ixamBee, a pioneer in offering courses related to competitive exams viz.,. RBI, NABARD, bank POs etc.,. has launched the IBPS AFO 2018 online learning course in partnership with Gradeup (https://gradeup.co).
The course content is prepared by the ixamBee faculty (who have cleared IBPS AFO and other exams like NABARD, RBI etc.,.) and the same faculty will be taking all the live sessions.
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AGRICULTURE FIELD OFFICER- A GLORIOUS FUTURE FOR AGRI GRADUATES
After completing graduation in agriculture and allied courses, you can get a guaranteed government job with few months of preparation. The best thing is you know the date of exam well in advance so you can prepare thoroughly for the exam. Once you get selected your joining comes in few months and you are probationary officer (Scale I) in a public sector bank. The job brings you opportunity to work in a professional work environment with handsome pay, perks etc.
An agriculture graduate has limited career options. After graduation in agriculture you can either work in private sector in which most of the jobs are sales jobs or you can prepare for competitive exams for government jobs. Large number of vacancies in IBPS SO (AFO) increase your chances of success if you prepare well for this exam. Every year IBPS conducts direct recruitment (DR) drives for the post of agriculture field officers. Joining bank directly at scale I (Junior Management) level provides you an opportunity for a fast track career in banking in which you may reach to the top level in Public Sector banks. Most of the CMDs/CEOs of public sector banks started their career as PO/SO (Scale I officer) in the banks.
IBPS SO (AFO) Exam Notification
IBPS generally releases notification for the post of IBPS Specialist Officer in the month of October/November. As per the tentative calendar of IBPS important dates are:
IBPS SO (AFO) Exam Pattern
Agriculture Field Officer has great demand in all commercial banks to look after all the priority sector credit especially in the field of agriculture, animal husbandry (dairy), floriculture, food processing etc. The main job of AFO is to sanction loans to the farmers and achieve the agriculture lending targets. This job requires you to travel out in field for credit appraisal and post sanction visits. In some banks it is also known as Rural Development Officer (RDO). Exam for IBPS SO (AFO) is conducted in three phases:
Name of Tests
No. of Questions
Medium of Exam
English and Hindi
English and Hindi
You have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon vacancies will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.
Name of test
English & Hindi
General Awareness with Special reference to Banking Industry
Name of the Test
Professional Knowledge (Objective)
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online)
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary
Online Examination – Preliminary
29.12.2018 and 30.12.2018
Result of Online exam – Preliminary
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main
Online Examination – Main
Declaration of Result of Online Main Examination
Download of call letters for interview
Conduct of interview
Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary and Main examinations)
There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question
Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in the test of Online Main examination and also secure sufficiently high scores to be shortlisted for interview. The cut-off also depends on the number of vacancies available.
Phase 3: Personal Interview
The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). The weightage (ratio) of Online CWE (Main Exam) and interview will be 80:20 respectively.
IBPS SO (AFO) Exam Syllabus
Before starting to prepare for IBPS SO (AFO) Exam, it is important that aspirants are well versed with topics and the detailed syllabus for the exam. IBPS SO (AFO) has objective questions from Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language in Preliminary exam. Mains of IBPS SO (AFO) has objective questions from agriculture and allied sciences
IBPS SO (AFO) Eligibility Criteria
To apply for IBPS SO (AFO) exam, an aspirant should meet various eligibility criteria wrt to Age, Nationality, No. of attempts permissible etc.
Educational Qualification - 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.
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