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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the Specialist Officer (SO) Examination to shortlist candidates for I. T. Officers, Agricultural Field Officers, Rajbhasha Adhikari etc in Public Sector and Regional Rural Banks across the country. It is a 200 mark, objective type paper conducted online each year and we at Studycopter, offer various preparatory courses to ace the IBPS SO Examination. Get more information related to the IBPS SO Exam

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Subject Overview
Number System and LCM/ HCF
Number Series
Simplification
Average
Percentage
Ratio and Proportion
Mixture or Alligation
Partnership
Profit, Loss and Discount
Time Distance and Speed
Time and Work
Square Roots & Cube Roots
Simple Interest and Compound Interest
Algebra
Linear and Quadratic Equations
2D - Mensuration
3D - Mensuration
Data Tables
Bar Graphs
Pie - Charts
Permutations and Combinations
Counting Techniques and Probability
Line Graphs
Mixed Graphs
Case Study
Subject Overview
Coding-Decoding
Mathematical Operations
Blood Relations
Direction Sense
Seating Arrangement
Number Ranking and Time Sequence
Input-output
Analytical Reasoning
Data Sufficiency
Introduction
Computing History
Computing Generations
Computer Characteristics
Uses of Computers
Classification of Computers
Computing Process
Programming Languages
Number Systems
Input-Output Devices
Computer Memory
Computer Software
Application Software
User Interface
Data Communication & Transmission
Networking Concepts
Networking Devices
Internet
Computer Security
Computer Virus
Important Facts & Terms
Orientation
Spotting of Errors
Phrase Substitution
Ordering of Sentences (Jumbled-up Sentences)
Cloze Test
Choosing the Correct Word
Choosing the Appropriate Filler
Double Blanks in a sentence
Synonyms & Antonyms
Reading Comprehension

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Banking & Finance in India: Intro
Money
Financial Markets: Money Market
Financial Markets: Capital Market
Reserve Bank of India
SEBI & other Reforms
Stock Markets & OTCEI
NSE, Indexes, & Indian Bourses
Commercial Banks
Competitive Landscape of Banks in India
Cooperative Banks
Development Banks
Banking Reforms
Diversification of Banks
Specialized Banks
Credit Rating Agencies
Insurance Companies
IMF & World Bank
General Awareness
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What is IBPS?

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) is an autonomous body set up to recruit candidates for various client organizations, conduct relevant supportive research and publicize the findings. It has been rendering assistance to the financial sector in the fields of employees’ selection, promotion and placement.

It is proposed that over the next few years, banks will need to recruit ~7.5 lakh candidates to fill open positions. This represents a tremendous opportunity for prospective candidates to join one of the many nationalized banks as POs, SOs or as Clerks.

The following banks will recruit candidates based on the CWE. As this list can change without notice, candidates will be emailed/ contacted by Studycopter for any changes to this list. Candidates can also check exam online at ibps.in (Official Site for the IBPS Exam)

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

Who are Specialist Officers?

As the name suggests, Specialist Officers are recruited for specific job responsibilities at banks. While the Probationary Officers (PO) and Clerks run the day-to-day operations and business in a bank, the role of a Specialist Officer (SO) is based on their position as noted below:

IT Officer

It would be the responsibility of IT officers to oversee the technological perspectives of banking affairs, both software, and hardware. Nearly all banks contracting in the “IBPS recruitment” have shifted to core-banking for operations, and they use software like FLEXCUBE, Finacle, BanCS, SAP, etc. An IT officer will undergo training in all these domains; they should be able to service, configure troubleshoot the software, computers and networks that run the banking business. An IT officer in a senior manager role should be able to the assess the future IT interests of the bank, plan scaling, issue tenders, and report IT vacancies to the HR department. In this age of e-Banking, IT officers play a crucial role in acquiring more customers to the bank: no reason why the IT specialists contribute maximum number of jobs after management posts.

Law Officer

Lawyers work on forming the policies of the banks in consultation with senior managers. The instructions and conditions we see in a loan, savings, credit card applications are documented and verified by practicing lawyers. They appear for the respective banks in Courts, process notices to the defaulting customers, and help a bank in taking over attached properties, etc. They are also responsible for making it sure that the bank functions in compliance with the law of the land.

Agriculture Officer

The primary responsibility of an Agriculture officer is to promote banking services among farmers and cultivators. They have to evaluate the property and assets of potential customers and suggest a reliable approach for increasing the crop yield and performance, in such way that it would profit the banks. They should be able to communicate new technologies (Eg: Greenhouse and Hi-Tech farming ) to farmers, and explain about related financial products (Eg: Kisan Credit Cards) or loans available to them.

Marketing Officer

The duty of an officer in this category is to improve the profits and market presence of the bank through various campaigns and promotions. They should have a precise perception about the financial products of the bank, and they may have to devise plans to sell it to the high net-worth individuals and others. In a sum, lead-generation and follow-up are the fundamental roles of marketing officers.

Human Resources (HR) Officer

A Human Resources professional plays a critical role in any institution. Junior HR officers in a Bank usually handle the training and induction of new employees, circulating appraisal forms, forming leave schedules, creation of salary accounts, etc. Senior HR managers conduct interviews, take classes, deal with labor laws, promotion and other serious matters. In fact, it is HR specialist officers who report the open vacancies in a Bank to recruiting agencies like IBPS.

Rajbhasha Adhikari

The Specialist Officer in an Indian Bank who deals with the National language is a Rajbhasha Adhikari. The individual applying for the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari should be able to create error-free Hindi documents, and translate smoothly between Hindi, English and other regional* languages.

What is the exam pattern for IBPS SO Exam?

IBPS SO exam is a computer based exam conducted by IBPS every year. IBPS SO CWE III will be conducted by IBPS on 30th and 31st Jan 2015

Step 1 of Bank PO Exam is a Common Written Examination. The 2016 IBPS SO exam will contain subjects based on the post applied for.

Paper Pattern For Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari

S. No.
Name of the Tests
Maximum Marks
Total Time
1
Specialist Officer Reasoning Test
50
120 Minutes
2
SO English Language Test
25
3
SO General Awareness Test
50
4
SO Professional Knowledge Test
75
                        Total
200

Paper Pattern For IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, HR / Personnel Officer & Marketing Officer

S. No.
Paper name
Maximum Marks
Total Time
1
SO Reasoning Paper
50
120 Minutes
2
SO English Language Paper
25
3
SO Quantitative Aptitude Paper
50
4
SO Professional Knowledge Paper
75
                          Total
200

Each correct answer is awarded one mark and 1/4 mark is deducted for each incorrect answer. All subjects (except English language) would be available in two languages: English and Hindi

  • Do note that the General Awareness section has special emphasis on the Banking sector.
  • Unlike IBPS SO and Clerk exams 2016 which will have a preliminary and main exam, there will only be a single exam for Specialist Officers
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After clearing the CWE, selected candidates will subsequently be called for a Common Interview coordinated by IBPS. Each candidate will have to secure a minimum standard score in each of the 5 sections as well as on the Total Weighted Standard Score to be called for interview. Candidates, successful in qualifying in both the CWE and Common Interview will be listed in the order of merit.

Depending on the vacancies in each bank, candidates will receive through a computerized system an offer from one of the Participating Public Sector Banks listed below. Depending on the number of vacancies, the cut–offs are decided by participating public sector banks (currently 21 PSBs are participating). Vacancies remaining unfilled on account of candidates declining offer, will be filled from among the remaining candidates, through subsequent iterations.

The interviews are held at select centers, and the respective banks for the interviews call candidates. The typical duration of an interview is 30–40 minutes.

What IBPS says: “ total marks allotted for the interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD candidates). The weightage (ratio) of CWE (exam) and interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final scores of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in CWE and Interview. A candidate should qualify both in the CWE and interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process.”

In case of two candidates scoring the same, the preferences shall given based on date of birth i.e. the candidate senior in age shall be given preference at the time of allotment of branches/banks

Studycopter provides specific training for the Interview/ GD stage of the selection process. Candidates who clear the CWE work with dedicated Studycopter counselors to ace their interviews

What is the syllabus for the IBPS SO Exam

The detailed syllabus for all subjects for the IBPS SO Exam is given above. Do note that Studycopter provides detailed study material, practice questions, and mock tests for all sections of the exam so that candidates don't have to go from place to place and can get their entire exam preparation done on Studycopter.

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Subject (Paper) wise expected Cut off marks 2016

Post SC ST OBC UR HI OC VI
IT Officer(Scale-I) 60-66 56-62 61-70 68-75 50-55 60-65 58-65
Law Officer(Scale-1) 50-55 48-55 53-60 64-70 NA 45-50 48-55
Rajbhasha Adhikari(Scale-I) 55-6o 35-40 60-65 65-70 50-55 44-50 53-60
Agriculture Field Officer(Scale-I) 50-55 45-50 50-55 70-75 30-35 44-50 48-55
H.R /Personnel Officer(Scale-1) 55-60 53-59 59-65 68-75 N.A 55-60 48-55
Marketing Officer(Scale-I) 60-65 53-6o 65-70 70-75 35-40 54-60 52-60

Subject (Paper) wise Cut off marks 2015

Post UR OBC SC ST HI DC VI
IT Officer(Scale-1) 66.4 61 56 55.2 47.6 56 54
Rajbhasha Adhikari(Scale-1) 62.6 57.6 52.4 348 478 416 51.4
Law Officer(Scale-1) 61.2 51.8 47.8 45.6 N.A 436 45.2
Agricullure Field Officer(Scale-I) 68.2 43.8 47.4 42.8 28.2 41.2 44
HR/ Personnel Officer(Scale-1) 65.6 56.4 53.2 51.2 NA 52.6 45.2
Marketing Officer(Seale-I) 67.6 63.6 56 49.2 32.4 50.4 48.4

Subject (Paper) wise Cut off marks 2014

POST CUT OFF MARKS
GENERAL OBC/SC/ST/PWD
IT OFFICER SCALE 1 125 115
AGRICULTURAL FIELD OFFICER 110 101
RAJBHASH ADHIKARl 93 87
LAW OFFICER 118 110
TECHNICAL OFFICER 117 110
HR/ PERSONNEL OFFICER 121 111
MARKETING OFFICER 111 105

Subject (Paper) wise Cut off marks 2013

POST CUT OFF MARKS
GENERAL OBC/SC/ST/PWD
IT OFFICER SCALE 1 128 104
AGRICULTURAL FIELD OFFICER 112 104
RAJBHASH ADHIKARl 96 90
LAW OFFICER 121 113
TECHNICAL OFFICER 120 113
HR/ PERSONNEL OFFICER 124 114
MARKETING OFFICER 114 107

Subject (Paper) wise Cut off marks 2012

POST CUT OFF MARKS
GENERAL OBC/SC/ST/PWD
IT OFFICER SCALE 1 128 120
IT OFFICER SCALE 2 134 125
AGRICULTURAL FIELD OFFICER 112 104
RAJBHASH ADHIKARl 96 90
LAW OFFICER 121 113
TECHNICAL OFFICER 120 113
HR/ PERSONNEL OFFICER 124 114
MARKETING OFFICER 114 107

What is the eligibility for IBPS SO Exam

The criteria for registrants to fulfill are listed below for each discipline

* For all scale I posts, the age is to be between 20 & 30 years & no work experience required

* Must posses the following educational qualifications,

I.T.Officer
Must have 4 year engineering degree in UG or PG in IT/Comp. science/ Comp.applications/ Electronics/ ECE/E & I/ E & T OR Any degree with DOEACC level ‘B’ certificate.
Agriculture field officer
4 yr Degree in agriculture or subjects related to agri. sciences.
HR/ Personnel officer
Any UG & PG degree or diploma in Personnel management/ Industrial relations/ HRD/Social work/ Labour law
Marketing officer
Any degree & 2 yr MBA (marketing)/ PGDBA/ PGDBM  with marke ting specialization
Law Officer
Degree in Law (LLB) & enrolled as advocate in Bar council

* Applicants (except IT officer) should have studied computers/ IT as a subject in high school/ college or any institute & hold a degree/ diploma or certificate.

What is the expected IBPS SO Salary

Specialist Officers enjoy a plethora of perks in Indian banks, usually equivalent to the Probationary Officers (PO) in the same rank. As of 2015, the starting salary of an IBPS Specialist Officer is around Rs. 30,500 in rural cities. You can calculate the in-hand salary by adding the Basic Pay with the latest DA component given Indian Banking Association’s website, HRA and the City Compensatory Allowance, if any. The range of benefits provided to a Specialist Officer vary with the financial institution: many of them provide newspaper/laundry allowances, medical coverage, TA and rented accommodation.

Specialist Officers will get adequate training in respective departments before their appointment to the JMG (Junior Management) Scale I position. They will be promoted to JMG Scale II to and MMG (Middle Management) Scales in the upcoming years based on performance in tests/interviews, and service rules. Experienced hands may directly join the JMG Scale II post by clearing the relevant IBPS Specialist Exam.

What are the official links for IBPS SO Exam?

Candidates are advised to checkout ibps.in regulary for official updates on IBPS SO Exam. Studycopter will publishing all important updates and keep its users apprised of all information related to IBPS SO exam through regular updates as well.

What is the date for IBPS SO Exam 2016?

IBPS SO Exam 2016 exam will be on 28th January 2017 and 29th January 2017 (for 2016–2017) and the interview will be on March 2017. Registrations will start in 23rd November 2016.
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