IBPS Specialist Officer exam is conducted to recruit candidates for various posts in its participating organizations. I.T. Officer (Scale- I), Marketing Officer (Scale-I), Law Officer (Scale I), Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I), and Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) are the different posts available under CRP SO cadre. Here you can get details about IBPS SO Notification, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, IBPS SO Exam Pattern, etc. Hence read the complete article to know about IBPS SO Exam 2021.
SO CRP X Prelims Exam Dates: 26th & 27th December 2020
IBPS SO Mains Exam Date: 24th January 2021
IBPS SO Exam 2021-22 – ibps.in CRP Notification
The authorities recently announced the much-awaited IBPS SO 2021 Notification for selecting Specialist Officers in a single shot. Recently the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released a notification for recruitment of specialist officer vacancies in public sector banks. If you want to apply for Bank jobs in India, then grab this opportunity and apply for the IBPS Specialist Officer exam 2021. The SO exam is designed especially for those who are searching for government jobs in some specified fields like – IT, Agriculture, Law, HR, and Marketing, etc. So, those who have completed some specialized degrees such as BE/ B.Tech/ MBA/ MCA, etc. will find this IBPS SO notification 2021 as an opportunity to enter banking sector in the professional cadre.
Just like Probationary Officer (officer –scale I) and Clerks, Specialist Officer positions work in specific departments, which are present in all government banks. So, eligible and willing candidates can apply for the IBPS CRP SPL IX Specialist Officers exam before the given deadline.
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Recruitment
IBPS was set up in the year 1975 as a Personnel Selection Services (PSS). IBPS became an independent entity at the behest of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Public Sector Banks in 1984. With a mission of enhancing human resource development through personal assessment, IBPS is visualized as a self-governed academic and research-oriented Institute. It is responsible for conducting various recruitment exams all over India. Every year, IBPS announces different notifications such as Clerk, Probationary Officer, Specialist Officer in its nationalized banks, State Bank and RRBs. The recruitment for PSBs usually follows a two or three-tier scheme. IBPS RRB and SO Recruitment are two-phase processes, whereas the IBPS PO and Clerk Recruitment consist of three steps. The first stage is a common written examination, succeeded by an interview and the final placement.
List of IBPS SO Participating Banks
- Allahabad Bank.
- Central Bank of India.
- Andhra Bank.
- Corporation Bank.
- Bank of Baroda.
- Dena Bank.
- Bank of India.
- Bank of Maharashtra.
- Indian Bank.
- Canara Bank.
- Indian Overseas Bank.
- Oriental Bank of Commerce.
- United Bank of India.
- Punjab National Bank.
- Vijaya Bank.
- Punjab & Sind Bank.
- Syndicate Bank.
- UCO Bank.
- Union Bank of India.
- Any other bank or financial institution.
These are the participating organizations for the IBPS Specialist Officer 2021 exam. While filling the online application form, you can set the priority of these banks as per your requirements. Hence, the candidates who got succeeded in the SO exam will be posted in any of the 20 participating government banks across India.
IBPS SO Notification (Latest)
The candidates who are willing to appear in the Specialist Officers exam and want to pursue their career in Banking Sectors can be well updated about the exam from our site. Aspirants who are dreaming about their future in banking field can apply for this IBPS SO Recruitment 2021. One can download the official IBPS Specialist Officer Notification 2021 from our site within a fraction of seconds. As per their educational qualification, candidates may apply for any of the available posts such as Law Officer (Scale I), I.T. Officer (Scale- I), Marketing Officer (Scale-I), Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I), and Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I).
As per the selection process, the aspirants must appear in Written Test for the relevant field and score equal or more than the cutoff marks to appear in the next round i.e. Interview Session. So, after scoring well in Interview round, they will be intimated through the IBPS SO 2021 Notification for provisional allotment. The Allotment process of the specialist officers in one of IBPS Participating Organizations will be as per the vacancies offered for the current year. Remember all the aspirants for the post of Specialist Officer had to fill the application form in online mode only. Applications sent through any other mode except the defined one, i.e., online mode will not be accepted. Simply go through the following sections of this page to know details about the exam pattern, eligibility criteria, posts offered, marking and selection scheme of CRP SPL IX Specialist Officer IBPS exam.
