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IBPS SO Notification 2019 releasing shortly by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Committee. There’s an expected vacancy of 1590+ posts. The IBPS SO 2019 recruitment process will be conducted for selecting candidates for the post of Specialist Officers in different Public Sector Banks for multiple positions. Similarly, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the IBPS PO Bank Exam for Probationary Officers/Management Trainee (PO/MT). The official notification will be out soon. IBPS introduced 4252 vacancies for the IBPS PO 2018-19 Exam.

With the exams being conducted by the same Institute, one is bound to compare one exam with the other. Questions such as:

  • Which exam (IBPS SO or IBPS PO) is tougher?
  • Which post is better?
  • Which exam offers more growth?

often arise in the minds of the candidates.

A healthy comparison is necessary as it will give aspiring candidates a clear picture of what to give more importance to. In this article, we attempt to clear such common curious questions that enable students to make an informed decision. After reading this article, you won’t have to spend hours on the internet in order to gain more insight regarding the same.

It is often accepted that the difficulty level of these exams is more or less on the same level, but candidates find IBPS PO to be more competitive in nature because of a higher number of people applying for the same.

Selection Process of IBPS PO and SO

IBPS POIBPS SO
– Online Preliminary Examination
– Online Mains Examination
– Interview
– Final Result
– Preliminary exam
– Mains Exam
– Personal Interview
– Provisional Allotment

Exam Pattern of IBPS PO and SO

IBPS PO – Preliminary

S.No.Name of Tests(ObjectiveNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total100100

IBPS SO – Preliminary

Serial NoSectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
1.Reasoning505040 minutes
2.English Language502540 minutes
3.General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry505040 minutes
Total150125


IBPS PO – Mains

S.No.Name of Tests(ObjectiveNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2English Language354040 minutes
3Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
4General Economy & Banking Awareness404035 minutes
5English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)22530 minutes

IBPS SO – Mains

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

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge6060English & Hindi45 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge(Objective)4560English & Hindi30 minutes
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive)2English & Hindi30 minutes

IBPS PO: Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

Graduation Degree: The eligibility criteria for the IBPS CWE exam is as basic as a graduation degree (BA, BCom, BSc, B.Tech or as such) in any discipline from a University recognized by the Government of India. Any such candidate who has received an equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Central Government is also eligible to apply for this exam.

The candidates must be in possession of a valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that certifies that they are a graduate on the day they register for this exam and must indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering for the IBPS Bank-PO examination.

Computer Literacy: Working knowledge of computer systems is necessary for the job as well as to give the IBPS PO exam which is conducted in online mode.

Language Proficiency: Verbal and written proficiency in the official language of the State/UT is desirable. The candidate must be able to read, write and speak the language.

IBPS SO: Eligibility Criteria

IBPS SO recruits candidates for various posts like that of I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer, etc. The educational qualification is different for all these different posts.

Serial NumberName of the PostEducational Qualification
1. I.T. Officer (Scale I)1)Four years of 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
2.Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)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
3.Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)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
4.Law Officer (Scale I)A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
5.HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)Graduate and Full Time Post Graduate Degree or Full-time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law
6.Marketing Officer (Scale I)Graduate and Full-Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing

Cutoff

IBPS PO Final Cut-Off 2018-19: Category-wise

CategorySCSTOBCURHIOCVIID
Maximum
Scores
55.3447.3353.0263.9134.6950.6956.1143.69
Minimum Scores35.7831.6040.2943.8725.1631.3642.0920.36

IBPS SO Final Cut-Off

PostsGeneralOBCSCSTHIOCVI
Marketing Officer53.30

51.90

47.35

38.50

33.70

39.40

NA
IT Officer61.50

57.75

53.55

46.50

40.60

50.15

60.10

Law Officer52.95

49.20

44.95

39.55

NA39.65

36.70

HR/Personnel Officer60.75

53.50

50.70

46.65

43.40

NANA
Agriculture Field Officer41.65

40.90

34.65

30.00

26.50

27.20

28.95

Rajsabha Adhikari44.15

45.05

43.35

34.20

NA38.75

69.05



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