IBPS SO 2017: Notification, Dates & New Exam Pattern

IBPS conducts Common Recruitment Process (CRP) for selection of personnel in Specialist Officers’ cadre  - IBPS SO for various posts once a year.  This is a bright opportunity for candidates having a technical or specialised degree in the fields of Information Technology, Agriculture, Law, HR and Marketing to start a promising career in government banking sector. IBPS also conducts another recruitment process for all graduates for the posts of Probationary Officer and Clerk or Office Assistant.

The common recruitment process for the post of Specialist Officers in Banks is conducted for the following posts:
  • I.T. 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)

IBPS SO 2017 Notification

IBPS has released the official notification for IBPS SO 2017 exam. IBPS will conduct the examination for Specialist Officer in Two Phases- Prelims and Mains.

Click here to view IBPS SO Official Notification 2017


IBPS SO 2017 Vacancy

The total number of vacancies for IBPS SO 2017 is 1315.  The number of vacancies have gone down due to less number of participating banks. Here is the number for different posts:

  • IT Officer-120
  • Agriculture Officer-875
  • Rajbhasgha-30
  • Law-60
  • HR Personnel-35
  • Maketing-195

IBPS SO 2017 Exam Dates

As per the official notification, the dates for the prelims and mains examination of IBPS SO 2017 are:

Date of Preliminary Examination: 30th and 31st December 2017
Date of Mains Examination: 28th January 2018

Here is the complete schedule of all the important events: 
Activity Date
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates 07 November 2017- 27 November 2017
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) 07 November 2017- 27 November 2017
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary December 2017
Commencement of Preliminary Exam 30th and 31st December 2017
Result of Online exam – Preliminary January 2018
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main January 2018
Online Examination – Main 28th January 2018
Declaration of Result of Online Main Examination February 2018
Download of call letters for interview February 2018
Conduct of Inerview February 2018
Final allottment April 2018

IBPS SO Exam Centres

IBPS has nationwide centres in almost every state and union territories, but the final list of examination centres will be released with the official notification which is expected to be released in October-November’17.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2017

This year IBPS has introduced a major change in the recruitment process of Specialist Officers. Earlier there used to be only 1 examination then followed by an interview but this year there will be a two-tier examination for this recruitment.

The preliminary exam will be a qualifying phase for the mains and candidates will have to clear the cut-offs of prelims to be allowed to appear for Mains exam. 

IBPS SO Prelims and Mains exam will include the following sections English, Reasonings, Quantitative Aptitude and Professional Knowledge. The syllabus and level of English, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude is same as that of any Banking Officer level recruitment; Professional Knowledge is the test of field-specific knowledge or field-specific aptitude.  Apart from online examination, there will also be a phase of Personal Interview.


IBPS SO 2017 Preliminary Exam Pattern


For Rajsabha Adhikari and Law Scale-I officer
Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
2. English Language 50 25
3. General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50
Total 150 125

For other Specialist Officers (Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I


Serial No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 120 minutes
2. English Language 50 25
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Total 150 125

IBPS SO 2017 Mains Exam Pattern


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

Name of the Test Number of Questions Marks Medium Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 Minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge(Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive) 2 English & Hindi 30 minutes


IBPS SO Exam Syllabus


English Language

  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Cloze Test
  • Fillers
  • Sentence Errors
  • Vocabulary based questions
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relation
  • Syllogism
  • Order and Ranking
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Machine Input-Output
  • Inequalities
  • Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement, and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)




Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)
  • Inequalities (Quadratic Equations)
  • Number Series
  • Approximation and Simplification
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)


Click Here for Quantitative Aptitude Questions

IBPS SO Professional Knowledge Syllabus

The syllabus of Professional Knowledge is field specific for each post.

Marketing Officer Syllabus

Marketing Overview and Marketing Process and Marketing Planning; Concept, Nature, Scope and Importance of Marketing; Functions, and Importance of Marketing Management; Consumer/ Buyer Behavior; Market Segmentation: Importance of Market Segmentation; Marketing Research; Product Planning and Development Sales Promotion and its Objectives; Branding, Packaging, and Labeling; Pricing Decisions: Pricing, Pricing Decision Strategies; Wholesale and Retail Trade; Services Marketing; Bank and Insurance Marketing; Consumer Protection in India: List of Consumer Rights, Consumer Protection Act; Marketing Organization; Marketing Program; Marketing Decision-Making; Sales Forecasting; Product Distribution: Definition, Channels of Distribution; Advertisement; Sales Management; Marketing Environment; Rural Marketing; International Marketing; Social Responsibility and Business Ethics.



