The IBPS is a government-owned recruiting agency specifically aimed at recruiting banking personnel. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance.

The IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) has many posts for Specialised Officers (SO). There are many criteria that candidates need to fulfil in order to attempt the exam. 

This article will focus on the educational criteria. For detailed information in IBPS Eligibility Criteria, visit the linked article.

What those posts are and what are the educational qualifications required for applying will be given in detail in this article.

This article will give details about posts of the IBPS SO Exam.

Candidates preparing for the Government Exams can find the following links useful:

Educational Qualification for IBPS SO Posts

The Educational Qualifications for the various IBPS SO Posts are given in the table below:

IBPS SO Posts 
Posts  Educational Qualification
I.T. Officer 4 year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer

  • Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics &3
  • Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics &
  • Instrumentation r
  • Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications or Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
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/ Sericulture
Rajbhasha Adhikari
  • Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree

(graduation) level

  • 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 Two Years Full time Post Graduate degree or Two Years Full

time Post Graduate diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/

HR / HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law

Marketing Officer Graduate and Two Years Full time MMS (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing 


  • In case of dual specialisations, one of the fields of specialisation should be in the field prescribed. 
  • In case of major/ minor specialisations, major specialisation should be in the stream prescribed. 
  • Candidates having PG Degree (MMS or MBA)/PG Diploma with more than two specialisations are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates should ensure that the educational qualification possessed by them shall be as per the prescribed educational qualifications mentioned in the advertisement and they fulfill the above eligibility criteria. 
  • No equivalent educational qualification shall be considered as eligible by IBPS or Participating Banks.

To know more about Bank exams, candidates can visit the linked article.

Frequently Asked Questions about IBPS SO Posts


What is IBPS SO AFO?

The AFO stands for Agricultural Field Officer.

How can one apply for the IBPS SO Exam?

The candidates who wish to apply for the recruitment process must submit their applications along with the required documents through an online mode only.

Can final year degree students apply for IBPS SO Exam?

One can definitely apply for the IBPS PO exam. The eligibility criteria for the IBPS PO exam with respect to educational qualification is that, a candidate must have done graduation in any discipline or equivalent qualification from a recognised university.
Related Links
IBPS SO Books IBPS SO Salary 
IBPS SO eligibility IBPS SO syllabus
IBPS SO Apply Online IBPS SO exam dates 
IBPS SO Mock Test IBPS SO Previous years Question Papers


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