Complete Preparation & Practice for IBPS Specialist Officer (SO)

IBPS SO Recruitment 2017 :

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will release IBPS SO 2017 Notification in 2nd week of November on the official website that is - ibps.in/. A huge number of candidates are waiting for IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment 2017 to apply for the I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer. IBPS SO Application Form 2017 will be available to fill online after few hours of notification declaration. IBPS will gibe approx one month for IBPS SO 2017 Registration and Online application form filling process. Before doing online registration, candidates are advised to check IBPS Specialist Officer eligibility criteria and age limit. For the reason that, if you are not eligible then you will not eligible to apply for this post.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an organization, which comes up with a large no. of vacancies for different posts in banking field like the one mentioned here is IBPS SO Recruitment 2017 that offers vacancies in Specialist Officer filed. This process of selection is done in a profound way of personnel selection, assessment, and recruitment. IBPS SO 2017 Exams will be held in January 2018, and the application process for filling up this post will be started in November month. Likewise the last year, registered candidates will give exam in this coming January. Here, we have given all the necessary and important details about IBPS SO 2017 Recruitment vacancy details, Age limit, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, exam dates, how to fill an application form, application fee, selection process, etc.

IBPS SO Recruitment 2017 - Exam Details

IBPS SO (Specialist Officer) Exam is conducted by IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel) every year to recruit candidates from the different fields. It is one of the most reputed exam in the government sector. IBPS is going to conduct specialist officer (SO) 2017-18 Exam for the following posts:


IBPS has released the official dates for the IBPS SO Exam 2017-18. IBPS is expected to release the full notification regarding vacancies and other essential information in October 2017. We will update the notification of IBPS SO as soon as it is released.

Exam Dates

Event name Important Dates
Issuance of official Notification October 2017
Online registration start date October 2017
Online registration closing date November 2017
Admit card release for Preliminary examination December 2017
Preliminary Examination 30/12/2017 and 31/12/2017
Result declaration of preliminary examination January 2018
Admit card release for Mains exam January 2018
Mains Examination 28/01/2018
Result declaration of Mains examination February 2018
Interview round February- March 2018
Final result declaration 1st April 2018

IBPS SO 2017 Eligibility Criteria :

Candidates who are aspiring to apply for the IBPS Specialist Officer 2017 recruitment, will have to read full Eligibility Criteria details. The Educational qualification is different for each post which is mentioned below in tabular format. The candidate must check the below given table to know IBPS SO 2017 Education Qualification.

Name of Post Educational Qualification
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I) Candidates must have done 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 .
IT Officer (Scale-I) A) Candidates must have done 4 year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation. OR B) Candidates must have done Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications. OR C) Candidate must have Graduate and have passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
Law Officer (Scale I) Candidates must have a Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.
Rajbhasa Officer (Scale I) Candidates must have a Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level. OR Candidates must have a Post graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Candidates must have Graduate and full-time Post Graduate degree or full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law.
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) Candidates must have Graduate and full-time MMS (Marketing) / MBA (Marketing) / full-time 2 years PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

Age Limit: -

Candidates who want to Apply for IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment 2017 must have age between 20 to 30 years. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd November 1986 and not later than 1st November 1996 (both dates inclusive). This age criterion is applicable in all the particular departments. Though relaxation is provided to all the reserved categories as per the govt. rules.

Serial Number Category Age Relaxation
1. Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
2. Other Backward Class (OBC) 3 years
3. Person with Disability (PWD) 10 years
4. Ex-Servicemen/Commissioned Officers including ECOS (Emergency Commissioned Officers)/ SSCOs (Short Service Commissioned Officers) who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of Assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within 1 year from last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by the way of dismissal/discharge on the account of misconduct/inefficiency/physical disability attributable to military service 5 years
5. Person ordinarily domiciled in the Jammu and Kashmir province during the period 1.01.1980 and 31.12.1989 5 years
6. Person affected by 1984 riots 5 years

Post & Vacancies:

As part of IBPS SO 2017 – 2018 recruitment, a total of 4122 vacancies are created in 20 public sector banks across India.


