IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer Exam

By Himani Dhauni | Updated on: Apr 12, 2022

Highlights

IBPS SO HR Officer Exam Highlights

IBPS is the conducting authority for all the recruitment drives that are held for various commercial (public sector) as well as rural banks in India. IBPS conducts the exam for Specialist Officers under various streams such as HR / Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer, Law Officer, IT, Rajbhasha & Agriculture Field Officer (AFO). According to the IBPS Official calendar 2022-23, the IBPS SO 2022 exam for Prelims will be conducted on December 24 and 31, 2022. The IBPS SO Mains 2022 is scheduled to take place on January 29, 2023. Read on to know about IBPS SO - HR / Personnel Officer post in detail.

IBPS SO Final Results Out!! IBPS has released the IBPS SO final results on April 01, 2022.  The combined result of the IBPS SO Main exam & Interview has been announced & candidates can check their results from April 01 - April 30, 2022. 

IBPS SO (HR/Personnel) 2022 Highlights

Conducting AuthorityIBPS
Official Website https://www.ibps.in/
Name of the Posts Specialist Officer (HR/Personnel)
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
Online registration including Edit/Modification
of Application by candidates 2022-23
To be notified later
IBPS SO Prelims Exam Date 2022-23 December 24 & 31, 2022
IBPS SO Mains Exam Date 2022-23 January 29, 2023
IBPS Exam Calendar 2022-23 [Click Here]
Number of Vacancies 2021 61
Official Notification PDF 2021 November 02, 2021 (Click Here)
IBPS SO Combined Result for Online Main Examination & Interview 2021 April 01 to April 30, 2022 (Click Here)

Exam Pattern

IBPS had announced the exam dates in its official calendar long back and therefore, it is high time that you should be well aware of all the exam-related details. Exam pattern is the most important part while preparing for any exam. The HR Officer exam will be conducted in online mode. The IBPS (SO) HR Officer selection process 2022 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 unattempted question.

Prelims Exam Pattern

Phase 1 or Prelims of IBPS (SO) HR Officer 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 HR Officer 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 the complete details on IBPS SO 2022 Prelims exam pattern 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 will clear Prelims will have to appear for the next phase, i.e IBPS (SO) HR/Personnel Officer Mains. This phase will also be conducted in online mode. There will only be a single-level exam 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 candidates will have the choice to attempt the questions in either English or Hindi. Check the complete details on IBPS SO 2022 Mains exam pattern for HR stream from below.

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

Interview

The candidates who will be able to clear IBPS HR Officer Mains 2022 will be called for the final phase of the Interview. The Interview stage will carry 100 marks. The final scores will be obtained by taking both Mains & Interview scores into consideration. The weightage given to the IBPS SO 2022 online exam with respect to the Interview will be 80:20. The minimum qualifying marks will be 40% for the general category and 35% for the reserved category.

Syllabus

The IBPS SO (HR/Personnel Officer) Prelims will contain questions from QRE (Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning & English Language). A candidate should first know what actually needs to be covered with respect to each of the subjects. In IBPS SO 2022 Mains, professional knowledge in your specialized subject will be tested. Have a look at the IBPS Specialist Officer syllabus 2022 below.

PostTopics
HR/Personnel Officer HRM in Banks: Human Resource Management in Banks
Industrial Relations: Industrial Disputes Ordinance, 1949; Payment of Wages Act, 1936; The Minimum Wages Act, 1948; Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972; Employers Provident Fund Scheme; Miscellaneous Provision Act; Maternity Benefit Act 1961; The Payment of Bonus Act 1965; Equal Remuneration Act, 1976; Industrial Employment Act, 1946.
Introduction to HRM: Nature and Scope of HRM, Functions of HRM, Models of HRM, Personnel Policies, Principles of HRM
Human Resource Planning Definition, Objectives and elements, Importance of Human Resource Planning
Recruitment: Theory and Meaning, Process of Recruitment, Training and Development, Definition, Process and Ideas, Induction and Orientation
Personnel Related: Employee Socialization and Orientation, Promotion and Demotion in HRM, Transfers in HRM, Separation in HRM, Retirement Compensation and Benefits, Management by Objectives (MOB), Performance Appraisal, Productivity and Morale, Employee Counselling, Turnover, Absenteeism, Employee Welfare, Employee Safety and Health, Disciplinary Procedure, Grievance Procedure, Theories on Motivation, Job Satisfaction
Union Management: Trade Unionism, Collective Bargaining, Workers Participation in Management
Job Design, Analysis and Evaluation: Job Design: Definition, Importance and Factors Affecting Job Design, Elements of Job Design; Job Analysis: Process, Importance of Job Analysis; Job Evaluation: Overview

