How to prepare for IBPS specialist officer exam?

Prepare for IBPS specialist officer exam

The IBPS notification for a specialist officer is released. This is a dream opportunity for many aspirants who are aiming at prestigious bank jobs. Here is a piece of comprehensive information about how to prepare for IBPS specialist officer job.

How IBPS specialist officer is different from other IBPS jobs?

Candidates already preparing for IBPS jobs might be aware that there is a focus on quantitative aptitude, reasoning and general awareness sections. For IBPS aspirants already preparing for officer exams, the preparation for specialist exam needs focuses on the core areas for which they are applying for.

In general, the IBPS recruits specialist officers under these categories −

  • Agriculture Officers (Scale-I)
  • Marketing Officers(Scale-I)
  • IT Officers (Scale-I)
  • Law Officers (Scale-I)
  • HR/Personal Officers (Scale-I)
  • Rajbasha Adhikari (Scale-I)

What are the stages in IBPS Specialist Recruitment Exam?

You need to prepare and get through the following three stages to be successful in the IBPS Specialist Recruitment Exam −

  • Online Preliminary Exam
  • Online Mains Exam
  • Interview Process

Note that you need to qualify in both preliminary exams and mains to be eligible for appearing in the interview process.

What is the IBPS Specialist Officer Application Fee?

For the year 2019, General and OBC candidates need to pay Rs.600 while candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category should pay Rs.100 as the application fee.

What is the change in the IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Pattern?

Note that there is a change in the IBPS exam pattern in 2019. Every section has its own sectional timing.

Candidates who clear the preliminary exam and meet the cut-offs will be eligible for appearing in Mains.

What is the exam pattern for IBPS Specialist Exam Prelims?

For the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer −

S.No.SectionNo. of QuestionsMax.MarksMedium of ExamDuration
1English Language5025English40 mins
2Reasoning5050English and Hindi40 mins
3Quantitative Aptitude5050English and Hindi40 mins

120 mins

Prelims pattern for the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari −

S.No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMax.MarksMedium of ExamDuration
1English Language5025English40 mins
2Reasoning5050English and Hindi40 mins
3General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry5050English and Hindi40 mins

120 mins

What are the eligibility criteria for IBPS Specialist Officer?

As of IBPS Specialist Officer 2019 notification, the eligibility criteria for various posts are as follows −

Citizenship Criteria

  • A resident of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • Tibetan refugees who came to India before 1st January 1962 and have planned to settle in India permanently
  • A subject of Indian Origin migrated from Burma, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Uganda, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Namibia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Vietnam

The eligibility criteria in terms of age, educational qualification and experience is as given below −

Serial NumberName of the PostAgeEducational Qualification
1I.T. Officer (Scale I)Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
1)Four years of engineering/Technology degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation
2) Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR Graduates having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam
2Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
4 years graduation degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Agricultural Engineering/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing and cooperation/ Co-Operation and Banking/ Agro-Forestry
3Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
Post Graduate in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation or degree level OR Post-Graduate Degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject at graduation level
4Law Officer (Scale I)Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
5HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
Graduate and Full Time Post Graduate Degree or Full-time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law
6Marketing Officer (Scale I)Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
Graduate and Full-Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing

The minimum age for appearing for IBPS Specialist Officer exam is 20 years and maximum age is 30 years. The relaxation is applicable for various candidates of various categories is listed below −

Serial NumberCategoryAge Relaxation
1Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)5 years
2Other Backward Class (OBC)3 years
3The person with Disability (PWD)10 years
4Ex-Servicemen/Commissioned Officers including ECOS (Emergency Commissioned Officers)/ SSCOs (Short Service Commissioned Officers) who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within 1 year from last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by the way of dismissal/discharge on the account of misconduct/inefficiency/physical disability attributable to military service
5 years
5A person ordinarily domiciled in the Jammu and Kashmir province during the period 1.01.1980 and 31.12.1989
5 years
6A person affected by 1984 riots
5 years

What is the syllabus for IBPS Specialist Officer exam?

As mentioned above, there are additional subjects for Specialist Officers than those present for the IBPS PO officer exam. Besides the three sections of English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning, the area of expertise or the Specialization Subjects is as given below −

Reasoning Ability

  • Seating Arrangements
  • Puzzles
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Blood Relations
  • Order and Ranking
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Inequalities
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Distance and Direction
  • Verbal Reasoning

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spotting Errors
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Paragraph/Sentence Completion
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumbles

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  • Simplification/ Approximation
  • Work, Time and Energy
  • Time and Distance
  • Probability
  • Relations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Mensuration
  • Average
  • Profit and Loss
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Permutation and Combination

General Awareness

  • Current Affairs
  • Banking Awareness

The professional expertise for the respective category is as given below −

IT Officer (Scale-I)
  • Database Management System
  • Data Communication and Networking
  • Operating System
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Structure
  • Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  • Object-Oriented Programming
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)
  • Basics of Crop production
  • Horticulture
  • Seed Science
  • Agronomy and Irrigation
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Soil resources
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Agroforestry
  • Ecology
  • Government Schemes
Marketing Officer (Scale-I)
  • Basics of Marketing Management
  • Brand Management
  • Advertising
  • PR
  • Sales
  • Retail
  • Business Ethics
  • Market Segmentation
  • Market research and forecasting demand
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Service Marketing
  • Marketing Strategies
Law Officer (Scale-I)
  • Banking Regulations
  • Compliance and Legal Aspects
  • Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  • Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act
  • Consumer Protection Act
  • Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  • Laws and Actions with a direct link to Banking Sector
  • Bankers Book Evidence Act
  • DRT Act
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
  • Human Resource Development
  • Business policy and strategic analysis
  • Transnational Analysis
  • Training and Development
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Industrial Relations
  • Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
  • Grievance and Conflict Management
  • Performance Management and Appraisal

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