IBPS SO Vacancy Details 2021
|ibps.in Post Wise SO Vacancies 2021|
|S.no.||Name of Post||Number of Vacancies|
|1.||IT Officer (Scale-I)||335|
|2.||Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I)||2580|
|3.||Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)||65|
|4.||Law Officer (Scale-I)||115|
|5.||HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-I)||81|
|6.||Marketing Officer (Scale-I)||946|
These are the vacancy details available for IBPS SO Exam 2021. If you want to know about post wise or category wise IBPS SO Vacancy details, click the below link.
IBPS Specialist Officer Eligibility Criteria
All the candidates who were interested in applying for IBPS SO 2021 exam have to attain certain eligibility conditions to fill the online application form. The aspirants who do not clear the eligibility criteria will not be able to fill the application form. The postulants who fill the application form even if they do not clear the eligibility criteria will have their application form cancelled and will not be included in the remaining recruitment process. Hence all the applicants must meet the below IBPS SO eligibility conditions.
Age Limit for IBPS Specialist Officer Jobs
The age limit for IBPS SO Exam 2021 is 20 – 30 years. i.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.11.1990 and not later than 01.11.2000 (both dates inclusive). However, age relaxations are applicable for various categories as per the IBPS rules. Here, I have provided upper age relaxation for all reserved categories.
- ST/ SC categories: 5 years.
- For OBC candidates: 3 Years.
- PWD Candidates:10 years.
- Ex-servicemen: 5 Years.
- A person from Jammu & Kashmir: 5 years.
- Affected Person by 1984 Riots: 5 Years.
Educational Qualification of IBPS SO 2021 Exam
Candidates applying for IT Officer posts in Specialist Officer Cadre must have completed 4 year BE/ Btech in UG or PG in IT/ Electronics/ Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ ECE/ Electronics & Telecommunication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ or any degree with DOEACC level ‘B’ certificate.
Agriculture Field Officer:
Aspirants must have done 4 yrs Degree in Agriculture or Subjects related to Agri. Sciences such as Veterinary Science, Horticulture, Pisciculture, Agriculture Business Management/ Food Technology/ Agricultural Engineering/ Dairy Technology from any recognized Institute or University.
HR/ Personnel Officer:
Any UG Degree & PG in Personnel Management/ HR/ Social work/ Industrial Relations/ Labour Law from any recognized Institution or University are eligible for HR/ Personnel Officer posts.
If you have done UG degree & 2 yr MBA/ MMS (Marketing)/ PGDBA/ PGDBM with marketing specialization, then you are eligible to apply for Marketing officer posts.
A Degree in Law (LLB) & enrolled as an advocate in Bar Council is the eligibility criteria for Law officer post under CRP Specialist officer cadre.
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I):
Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree, or Post graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects.
IBPS SO Salary – Pay Scale of IBPS Scale I Officer Jobs
|Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Scale I Officer Pay Scale 2021|
|I.T. Officer||Scale-I||Rs. 14500 600/7 18700 700/2 20100 800/7 – 25700/-|
|Agricultural Field Officer||Scale-I|
|I.T. Officer||Scale-II||Rs. 19400 700/1 20100 800/10 – 28100/-|
Before applying for the exam, one should be aware of IBPS Specialist Officer Salary, job description, etc. If you wish to work as IBPS SO and still don’t know about the details of Specialist Officer Scale 1 & 2 Salary, then look at the table below. The Salary structure for IBPS CRP Specialist Officers is calculated considering all the perks offered to them. One can’t imagine current IBPS SO (Scale 1, 2) Pay Package as the 7th Pay Commission revises it. Because of the highly paid salaries, most of the candidates are interested in bank jobs and taking bank coaching at various institutions. The IBPS Specialist Officer salary for all the posts is mentioned below.
