IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2023, Age Limit, Education

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IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2023

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2023: Every year the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection recruits candidates for posts under the title Specialist Officer. This year, a total of 1402 vacancies have been released for IBPS SO. Candidates who wish to apply should know the eligibility criteria for IBPS SO. Only those who meet the eligibility criteria can apply for the exam. This article provides all the necessary information and criteria candidates have to check.

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2023 – Overview

The notification for IBPS SO 2023 was released on 1st August 2023. Candidates can begin registering for the same. Registration will be open till 21st August 2023. You can find a brief overview of the IBPS SO notification 2023 below.

Organization NameInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
PostSpecialist Officer (SO)
Exam LevelNational Level
Application ModeOnline
Online Registration1st August 2023
Exam ModeOnline
SalaryRs 38,000/- – Rs 39,000/-
CategoryBank Jobs
Selection ProcessPrelims, Mains & Interview
Education QualificationGraduation or Post Graduation in a specific stream depending on the post
Age Limit20 – 30 years
Official Website@ibps.in

IBPS SO 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Before getting down to filling out the online application form, be sure that you have checked all eligibility requirements and that you fulfill all of them. All the information will be available to you in the official notification, which has been released on 1st August 2023. IBPS SO Exam Eligibility Criteria is divided into three heads: nationality, educational qualification, and age.

IBPS publishes the eligibility criteria for the IBPS SO Exam 2023 as per nationality, age, and educational qualification. Candidates should meet the below-mentioned eligibility criteria to apply for the examination. 

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IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2023 – Nationality

A candidate must be either –

  1. A Citizen of India
  2. A Subject of Nepal
  3. A Subject of Bhutan
  4. Tibetan Refugee who came to India prior to 1st January 1962 intending to live in India permanently.
  5. Persons of Indian origin who migrated from Vietnam/ Ethiopia/ Zaire/ Malawi/ Zambia / Tanzania/ Uganda/ Kenya/ Sri Lanka/ Burma /Pakistan, intending to reside permanently in India, will be eligible.

Candidates belonging to categories 2, 3,4, and 5 should produce an eligibility certificate from the Indian Government whenever asked by IBPS.

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2023 – Age Limit

The candidate should be 20 to 30 years of age as of 1st August 2023.  A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1993 and not later than 01.08.2003.

Age Relaxations for Upper Age Limit for Reserved Categories

The upper age relaxations are provided to reserved categories. The age relaxations are given below:

CategoryAge Relaxations
Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe5 years
Other Backward Classes Non-Creamy Layer 3 years
PWD 10 years
Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers, which includes ECOs/ SSCOs. These candidates must have gained at least 5 yrs of military service and have been released on completion of the assignment, including those whose assignment is due within a year. 5 years
Persons affected by the riots of 19845 years
  1. The relaxation for the maximum age limit for candidates from Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Caste and Other Backward Class is on a cumulative basis.
  2. If the Schedule Tribes candidate has any physical disability, the candidate gets a relaxation of a maximum of 15 years for the upper- age limit. No other exemptions will be allowed.
  3. No upper age limit relaxations will be given to General and EWS candidates.
  4. The candidate seeking age relaxation shall produce relevant documents both in original as well as photocopies to prove their claim.
  5. An Ex-Serviceman who has already availed of the benefits provided to the candidate as an ex- Serviceman for re-employment will not get the benefit a second time.
  6. No reservation for Ex-servicemen in the Officer Cadre.

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2023 – Educational Qualification

The candidate should be a graduate or have an equivalent qualification in any discipline from some recognized University.

  1. The candidate should pass the qualifying examination by 21.08.2023.
  2. The date on the mark sheet/ scorecard is considered the date of passing the degree.
  3. The document of educational qualification will have to be produced for document verification.
  4. Candidates must specify the graduation percentage, calculated to the nearest two Decimal points.
  5. The fraction of the percentage will be ignored. Hence, 59.99% will be considered less than 60%, and 54.99% will be considered less than 55%.

IBPS SO Post-wise Educational Criteria

The educational criteria for specific posts under the Specialist Officer head are given below.

For I.T. Officer (Scale-I)

a) 4 year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & 3 Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation OR

b) Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications

OR Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/ Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri. Marketing & Cooperation/ Co-operation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry/Forestry/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Food Science/ Agriculture Business Management/ Food Technology/ Dairy Technology/ Agricultural Engineering/ Sericulture

Marketing Officer (Scale I)

Graduate and Two Years Full-time MMS (Marketing)/ Two Years Full-time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full-time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing *

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

Graduate and Two Years Full-time Post Graduate degree or Two Years Full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR / HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law.*

Law Officer (Scale I)

A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level


Postgraduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.

Computer Literacy

  • The candidate must be computer savvy and with knowledge of computer systems. Knowledge of computer usage is essential for the job.

Language Proficiency

The candidate should be proficient in the written and spoken official language of the State/ Union Territory. The Candidate must know to read, write and speak the language. 

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2023 – Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is the age limit for IBPS SO 2023?

A1. Candidates should be 20 to 30 years of age as of 1st August 2023.

Q2. Is there any age relaxation for IBPS SO 2023?

A2. Yes, candidates belonging to specific categories will be entitled to age relaxation for IBPS SO 2023.

Q3. What is the minimum age limit for IBPS SO 2023?

A3. Candidates should be a minimum of 20 years as of 1st August 2023.

Q4. What is the maximum age limit for IBPS SO 2023?

A4. Candidates should be not more than 30 years as of 1st August 2023.

Q5. What is the educational qualification required for IBPS SO 2023?

A5. Candidates should be a graduate or an equivalent qualification from a recognized University/Institute. Educational Qualifications specific to the posts have been provided in the article.


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