IBPS SO 2024 (CRP SPL-XIV) is to be conducted through a three-phase selection process- Prelims, Mains, and Interviews. The candidates who qualify for the online examinations will be further considered for the final interview process. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts IBPS SO Recruitment every year to select eligible candidates for the posts mentioned below:

  1. Agriculture Field Officer
  2. Marketing Officer (Scale I)
  3. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
  4. IT Officer (Scale I)
  5. Law Officer (Scale I)
  6. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

IBPS SO Recruitment 2024

The IBPS SO Recruitment process to select Specialist officers through IBPS SO 2024 is done in three phases:

1. Online Preliminary Exam

2. Online Mains Exam

3. Interview Process

A candidate must qualify for both the preliminary exam and the main exam to proceed to the interview round. The candidates selected after the interview round are given the appointment letter.

IBPS SO 2024 Notification

IBPS SO Notification PDF will be released by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Committee for Specialist Officer posts in different categories on its official website i.e. https://ibps.in. The IBPS SO Recruitment 2024 is for selecting candidates for the post of Specialist Officers in different Public Sector Banks for multiple positions. Have a look at the previous year's IBPS SO Notification pdf. 

IBPS SO 2023 Notification PDF- Click to Download

IBPS SO 2024- Exam Summary

IBPS will release the official notification for the Specialist Officer recruitment process for FY 2024-25 in June/July 2024. The eligible graduates will be shortlisted through Prelims, Mains and Interview. The aspirants interested in the exam must be familiar with IBPS SO details which are mentioned below.

IBPS SO Recruitment 2024- Overview
OrganisationInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
PostSpecialist Officer (SO)
Exam LevelNational
VacancyTo be notified
Participating Banks11
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModeOnline
IBPS SO Recruitment ProcessPrelims, Main Exams, Interview
Education QualificationGraduates or relevant degree
Age Limit20 years to 28 years
Application FeeSC/ST/PWD- Rs.175
General and Others- Rs. 850
IBPS Official Websitewww.ibps.in

IBPS SO 2024- Important Dates

IBPS has released prelims and mains exam dates for the IBPS SO recruitment 2024 exam along with IBPS Calendar 2024. IBPS SO 2024 Prelims Exam has been scheduled for 9th November 2024 and Mains for 14th December 2024. Let’s have a look at the important dates for IBPS SO Exam 2024.

IBPS SO 2024- Important Dates
ActivityIBPS SO 2024 Dates
IBPS SO Notification 2024June/July 2024
Online Registration Starts From--
Last Date to Apply Online for IBPS SO--
IBPS SO Prelims Admit Card 2024--
Commencement of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam9th November 2024
IBPS SO Mains Exam Date 202414th December 2024

IBPS SO Vacancy 2024

IBPS SO Vacancy details for IBPS SO 2024 exam will be released along with its detailed Notification. Last year, IBPS introduced 1402 Specialist Officers (SO) vacancies. As this is the recruitment for Specialist Officer, the vacancies released are not as high as other banking exams and as compared to last year's vacancies. The post-wise IBPS SO Vacancy 2024 once announced will be updated here.

IBPS SO Vacancy 2023
Total 1402

IBPS SO 2024 Online Application

IBPS will announce the dates for online application process for IBPS SO 2024 exam along with IBPS SO Notification 2024. The candidates who are interested and eligible to apply for IBPS SO vacancies must submit their online application form much before the last date. Click on the below link to check IBPS SO Apply Online details. 

IBPS SO Apply Online 2024- Click to Check Details

IBPS SO 2024 Application Fee

A candidate is required to pay Rs. 850/- (General and OBC) as his/her application fee for IBPS SO 2024 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.

S No.CategoryApplication Fee
1SC/ST/PWDRs.175/- (Intimation Charges only)
2General and OthersRs. 850/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

IBPS SO 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The IBPS SO eligibility criteria is different for recruiting candidates to different positions for which the candidates are selected through IBPS SO 2024 Exam. There are three parameters (citizenship, age limit and educational qualification) that a candidate needs to fulfill to be eligible for IBPS SO Recruitment 2024.

The Citizenship Criteria for a candidate to be eligible for IBPS SO 2024 exam is discussed below:

Citizenship Criteria• A resident of India
• A subject of Nepal
• Tibetan refugees who came to India before 1st January 1962 and have planned to settle in India permanently
• A subject of Indian Origin migrated from Burma, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Uganda, Kenya, 
United Republic of Tanzania, Namibia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Vietnam

IBPS SO Educational Qualifications

IBPS SO recruits candidates for various posts like that of I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer etc. 