IBPS SO Exam Dates 2021 – www.ibps.in
|Name of Event||Tentative Dates|
|On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by
|02 November 2020 to 23 November 2020|
|Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online)||02 November 2020 to 23 November 2020|
|Download of call letters for Online Pelimis examination||December 2020|
|Online Examination – Preliminary||26th & 27th December 2020|
|Result of Online exam||January 2021|
|Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main||January 2021|
|Online Examination – Main||24th January 2021|
|Declaration of Result of Online Main Examination||February 2021|
|Download of call letters for interview||February 2021|
|Conduct of interview||February 2021|
|Provisional Allotment||April 2021|
IBPS SO Online Registration
The Online registration process of IBPS Specialist Officer exam is same as that of remaining IBPS exams. But before applying online, one should keep their scanned copies of recent passport size photograph and signature as per the given format, degree certificates, valid email id, etc. If you keep these documents ready with you, you can complete the IBPS SO Online registration process easily without hassle. If you are applying for this IBPS exam for the first time, then you can follow the below steps and know how to Apply Online for IBPS Specialist Officer Exam 2021. Here you can also get the direct IBPS SO Apply Online link below.
Application fee for IBPS Specialist Officers
All the postulants of IBPS SO 2021 exam have to pay the application fee to seal their applications. Since the mode of fee payment is online, one should pay the fee before finally submitting their IBPS SO application form. Payment can be made using the Credit card/ Debit card/ Internet Banking/ IMPS/ Mobile Wallets/ Cash cards etc. On successful completion of the transaction, an e-receipt will be generated. Please note that if the receipt is not generated online transaction is not successful. The application fee for all categories is mentioned below. So, make payment as per your category before the last date.
- SC/ ST/ PWD categories: Rs. 175/-.
- Fo all other categories: Rs. 850/-.
How to Apply for IBPS CRP SPL IX SO Exam 2021 Online?
- Visit the official website of IBPS, i.e., www.ibps.in
- There on the left side of the homepage, select CRP Specialist Officers section.
- You will direct to a new page. In that, click on the link named Common Recruitment Process for Specialist Officers IX.
- Now, the candidates should click on “Click here for New Registration.”
- Enter the given basic details and click on submit button.
- With this, your IBPS SO Registration process has completed.
- The officials will send a unique registration number and password to you through email & SMS.
- Now, enter those login id and password in the existing candidate login section.
- Upload scanned copies of your recent photograph and signature as per the given format.
- Set a priority order as per your requirements from the list of participating banks.
- Make fee payment in online mode as per your category using Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets.
- After successful transaction, an e-receipt will appear on the screen. Take a printout of it for future use.
- Finally, Click on submit button.
- Now take a printout of IBPS SO online application form also for future use.
IBPS SO Exam Center List
Candidates applying for IBPS Specialist Officer exam may choose any of the available examination centers while filling the application form. The authorities will also allow the IBPS SO Exam Centers based on the priority set by them. In case those centers have already filled, then a random center will be allotted at the discretion of IBPS. Remember, the exam centers you have chosen will be final; there is no provision to change the allotted one. There is a total of 36 states/union territories/ NCR regions with 93 regions as examination centers for IBPS SO 2021 exam. Go through the following table to know about the IBPS SO Exam Center List.
