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IBPS SO Exam Eligibility Criteria 2017


The IBPS SO Exam is one of the most talked about exam in India. Its recognition is widespread because it offers a government job in several key positions and promises a vivid career for an aspiring candidate.

However, there are certain guidelines and basic eligibility criteria which a candidate must fulfil in order to stand as a legitimate candidate for selection. Let’s take a look into all those factors. The official notification has issued notification for IBPS SO exam 2017 (Registration starts from 16 November 2016 to 2 Dec 2016).


Eligibility Criteria for IBPS SO Exam 2017

Age Limit: The fixed age limit of IBPS SO Exam 2016 is between 20 to 30 years (As on 1st Nov 2016). The date from which age would be computed depend on the publication date of official advertisement by IBPS. However, there are certain relaxation given to people belonging to the following categories:

Category Age Relaxation
OBC 3 years
Ex-Servicemen and people from Military background 5 years
Schedule Caste / Schedule Tribe 5 years
PwD (Person with Disability) 10 years

Education Qualification: Holding a key position requires a good educational background. Following are the minimum educational qualifications which a candidate should possess for IBPS SO Exam 2016.

Category (Scale I) Educational Qualification
Law Officer LLB (Bachelor’s Degree in Law) with Registration as an Advocate with the Bar Council
Personnel Officer / HR Graduation degree with a Post-Graduation degree  OR a Post-Graduate Diploma in HR
Marketing Officer MBA or PGDM in Marketing
Agricultural Field Officer Graduation in Agriculture/ Hoticulture/ Animal Husbandry/ Agri Marketing/ or any similar area.
Rajbhasha Adhikari Post-Graduation degree in Hindi with a Graduation degree where English was a subject.
IT Officer Engineering Degree in IT/ Computer Science/ Electronics or similar field OR Post-Graduation Degree in Electronics OR should have passed DOEACC ‘B’ Level

All the aforesaid degrees should come from a Government Recognized Institute.

Nationality: Candidates who fall under the following categories can apply for in IBPS SO Exam 2016.

  1. a) An Indian Citizen
  2. b) Subjects of Nepal and Bhutan
  3. c) A Tibetan Refugee whose ancestor came to India before 1/1/1962.
  4. d) People belonging from Ethiopia, Zaire, Kenya, Zambia, Burma, Malawi, Vietnam and Pakistan, who are of Indian origin and are looking forward to settle in India permanently.

Points to Note:

  • There are certain important areas which a candidate must acknowledge and abide by. Some of them are listed below:
  • Candidates should have a ready score card/ mark sheet of the passed exam at the time of filling up the application form.
  • Candidates who are not eligible for the IBPS SO Exam 2017 and have still enrolled themselves in the exam would be automatically rejected, even if they have managed to pass the examination.
  • The exam includes payment of an examination fee. For general candidates the application fee is INR 600 and for the people belonging to Quota category the application fee in INR 100.
  • People who are applying under the quota category are required to submit a proof of their quota at the time of online application.
  • The application for this exam can only be made through the online portal. No other means exist.
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