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The online examination (Preliminary and Main) for the next Common Recruitment Process (CRP) for selection of personnel in Specialist Officers’ cadre posts listed below in the Participating Organisations is tentatively scheduled in December 2019/ January 2020. 

Tentative Dates for IBPS SO 2019

Event Important Dates
Application Start Dates 06.11.2019- 26.11.2019
Application End Dates 06.11.2019- 26.11.2019
Download of Call Letter December 2019
Online Preliminary Exam 28.12.2019 and 29.12.2019
Prelims Result & Call Letter for Mains January 2020
Online Mains Exam Date January 2020
Mains Result & Call Letter for Interview 25.01.2020
Conduct of Interview February 2020
Provisional Allotment April 2020


Educational Qualifications (As on 26.11.2019):
I.T. Officer (Scale-I)
a) 4-year Engineering/Technology Degree in Computer Science/Computer Applications/Information Technology/ Electronics/Electronics & Telecommunications/Electronics & Communication/Electronics  & Instrumentation
b) Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/Electronics & Tele Communication/Electronics & Communication/Electronics & Instrumentation/Computer Science/Information Technology/Computer Applications
Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)
a) 4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/Veterinary Science/Dairy Science/Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/Agri.Marketing & Cooperation/Co-operation & Banking/Agro-Forestry/Forestry/Agricultural Biotechnology/Food Science/Agriculture Business Management/Food Technology/Dairy Technology/Agricultural Engineering.
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)
Postgraduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level
Postgraduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.
Law Officer (Scale I)
A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
Graduate and Two Years Full-time Post Graduate degree or Two Years Full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/HR/HRD/Social Work/Labour Law.
Marketing Officer (Scale I)
Graduate and Two Years Full-time MMS (Marketing)/Two Years Full-time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full-time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

Age (As on 01.11.2019):

Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 30 years i.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.11.1989 and not later than 01.11.1999 (both dates inclusive)

Relaxation Of Upper Age Limit:

Sr. No. Category Age Relaxation
1. SC/ST 5 Years
2. Other Backward Classes (OBC) 3 Years
3. PwD(GEN) 10 Years
4. PwD (SC/ST) 15 Years
5 PwD(OBC) 13 Years
6 Persons Domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir 5 Years


Sr.No. Category Total
1. SC/ST/PwD/XS 125/- (Intimation Charges only)
2. General and OBC 750/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

Vacancies 2018:

The total no. of IBPS SO Vacancies 2018 is 1591. Since the IBPS SO exam takes place for various specialist posts, the number of vacancies differ from post to post. The detailed vacancies for various posts are as follows:
  • IT Officer (Scale-I)- 76
  • HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)- 81
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)- 27
  • Marketing Officer (Scale-I)- 310
  • Law Officer (Scale-I)- 60
  • Agriculture Officer (Scale-I)- 670

 Exam Pattern:

The IBPS SO selection takes place in 3 stages - Prelims, Mains & Interview. The Preliminary exam is just a qualifying exam and the marks that you score in the Prelims are not counted towards final merit list preparation. 

Once you clear the Prelims stage, you qualify for the Mains exam. Thereafter, the selected candidates will be called for the Interview. Your final selection depends upon your collective performance in Mains Exam & Interview. 

Read the table given below to know about the IBPS SO Selection Process & Exam Pattern in detail.
Online (Objective Type) Exam for Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

For Rajsabha Adhikari Scale I officer
Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
2. English Language 50 25 40 minutes
3. General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 40 minutes
Total 150 125 120 minutes
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 40 minutes
2. English Language 50 25 40 minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 minutes
Total 150 125 120 minutes

IBPS SO 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

How to apply for IBPS SO 2019

  • Candidates are first required to go to the IBPS’s website and click on the Home Page to open the link “CWE Specialist Officers” and then click on the option “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CWE- Specialist Officers (CRP-SPL-VII)” to open the On-Line Application Form.
  • Candidates should have valid email ID and mobile no.which should be kept active till the declaration of results. It will help him/her in getting call letter/advices etc. by email/SMS.
  • Submit the Application Form.
  • The payment can be made by using debit card/credit card/Internet Banking by providing information as asked on the screen. Transaction charges for online payment, if any, will be borne by the candidates.
  • On successful completion of the transaction, e-receipt and application form with fee details will be generated; which may be printed for record.
  • Take out the Print Out of the Application Form for future reference.