|State Code||State /UT / NCR||Exam Centre|
|11||Andaman & Nicobar||Port Blair|
|12||Andhra Pradesh||Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam|
|15||Bihar||Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzzafarpur, Patna, Purnea,|
|17||Chhattisgarh||Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur|
|18||Dadra & Nagar Haveli||Surat, Jamnagar|
|19||Daman & Diu|
|20||Delhi||Bahadurgarh, Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon|
|22||Gujarat||Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara|
|25||Jammu & Kashmir||Jammu, Srinagar|
|26||Jharkhand||Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi|
|27||Karnataka||Bengaluru, Hubli, Mangalore, Dharwad|
|28||Kerala||Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram|
|30||MP||Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur|
|31||Maharashtra||Aurangabad, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Pune|
|36||Odisha||Berhampur(Ganjam), Bhubaneshwar, Sambalpur|
|38||Punjab||Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala|
|39||Rajasthan||Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur|
|41||Tamil nadu||Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli|
|44||Uttar Pradesh||Agra, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi|
|46||West Bengal||Bardhaman, Berhampur, Durgapur, Greater Kolkata, Siliguri|
IBPS SO Syllabus 2021
The IBPS SO Syllabus 2021 is the first thing every aspirant should seek for. as it gives the clear picture of the exam. Also, referring syllabus earlier will tell you everything you need about the IBPS Specialist Officer exam such as important topics, how you can schedule for the exam, etc. Candidates must complete the entire syllabus before appearing for the exam. Completing the entire syllabus is essential because we don’t know which topic will be asked in the Specialist officer IBPS exam. If you failed to complete the whole IBPS SO IT Officer Syllabus, then there are chances of losing the exam. Since CRP Specialist officers is a subject based test, one must have exhaustive knowledge of the individual subject to pass the exam. Here, I have provided IBPS SO Marketing Syllabus and also for other posts. So, Download IBPS Exam Syllabus for Specialist Officers from the below link.
IBPS SO 2021 Exam Pattern
Candidates should know the detailed IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021 before starting their preparation. Because knowing the exam pattern earlier will help them to know the mode of exam, the number of questions, sections, negative marking, sectional wise cut off marks, etc. Hence I have provided the IBPS SO 2021 Exam Pattern for all the posts here. The online IBPS Specialist Officer Exam consists of four sections namely Reasoning ability, English language, Quantitative aptitude, and Professional knowledge for a total of 200 marks. Each section was given a time duration, and the candidates have to answer them in that time limit only. Remember there is a negative marking of one-fourth (1/4) marks for every wrong answer. So, check IBPS SO IT Officer Exam Pattern and IBPS SO Pattern for remaining posts in the below sections.
IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Pattern – Law Officer (Scale I) and Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)
|S. No||Section name||Marks||Total duration|
(regarding Banking Industry)
IBPS SO Agricultural/ IT/ HR/ Personnel/ Marketing Officer Scale I Exam Pattern
|S.no.||Section name||Marks||Total duration|
|1.||Professional Knowledge||75||2 Hours|
IBPS SO Previous Year Question Papers
Candidates appearing for the specialist officer exam must practice as many as IBPS SO Previous Papers 2021. Because solving IBPS SO Previous year papers will help you make the preparation stronger. Also, by solving these old papers, you may get an idea about what kind of questions will come in the exam. Moreover, it helps in increasing your accuracy and manages time for solving & answering the questions. The postulants can download IBPS SO Question Paper online for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 years from the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection official website, i.e., www.ibps.in. For the convenience of the candidates, I have provided the direct link to download the IBPS Specialist Officer Question Paper in Pdf format. The aspirants can also download the IBPS SO IT Officer Study material from our site.
Preparation Tips for IBPS CRP SO Exam 2021
The IBPS SO aspirants have a few months of preparation to fulfill their dreams. The first thing which the postulants must do before starting their exam preparation is to schedule their study goals and assign deadlines to each task. The IBPS Specialist officer question paper includes four sections namely Reasoning, English, Quantitative Aptitude, and Professional Knowledge. But the Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law officer have General Knowledge paper instead of quantitative aptitude paper.
Out of total 200 marks, you could score in IBPS CRP SPL IX Exam, 75 marks come from the ‘professional knowledge’ section only. Therefore, IBPS SO applicants must provide more attention to the subjects associated with their domain or profession, particularly the portions that touch banking business. For example, If you are applying for the IBPS Specialist exam for the law officer, then you should concentrate more on various laws and acts related to banking. I have provided some last minute preparation tips below. Hope these tips help you score good marks in the IBPS SO Exam 2021.
- Solve as many as IBPS SO previous years.