Books

IBPS SO (HR/Personnel Officer) is one of the posts released by IBPS in its yearly recruitment notification every year. To ensure your success, you need to get hold of the best books as they are the most important aspect for preparing for any exam. It is always important to make sure that you have the best study material to prepare. We have listed down a few best books for preparation of the IBPS SO 2022  (HR/Personnel Officer) exam.

Name of bookAuthor/Publisher
Bank Specialist HR/ Personnel Officer Recruitment Exam. (Pre. & Main) Upkar
IBPS-Specialist Officers (HR/Personnel Officer) Scale-I (Preliminary & Main) Exam Guide R. Gupta
IBPS-CWE Bank HR Specialist Officer Exam (Max Success Book) Chandresh Agrawal
Bank Specialist HR/Personnel Officer Common Written Exam Gulliram & Negi Dr. Lal

Eligibility Criteria

Before you move on with the online application, you need to know whether you are eligible for the post or not. To ensure successful completion, you need to know the complete IBPS SO eligibility criteria 2022.

Educational Criteria 

All the candidates willing to apply for the post of IBPS SO (HR/Personnel Officer), should possess the requisite educational qualification/s to be eligible for the post. A candidate should be a Graduate and also possess a two-year full-time Post Graduate degree from a recognized university.

Note: All the candidates should also possess a Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations / Language/ should have studied Computer / Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School / College / Institute.

For further details, check out the table given below.

Post CodeName of the PostEducational Qualification
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.

Age Criteria 

Apart from possessing the required educational qualification, all candidates also need to adhere to the IBPS SO 2022 age criteria as on the mentioned date. To be eligible for the post of HR/Personnel Officer, you need to at least be 20 years of age. Read on to know the complete IBPS SO age limit 2022.

Post CodeName of the PostAge
05 HR/Personnel 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. The relaxation is provided on a cumulative basis only. 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 (HR/Personnel Officer) age relaxation is provided below.

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

Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PWBD) 10 years

Exam Dates

IBPS has released the official exam calendar 2022-23 for Specialist Officers under various fields like HR/ Personnel Officer, IT, Rajbhasha Adhikari, AFO, Marketing Officer, and Law OfficerAccording to the IBPS Official calendar 2022-23, the IBPS SO 2022 exam for Prelims will be conducted on December 24 and 31, 2022. The IBPS SO Mains 2022 is scheduled to take place on January 29, 2023. Any change in the IBPS SO 2022 exam schedule will be updated once the recruitment is out.

IBPS SO Exam Dates 2022

EventsTentative Dates
Online registration including Edit/Modification of Application by Candidates 2022-23 To be notified later
IBPS SO Prelims Commencement of Call letter Download 2022-23 December 2022 onwards
IBPS SO Prelims Exam Dates 2022-23 December 24 & 31, 2022
IBPS SO Prelims Exam Result 2022-23 To be notified later
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Mains 2022-23 January 2023 onwards
IBPS SO Mains Exam Date 2022-23 January 29, 2023
IBPS SO Combined Result for Online Main Examination & Interview 2021 April 01 to April 30, 2022 (Click Here)

How To Apply

The applications for IBPS SO (HR/Personnel Officer) will be accepted through online mode. No other mode of application will be accepted by IBPS. Therefore it is of utmost importance to carefully fill in all the details in order to complete the process. To ensure a successful application, you should first go through all the following steps that should be taken care of, while filling up the form.

  • Visit the official website of IBPS- www.ibps.in 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.

Vacancy

The official notification for IBPS SO recruitment 2022 has not been released yet. In the previous year, IBPS released a good number of vacancies for the post of HR/Personnel Officer. The exact number of IBPS SO 2022 vacancy will be updated as soon as the official notification is out. Till then refer to the IBPS SO 2021 vacancies for HR/Personnel Officer from below.

