IBPS SO Exam 2023: Latest News, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

May 22, 2023

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The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) SO Examination, also known as the Specialist Officer (SO) Examination, is held to assist in the recruitment of qualified individuals for several public sector banks in India. The IBPS SO test is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. In 1975, the Institute of Banking Employee Selection (IBPS), a government-owned bank employee hiring organisation, was established.

The IBPS SO 2023(CRP SPL-XIII) Notification will be made available in November 2023 on the Institute of Banking Personnel’s (IBPS) official website i.e. ibps.in. This hiring process will fill the positions of Law Officer (Scale-I), Officer (Scale-I), Marketing Officer (Scale-I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I), and Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I). The 30th and 31st of December 2023 are designated as the dates for the preliminary IBPS SO Exam 2023. The preliminary exam, the main exam, and the interview together constitute the three stages of the IBPS Specialist Officers (SO) selection process.  After passing all of the stages, applicants are hired by various Public Sector Banks.


IBPS SO Highlights

IBPS SO 2023 – Exam Summary
OrganizationInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Post NameSpecialist Officer (SO)
Participating bodiesIDBI Bank, Union Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Central Bank of India, etc.
VacancyTo be notified
Exam DatePrelims – 30th and 31st December 2023
Mains – 28th January 2024  
Exam LevelNational Level
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModeOnline
Recruitment ProcessPrelims, Mains & Interview
Education QualificationDepending on the position, graduation or post-graduation in a certain stream
Age Limit20 – 30 years
SalaryRs 38,000 – Rs 39,000
Official websitewww.ibps.in

IBPS SO Important Dates

In the month of November 2023, the IBPS SO 2023 notification for FY 2023–24 will be made public. For applicants looking to apply for government jobs, the IBPS SO 2023 information is shown here. All the highlights are shown in the overview table.

EventDates 2023
Start of Online ApplicationOctober 2023 (Expected)
Last Date of RegistrationNovember 2023 (Expected)
Admit Card ReleaseTo be announced
Online Prelims IBPS SO Exam30th December 2023 -31th December 2023
Preliminary Exam ResultsTo be announced
Main Exam Admit Card ReleaseTo be announced
IBPS SO Main Examination28th January 2024
Main Exam ResultsTo be announced
InterviewTo be announced

IBPS SO Vacancies

The openings for several positions, including Marketing Officer,  Law Officer, IT Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, and Rajbhasha Adhikar, will be disclosed with the IBPS SO announcement. The positions listed here are those that were open in 2022 from the previous year.

Name of PostNo. of Vacancies
IT Officer (Scale-I)335 vacancies
Agriculture Officer (Scale-I)2580 vacancies
Marketing Officer (Scale-I)65 vacancies
Law Officer (Scale-I)115 vacancies
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)81 vacancies
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)946 vacancies

IBPS SO Eligibility


Candidates applying for IBPS SO positions must be aware of the recruitment drive’s established age restriction.

The applicant’s age should fall between 20 and 30 years old.

 The following table lists the age relaxations by category:

CategoryAge Relaxation
SC / ST5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC)3 years
PWD- General10 years
PWD- SC/ ST15 years
PWD-OBC13 years
People who resided in JK State from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 19895 years
Ex-Serviceman / Disabled Ex-servicemanNominal period of service in the military in addition to three years (five years for disabled veterans from the SC or ST), with a maximum age limit of fifty years.
Widows, divorcees, and wives who have been legally divorced from their spouses but have not since remarried7 Years (General-35 Years, SC / ST-40 Years, OBC -38 Years,)


The detailed educational qualifications are given below:

