IBPS SO Agriculture Field Officer Exam 2021


IBPS SO AFO Officer Exam

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection or IBPS conducts the recruitment drives for the commercial (public sector) as well as rural banks in India. It holds separate examinations for various posts such as PO, SO & Clerk. IBPS had released its official exam calendar long back. According to it, the IBPS SO examination will be held on December 18 and 26, 2021. The official notification is expected in the month of October. IBPS conducts the exam for Specialist Officers under various streams such as Law Officer, IT, Rajbhasha & Agriculture Field Officer (AFO). You can check all the details related to IBPS (SO) AFO exam on this page.

IBPS SO (AFO) 2021 Highlights

Conducting AuthorityIBPS
Official Website https://www.ibps.in/
Name of the Posts Specialist Officer (Assistant Field Officer)
Mode of application Online
Stages of Exam Three Stages-
  • Phase 1- Preliminary Exam
  • Phase 2- Mains Exam
  • Phase 3- Interview
Maximum marks & Time duration
  • Phase 1 (Preliminary Exam)- 150 marks, 2 hours
  • Phase 2 (Mains Exam)- 60 marks, 45 minutes
  • Phase 3 (Interview)- 100 marks
IBPS SO (AFO) Phase I (Preliminary)
Online Examination
December 18 & 26, 2021
Number of Vacancies 485 (More Details)
Official Notification PDF Click Here


The official notification for IBPS SO 2021 is going to be released soon.It will mention all the details of application process, fees, exam dates etc. IBPS conducts the online examination for IBPS Specialist Officer 2021 for various posts like Agriculture Field Officer (AFO), IT Officer Scale I, Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I. According to the offical IBPS exam calendar,the IBPS SO (AFO) Prelims exam 2021 will be held on December 18th and 26th 2021. The IBPS SO Mains is scheduled for January 30th, 2022.

Exam Pattern

The IBPS SO exam dates have already been announced. Therefore, it is extremely important to get in touch with all the relevant details that will help you in the preparation process. The IBPS SO exam for the post of Agriculture Field Officer (AFO) will be conducted in online mode. It will consist of three phases -

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

Both Prelims & Mains will be conducted online. There will be a negative marking of 1/4th of the marks allotted to each question. No marks will be deducted for an unanswered question.

Prelims Exam Pattern

Phase 1 or Prelims of IBPS (SO) AFO selection process will be an online objective test which will consist of three sections: English Language, Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude. A total time of 2 hours will be allotted to IBPS AFO Prelims. The time will be divided into sectional timings of 40 minutes each. Both Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude sections will be available in both English & Hindi. Check out complete details below:

S. No.Name of testMedium of ExamNo.of questionsMaximum MarksDuration
1 English Language English 50 25 40 Minutes
2 Reasoning English & Hindi 50 50 40 Minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude English & Hindi 50 50 40 Minutes
  Total   1501252 Hours

Mains Exam Pattern

All the candidates who are able to clear Prelims will be called for IBPS (SO) AFO Mains. This phase will also be conducted in online mode. There will only be a single test in this phase that will test the ‘Professional Knowledge’ of the candidates. This section will have 60 questions and will carry 1 mark each. The questions will be available bilingually. The time limit will be 45 minutes.

Name of the TestNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes


Those who are able to qualify in IBPS (SO) AFO Mains, will be called for the final phase of the Interview. The Interview stage will carry 100 marks. Post Interview, the final scores will be obtained by taking both IBPS AFO Mains & Interview scores into consideration. The candidates who score high in merit will be shortlisted at last. The weightage given to the online exam with respect to the Interview will be 80:20. The minimum qualifying marks will be 40%.


An important aspect of exam preparation is knowing the syllabus. Before you start with your preparation, it will be extremely beneficial for you to take note of the IBPS SO exam syllabus 2021. The IBPS SO (AFO) Prelims will contain questions from QRE (Quants, Reasoning & English Language). Thus, you should first know what all you actually need to cover with respect to each of the subjects. In IBPS AFO Mains, the knowledge in your specialized subject will be tested. Have a look at the detailed syllabus below:

Agricultural Field Officer
Introduction to Agriculture & Crop: Seed Technology, Agriculture Economics, Agricultural Practices, Seasonal Crops (Rabi and Kharif)
Soil & Fertility: Soil Resources, Types of Soils in India, Physical Properties of these Soils
Manures & Fertilizers: Green Manures, Fertilizer – types, chemical composition
Cropping Scheme: Crop Rotation, Cropping System, Soil and Crop suitability, Climate and Crops
Irrigation: Sources and Methods of Irrigation, Problems related to Irrigation, Advanced Irrigational Facilities, Important Dams and Rivers that have played a major role in shaping Irrigational Activities
Rural Credit: Agriculture Insurance Schemes, Woman & Child Development Schemes, Role of RRBs, Agricultural Loans and Financing
Vegetable & Fruit Science: Crop Horticulture – Sowing Time & Spacing, Seed Rate, Important Varieties, Herbicides & Pesticides, Plant Diseases, Preservation and Types of Cropping Systems Fruits & Vegetables Preservation Methods
Weeds: Classification of weeds, Merits and Demerits, Weed Control
Surveying: Introduction to Surveying, Classification of Surveying, Benefits and Recent Surveys and Committees
Animal Husbandry: Classifications, Small Industries, Diseases and Causes, Breeding Dairy, Cattle Management, Small Scale Industries and Threats to them
Dairy: Cattle Management, Rearing
Botany: Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural Microbiology, Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, Soil Microbiology
Agriculture Engineering: Farm Machinery & Power, Food Processing, Agricultural Structure, Post Harvest Technology
Miscellaneous: Latest Developments, Recent Discoveries, Latest Bt Crops and related Research, Hybrid