- Try to improve your speed by practicing Mock tests; it gives you an edge.
- During the exam, if you are not sure about an answer to a question, don’t attempt it. Because of negative marking, you may lose marks.
- Try to eliminate or avoid the wrong options.
- If you think you can answer a question, but it consumes a lot of time, then skip it and work on it later or once you have answered remaining questions.
IBPS SO Admit Card
The officials of IBPS will release the IBPS Specialist Officer Admit Card 15 to 20 days before the exam. So, you can download your call letter before the exam date. Candidates should not forget their IBPS SO Admit Card during their exam. Because without entry card, you are not allowed to write the exam. The Hall ticket of IBPS SO Exam consists of your name, photograph, roll number, time, venue, IBPS SO exam date, etc. Postulants should note that they should download the IBPS SO 2021 Admit card in online mode only. The authorities will not send these call letters to them in email or post. So, one can download their IBPS SO Call Letter from the direct link below. But to download the hall ticket, you should enter your registration number/ roll number and Date of Birth details.
IBPS SO Answer Key 2021
After completion of the exam, the attended candidates are in search for the IBPS Specialist Officer Answer Key. For those candidates, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection officials has released the IBPS SO Answer Key 2021 on the official site, i.e., www.ibps.in. With the help of this answer key, candidates can estimate their scores and marks in the exam. So, after calculating your scores, one can compare it with the previous year cutoff marks. You can also get the IBPS Specialist Officer Key from the below link. Here we have also provided IBPS SO Cutoff Marks to provide you a fair idea about your winning chances.
IBPS Specialist Officer Cut Off Marks
The candidates who have qualified in the written exam will be called for the final round, i.e., Interview. But to clear the IBPS SO exam 2021, one should clear the sectional cutoff marks and also overall IBPS SO Cut Off 2021. That means they should score equal or more than the cut off marks. This time IBPS has made lots of changes in IBPS Specialist Officer 2021 Exam. Earlier there was no sectional timing, but this year it has introduced sectional timing. In addition to that, this time only marks obtained in Professional Knowledge Test will be considered in merit list for interview. So, the marks obtained in qualifying subjects such as Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language will not be added to the merit list of the interview. To know section wise IBPS Specialist Officer Cut Off, click the below link.
IBPS SO Result 2021
Now the applicants do not have to wait longer for getting their IBPS SO 2021 Result. As the examination process has become computerized, the results will appear on the screen soon after completion of the test. But you will get only IBPS SO Result 2021 after completion of the exam. But if you want to check IBPS SO Score Card 2021, you should wait until the authorities announce the results. For your convenience, we are providing the direct link below for checking IBPS SO Prelims Result 2021. Follow the below direct link and know How to check IBPS CRP Specialist Officer VII Results online. The postulants can also check IBPS SO Mains Result 2021 and IBPS Interview Results of SO exam from our site.
IBPS Specialist Officer Provisional Allotment Order
The provisional allotment of Specialist Officer posts is based on merit-cum-preference order keeping in mind the spirit of various guidelines issued by Govt. of India from time to time. Under this Provisional Allotment process, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will allot the shortlisted candidates in any of the participating banks as per their priority. The Provisional Allotment Order will be given only for those who cleared the final cutoff marks in both written exam and interview. In other words, IBPS SO Allotment process is also a part of Selection Process. Because during this process, candidates should submit some documents in the respective allotted bank. If you have failed in submitting any of the given documents, then you will be disqualified. So, go through the list of documents that you need to submit at the time of joining in the respective banks.
Documents required at the time of Joining
- Identity proof – PAN Card/ Aadhaar Card/ Voter Id/ Passport/ Driving License.
- Date of Birth proof.
- Mark sheets & degree (UG/ PG/ any other educational qualification) certificates.
- Caste/ Category certificate (only for reserved categories).
- A Printout of IBPS SO Online Application.
- Relieving letter (for those candidates who mention experience in the application form).
IBPS Specialist Officer 2021
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