IBPS SO 2021: Specialist Officer Interview Call Letter Out; Check Details

IBPS SO 2021: The Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) has released the interview call letter for IBPS SO Recruitment Exam for Specialist Officer(SO) 2021 on 11th February 2021. The IBPS SO Prelims Exam was conducted on 18th & 26th December 2021 and Mains Exam was conducted on 30th January 2021. The IBPS SO Exam is conducted for recruiting candidates for the posts of Specialist Officers in the field of IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer. The selection will be done through 3 stages – Prelims, Main Exam, and Interview round. Here on this page, we bring to you complete details of IBPS SO 2021 Details, so bookmark this page for further updates.

Latest Update:

11th February 2021: The IBPS has releasedIBPS SO Interview Call Letter 2021 on its official website. 

Participating Banks for IBPS SO 2021

  1. Bank of Baroda
  2. Canara Bank
  3. Indian Overseas Bank
  4. UCO Bank
  5. Bank of India
  6. Central Bank of India
  7. Punjab National Bank
  8. Union Bank of India
  9. Bank of Maharashtra
  10. Indian Bank
  11. Punjab & Sind Bank

IBPS SO 2021: Highlights

Organization Name Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Post Specialist Officer (SO)
Exam Level National Level
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Online
Vacancies To be notified
Salary Rs 38000 – Rs 3900
IBPS SO Prelims Exam Date
  • 18th December 2021
  • 26th December 2021
IBPS SO Mains Exam Date 30th January 2022
Category Bank Jobs
Selection Process Prelims, Mains & Interview
Education Qualification Graduation or Post Graduation in specific stream depending on the post
Age Limit 20 years – 30 years
Official Website ibps.in

IBPS SO 2021 Important Dates

As per the IBPS Calendar 2021, the IBPS SO Prelims Exam 2021  has been scheduled for 18th and 26th December 2021 and IBPS SO Mains Exam 2021 has been scheduled for 30th January 2021. Check Out the IBPS SO 2021 Schedule given below.

IBPS SO 2021 Events Tentative Dates
Notification Release Date October 2021
Online Registration Starts October 2021
Last Date to Apply November 2021
Prelims Admit Card Release Date December 2021
IBPS SO Prelims Exam 2021
  • 18th December 2021
  • 26th December 2021
IBPS SO Prelims Result Declaration January 2022
Mains Admit Card Release Date January 2022
IBPS SO Mains Exam 2021 30th January 2022
IBPS SO Mains Result Declaration February 2022
Conduct of Interview February/March 2022
Final Result Declaration April 2022

Check the important dates for the IBPS SO 2020-21 exam. The exam is not over yet

IBPS SO 2020-21 Events Dates
IBPS SO Mains Exam 24th January 2021
Mains Exam Result 04th February 2021
Conduct of Interview February 2021
IBPS SO 2020-21 Final Result April 2021

IBPS SO 2021 Notification

The IBPS SO Notification 2021 will be released tentatively in October 2021 for Specialist officer posts on its official website @ibps.in. Through the IBPS SO Recruitment, candidates will be selected for the post  IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer. The Prelims Exam will be held on 18th & 26th December 2021 while the Mains Exam will be held on 30th January 2021. The previous notification pdf has been provided here for your reference.

From September 2021 onwards, the IBPS SO Exam will be conducted by NRA through a CET.


IBPS SO 2021 Vacancy

IBPS will be releasing the vacancies along with the notification pdf tentatively in the month of October 2021. This sector requires highly skilled people with a strong will and dedication to work as a Specialist Officer. Check out the table given below for post-wise vacancy details for the previous year:

Name of Post No. of Vacancies (2020)
Agriculture Officer (Scale-I) 485
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) 60
IT Officer (Scale-I) 20
Law Officer (Scale-I) 50
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 07
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I) 25
Total 647

IBPS SO 2021 Eligibility Criteria


The candidate who is going to apply for IBPS SO 2021 exam should have citizenship of India issued by the government of India. The following candidates can also apply for the IBPS SO 2021 exam:

  • a subject of Nepal or
  • a subject of Bhutan or
  • a Tibetan Refugee, who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  • Persons migrated from India 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, along with the certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Educational Qualification

1. I.T. Officer (Scale-I)

  • 4 year Engineering/Technology Degree or PG in CS/CA/IT/EE/EC/Electronics & Instrumentation/ Electronics & Telecommunications OR
  • Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

2. Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)

  • 4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Horticulture/ Forestry/ Food Science/ Animal Husbandry/Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri. Marketing & Co./ Co-operation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry/ Agriculture Business Management/ Food Tech./ Dairy Tech./ Agricultural Engineering/ Sericulture

3. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)

  • PG Degree in Hindi with English as a core subject OR
  • PG Degree in Sanskrit with English & Hindi as core subjects.