Post NameQualification
IT Officer scale IFour-year engineering/Electronics and telecommunication/ /IT/Computer Application/ Electronics and Communication Engineering electronics and instrumentation /technology degree in computer science Post-graduation in electronics/ Electronics and instrumentation/computer applications/ computer science/electrics and telecommunication/ information technology/ OR Graduate with DOEACC ‘B’ Level.
Agriculture field officer (scale I)4-year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/ Agricultural Engineering/ Agriculture Business Management/ Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Dairy Technology/ Agri. Marketing & Cooperation/Agro-Forestry/Forestry/ Food Science/ Food Technology / Co-operation & Banking /Dairy Science/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Horticulture/
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)Master’s degrees in Sanskrit with Hindi and English as courses at the graduate (graduation) level, OR Postgraduate certificate in Hindi and English as a subject.
Law officera Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and registration with the Bar Council as an advocate
HR/Personnel officerPost Graduate Diplomas in Personnel Management or Graduate and Two Years Full-time Post Graduate degrees or Two Years Full-time / Labour Law / HR / HRD/ Social Work / Industrial Relations.
Marketing OfficerTwo Years Full-time PGDBA / Graduate and Two Years Full-time MMS (Marketing) /PGDM with specialization in Marketing/ PGPM /PGDBM Two Years Full-time MBA (Marketing).

Nationality/ Citizenship

  • An applicant must be a citizen of either India, Nepal, Bhutan, or both.
  • An individual who moved to India to settle there permanently, usually from one of the following East African nations: Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Pakistan,  Zaire, Burma, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Malawi,  Ethiopia,  Zambia,  or Vietnam. A Tibetan Refugee who entered India before January 1, 1962, intending to stay there permanently.

IBPS SO Application Process

The application procedure will be made accessible on the official website. Candidates are urged to read the conditions of eligibility, notifications, and application costs before starting to complete the application form with the correct information.

Application Fees

Candidates who plan to register for the exam must make payments via net banking, debit card, and credit card methods. The category-wise fees are mentioned below:


Application Steps

The following are the steps for applying for IBPS SO:

  1. Visit ibps.in, the official website.
  2. Select Specialist Officers, then select the “Click Here for New Registration” link on the yellow tab.
  3. Now, fill out the registration form with your name, email address, mobile number, and security pin.
  4. You will receive an email and SMS with a registration number.
  5. To log in, enter your Registration number and password.
  6. Enter your contact, contact information, and personal information.
  7. Upload scanned copies of your left thumbprint, passport-size picture, signature, and handwritten statement in the required format.
  8. Pay the required application fee and finally submit the form.

IBPS SO Admit Card

Applicants who have applied can get their admit cards from the official website. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Check out the official webpage.
  2. The admission card URL will be available on the homepage.
  3. For the admission card, follow the website.
  4. After that, enter the roll number, password, registration number, and captcha code.
  5. The IBPS SO 2023 admit card will be displayed on the screen.
  6. Print the IBPS SO Admit Card after downloading it.

Admit Card Details

The following are the details seen on the admission card:

  • Candidate’s surname
  • Year of Birth
  • Name of the father
  • Photo of the candidate
  • Candidate’s signature
  • Roll Number
  • Registration Number
  •  Exam Date
  • Time and Location

Exam Centre Details

While filling out the IBPS SO Admit Card 2023, aspirants may select their preferred test centre. There will be distinct centres for each state, as indicated below.

State /UT/NCRIBPS SO Prelims Exam Centre
Andaman & NicobarPort Blair
Andhra PradeshChirala, Chittoor, Guntur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
Arunachal PradeshNaharlagun
AssamDibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
BiharPurnea, Arrah, Bhagalpur, Gaya, Patna, Aurangabad, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur
ChhattisgarhBhilai Nagar, Bilaspur, Raipur
Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & DiuJamnagar, Surat
DelhiGreater Noida, Faridabad,  Gurugram, Delhi/New Delhi, Ghaziabad
GujaratVadodara, Surat, Gandhinagar, Anand, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Himatnagar, Mehsana
HaryanaAmbala, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Yamuna Nagar
Himachal PradeshKullu, Mandi, Shimla, Kangra, Solan, Una , Hamirpur, Bilaspur
Jammu & KashmirJammu, Samba, Srinagar
JharkhandBokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
KarnatakaBidar, Mangalore, Shimoga, Mysore, Bengaluru, Gulbarga, Belgaum, Hubli, Udupi
KeralaThiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Kannur, Kollam, Malappuram, Kozhikode,Palakkad, Kochi, Alappuzha, Thrichur
Madhya PradeshSatna, Jabalpur, Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior Sagar, Ujjain
MaharashtraJalgaon, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Ratnagiri Amravati, Latur
OdishaDhenkanal, Balasore, Rourkela, Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Berhampur(Ganjam), Sambalpur
PunjabBhatinda, Amritsar, Fategarh Sahib, Pathankot, Mohali, Jalandhar, Patiala, Ludhiana
RajasthanUdaipur, Alwar, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Sikar, Jaipur, Kota,
SikkimBardang/ Gangtok
Tamil NaduThiruchirapalli, Vellore Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem, Nagercoil, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli
TelanganaHyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal
Uttar PradeshMoradabad, Bareilly, Agra, Aligarh, Jhansi, Mathura, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Prayagraj (Allahabad), Gorakhpur, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi
UttarakhandDehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee
West BengalKalyani, Siliguri, Greater Kolkata, Durgapur, Hooghly, Asansol

