Roll Number allotted to the Candidate

  • Registration Number

  • Signature of the Head of the Concerned Department

ID Documents Required with IBPS SO 2108 Admit Card

Identity Proof is an important document that the candidates must carry on the day of examination to the exam center. Let’s look at the documents that can be considered as valid ID proofs.

  • PAN Card

  • Passport

  • Government approved ID Card or certificate with photograph.

  • Voter ID Card

  • Driving License with Photograph

  • Service ID Card

  • Disability Certificate (if the candidate is differently abled).

  • Aadhaar Card

Discrepancy in IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card

Cross-check the information written on the admit card to avoid any kind of discrepancy. If admit card has mistakes or wrong information mentioned on it, then it must be reported to the concerned authority. To do so, candidates can contact at the address given below and get the corrections done before the commencement of the examination.

Contact Details

Address: IBPS House, 90 feet,
D.P.  Road, Near Thakur Polytechnic,
Off. Western Express Highway,
P. B. No. 8587 Kandivali (E),
Mumbai (400 101 )
Ph No.:1800 222 366

FAQs on IBPS SO 2018 Admit Card

1. What should I do if I loose the registration number and password?

You can check your phone and email for the registration number and password, which was sent after the successful submission of the application form. The exam conducting authority does not provide new registration number or password.

2. Why is it important to carry admit card to the examination center?

It is a proof that candidates have successfully submitted the application form and are eligible to sit for the exam. Without the admit card, candidates will not be allowed to sit for the examination.

3. Can I request for a change in the date, venue or time for IBPS SO 2018?

No, any such request shall not be entertained by the concerned authority. The date, time and venue can only be changed if the authority decides to do so.

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How to Apply for IBPS SO 2018

Aspirants of IBPS SO must most importantly know How to Apply for IBPS SO 2018. In order to be registered for the examination, it is important for candidates to know the procedure involved in the application process. All candidates applying for IBPS SO 2018 recruitment will have to fill the online application form provided by IBPS. No other method of application will be accepted for IBPS SO 2018 examination.

Online registration of IBPS SO 2018 is expected to start from November 2018. The application forms will be available for the aspirants till 4th week of November 2018. Candidates are advised to keep a track of our website for the announcement of application form and availability of the same on the official website of IBPS.

Before applying online:

  • Candidates should have scanned copies of their Image/photograph and signature ensuring that both the photograph (4.5cm × 3.5cm) and signature follow the prescribed specifications.
  • Candidates should not sign in capital letter, as it will not be accepted.
  • Keep handy all the required documents/details to make the Online Payment of the requisite application fee.
  • Valid personal email address, which must be active until the entire recruitment process is completed. Candidates should not provide any other person's email ID.
  • If the candidates do not have the valid personal email address, they should make one before filling up of the IBPS SO 2017 application form.

Procedure for applying online:

Online Registration:

  • Go to the IBPS’ website (www.ibps.in)
  • Click on the Home Page to open the link "CWE Specialist Officers”.
  • Then, Click on the tab "APPLY ONLINE FOR CWE- Specialist Officers " to download the online application form.
  • Candidates will have to click on "New Registration" Tab for registering their application.
  • After providing basic information such as name and email address, a provisional registration number and password will be generated by the system and displayed on candidates' screens.
  • Candidate should note down the Provisional registration number and password. 
  • An email and SMS will also be sent indicating the provisional registration number and password.

Upload the Documents:

Candidates will be required to upload their photograph/image and signature as per the given specifications. 

Guidelines for scanning and uploading of Photograph (4.5cm × 3.5cm) & Signature:
Photograph Image

  • Photograph must be a recent passport style colour picture.
  • Make sure that the picture is in colour, taken against a light-coloured, preferably white, background.
  • Look straight at the camera with a relaxed face.
  • If you have to use flash, ensure there’s no “red-eye” – If you wear glasses make sure that there are no reflections and your eyes can be clearly seen.
  • Caps, hats and dark glasses are not acceptable. Religious headwear is allowed but it must not cover your face. – Dimensions 200 x 230 pixels (preferred).
  • Size of file should be between 20kb–50 kb – Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 50kb. If the size of the file is more than 50 kb, then adjust the settings of the scanner such as the DPI resolution, no. of colours etc., during the process of scanning.

Signature Image

  • The applicant has to sign on white paper with Black Ink pen.
  • The signature must be signed only by the applicant and not by any other person.
  • The signature will be used to put on the Call Letter and wherever necessary. – If the Applicant’s signature on the answer script, at the time of the examination, does not match the signature on the Call Letter, the applicant will be disqualified.
  • Dimensions 140 x 60 pixels (preferred) – Size of file should be between 10kb – 20kb – Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 20kb – Signature in CAPITAL LETTERS shall NOT be accepted.

Payment of Fees:
Candidates must pay the required fees only through online mode:

  • The payment can be done by using Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets.
  • If online transactions have not been completed successfully, then the candidates are advised to re-enter with their provisional registration number and password and pay the application fees online.
  • Upon successful completion of the transaction, an e-receipt will be generated.
  • Candidates need to take a printout of the e-receipt and online application form. 
  • After submitting your payment information in the online application form, please wait for the intimation from the server,  to avoid double charges, do not press back or refresh tab.

Application Fees:



General and OBC

INR 600


INR 100

Confirmation Page:

  • After completing the procedure of applying online including payment of fees, the candidate should take a printout of the system generated online application form, and make sure the details filled in are accurate and retain it along with Registration Number and Password for further process.
  • An email/ SMS with the Registration Number and Password generated on successful registration of the application will be sent to the candidate’s registered email address/ Mobile Number.

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IBPS SO Conducting Body

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an autonomous agency in India, which became an independent entity at the behest of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Public Sector Banks in 1984 and started in 1975 as Personnel Selection Services (PSS). With a mission to enhance human resource development through personal assessment, IBPS has been seen as an autonomous educational and research-oriented institute.


IBPS SO 2018 Important Dates


Dates (Tentative)

Online registration of IBPS SO 2018

November 2018

Exam application fee Payment

November 2018

Admit Card Download for Preliminary exam

December 2018

Online Preliminary exam

4th Week of December 2018

Result of Preliminary exam

January 2019

Admit Card Download for Main exam

To be announced

Online Main exam

4th Week of February 2019

Result of Main exam

To be announced

Admit Card Download for interview

To be announced

IBPS SO Interview

To be announced

IBPS SO Provisional Allotment

To be announced

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Centers



Andaman & Nicobar

Port Blair

Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam

Arunachal Pradesh





Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzzafarpur, Patna, Purnea




Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Surat, Jamnagar

Daman and Diu



Bahadurgarh, Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon




Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara


Ambala, Panchkula

Himachal Pradesh


Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, Srinagar


Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi


Bengaluru, Dharwad, Hubli, Mangalore


Kochi, Kozikhode, Thiruvananthapuram



Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabapur


Aurangabad, Greater Mumbai/Navi Mumbai/Thane, Nagpur, Nanded, Pune










Berhampur(Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur




Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala


Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur







Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi


Dehradun, Roorkee

West Bengal

Bardhaman, Berhampur, Durgapur, Greater Kolkata, Siliguri

Contact Details

IBPS House, 90 feet, D.P.Road,
Near Thakur Polytechnic, 
Off. Western Express Highway, 
P. B. No. 8587 Kandivali (E), 
Mumbai 400 101 INDIA.

Phone no. 1800 222 366, 1800 103 4566

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