Exam Dates

IBPS conducts an online exam every year to recruit candidates for the posts of Specialist Officers under various fields like IT, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Agricultural Field Officer, Marketing Officer, Law Officer, and HR/ Personnel Officer. The IBPS SO exam calendar 2021 was released long back and the tentative dates for the Preliminary exam have been indicated as December 18, and Dec 26, 2021. Read on for more details.

IBPS SO Exam Dates 2021

EventsTentative Dates
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by Candidates To be notified later
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) To be notified later
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary December 2021
Online Examination – Preliminary December 18 & 26, 2021
Result of Online exam – Preliminary January 2022
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Mains January 2022
Online Examination – Mains January 30, 2022
Declaration of Result of Online Mains Examination To be notified later
Download of call letters for interview To be notified later
Conduct of interview To be notified later
Provisional Allotment To be notified later


One of the reasons why IBPS SO is preferred by a lot of young individuals is, that along with the job security, it provides a handsome salary. An IBPS SO salary for AFO will come around to be approximately Rs 38800/-. An Agriculture Field Officer (AFO) posted in Scale I is also entitled to receive other allowances like House Rent Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Special Allowance, Travel Allowance, Medical expenses & also reimbursements for newspapers. The allowances may also be meant for entertainment, cleaning, petrol, and mobile expenses.

Agriculture Field Officer (Scale I)
  • Pay Scale– Rs. 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020
  • Monthly salary– Rs. 38800/- Approx

Job Profile

After a candidate will get selected as an Agriculture Field Officer (AFO), he will have to perform a variety of duties, including fieldwork. The job can be highly challenging and interesting too. An IBPS AFO may have to take up many responsibilities. The job profile can also depend on the place of posting. Some basic duties and responsibilities of an AFO are as follows:

  • Disbursing loans to the farmers
  • Reviewing agricultural loans
  • Promoting rural financing
  • Looking into crop failure cases
  • Promoting bank’s products in rural areas, specifically among farmers


IBPS had released an official calendar mentioning the exam dates for all the online exams that are to be conducted for various posts this year. The official notification for IBPS SO recruitment 2021 is expected to release soon. Therefore, the number of vacancies can not be determined as of now. According to the official calendar, the IBPS SO (AFO) Prelims will be held on December 18 and 26, 2021. Please refer to the table below for the vacancies for IBPS SO 2020 recruitment.

Bank of Baroda NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Bank of India 6 3 12 4 20 45 1 0 1 0
Bank of Maharashtra 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
CANARA Bank 43 21 78 29 119 290 3 3 3 2
Central Bank of India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indian Overseas Bank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Punjab & Sind Bank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Punjab National Bank NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
UCO Bank 22 11 40 15 62 150 2 1 2 1
Union Bank Of India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 71 35 130 48 201 485 6 4 6 3

Eligibility Criteria

IBPS has already released the exam calendar for the Specialist Officers’ recruitment process. The online registration is expected to start in the month of October. Before you move on with the online application, you need to know whether you are eligible for the preferred post or not. To ensure successful completion, you need to know the complete IBPS SO eligibility criteria 2021.

Educational Criteria

Any aspirant who wishes to apply for the post of IBPS (SO) AFO, needs to possess the required educational qualification/s. A candidate who wishes to apply for the post of Agriculture Field Officer needs to possess a Graduate degree of 4 years in Agriculture or any of the other related discipline/s. To know which of the disciplines are permissible, check out the table given below.

Post CodeName of the PostEducational Qualification
02 Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I) 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/ Sericulture

Age Criteria

Adhering to the age criteria is equally necessary as possessing the requisite educational qualifications. To be eligible for the post of Agriculture Field Officer, you need to at least be 20 years of age. Read on to know the complete IBPS SO age limit 2021.

Post CodeName of the PostAge
02 Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I) Min- 20 Years / Max-30 Years

Age Relaxation

IBPS provides certain age relaxation to reserved category candidates like SC/ST/OBC/EX servicemen. The relaxation in age will vary depending on the category. If you are eligible for the age relaxation, you should ensure that you have the necessary documents related to it when asked for verification. Complete details related to IBPS SO AFO age relaxation is provided below.