S No.Name of the PostEducational Qualification
1. I.T. Officer (Scale I)1)Four years engineering/Technology degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
2) Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
Graduates having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam 
2.Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)4 years graduation degree in agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ dairy Science/ Agricultural engineering/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing and cooperation/ Co-Operation and Banking/ Agro-Forestry
3.Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)Post Graduate in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation or degree level OR Post Graduate Degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject at graduation level
4.Law Office (Scale I)A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
5.HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)Graduate and Full Time Post Graduate Degree or Full time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law
6.Marketing Officer (Scale I)Graduate and Full-Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing

IBPS SO Age Limit

A candidate is required to be a minimum of 20 years to be eligible for the IBPS SO exam. The maximum age limit is 30 years. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1993 and not later than 01.08.2003 (both dates inclusive Candidates belonging to reserved categories are given age relaxation by the Government of India. The category-wise age relaxation given to candidates for the post of IBPS SO is discussed below:

S NoCategoryAge 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 service5 years
5.Person ordinarily domiciled in the Jammu and Kashmir province during the period 1.01.1980 and 31.12.19895 years
6.Person affected by 1984 riots5 years

IBPS SO 2024 Exam Pattern

IBPS will be following the below-detailed exam pattern for shortlisting eligible candidates for IBPS SO 2024 Exam. The previous year, IBPS introduced separate sectional timing for each section in the preliminary exam. Let's have a look at the revised IBPS SO Exam Pattern.

The preliminary exam will be a qualifying phase for the mains and candidates will have to meet the cut-offs of prelims to be eligible to appear for the Mains exam.

IBPS SO 2024 Prelims Exam Pattern: There are two patterns for IBPS SO prelims examination for different posts. There is a sectional cut-off and candidates have to clear all the sections in order to clear the preliminary exam of IBPS SO 2024.

For the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer:

S No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
1English Language5025English40 minutes
2Reasoning5050English and Hindi40 minutes
3Quantitative Aptitude5050English and Hindi40 minutes
Total150125 120 minutes

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari:

S No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
1English Language5025English40 minutes
2Reasoning5050English and Hindi40 minutes
3General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry5050English and Hindi40 minutes
Total150125 120 minutes

Read Detailed IBPS SO 2024 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2024 Syllabus

IBPS SO 2024 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 2024 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 2024 exam:

Reasoning AbilityEnglish LanguageQuantitative AptitudeGeneral 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
  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

Read IBPS SO 2024 Detailed Syllabus

IBPS SO 2024 Admit Card

The IBPS SO 2024 admit card will be released 10 to 15 days before the exam date. IBPS SO Preliminary exam 2024 is scheduled for 9th November 2024 and the Mains examination will be conducted on 14th December 2024. The Admit card for the Preliminary Exam is expected to be out in the first week of November 2024 and the Mains will be out in the 1st/2nd week of December 2024. The admit card for Mains Exam will be issued to candidates who have qualified for the preliminary test.

IBPS SO Exam 2024 Result

The IBPS SO Result 2024 will be released after each phase of the exam has been successfully conducted. A cumulative score of the mains exam and the interview process is considered to prepare the final merit list of selected students. The Prelims exam is qualifying to shortlist candidates for Mains Exam. The merit list is prepared in descending order of marks obtained by candidates. Candidates who make it to the merit list will be given the appointment letter by the Bank of Candidate’s choice.

IBPS SO Exam Cut-Off 2024

The IBPS SO Cut Off 2024 will be released after each phase of the examination has been conducted. The cut-off for the IBPS SO preliminary exam will be released first followed by the cut-off for the main exam. Candidates can evaluate their selection chances by matching their score with the cut-off marks released by IBPS for IBPS SO Exam.

Let’s have a look at previous years’ Prelims cut-off for the IBPS SO Exam:

IBPS SO Prelims Cut Off 2023
I.T. OFFICER52.7542.2554.3849.7554.3814.6337.8823.8821.38
AGRICULTURAL FIELD OFFICER36.8834.1336.8836.8836.8820.1333.8831.7522.38
RAJBHASHA ADHIKARI12.638.8812.6312.6312.63NA12.2511.13NA
LAW OFFICER31.6335.6332.5031.8835.6315.5024.7513.88NA
HR/PERSONNEL 39.3839.3839.3839.3839.3824.3826.6322.6347
MARKETING OFFICER10.139.889.3819.7520.1316.759.1314.8852.75

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IBPS SO 2024- FAQs

Ans. IBPS Specialist Officers (SO) 2024 prelims exam is scheduled for 9th November 2024.

Ans. IBPS SO 2024 official notification pdf will be released in June/July 2024.

Ans. Yes, all tests for IBPS SO 2024 will be bilingual, i.e. available in both English and Hindi.

Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking for wrong answers in both preliminary test and mains exam of IBPS SO 2024. One-fourth of the total marks will be deducted for the question marked wrong by the candidate.

Ans. Yes, the sectional timing is fixed for both in Prelims and Mains Exams.

Ans. This year 1402 Specialist Officer vacancies has been announced for IBPS SO recruitment 2024 along with the detailed notification.

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