IBPS SO 2017 Exam Pattern :

IBPS SO 2017 Exam Pattern: The exam pattern for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari is same and the exam pattern for IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Officer Scale I, HR/ Personnel Officer Scale I, Marketing Officer Scale I is same. Now here we will give the detailed description of the exam pattern for all the defined sectors or departments which are displayed in a table form.

IBPS Specialist Officer 2017 Exam Pattern of IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Field Officer Scale I, HR/ Personnel Officer Scale I & Marketing Officer Scale I
S.No. Name of Tests Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 50 * 30 Minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 50 * 30 Minutes
3 English Launguage 50 * 25 Minutes
4 Professional Knowledge Paper 50 80 35 Minutes
5 Total 200 80 120 Minutes

IBPS Specialist Officer 2017 Exam Pattern for Law Officer and Rajbhasa Adhikari

S.No. Name of Tests Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 50 * 30 Minutes
2 English Language 50 * 25 Minutes
3 General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry 50 * 30 Minutes
4 Professional Knowledge Paper 50 80 35 Minutes
5 Total 200 80 120 Minutes

There will be a penalty for each wrong answers marked in the Objective type questions.the 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer as the penalty for each wrong answer. If a question is left blank means no answer is marked by the applicants then there will be no penalty for that kind of questions.

IBPS SO 2017 Syllabus

IBPS SO 2017 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 2017 Exam to once go through the syllabus as mentioned in the IBPS SO 2017 notification released by IBPS 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 IBPS SO 2017 exam:

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

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:


IBPS SO 2017 Selection Procedure :

It is two step process which includes an online test of total 200 marks and the candidates which qualify this online exam will have to go through the second level i.e. Interview which comprises of 10 marks. After evaluation, the final result is declared after few months and the Provisional Allotment list will be released for selected candidates with the respective post.

IBPS SO Admit Card 2017 :

The IBPS SO 2017 recruitment will release in November and it will close in December. Therefore, candidates will who will fill the application form and will apply for the IBPS specialist officer post, will able to download IBPS SO Admit Card 2017 in 2nd Week of January. For the Reason that the IBPS Specialist officer examination is going to conduct in 3rd week of Jan. Therefore, the IBPS SO 2017 Admit card will release before 10 to 7 days of Examination,

IBPS SO 2017 Application Fee :

Candidates will have to pay IBPS Specialist Officer 2017 Application fee via online mode like net banking, debit card, credit card, etc.

IBPS SO HR/ Personnel Officer – Job Profile

HR/ Personnel Officer plays a vital role in the organisation. As in any other organization, HR Specialist Officers in public sector banks are expected to undertake activities such as recruiting staff according to the requirement of company or institution, proper staffing and manage personnel selection. They are also expected to overview HR policies from time to time and address staff grievances. HR manager/officer develops, advises on and implements policies relating to the effective use of personnel within the organisation.

Role of HR/ Personnel Officers –

Salary Structure

The Gross Annual CTC (with HRA but without leased accommodation) of the officer post at Scale 1 is Rs. 5,57,640.52 inclusive of all the components. The salary break-up is as follows:

IT Officer (Scale-I) • 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) • Basics of Crop production • Horticulture • Seed Science • Agronomy and Irrigation • Agricultural Economies • Agricultural Practices • Soil resources • Animal Husbandry • Agroforestry • Ecology • Government Schemes
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) • Basics of Marketing Management • Brand Management • Advertising • PR • Sales • Retail • Business Ethics • Market Segmentation • Market research and forecasting demand • Product Life Cycle • Corporate Social Responsibility • Service Marketing • Marketing Strategies
Law Officer (Scale-I) • 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 • SARFAES • Banking Ombudsman Scheme • Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector • Bankers Book Evidence Act • DRT Act
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) • Human Resource Development • Business policy and strategic analysis • Transnational Analysis • Training and Development • Recruitment and Selection • Rewards and Recognition • Industrial Relations • Business Policy and Strategic Analysis • Grievance and Conflict Management • Performance Management and Appraisal
Basic Pay 23700.00
Special Allowance 1836.75
DA 10163.63
CCA 870
Transport Allowance
Total (without HRA) 36570.38
HRA 2133.00
Gross with HRA 38703.38
Medical Aid 8000
Entertainment 500
Newspaper 300
Petrol 3000
Telephone 400
Canteen Subsidy 400
Pension Contribution 2500
Gross Annual CTC (with HRA but without leased accommodation) 5,57,640.52

