IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria

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IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria

To apply for IBPS SO 2021, you should meet the eligibility criteria with respect to Educational Qualification, Age which will be mentioned in IBPS SO official notification 2021. IBPS SO Eligibility should be fulfilled if you are applying for the post of Specialist Officer (SO). Before filling up the IBPS SO application form it is necessary to ensure if you are eligible for the post you wish to apply for. Every post will have different eligibility criteria with respect to educational qualifications.

Educational Criteria

IBPS SO official notification 2021 has all the details regarding the educational criteria. IBPS SO further consists of many job posts for which you need to possess a particular educational degree with respect to the type of post. The basic minimum qualification will be a ‘graduate degree’ in the respective discipline along with other requirements. Refer to the table given below for the detailed IBPS SO educational eligibility criteria.

Post CodeName of the PostEducational Qualification
01 I.T. Officer (Scale-I)
  • 4 year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation OR
  • Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications OR
  • Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
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
03 Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)
  • Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level OR
  • Post graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.
04 Law Officer (Scale I) A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
05 HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Graduate 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.
06 Marketing Officer (Scale I) Graduate 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

Age Criteria 

If you are applying for IBPS SO 2021 you should also follow the age criteria specified by IBPS. You should be in between a specified IBPS SO age limit with respect to minimum and maximum age for all the posts. You must have not been born earlier from the date mentioned in the official notificationFor all the posts the IBPS SO age criteria 2021 will be as follows.

Post CodeName of the PostAge
01 I.T. Officer (Scale-I) Min- 20 Years / Max-30 Years
02 Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I) Min- 20 Years / Max-30 Years
03 Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) Min- 20 Years / Max-30 Years
04 Law Officer (Scale I) Min- 20 Years / Max-30 Years
05 HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Min- 20 years / Max- 30 years
06 Marketing Officer (Scale I) Min- 20 years / Max- 30 years

Age Relaxation

Government has certain age relaxation norms for reserved categories, for example, If you belong to SC/ST category you hold an age relaxation of five years and if OBC category you hold an age relaxation of three years. Complete details on age relaxation for IBPS SO is provided in the table below.

CategoryAge Relaxation
Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC) (Non- creamy layer)  3 years
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PWBD) 10 years
Ex - Servicemen 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

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Frequently Asked Questions


I have 55% marks in my Graduation, am I eligible?


Yes, in order to apply for the IBPS SO exam, you must possess a bachelor’s degree in the respective domain. There is no minimum percentage criteria.


Are reserved categories liable for age relaxation in the IBPS SO exam?


Yes, depending upon the category you belong you, the upper age limit varies in IBPS SO exam.