IBPS SO Notification 2021: 1828 Vacancies Announced!!


The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released an official notification on November 2, 2021, announcing the recruitment of aspirants to the position of Specialist Officers in Scale 1 (CRP SPL-XI 2022-23). Let’s quickly check out the calendar, exam pattern, vacancies, eligibility for the IBPS SO Recruitment 2021.

IBPS SO 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 Vacancy 2022-23

A total of 1828 vacancies have been announced this year across the six Specialist Officer posts. Take a look at the table below to find out the vacancy details for each. 

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

PostNo. of Vacancies
IT Officer220
HR/Personnel Officer61
Rajbasha Adhikari84
Marketing Officer535
Law Officer44
Agriculture Field Officer 884

IBPS SO 2021 Exam Eligibility Criteria

You must ensure that you satisfy all eligibility criteria before you apply for this exam. Take a look at all the details carefully that have been provided for you below. 


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

Educational Qualification

I.T. Officer Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation. OR
Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications. OR
Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
Agricultural Field Officer 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/ Sericulture
Rajbhasha AdhikariPost-Graduation in Hindi with English as a subject at graduate level. OR
Post-Graduation in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at graduate level.
Law Officer A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
HR/Personnel OfficerGraduate 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.
Marketing OfficerGraduate and Two Years Full time MMS (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing

Important Points to Remember

  • Candidates can only apply for 1 post.
  • All the educational qualifications mentioned should be from a University/ Institution/ Board recognized by the Govt. Of India/ approved by Govt. Regulatory Bodies and the final result should have been declared on or before November 23, 2021.
  • Age and qualification relaxations will be allowed as applicable.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021

The IBPS SO selection process consists of 3 phases. 

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains 
  3. Interview 

IBPS SO Syllabus 2021

Take a look at the detailed Syllabus for IBPS SO before you proceed. 

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law Officer Scale I

SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Reasoning505040 minutes
English Language502540 minutes
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry505040 minutes
Total150125120 minutes

Other Specialist Officers

Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I

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

Please note

You must qualify in each of the three sections by achieving the minimum cut-off marks set by IBPS. A sufficient number of candidates as determined by IBPS based on requirements will be shortlisted for the Online Main Examination.

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge (Objective)45English & Hindi30 minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)2English & Hindi30 minutes

Other Posts

Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I and Law Officer

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge 6060English & Hindi45 minutes

Please note

  • The total marks obtainable for the Rajbhasha Adhikari Mains paper including both sections are 60.
  • The test can be taken in Hindi or English. 
  • 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.

Take a look at the complete IBPS SO Syllabus for this exam. 

IBPS SO Interview

Candidates who qualify the Mains examination will be invited for an Interview. The total marks allotted for the Interview are 100.

IBPS SO 2021 Application Process

  1. Application Registration 
  2. Payment of Application Fee 
  3. Photograph & Signature Scan and Upload

Go through the following steps carefully so that you are able to fill and submit your application form successfully. Moreover, we will urge you to send in your application at the earliest. Kindly, do not wait until the last day to do the same. 

  1. Log into the IBPS website to begin. 
  2. Click on the option “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE” to open the On-Line Application Form. 
  3. Click on “CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION” to register yourself. 
  4. Once you have registered successfully, log in to begin filling your form. 
  5. You will need to submit your  
  • Signature 
  • Photograph
  • Left Thumb Impression 
  • A hand written declaration

6.Fill the form slowly and carefully.

7.  Before you “proceed to payment”, review your entire application to ensure you have not entered incorrect data anywhere. 

8. Click on “FINAL SUBMIT” to proceed. 

9. Make the e-payment.

10. Take a printout of your e-receipt. 

IBPS SO 2021 Application Fee

CategoryFee Amount
General/ EWS/ OBC₹850

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IBPS SO Previous Year Paper

Always begin your preparation by reviewing the previous years’ papers. It will help you understand exactly what kind of questions you may expect in the examination. 

IBPS SO Prelims Previous Year Papers

IBPS SO Online Course

If you are preparing for this exam, you will find that the IBPS SO Prelims Exclusive Online Course is the only resource you need. We encourage you to watch a demo video before you enrol! 

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IBPS SO Free Mock Tests

Take free mock tests routinely and religiously to evaluate your preparation at every step. 

IBPS SO IT/HR/AFO/Marketing Prelims Free Mock Test

IBPS SO Rajbhasha Adhikari & Law Officer Prelims Free Mock Test. 

Take a look at the detailed notification video below. 

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