IBPS online applications for Bank Specialist Officers-CRP SPL-X recruitment for 2021-22

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the notification for the Common Recruitment Process for Specialist Officers – X (CRP SPL-X). This article gives all the important details regarding the exam, including the eligibility criteria, the scheme of examination, the application process, etc. Read on for more on this topic.


The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the recruitment process for most of the major banks in the country. On 1 November, it released the notification for the Common Recruitment Process for Specialist Officers (CRP SPL-X). The posts included are I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer. All the posts are Scale I posts.

The list of participating banks is as follows: Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, UCO Bank, and Union Bank of India.



The candidate must be a citizen of India, a subject of Nepal, a subject of Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee (who came to India before 1st January 1962 intending to reside permanently in India). Persons of Indian origin who have migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam intending to reside in India are also included. However, in the case of all other candidates other than Indian citizens, a certificate of eligibility from the Government of India has to be produced.


The candidate should have been born not earlier than 2 November 1990 and not later than 1 November 2000. There are relaxations in the upper age limit for candidates of certain categories. Please refer to the notification for the same (link for notification is given at the end of the article).

Educational qualification

  • For I.T. Officer: The candidate should have 4 year degree in Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation OR Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications. Graduates who have passed DOEACC 'B' level are also eligible.

  • For Agricultural Field Officer: In this case, the candidate should have 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.

  • For Rajbhasha Adhikari: The minimum qualification for a candidate, in this case, is Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level OR a Postgraduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.

  • For Law Officer: The candidate must have a Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB). He/She should also be enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.

  • For HR/Personnel Officer: The candidate must be a Graduate and should have completed 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.

  • For Marketing Officer: In this case, the candidate must be a Graduate and have Two Years of Full-time MMS (Marketing)/ Two Years Full-time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full-time PGDBA/ PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

Also note that for posts other than I.T. Officer, the candidate must have Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/ Language/ should have studied Computer/ Information Technology as one of the subjects in High School/ College/ Institute.

Structure of the examination

The examination will have 3 stages as a whole – the preliminary examination, the main examination, and the interview. The components of the preliminary examination are as follows:
For Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari:
  • English Language – 50 questions (25 marks)

  • Reasoning – 50 questions (50 marks)

  • General Awareness with special reference to the banking industry – 50 questions (50 marks)

Each of these sections will have a time limit of 40 minutes each

For the post of I.T. Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer
  • English Language – 50 questions (25 marks)

  • Reasoning – 50 questions (50 marks)

  • Quantitative Aptitude – 50 questions (50 marks)

In this case, also, each section will have a time limit of 40 minutes each.

The components of the main examination are as follows:
For the post of Law Officer, I.T. Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer:
  • Professional knowledge – 60 questions carrying 60 marks in total (45 minutes)

For the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:
  • Professional knowledge (objective) – 45 questions (30 minutes)

  • Professional knowledge (descriptive) – 2 questions (30 minutes)

Both of these sections will together carry 60 marks.

Interview: The total marks allotted to the interview is 100. Candidates are required to score a minimum of 40 marks at this stage (for ST/ST/OBC/PWD candidates the minimum score is 35). The combined final score of the candidates will be arrived at after adding up the scores of the main examination and the interview. Please note that the main examination and the interview have a weightage of 8:2.

Application process

  • First ensure that you have a passport size photo (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm), scanned copies of your signature, left thumb impression, and scanned copy of the handwritten self-declaration (the format for this is given in the notification). Also, ensure that you have a valid email ID.

  • The first step is to visit the IBPS official website. On the home page, you will see the link "CRP Specialist Officers".

  • On the next page, you will see a link "CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CRP- Specialist Officers (CRP-SPL-X)". Click on it to open the online application form.

  • On the next page i.e. in the application form, first, click on the link "CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION". Then enter all your basic details. Then a provisional registration number and password will be generated and sent to the mobile number and email ID that you have entered. You can use that to access the saved data and edit it if required.

  • The next step is to upload your photograph, the scanned copies of your signature and left thumb impression, and the scanned copy of your handwritten self-declaration. The specifications for all of these are given in the notification.

  • After carefully entering all the necessary details, click on the "Save and Next" button to save the data. After this, click on "Final Submission". Please note that you cannot modify the details after submission, so please ensure that every detail is correct.

  • The next step is payment. Only online modes of payment such as Debit Cards (RuPay/ Visa/ Master Card/ Maestro), Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets, etc are allowed. On successful completion of the payment, an e-receipt will be generated. After all these steps are completed, you need to save the system-generated copy of the online application form. Keep this carefully with you.

Centers for the examination

While entering the details in the application form, you also have to select your preferred examination center. The list of centers for the prelims and the mains is given state-wise in the official notification. Please refer to it for the same.

Precautions regarding COVID 19 pandemic

Owing to the COVID 19 pandemic, social distancing norms will be followed, along with other necessary precautions. The norms in this regard are as follows:
  • Different reporting time will be assigned to different sets of candidates. Candidates should report early to avoid last-minute crowding.

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory. This is also applicable for the scribe (if any) accompanying the candidate. Also, candidates are permitted to bring their hand sanitizer bottles and gloves if they want to.

  • Candidates must have the Aarogya Setu app installed on their phones. Also, they are required to show their risk status at the entry gate. However, phones will not be allowed into the exam lab.

  • At the entry gate, the temperature of the candidates will also be checked. Candidates with a higher temperature will not be allowed entry.

  • The examination center will also have proper social distancing norms, for example, while standing in queues, etc.

Important dates

  • Online registration – from 2 November 2020 to 23 November 2020

  • Downloading of admit card for preliminary examination – December 2020

  • Preliminary examination – 26-27 December 2020

  • Result of preliminary examination – January 2021

  • Downloading of admit card for the main examination – January 2021

  • Main examination – 24 January 2021

  • Declaration of the result of mains – February 2021

  • Interview – February 2021

  • Provisional allotment – April 2021

I hope that this article was useful for aspiring candidates. If you have any questions or doubts, please check out the official notification. The official notification is available at https://www.ibps.in/wp-content/uploads/DetailAdvtCRPSPLX.pdf. For any complaints or queries related to the exam, visit cgrs.ibps.in.


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