IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2018 – Check Age Limit & Qualification!

IBPS Recruitment SO Eligibility Criteria



Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is a self-regulating agency which conducts a common written test for Recruitment of the Specialist Officer in public-sector and nationalized banks.


Candidates are recruited as Specialist officer in various banks for the different positions like


IT Officer


Law Officer


Rajbhasha Adhikari


Agriculture field Officer


HR/Personnel Officer


Marketing Officer


It is very important to know the IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria to make sure if you are eligible to apply for the exam or not?


Also check the IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2018[Updated] for all the posts.




“Get the complete Bank SO Recruitment Syllabus along with the Important Topics in PDF Format! Download Now!




Are you Eligible for IBPS SO 2018? Know Eligibility Criteria



The Eligibility criteria for various positions offered through the IBPS specialist officer exam is different It can be broadly divided into three aspects i.e. Nationality, Age limit and Educational qualification.


Candidates must ensure if they fulfill all the criteria to be eligible for the IBPS SO recruitment process as per the norms. Here we have discussed the IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria as follows:


IBPS SO Nationality:


To be eligible for the IBPS SO exam 2018 candidates must be either:


A citizen of India Or


A citizen of Nepal Or


A subject of Bhutan Or


A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India Or


A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.


Note- The candidates of above-mentioned categories (except the citizens of India) should have the valid certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.



IBPS SO Age Limit


The candidates must be minimum 20 years of the age and maximum 30 years of the age as on the 1st November 2017.


It means that candidates should not have been born earlier than 02.11.1987 and not later than 01.11.1997 (both dates inclusive) to be eligible to apply for IBPS SO 2018 exam.


The candidates can check the Official IBPS SO Calendar 2018 here.


There are age relaxations of upper age limit for the reserved category candidates applicable as per the government norms as given below:


SC/ST                              : 5 years


OBC                                 : 3 years


PwD                                 : 10 years


Ex-servicemen              : 5 years


Persons domiciled in J&K state : 5 years (During 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 period)


Persons affected by 1984 riots : 5 years



“Get the complete Bank SO Recruitment Syllabus along with the Important Topics in PDF Format! Download Now!




IBPS Specialist Officer Educational Qualification



Candidates willing to apply for the above-mentioned posts must have the graduate degree or post-graduate degree in the relevant field. The specialist officer educational qualification according to their positions is given below:


IBPS SO Qualification for IT Officer



The aspirants must have completed graduation or post-graduation in the IT related fields.  For the IT officer candidate should have a qualification in one of the following field:


A) 4-year Engineering Degree in


Computer Science


Computer Applications


Information Technology




Electronics & Telecommunications


Electronics & Communication


Electronics & Instrumentation




B) Post-Graduate Degree in




Electronics & Telecommunications


Electronics & Communication


Electronics & Instrumentation


Computer Science


Information Technology


Computer Applications




C)  Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level


To study the IBPS SO job profile in detail, you may please visit – IBPS SO IT Officer – Life, Job, Salary [Complete Analysis].



IBPS SO Qualification for Law Officer



Candidate must possess a Bachelor Degree in law (LLB) and must be enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council of India for this post.



IBPS SO Qualification for Agriculture Field Officer



The candidates must have 4-year graduate degree in agriculture or related field to be eligible for the Agriculture Field Officer post. Candidates who opted one of the below mentioned filled in graduation can apply for Agriculture field officer.







Animal Husbandry


Veterinary Science


Dairy Science




Fishery Science




Agri Marketing & Cooperation


Co-operation & Banking




Agricultural Biotechnology


Food Science


Agriculture Business Management


Food Technology


Dairy Technology


Agricultural Engineering.



IBPS SO Qualification for Rajbhasha Adhikari



For Rajbhasha Adhikari post, candidates are required to have one of the following degrees:


Post-graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.


Post-graduate degree in Hindi with English as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.



IBPS SO Qualification for HR/Personnel Officer



A graduation and full-time post-graduate degree/diploma in one of the following fields is required qualification for candidates to apply for HR officer in bank:


Personnel Management


Industrial Relations


Human Resources/HRD


Social Work


Labor Law



IBPS SO Qualification for Marketing Officer



The candidates are eligible to apply for this post who have a graduate degree and one of the following streams of management:


Full-time MMS (Marketing)


MBA (Marketing)


Full time 2 years PGDBA






PGDM degree with specialization in Marketing


Note: Candidates should have a certificate/ degree/ diploma in computer languages or should have studied computer as one of the subjects in high school/ college/ Institute for the posts other than the IT officer.



“Get the complete Bank SO Recruitment Syllabus along with the Important Topics in PDF Format! Download Now!



Hope the information discussed above will help you to get proper guidance regarding eligibility criteria for IBPS SO examination. If you have any queries, feel free to ask or comment in comment-section below.


All the above information is based on the previous year’s notification. Be updated with the latest information regarding IBPS specialist officer on Facebook and YouTube.




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