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Examination / IBPS Specialist Officer


About IBPS SO Exam

The IBPS conducts Common Recruitment Process (CRP for POs - VIII) for eligible candidates, who aspires to join any of the posts given below:

  • Officer (Scale-I)
  • Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)
  • Law Officer (Scale I)
  • HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
  • Marketing Officer (Scale I)

The exam of IBPS SO i.e Common Recruitment Process (CRPSPL-IX) is conducted every year for selection of personnel in Specialist Officer’s cadre posts in the Participating Organisations.

Eligibility for IBPS SO exam

Nationality / Citizenship

A candidate must be either:

  1. A Citizen of India or
  2. A subject of Nepal or
  3. A subject of Bhutan or
  4. A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  5. 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,

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories 2, 3, 4 and 5 shall be a person n whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age limit for IBPS SO Exam

S. No

Age Limit  (in years)



Min-20 Years Max-30 Years

I.T. Officer (Scale-I)


Min-20 Years Max-30 Years

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)


Min-20 Years Max-30 Years

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)


Min-20 Years Max-30 Years

Law Officer (Scale I)


Min-20 Years Max-30 Years

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)


Min-20 Years Max-30 Years

Marketing Officer (Scale I)


Relaxation of Upper age limit

Code No


Age relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit



5 years



3 years



10 years


Ex-Servicemen (ESM)

05 years


Person domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir

05 years


Person affected by 1984 riots

05 years

Educational Qualification for IBPS SO Exam

For different posts in IBPS SO exam, different educational requirements are needed. The list of educational qualifications requires under IBPS SO exam is given below:

S. No.


Educational Qualification


I.T. Officer (Scale-I)

a) 4 year Engineering/Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation OR

b) Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications OR Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ lev


Agricultural Field Officer(Scale I)

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/ Sericulture


Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level


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


Law Officer (Scale I)

A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.


HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

Graduate and Two Years Full time Post Graduate degree


Two Years Full time Post Graduate diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR / HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law.*


Marketing Officer (Scale I)

Graduate and Two Years Full time MMS (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing.