IBPS SO 2023 Recrutiment: Exam Date, Syllabus

    IBPS SO or Specialist Officer

    IBPS is the “Institute of Banking Personnel Selection”. IBPS conducts a common Specialist Officer (SO) Exam to fill SO vacancies in various banks that participate in this exam. Once you qualify for the IBPS SO exam, you will be hired as a Specialist Officer in one of the participating banks as per your preference, and merit. The different branches for which the SO exam is being held are IT, HR, Agricultural Field, Rajbhasha, Marketing, and Law. In this article, we shall see all important information related to IBPS SO exam such as Exam Date, Eligibility criteria, Syllabus, Application Fee, Apply Online, Exam Pattern, Vacancy, Salary, Job profile, etc.

    IBPS SO 2021 Highlights

    Organization Name Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
    Post Specialist Officer (SO)
    Exam Level National Level
    Vacancies To be notified
    Application Mode Online
    Online Registration Begins October 2021
    Last Date to Apply November 2021
    Exam Mode Online
    Salary Rs 38000 – Rs 39000
    Selection Process Prelims, Mains & Interview
    Education Qualification Graduation or Post Graduation in specific stream depending on the post
    Age Limit 20 years – 30 years
    Official Website www.ibps.in

    IBPS SO 2021 Participating Banks

    11 banks are participating in the IBPS SO 2021 Exam. They are:

    1. Bank of Baroda
    2. Bank of India
    3. Bank of Maharashtra
    4. Canara Bank
    5. Central Bank of India
    6. Indian Bank
    7. Indian Overseas Bank
    8. Punjab National Bank
    9. Punjab & Sind Bank
    10. UCO Bank
    11. Union Bank of India

    IBPS SO 2021 Important Dates

    As per the IBPS Calendar 2021, the IBPS SO Prelims Exam 2021  has been scheduled for 18th and 26th December 2021, and Mains Exam 2021 has been scheduled for 30th January 2022.

    IBPS SO 2021 Exam Events

    Tentative Dates

    Notification Release Date October 2021
    Online Registration Starts October 2021
    Last Date to Apply November 2021
    Prelims Admit Card Release Date December 2021
    IBPS SO Prelims Exam 2021 Date
    • 18th December 2021
    • 26th December 2021
    Declaration of Prelims Result January 2022
    Mains Admit Card Release Date January 2022
    IBPS SO Mains Exam 2021 30th January 2022
    Declaration of Mains Result February 2022
     Interviews February/March 2022
    Final Result Declaration April 2022

    IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2021

    There are 2 criteria that a candidate needs to satisfy in order to be eligible to sit for the IBPS SO exam. They are Age Limit and Education Qualifications. We shall see them in detail.

    Age Limit

    • Minimum Age – 20 years
    • Maximum Age – 30 years

    You need to fall under this upper & lower age limit to apply for IBPS SO. Normal Age Relaxation rules apply.

    Education Qualification

    Post Qualifications
    IT Officer (Scale I) 4-year Engineering/Technology Degree in Computer Science/Computer Applications/Information Technology/ Electronics/Electronics & Telecommunications/Electronics & Communication/Electronics  & Instrumentation


    Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/Electronics & Telecommunication/Electronics & Communication/Electronics & Instrumentation/Computer Science/Information Technology/Computer Applications


    Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

    Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I) 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.

    IBPS SO Vacancies 2021

    The Vacancy details will be known in the IBPS SO detailed notification. Below are the Vacancy details for the previous year for your reference. The detailed vacancies for various posts are as follows:

    Name of Post No. of Vacancies
    Agriculture Officer (Scale-I) 485
    Marketing Officer (Scale-I) 60
    IT Officer (Scale-I) 20
    Law Officer (Scale-I) 50
    HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 07
    Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I) 25
    Total 647

    IBPS SO Selection Process

    The IBPS Specialist Officer selection takes place in 3 stages – 1) Prelims, 2)  Mains & 3) 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. Candidates who qualify in the Prelims exam are eligible to appear for the Mains exam. Candidates who clear the Mains exam are called for an Interview. Final selection as an IBPS SO depends upon your score in the Mains Exam & Interview.

    IBPS SO Exam Pattern

    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

    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

    Mains Exam Pattern

    For the 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 Rajbhasha Adhikari

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

    There is a NEGATIVE marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.


    The IBPS SO Interview is for 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks in an interview should not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).

    Final Selection

    The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the combined score obtained in the Mains exam and Interview. The weightage of the Mains Exam score and Interview will be in the ratio of 80:20.

    IBPS SO Salary

    The Basic pay of an IBPS Specialist officer is Rs.23,700/-, in the payscale of 23700-980(7)-30560-1145(2)-32850-1310(7)-42020. Further, IBPS SOs are entitled to other benefits and allowances such as Dearness Allowance, House rent allowance, city compensation allowance, Special allowance, Lease Allowance, Conveyance allowance, Newspaper allowance, House & Furniture Allowance, Medical Allowance, Entertainment Allowance, etc.

    The gross salary comes to around Rs. 38000-39000/-. After deductions, the final in hand salary of an IBPS SO is around Rs 33,000- 35,000.

    IBPS Specialist Officer Cut Off marks

    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
    30/10/84 23/10/92 27/01/88 26/04/90 15/11/93

    IBPS SO Career Growth

    Below is the IBPS Specialist officer career hierarchy is as below:

    1. Junior Management – Scale 1 (Officer / Assistant Manager)
    2. Junior Management – Scale 2 (Manager)
    3. Middle Management – Scale 3 (Senior Manager)
    4. Senior Management – Scale 4 (Chief Manager)
    5. Senior Management – Scale 5 (Assistant General Manager)
    6. Top Management – Scale 6 (Deputy General Manager)
    7. Top Management – Scale 7 (General Manager)


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