BANKSCSTOBCEWSGENTOTALOut of Which
HIOCVIID
BANK OF BARODA NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
BANK OF INDIA 0 0 1 0 5 6 0 0 0 0
BANK OF MAHARASHTRA NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
CANARA BANK NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
CENTRAL BANK OF INDIA 3 1 6 2 13 25 0 1 0 0
INDIAN BANK NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
PUNJAB & SIND BANK NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
UCO BANK NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
UNION BANK OF INDIA 3 2 5 4 16 30 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 6 3 12 6 34 61 1 1 0 0

Previous Year Cut-off

To get a fair idea of the previous exam/s, it is always beneficial to have a good look at the previous years’ cut-offs. Referring to the cut-offs not only makes you familiar with the paper pattern but also gives you an idea of how to go about your preparation. Candidates need to clear the ‘sectional’ as well as the ‘overall’ cut-offs in the IBPS SO 2022 exam to move on to the next phase.

Maximum Scores and Cutoffs in Each Objective Test 2021

IBPS SO HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-1) Maximum Scores and Cut offs 2021

Name of the TestMaximum MarksCut off
SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWBDEWS/ General
Professional Knowledge 60 16.00 20.00

Process for Arriving at Total Score & Cut-offs on Total Scores Total Score = Score obtained in Professional Knowledge

IBPS SO HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-1) Professional Knowledge Total Score & Cut-offs 2021

CategoryCut-offs for shortlisting for interview (Out of 60)
Scheduled Caste (SC) 23.25
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 22.50
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 23.75
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 23.75
General (Gen) 23.75
Hearing Impaired (HI) NA
Orthopaedically Challenged (OC/Locomotor Disability) 16.50
Visually Impaired (VI) 18.50
Intellectual Disability (ID & Others) 25.00

IBPS SO Prelims Sectional Cut Off 2021- HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

Sr.NoName of TestMaximum MarksCut-off
SC/ST/OBC/PWBDEWS/General
1 English Language 25 6.25 9.00
2 Reasoning  50 3.75 8.00
3 General Awareness  50 6.00 11.00

IBPS SO Prelims Overall Cut Off 2021- HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

Posts NameSCSTOBCUREWS
HR/Personnel Officer 40.50 40.50   40.50 40.50 38.75

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

Provisional Allotment

PostCategory
SCSTOBCEWSURHIOCVIID
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) NA NA 56.00 NA 65.33 NA NA NA NA

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

Provisional Allotment

PostCategory
SCSTOBCEWSURHIOCVIID
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) NA NA 56.00
11/10/1995
NA 60.00
03/09/1994
NA NA NA NA

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

Reserve List

PostCategory
SCSTOBCEWSURHIOCVIID
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 40.33 NA 47.00 47.47 58.33 NA 54.33 38.67 42.67

Salary

IBPS recruits eligible candidates to the post of Specialist Officers in various commercial banks. A banking job is in itself a very popular choice among all the job aspiring candidates these days. The job most importantly pays well and thus makes it a preferred job. The IBPS Specialist Officer salary will be approximately Rs 38800/-.

PostSalary
IBPS SO HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
  • Pay Scale– Rs. 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020
  • Monthly salary– Rs. 38800/- Approx

The HR Officer 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.

Free Mock Test

The notification for IBPS SO is awaited eagerly by many job aspirants who are looking for a stable job. The competition is therefore going to be quite tough. The best advice right now can only be to prepare yourself well before time, so that you can leave some time to revise. That’s where practicing mock tests play an important role. By practicing IBPS SO 2022 online mock tests, you will be able to develop a fair understanding of the exam pattern while analyzing your knowledge and present status. ixamBee provides free online mock tests for IBPS SO (HR Officer) Prelims & IBPS HR Officer Mains. By practicing online mock tests for IBPS SO 2022, you will be able to improve your performance drastically.

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FAQs

A candidate should at least be 20 years of age before he/she applies for the post of IBPS (SO) HR/Personnel Officer.
There will be three phases in the IBPS HR Officer selection process: Prelims, Mains & Interview.
Yes, there will be negative marking in the IBPS (SO) HR Officer Prelims, as well as Mains.
Yes, of course. An HR Officer will be entitled to receive a handsome salary along with certain allowances like House Rent Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Special Allowance, Travel Allowance, Medical expenses & also reimbursements for newspapers.
Yes. You can find free online mock tests available for IBPS (SO) HR Officer at ixamBee’s website.
Yes. IBPS has already indicated the tentative IBPS SO exam dates for the Prelims exam on December 18 & 26.

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