IBPS SO Exam 2019

Specialist Officer Exam

What is IBPS SO Exam?

IBPS Specialist Officers (SO) are recruited periodically to man individual special posts in various departments like IT Officer, Field Officer, Law Officer, HR/Personnel or Management Officer, Marketing Officer, Sales Officer etc in government and private banks across the country.

The candidates opting for these posts must have Graduate and Post Graduate Degree/Diploma in relevant filed along with certain experience in the relevant field. IBPS conducts Common Written Examination for selection of Specialist Officers.

In the recent years, the level of competition for bank exams has spurt exponentially. Graduates from any field of study can attempt this exam. We provide you details necessary for all preparation tips, syllabi, reference books, study material, exam pattern, etc.

IBPS SO 2018:

The IBPS SO 2019 official notification for exam dates has been released on the official website. The prelims exam is going to be conducted on 29 and 30 December 2018 and the main will conduct on January 27, 2019, by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) to select eligible candidates for various posts as follows:

  • Agriculture Field Officer
  • Marketing Officer (Scale I)
  • HR/Personnel Officer
  • IT Officers Scale I
  • Law Officer
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I

IBPS SO 2018 will be conducted through a two-phase selection process. Candidates who will qualify both the rounds will be further considered for the final interview process.

Application Fee:

INR 100/- For SC/ST/PWD Candidates

INR 600/- For All Other Candidates

Click here to know more about the details of payment mode and how to pay?

List Of Participating Banks:

Allahabad Bank Canara Bank Indian Bank Syndicate Bank
Andhra Bank Central Bank of India Indian Overseas Bank UCO Bank
Bank of Baroda Corporation Bank Oriental Bank of Commerce Union Bank of India
Bank of India Dena Bank Punjab National Bank United Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra IDBI Bank Punjab & Sind Bank Vijaya Bank

IBPS SO Vacancies 2018:

More than 10 lakhs candidates appeared for this exam every year. A total number of 1315 vacancies (tentative) will be available for the candidates.The online registration starts from November 7, 2018. The total vacancies will be divided into each and every post as shown below:

Post Total Vacancies
Agriculture Field Officer Scale-I 853
Marketing Officer Scale-I 302
IT Officer Scale-I 219
Law Officer Scale-I 75
HR/Personnel Officer Scale-I 81
Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale-I 69
Total 1599

Candidates, intending to apply for IBPS SO should ensure that they fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria specified by IBPS. Click here to know more about the eligibility criteria with details.

Pay Scale of IBPS SO Officers 2018:

The salary structure for the IBPS SO is calculated considering all the perks offered to them. The pay scale for all the vacancies for Scale-I posts will be as follows:

Basic: INR 23,700/-

Pay Scale: INR 23700-980(7)-30560-1145(2)-32850-1310(7)-42020

The various allowances and benefits that are available along with IBPS Specialist Officers salary are as under:

Allowances Values
Dearness Allowance (DA) 36% of Basic
House Rent Allowance (HRA) 7% to 9% of Basic
Special Allowance (SA) 7.75 % of Basic
City Compensatory Allowance (CCA) 0%, 3%, & 4% of Basic
Provident Fund (PF) Contribution INR 3000-3500


The salary is revised to time from time.

The job profile, roles and responsibilities and salary package of Specialist Officers 2019 are as follows:

Role of IT Officer:

  • IT officers are required to take care of the bank software systems
  • Based on experience IT SO has two scales: Scale I and Scale II
  • IT officers look after the maintenance of servers, database and other networking aspects

Role of Law Officer:

Law officer in a bank deals with the legal issues received from various departments of the Bank and its associated institutions. The law officers are responsible for:

  • Preparations of initial drafts of legislation administered/to be administered by the bank
  • Preparation of drafts of pleading and comprehensive instructions/briefs to counsel in connection with litigation involving the bank and its associated institutions
  • appearing before conciliation officers, labour courts, tribunals, etc. on behalf of the bank

Role of Agricultural Field Officer:

  • Agricultural Field Officer promotes loans in rural areas related to general and agricultural purposes
  • Agricultural Field Officer assists in client acquisition site visit before the loan sanctioning and follow-up for timely loan recovery

Role of Marketing Officer

  • Marketing Officer is responsible for all marketing and social media and networking activities of the Bank
  • Marketing Officer develops various marketing concepts, objectives, materials, advertisements, programmes, press releases and other special events approved by Senior Management
  • Marketing Officer provides guidance and coordinates implementation efforts with respect to the installation of new or existing products and services
  • Marketing Officer is also responsible for being the primary contact for public relations and media contacts, advertising and certain business development activities

