All the details of IBPS SO Specialist Officer in Public Sector Bank.

If you are a candidate who is preparing for banking competitive exams, then this page is for you. You will get all the details for IBPS Specialist Officer Exam.

What is IBPS Specialist Officer in a Bank ?

ibps soIBPS which is also known as Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, conducts the exam for the recruitment of the eligible candidates from across the country. The Successful candidates who get selected in the recruitment process are placed in Pubic Sector Bank of their choices and the ranking they get in the exam. Bank needs some specialised personnel from various fields so that bank could complete their official task effectively. Some of the specialist fields which bank required to fill up is from Information Technology, Law, Agriculture. Hindi Language, HR and Marketing.

Who can Apply for IBPS SO post ?

IBPS SO eligibilityEligibility Criteria :

Nationality :

A candidate who is applying for the IBPS SO exam must be either a Citizen of India or a Subject of Nepal or a Subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who came to India with intention to permanently settling in India. 

Age :

The Age criteria of a candidates who wants to apply to the IBPS SO exam is minimum age 20 years and maximum age is 30 years. Their is an upper age limit relaxation for certain category candidates as follows.

5 Year age relaxation – SC and ST candidates.

3 Year age relaxation – OBC (Non creamy layer) candidates.

10 Years age relaxation – Person with Benchmark disabilities.

5 Years age relaxation – Ex Service men.

5 Year age relaxation – Person affected by 1984 riots.    

Education Qualification :

In the IBPS Specialist officer there are 6 different post. For each post candidates needs the different qualification which is as follows.

For IT Officer : 

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

For Agriculture Officer :

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.

For Rajbhasha Adhikari :

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.

For Law Officer :

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

For HR/Personnel Officer :

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.

For Marketing Officer : 

Graduate and Two Years Full time MMS (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialisation in Marketing.


How to Apply for IBPS Specialist Officer Exam?

IBPS SOThe only way to apply to IBPS SO exam is the online mode. A candidate have to visit the IBPS website. In Home page candidate will have click “CRP-Specialist Officer” link. Then candidate will have to registered themselves on clicking the New Registration Tab. Here Candidate will have to fill all the basic information in an online application form. After the submission of the details IBPS will give you provisional registration number and password. The registration number and password will be needed by the candidate for the login in IBPS website. Further Candidates will require to upload photo, signature, Left thumb impression and Hand written declaration.

After the completion of Registration candidate will have to make the payment by online mode. Candidate can make a payment by using Debit Cards(Rupay/Visa/Master Card/Maestro), Credit Cards or Internet Banking, IMPS or UPI. 

When IBPS conducts the IBPS SO Exam?

IBPS SOEvery year IBPS issued a schedule of various exams. According to the past years of schedule we assume that IBPS publish the Specialist Officer Exam every year for the overall consolidated Indian Public Sector Bank. Beside this exam some times IBPS comes with recruitment in specialised Bank separately. In both the cases the Scheme and Syllabus of Exam is Same.

According to the Schedule which has given by IBPS, the tentative dates of Preliminary Exam of IBPS SO is 24 Dec 2022 to 31 Dec 2022 and the main Examination will be on 29 Jan 2023. The tentative date of result will be 01 Apr 2023.   

What are the posts offered in IBPS SO Exam?

Agriculture officerAgriculture Officer : 

A large number of public sector bank branches are situated in rural areas which offer services to villagers, they provide loan for agriculture and allied activities keeping this in mind banks appoints an Agriculture Officer at their branches, these officers evaluate and process loan proposals and popularise government schemes which are implemented through banks. They make a significant contribution in promoting self help groups, financial inclusion and achieving priority sector loan targets. Priority sector is the segment which the government wants to encourage which include loan within prescribed limits for housing, education and farming etc. After a promotion agriculture Officer have the opportunity to work as a branch manager and at the other senior positions.

HR officerHuman Resource Officer :

HR officers in banks while working at HR or personnel department of the bank, look after routine functions like issuing an appointment orders, transfer and placement, they work on the making a payroll of employee, they handle the compensation cases which comes to the HR offices. They evaluate the  performance of every employee. HR officers handle the  industrial relations, disciplinary cases and training administration etc. After a few years of experience they may become a Head of the HR department at regional or Zonal office of the bank.

IBPS-Marketing-officer Marketing Officer : 

Since a decade or so Public  Sector Banks have been intensifying their efforts for marketing of their products and services for which they use the services of Marketing Officers. Under the guidance of seniors and based on the priorities of the bank, they formulate and execute marketing strategies across the branch network. In the todays competitive era the job of Marketing Officer is very important.

