IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) 2017 -2018

IBPS conducts common recruitment process for specialist officers’ cadre (IBPS SO) for various posts once a year. This is a shining opportunity for candidates who have a technical or specialized degree in the different fields (IT, Agriculture, Law, HR and Marketing). IBPS also conducts different recruitment process for all graduates for the posts of Probationary Officer (PO) and clerk (Office Assistant).

The common recruitment process for the post of Specialist Officer in banks is conducted for the following posts:

  • IT Officer ( Scale – I )
  • Agriculture Field Officer ( Scale – I )
  • Law Officer V( Scale – I )
  • HR / Personal Officer ( Scale – I )
  • Marketing Officer ( Scale – I )
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari ( Scale – I )

The tentative schedule of events is as follows:


Tentative Dates
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates07.11.2017- 27.11.2017
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online)07.11.2017- 27.11.2017
Download of call letters for Online examination – PreliminaryDecember 2017
Online Examination – Preliminary30.12.2017 & 31.12.2017
Result of Online exam – PreliminaryJanuary 2018
Download of Call letter for Online exam – MainsJanuary 2018
Online Examination – Mains28.01.2018
Declaration of Result of Online Mains ExaminationFebruary 2018
Download of call letters for interviewFebruary 2018
Conduct of interviewFebruary 2018
Provisional AllotmentApril 2018


Age (As on 01.11.2017): Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 30 years i.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.11.1987 and not later than 01.11.1997 (both dates inclusive).

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2017

This year IBPS has introduced a major change in recruitment process of Specialist Officers.

IBPS SO Pre Exam 2017 Exam Pattern:

For IT Officer, Law Officer,  Agriculture Field Officer, HR , Marketing Officer (Scale I)

Sr. No.SectionNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1.Reasoning5050120 minutes
2.English Language5025
3.Quantitative Aptitude5050

For Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I):

Sr. No.SectionNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1.Reasoning5050120 minutes
2.English Language5025
3.General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry5050

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

For the post of IT Officer, Law Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR, Marketing Officer (Scale I)

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMarksMediumDuration
Professional Knowledge6060English & Hindi45 minutes

For Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I):

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMarksMediumDuration
Professional Knowledge (Objective)4560English & Hindi45 minutes
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive)245 minutes

Syllabus for IBPS SO

Reasoning Ability:
Seating Arrangements
Direction Sense
Blood Relation
Order and Ranking
Machine Input-Output
Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
Data Sufficiency
Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement, and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument).


English Language
· Reading Comprehension
· Cloze Test
· Fillers
· Sentence Errors
· Vocabulary based questions
· Sentence Improvement
· Jumbled Paragraph
· Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement).


Quantitative Aptitude
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)
Inequalities (Quadratic Equations)
Number Series
Approximation and Simplification
Data Sufficiency
Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns).


IBPS SO Professional Knowledge Syllabus

The syllabus of Professional Knowledge is field specific for post of IT Officer, Law Officer,  Agriculture Field Officer, HR , Marketing Officer.

IT Officer

C Programming Basics, MS Office, Windows OS, and Programming, DBMS Types / Advantages/function, Data Communication & Networking, Operating system functions, Network Security, Web Technologies, Basic Programming Concepts, Basics of hardware (Microprocessor, timer, ALU, etc.), Software Engineering.

Law Officer
Various Indian Laws and Acts with reading on the banking sector like contract acts; Laws related to partnerships; Laws related to companies; Laws related to firms etc. RBI functions; Relevant laws of negotiable instruments; Foreign Exchange; Securities; How to prevent money laundering; Bankers Book Evidence Act; Offenses and Penalties; Consumer Protection Act; Banking Ombudsman Scheme; RTI Act; DRT Act and Information Technology Act; The Banking Ombudsman Scheme; Procedure for Redressal of Grievance; Commercial Laws with Reference to Banking Operation; Contracts of Guarantee; Contracts of Bailment; Contracts of Pledge; Contracts of Agency; Meaning and Essentials of a Contract of Sale; Definition, Meaning, and Nature of Partnership.

Agriculture Field Office
Agriculture current affairs; Crop horticulture vegetables; Spacing time of sowing seed rate; Herbicides Pesticides; Important points regarding plants fruits vegetables; Preservation of fruits and vegetables; Types of cropping system; Different Diseases; Seed technology – Different government schemes; Agriculture economics – Agriculture cost and schemes; Various types of agricultural practices; Soil resources; Indian soil; Green manures; Animal husbandry and technology; Different varieties of animals; Agriculture small industries like honey daily in the fisheries; Various diseases and its causes; Rural welfare activities in India; Different insurance schemes regarding agriculture; Development schemes.

HR/ Personnel Officer
Human Resource Management; Human Resource Development; Human Resource Information System; Transactional Analysis- Understanding TA- life stages; Recruitment & Selection; Training and Development; Rewards & Recognition; Performance Management & Appraisal; Management of Compensations and Benefits; Mobility of Personnel and Retirement; Business Policy and Strategic Analysis; Emotional Intelligence and Managerial Effectiveness: Concept of EI, theories; Managing change and organizational effectiveness; Management Process and Organizational Behaviour; Managing Interpersonal and Group Processes; Collective Bargaining and Negotiation process; Conflict Management; Grievance Management; Industrial Relations & Trade Unions; Labour Laws; Discipline : Principles of Natural Justice, Disciplinary Proceedings, Domestic Enquiry; Personnel problems and employee counseling -Labour turnover, absenteeism, alcoholic and drug abuse. Employee health, safety, and welfare.

Marketing Officer Syllabus
Marketing Overview and Marketing Process and Marketing Planning; Concept, Nature, Scope and Importance of Marketing; Functions, and Importance of Marketing Management; Consumer/ Buyer Behavior; Market Segmentation: Importance of Market Segmentation; Marketing Research; Product Planning and Development Sales Promotion and its Objectives; Branding, Packaging, and Labeling; Pricing Decisions: Pricing, Pricing Decision Strategies; Wholesale and Retail Trade; Services Marketing; Bank and Insurance Marketing; Consumer Protection in India: List of Consumer Rights, Consumer Protection Act; Marketing Organization; Marketing Program; Marketing Decision-Making; Sales Forecasting; Product Distribution: Definition, Channels of Distribution; Advertisement; Sales Management; Marketing Environment; Rural Marketing; International Marketing; Social Responsibility and Business Ethics.


Rajbhasha Adhikari
Professional Knowledge test for this post is a test of Hindi Language, the syllabus includes Reading Comprehension (related to women empowerment), Grammar, Synonym (पर्यायवाची), Translation and Word Meaning. As it is a test of Hindi language and translation, candidates should be well versed with Hindi Grammar and build their vocabulary.

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