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Latest Updates About The IBPS Specialist Officer 2017 Exam: Important Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Result, Selection.

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IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) is an independent agency set by RBI in 1954, to induct quality human resource for the various posts of Public Sector Banks and Regional Rural Banks. IBPS since 2011 is entrusted with an authority to conduct a Common Entrance exam for the officer’s and clerical posts. IBPS invites applications from all over India and organizes exams on various centres of India for filling vacancies in the 29 Public sector Banks and Regional Rural Banks. It also recruits personnel for LIC, NABARD, IDBI, government PSU’s and departments. 

IBPS Specialist Officer exams is conducted every year for recruiting candidates for the specialized posts in the various Public sector banks of India. If the IBPS PO exam is meant for the generalist candidates, then the IBPS Specialist Officers exam is meant for the candidates who have qualifications in the specific field/discipline. Candidates who have earned their Bachelor’s degree in BE/B.Tech/MBA/MCA etc. are eligible to appear for the exam. They can make their career in the public banking sector by getting recruited as officers on the pay grade of Scale -1 as IT officer, Rajbhasa Adhikari, Agriculture field officer, Law officer, HR/ Personnel officer and Marketing officer. 

Read below for getting further details about the IBPS Specialist Officer VI 2017, Exam.

Eligibility for IBPS Specialist Officer

Nationality – The candidate should be a citizen of India.

Age Limit – The candidate should not be of less than 20 years of age and not be more than 30 years of age. It means he should not have been born earlier than 02.11.1986 and also should not have been born later than 01.11.1996.

However, the candidates of reserved category are given an age relaxation in their Upper age limit as follows –

Category of Candidate Relaxation of Upper Age limit
OBC 3 years
SC/ST 5 years
PWD 10 years
Ex-servicemen’s 5 years

•    Candidates from Jammu & Kashmir are given an age relaxation of 5 years.

•    Candidates who had been a sufferer of 1984 riots are also given an age relaxation of 5 years.

Educational Qualifications

•    The educational qualification of the candidate should be according to the posts for which he is applying. For example, if he is applying for the I.T. officer post then he should have done his B. E or B.Tech in the relevant course.
Find below the details of the relevant qualification for the different posts of the IBPS Specialist Officers 2017, exam.

Name of Posts Qualifications required ( from any government recognized University/Board/Inastitutions.
I-T Officer (Scale-1)

A candidate should have done either of the three–

1-    Bachelor’s degree of DOEACC ‘B’ level.

2-    B.E/B.Tech/4 years of Engineering in Information Technology/ Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communications/ Electronics & Instrumentation.

3-    PG in Electronics / Electronics & Tele-communications/ Electronics & Communications/ Electronic and Instrumentation/ Computer Application/Computer Science/Information Technology 


Law Officer (Scale-1) The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree of LLB and should be enrolled with the Bar council of India.
HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-1)

1-    Bachelor’s Degree or Post Graduate.

2-    Diploma holders should have done full time Post graduation in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/HR/HRD/Social Work/ Labour Law.

Rajbhasha Adhikari Officer ( Scale-1)

1-    PG in Hindi with English as one of the subject in graduation.

2-    PG in Sanskrit with Hindi and English as subjects in the graduation level.

Agriculture Officer ( Scale -1) Graduation, 4 years of Degree in Agriculture/Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/Dairy Science/ Fishery Science/ Agriculture & Marketing Co-operation/ Co-operation & Banking/ Agro –Forestry/ Forestry/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Food Science/ Agricultural Business Management/ Food Technology/ Dairy Technology/ Agricultural Engineering
Marketing Officer (Scale-1) Graduate/PG in MBA (Marketing), MBA (MMS)/ 2 years full time PGDBA/PGDBM/PGPM/PGDM.

•    The candidate should write their percentage of marks obtained not in decimal, rather it should be in round figures.

•    Those candidates who have received a CGPA should convert it into marks as per the guideline provided their institution for converting the CGPA.

IBPS Specialist Officer Admission Process

•    The Application form for the IBPS Specialist officer’s exam is available Online only. Application forms in other forms will not be available for the aforesaid exam.

•    The candidates are required to visit the official website of the IBPS to apply for the exam i.e. Here they must choose the option for the CWE-Specialist Officer’s exam. Through this link they will be directed on the Application form for the said exam.

•    Then the candidate is required to create their own account by clicking for the ‘New registration’. The registration is done by providing details about one’s name, mobile number and address. Once the registration is done candidates are given Provisional registration number and password which a candidate is required to keep it till the process of selection gets complete. The exam conducting authority send from time to time important updates and exam related intimations and documents on one’s registered email id. Hence it is advised that a candidate should have a valid email id and if he is not having that then he must create a new email id before applying for the exam.

•    With the provisional registration number and password, candidates are given access to the Application form which candidates can fill. Candidates should carefully fill the Application form. They should fill their details in all the specified columns. Before making final submission of the form they should first save the form and recheck it for making any corrections for errors.

•    They should upload the scanned copy of their photo and signature of the dimensions 4.5 c.m * 3.5 c.m. The signature in capital letters is not accepted. 

•    They should pay the Application Fee.

Application Fee

•    SC/ST/PWD Candidates should pay – Rs.100/.

•    Other candidates should pay –Rs.600/.

