IBPS SO Exam 2021

Specialist Officer Exam

What is IBPS SO Exam?

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Specialist Officers (SO) are recruited periodically to man individual special posts in various departments like IT Officer, Field Officer, Law Officer, HR/Personnel or Management Officer, Marketing Officer, Sales Officer etc in participating banks across the country.

The candidates opting for these posts must have Graduate and Post Graduate Degree/Diploma in relevant field along with certain experience in the relevant field. IBPS conducts Common Recruitment Process (CRP) for selection of Specialist Officers (SO).

In recent years, the level of competition for bank exams has spurt exponentially. Graduates from any field of study can attempt this exam. We provide you details necessary for all preparation tips, syllabi, reference books, study material, exam pattern, etc. 


  • IT Officers (Scale-I)
  • Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I)
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)
  • Law Officer (Scale I)
  • HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
  • Marketing Officer (Scale I)

IBPS SO Exam Details 

Exam IBPS Specialist Officers (SO)
Organised by  Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Frequency  Once a year
Exam level National
Participating banks  11
Number of vacancies Approximately 700
Selection Process  Preliminary, Main & Interview 
Application mode  Online 
Exam mode Online 
Admit card type  Online 
Official website www.ibps.in 
Helpline numbers 1800-222-366 & 1800-103-4566 

IBPS SO 2021

The IBPS SO 2021 official notification for exam dates has been released on the official website. The Preliminary exam is going to be conducted on December 26, 2021, and the Main Exam will be held on January 30, 2022. Interested aspirants are advised to check all the important dates before kick-starting the online application process. 

IBPS SO Exam Dates 2021

Tentative Schedule of events is as follows:

Online-registration including Edit / Modifications of Application by candidates 03.11.2021 - 23.11.2021
Payment of Applications Fees / Intimation Charges (Online) 03.11.2021 - 23.11.2021
Download of call letters for Online Examinations - Preliminary December 2021
Online Examinations - Preliminary 26.12.2021
Results of Online exam - Preliminary January 18, 2022
Download of Call Letter for Online Exam - Main January 19, 2022
Online Examination - Main 30.01.2022
Declaration of Result of Online Main Examination February 2022
Download of call letters for interview February 2022
Conduct of Interview February / March 2022
Provisional Allotment April 2022

IBPS SO Main Admit Card 2022

IBPS has released the IBPS SO Main Admit Card on January 19, 2022 for the IBPS CRP SPL XI Main Exam 2022 a day after the release of the IBPS SO Prelims Result 2022 which will remain active till January 24, 2022. Candidates who have cleared IBPS SO Prelims Exam 2021 held on December 26, 2021 can download the IBPS SO Main Admit Card 2022 for appearing in the IBPS SO Main Exam 2022 scheduled on January 30, 2022 following the prescribed COVID guidelines and social distancing norms.

Candidates can download the IBPS SO Main Call Letter 2022 released on January 19, 2022 till January 30, 2022 for appearing in the IBPS SPL XL Main 2022 the results of which will be released in February 2022.

IBPS SO Main Admit Card 2022 Direct Link

IBPS SO Prelims Result 2021

IBPS today i.e. January 18, 2022 released the IBPS SO Prelims Result 2021 for filling 1,828 Specialist Officers (SO) posts to be posted in the participating banks across India. Candidates who have appeared for the IBPS SO Prelims Exam 2021 on December 26, 2021 can check their IBPS SO Prelims 2021 Result till January 24, 2022. 

Candidates whose names have appeared in the IPBS PO Prelims Result 2021 will be appearing for the IBPS SO Main Exam scheduled on January 30, 2022 amid COVID protocols. Candidates can check the IBPS SO Prelims 2021 Result till January 24, 2022 on the official IBPS portal ibps.in.

IBPS SO Prelims 2021 Result Direct Link

IBPS SO Notification 2021

IBPS released the Specialist Officers recruitment notification on November 3, 2021. Interested candidates can register for IBPS SO until the last date. IBPS SO exam notification 2020 (Common Recruitment Process (CRP) for Specialist Officers X) will be available on the official website. It will contain all the details including the number of vacancies, participating banks, educational qualification, age limit, the application process, exam dates, etc. Aspirants should check IBPS SO notification pdf meticulously before registering online for the exam. 

Download IBPS SO 2021 notification pdf 

IBPS SO Participating Banks

Bank of Baroda Central Bank of India Punjab & Sind Bank  
Bank of India Indian Bank UCO Bank    
Bank of Maharashtra Indian Overseas Bank Union Bank of India    
Canara Bank Punjab National Bank  

IBPS SO Vacancy 2021

IBPS releases the SO recruitment notification 2021 for a total of 647 vacancies. The online registration starts from November 3, 2021. The total vacancies will be divided into each and every post as shown below:

Post Total Vacancies
Agriculture Field Officer Scale-I 884
Marketing Officer Scale-I 535
IT Officer Scale-I 220
Law Officer Scale-I 44
HR/Personnel Officer Scale-I 61
Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale-I 84
Total 647

Candidates, intending to apply for IBPS SO should ensure that they fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria specified by IBPS. Click here to know more about the eligibility criteria with details.