CategoryAge Relaxation
Other Backward Classes (OBC) (Non- creamy layer)  3 years
Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe 5 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) 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 one year from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PWBD) 10 years

How To Apply

Once the official notification will be released, the aspirants need to immediately start applying for the IBPS SO posts. In order to apply successfully for IBPS (SO) AFO exam, you should first go through the following step-by-step guide. The application form has to be filled through online mode. No other mode of application will be acceptable. Therefore, you need to fill in the application very carefully.

  • Visit the official website of IBPS to apply for the exam
  • Click on the ‘Click here for New Registration’ link
  • Fill in details like name, date of birth, contact details, and valid email ID, and click on ‘Register’
  • A Provisional Registration Number and Password will be generated
  • An email and SMS on your registered email ID and a mobile number indicating the same will be sent
  • Login again using these credentials to proceed with the IBPS SO Law recruitment application process
  • Fill in other details like academic qualification, work experience, preference exam center, and others as asked
  • Upload scanned images of your recent photograph, signature, thumb impression, and handwritten declaration as per the specifications mentioned
  • Go through all the details carefully and click on ‘Final Submit’ to proceed to the IBPS SO application fees
  • Pay the application fee as per your category using a Credit/ Debit card, Net banking, Cash Card, Wallet, and IMPS option
  • Take a print of the e-receipt of the online transaction and application form for future reference


IBPS (SO) AFO is one of the popular posts released by IBPS in its yearly recruitment notification. It is a golden opportunity for those belonging to the agriculture background. To ensure success, you need to get hold of the best books as they are the most important aspect for preparing for this Specialist Officer exam. It is always important to ensure that you have the best study material in the form of notes and books to prepare. We have listed down few best books for the preparation of the IBPS (SO) AFO exam.

Basic Agriculture Fundamentals of Agriculture Vol. 1 & 2 Arun Katyayan
Agriculture at a Glance R.K. Sharma
Objective Books A Competitive Book of Agriculture Nemraj Sunda
Objective Agriculture S.R. Kantwa
Agri Wizard Surahee Publication
IBPS (Specialist officer) Agricultural Field officer (Scale-I) R. Gupta's

Previous Year Cut-off

To prepare well for an exam, it is essential to know the complete ‘in’ and ‘out’ of it. For those who are beginners, knowing every detail related to the exam, will help you in forming a basic idea of the exam. Besides the exam pattern and syllabus, IBPS SO exam cut-off 2020 is a significant detail that needs to be taken note of. It gives you a fair idea of the exam. Thus it is extremely necessary to properly analyze and jot down the previous year’s exam cut-offs and prepare accordingly.

IBPS SO (AFO) Cut Off 2020-21: Maximum Scores (Combined Scores in Online Main Examination and Interview Out of 100)

Provisional Allotment

Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I) 78.67 79.47 83.5O 79.00 86.93 72.33 77.67 77.27 67.53

IBPS SO cutoff 2020-21: Minimum Scores (Combined Scores in Online Main Examination and Interview Out of 100)

Provisional Allotment

Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I) 67.60

IBPS SO cutoff 2020-21: Minimum Scores (Combined Scores in Online Main Examination and Interview Out of 100)

Reserve List

Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I) 67.13 65.00 76.00 74.20 76.53 61.53 65.33 70.00 NA

Online Course

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Free Mock Test

The notification for IBPS SO is awaited eagerly by many job aspirants who are looking for a stable government job. The competition thus cannot be expected to be an easy one. Therefore, intelligence lies in preparing yourself in advance. While you prepare, one thing that you shouldn’t ignore is enough practice. Based on the previous year’s exams, you can start preparing for the upcoming one. That’s where practicing mock tests come to the rescue. By practicing online mock tests, you will be able to develop a fair understanding of the exam pattern while analyzing your current knowledge and status. ixamBee provides free online mock tests for IBPS SO (AFO) Prelims& Mains. By practicing enough mock tests online, you will be able to gradually improve your performance.


Self-preparation holds a lot of importance but can also pose tough challenges at times. Therefore, we need to push ourselves sometimes, so that we run faster than before. Keeping this in mind and to give an edge to your preparation we are here to assist you with some very useful blogs related to the IBPS (SO) AFO exam. All the candidates are advised to go to our blog section and explore where he/she can get the relevant material.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Have the exam dates for IBPS (SO) AFO been announced?


Yes. IBPS has already indicated the tentative IBPS SO exam dates for the Prelims exam on December 18 & 26.


How many phases will be there in the IBPS SO-AFO selection process?


There will be three phases in the IBPS AFO selection process: Prelims, Mains & Interview.


Will there be any negative marking in the IBPS SO Prelims?


Yes, there will be negative marking in the IBPS SO Prelims, as well as Mains.


Will I get transferred if I am selected as an Agriculture Field Officer?


Yes. As an Agriculture Field Officer, you will be liable to get transferred to various places.


Will the job of an AFO require fieldwork?


Yes, of course. An Agriculture Field Officer’s job will require a good amount of fieldwork.


I am completely clueless with respect to the IBPS SO (AFO) exam preparation. How can I start my preparation?


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