This blog, we are going to discuss IBPS SO Qualification | Syllabus | Exam Pattern | Selection Procedure and many more

Specialist Officer SO

Hello Friends, If you have done any professional and technical degree and have a dream to be a part of the Indian banking system as a specialist officer then the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) gives you this opportunity every year to join the Indian banking system after passing IBPS SO Specialist officers. Gone are the days when each bank announced its S.O vacancies separately, Now Institute of Banking Personnel Selection IBPS conducts Bank SO exam once a year. In this blog, we are going to discuss the complete detail of IBPS SO Specialist Officer.

Friends, A Candidate who is thinking about preparing the IBPS SO exam then he/she has some questions in his/her mind and wants to know the answers. like…..

Who is SO?

By the time, Banking has become more and more critical and complicated. Banking has new challenges such as Banking 24X7, New schemes, Money Investment, Technocrat its network. To face those challenges professionally, the Banking sector needs specialist officer SO. A Specialist officer uses its skills to solve those complicated matters. A Technical SO deals technical issues. Marketing and Inverter SO deal with investment and other money-related issues.


IBPS SO Eligibility

If you want to be an SO then, you must be,

  • A citizen of India
  • Age limit: 20 to 30
  • Most important need either a professional or technical degree such as CA, B.Tech, BE, LLB, MBA etc.

 Age relaxation 

CategoryAge Relaxation
SC/ST5 years
OBC Non-Creamy Layer3 years
PWD10 years
Ex-Servicemen Army personnel5 years
Domicile of J&K during the period of 1/1/1980 to 31/12/19895 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots5 years


The required qualification and the number of posts are announced in the notification. A candidate must read complete notification before applying online.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of IBPS SO is very dynamic. You must learn Maths, English language, Reasoning along with your specialised subject. To understand SO exam pattern easily, let’s have an example of IBPS SO 2019

IBPS SO Exam 2019 is conducted in three steps

  • Prelims Exam         
  • Mains Exam        
  • Interview

Prelims Exam

As we said, IBPS always designs dynamic exam pattern. let’s have a glance of prelims exam pattern of SO 2019. IBPS SO 2019 Prelims Exam Pattern for all given post.

If someone applied for Rajsabha Adhikari Scale-1 officer then, there was no need to study maths, but he had to prepare “Reasoning, English Language and General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry

If someone applied for Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I then, he had to prepare “Reasoning, English Language and Quantitative Aptitude“. Details are given below in the index.

Mains Exam

After conducting the Prelims exam, IBPS maintain its level and design separate mains exam. For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer.

Name of Test Questions No.Max MarksExam MediumDuration
Professional Knowledge6060English & Hindi45 min


For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMax MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge (Objective)4560English & Hindi30 min
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)2English & Hindi30 min


You got that point that you are to prepare You must learn Maths, English language, Reasoning along with your specialised subject.

Let’s know the selection procedure 

The selection process of IBPS SO consists of 3 phases (preliminary, mains and interview). The candidates must qualify each of them to go on to the next phase. The important steps of the IBPS SO Recruitment Procedure are as follows:

Online Preliminary Examination:-  A sufficient number of candidates in each category are shortlisted by IBPS depending upon the requirements for Online Main Examination.

Online Mains Examination: Candidates need to qualify for the Professional Knowledge Test in the main exam to be eligible for an interview.

Interview: The Participating Organizations will hold an Interview which will also be coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS

Final Result: The Final result is declared based on a candidate’s overall performance in IBPS SO Mains and Interview Rounds.

Provisional Allotment: IBPS releases the provisional allotment of the eligible candidate on the official website. The IBPS allots Banks to the candidates based on the preferences they have made at the time of the online registration.

IBPS plays a role in the selection process until the provisional selection of different banks. Further, the responsibility to inform the qualified candidates about their joining dates and procedures lies with the respective banks.

IBPS SO Salary

The revised basic pay of SO thus becomes – Here ₹ 21990 is the revised basic pay of Bank SO as applicable on 1st January 2016. Thus the new entrant in a Bank as SO is liable to get ₹ 21,990 as basic pay and salary in hand ₹19590.

IBPS SO syllabus

Friends, Syllabus gives you an idea for preparing exams. there are some variations between IBPS SO preliminary and mains exams. Download IBPS SO Syllabus and Read the syllabus list carefully to understand the difference between preliminary and mains exams.

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