IBPS SO Selection Process

The Common Recruitment Process (CRP), which is managed by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), is used by numerous Public Sector Banks to hire Specialist Officers. These cadres include IT, agriculture, law, marketing, human resources, and Rashtrabhasha Adhikari. The following is a description of the specifics of the IBPS selection procedure for specialised officers. The following 3 steps make up the IBPS SO recruitment process:

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

IBPS SO Exam Pattern

IBPS will use the test format described below to shortlist qualified applicants for the IBPS SO 2023 test. Candidates must achieve the prelims cut-offs to be qualified to take the mains test, which will serve as a qualification phase for the preliminary exam.

The IBPS preliminary test has a different exam format than the main exam.

Prelims Exam Marking Scheme

Paper NumberSectionsNumber of QuestionsFor Correct ResponseNegative Marking
Post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari
Reasoning50 Questions1 mark0.25 marks
English Language0.5 mark
General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry1 mark
 IT Officer, the post of Law Officer, Agriculture Field Officer HR/Personnel Officer and IT Officer Scale 1
Reasoning section50 Questions1 mark
English Language0.5 mark
Quantitative Aptitude1 mark

IBPS SO Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law Officer Exam Pattern

The detailed exam pattern is given below:

Name of the ExaminationNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksExam Duration
Reasoning502540 minutes
English Language505040 minutes
General Awareness505040 minutes
Total150125120 minutes

IBPS SO Personnel/HR & Marketing Officer, I.T, Agricultural Exam Pattern

The detailed exam pattern is given below:

Name of the ExaminationNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksExam Duration
Reasoning502540 minutes
English Language505040 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505040 minutes
Total150125120 minutes

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern 2023

Mains Exam Marking Scheme

Paper NumberNumber of QuestionsMarks AllottedNegative Marking
Paper-1 (Agriculture Field Officer HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer, the post of Law Officer, and IT Officer Scale 1)6060 Marks0.25 Marks per wrong answer
Paper -2 (post of Rajbhasha Adhikari)45

Rajbhasha Adhikari & Law Officer Exam Pattern

The detailed exam pattern is given below:          

Name of the ExaminationNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksExam Duration
Professional Knowledge606045 minutes

Personnel/HR, Agricultural, I.T and Marketing Officer Exam Pattern

The detailed exam pattern is given below:

Name of the ExaminationNumber of QuestionsExam Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective)4530 minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)230 minutes

IBPS SO Interview

  • Only those who succeed on the written test are eligible for the interview.
  • The nodal banks work with IBPS to arrange the interview, which is done by the participating organizations.  An interview is worth 100 points.
  • For interviews, a minimum passing mark should be 40% (or 35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).

Final Merit List for IBPS SO

The last list of merits is created using the combined written exam and interview results. The online exam and interviews will be weighted 80:20. To be selected as a Specialist Officer in a public sector bank, you must excel on the merit list and clear both examinations—a penned online examination and an interview.

