IBPS SO Recruitment 2024: 1402 Posts, Notification Exam Date, Selection Process

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has announced the much-awaited IBPS SO Recruitment 2024, offering a significant opportunity for candidates aspiring to join as Specialist Officers in various public sector banks across India. This comprehensive guide provides insights into the application process, eligibility criteria, vacancies, and important dates for IBPS SO 2024.

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts IBPS SO Recruitment every year to select eligible candidates for the posts mentioned below:

  1. Agriculture Field Officer
  2. Marketing Officer (Scale I)
  3. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)
  4. IT Officer (Scale I)
  5. Law Officer (Scale I)
  6. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)


Overview of IBPS SO Recruitment 2024

IBPS, known for conducting recruitment exams for banks and financial institutions, has released the notification for Specialist Officer (SO) Recruitment 2024. This year, IBPS aims to fill 1402 vacancies in different categories such as IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer (AFO), Rajbasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer (MO).


IBPS SO Recruitment 2024

The IBPS SO Recruitment process to select Specialist officers through IBPS SO 2024 is done in three phases:

1. Online Preliminary Exam

2. Online Mains Exam

3. Interview Process



IBPS SO 2024- Exam Summary

IBPS SO Recruitment 2024- Overview
Organisation Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Post Specialist Officer (SO)
Exam Level National
Vacancy To be notified
Participating Banks 11
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Online
IBPS SO Recruitment Process Prelims, Main Exams, Interview
Education Qualification Graduates or relevant degree
Age Limit 20 years to 28 years
Application Fee SC/ST/PWD- Rs.175
General and Others- Rs. 850
IBPS Official Website www.ibps.in


Application Process

To apply for IBPS SO Recruitment 2024, follow these steps:

  1. Visit Official Website: Go to www.ibps.in
  2. Registration: Click on the registration link and fill in basic details.
  3. Login: Use the provided credentials to log in and fill out the application form.
  4. Upload Documents: Upload scanned copies of photograph, signature, and necessary documents.
  5. Payment: Pay the application fee online through the provided payment gateway.
  6. Submit: Review the application form and submit it.
  7. Print: After successful submission, print the application form for future reference.



IBPS SO 2024- Important Dates

IBPS SO 2024- Important Dates
Activity IBPS SO 2024 Dates
IBPS SO Notification 2024 June/July 2024
Online Registration Starts From
Last Date to Apply Online for IBPS SO
IBPS SO Prelims Admit Card 2024
Commencement of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam 9th November 2024
IBPS SO Mains Exam Date 2024 14th December 2024


IBPS SO Vacancy 2024

The vacancies are distributed across various posts as follows:

  • IT Officer: 120 posts
  • Agriculture Field Officer (AFO): 500 posts
  • Rajbasha Adhikari: 41 posts
  • Law Officer: 10 posts
  • HR/Personnel Officer: 31 posts
  • Marketing Officer (MO): 700 posts
IBPS SO Vacancy 2023
Posts Vacancies
AFO 500
HR/Personnel 31
IT 120
Law 10
Marketing 700
Rajbhasha 41
Total  1402


IBPS SO 2024 Application Fee

S No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD Rs.175/- (Intimation Charges only)
2 General and Others Rs. 850/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)



IBPS SO 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The IBPS SO eligibility criteria is different for recruiting candidates to different positions for which the candidates are selected through IBPS SO 2024 Exam. There are three parameters (citizenship, age limit and educational qualification) that a candidate needs to fulfill to be eligible for IBPS SO Recruitment 2024.

The Citizenship Criteria for a candidate to be eligible for IBPS SO 2024 exam is discussed below:

Citizenship Criteria • A resident of India
• A subject of Nepal
• Tibetan refugees who came to India before 1st January 1962 and have planned to settle in India permanently
• A subject of Indian Origin migrated from Burma, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Uganda, Kenya,
United Republic of Tanzania, Namibia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Vietnam



IBPS SO Educational Qualifications

IBPS SO recruits candidates for various posts like that of I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer etc.

S No. Name of the Post Educational Qualification
1. I.T. Officer (Scale I) 1)Four years engineering/Technology degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
2) Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
Graduates having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam
2. Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) 4 years graduation degree in agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ dairy Science/ Agricultural engineering/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing and cooperation/ Co-Operation and Banking/ Agro-Forestry
3. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) Post Graduate in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation or degree level OR Post Graduate Degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject at graduation level
4. Law Office (Scale I) A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
5. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Graduate and Full Time Post Graduate Degree or Full time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law
6. Marketing Officer (Scale I) Graduate and Full-Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing



IBPS SO Age Limit

S No Category Age Relaxation
1. Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
2. Other Backward Class (OBC) 3 years
3. Person with Disability (PWD) 10 years
4. Ex-Servicemen/Commissioned Officers including ECOS (Emergency Commissioned Officers)/ SSCOs (Short Service Commissioned Officers) who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of Assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within 1 year from last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by the way of dismissal/discharge on the account of misconduct/inefficiency/physical disability attributable to military service 5 years
5. Person ordinarily domiciled in the Jammu and Kashmir province during the period 1.01.1980 and 31.12.1989 5 years
6. Person affected by 1984 riots 5 years



IBPS SO 2024 Exam Pattern

IBPS will utilize the following detailed exam pattern for selecting eligible candidates for the IBPS SO 2024 Exam. Last year, IBPS introduced separate sectional timing for each section in the preliminary exam. Let’s review the revised IBPS SO Exam Pattern.

The preliminary exam serves as a qualifying phase for the mains, and candidates must meet the cut-off scores in the prelims to be eligible for the Mains exam.

IBPS SO 2024 Prelims Exam Pattern: There are two distinct patterns for the IBPS SO prelims examination, depending on the posts. The exam features sectional cut-offs, and candidates must clear all sections to pass the preliminary exam of IBPS SO 2024.

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

S No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
1 English Language 50 25 English 40 minutes
2 Reasoning 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
Total 150 125 120 minutes

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari:

S No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
1 English Language 50 25 English 40 minutes
2 Reasoning 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
3 General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 English and Hindi 40 minutes
Total 150 125 120 minutes


IBPS SO 2024 Syllabus

The IBPS SO 2024 syllabus is crafted distinctly for Rajsabha Adhikari and other Specialist Officer roles. It includes separate syllabi for the Preliminary and Mains Exams. It’s crucial for all candidates applying for the IBPS SO 2024 Exam to review the syllabus thoroughly to prepare effectively.

In addition to the primary sections of English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning, candidates must also be proficient in their specific area of expertise or Specialization Subjects.

Here is a detailed look at the syllabus for the IBPS SO 2024 exam:

Reasoning Ability English Language Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness
  1. Seating Arrangements
  2. Puzzles
  3. Inequalities
  4. Syllogism
  5. Input-Output
  6. Data Sufficiency
  7. Blood Relations
  8. Order and Ranking
  9. Alphanumeric Series
  10. Distance and Direction
  11. Verbal Reasoning
  1. Cloze Test
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Spotting Errors
  4. Sentence Improvement
  5. Sentence Correction
  6. Para Jumbles
  7. Fill in the Blanks
  8. Para/Sentence Completion
  1. Number Series
  2. Data Interpretation
  3. Simplification/ Approximation
  4. Quadratic Equation
  5. Data Sufficiency
  6. Mensuration
  7. Average
  8. Profit and Loss
  9. Ratio and Proportion
  10. Work, Time and Energy
  11. Time and Distance
  12. Probability
  13. Relations
  14. Simple and Compound Interest
  15. Permutation and Combination
  1. Current Affairs
  2. Banking Awareness
  3. GK Updates
  4. Currencies
  5. Important Places
  6. Books and Authors
  7. Awards
  8. Headquarters
  9. Prime Minister Schemes
  10. Important Days

Apart from these subjects, candidates are required to have Professional Knowledge in his/her area of expertise as well. The detailed syllabus is discussed below:

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


IBPS SO 2024 Admit Card

The admit card for the IBPS SO 2024 exam will be available 10 to 15 days before the exam date. The Preliminary exam is scheduled for November 9, 2024, with the Mains exam on December 14, 2024. Candidates can expect the Preliminary Exam admit card to be released in the first week of November 2024, and the Mains Exam admit card in the first or second week of December 2024. Only candidates who qualify for the Preliminary Exam will receive the admit card for the Mains Exam.



IBPS SO Exam 2024 Result

The IBPS SO Result 2024 will be announced after each phase of the exam is completed. The final merit list is compiled based on the cumulative scores of the Mains Exam and the interview process. The Preliminary Exam is primarily a qualifying round to shortlist candidates for the Mains Exam. The merit list is created in descending order of marks obtained by candidates. Those who make it to the merit list will receive an appointment letter from the bank of their choice.



IBPS SO Exam Cut-Off 2024

The IBPS SO Cut-Off 2024 will be published after each phase of the examination. The cut-off for the IBPS SO Preliminary Exam will be released first, followed by the cut-off for the Mains Exam. Candidates can assess their chances of selection by comparing their scores with the cut-off marks released by IBPS for the IBPS SO Exam.

Here’s a look at the previous years’ Prelims cut-off for the IBPS SO Exam:

IBPS SO Prelims Cut Off 2023
I.T. OFFICER 52.75 42.25 54.38 49.75 54.38 14.63 37.88 23.88 21.38
AGRICULTURAL FIELD OFFICER 36.88 34.13 36.88 36.88 36.88 20.13 33.88 31.75 22.38
RAJBHASHA ADHIKARI 12.63 8.88 12.63 12.63 12.63 NA 12.25 11.13 NA
LAW OFFICER 31.63 35.63 32.50 31.88 35.63 15.50 24.75 13.88 NA
HR/PERSONNEL  39.38 39.38 39.38 39.38 39.38 24.38 26.63 22.63 47
MARKETING OFFICER 10.13 9.88 9.38 19.75 20.13 16.75 9.13 14.88 52.75


Pre-Exam Training

IBPS also provides pre-exam training for SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates at designated centers. This training, aimed at leveling the playing field, covers exam strategies, time management tips, and common mistakes to avoid.




IBPS SO Recruitment 2024 presents a lucrative opportunity for candidates seeking specialized roles in the banking sector. Aspiring candidates should regularly check the official IBPS website for updates on the application process, exam dates, and other relevant information. Prepare diligently for the exams by referring to official study materials and previous years’ question papers to enhance your chances of success.

Stay tuned to www.ibps.in for the latest updates and notifications regarding IBPS SO Recruitment 2024. Start preparing early to secure your place as a Specialist Officer in one of India’s leading public sector banks!

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