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March 11, 2022 • 13:03 pm

IBPS SO 2021 | Recruitment Exam for Specialist Officers in Bank

IBPS SO Recruitment 2021

In accordance with the IBPS Recruitment Exams Eligibility Criteria, any candidate who is having a graduation degree can apply for the positions like - PO, Clerk, Office Assistants, or other Officer Scale Grades.

But there are some candidates who have pursued their Graduations and Post-Graduation Degrees with core subjects, with specific specializations in their opted core subjects.

To proffer wonderful banking job opportunities to such outstanding candidates, IBPS has started the IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment Exam which is conducted every year in the months of December and January.

The IBPS SO Exam qualification assures the candidates’ selection at the preferred positions of IT Officer/HR/Agricultural Officer/Law Officer/Marketing Officer/ Rajbhasha Adhikari in the Indian Government Banks.

To understand the IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment Exam procedure in a better way, please read the complete blog.

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IBPS SO Notification

Reasons to take IBPS SO

IBPS SO Job Responsibilities

 Step by Step Recruitment Process

 IBPS SO Exam 2020 Eligibility Criteria

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Syllabus for All Posts

IBPS SO Preparation Tips

IBPS SO Application Form 2021

IBPS SO Admit Card Download

IBPS SO Exam Centers

Bank-wise Vacancies for Specialist Officer

IBPS SO Result

IBPS SO Salary Structure





Check out the highlights of IBPS SO Exam 2021 from the table given below.


Convener Body

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

Official Website

Job Post

Specialist Officer (SO)

Exam Level

National Level


To be notified

Mode of Exam


Expected Salary

Rs 38000 – Rs 39000

Level of Exam

Prelims, Mains & Interview

Education Qualification

Graduation or Post Graduation in specific stream depending on the post



IBPS SO Latest Notification - Exam Calendar and Updates


As per the official, the prelims exam for the session 2021,has conducted on 26th December 2021 and 30th January 2022 for Mains.

Below we have provided the calendar for IBPS SO Exam 2021:


Important Events

Tentative Dates

Release of Notification

To be notified

Online Application Process Starts

To be notified

Last Date to apply

To be notified

Release Date of Prelims Admit Card

To be notified

Prelims Exam Date 2021

24th & 31st December 2022

IBPS SO Prelims Result

To be notified

Date of Mains Admit Card

To be notified

Mains Exam Date 2021

29th January 2023

IBPS SO Mains Result

To be notified



Why Appear in IBPS SO 2021


Many of you might be facing skepticism that whether you should apply for IBPS SO or not.

Therefore, we have provided the 13 valid reasons that you should consider before reaching any decision. Please check the IBPS SO Job Benefits given below –


Reputed Job Position in Society

Interesting and Challenging Job

Daily Opportunities to Upskill Yourself

Enhancement in Financial & Banking Knowledge

Chance to Experience New Things about the Job Field

Job Stability and Security

Flexible Duty Hours

Wonderful Leave Policies

Worthwhile Salary Packages and Perks

Amazing Career Growth & Promotion Schemes

Satisfying Pension Schemes

Meet Different People Everyday

Professional Development

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What are IBPS SO Roles and Responsibilities?


IBPS Specialist Officers of any bank are responsible for the smooth functioning of a dedicated department in the bank.

The employee who gets recruited as an IBPS Specialist Officer must take care of all the tasks that lie under his department and meet his work targets on time.

Check IBPS SO Selection Process & Job Roles to know what is Specialist Officer in various Public-Sector Banks.

If you are still confused about the Job Profile of Bank SO, then read the below points to know about the roles and responsibilities of an IBPS Bank Specialist Officer.



IBPS SO Recruitment 2021 Selection Procedure


There are 4 steps that sum up IBPS SO selection procedure.

Preliminary exam: This is a qualifying stage to screen eligible candidates for the mains exam. Marks of Prelims are not added in the final score.

Mains Exam: This is 2nd stage at which candidates qualifying IBPS SO prelims appear in an online test comprising professional knowledge and other subjects. Candidates qualifying this round are eligible to appear in the Interview.

Personal Interview: In this round, a panel of banking experts tests the candidate’s knowledge for the post he has applied for. After clearing this round, the final cut-off is calculated.

Provisional Allotment: At this stage, document verification is done, and the bank is allotted to the qualified candidate.




IBPS SO Eligibility 2021 for All the Specialist Posts!


Check whether you are eligible or not!

To become a Bank Specialist Officer, candidates should have achieved mastery in any professional language field along with the graduation degree passed with 55% or 50% marks.

You can check the detailed IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment 2021 eligibility criteria by following the link - IBPS SO Eligibility!



IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021 - Know the Paper Format!


While preparing for the exam, you have a knowledge of the exam pattern so that you can make a strategy for the same.

The IBPS SO exam consists of topics like English Language, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness.


Exam Phase



IBPS SO Prelims 2021


2 hours

IBPS SO Mains 2021


45 minutes




IBPS SO Mains for Rajbhasha Adhikari


30 minutes for Profession Knowledge (Objective) 30 minutes for Profession Knowledge (Subjective)

Check the detailed IBPS SO 2021 Exam Pattern here!



IBPS Specialist Officer Recruitment 2021 Syllabus!


Note down the Important Topics to prepare well!

