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IBPS SO Details


Specialist Officers or the SO is a Post in the banks that caters to some special needs of the Banks. The Institute of Banking Personnel or the IBPS helps Public Sector Banks with the recruitment of these Specialist Officers or the SO through IBPS SO examination.

The IBPS conducts the CRP SPL Examination (IBPS SO Exam) every year for the recruitment of Specialist Officers. The IBPS SO exam is for the recruitment into the following posts:

  • I.T Officer (Scale 1)
  • Agricultural Field Officer (Scale 1)
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale 1)
  • Law Officer (Scale 1)
  • HR/Personnel Officer (Scale 1)
  • Marketing Officer (Scale 1)

The IBPS SO Examination is conducted in the following four stages during the course of six months:

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Main Examination
  • Interview
  • Provisional Allotment

The candidate has to clear all four stages to be selected in one of the participating banks as a Specialist Officer.

The official notification of the IBPS SO 2019 is expected in the first week of November 2019. Watch this space for regular updates.

IBPS SO Important Dates

The Tentative Calendar for IBPS SO 2019 is given below.

IBPS SO Examination Tentative Schedule 2019



Official Notification

Mid-October to the First week of November

Online Process

November 2019

Admit Card for Prelims Download

December 2019

Preliminary Examination

28th and 29th December, 2019

Prelims Result

January 2020

Admit Card for Mains Download

January 2020

Main Examination

25th January 2020

Mains Result

February 2020

Admit Card for Interview Download

February 2020


February 2020

Provisional Allotment

April 2020

Application Form

The online application process usually begins within a week of the release of the official notification and continues for about 20-25 days as decided by IBPS.

The application can only be made online through the IBPS website; there are no other means to apply for the IBPS SO Examination.

The basic steps to apply for the IBPS SO Exam are:

1. Visit the IBPS website.

2. Navigate the site and click on the link for the Registration Portal.

3. Enter the Basic Information and click on “Save and Next”.

4. Note down the Provisional Registration Number and Password generated.

5. Enter all the other details as required and upload the required documents in the prescribed format.

6. Verify all details before clicking on the final submit button.

7. Make Online payment for the application fee.

8. Print the e-receipt and the application form for further reference.

Participating Banks

Name of the Bank

Allahabad Bank

Andhra Bank

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

Bank of Maharashtra

Canara Bank

Central Bank of India

Corporation Bank

Dena Bank


Indian Bank

Indian Overseas Bank

Oriental Bank of Commerce

Punjab National Bank

Punjab & Sind Bank

Syndicate Bank

UCO Bank

Union Bank of India

United Bank of India

Vijaya Bank

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria


1. Nationality:

i. Citizen of India OR

ii. Subject of Nepal or Bhutan OR

iii. A Tibetan Refugee, migrated to India before 01st January 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India OR

iv. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from 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 permanently settling in India.

For categories (ii), (iii) and (iv), the person applying should have a certificate of eligibility issued to them by the Government of India in their favour.

2. Age (As on 01st November 2018)

a. The age of the candidate for all posts should be between 20 years to 30 years, i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 02nd November 1988 and not later than 01st November 1998, with both dates inclusive.

b. Age Upper Limit Relaxation


Age Relaxation


5 Years

Other Backward Classes (OBCs)

3 Years

Persons with Benchmark Disability

10 years

Ex-Servicemen who have successfully rendered 5 years of Military Service and have been released post completion of assignment

5 Years

Persons who settled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period, 01st January 1980 to 31st December 1989

5 Years

1984 Riot Victims

5 Years

3. Educational Qualification (On the basis of post applied for):


Educational Qualification

I.T Officer (Scale 1)

Graduation Degree (4 years) in Computer Science/Computer Applications/ Information Technology/Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation


Masters in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications


Graduation with DOEACC ‘B’ level certification

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale 1)

Graduation Degree (4 years) 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 1)

Masters in Hindi with English as a subject at the Bachelor's (graduation) level


Masters in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the Bachelor's (graduation) level.

Law Officer (Scale 1)

Graduation (Bachelor’s) Degree in Law (LLB), with a valid Bar Council License.

HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale 1)

Graduation Degree and Post Graduate Degree/ Diploma (Full time,2 years) in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR / HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law.

Marketing Officer (Scale 1)

Graduation Degree 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

Admit Card

Admit Card details for IBPS SO 2019 would be made available as and when the Admit Cards are available for download. As per the tentative schedule, the Admit Cards can be expected as follows:

· Preliminary Examination: December, 2019

· Main Examination: January, 2020

· Interview: February, 2020

Steps to download the Admit Card are:

1. Visit the IBPS website.

2. Click on the link to Download Call Letter/ Admit Card.

3. Enter the login credentials and the captcha image.

4. Click on the Login button to download the Admit Card.

The candidates are required to check for the validity of all details printed on the admit card. If there is any discrepancy, the candidate should immediately contact the concerned authorities.

