RBI Specialist Officer (SO) Eligibility Criteria

On January 15, 2022 the Reserve Bank of India published the notification for various specialist officer posts like Legal Officer (Grade B), Manager (Technical-Civil), Library Professional Grade A etc. The details of the eligibility criteria for various posts are given in the tables below.

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Eligibility Criteria for RBI Specialist Officer (SO) Posts

The eligibility criteria for various SO posts in terms of educational qualification and experience is given in the table below.

Educational Qualification and Experience for RBI SO Posts 2021-2022

S.No. Post Name Eligibility Criteria
1 Legal Officer Grade B Educational Qualification

Essential: Bachelor’s Degree in Law from any University/ College/ Institution recognized by UGC and the Bar Council of India with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent in the aggregate of all semesters/ years. (Note: For SC/ ST and PwBD candidates, the minimum required marks shall be 45% in Bachelor’s degree in Law in the aggregate of all semesters/ years, if vacancies are reserved for them.)

Desirable: (a) Bachelor’s Degree in Law with 60% marks or equivalent in the aggregate of all semesters/ years or Master’s Degree in Law. (b) Proficiency in computer applications.

Experience

Essential: At least two years’ experience as an (i) Advocate/ Legal Consultant/ Legal Assistant/ Associate in an Advocates’ or Solicitors’ Office or Law firm after being enrolled with the Bar Council; or (ii) as a Legal Officer in the Legal Department of a large bank / financial institution / statutory corporation / company / State / Central Government; or (iii) as a full-time teacher in a Law College / University, teaching law.

Desirable: Special knowledge of Banking Law, Company Law, Labour Law and Constitutional Law and experience in drafting pleadings and documents.

2 Manager (Technical-Civil) Educational Qualification

Essential: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualification with a minimum of 60% marks (55% for SC/ST, if vacancies are reserved for them) or equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters/ years. Aggregate Grade Point or percentage of marks where awarded would mean aggregate over the entire duration of the course.

Desirable: Specialisation in Structural Engineering, Public Health Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Management, Project Management.

Experience

Essential: At least 3 years’ experience after graduation (in a position of independent responsibility equivalent to that of an Assistant Engineer) in a public/private limited organisation, including Hospitals/Banks/Financial Institutions/Planning/Designing/Construction/Large Office Buildings/ Multistoried Buildings/Housing Companies/residential campus based educational institutions and having experience in preparation and evaluation of tender papers.

Desirable: (i) Experience of administering construction projects in all its aspects and knowledge of PERT/ CPM techniques (ii) Working knowledge of Computer in Structural Design in CAM/ CAD / evaluation and analyzing of tenders with special references (iii) Working knowledge of Electro-mechanical services and electrical maintenance (iv) Working knowledge in structural rehabilitation works (v) Experience in Construction and Project Management (vi) Experience in Maintenance of Office and Residential Buildings (vii) Good drafting capacity.

3 Manager (Technical-Electrical) Educational Qualification

Essential: B.E./ B.Tech Degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical and Electronics Engineering with a minimum of 60% marks  (55% for SC/ST, if vacancies are reserved for them) or equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters/ years. Aggregate Grade Point or percentage of marks where awarded would mean aggregate over the entire duration of the course.

Desirable: Elective/ course papers in power electronics, Programmable logic controllers, electronic measurements, communication theory.

Experience

Essential: At least 3 years’ experience after graduation (in a position of independent responsibility equivalent to that of an Assistant Engineer) in a public/private limited organisation including Hospitals/ Banks/ Financial Institutions/ residential campus based educational institutions in planning/ designing/ execution of internal and external electrical installation work, large central air-conditioning plant, lift, communication systems and other associated services involved in large, multi-storey building projects including preparation, scrutiny and evaluation of tenders.

Desirable: (i) Working knowledge of electronic systems like CCTV surveillance systems, Addressable Security Alarm and Fire Alarm systems, EPABX, UPS system, etc. (ii) Experience in maintenance of lifts, pumps, air-conditioning plants, etc. (iii) Experience of administering construction projects in all its aspects and knowledge of PERT/CPM techniques (iv) Good drafting capability in English, ability to work with computers as regards Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint presentation.

4 Library Professional Grade A Educational Qualification

Essential: (i) Bachelor’s Degree in Arts/ Commerce/ Science and (ii) Master’s Degree in ‘Library Science’ or ‘Library and Information Science’ of a recognized University/ Institution.Desirable: (i) Diploma in ‘Computer Applications’ from a recognized University or Institute(ii) Qualified in the national level test (NET/ SLET/ SET) conducted by the UGC or any other agency approved by the UGC

(iii) Short-term/ crash course on content management, viz. Joomla, Drupal, etc

Experience

Essential: Three years’ professional experience in a library under Central/ State Government/ Autonomous or Statutory organisation/ PSU/ University or Recognized Research or Educational Institution or any major automated library.

