IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

IBPS SO 2018 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment 2018: As we all know that IBPS Specialist Officer Notification 2018 for IT-AFO-Rajbhasha-Law-HR-Marketing Officer is out now and The online application process for IBPS SO Posts, will start from 6th November 2018. The last date to apply online is 26th November 2018. now its to start preparation for the most awaited exam of the year and for the same in this article we are sharing the IBPS SO 2018 Exam pattern and Syllabus

The common recruitment process for the post of Specialist Officers in Banks is conducted for the following posts:
  • I.T. Officer (Scale-I)
  • Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)
  • Law Officer (Scale I)
  • HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
  • Marketing Officer (Scale I)

Download IBPS SO Recruitment Notification PDF 2018

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2018

This year IBPS had introduced a major change in the recruitment process of Specialist Officers. Earlier there used to be only 1 examination then followed by an interview but this year there will be a two-tier examination for this recruitment.
The preliminary exam will be a qualifying phase for the mains and candidates will have to clear the cut-offs of prelims to be allowed to appear for Mains exam. 
IBPS SO Prelims and Mains exam will include the following sections English, Reasonings, Quantitative Aptitude and Professional Knowledge. The syllabus and level of English, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude is same as that of any Banking Officer level recruitment; Professional Knowledge is the test of field-specific knowledge or field-specific aptitude.  Apart from online examination, there will also be a phase of Personal Interview.

IBPS SO 2018 Preliminary Exam Pattern

For Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law Scale-I officer
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, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer
Name of the Test Number of Questions Marks Medium 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 Detailed Syllabus 2018

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Cloze Test
  • Fillers
  • Sentence Errors
  • Vocabulary based questions
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relation
  • Syllogism
  • Order and Ranking
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Machine Input-Output
  • Inequalities
  • Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement, and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)
  • Inequalities (Quadratic Equations)
  • Number Series
  • Approximation and Simplification
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)

IBPS SO Professional Knowledge Syllabus

The syllabus of Professional Knowledge is field specific for each post.

Marketing Officer Syllabus

Marketing Overview and Marketing Process and Marketing Planning; Concept, Nature, Scope and Importance of Marketing; Functions, and Importance of Marketing Management; Consumer/ Buyer Behavior; Market Segmentation: Importance of Market Segmentation; Marketing Research; Product Planning and Development Sales Promotion and its Objectives; Branding, Packaging, and Labeling; Pricing Decisions: Pricing, Pricing Decision Strategies; Wholesale and Retail Trade; Services Marketing; Bank and Insurance Marketing; Consumer Protection in India: List of Consumer Rights, Consumer Protection Act; Marketing Organization; Marketing Program; Marketing Decision-Making; Sales Forecasting; Product Distribution: Definition, Channels of Distribution; Advertisement; Sales Management; Marketing Environment; Rural Marketing; International Marketing; Social Responsibility and Business Ethics.

Agriculture Field Office

Agriculture current affairs; Crop horticulture vegetables; Spacing time of sowing seed rate; Herbicides Pesticides; Important points regarding plants fruits vegetables; Preservation of fruits and vegetables; Types of cropping system; Different Diseases; Seed technology – Different government schemes; Agriculture economics –  Agriculture cost and schemes; Various types of agricultural practices; Soil resources; Indian soil; Green manures; Animal husbandry and technology; Different varieties of animals; Agriculture small industries like honey daily in the fisheries; Various diseases and its causes; Rural welfare activities in India; Different insurance schemes regarding agriculture; Development schemes.

IT Officer

Law Officer

Various Indian Laws and Acts with reading on the banking sector like contract acts; Laws related to partnerships; Laws related to companies; Laws related to firms etc. RBI functions; Relevant laws of negotiable instruments; Foreign Exchange; Securities; How to prevent money laundering; Bankers Book Evidence Act; Offenses and Penalties; Consumer Protection Act; Banking Ombudsman Scheme; RTI Act; DRT Act and Information Technology Act; The Banking Ombudsman Scheme; Procedure for Redressal of Grievance; Commercial Laws with Reference to Banking Operation; Contracts of Guarantee; Contracts of Bailment; Contracts of Pledge; Contracts of Agency; Meaning and Essentials of a Contract of Sale; Definition, Meaning, and Nature of Partnership.

HR/ Personnel Officer

Human Resource Management; Human Resource Development; Human Resource Information System; Transactional Analysis- Understanding TA- life stages; Recruitment & Selection; Training and Development; Rewards & Recognition; Performance Management & Appraisal; Management of Compensations and Benefits; Mobility of Personnel and Retirement; Business Policy and Strategic Analysis; Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Effectiveness: Concept of EI, theories; Managing change and organizational effectiveness; Management Process and Organizational Behaviour; Managing Interpersonal and Group Processes; Collective Bargaining and Negotiation process; Conflict Management; Grievance Management; Industrial Relations & Trade Unions; Labour Laws; Discipline : Principles of Natural Justice, Disciplinary Proceedings, Domestic Enquiry; Personnel problems and employee counseling -Labour turnover, absenteeism, alcoholic and drug abuse. Employee health, safety, and welfare.

Rajbhasha Adhikari

Professional Knowledge test for this post is a test of Hindi Language, the syllabus includes Reading Comprehension (related to women empowerment), Grammar, Synonym (पर्यायवाची), Translation and Word Meaning. As it is a test of Hindi language and translation, candidates should be well versed with Hindi Grammar and build their vocabulary.

IBPS SO Cut Off 2017:

Following were the cut offs for various posts of Specialist Officers  recruitment in 2016 (out of 100):
Posts SC ST OBC UR
Agriculture Field Officer 31.20 29.20 34.80 35.00
Rajsabha Adhikari 52.00 46.60 55.60 52.60
Law Officer 48.00 31.80 51.60 57.40
HR/Personnel Officer 57.20 55.40 57.60 60.60
Marketing Officer 62.40 51.80 65.40 67.20

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