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IBPS SO Exam

About IBPS SO Exam

Public Sector Banking is an illustrious career option in present times as it offers: attractive salary, perks, job security, fast growth and good work-life balance.

Government of India had set up the Personnel Selection Services (PPS) in 1975 for recruitment of probationary officers and clerks to all public-sector banks. PPS was later renamed to Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) in 1984. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the IBPS SO bank exam which is the gateway to many sought after bank jobs.

IBPS provides its services to all Public-Sector Banks, SBI, Associate Banks of SBI, RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, LIC & Insurance companies and other banks which are regular members of the IBPS society.

In 2011, IBPS started the Common Recruitment Process (CRP) for selection of personnel in Specialist Officers’ cadre posts and accepts online applications through its official website.

The IBPS SO Exam is conducted every year to select candidates who join the participating public sector banks as Specialist officers.

It is a computer based test conducted in multiple locations all-over India.

IBPS SO Exam 2021 - Notification

Every year IBPS recruits Specialist Officers through IBPS SO Recruitment exam for various Specialist Officer Scale I Posts – IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will release the official notification for IBPS SO for the year 2021 in October-November 2021. In this blog, IBPS SO Notification 2021 we are going to provide you with all the details like Notification, Examination dates, Eligibility criteria, Syllabus, and more.

IBPS SO Exam 2021 - Overview

ParticularsDetails
OrganisationInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
PostSpecialist Officer (SO)
Exam LevelNational
VacancyTo be updated soon
Participating Banks11
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModeOnline
IBPS SO Recruitment ProcessPrelims, Main Exams, Interview
Education QualificationGraduates or relevant degree
Age Limit20 years to 30 years
Application FeeSC/ST/PWD- Rs.175
General and Others- Rs. 850
IBPS SO SalaryRs. 38000- 39000/-
IBPS Official Websiteibps.in

IBPS SO Exam 2021 - Important Dates

ParticularsDates 
IBPS SO Notification 2021October 2021
Online Registration Starts FromOctober 2021
Last Date to Apply Online for IBPS SONovember 2021
Call letters for Online examination – PreliminaryDecember 2021
Commencement of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam18th & 26th December 2021
Result of IBPS SO Online exam – PreliminaryJanuary 2022
Call letters for Online examination – MainsJanuary 2022
Commencement of IBPS SO Mains Exam31st January 2022
Result of IBPS SO Online Mains ExamFebruary 2022
Conduct of InterviewFebruary 2022/March 2022
IBPS SO 2021 Final ResultApril 2022

IBPS SO Mock Test 2021

IBPS SO Mock Test Series 2021 has the following features

  • 10,000+ IBPS SO Practice Questions & Answers
  • 20 IBPS SO Prelims + Mains Online Tests for IT, Marketing & Agriculture Officer
  • Analyse your performance using our AI-Based Detailed Performance Analysis
  • These mock tests will help you identify your strong and weak areas

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria

Candidates, intending to apply for IBPS SO should ensure that they fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria as specified by IBPS in their advertisement.

The eligibility criteria for IBPS SO Exam is as follows.

Age Criteria

  • Minimum: 20 years
  • Maximum: 30 years

Educational Qualifications

For I.T. Officer (Scale-I)

a) 4 year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & 3 Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation OR

b) Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications

OR 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/ Sericulture

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 *

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.*

Law Officer (Scale I)

A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level

OR

Postgraduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.

IBPS SO 2021 Exam Vacancy

IBPS had released a total of 647 vacancies for various Specialist Officer Scale I Posts – IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer last year. The details of the vacancy will be available as soon as the notification is released.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern

The selection is done in 3 stages. These are - Prelims, Mains and Interview

IBPS SO Prelims Exam

For the Post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
English Language502540 mins
Reasoning505040 mins
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry505040 mins
Total150125-

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

SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
English Language502540 mins
Reasoning505040 mins
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry505040 mins
Total150125-

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS SO Mains Exam

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

SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Professional Knowledge606045 mins

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

SectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Professional Knowledge (Objective)456030 mins
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)230 mins

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Online Preliminary and Online Main examinations) 

There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty to arrive at a corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question

The selected candidates are liable to be posted anywhere in India. Eligible and interested candidates are required to register on the official website of IBPS.

The selection process is a 3-tier process and consists of preliminary, main exam and Personal Interview.

IBPS SO Exam Syllabus

IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus

Reasoning - Verbal Reasoning, Syllogism, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Line-up, Scheduling, Input-Output, Blood Relations, Directions and Distances, Ordering and Ranking, Data Sufficiency, Coding and Decoding, Coded Inequalities, etc.

English - Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para jumbles, Fill in the blanks, Paragraph Completion, Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting, Paragraph Completion, Idioms and Phrases

Quantitative Aptitude - Simplification, Average, Percentage, Ratio and Percentage, Data Interpretation, Mensuration and Geometry, Quadratic Equation, Interest, Problems of Ages, Profit and Loss, Number Series, Speed, Distance and Time, Time and Work, Number System, Data Sufficiency, Linear Equation, Permutation and Combination and Probability, Mixture and Allegations, etc.

General Awareness - Current Affairs– National & International, Budget, Awards and Honours, Important Financial & Economic News, Banking Terms, Basic Economics, Important Days, International & National Organizations, Sports, Books and Authors, Science – Inventions & Discoveries, Countries & Capitals etc.

IBPS SO Mains Syllabus

IT Officer (Scale-I) Professional Knowledge Paper

Database Management System, Data Communication and Networking, Operating Systems, Software Engineering, Data Structure, Computer Organization and Microprocessor, Object-Oriented Programming, etc.

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Professional Knowledge Paper

Basics of Crop Production, Horticulture, Seed Science, Agronomy and Irrigation, Agricultural Economies, Agricultural Practices, Soil resources, Animal Husbandry, Agroforestry, Ecology, Government Schemes, etc.

Marketing Officer (Scale-I) Professional Knowledge Paper

Basics of Marketing Management, Brand Management, Advertising, PR, Sales, Retail, Business Ethics, Market Segmentation, Market research and forecasting demand, Product Life Cycle, Corporate Social Responsibility, Service Marketing, Marketing Strategies, etc

Law Officer (Scale-I) Professional Knowledge Paper

Banking Regulations, Compliance and Legal Aspects, Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange, Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act, Consumer Protection Act, SARFAESI ACT, Banking Ombudsman Scheme, Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector, Bankers Book Evidence Act, DRT Act, etc.

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) Professional Knowledge Paper

Human Resource Development, Business policy and strategic analysis, Transnational Analysis, Training and Development, Recruitment and Selection, Rewards and Recognition, Industrial Relations, Business Policy and Strategic Analysis, Grievance and Conflict Management, Performance Management and Appraisal, etc.

IBPS SO Application Process

Candidates can apply online only after the official announcement and no other mode of application will be accepted.

Prerequisites for Applying Online

Before applying online, candidates should,

  • Keep a scanned copy of the photograph and signature ready
  • Keep the necessary details/documents ready to make online payment of the requisite application fee/ intimation charges.
  • Must have a valid personal email ID. This should be maintained till the completion of the recruitment process.

Application Fees/ Intimation Charges

Application Fees/ Intimation Charges Payable through Online Mode Only:

  • Rs. 175/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates.
  • Rs. 850 /- for all others.

Steps to Apply for IBPS SO Exam Online

  • Candidates are first required to go to the IBPS’s website www.ibps.in and click on the Home Page to open the link “CRP Specialist Officers” and then click on the option “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CRP Specialist Officers (CRP-SPL-X)” to open the On-Line Application Form.
  • Candidates will have to click on “CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION” to register their application by entering their basic information in the online application form. After that, a provisional registration number and password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. The candidate should note down the Provisional registration number and password. An Email & SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will also be sent. They can reopen the saved data using the Provisional registration number and password and edit the particulars if needed.
  • Candidates are required to upload their Photograph, Signature, Left Thumb Impression and A handwritten declaration as per the specifications given in the Guidelines for Scanning and Upload of documents (Annexure-III).
  • Candidates are advised to carefully fill in the online application themselves as no change in any of the data filled in the online application will be possible/ entertained. Prior to submission of the online application, candidates are advised to use the “SAVE AND NEXT” facility to verify the details in the online application form and modify the same if required. No change is permitted after clicking on FINAL SUBMIT Button. Visually Impaired candidates are responsible for carefully verifying/ getting the details filled in, in the online application form properly verified and ensuring that the same are correct prior to submission as no change is possible after submission.

Exam Date

To be announced

Total Vacancies

To be announced

FAQs

What is the age limit for IBPS SO?

The minimum age limit is 20 years and the maximum age limit is 30 years.

What is the minimum educational qualification required for IBPS SO? +

The minimum educational qualification is graduation for applying to IBPS SO.

What is the application fee for IBPS SO for a general category student? +

The application fee for general category students is 850 rupees.

When will the registration process begin for IBPS SO 2021? +

The notification is yet to be released.

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