IBPS Law OfficerLaw Officer :

Banks have to deal with a variety of legal issues. Sometimes legal validity of documents have to be checked and sometimes there are legal issues pertaining to borrowers and even employees. In such cases, the banks valid interest is to be protected. As a Law Officer , one would be required to coordinate with external lawyers engaged by the bank and keep a track record of progress in the suits filed on behalf of the bank or those filed against it. 

IBPS SO Language OfficerRajbhasha Adhikari :

All the Central government ministries, departments and public sector undertakings are required to implement the official language policy and promote use of Hindi in their internal working as well as in dealing with their customers and other stakeholders. To facilitate this, there is a provision for appointing Official Language Officer also known as Rajbhasha Adhikari. These Officers translate documents from English to Hindi and Vice versa, organise Hindi workshops, collect and compile reports and encourage employees to use Hindi in their work.

IBPS SO IT OfficerIT Officer :

As we can see, technology is making significant inroads in various aspects of our life. Gradually, banking is also being dominated by technological operations. Branches of a Bank are now integrated by network which enables customers of particular branch to perform their operations at any branch of the same bank. Information and Communication technologies have simplified mobile banking with ease of use. National Electronic Fund Transfer have been made available 24×7. All these have been made possible with the contribution of people with expertise in IT.

How to get Success in IBPS SO exam?

IBPS SOGetting a Success in IBPS exam is not a Herculean task, if you start your preparation well before the exam. You should start preparation at least six months before the exam, this strategy will give you enough time to prepare yourself for all the subjects of IBPS SO exam. Before starting a preparation become a familiar with the Scheme & Syllabus of the IBPS SO exam. This will help you to study in a right way. Find out all the notes according to the syllabus of exam. Find out your own strength and weakness in subjects of the syllabus. In the subject in which you are weak give it enough time so that you shall cross the cutoff marks and in the subject in which you are strong, prepare yourself in such a way that you will cover the maximum marks in that subject. Solving the mock test before the exam is the best way of preparation of any exam so find out mock tests and previous years question papers. Keep you attitude positive through out the preparations and don’t let the nervousness overcomes to you before the exams.  

Syllabus of IBPS SO :

IBPS SO exam is conducted in 3 stages 

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Mains Exam
  3. Interview

For getting recruited as a Specialist Officer in Bank a Candidate has to go through all the stages one by one. 

Preliminary Exam consist of 150 questions and Maximum marks which can be obtain is 150 marks.

For the post of Law and Rajbhasha Adhikari Prelims will be as follows.

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For the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Officer, HR Officer & Marketing Officer Prelims will be as follows.

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Candidate who are appearing for the exam will have to qualify in each subject by securing minimum cut off marks which is decided by the IBPS after analysing overall performance of the candidates. Candidate to qualify for the mains examinations, have to secure minimum total marks.

Mains Examination consist of 60 questions for 60 marks except for the post of Rajbhashsa Adhikari, for this post Mains will be divided in two parts viz. Objective & Descriptive in Objective section there will be 45 questions and in Descriptive section there will be 2 questions.

Mains for Rajbhasha Adhikari is as follows.

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Mains for IT Officer, Agriculture officer, HR Officer, & Marketing Officer will be as follows.

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Candidates who score minimum cutoff marks in Mains Exam will be called for the Interview. IBPS informed the selected candidates by sending them mail. After that candidate can download a call letter for the interview. In call letter candidate will get the all information like date, venue of interview. 

While preparing for IBPS SO exam you can also prepare for IBPS PO, because similarity in syllabus.  


All though the exam is not easy but the competition level compare to the IBPS PO is less because the for Specialist officer needs a Specialised subject candidates so the any graduates can not apply for the exam. Hence with the proper preparation strategy one can easily get a success in IBPS SO exam. 

In the bank Specialist officer are appointed for a specialised task for example a Law officer will handle all the legal issues of a bank and an IT officer will handle the technology related issues in the bank. It always a better to work in the field in which you have specialised yourself while been in a college. So if you want to work in your specialised field SO is always better.

After the successfully cracking the IBPS SO exam, a candidate join a bank as a Scale-I officer. The monthly salary of Scale-I officer is about Rs 40,000/- with a Pay Scale of – Rs 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020.

Specialist Officers also get the House Rent Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Special Allowance, City Compensatory Allowance and Petrol Allowance. 

Job profile of Specialist Officer is relates with his/her specialisation. Like Agriculture Officer have to process an agriculture loans. HR officer will handle all the Personnel issues of the office. Marketing Officer will look after the marketing of the product and services of the Bank. For details read our blog.

Yes, All the Banks in which IBPS gives the recruitment are the Public Sector Undertaking i.e government have a maximum stake in this Banks.