5 Architect Grade A Educational Qualification

Essential: Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from reputed institutes recognized by Indian Universities with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent grade in aggregate of all semesters/ years. Aggregate Grade Point or percentage of marks where awarded would mean aggregate over the entire duration of the course. Registered with the Council of Architecture, New Delhi under the Architects Act of 1972. Working knowledge of Auto-CAD.

Desirable: At least Second-Class Post-Graduate degree in Architecture from a reputed Institution recognized by an Indian University.

6 Full-Time Curator Educational Qualification

Essential: Second Class Post-Graduation Degree with at least 55 percent marks from a recognized  University in History/ Economics/ Fine Arts/ Museology/ Numismatics/ Archaeology.

Desirable: (i) PhD in relevant field, (ii) Exposure to the latest Museum display techniques and methods as adopted in the museums in developed countries. (iii) Study or travel abroad in connection with any aspect of museums preferably in countries notable for museum development. (iv) Knowledge of Indian coins, currency, banking, Finance or epigraphy, Antiquities, Museum techniques, publications and educational activities., (v) Knowledge of Indian antiquities and antiquarian laws.,(vi) Some experience in curating exhibitions relating to numismatics/ banking heritage., (vii) Knowledge of basics of economics, (viii) Knowledge of banking and computer literacy., (ix) Working knowledge of modern digital computer and electronics interface, (x) At least 3 years of post- Master’s degree research experience in numismatics/ economic history in a recognized research institute/ university/ museum. (Documentary evidence of published work to be produced), (xi) Research publications relating to numismatics/ economic history

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Age Limit for RBI Specialist Officer Posts

Age limit for various RBI Specialist posts is given in the following table. Candidates who are preparing for the examination, should go through the age criteria and other requirements before applying for the exam.

Age Limit for RBI Specialist Officer (SO) Post

S.No. Post Name  Age (as on January 01, 2022)
1 Legal Officer Grade B A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years as on January 01, 2022 (candidates must have been born not earlier than 02-01-1990 and not later than 01-01-2001).

Upper age limit is relaxable by 3 years in case of candidates possessing LL.M. degree and 5 years in the case of candidates possessing Ph.D in Law. Refer Para 11 below for relaxation in upper age limit for specified categories. (Cumulative benefit is not allowed.)

2 Manager (Technical-Civil)

Manager- Technical-Electrical

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 35 years as on January 01, 2022 (candidates must have been born not earlier than 02-01-1987 and not later than 01-01-2001).
3 Library Professionals (Assistant Librarian) in Grade ‘A’ A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years as on January 01, 2022 (candidates must have been born not earlier than 02/01/1992 and not later than 01/01/2001).
4 Architect in Grade ‘A’ The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and should not be more than 30 years (candidates must have been born not earlier than 01/01/1992 and not later than 01/01/2001).
5 Curator on full time contract for RBI Museum at Kolkata The candidate must have attained the age of 25 years and should not be more than 50 years (candidates must have been born not earlier than January 01, 1972 and not later than 01/01/1997). ln case of PwBD candidates the upper age limit is relaxable up to 10 years subject to maximum age of the candidate shall not exceed 56 years as on January 01, 2022.

Age Relaxation for RBI Specialist Officer Posts

Candidates who belong to various reserved categories can avail relaxation. More details regarding age relaxation is given below.

Age Relaxation for RBI Specialist Officer Posts

S.No. Age Relaxation
Upper age for various categories given below are relaxable by:
(a) Three years in the case of OBC candidates if the posts are reserved for them.
(b) Five years in the case of:

i) SC/ST candidates, if the posts are reserved for them

ii) Ex-employees of banking institutions whose services had to be terminated for reasons of economy or as a result of bank going into liquidation and personnel retrenched from Government Offices after at least one year’s service and currently registered with Employment Exchange,

iii) Ex-servicemen (including Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers) provided applicants have rendered at least five years continuous Military Service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or on account of physical disability or have been released on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or on invalidment,

iv) Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers who have completed their initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service but whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues certificates that they would be released on selection within three months from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

(c) 10 years for PwBD (GEN/EWS) and PWBD (OBC/SC/ST) candidates wherever vacancies are not reserved for OBC/SC/ST candidates; 13 years for PwBD (OBC) candidates where vacancies are reserved for OBC candidates; and 15 years for PwBD (SC/ST) candidates where vacancies are reserved for SC/ST candidates.
(d) For eligible staff candidates, the relaxation in age limit is according to RBI Circular CO.HRMD.No.G-75/5599/05.01.01/2013-14 dated December 20, 2013.

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Frequently Asked Questions about RBI SO

What is the fullform of RBI SO?

RBI SO stands for Reserve Bank of India Specialist Officer.

What is the minimum age limit for RBI SO?

The lower age limit for all the eposts is 21 years except for the post of Curator,for which it is 25 years.

What are the number of different posts under RBI SO?

There are a total of 6 different posts for which RBI SO exam is conducted.

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