Persistent will, sincere focus and dedicated effort can help anyone get through this examination.

IBPS SO HR/ Personnel Officer – Career Promotion

S. No. Grade Scale Designation
1. Junior Management Grade Scale - I Officer
2. Middle Management Grade Scale – II Manager
3. Middle Management Grade Scale - III Senior Manager
4. Senior Management Grade Scale - IV Chief Manager
5. Senior Management Grade Scale - V Assistant General Manager
6. Top Management Grade Scale – VI Deputy general Manager
7. Top Management Grade Scale - VII General Manager

IBPS SO Cutoff 2016-17 - Provisional Allotment

Maximum Scores (Combined Scores in CWE and Interview out of 100) - CWE SPL - VI (Annexure to Notification dated 1st April 2017)

Posts Category
IT Officer (Scale-I) 68.40 68.80 68.20 73.40 40.00 66.00 NA
Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I) 50.00 47.40 52.50 60.40 36.80 40.60 46.80
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I) 61.40 59.00 86.40 82.60 NA 54.80 75.60
Law Officer (Scale-I) 75.20 60.40 63.80 76.80 26.40 58.60 56.60
HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 64.80 60.40 68.20 78.80 36.40 48.60 43.20
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) 79.60 70.80 82.00 85.20 44.40 72.00 69.20

Minimum Scores (Combined Scores in CWE and Interview out of 100) - CWE SPL - VI (Annexure to Notification dated 1st April 2017)

Posts Category
IT Officer (Scale-I) 58.00 52.60 60.60 62.60 38.80 57.20 NA
07/01/89 09/08/92 25/02/95 13/11/89 06/07/81 01/11/90 -
Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I) 31.20 29.20 34.80 35.00 20.40 32.00 27.20
18/07/94 25/09/91 19/05/88 08/08/92 04/08/95 25/11/91 09/10/93
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I) 52.00 46.60 55.60 52.60 NA 29.80 73.60
19/10/86 05/10/86 01/03/87 25/07/92 - 12/08/90 27/06/84
Law Officer (Scale-I) 48.00 31.80 51.60 57.40 26.40 44.40 46.00
28/09/88 06/09/89 27/06/89 14/11/87 16/01/90 18/01/90 03/02/90
HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 57.20 55.40 57.60 60.60 36.40 48.60 43.20
12/11/87 23/09/89 20/07/93 19/11/87 29/05/92 25/06/87 13/06/92
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) 63.40 51.80 65.40 67.20 44.40 65.20 52.80
29/07/89 27/10/88 01/07/87 03/04/89 07/08/83 01/12/92 26/05/86

IBPS SO Reserve List (Subject to vacancies for 2017-18 & availability of candidates)

Minimum Scores (Combined Scores in CWE and Interview out of 100) - CWE SPL - VI (Annexure to Notification dated 1st April 2017)

Posts Category
IT Officer (Scale-I) 57.60 52.40 60.20 62.40 37.80 57.00 NA
Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I) 30.60 28.60 34.40 34.40 NA 31.20 26.80
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I) 51.80 41.20 51.80 51.80 NA 42.60 43.00
Law Officer (Scale-I) 47.20 30.20 51.40 56.80 NA 42.60 43.00
HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 57.20 55.40 56.80 60.00 NA 47.00 32.80
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) 62.80 50.00 65.00 66.60 NA 62.80 52.00

The cutoffs would be decided based on the number of candidates appearing and the number of vacancies available. So, prepare well and give your best in the exam.