IBPS SO Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2018 Changed | Sectional Timing Introduced in Prelims


The Institute for Selection of Banking Personnel issued its announcement for engaging specialist IBPS 2018 for 1,599 vacancies. The IBPS SO test form has been changed, and a section in time has been introduced in Prelims this year. The selection process consists of three stages, namely, Prelims, Mains & Interview. The exam is scheduled for December 29 and 30, 2018. For candidates who want to be part of the banking sector as a specialist, IBPS SO Examination is one of the best opportunities for them. Read this article carefully for the IBPS SO Test Form 2018 and the selection process.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2018 Changed

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Post Specialist Officer(SO)
Available Post 1,599
Exam Conducting Authority IBPS
Application Process will available 6th Nov. to 26th Nov. 2018
Exam Stages Prelims, Mains & Interview
Exam(Stage I) 29thDec & 30th Dec 2018
Exam(Stage II) 27thJan 2019

IBPS SO (Specialist Officer) Posts

Sr. No Posts (Scale-I)
1. I.T. Officer
2. Agricultural Field Officer
3. Rajbhasha Adhikari
4. Law Officer
5. HR/Personnel Officer
6. Marketing Officer

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2018

The comprises IBPS SO examination into 3 stages this year:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

For Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I

Name of Test No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 mins
English Language 50 25 40 mins
General Awareness (With Special Reference to Banking) 50 50 40 mins
Total 150 125 2 Hours

IBPS So Prelims will be conducted via Online mode i.e.Objective Type Exam for IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Field Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer & Marketing Officer Scale I

Name of Test No.s of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 mins
English Language 50 25 40 mins
Quant Aptitude 50 50 40 mins
Total 150 125 2 Hours

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

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

Subject No. of Qs Max Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 Mins

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Subject No. of Qs Max Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 30 mins
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 30 mins

New Changes Introduced in the IBPS SO Examination that is:

  • The exam conducting authority introduced sectional timing for Prelims examination.
  • Candidates need to qualify now for each section and each section has their own cut off and as well an overall cut off is prepared by the conducting authority.
  • For each incorrect answer, 1/4 marks will be deducted in the Objective Tests.
  • For appearing in the mains exam, candidates first need to appear in Prelims first.
  • Those who selected or cleared IBPS SO Prelims will appear in the main examination. The selection is based upon the performance in the prelims exam and minimum cut off.
  • In mains exam only professional knowledge subjects questions, those who cleared who will go for the interview process.
  • Prelims exam will not be included in the final merit list, So candidates need to only clear prelims examination.
  • As well mains marks also used for shortlisting the candidates for the interview process, those scores higher they will call for the interview process.

IBPS SO Interview Process

  • Those who successfully cleared IBPS SO Common Written examination, to be eligible for the interview process.
  • The participating banks and coordinated by the nodal banks with the help of IBPS will organize the interview for final selection which is carrying a total of 100 marks.
  • For General candidates, minimum qualifying marks are 40% only and for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates it is only 35%.

Final Selection Process for IBPS SO Examination

A final merit list will be prepared by the conducting authority for the selected candidates on the basis of the total marks or score obtains by candidates in the Written Test + Interview. The weighted ratio among CWT or interview process is 80:20. Candidates who cleared both the examination will become a successful specialist officer in the participating public sector bank. It is advised to the candidates score higher marks, as some new changes introduced so the cut-off will goes higher.

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