IBPS SPL Officer 2016 Eligibility - See Who Can & Cannot Apply

The IBPS SO (Specialist Officer) Recruitment Notification 2015 – 2016 is the gateway for candidates with professional degrees to apply for bank jobs.With vacancies such as IT officer, HR officer, Agriculture officer, Marketing officer to be filled through this selection process, there are different eligibility conditions for each.Hence we are providing the clarifications for some of your frequent doubts on IBPS SO 2015 exams.


Unlike PO & Clerk, the specialist officer job profile is more related to one specific sector only.That’s the reason why IBPS SO notification has individual criteria for each position as candidates shall appointed only in those specific departments.


Things covered in here: IT officer Doubts | Agri officer Doubts | Marketing/ HR Doubts


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We have categorized your questions post-wise in such a way it benefits those who are looking to apply for them.


Your Doubts about IT Officer Eligibility

Individuals with engineering or technology degree (BE/ BTech) in the following disciplines eligible to apply for IT Officer (scale I).

  • UG or PG in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation OR
  • Any graduate with DOEACC ‘B’ level certificate

The course duration should have been 4 years.


Q: I have completed BE/ B.Tech Mechanical engineering.

A: You are not eligible to apply


Q: Should I need experience for IT Officer position?

A: No.Freshers are also eligible


Q: I did my degree through correspondence (distance education).Shall I apply?

A: Yes.


Q: Are Electrical & Electronics/ Electrical engineering degree holders eligible?

A: No.EEE is not mentioned under the list of educational qualifications given in the notification.So its not possible to apply.


Q: Can MCA graduates apply for IT Officer?

A: Yes.Ofcourse.


Q: I will complete my course in May 2016 / I am in final semester/year.

A: You must be a graduate as on December 10, 2015.So final year students are not eligible for IBPS SO recruitment.


Q: Any good books for IBPS IT Officer exam that covers Professional Knowledge?

A: Here is a list of important reference materials – study guide & practice book to prepare for IT officer exam 2016.

We recommend you to buy the above book as it combines a guide + workbook & previous year solved papers.


Your Agriculture Officer Eligibility Doubts

To submit application for Agricultural Field Officer, you need to posses these qualifications:

  • 4 yr Degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry/
    Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Agro Forestry/ Agri. Engineering/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing & Cooperation/ Fishery Science /Co-operation & Banking

Q: I have done BSc. Agriculture.Am I eligible?

A: No.IBPS is asking for 4 yr course, while B.Sc would be 3 yrs only.


Q: I am having 3 years experience in software MNC.Can I apply for Agri.officer?

A: If you are agriculture graduate, then you are eligible to apply.Experience doesn’t matter.


Q: I did Agri in UG & MBA in PG.Will I be able to apply?

A: Yes, you are eligible for AFO position since you had completed agri in UG.


Q: Books List for Agriculture officer exam?

A: The below books should help you in preparing:


* IBPS Agri Officer Guide – Rs.269 – Buy Online here

* Agri Officer Professional Knowledge Workbook – Rs.184 – Buy Online


Marketing & HR Officer Eligibility Doubts

To become a Marketing Officer, you need

  • To complete any degree in UG & Full time MMS/ MBA/ PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in marketing.

For HR Officer vacancy,

  • Any degree in graduation & PG degree (regular) in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work /Labour Law is necessary.

Q: I completed MBA through distance education.Is it eligible?

A: No.Candidates applying for HR & Marketing vacancies should have done their PG degrees ONLY through regular colleges (2 year course).


Q: I have only UG degree.Can I still apply for HR or Marketing officer?

A: No.You need post-graduation.


And here are the books list

HR Officer: IBPS HR Office Study & Practice Guide – Rs.430 – Buy Online


Marketing Officer: IBPS Marketing Officer Guide – Rs.260 – Buy Online


Dual Specialization in MBA?

Candidates who had opted for dual specialization in their MBA are confused on whether they are eligible for this IBPS specialist officer exam 2016.The preceding explanations should help them get clarity.


Q: I did MBA with Finance as major & HR as minor specialization.Can I apply for HR officer?

A: Since HR is your minor specialization, you are NOT eligible.


Q: I had Marketing as major & Finance as minor.What about me?

A: You are eligible for Marketing Officer post.


Your major specialization should be either in HR for HR Officer or Marketing for Marketing Officer.Anything apart from are not be eligible.


Computer Certificate Necessary

Candidates applying for Agri officer, Marketing Officer, HR Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari & Law Officer,

Should have studied Computers or IT as one of the subject in their High School or College or Institute.

If not, then they must hold a certificate or diploma in computer operations or language. This is an important eligibility conditions &  hence would be verified at the time of Interview.


All those registering for IT Officer are not required to have this certificate.


For more info on eligibility, application process etc, remember to read through our detailed article on IBPS Specialist Officer 2016 notification here.

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