RBI SO 2021 (Specialist Officer): Exam Schedule, Eligibility, Registration, Syllabus & Admit Card


RBI, the central banking institution of India, controls the monetary policy of the Indian currency and plays a pivotal role in the ‘Development Strategy of the Government of India’. In order to operate the monetary system, the central bank recruits skilled personnel for various positions. The RBI SO exam 2021 will be conducted to recruit candidates for various posts like Data Analytics, Human Resource Management, Risk Modelling, Professional Copy Editing, Finance and Forensic Audit, the Reserve Bank conducts the Specialist Officer.

RBI SO 2021 Latest Notification – The Reserve Bank of India will tentatively release the online RBI SO application form in the third week of August 2021. The RBI SO 2021 exam will be held in the month of September.

RBI Specialist Officer 2021 Overview

Name of Exam

RBI Specialist Officer (SO)



Conducting Authority

Reserve Bank of India


Recruitment of Specialist Officer

Exam Type


Exam Level

National Level


Data Analytics

Forensic Audit


Risk Modelling

Professional Copy Editing

Human Resource Management

Exam Mode


Official Website


Exam Date

Last week of September 2021 (Tentative)

Available Application Forms

RBI SO 2021 Important Dates

The tentative schedule for the RBI SO exam 2021 is as under:

RBI Specialist Officer 2021 Events

RBI SO 2021 Important Dates (Tentative)

Online application process starts

3rd week of August 2021

Last date to submit application forms

2nd week of September 2021

Remit application fee

3rd week of August to 2nd week of September 2021

Last date to edit application forms

2nd week of September 2021

Admit card available

One week before the exam commences

Exam to be commenced

Last week of September 2021

Result to be announced

November 2021


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RBI SO 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

There will be three papers, and the duration of each paper is 90 minutes, carrying 100 marks (each). The exam will be conducted in both online and offline modes. Negative marking is applicable in case of incorrect answers. The medium of the exam is English.


Mode/ Exam Type


No. of Questions



Paper I

Online/ Objective

Professional required in the specialisation area

65 questions

100 marks

90 minutes

Paper II

Online/ Descriptive



100 marks

90 minutes

Paper III

Offline/ Descriptive

Candidates will have questions on the computer screen

Professional required in the specialisation area

Minimum 5 questions to be answered out of 10

100 marks

90 minutes







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Interview –

Those who make it to the qualifying list will be called in for the Interview. The Reserve Bank decides and schedules the Interview. Candidates are advised to check their names and roll numbers after the announcement of the result. The Interview will be conducted in either Hindi or English. Applicants can opt for the preferred language. It will be 50 marks.

RBI SO 2021 Syllabus

The Board prescribes a paper-wise syllabus for the RBI Specialist Officer 2021 examination. Paper-II tests English skills and covers Business/Office Correspondence, Essay, Comprehension, Precis Writing, etc. Candidates need to study Finance, Data Analytics, Risk Modelling, Forensic Audit, Professional Copy Editing and Human Resource Management.

RBI SO 2021 Eligibility

Before filling up the application form, candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria. Forms submitted with improper details will be disqualified in the due course. As per the authorised website, “at any stage, it is found that you do not satisfy the eligibility criteria as given in the  advertisement or the  information  furnished by you  in  the application is incorrect, your candidature is liable to be cancelled forthwith with such further action as the Board/RBI may like to take.” Check out the eligibility parameters such as nationality, academic qualification, work experience, age limit and more below.

Nationality –

  • The candidates must have Indian citizenship.
  • Subjects of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan refugees who migrated to India (before 1st January 1962) with the intention of permanently staying here
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, Zaire, Vietnam, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania and Malawi.

Academic Requirements –

Different posts have different educational qualifications set. Check out the academic qualification along with work experience for the following positions.

  • Data Analytics:
    • Must have completed a 2-year MBA in Finance/ M.Stat with 55% marks in aggregate from an Indian University recognised by AICTE/ Government bodies or foreign institutes
    • 3 years of work experience as data entry operator in a scheduled commercial bank
  • Finance:
    • Must hold PG in Economics/ MBA (Finance)/ Commerce/ PGDM (Finance) with 55% marks from a recognised Indian/ foreign institute
    • Must have worked in a systematically important NBFC/ scheduled commercial bank for 3 years
  • Human Resource Management:
    • PG in Human Resource Management/ Labour Welfare/ Personnel Management from a recognised Indian/ foreign institute
    • Should have worked in the industry of Human Resource Management/ Industrial Relations/ Personnel Management in banks for three years
  • Risk Modelling:
    • Must hold PG in Economics/ MBA (Finance)/ Commerce/ PGDM (Finance) with 55% marks from a recognised Indian/ foreign institute
    • Must have worked in a systematically important NBFC/ scheduled commercial bank for 3 years
  • Professional Copy Editing:
    • Must have done PG in English with 55% marks from a recognised Indian/ foreign institute
    • Knowledge of Hindi is preferable
    • Must have 3 years of experience in a Publishing House
  • Forensic Audit:
    • ICWA/ CA with certificate course on Forensic Accounting and Fraud Detection by ICAI
    • 3 years experience in forensic audit in Central or State Government Undertaking

Age Limit –

  • Minimum Age: As on 1st August 2021, a candidate must be 24 years old
  • Maximum Age: General candidates should not be above 34 years

Age Relaxation

  • Reserved category candidates (SC/ ST) avail 5 years relaxation
  • 3 years relaxation in the upper age for OBC candidates
  • Up to 5 years relaxation if the applicant had been domiciled in J&K from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989
  • Up to 5 years relaxation for ex-servicemen

Number of Attempts –

  • For general candidates, it is limited to 6 times
  • No such restriction is applicable if the posts are reserved for reserved category applicants

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RBI SO 2021 Application Process

Interested candidates are advised to access the official website to submit the application. The application form can only be filled in and submitted online. “No other means/ mode of application will be accepted”, states the official website.

Step-by-Step Methods to Fill in Online Application

  • Visit the official website of the Reserve Bank of India (rbi.org.in)
  • Click on the Recruitment for the  posts of Specialists link
  • Hit the tab that says ‘Click here for New Registration
  • Provide information like the name of the candidate, email address, mobile number and address
  • A provisional registration number and password will be generated and sent to your mobile number and email
  • Enter personal details, educational details and upload the digital images of photograph, left thumb impression, signature and a handwritten declaration keeping the specification in mind
  • Validate the details carefully, remit the application fee and submit the application

Application Fee Details –




General/ OBC

₹ 850/-

Application fee and intimation charges


₹ 100/-

Intimation charges

[email protected]



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  • Application forms submitted without the prescribed fee will be rejected
  • Application fees paid will not be refunded

Other Details

RBI SO 2021 Examination Centres –

The exam will be administered in the following 20 cities. Check them out –

  • Ahmedabad
  • Kanpur
  • Bengaluru
  • Kochi
  • Bhopal
  • Kolkata
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Lucknow
  • Chandigarh
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai
  • Nagpur
  • Guwahati
  • New Delhi
  • Hyderabad
  • Patna
  • Jaipur
  • Pune
  • Jammu
  • Thiruvananthapuram

RBI SO 2021 Admit Card

The RBI SO 2021 admit card will be released one week before the exam commences. The admit card will be released online at the official website. Candidates can download it using their registration ID and password. It is mandatory to carry the admit card to the examination centre along with the photo ID proof.

RBI SO 2021 Result -

The result of the RBI SO exam 2021 will be declared online. Candidates are required to visit the website of RBI and follow the instructions as given. The result will possibly be declared in the month of November 2021.


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