•    The Application Fee can be paid online as the Application form is integrated with the payment gateway. Candidates can pay through the Internet Banking, IMPS, Mobile wallet, Cash Cards, Debit Cards (RuPay/Visa/Master Cards/Maestro). If the payment is not made successfully then the candidates are advised to login again with their provisional registration number and id and make the requisite payment. After the payment is made an e-receipt is generated which should be kept by the candidates.

•    Candidate should also keep the copy of their Application form after making the final submission of it.

IBPS Specialist Officer Pattern (Syllabus)

There are 2 stages of the exam. In the 1st stage CWE (Common written exam) is held and then in the next stage those candidates who qualify in the 1st stage is called for the common interview round. One should qualify in both the stages of the of the exam.
The CWE (Common written exam) is different for different posts.

Pattern of Exam for Law Officer(scale-1) and Rajbhasha Adhikari(Scale-1)

Subject No. of question Marks. Duration (in minutes)
Reasoning 50 Qualifying marks 30
English Language 50 Qualifying marks 25
General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry 50 Qualifying marks 30
Professional Knowledge 50 80 35
Total 200 80 120 minutes

Pattern of Exam for IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer (all officers on Scale -1)

Subject No. of question Marks. Duration (in minutes)
Reasoning 50 Qualifying marks 30
English Language 50 Qualifying marks 25
Quantitative Aptitude 50 Qualifying marks 30
Professional Knowledge 50 80 35
Total 200 80 120 minutes

•    All the questions will be in English as well as Hindi, except the paper of English.

•    There is a scheme of negative marking. A mark of 0.25 is deducted for each wrong answer. No marks will be deducted for questions which are left unattended or unattempted by the candidate.

IBPS Specialist Officer Important Dates

Important IBPS SO Exam Dates.
About the exam. Tentative date
Start of the Online registration process 16th Nov. 2016 to 02.Dec.2016.
Application fee payment 16th Nov. 2016 to 02.Dec.2016.
Downloading of Admit card  After 16th Jan. 2017.
Exam date (subject to change if the need arises) Jan.28th –Jan 29th , 2017.
Result Feb.16, 2017.
Call letter for the Interview Feb. 24th ,2017.
Provisional Allotment of seats On and after April 04th ,2017.

 Some important details about the IBPS, Specialist Officer, 2017, Exam.

The cadre posts for which the candidates will be selected through the aforesaid exam is as follows-

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

The Banking institutions which are participating in the aforesaid exams are –

Name of Participating Banking Institutions Name of Participating Banking Institutions
Allahabad Bank IDBI Bank
Andhra Bank Indian Bank
Bank of Baroda Indian Overseas Bank
Bank of Maharashtra Oriental Bank of Commerce
Bank of India Punjab & Sind Bank
Canara Bank Punjab National Bank
Central Bank of India Syndicate Bank
Corporation Bank UCO Bank
Dena Bank Union Bank of India
Vijaya Bank United Bank of India


Exam Centres

The IBPS Specialist Officer’s 2017, Exam will be held across various centres of India. Almost in the capital city and the major city of every state and UT the IBPS Specialist Officer exam’s centre is there. The candidate can opt for the exam centre of their choice. However, the exam conducting authority reserves the right to change the centre of the exam of candidates.

Interview and Selection

Candidates who qualify in the CWE are called for the common round of an interview. Those who qualify in the interview also, get selected as the Specialist officer. 


Q. When will the IBPS Specialist Officer 2017, Exam will be held?

It will be held in the month of January 28th – Jan.29th, 2017.

Q. In how many stages the exam is held?

The exam of IBPS Specialist Officer is held in two stages. In the first stage Common written test is held and then in the second stage Interview is taken.

Q. What is the pattern of CWE of the IBPS Specialist Officer 2017, Exam?

The question papers of the exam have questions from the area of English language, Reasoning, Quantitative aptitude (depending upon the post for which exam is being taken) and professional knowledge in one’s areas of subject specialization. 

Q. If NRI/OCI are also eligible to appear for the exam?

No. The candidate should be a citizen of India to become eligible for the IBPS Specialist Officers exam.

Q. If there is any age relaxation for the candidates of reserved category?

Yes, candidates of reserved category are given an age relaxation in the upper age limit. For general candidate the Upper age limit is 30 years. The OBC Candidates are given 3 years of age relaxation. The candidates of SC/ST are given 5 years of age relaxation. And the PWD category candidates are given an age relaxation of 10 years.

Q. What should be the qualifications of candidates for the IBPS Specialist Officer’s 2017, Exam?

The candidate should have done is Graduation or Post-Graduation in the relevant subjects for the specific post of the exam for which he is applying as the Specialist Officer.

Q. What is the total number of questions that are given in the IBPS Specialist Officer’s 2017, Exam?

There are around 200 questions that a candidate is required to do in the IBPS Specialist Officer’s exam. There are various sections of the exam which a candidate should do to qualify in the exam. In the subject of their specialization they are required to score good marks as the marks scored in this area will be given a competitive edge over others. If a candidate scores a minimum qualifying marks, then he is called for an interview.

Q. What are the posts for which the IBPS Specialist Officers 2017, Exam is conducted?

The posts for which the IBPS Specialist Officer’s exam 2017, is conducted are – IT SO, Agriculture SO, Marketing SO, HR/Personnel SO, Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari SO.