IBPS SO 2019 Exam Details


IBPS stands for Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.  This organization works independently to organize exams and carry out recruitment for different positions in reputed banks. Aspirants wishing to get recruited as clerks, trainees, and officers for the public banking sector can focus on the listed examinations conducted by IBPS :

The IBPS SO exam is conducted for the recruitment of specialist officers. The competition level in the exam makes it really tough and demand for serious preparation by the aspirants. From filling out the application form to preparing for the exam, solving mock tests and following the exam guidelines, candidates need to be very careful at each step. They need to follow the best preparation tips and techniques to make the most of their time and score well in the exam. 



Candidates need to focus on the pattern-wise smart preparation techniques to learn more in less time. Along with the syllabus, the candidates also need to pay attention to the exam pattern that includes details like the number of questions, type of questions, marking scheme, total time etc. Based on the exam pattern of IBPS SO for the previous year, the complexity level will be the same for the Prelims and Mains. Below is the IBPS SO exam pattern:



Stages of exam


Negative Marking


Marks (Prelims)


Marks (Mains)


Expected Complexity Level



To appear in the exams the applicants are required to stay updated with the notifications. In the year 2011 IBPS started conducting common written examination.

IBPS SO exam notification: 

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Committee releases the exam notification to inform candidates about the important dates and other details. Along with the important dates, candidates also get other information like the eligibility criteria, recruitment process, total vacancies etc. So, candidates must carefully go through the IBPS SO 2019 notification. The official notification for IBPS SO is still to be announced by the exam conducting body. However, the exam dates have been announced, which you can check in the table below.

IBPS SO Important Dates



Commencement of online application

To be announced

Last date of online application

Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary

Preliminary Exam Dates

29th and 30th December 2019

Result of Online exam – Preliminary

To be announced

Mains Exam Dates

25th January 2020


Syllabus of IBPS exam: 

The broad subjects only take part in the IBPS SO syllabus in the exam. The possibility of the appearance of the individual topics is also expected in the future. The entire syllabus of IBPS SO is divided into two parts. One is IBPS SO prelims exam syllabus and second one is IBPS SO mains exam syllabus.

Have a look on IBPS SO prelims exam syllabus table given below:

Reasoning Ability

Quantitative Aptitude

English Language

General Awareness

Logical Reasoning


Reading Comprehension

Current Affairs

Alphanumeric Series

Profit & Loss

Cloze Test

GK Updates

Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test

Mixtures & Allegations

Para jumbles


Data Sufficiency

Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting

Important Places

Coded Inequalities

Work & Time

Fill in the blanks

Banking Awareness

Seating Arrangement

Time & Distance




Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

Paragraph Completion

Book And Author


Data Interpretation




Ratio & Proportion, Percentage


Important Days

Blood Relations

Number Systems


Prime Minister Scheme

Input Output

Sequence & Series



Coding Decoding

Permutation, Combination & Probability




IBPS SO mains exam syllabus table is given below to guide the students on their particular exam preparation. This syllabus is based on the professional knowledge in the respective stream of the applicant:


Officer (Scale I)

Agricultural Field Officer

(Scale I)

Law Officer (Scale-I))

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

IT Officer


Basics of Marketing Management

Basics of Crop production

Banking Regulations

Human Resource Development

Operating System

Brand Management


Compliance and Legal Aspects

Business policy and strategic analysis



Seed Science

Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange

Transnational Analysis

Data communication and networking


Agronomy and Irrigation

Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act

Training and Development

Software engineering


Agricultural Economies

Consumer Protection Act

Recruitment and Selection

Computer Organization and Microprocessor


Agricultural Practices


Rewards and Recognition

Data Structure

Business Ethics

Soil resources

Banking Ombudsman Scheme

Industrial Relations

Object Oriented Programming

Market Segmentation

Animal Husbandry

Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector

Business Policy and Strategic Analysis


Market research and forecasting demand

Agro forestry

Bankers Book Evidence Act

Grievance and Conflict Management


Product Life Cycle



Performance Management and appraisal


Corporate Social Responsibility





Service Marketing






Before applying for the IBPS exam it should be in the mind of the applicant that they need to meet the conditions given in the eligibility criteria for IBPS SO exam. The non-eligible applications will be rejected. So, check your eligibility to appear in the IBPS SO exam and apply for the exam only when you meet all the conditions:





Educational Qualification


I.T. Officer (Scale I)

Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years

1)Four years engineering/Technology degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
2) Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
Graduates having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam


Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)

Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years

4 years graduation degree in agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ dairy Science/ Agricultural engineering/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing and cooperation/ Co-Operation and Banking/ Agro-Forestry


Rajya Sabha Adhikari (Scale I)

Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years

Post Graduate in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation or degree level OR Post Graduate Degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject at graduation level


Law Office (Scale I)

Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years

A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council


HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years

Graduate and Full Time Post Graduate Degree or Full time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law


Marketing Officer (Scale I)

Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years

Graduate and Full Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing


The equivalent degree and certification is needed on the priority, with the minimum required marks or percentage. Along with the certification, the operation knowledge of computer is also a must. Indian citizenship of the candidate is mandatory to appear in this exam. Category 2, 3, 4 need to have the equivalent proof. The minimum age limit for the applicant is 20 years and the applicants of the maximum 30 years are perfect to prove their IBPS SO eligibility in the exams. 

The qualification required is graduation or other equivalent certification for IBPS exams.

IBPS SO exam cut off:  

In the year 2019 cut off was introduced in January 27th.  Candidates need to meet the minimum cut-off decided by the exam conducting body to qualify the exam. Only the candidates who meet the cut-off are selected for the next round and the final interview round. 

IBPS SO preparation

Looking at the tough competition, candidates need to burn the midnight oil the clear the exam. From paying attention to every minute details to filling out the application form on time, following the exam pattern, carefully going through the syllabus and solving regular mock tests, you need to pay attention to each and everything. 


Solving online mock tests at reliable platforms like Eduwhere can be really helpful for you. Not just the online mock tests, you can also visit the website for more IBPS SO exam details and support from experienced teachers.