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IBPS SO Syllabus

The IBPS SO Exam 2023 syllabus will contain themes such as General English, General Awareness, Reasoning  Ability, and Quantitative Aptitude. The following are the curriculum details:

Reasoning AbilitySeating arrangement puzzles
Inequality syllogisms
Input and Output of data
Sufficiency Problems
Blood relations
Order and Ranking problems
Verbal Reasoning
Distance and Direction.
General EnglishReading
Spotting Errors
Sentence Improvement/correction
Unscrambling of Paragraphs
Filling in the blanks
Close tests
Sentence completion.
Quantitative AptitudeNumber Series simplifications
Approximation and Interpretation of Data
Quadratic Equations
Data Sufficiency
Profit and Loss
Simple and Compound Interest
Ratio and Proportion
General AwarenessCurrent Affairs and Banking Awareness Topics
Questions on books and their authors
Important Places
Prime minister’s schemes

In addition to these disciplines, applicants must also possess professional knowledge in their field of specialisation. The detailed syllabus includes the following:

IT Officer (Scale-I)Database Management System
Data Communication and Networking
Operating System
Software Engineering
Data Structure
Computer Organization and Microprocessor
Object-Oriented Programming
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)Basics of Crop Production
Seed Science
Agronomy and Irrigation
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Practices
Soil resources
Animal Husbandry
Government Schemes
Marketing Officer (Scale-I)Basics of Marketing Management
Brand Management
Business Ethics
Market Segmentation
Market research and forecasting demand
Product Life Cycle
Corporate Social Responsibility
Service Marketing
Marketing Strategies
Law Officer (Scale-I)Banking Regulations
Compliance and Legal Aspects
Relevant Laws and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act
Consumer Protection Act
Banking Ombudsman Scheme
Laws and Actions in the direct link to Banking Sector
Bankers Book Evidence Act
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)Human Resource Development
Business Policy and strategic analysis
Transnational Analysis
Training and Development
Recruitment and Selection
Rewards and Recognition
Industrial Relations
Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
Grievance and Conflict Management
Performance Management and Appraisal

IBPS SO Result and Cutoffs

The IBPS SO Exam 2023 results will be released in three stages: preliminary, main, and final. The IBPS SO 2023 Results will be published on the organization’s website following the completion of each phase. After the final scores are revealed, the applicant can examine the marks received in each round. The applicant who qualifies for the preliminary test advances to the main exam.

Applicants can check their scorecards by using the direct URL provided below, or by following the instructions outlined below the direct link.

  • Step 1: Visit the exact Official website.
  • Step 2: Enter your registration number along with the password to log in and see your result.
  • Step 3: Your screen will display the Score Card.
  • Step 4: Double-check the information and save the Score Card for future use.

IBPS SO Cutoffs 2022

The IBPS SO cut-off is the minimum score required to pass the exam. Applicants must get a passing score on the computerized test in both the entire test and each section. IBPS also publishes the merit lists of applicants. The preceding year’s cut-off is provided for your convenience.

The IBPS SO 2022 Cut-offs have been published on the IBPS official website. They are really simple to inspect and download.

Here are the actions to take to do that.

  1. Visit the IBPS official website at www.ibps.in.
  2. Locate the IBPS cut-off hyperlink and click on it.
  3. Enter the login information requested on the login page.
  4. The set of cut-offs will also be displayed.
  5. Save and download the cut-offs PDF.
  6. Check your category’s cut-off to determine if you’ve advanced to the next round.

Candidates may view the predicted sectional cut-offs for the IBPS SO Prelims test 2022 in the table listed below:

General Awareness8-10
Quantitative Aptitude8-11
Logical Reasoning10-12

IBPS SO Cut Off 2021- Prelims

Cut-off Out of 125
IT Officer66.3866.3864.5066.2554.63
Rajbhasha Adhikari20.1320.131819.8817.25
Law Officer4242.3834.6340.2533
HR/Personnel Officer40.5040.5038.7540.5040.50
Marketing Officer2424242423.63

IBPS SO Cut Off 2021- Mains

PostsMaximum MarksCutoff
IT Officer (Scale I)609.506.25
Agriculture Field Officer (Scale I)6022.7518.75
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)6023.2518.50
Law officer (Scale I)6017.2513.25
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)6020.0016.00
Marketing Officer (Scale I)6016.2512.50

