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IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2022

Updated By Priyanka on 12 Jul, 2022 13:30

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IBPS SO 2022 Eligibility Criteria

IBPS SO Application form 2022 is expected to be released in the month of November.  The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection provides a list of requirements that applicants must meet in order to be eligible to work in the banking industry. The IBPS releases the IBPS SO Eligibility requirements each year.

Before taking the forthcoming IBPS SO Exam, applicants must ensure they meet all eligibility requirements.

In this article, we will discuss the IBPS SO eligibility conditions and qualifications required to appear for the examination. 

The IBPS SO eligibility conditions take into account three factors:

  1. IBPS Age Limit
  2. Nationality
  3. Educational Qualification

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria - Academic Qualification

IBPS will specify academic qualifications under the IBPS SO eligibility norms 2022 for all the candidates. Candidates are advised to examine the eligibility norms and make sure they fulfil each of them before filling the application form. 

Post Name

Academic Qualifications

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

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

Law Officer (Scale I)

B.A. in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council.

Marketing Officer (Scale I)

MBA (Marketing) /Graduate and Two years Full-time  MS (Marketing)/PGDBM with specialization in Marketing/Full time Two years PGDBA

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

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

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

P.G in Hindi with English as a subject/ P.G in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the Graduation level.

IT Officer (Scale-I)

Technology Degree in Computer Science/ / 4 year Engineering/Information Technology/ Computer Applications/Electronics/ Electronics and Communication/Electronics and Telecommunications/ Electronics and Instrumentation (OR) P.G in Electronics/ Electronics and Communication/Electronics and Tele Communication/ Computer Science/ Electronics and Instrumentation/ Computer Applications/Information Technology (OR) Graduate having passed DOEACC 'B' level.

Age Limit for IBPS SO 2022

IBPS has decided the upper and lower age limit for all the candidates as part of IBPS SO eligibility criteria. The age criteria under the IBPS SO 2022 eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Minimum: 20 years
  • Maximum: 30 years

A candidate should not have been born before 02.11.1989 and not after 01.11.1999.

Relaxation of Upper Age Limit in IBPS SO 


Age Relaxation

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe

5 years

Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years

Persons With Disabilities (PWD)

10 Years

Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned 5 years Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered at least military service and have been released on completion of assignment otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalided.

5 years

Persons Ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir

during the period 01.01.1982 to 31.12.1991

5 years

Persons affected by 1984 riots

5 years

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria - Nationality

A candidate should either:

  • Be an Indian citizen,
  • Or could be a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan or Tibetan Refugee,
  • Could be a Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling permanently in India.
  • Could be a person of Indian origin who has migrated from East African countries of Kenya, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), with the intention of permanently settling in India.

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IBPS SO Eligibility – EWS Category

Applicants not covered under the SC, ST, OBC categories and have a gross annual income less than 8 lakh rupees are identified as EWS candidates i.e. candidates belonging to the Economically Weaker Section. Such candidates are entitled to the benefit of 10% reservation for the vacancies released by IBPS.

Important Points related to IBPS SO Eligibility for EWS Category 

The income from all sources such as salary,  business, agriculture, profession, etc. will be included in revenue. This income will be the income from the financial year preceding the year of application. 

However, any person or his family having possession of any of the following assets will not be included in the EWS category, irrespective of his annual family income.

  • 5 acres of Agricultural Land and above.
  • Residential flat of 1000 sq. ft. and above.
  • Residential plots of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities.
  • Residential plots of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities.

While applying for the property holding test to determine EWS status, the property owned in different locations by a particular “Family” is clubbed. The term “Family” will include the person seeking the benefit of reservation, his parents, siblings below 18 years of age, spouse and children below 18 years of age.

Candidates seeking to avail the benefit of EWS reservation for IBPS SO Selection Process will have to produce an Income and Asset Certificate at the time of document verification and interview round issued by a Competent Authority in the prescribed format. 

IBPS SO Eligibility – PwD Category

As per the Government of India norms, persons with benchmark disabilities are eligible for reservation under section 34 of “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”.

The categories of disabilities eligible to avail reservation under the Act is as follows:

  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Blindness and low vision
  • intellectual disability, autism, mental illness, and specific learning disability
  • locomotor disability including leprosy cured, cerebral palsy, dwarfism, muscular dystrophy, and acid attack victims

People with benchmark disabilities will be allocated the reserved vacancies as prescribed in the “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016” and as per vacancies reported to IBPS by Participating banks.

Directives for PwD using services of Scribe

Candidates whose writing speed is affected permanently or with minimum benchmark disability for any reason are allowed to use their own scribe during IBPS PO Exam 2021, but have to abide by certain rules mentioned below:

  1. Candidates who wish to use the scribe services or are eligible for the same in the examination will have to apply for the services of scribe while filling the IBPS PO Application Form.
  2. Scribe will have to be arranged by the candidates themselves and at their own cost.
  3. Both candidate and scribe will have to submit an undertaking that all the stipulated eligibility conditions mentioned for the scribe are fulfilled. Also, if, at any stage of the exam, it is found that the scribe did not fulfil any of the eligibility criteria prescribed or suppresses material facts then the applicant’s candidature will be cancelled, irrespective of the result of the CRP.
  4. The scribe arranged by the candidate may be from any educational background but should not be any candidate for the online examination under (CRP-PO/MT-IX)
  5. The scribe used by the candidate is eligible for compensatory time of 20 mins or otherwise recommended for the full hour of the examination. Since compensatory time given to candidates shall be a system based process, therefore, only candidates who register for the same will be allowed such concessions.

Directives for candidates with Cerebral Palsy and Locomotor Disability

Candidates with a minimum of 40% Cerebral Palsy and Locomotor Disability where dominant extremity i.e. writing is affected to the scope where it may slow down the performance will be permitted a compensatory time of 20 min/hr or otherwise advised.

Directives for candidates having Intellectual Disability

Candidates will be provided a compensatory time of 20 min/hr of the exam only if they are more than 40% Intellectually Disabled, mentally ill, Autistic or have Specific Learning Disability, irrespective of availing the Scribe services. 

Directives for Visually Impaired candidates

The Visually Impaired candidates suffering from 40% or more disability may opt to view the contents of the question paper in magnified font and will be eligible for compensatory time of 20 min/hr otherwise advised. Only the visually impaired candidates who are not using the services of scribe will be permitted to avail the facility of viewing the contents of the test in the magnifying font.

Candidates who fulfil all the above IBPS SO Eligibility criteria should start preparing for the examination well in advance. As the IBPS application process is entirely online, it is useful to keep scanned copies of all relevant supporting documents handy. This would allow the candidate to finish the application process faster and secure the examination centre of their own choice.

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FAQs about IBPS SO Eligibility

What is the percentage criterion in IBPS SO recruitment?

There are no percentage criteria in IBPS SO. The complete eligibility criteria are given above in the article.

Are final year candidates eligible for IBPS SO?

No final year candidates are not eligible for IBPS SO. Candidates who hold a degree will only be eligible for appearing in the examination.

Do I need any working experience for IBPS SO?

For the posts of scale-1 officers, experience is not required. However, if you have an experience you will definitely get a preference.

What documents does a candidate from Bhutan need to be eligible for IBPS SO?

Apart from the personal and educational documents generally required, a candidate from Bhutan will need an authorization letter from the Government of India in order to be eligible for IBPS SO.

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