Agriculture Field Office

Agriculture current affairs; Crop horticulture vegetables; Spacing time of sowing seed rate; Herbicides Pesticides; Important points regarding plants fruits vegetables; Preservation of fruits and vegetables; Types of cropping system; Different Diseases; Seed technology – Different government schemes; Agriculture economics –  Agriculture cost and schemes; Various types of agricultural practices; Soil resources; Indian soil; Green manures; Animal husbandry and technology; Different varieties of animals; Agriculture small industries like honey daily in the fisheries; Various diseases and its causes; Rural welfare activities in India; Different insurance schemes regarding agriculture; Development schemes.


IT Officer







Law Officer


Various Indian Laws and Acts with reading on the banking sector like contract acts; Laws related to partnerships; Laws related to companies; Laws related to firms etc. RBI functions; Relevant laws of negotiable instruments; Foreign Exchange; Securities; How to prevent money laundering; Bankers Book Evidence Act; Offenses and Penalties; Consumer Protection Act; Banking Ombudsman Scheme; RTI Act; DRT Act and Information Technology Act; The Banking Ombudsman Scheme; Procedure for Redressal of Grievance; Commercial Laws with Reference to Banking Operation; Contracts of Guarantee; Contracts of Bailment; Contracts of Pledge; Contracts of Agency; Meaning and Essentials of a Contract of Sale; Definition, Meaning, and Nature of Partnership.


HR/ Personnel Officer

Human Resource Management; Human Resource Development; Human Resource Information System; Transactional Analysis- Understanding TA- life stages; Recruitment & Selection; Training and Development; Rewards & Recognition; Performance Management & Appraisal; Management of Compensations and Benefits; Mobility of Personnel and Retirement; Business Policy and Strategic Analysis; Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Effectiveness: Concept of EI, theories; Managing change and organizational effectiveness; Management Process and Organizational Behaviour; Managing Interpersonal and Group Processes; Collective Bargaining and Negotiation process; Conflict Management; Grievance Management; Industrial Relations & Trade Unions; Labour Laws; Discipline : Principles of Natural Justice, Disciplinary Proceedings, Domestic Enquiry; Personnel problems and employee counseling -Labour turnover, absenteeism, alcoholic and drug abuse. Employee health, safety, and welfare.

Rajbhasha Adhikari

Professional Knowledge test for this post is a test of Hindi Language, the syllabus includes Reading Comprehension (related to women empowerment), Grammar, Synonym (पर्यायवाची), Translation and Word Meaning. As it is a test of Hindi language and translation, candidates should be well versed with Hindi Grammar and build their vocabulary.

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria


Age (as in 2016 notification): Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 30 years


The final criteria for IBPS PO Exam 2017 will be released along with the official notification. Educational Qualification (as in 2016 notification):

IT Officer:





Agricultural Field Officer:


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 



Rajbhasha Adhikari


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

OR

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



Law Officer


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



HR/Personnel Officer

Graduate and Full time Post Graduate degree or Full time Post Graduate diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law. 



Marketing Officer


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


IBPS SO Online Application 2017 


The online application for the recruitment of specialist officer will be released after the release of the official notification for the recruitment process.



IBPS SO Result 2017

IBPS will release the results in three stages after completion of each level Exam. The candidates selected in the rounds progress to the next one. Candidates can check the result from the direct link to official IBPS website as and when the results are announced.

IBPS SO Cut Off 2017

Following were the cut offs for various posts of Specialist Officers  recruitment in 2016 (out of 100):

Posts SC ST OBC UR
Agriculture Field Officer 31.20 29.20 34.80 35.00
Rajsabha Adhikari 52.00 46.60 55.60 52.60
Law Officer 48.00 31.80 51.60 57.40
HR/Personnel Officer 57.20 55.40 57.60 60.60
Marketing Officer 62.40 51.80 65.40 67.20