4. Law Officer (Scale-I)

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

5. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

  • Graduate and 2 Years Full-time PG degree or 2 Years Full-time PG Diploma in Personnel Management /Industrial Relations/HR/HRD/Social Work /Labour Law.

6. Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

  • Graduate and 2 Years Full-time MMS (Marketing)/ 2 Years Full-time MBA (Marketing)/ 2 Years Full-time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

Age Limit

  • The age of the applicant must range from anywhere between 20 to 30 years
  • Age relaxation will be applicable as per category and is given in the table below:
Category Age Relaxation
SC/ ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PWD 10 years
Ex-Servicemen 5 years
An individual domiciled in J&K during the
period January 1, 1980, and
December 31, 1989
5 years
Person affected by 1984 riots 5 years

Application Fee For IBPS SO 2021

The exam fee for the post of IBPS Specialist Officer is mentioned below. The application fee has to be paid online.

Application Fee
General & Others Rs. 850/-
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 175/-

How To Apply For IBPS SO 2021?

The online application process for IBPS SO 2021 will comprise of two-stage:
|| Registration | Log In ||

Part I: Registration
  • The candidates are to first click on the link that is given below.
  • Enter the details asked for.
  • A provisional registration number and password will be sent on the registered Email ID and Mobile number.
Part II: Log In
  • On receiving the registration no. and password, log in to complete the application procedure.
  • Fill up the personal, academic details, and communication details correctly.
  • Choose the exam centre carefully.
  • Upload the photograph, signature, Left Hand Thumb Impression, Handwritten declaration.
  • The details for uploading of the documents is given below in the next paragraph.
  • Verify the details entered in the form before paying the application fee.
  • After verification, pay the required application fee.
  • Your application form for IBPS SO will be accepted provisionally after you have paid the application fee.

Documents To Upload For IBPS SO 2021

The candidates will have to upload the following documents in the required size in JPEG format in the IBPS SO 2021 Online Form.

File Size
Passport Size Photograph 200 x 230 Pixels 20 – 50 KBs
Signature 140 x 60 Pixels 10 – 20 KBs
Left Thumb Impression 240 x 240 Pixels 20 – 50 KBs
Hand Written Declaration 800 x 400 Pixels 50 – 100 KBs

Hand Written Declaration Text:

“I, _______ (Name of the candidate), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required.

Online Application Link For IBPS SO 2021

The online application link to apply for IBPS SO Post 2021 will be active in November 2021 (tentatively). The interested candidates can directly apply for the post from here once IBPS starts accepting online applications.


IBPS SO Admit Card 2021

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), will be conducting the Specialist Officer Prelims Exam on 18th December and 26th December 2021. The admit card for IBPS SO Prelims 2021 is expected

IBPS SO 2021 Selection Process

IBPS SO selection procedure includes the following stages. The Preliminary exam will be conducted by IBPS, which will be followed by the Mains Exam.

  1. Preliminary exam
  2. Mains exam
  3. Interview

The IBPS SO Prelims is qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in the mains exam and interview are added for the final selection. It is very important to perform well in the mains exam as well as in an interview to get the final selection.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021

IBPS SO Syllabus includes Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English language, and Professional knowledge, where the syllabus of Professional knowledge is different for every post.

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari Exam Pattern

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Timing (Minutes)
English Language 50 25 English 40
Reasoning Ability 50 50 English and Hindi 40
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 English and Hindi 40
Total 150 125 120 mins.

IBPS SO IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer Exam Pattern

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Timing (Minutes)
English Language 50 25 English 40
Reasoning Ability 50 50 English and Hindi 40
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English and Hindi 40
Total 150 125 120

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

The mains exam pattern for the IBPS SO is different for different posts as mentioned below.

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer:

Name of the Test No. of Qs. Max. Marks Duration
Profession Knowledge 60 60 45 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Name of the Test No. of Qs. Max. Marks Duration
Profession Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 30 minutes
Profession Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 30 minutes

IBPS SO Cut Off 2021

The IBPS SO Cut Off for the Prelims Exam for previous year is given below:

Name of the Section
Maximum Marks
English 25 8 06.75
Reasoning 50 11.25 08.75
General Awareness / Quantitative Aptitude 50 09.50 07.50


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