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The IBPS SO Exam is held just once, every year. The pattern of IBPS SO is no different than that of IBPS PO if CEW and interview are considered. But a bank SO is a specialized bank job profile. Once a candidate is recruited as a Specialized Officer, he/she  is designated to a particular department according to the specialization.

Institute of banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) recently declared notification of Recruitment process of IBPS SP VII Exam. Applicants can apply for various fields under this exam such as IT Officer (Scale-I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I), Law Officer (Scale-I), Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-I),Marketing Officer (Scale-I) and HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) Posts.

Bank SO (IT Officer)

A bank IT Officer as per the name; is recruited in the IT department holds the key to optimizing, managing and controlling numerous tasks in the bank system. As an IT Officer, you could get to head the following services

  • ATM related queries
  • Data center support and Maintenance
  • MIS and Software Maintenance
  • Query processing and Network Security Maintenance

For IT Officer (Scale I):- Candidate must a complete 4 year Engineering Degree in Computer Science /Information Technology / Computer Applications/  Electronics/ Information Technology /Electronics & Communication / Electronics & Telecommunications / Electronics & Instrumentation or  Post Graduate Degree in Electronics / Computer Science / Electronics & Instrumentation / Electronics and Communication / Electronics and Telecommunication / Computer Applications or Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level.

Bank SO (Agricultural Field Officer)

This SO is mostly assigned in rural branches of the bank. The tasks assigned to the Agricultural Officer are quite challenging. As an Agricultural Officer, you could get to head the following services.

  • Providing detailed information regarding various banking process and schemes to all the customers. Keep the language as simple as possible depending on the crowd
  • Emphasise on Govt. related schemes and benefit plans to people
  • Promote loans to people who fulfil criteria of the bank.

For Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I):- Candidate must have a complete 4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture / Agro Marketing & Cooperation/ Veterinary Science /Animal Husbandry/ Fishery Science/ /Dairy Science / Horticulture / Agriculture Engineering / Pisciculture /Agro-Forestry/ Co-operation & Banking/.

Bank SO (Rajbhasha Adhikari):

Hindi being our national language is yet rarely used in India, hence to overcome this; the bank decided to position a highly educated candidate at the position of Rajbhasha Adhikari. As an Rajbhasha Adhikari, you could get to head the following services.

  • Translation and proof read of the documents circulated within the banks.
  • Organizing training for bank personnels to make them efficient with the language mostly used by the customers.
  • All the documents shared between banking Govt. organizations must be in Hindi and English Language, this is ensured by Rajbhasha Adhikari

For Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I):- Candidates must have  Post graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the graduation level OR Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation level

Bank SO (Law Officer)

The specialist as Law officer, as per the name; handles all the legal work of bank. As a Law Officer Officer, you could get to head the following services

  • Looking into current and ongoing policies and detect errors if any.
  • Provide legal assistance to the issues related to bank funds.
  • Draft various legal notice and documents for different processes in the Bank.
  • Safeguard reputation and integrity of Bank.

For Law Officer (Scale I):- enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council and a Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB).

Bank SO (HR Officer)

These specialist officers look into Human Resource Activities. As a Marketing Officer Officer, you could get to head the following services

  • Analysis of existing HR policies. Suggesting the needful changes.
  • Implementation of new policies to bring out positive working environment within the employees.
  • Handle any case of miss conduct that requires attention of HR department.
  • If needed, but mostly needed; to be a part of Section and Recruitment Committee.

For HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I):- Graduate and Regular Post Graduate degree or Regular Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations/ Labour Law/ Personnel Management / HRD/ HR/ Social Work/.

Bank SO (Marketing Officer)

The marketing profile can be quite hectic, but this is the perfect chance for the candidates who love new challenges every new day. The primary responsibility of a Marketing Officer is to bring in new business to the bank and increase profit as much as possible.As a Marketing Officer Officer, you could get to head the following services

  • Preparation of cost-effective budget for advertising and promotion of the bank.
  • Managing bank PR department to pursue with the positive image of the bank.

For Marketing Officer (Scale I):- Graduate and Full-time MBA (Marketing) / PGDBM with specialization in Marketing/ Full time 2 years PGDMA.

IBPS SO Recruitment Exam Pattern:

According to the Exam Pattern for IBPS SO Recruitment after the participant has successfully submitted IBPS SO Online Application form, the applicant must check SO Exam Pattern so that they have an idea of IBPS SO Exam and focus on the right way to crack IBPS exam easily.

IBPS SO Preliminary- Mains Exam Pattern:

Sr. No. Test Name Questions Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 35 35 1 hour
2 English Language 30 30
3 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
4 Total 100 100

IBPS Prelims Paper Pattern for Law officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Sr. No. Test Name Questions Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 35 35 1 hour
2 English Language 30 30
3 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
4 Total 100 100

IBPS SO Main Exam Pattern:

Sr. No. Test Name Questions Marks Duration
1 Professional Knowledge 100 100 1 hour
Total 100 100

Banks Participating in IBPS SO Recruitment:

The following are the banks that participate in the recruitment process of IBPS SO Post.

Allahabad Bank
Andhra Bank
Bank of Baroda
Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra
Bharatiya Mahila Bank
Canara Bank
Central Bank of India
Corporation Bank
Dena Bank
IDBI bank
Indian Bank
Punjab & Sind Bank
Indian Overseas Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Punjab & Sind Bank
Punjab National Bank
Vijaya Bank
Syndicate Bank
UCO bank
Union Bank of India
United Bank of India
Any other bank or financial institution