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IBPS Specialist Officer 2024 Exam

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About IBPS Specialist Officer Exam

The IBPS SO Notification 2023 will be released in November 2023 on its official website @ibps.in. The IBPS SO Recruitment 2023 will be conducted for selecting candidates for the post of Specialist Officers in different Public Sector Banks for multiple positions. Candidates interested in IBPS SO 2023 can go through the complete information including eligibility, age limit, selection procedure, and syllabus from the notification PDF when it is released officially. We have provided below the link to download the previous year, IBPS SO Notification 2022 for your reference .

IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Date

All the Important dates related to the IBPS SO 2023 are going to be released along with the release of the IBPS SO 2023 Notification and the complete schedule for the recruitment drive has been updated in the below table .

Events  Dates
Notification 2023 November 2023
Online Registration Starts From Notified soon
Last Date to Apply Online Notified soon
Admit Card 2022 for Prelims Exam Notified soon
Commencement of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam 30th and 31st December 2023
Mains Admit Card 2022 Notified soon
Commencement of Mains Exam 28th January 2024
Conduct of Interview Notified soon
Final Result Notified soon

IBPS Specialist Officer Eligibility

To apply for the post of IBPS SO, candidates need to fulfil the eligibility criteria which are discussed below:
 

Age Limit

The minimum age to apply for IBPS SO is 20 years and the maximum age is 30 years. There are certain relaxations to the same which will be duly mentioned, wherein the maximum age is increased for candidates belonging to the reserved categories.
 

Relaxation in Age Limit:
  • The relaxation for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe is of 5 years.
  • The relaxation for candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy Layer) is of 3 years.
  • The relaxation for persons with a benchmark disability is 10 years.
  • The relaxation for candidates who are ex-servicemen is 5 years.
  • The relaxations for candidates ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir between the dates 01/01/80 and 31/12/89 is of 5 years.
  • The relaxation for candidates affected by the 1984 riots is of 5 years.

IBPS Specialist Officer Vacancy

IBPS has introduced 710 Specialist Officers (SO) vacancies for IBPS SO 2022-23 exam along with its notification on 31st October 2022. As this is the recruitment for Specialist Officer, therefore the vacancies released are not as high as other banking exams and as compared to last year's vacancies. This year, the maximum number of vacancies are announced for IBPS SFO (Agriculture Field Officer) i.e. 516. Last year, the total number of vacancies was 1828. Let's have a look at the post-wise total number of vacancies for IBPS SO 2022-23.

IBPS SO Vacancies 2022-23
Name of Post  No. of Vacancies 
IT Officer (Scale-I)  44
Agriculture Officer (Scale-I)  516
Marketing Office (Scale-I)  100
Law Officer (Scale-I)  10
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)  15
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)  25
Total  710

IBPS Specialist Officer Admit Card

IBPS will release admit card of IBPS SO 2022 for the Candidates can download the admit card from the official website of IBPS i.e., https://www.ibps.in/. IBPS SO Admit Card is released separately for Prelims, Mains and Interview. The IBPS SO Prelims admit card is expected to
 

Steps to Download IBPS SO Exam 2022 Admit Card:

The steps to download the IBPS SO Admit Card are:

  • Go to the official website of IBPS i.e., https://www.ibps.in/
  • Candidates need to log in using Registration Number and Password.
  • Candidates will see a link on their profile i.e., "Download Admit Card" and click on the link.
  • The admit card of the IBPS SO admit card will appear on the screen.
  • Go through all the details and take a printout of the admit card of IBPS SO.

IBPS Specialist Officer Salary

The salary for IBPS SO for various posts are mentioned in the below table:

IBPS SO Posts In-Hand Salary (Payscale 1) In-Hand Salary (Payscale 2)
I.T Officer INR 24,000 - INR 32,000 INR 34,000 - INR 40,000
Rajbhasha Adhikari INR 24,000 - INR 32,000 INR 34,000 - INR 40,000
Agriculture Officer INR 24,000 - INR 32,000 INR 34,000 - INR 40,000
HR Officer INR 24,000 - INR 32,000 INR 34,000 - INR 40,000
Law Officer INR 24,000 - INR 32,000 INR 34,000 - INR 40,000
Marketing Officer INR 24,000 - INR 32,000 INR 34,000 - INR 40,000
Benefits an IBPS SO:

The following are some of the benefits that may be accrued by an IBPS SO:

  • Annual compensation packages range from INR 7.55 lakhs to INR 12.93 lakhs.
  • A newspaper allowance.
  • A conveyance allowance, dependent on the availability of an Officer’s vehicle, wherein the officer may receive a fixed amount of fuel and other vehicle maintenance funds.
  • Leave Travel Concession (LTC).
  • Constant Training and Development, which becomes necessary due to the intellectually demanding nature of the job, in order to stay up to date with the evolving standards of the industry’s nuanced technologies.
  • Leave Policies inclusive of casual and privileged leaves, as well as maternity leaves of up to 6 months. Single parents who have elderly relatives are allowed up to 2 years of sabbatical leave as well.

IBPS Specialist Officer Selection

Candidates will be selected on the basis of two qualifying examinations. In order to appear for the Main Exam, candidates will be required to clear the Preliminary Exam. Only applicants who clear the Main Exam are notified about needing to appear for the Interview.

IBPS Specialist Officer Syllabus

IBPS SO 2022 Syllabus is designed separately for Rajsabha Adhikari and Other Specialist Officers. The IBPS Specialist Officer syllabus is designed separately for Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam. It is necessary for all the candidates applying for IBPS SO 2022 Exam to once go through the syllabus to prepare judiciously for this exam.

Apart from the major three sections of English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning,a candidate is required to be fluent in his/her area of expertise or the Specialization Subjects.

Let’s have a look at the detailed syllabus of the IBPS SO 2022 exam:

Reasoning Ability English Language Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness
  1. Seating Arrangements
  2. Puzzles
  3. Inequalities
  4. Syllogism
  5. Input-Output
  6. Data Sufficiency
  7. Blood Relations
  8. Order and Ranking
  9. Alphanumeric Series
  10. Distance and Direction
  11. Verbal Reasoning
  1. Cloze Test
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Spotting Errors
  4. Sentence Improvement
  5. Sentence Correction
  6. Para Jumbles
  7. Fill in the Blanks
  8. Para/Sentence Completion
  1. Number Series
  2. Data Interpretation
  3. Simplification/ Approximation
  4. Quadratic Equation
  5. Data Sufficiency
  6. Mensuration
  7. Average
  8. Profit and Loss
  9. Ratio and Proportion
  10. Work, Time and Energy
  11. Time and Distance
  12. Probability
  13. Relations
  14. Simple and Compound Interest
  15. Permutation and Combination
  1. Current Affairs
  2. Banking Awareness
  3. GK Updates
  4. Currencies
  5. Important Places
  6. Books and Authors
  7. Awards
  8. Headquarters
  9. Prime Minister Schemes
  10. Important Days

Apart from these subjects, candidates are required to have Professional Knowledge in his/her area of expertise as well. The detailed syllabus is discussed below:

IT Officer (Scale-I)
  1. Database Management System
  2. Data Communication and Networking
  3. Operating System
  4. Software Engineering
  5. Data Structure
  6. Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  7. Object-Oriented Programming
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)
  1. Basics of Crop production
  2. Horticulture
  3. Seed Science
  4. Agronomy and Irrigation
  5. Agricultural Economics
  6. Agricultural Practices
  7. Soil resources
  8. Animal Husbandry
  9. Agroforestry
  10. Ecology
  11. Government Schemes
Marketing Officer (Scale-I)
  1. Basics of Marketing Management
  2. Brand Management
  3. Advertising
  4. PR
  5. Sales
  6. Retail
  7. Business Ethics
  8. Market Segmentation
  9. Market research and forecasting demand
  10. Product Life Cycle
  11. Corporate Social Responsibility
  12. Service Marketing
  13. Marketing Strategies
Law Officer (Scale-I)
  1. Banking Regulations
  2. Compliance and Legal Aspects
  3. Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  4. Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act
  5. Consumer Protection Act
  6. SARFAES
  7. Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  8. Laws and Actions with the direct link to Banking Sector
  9. Bankers Book Evidence Act
  10. DRT Act
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
  1. Human Resource Development
  2. Business policy and strategic analysis
  3. Transnational Analysis
  4. Training and Development
  5. Recruitment and Selection
  6. Rewards and Recognition
  7. Industrial Relations
  8. Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
  9. Grievance and Conflict Management
  10. Performance Management and Appraisal

IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for IBPS preliminary examination is different from that of the main examination.

