IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer Exam 2021: Syllabus, Salary & Job Profile


The IBPS SO recruitment 2021 notification was released on November 2, 2021 by the Institute of Banking Personnel Officer with 1828 vacancies for 6 Specialist Officer posts. The application window will remain open between November 3, 2021 and November 23, 2021. 

In this article, we will cover in detail all the important information pertaining to the HR/Personnel Officer exam such as syllabus, exam pattern, eligibility and such. Study all the information presented for you below in detail so that you have a fair idea about the IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer exam 2021 before you apply. 

IBPS SO Vacancy

As aforementioned, a total of 1828 vacancies have been announced by the IBPS for the year 2022-23. From these, 61 openings are for the post of the HR/Personnel Officer. The number of openings against each participating bank have been provided for you in the table below. 

Please note: The vacancies are for the year of 2022-23.  

Bank of BarodaNR
Bank of India6
Bank of MaharashtraNR
Canara BankNR
Central Bank of India25
Indian BankNR
Indian Overseas BankNR
Punjab National BankNR
Punjab & Sindh BankNR
Union Bank of India30

Take a look at the total IBPS SO vacancies at ixamBee

IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer 2021 Exam Calendar

Activity Dates
Application Window + Application Fees paymentNovember 3, 2021- November 23, 2021
Download of Preliminary Exam Call LetterDecember 2021
Online Examination – PreliminaryDecember 26, 2021
Online Examination – MainJanuary 30, 2022
InterviewFebruary 2022
Provisional AllotmentApril 2022

IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer Exam Pattern 

The IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer selection process comprises three stages.

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains 
  3. Interview.

Study the details for each phase outlined for you below. 


SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Reasoning505040 minutes
English Language502540 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505040 minutes
Total150125120 minutes


The Mains paper will assess only 1 subject on Professional Knowledge.

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge6060English & Hindi45 minutes

Please note

  • A penalty of 0.25 mark will be applicable in both phases of examination. 
  • Marks obtained only in the online main examination will be considered for shortlisting for interview and also for final merit listing.
  • All tests, except the English Language Test can be taken in both Hindi or English. 


The final stage of the selection entails an Interview. Candidates who qualify the Mains examination will be invited for an Interview. 

  • The total marks allotted for the Interview are 100.
  • The weightage of the written exam to the Interview is 80:20

IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer 2021 Eligibility

Age (As on November 1, 2021)Candidates must be between 20 and 30 years of age. 
EducationGraduate 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.

Please note: Interested candidates can apply for 1 post only. 

IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer Eligibility Queries

Q: My postgraduate study was in Sociology. Am I eligible to apply? 

A: No. You must’ve completed your postgraduate study, degree or diploma course in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations / HR / HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law.

Q: I am a graduate but have not begun my postgraduate study yet. Am I eligible to apply? 

A: No. The minimum education qualification requires that you have a graduate and postgraduate degree in one of the aforementioned subjects. 

Q: Can I send in 2 applications for 2 separate posts?

A: No, you can apply for 1 post only. Multiple applications will be rejected. 

Q: I was born in June 1991, am I eligible to apply? 

A: No. The official notification clearly states that eligible candidates must be born on or after November 2, 1991 and on or before November 1, 2001. 

Q: What is the age bracket to be eligible for this exam?

A: A candidate must be between 20 and 30 years of age. Refer to the previous question for important dates to determine eligibility. 

Q: Which eligibility relaxations will apply?

A: All relaxations for reserved groups in terms of age and education will apply. 

IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer Salary

Take a look at the IBPS SO’s Salary, Job Profile & Career Growth to gain a sense of the life that lies ahead of you if you work as an HR/Personnel Officer with a public sector bank.  

IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer Exam Syllabus 

Take a look at the complete IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer exam syllabus at ixamBee. 

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IBPS SO Online Course

IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer Online Course is the one stop solution you are looking for. Some of the features of this course have been listed for your benefit below. 

  1. 300+ video lessons
  2. 150+ study notes 
  3. Live online classes
  4. 25 live classes for IBPS SO HR Mains only
  5. Descriptive Papers: Special classes & Evaluation
  6. Includes Interview preparation
  7. Personalized Study Plan
  8. Accessible anytime and anywhere

IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer Mock Tests

If you are looking for an online test series with the latest exam pattern and question trends, follow the links provided for you below. And that’s not all, at ixamBee, they are available completely free!!

IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer Prelims Mock Test

IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer Mains Mock Test

Previous Year Papers

If you want to understand the exam pattern and trends over the course of the last few years, you should be sure to take a look at the IBPS SO Prelims previous year papers as well. 

For more details about the IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer exam 2021,  visit our website. 

Furthermore, take a look at the video below. We have made a complete break-down of all the vital information for this exam. 

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please leave a comment below.

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