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Specialist Officer

IBPS SO : Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Examination

IBPS Specialist Officer(SO) includes various vacancies from various departments such as Agriculture Officer (Scale-I), Marketing Officer (Scale-I), IT Officer (Scale-I), Law Officer (Scale-I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I).

Participating Banks for IBPS Specialist Officer(SO)

  • Bank of Baroda
  • Canara Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Bank of India
  • Central Bank of India
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Indian Bank
  • Punjab & Sind Bank

The selection will be done through 3 stages – Prelims, Main Exam, and Interview round. Here on this page, we bring to you complete details of IBPS Specialist Officer(SO) Details



IMPORTANT

Exam Dates

Stage

Exam Dates -2021

Exam Dates-2020

Exam Dates -2019

IBPS SO Prelim

18.12.2021 26.12.2021

26, 27 Dec-2020

28,29 Dec-2019

IBPS SO Mains

30.01.2022

24-Jan-21

25th Jan 2020

IBPS SO Interview allotment

Feb-22

Feb-21

Feb-20

IBPS SO

Exam Pattern

Stage

Question Type

Mode of Exam

Duration

Number of Questions

Marks

Preliminary

Objective

Online

120 Minutes

150

125

Main

Objective

Online

45 Minutes

60

60

Stage

Question Type

Preliminary

Objective

Main

Objective

Stage

Mode of Exam

Preliminary

Online

Main

Online

Stage

Duration of Exam

Preliminary-I

120 Minutes

Main

45 Minutes

Stage

Number of Questions

Preliminary

150

Main

60

Stage

Marks

Preliminary

125

Main

60

Preliminary Exam

Sections

No. of Questions

Marks

Duration

Reasoning

50

50

40 minutes

English Language

50

25

40 minutes

General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry

50

50

40 minutes

Total

150

125

120 minutes

Specialist Officers (Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I

Sections

No. of Questions

Marks

Duration

Reasoning

50

50

40 minutes

English Language

50

25

40 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

40 minutes

Total

150

125

120 minutes

Main Exam

Sections

No. of Questions

Marks

Medium of Exam

Duration

Professional Knowledge Related to exam

60

60

English & Hindi

45 minutes

IBPS SO

Exam Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Mind Calculation Sessions 
  • Vedic Mathematics 
  • Number System 
  • Simplifications & Approximations 
  • L.C.M & H.C.F
  • Percentages 
  • Profit – Loss – 
  • Discount
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest 
  • Averages 
  • Allegations or Mixtures 
  • Time & Work 
  • Pipes & Cisterns 
  • Unitary Method
  • Time & Distance 
  • Trains Boats & Streams
  • Ratio & Proportion 
  • Partnership 
  • Ages 
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Probability 
  • Data Interpretation 
  • Basic Algebra Mensuration

Reasoning and computers

  • Alphabetical Series
  • Number Series 
  • Analogy & Odd Man Out
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Inequalities 
  • Symbols & Notations
  • Blood Relations
  • Direction Test
  • Syllogisms
  • Logical Venn diagrams
  • Input Output Arrangement 
  • Decision Making
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzles 
  • Calendars 
  • Clocks 
  • Statements – Arguments & Assumptions
  • Statements-Course of Action & Conclusion Cause and Effect, Inferences from the Passage Data Sufficiency

Computer knowledge

  • History of Computers,
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Database
  • Communication Networking
  • Malwares, Number System

English

  • Nouns,
  • Pronouns
  • Verbs
  • Tenses 
  • If Clause
  • Direct & Indirect Speech
  • Voice
  • Adjectives & Adverbs
  • Articles
  • Degrees of Comparison
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Spellings
  • Often Confused Word
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • One Word Substitute
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Rearrangement of Sentences
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence Completion
  • Cloze Test
  • Theme Completion & Detection
  • Sentence Analogy

General awareness with banking reference

  • RBI Structure and Function
  • Inflation and its Calculation
  • Monetary Policy
  • Nationalization of Banks
  • Universal Banking License Guidelines
  • Small Finance Banks and Payment Banks
  • ,Insolvency and Bankruptcy code 2016
  • Marginal Cost of Lending Rate
  • Indradanush – Public Sector Banks 
  • Banking Terminology and Digital Technology
  • Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFC)
  • Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) 
  • Debt Recovery Tribunals 
  • Sarfaesi ACT 2002 
  • Prohibition of Benami Transaction 
  • Payment Banks Vision 2018
  • Basics of Indian Economy Indian
  • Taxation System

IT Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

  • Database Management System
  • Data Communication and Networking
  • Operating System
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Structure
  • Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  • Object Oriented Programming

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

  • Basics of Crop production
  • Horticulture
  • Seed Science
  • Agronomy and Irrigation
  • Agricultural Economies

Marketing Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

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

 

Law Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

  • 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
  • Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  • Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector
  • Bankers Book Evidence Act
  • DRT Act

 

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus

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

IBPS SO

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

Minimum Age

Education Qualification

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
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

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level
OR
Post graduate 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)/ MBA (Marketing)/ Full time 2 years PGDBA/ PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

Age Limit

The minimum age to apply for the IBPS PO exam is  20 years. Age-relaxation varies from one category to another. The following table tells the IBPS PO Age Eligibility for different categories and posts:

Minimum Age

Maximum Age

20 years

30 years

Age Limit Relaxation

IBPS PO offers a provision of age relaxation for candidates from all reserved categories. Candidates must keep in mind the IBPS PO Age Limit before filling the application form. Relaxation of the upper age limit for the various categories is shown in the table below.

Category

Upper Limit Relaxation

OBC

3 Years

SC/ST

5 years

PwD (Unreserved)

10 years

Nationality

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria as per Nationality mandates a candidate to be a resident of the prescribed states only.  Candidates belonging to these states will be eligible to apply for IBPS PO. An applicant must fulfill any one of the following conditions:

  • A citizen of India
  • A citizen of Nepal
  • A citizen of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee settled in India before 1st January 1962
  • Indian by origin, who has migrated Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of staying permanently in India.

IBPS SO

Cut-Off 2019- 2020

2019

Post

SC

ST

OBC

UR

IT officer

57.67

55

49

64.07

Agricultural Field officer

70.33

65.8

76.53

82

Rajbhasha Adhikari

63.67

55.4

62.4

70

Law officer

61.27

49

57.67

75

HR/Personnel Officer

61.67

57.67

63.67

77.27

Marketing officer

63.4

60.4

71.87

72.13

2020

Post

SC

ST

OBC

UR

IT officer

42.6

36.67

54

54.33

Agricultural Field officer

78.67

79.47

83.8

86.93

Rajbhasha Adhikari

56.4

43.4

52.33

57.73

Law officer

70.65

60.88

70.99

75.72

HR/Personnel Officer

-

-

56

65.33

Marketing officer

62.33

51.4

63.73

66.67

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F.A.Q

There are different posts available for IBPS SO. Below the posts you can check
• IT. Officer (Scale-I)
• Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)
• HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
• Marketing Officer (Scale I)
• Law Officer (Scale I)
• Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

Candidates have to clear three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview.

As per the previous years’ analysis, the logical reasoning might be a bit complex in the IBPS SO Mains exam.

If you belong to any reserved category only then you are eligible to apply for the exam by looking at the age relaxation criteria otherwise not eligible.

No, you cannot apply for other Specialist officer’s post simultaneously.

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