Rajbhasha Adhikari Law Officer Exam Pattern:
Name of the Tests Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 25 40 minutes
English Language 50 50 40 minutes
General Awareness with Special Reference to the Banking Industry 50 50 40 minutes
Total 150 125 120 minutes
 
I.T, Agricultural, Personnel/HR Marketing Officer:
Name of the Tests Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 25 40 minutes
English Language 50 50 40 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 minutes
Total 150 125 120 minutes

Mains 2022 Exam Pattern: Rajbhasha Adhikari Law Officer Exam Pattern:
Name of the Tests Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 minutes

I.T, Agricultural, Personnel/HR Marketing Officer Exam Pattern:
Name of the Tests Number of Questions Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 30 minutes

IBPS Specialist Officer Cut off

The minimum score required to be secured in order to qualify for the examination will be communicated by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection through the official website.

The steps to check the cut-off of IBPS SO will be available on the official website of IBPS:

  • Step 1:The candidate is required to visit the official website.
  • Step 2:At the top of the page, they will be needed to click on the “IBPS SO cut off” link from a list of notifications.
  • Step 3:Candidates will be required to enter their login credentials.
  • Step 4:The mark sheet of the candidate will then be visible on the screen, with a sectional and overall cut-off.

The cut-off list of 2020 are mentioned in the below table:

Name of the Posts General OBC SC ST HI OC VI
Marketing Officer 53.30 51.90 47.35 38.50 33.70 39.40 NA
IT Officer 61.50 57.75 53.55 46.50 40.60 50.15 60.10
Law Officer 52.95 49.20 44.95 39.55 NA 39.65 36.70
HR/Personnel Officer 60.75 53.50 50.70 46.65 43.40 NA NA
Agriculture Field Officer 41.65 40.90 34.65 30.00 26.50 27.20 28.95
Rajbhasha Adhikari 44.15 45.05 43.35 34.20 NA 38.75 69.05

IBPS Specialist Officer Qualification

The educational qualification to apply for the various post of IBPS SO are:

IBPS SO Posts IBPS SO Educational Qualification
I.T. Officer (Scale I)
  • Four years of Engineering/Technology degree in Computer Science/ Electronics and Telecommunication/ IT/Electronics and Instrumentation/ Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering, or
  • Master Degree in Computer Science/IT/ Electronics and Instrumentation/ Electronics and Communication Engineering/ Computer Application /Electronics and Telecommunication
  • Graduates have passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)
  • Four years Bachelor degree in agriculture/ Animal Husbandry/ Horticulture/ Veterinary Science/ Agricultural Engineering/ Fishery Science/ Dairy Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing and cooperation/ Agro-Forestry/ Co-Operation and Banking
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)
  • Master’s in Hindi with English as a subject at the Graduation level, or
  • Master’s in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject in Graduation
Law Officer (Scale I
  • A bachelor’s degree in Law
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
  • Bachelor Degree and Full Time Post Graduate Degree,or
  • Full-time Diploma in Industrial Relation/ Personnel Management/ HR/ Social Work/ HRD/ Labour Law
Marketing Officer (Scale I)
  • Bachelor Degree and a Full-Time MBA (Marketing)/ MMS (Marketing)/ Full-time PGDM/ PGDBA with specialization in Marketing

IBPS Specialist Officer How to Apply

The application form will be tentatively released in November 2022, by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. The application form will be available on the official website of IBPS.
 

How to Download IBPS SO Application Form?

The steps to download IBPS SO Application form are mentioned in the below steps:

  • Step 1: Candidates will find the form on the official website - https://www.ibps.in .
  • Step 2: Applicants have to log in using a Unique Registration ID and a password will be generated.
  • Step 3: The candidates will then be required to upload digitally scanned versions of their photographs, signature, left-hand thumb impression, and a handwritten declaration.
  • Step 4: Download and take a printout of the application form and the payment receipt for future use.

Application Fee
A candidate is required to pay Rs. 850/- (General and OBC) as his/her application fee for IBPS SO 2022 exam. The same amount is narrowed down to Rs. 175/- for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category. The Online Application will start once the notification has been released by IBPS.
Sr No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD Rs.175/- (Intimation Charges only)
2 General and Others Rs. 850/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

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