An original photo ID proof along with one photocopy, should be kept handy, to be taken along with the Admit Card to the Examination Hall.

The candidates are requested to keep visiting this space for regular updates on the release of Admit Card at each stage.


The result for each stage is declared separately as and when the exam is conducted. The result is either declared either in the downloadable PDF format or online.

If the result is declared in the PDF format, Registration/Roll numbers of the candidates who have qualified for the next stage are mentioned. Candidates can search for their Registration/Roll number in the list.

Steps to check the result in PDF format:

1 Download the PDF here.

2 Open the PDF and press Ctrl + F on the keyboard.

3 Enter your Registration/Roll number.

4 The Registration/Roll number is highlighted if it is present in the list.

The result if declared online would contain the details of the candidate, the marks scored and the rank in the merit list (if mentioned).

The steps to check the result online are:

1. Visit the IBPS website.

2. Click on the link to check the result.

3. Enter the login credentials and the captcha image.

4. Click on the Login button to check the result.


The cut-off gives the candidate an idea about how well the candidate has to prepare for the next stage of examination.

The cut-off is different for each stage of the examination process.

  • IBPS SO Preliminary Examination has a sectional as well as an overall cut-off that the candidate has to obtain in order to qualify for the Main Examination.
  • IBPS SO Main Examination has an overall cut-off that has to be achieved by the candidate to be shortlisted for the Interview.
  • The candidate must get a minimum of 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD Candidates) marks out of a total of 100 marks.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern:

The IBPS SO Preliminary Examination is conducted separately for:

Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari


Number of Questions


Duration (in minutes)

English Language




Reasoning Ability




Banking Awareness








 I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer


Number of Questions


Duration (in minutes)

English Language




Reasoning Ability




Quantitative Aptitude








The IBPS SO Mains Examination is conducted separately for:

 Rajbhasha Adhikari


Number of Questions


Duration (in minutes)

Professional Knowledge (Objective)




Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)



Law Officer, I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer


Number of Questions


Duration (in minutes)

Professional Knowledge





IBPS SO Prelims Detailed Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

English Language

Simplification and approximation


Reading Comprehension

Quadratic equation



· Phrase Replacement

· Error Spotting

· Fill in the Blanks

Sequence and Series

Puzzle on seating arrangement (linear/circular/square/parallel row)


· Error Spotting

· Cloze test

· Fill in the Blanks

· Phrase Replacement

Profit and Loss

Day/Month/Time based puzzle

Verbal Ability

· Para Jumble

· Phrase Correction

Mixtures and Allegations

Box/Floor based puzzle


SI and CI

Miscellaneous puzzle (order and ranking/employee etc.)


Time and Work

Puzzle on Blood relation + linear arrangement


Time and Distance

Puzzle on inequality


Ratio, Proportion and Percentage

Puzzle on Analytical reasoning



Puzzle on coding and Decoding


Data Interpretation

Data sufficiency



Decision Making


problems on ages

Blood relation


Data sufficiency

Distance and Direction


Number system

Analytical Reasoning on Words/meaningful words/dictionary


PnC and Probability

Coding and Decoding


Job Profile of a Specialist Officer:

1. I.T. Officer (Scale 1):

The I.T. Officer is responsible to take care of all software, hardware and networking related maintenance. With almost all facets of banking becoming digital, the role of the I.T. Officer becomes extremely important. The I.T. Officer is expected to handle the Core Banking System and provide assistance for all ATM, Internet and Mobile Banking queries. Along, with this, s/he is also expected to contribute to the improvement of the Banking Software.

2. Agricultural Field Officer (Scale 1):

The Agricultural Field Officer is someone who is expected to understand the needs of the rural populace and provide solutions along with making sure that they are aware of the various benefits and schemes being provided for them by the government in terms of financial assistance.

3. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale 1):

The Rajbhasha Adhikari’s role in the organisation is to make sure all documents important to the Bank are translated and proofread. This SO Officer is expected to conduct training, workshops etc. to help other banking staff become well-versed with the local language.

4. Law Officer (Scale 1):

The Law Officer as the name suggests is responsible to take care of all legal matters including legal documents pertaining to the bank.

5. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale 1):

The HR/Personnel Officer is one of the important participants in the recruitment process of the bank. The HR/ Personnel Officer is expected to know and suggest changes, if need be, to the HR Policies of the bank.

6. Marketing Officer (Scale 1):

The Marketing Officer is the one who brings more business to the bank by creating new or improving existing policies or innovative ideas, that would further contribute to the bank’s profit. The Marketing Officer is also expected to handle all marketing channels, be it print or digital and co-ordinate with them.

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