Final Cut-off 2021-22

Cut Off Out of 100
IT Officer (Scale I)39.2027.4728.5334.6035.0728.602636.6722.33
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)6159.4056.3362.3346.27NA65.6781.33NA
Law officer (Scale I)52.6037.0731.134440.40NA51.3326.33NA
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)60.2050.4749.3356.3354.53NA41.4746NA
Marketing Officer (Scale I)54.2049.8046.6750.274227.7341.6040.5328.47

IBPS SO Salary Structure

The following table shows the IBPS SO remuneration for various posts:

PositionIn-Hand SalaryIn-Hand Salary
IT OfficerRs. 24,000 – Rs. 32,000Rs. 34,000 – Rs. 40,000
Agriculture OfficerRs. 24,000 – Rs. 32,000Rs. 34,000 – Rs. 40,000
Rajbhasha AdhikariRs. 24,000 – Rs. 32,000Rs. 34,000 – Rs. 40,000
Law OfficerRs. 24,000 – Rs. 32,000Rs. 34,000 – Rs. 40,000
HR OfficerRs. 24,000 – Rs. 32,000Rs. 34,000 – Rs. 40,000
Marketing OfficerRs. 24,000 – Rs. 32,000Rs. 34,000 – Rs. 40,000

Some of the advantages that an IBPS SO may enjoy are as follows:

  • Annual salaries vary from INR 7.55 lakhs to INR 12.93 lakhs.
  • A stipend for newspapers.
  • A conveyance allowance is contingent on the condition of an officer’s car, and the officer may get a specific quantity of gasoline as well as other vehicle maintenance expenses.
  • LTC stands for Leave Travel Concession.
  • Constant Training and Development are required owing to the cognitively challenging nature of the profession to keep up with the increasing requirements of the industry’s complex technology.
  • Leave Policies provide both casual and privileged breaks, as well as up to six months of maternity leave. Single parents with elderly families may take up to two years off.

IBPS SO Job Profiles

Position Details
Agriculture Field Officer They are responsible for promoting rural banking and generating leads. They look after the financial needs of people living in rural areas. They are responsible for coordinating with other RRBs, NABARD, and other organizations. Look after loan inspection and recovery in rural areas.
IT OfficerThey look after the core banking system.
They are responsible for managing technical issues within the department
They develop and update the software.
Also, they take care of the security systems to avoid cybercrimes.
Rajbhasha AdhikariThe employees proofread and translate crucial documents used in the banking system.
They arrange relevant language-related workshops.
They provide training employees in the local language.
Law OfficerThey manage all legal affairs within the department
They represent the bank if any case is filed.
Look after the errors and loopholes within the banking system.
HR/Personnel OfficerThey maintain employees’ database.
They track employees’ performance.
They design several welfare schemes, promotions, and compensation for the benefit of the employees
Marketing Officer They look after State or region-wise marketing and promotional activities.
Look for value-added ways to boost the revenues.
Help get new business deals.

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What books are suggested for IBPS SO Exam 2023 preparation?

The following books are suggested for IBPS SO Exam 2023 preparation:
1.       MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
2.       Data Interpretation and Sufficient Data
3.       RS Aggarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
4.       Answers to Essential English Grammar
5.       General Knowledge of Lucent
6.       Kiran’s IBPS Specialist Officers Exam

What is the total number of questions in the IBPS SO Exam?

This exam is divided into three sections with a total of 150 questions and a maximum score of 125. The above article contains a full examination schedule.

Is job experience required for IBPS SO?

No experience is necessary for the positions of scale-1 officers. Still, if you have prior experience, you will undoubtedly be given precedence.

Can I register for IBPS SO during the final semester of college?

Yes, you can register for IBPS SO during your last year of college. You must, however, be able to provide the graduation result and certification for document verification.

Is there a limit to the total amount of IBPS SO attempts?

No, there is no restriction to the total amount of IBPS SO tries.