IBPS SO Agricultural Field Officer Scale I Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus and Preparation Tips

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With IBPS Specialist Notification out, the race for IBPS SO 2015 has started. The exam is for the following posts in Scale I.

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IBPS SO Scale I:

  •  I.T. Officer
  • Agricultural Field Officer
  •  Rajbhasha Adhikari
  •  Law Officer
  •  HR/Personnel Officer
  •  Marketing Officer

We will do an in depth analysis of one specialization of IBPS SO 2015 daily , covering its eligibility, pattern, syllabus and preparation tips.


Today we will take up IBPS Specialist Agricultural Field Officer. Lets start with eligibility.

Eligibility for IBPS SO Agricultural Field Officer Scale I

1. Age (As on 01.11.2015):
Minimum: 20 years

Maximum: 30 years
What this essentially means is that a candidate must have been born on or after 02.11.1985 and on/before 01.11.1995.

(add +3 yrs for OBC, +5yrs for SC/ST, +10yrs for PWD)

2. Educational Qualifications:

The candidate should have completed Graduation till December 10, 2015 along with any one/multiple of the courses mentioned below:

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

Pattern for IBPS SO Agricultural Field  Officer Scale I

The pattern for IBPS SO Agricultural Field Officer is as follows:

S. No. Sections Maximum Marks  Total Time
1 Reasoning 50 120 Minutes
2 English Language 25
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50
4 Professional Knowledge (Agricultural) 75
                          Total 200

Syllabus for IBPS SO Agricultural Field Officer Scale I

The Syllabus for IBPS SO Agricultural Field Officer Scale I 2015 covers the following topics:

a) Priority Sector Advances:

  • Introduction
  • Categories of Priority Sector
  • Targets/Sub-Target’s under Priority sector lending
  • General Guidelines for Priority Sector Lending

b) Contemporary Topics:

  • Food Security Bill
  • Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme
  • History Of MGNREGA
  • Features of MGNREGA
  • Aim of MGNREGA
  • Stakeholders of MGNREGA

c) Agriculture:

  • Agriculture in India
  • Types of Cultivation
  • Major Crops of India
  • Irrigation in India
  • Agriculture based Research Institutes in India
  • Animal Husbandry in India
  • Genetically Modified Crops

d) Agricultural Finance:

  • Short-term Loans
  • Medium/Long-terms Loan
  • Crop Loan and Kisan Credit Card
  • Agricultural Term Loan
  • Land Development
  • Minor Irrigation
  • Farm Mechanisation
  • Finance to Horticulture
  • Land Purchase
  • Lead Bank Scheme
  • Agriculture Advances
  • Advance Against Warehouse Receipts
  • Produce Marketing Scheme
  • Crop Insurance Scheme
  • Rashtriya Krishi Bima Yojana
  • Financing of combine harvesters
  • Financing of Tractors and Old Tractors
  • Advance against Gold//Silver ornaments
  • River Lift Irrigation Schemes
  • Forums for Co-ordination
  • Service Area Approach
  • State Level Banker’s Committee (SLBC)
  • Preparation of Credit Plan

e) Government Sponsored Schemes :

  • Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY)
  • Million Wells Scheme (MWS)
  • Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana
  • Urban Self Employment Programme (USEP)
  • Urban Women Self-Help Programme (Revolving Fund)
  • Skill training For Employment Promotion Amongst Urban Poor (STEP-UP)
  • Urban Wage Employment Programme (UWEP)
  • Urban Community Development Network (UCDN)
  • Community Structures Urban Programme for Poverty Reduction amongst SCs and STs (UPPS)
  • Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP)
  • Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana (PMRY) Scheme of Liberation and Rehabilitation of Scavengers (SLRS)
  • Self-Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers (SRMS)

f) Self-Help Groups:

  • Introduction
  • Need Structure and Functions of Self Help Groups
  • Self-Help Groups and SGSY Scheme

g) Bank Documentation:

  • Types of Collaterals Credit
  • Documentation
  • Securitisation
  • Different Mode of Charging Securities
  • Types of Charges
  • Assignment Hypothecation Pledge
  • Mortgage Charges
  • Lien Set-Off

h) Financial Inclusion:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Financial Inclusion by Extension of Banking Services
  • Use of Business Facilitators and Business Correspondents
  • Business Facilitator Model
  • Business Correspondent Model

i) Irrigation Methods:

  • Lift Irrigation
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Sprinkler Irrigation,

j) Agriculture Related:

  • Diary
  • Piggery
  • Fish Culture
  • Dry Land farming
  • Watershed Management
  • Horticulture
  • Plantation Crops
  • Mushroom Cultivation

Preparation Tips/Study Plan for IBPS SO Agricultural Field Officer Scale I

With more than two months remaining for IBPS SO Agricultural Officer Scale I examination, you can complete each and every topic mentioned above in a comprehensive manner.

1. Start Reading Economic Times, or any other financial newspaper daily. Whenever government takes any decision or any new schemes are launched, it is covered in ET. Therefore it is full of relevant information related to topics mentioned above. Read it for 1-2 hours daily.

2. Regularly see the channel DD Kisan by Government of India. 

2. Refer the following book for Agricultural Field Officer preparation:

3. For English, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude refer our preparation tips and strategies for IBPS PO, RBI Grade B. Prepare one topic daily. Click here to read tips on English , Reasoning  and Quantitative Aptitude 

4. Find a quiet place to study. Crowed noisy places can be distracting and you will not be able to get much studying done. Experiment with different places until you find the one that works for you.

5. Improve your reading speed. It will come handy while studying. Click here to increase your reading speed now.

6. Practice mock tests on Agricultural Field Officer. This will help you get a better understanding of the Agricultural section as well as prepare you for the exam.

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8. Click here to practice Agricultural Field Officer Sample questions. 

Friends this is it for IBPS SO Agricultural Field Officer Scale I  preparation. Feel free to ask us any queries or questions you have in the comments section below and we will have our Agricultural Expert answer them for you.

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  1. i have done graduation 56.20% in bca and msc ( computer science) 72.65 % can i fill the form ibps so it scale..

  2. hello sir, i ve done my graduation in biotechnology and post graduation in biochemical engineering am i eligible for this exam of ibps agricultural officer

  3. sir am weak in English section sir. ..how to improve that sir. ..and give some ideas about that. ..pls sir. ..

  4. sir tell me about vacancies of agri field officer this year 2016…and expected cut off sir. ..pls tell me sir. ..

  5. We do not have previous year papers. Syllabus you can see above. For preparation CWE- IBPS Agricultural Specialist Officer Exam by Disha Prakashan

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  7. sir,thank u very much u preparation tips then i have one doubt above agri syllabus correct or assumsion u. i wil continue follow this syllabus.QP(2014-15)CUTOFF .WHAT wil except cutoff(2015-16)

  8. sir which book best preparation in ibps so agriculture field officer and send me to priv que paper and syllabus proff knowledge

  9. Sir agroforestry to M.sc program hai . b.sc forestry bachelor degree hai to kya bsc forestry is eligible or not .kyoki bsc agroforestry koi program Hi nhi hai ye to msc program hai

  10. Ganesh we will post expected cutoffs for IBPS SO Agriculture Field officer by tomorrow. Please checkout mockbank.com/bulletin

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