The Syllabus for IBPS SO Exam 2021 varies from post to post. The Professional Knowledge Syllabus is very lengthy & the score obtained in this section is considered in the final selection.

Syllabus for IT Officer - Reasoning, English, Quantitative Aptitude & Professional Knowledge(IT).

Syllabus for Rajbhasha Adhikari - Reasoning, English, General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry & Professional Knowledge(Hindi).

Syllabus for Agriculture Field Officer - Reasoning, English, Quantitative Aptitude & Professional Knowledge (Agriculture & allied fields).

Syllabus for Law Officer - Reasoning, English, General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry & Professional Knowledge(Law).

Syllabus for HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer - Reasoning, English, Quantitative Aptitude & Professional Knowledge (HR & Marketing respectively).

However, the official website doesn't provide any IBPS SO Recruitment 2021 Syllabus, but to ease out candidates' worries and help them in preparing well, we are providing the complete IBPS SO Exam Syllabus in the PDF format.

Please visit here – IBPS SO Officer 2021 Recruitment Syllabus!



IBPS SO Preparation Tips | How to Crack the Bank Specialist Officer Exam?


To provide you with some clarity on how should you prepare for the exam, Eduncle experts have compiled a list of preparation tips that can benefit you with more points in the IBPS SO Exam Score Card.

Check out the crucial points which you must take in mind while preparing the perfect study plan for you.

Try to cover most of the topics from the Professional Knowledge section. It is the most important part of your preparation.

Create a daily schedule of 5-6 hours.

Mark the important topics & revise them frequently.

Make wise use of time while attempting the exam. You must know the shortcut tricks & formulas.

Always try to improve your Speed and Accuracy while attempting the Mock Tests and Previous Year's Question Papers.

Apart from the above study plan, you may also visit the following blogs for section-wise study tips -

Computer Knowledge



Quantitative Aptitude

General Knowledge



IBPS SO 2021 Online Application Form

Filling the online application form is the first step to appear in IBPS SO, so keep yourself aware of the dates to fill the online application form.

Want to appear in the IBPS SO 2021 Exam? If yes, then you must follow these essential steps while filling up the Online Application.

Keep your documents handy – Graduation mark sheet, Aadhar card (If you have one), Scanned Sign, Photo, and Declaration.

You should read the official notification once thoroughly to avoid any mistakes in the Online form.

Check the filled form once carefully. Check the names and details because they can’t be altered after final submission.

Check the complete IBPS SO Application Form 2021 process with the screenshots added for explaining each step.


IBPS SO Admit Card 2021 – How to Download it?


IBPS SO Admit Card 2021 for Prelims Exam has released on 10th December 2021, on the official website. The steps to download the admit card are given here – IBPS SO Admit Card 2021 Download Steps.



List of IBPS SO Exam Centre 2021 - Prelims & Mains (All States)


Candidates who are willing to apply for the exam must choose any nearby IBPS SO Exam Centre for their own convenience. In 2021, there is a total of 46 exam centers for the Prelims Exam and 46 exam centers for the Main Exam.

IBPS SO Participating Banks and their Vacancies


The list of participating banks for the IBPS SO Exam 2021 has been released. We updated it below by analyzing the official notification.

In IBPS SO 2021 Recruitment, 17 Banks participated and offered 647 positions to the selected candidates.

Post-wise Vacancy breakage of IBPS SO 2021



Total Vacancies

IT Officer


Agriculture Field Officer


Rajbhasha Adhikari


Law Officer


HR/Personnel Officer


Marketing Officer




IBPS SO Result & Cut Off Marks


IBPS SO Result for Prelims 2021 Exam has declared on 18th January 2021 and the Mains Exam Result has declared on 15th February 2022. You can check the complete procedure to download your result here - IBPS SO Result.

You can also check the cut-off marks for the IBPS SO 2019 Exam to get an idea about the minimum marks you have to score in the exam.



IBPS Specialist Officer Salary Structure


Basic Salary - 23700/- INR

DA - 47.8% of Basic for the months of August, September, and October 2017 (Revised every 3 months, depends on CPI)

Special Allowance with DA - 7.75% of (Basic + DA)

HRA - 9% or 8% or 7.0% (depends on posting location).

CCA - This also depends on the place of posting and can be either 4% (maximum Rs.870/-) or 3%(Maximum Rs.600/-) or even 0% in some cases.

Other Allowances- Medical, Conveyance (Petrol Reimbursement), Newspaper, etc.

The Gross Annual CTC (with HRA but without leased accommodation) of the officer post at Scale 1 is Rs. 5,57,640.52 inclusive of all the components.


Post Name

Bank Salary Scale

Salary Per Month

IT Officer Scale-1


34000-46000 (Depend on the place of posting)

Law Officer Scale-1


38000-46000 (Depend on the place of posting)

Agriculture Officer Scale-1


33000-46000 (Depend on the place of posting)

Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale-1


38000-46000 (Depend on the place of posting)

HR/Personnel Officer Scale-1


38000-46000 (Depend on the place of posting)

Marketing Officer Scale-1


32000-42000 (Depend on the place of posting)


Candidates! Above, we have covered every required information which you need to know while aspiring for IBPS SO Recruitment Exam. If you come across any queries, you can ask us through the comment section below.

We would be happy to assist you!!

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