Syllabus For IBPS SO Prelims 2019

Given below is a list of all topics and subjects, from which the questions will be asked. You can prepare and plan for the exams by knowing the topics you have to cover.
Quantitative Aptitude English Language Reasoning Ability General Awareness
Percentage & Ratio Proportion
Data Interpretation
Mensuration & Geometry
Quadratic Equations
Linear Equations
Profit & Loss
Number Series
Speed, Time & Distance
Time & Work
Number Systems
Data Sufficiency
Permutation & Combination
Mixtures & Alligations
Reading Comprehension
Error Spotting
Phrase Replacement
Fill in the Blanks
Cloze Test
Para Jumbles
Verbal Reasoning
Circular Seating Arrangements
Linear Seating Arrangements
Double Lineup
Input Output
Blood Relations
Directions & Distances
Ordering & Ranking
Data Sufficiency
Coding & Decoding
Coded Inequalities
Analytical Decision Making
Financial Awareness
Current Affairs
General Knowledge


The Centre, venue address, post applied for, date and time for both Preliminary and Main examination and interview shall be intimated in the respective Call Letter. An eligible candidate should download his/her call letter from the authorised IBPS’s website by entering his/ her details i.e. Registration Number and Password/Date of Birth. No hard copy of the call letter/ Information Handout etc. will be sent by post/ courier.  

How to Download Admit Card

  • Go to and click on careers section.
  • Select download IBPS SO call letter for preliminary examination
  • Then enter your Registration Number/Roll Number and Date of Birth/Password
  • Finally click on the submit button, your IBPS SO admit card 2019 will generated and take a print.
  • The IBPS SO admit card is issued and available 10 days prior to the examination. It will be available in the official website of the bank. Candidates are required to download the admit card and get a printed copy of the same.


This exam will be conducted in the month of July. IBPS officially releases separate sectional and overall Cut off marks for each phase of Specialist Officer selection process. Candidates need to score marks equal to or greater than those cut off marks in each phase to get selected for the subsequent stages of the IBPS SO recruitment process. IBPS releases Cut off marks along with the IBPS SO Result of each stage of SO selection process viz, prelims, Mains, Interview.

IBPS SO Prelims and Mains objective Cut off Marks are different for each section (ie., Cutoff marks for English, Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, General Awareness). These cutoff marks may vary according to categories like General, OBC, SC, ST, PwD. Here we are providing you the Previous Year Cut-Offs. This list will help you in having the rough idea about cut off of the upcoming exam.

Post Category
I.T Officer (Scale I ) 41.00 32.27 46.73 50.93 47.00 38.67 NA 31.33
18/04/94 14/05/93 16/11/94 02/12/94 29/08/86 8/12/94 25/09/92
Agricultural Field Officer 41.40 38.53 46.07 46.87 29.00 44.00 37.33 25.33
21/04/89 11/11/91 03/03/88 21/05/94 12/05/88 23/10/92 22/04/92 04/04/94
Rajbhasha Adhikari 38.67 NA 43.07 45.53 NA NA 43.73 NA
15/09/84 06/12/87 04/12/87 12/09/89
Law Officer 47.67 46.00 52.93 59.00 NA 53.93 NA 45.67
03/05/89 24/0387 18/12/91 28/05/88 29/03/90 13/08/91
HR/Personnel Officer 50.00 47.67 59.33 63.07 NA 48.40 NA NA
28/05/90 14/10/93 09/12/92 17/02/89 13/10/91
Marketing Officer 63.33 55.67 67.00 70.53 NA 60.33 NA NA

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