Application Fee:

INR 175/- For SC/ST/PWD Candidates

INR 850/- For All Other Candidates 

Click here to know more about the details of payment mode and how to pay

IBPS SO Job Profile & Responsibilities 

IBPS SO IT Officer

  • IT officers are required to take care of the bank software systems
  • Based on experience IT SO has two scales: Scale I and Scale II
  • IT officers look after the maintenance of servers, database and other networking aspects

IBPS SO Law Officer

Law officer in a bank deals with the legal issues received from various departments of the Bank and its associated institutions. The law officers are responsible for:

  • Preparations of initial drafts of legislation administered/to be administered by the bank
  • Preparation of drafts of pleading and comprehensive instructions/briefs to counsel in connection with litigation involving the bank and its associated institutions
  • appearing before conciliation officers, labour courts, tribunals, etc. on behalf of the bank

IBPS SO Agricultural Field Officer

  • Agricultural Field Officer promotes loans in rural areas related to general and agricultural purposes
  • Agricultural Field Officer assists in client acquisition site visit before the loan sanctioning and follow-up for timely loan recovery

IBPS SO Marketing Officer

  • Marketing Officer is responsible for all marketing and social media and networking activities of the Bank
  • Marketing Officer develops various marketing concepts, objectives, materials, advertisements, programmes, press releases and other special events approved by Senior Management
  • Marketing Officer provides guidance and coordinates implementation efforts with respect to the installation of new or existing products and services
  • Marketing Officer is also responsible for being the primary contact for public relations and media contacts, advertising and certain business development activities

IBPS SO Rajbhasha Adhikari

  • Rajbhasha Adhikari takes care of the notice boards or the advertisements of the bank in media in English and Hindi
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari is in charge of the translation of official documents in English into Hindi

IBPS SO HR Officer 

  • HR/Personnel Officer handles the entire HR functions of the bank including Compensation policy, industrial relations, statutory compliances, performance management system, training and development, staff welfare and other aspects of HR management
  • HR/Personnel Officer also takes care of the recruitment notifications of the bank

IBPS SO Salary 

The salary structure for the IBPS SO is calculated considering all the perks offered to them. The pay scale for all the vacancies for Scale-I posts will be as follows:

Basic: INR 23,700/-

Pay Scale: INR 23700-980(7)-30560-1145(2)-32850-1310(7)-42020

The various allowances and benefits that are available along with IBPS Specialist Officers salary are as under:

Allowances Values
Dearness Allowance (DA) 36% of Basic
House Rent Allowance (HRA) 7% to 9% of Basic
Special Allowance (SA) 7.75 % of Basic
City Compensatory Allowance (CCA) 0%, 3%, & 4% of Basic
Provident Fund (PF) Contribution INR 3000-3500

Note: The salary is revised to time from time.

IBPS SO Promotion 

After getting shortlisted for IBPS Specialist Officers (SO), candidates will be placed as Junior Management Grade Scale (JMGS-I). He/she can grow till the General Manager level based on their performance. The IBPS SO career growth is as follow. 

Scale Designation Management
1 Office/ Assistant Manager Junior Management
2 Manager Junior Management
3 Senior Manager  Middle Management
4 Chief Manager Senior Management
5 Assistant General Manager Senior Management
6 Deputy General Manager Top Management
7 General Manager Top Management

Latest Updates

IBPS SO 2021 Interview Call Letters Released

IBPS has released the Specialist Officer (SO) interview call letter 2021. Candidates who have qualified for the personality examination can download the interview call letter from the official website - ibps.in.


Candidates should enter their login credentials to download the interview call letter. The window will open till February 27, 2021. The schedule of the interview is expected to be released soon on the official site.

12 February 2021
IBPS SO Mains Scorecard Released

IBPS Insthas released the Specialist Officers (SO) Mains scorecard 2020. Candidates can download their scorecard on the official site with their login credentials. The scorecard will be available to candidates from February 9 to February 28, 2021.

Institute has conducted the main examination on January 24, 2021. The result was announced on February 4, 2021. 

9 February 2021
IBPS SO Mains Result 2021 Declared

IBPS has released the Specialist Officers (SO) Mains result 2021 in online mode. Candidates can access the IBPS SO Mains result on the official website using their registration number/roll number and date of birth or password.

The IBPS SO mains exam was conducted on January 24, 2021. Candidates who qualified in the mains will be called for the interview round. The provisional allotment will be in April 2021. 


5 February 2021
IBPS SO 2021 Exam Dates Announced

IBPS has released the exam dates of Specialist Officers (SO). One can check the exam dates on the official website - www.ibps.in. 

IBPS Specialist Officers (PO) Exam Dates 2021

Preliminary Examination: December 18 and 26, 2021

Main Examination: January 20, 2022

It has also released the exam dates of Specialist Officer (SO), Regional Rural Banks (RRB) and Clerk.

4 February 2021
IBPS SO Mains Admit Card 2021 Released

IBPS has released Specialist Officers (SO) admit card 2021 for the main examination. Candidates who have qualified in the preliminary examination can download the mains admit card from the official site of IBPS on ibps.in.

The SO Mains admit card will be available till January 24, 2021. The online written exam will be held on January 24.  Candidates should enter their login credentials to download the admit card. 

The main exam is for the posts of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer.

9 January 2021
IBPS SO Prelims Result 2020 Declared
IBPS SO Admit Card 2020 Released
IBPS SO 2020 Notification Released For 647 Vacancies
IBPS SO Final Result 2020 Released
IBPS SO Provisional Allotment Postponed Due To COVID-19
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