Role of Rajbhasha Adhikari

  • Rajbhasha Adhikari takes care of the notice boards or the advertisements of the bank in media in English and Hindi
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari is in charge of translation of official documents in English into Hindi

Role of HR/Personnel Officer

  • HR/Personnel Officer handles the entire HR functions of the bank including Compensation policy, industrial relations, statutory compliances, performance management system, training and development, staff welfare and other aspects of HR management
  • HR/Personnel Officer also takes care of the recruitment notifications of the bank
IBPS CRP SPL-VIII Interview Call Letter Released

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the interview call letters for the Specialist Officer (SO). Candidates who qualified in the main written examination can download the interview call letter from the official website. 

Candidates need to use their registration number/ roll number and password/ date of birth to access the interview call letter. The qualified candidates can access the interview admit cards until March 3, 2019. 

Click here to download IBPS SO interview call letter

In case the candidates forgot the registration number and password, they can access the same in the auto-generated email acknowledgement, at the email address registered. The results of the interview are expected to be declared during the last week of March. 

15 February 2019
IBPS SO (SPL-VIII) Main Exam Scorecard 2018 Released

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the scorecards for the Common Recruitment Process (CRP) Specialist Officer (SPL-VIII). The exam was conducted in January 2019. Candidates who took the exam in the month of January can visit the official website to access the scorecard. 

Candidates need to enter their login credentials such as registration number/roll number and password/date of birth to access the result. The result will be available on the official website until February 24, 2019. 

Click here to check IBPS CRP SPL-VIII main exam scorecard

The minimum qualifying marks for the IBPS SO interview should not be less than 40 per cent. However, it is 35 per cent for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates. The interviews will be conducted in the last week of February. The provisional allotment will be made in April 2019. 

14 February 2019
IBPS SO Main Exam Result 2019 Declared

The Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) has released the Specialist Officers (SO) result for the main examination. The results are available only on the official website of IBPS. The Institute had conducted the SO main examination on January 27, 2019. Candidates who qualified in the SO preliminary are eligible to take the main examination. 

Candidates need to use their registration no/roll no and password/date of birth to access the IBPS SO main exam result. IBPS will allow candidates to access the main exam result until February 12. 

Click here to check IBPS SO main exam result

Candidates who qualify in the IBPS SO main examination have to appear for the next phase of the selection process, i.e., interview. The interviews will be conducted during the third or fourth week of February. The marks obtained in IBPS SO main exam and common interview are only considered for the final merit list. 

7 February 2019
Online Preliminary Exam Results Released For CRP Specialist Officer (SO) VIII

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the preliminary result for Specialist Officer (SO) recruitment. Candidates who appeared for the online written examination on December 29 and 30, 2018, can visit the official website to check their result. Aspirants can access the SO preliminary result till January 15, 2019. 

Candidates who qualify in the IBPS SO preliminary exam have to appear for the main examination, which will be held on January 27, 2019. After qualifying in the IBPS SO main exam, candidates have to appear for the interviews in February. The provisional allotment will be in the month of April 2019. 

Click here to check the IBPS SO preliminary result 2018

IBPS Specialist Officer recruitment is conducted for the posts such as IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer. The recruitment is to fill up vacancies at 20 participating banks.

10 January 2019
IBPS Released Specialist Officer (SO) Preliminary Admit Card

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the preliminary admit card for the post of Specialist Officer. IBPS has activated the SO preliminary admit card link on its official website. Candidates who registered for the examination can visit the official website to downland the IBPS SO preliminary admit card. 

After downloading the IBPS SO admit card 2019, candidates are advised to check the details carefully, such as roll number, exam date, test city, reporting time, venue address, etc. Candidates should also bring a valid ID card along with the SO preliminary admit card to the examination centre. 

Click here to download IBPS SO preliminary admit card

IBPS will conduct the Specialist Officer (SO) preliminary examination on December 29 and 30, 2018. It has released the SO notification for a total of 1599 vacancies. The posts in the SO include Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari.

14 December 2018
Last Day To Apply Online For IBPS SO 2019
Online Registration Begins For IBPS SO 2019
IBPS Released Specialist Officers Notification
IBPS To Conduct The Specialist Officer (SO) Preliminary Exam In December
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