Everything you need to know about IBPS-AFO Exam!

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) administers a range of exams for positions within public and rural banks in India. One such exam is the IBPS Agriculture Field Officer (AFO) exam, conducted to offer the position of Agriculture Field Officer (Scale-1). Typically, registration for these exams commences in August, with examinations usually scheduled for December each year. However, it's important to note that these months may vary in the future and are not set in stone.

In 2023, IBPS announced 500 openings for AFO posts (scale 1). 

IBPS Official Website


Post Name


Total Vacancy


Mode of Exam

Online (CBT)

IBPS AFO Notification Release

To be announced

IBPS AFO Online Application Starts

To be announced

Last Date to apply

To be announced

Last date to pay the application fee

To be announced

The last date to print the application form

To be announced

IBPS AFO Prelims Exam

To be announced

IBPS AFO Main Exam

To be announced

IBPS AFO Eligibility Criteria 2024

Age Criteria

  • The candidates must be of age between 20-30
  • Age relaxation is given to students of the following categories: 


    Age Relaxation


    5 years

    OBC (OBC Non-Creamy Layer)

    3 years


    10 years

    Army Personnel

    5 years

    Candidate affected by 1984 riots

    5 years

Educational Qualification 

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.

IBPS AFO Selection Process 2024

The exams are conducted in three stages. The stages are as follows: 

Stage I: Preliminary Exam
This is the qualifying exam and scores secured in this exam are not counted in the Final Merit List. The cut-off for this exam is released by IBPS.

Stage II: Main Exam
This is the main exam and test of your Professional Knowledge related to the field you are pursuing. The candidates who qualify Prelim Exam are eligible to take this exam. The main exams are a total of 60 marks. 

Stage III: Interview
The candidates who qualify Main exam are qualified for the Interview Stage. The Interview stage constitutes a total of 100 Marks. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview will not be less than 40% for UR and 35% for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD candidates. 
The weightage given to the online exam for the Interview will be 80:20.

IBPS AFO Exam Pattern 2024

Preliminary Exam


Name of test

Exam Medium

No. of Questions

Max. Marks



English Language




40 min.



Eng & Hindi



40 min.


Quantitative Aptitude

Eng & Hindi



40 min.






2 Hours

Main Exam

Name of Test

Exam Medium

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks


Professional Knowledge

English & Hindi



45 Minutes

IBPS AFO Syllabus 2024

Preliminary Exam Syllabus

English Language Syllabus:
  • Reading Comprehension,
  • Cloze Test,
  • Detection of Errors,
  • Improving Sentences and paragraphs,
  • Completion of paragraphs,
  • Para jumbling,
  • Fill in the blanks,
  • Parts of speech,
  • Modes of narration,
  • Prepositions.
  • Voice Change
Reasoning Syllabus:
  • Puzzles,
  • Inequalities,
  • Seating Arrangement,
  • Syllogism,
  • Blood Relations,
  • Order and Ranking,
  • Alphanumeric Series,
  • Input-Output,
  • Coding-Decoding,
  • Data Sufficiency,
  • Distance and Direction,
  • Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning
Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus:
  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  • Simplification
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Discounts
  • Averages
  • Mixtures
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Time Work and Distance
  • Rate of Interest
  • Probability
  • Permutation and Combination
General Knowledge Syllabus:
  • Current Affairs and Static G.K.
  • Banking Awareness
  • International and National Awareness
  • Countries, Currencies, and Capitals
  • Books, Authors, and Awards
  • Headquarters
  • Prime Minister Schemes
  • Government Policies
  • Important Dates and Events

Main Exam Syllabus

  • Introduction to Agriculture & Crop: Seed Technology, Agriculture Economics, Agricultural Practices, Seasonal Crops (Rabi and Kharif)
  • Soil & Fertility: Soil Resources, Types of Soils in India, Physical Properties of these Soils
  • Manures & Fertilizers: Green Manures, Fertilizer – types, chemical composition
  • Cropping Scheme: Crop Rotation, Cropping System, Soil and Crop suitability, Climate and Crops
  • Irrigation: Sources and Methods of Irrigation, Problems related to Irrigation, Advanced Irrigational Facilities, Important Dams and Rivers that have played a major role in shaping Irrigational Activities
  • Rural Credit: Agriculture Insurance Schemes, Woman & Child Development Schemes, Role of RRBs, Agricultural Loans and Financing
  • Vegetable & Fruit Science: Crop Horticulture – Sowing Time & Spacing, Seed Rate, Important Varieties, Herbicides & Pesticides, Plant Diseases, Preservation and Types of Cropping Systems Fruits & Vegetables Preservation Methods
  • Weeds: Classification of weeds, Merits and Demerits, Weed Control
  • Surveying: Introduction to Surveying, Classification of Surveying, Benefits and Recent Surveys and Committees
  • Animal Husbandry: Classifications, Small Industries, Diseases and Causes, Breeding Dairy, Cattle Management, Small Scale Industries and Threats to them
  • Dairy: Cattle Management, Rearing
  • Botany: Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural Microbiology, Plant Physiology & Biochemistry, Soil Microbiology
  • Agriculture Engineering: Farm Machinery & Power, Food Processing, Agricultural Structure, Post Harvest Technology
  • Miscellaneous: Latest Developments, Recent Discoveries, Latest Bt Crops and related Research, Hybrid

IBPS AFO Salary 2024

Any Post on Scale 1 of IBPS SO gets the Basic pay of ₹36,400. Apart from basic pay, Scale 1 post is also eligible for like House Rent Allowance, Dearness Allowance, Special Allowance, Travel Allowance, Medical expenses and newspaper reimbursements.

An AFO gets a gross income of approximately ₹58,240/- Per month

IBPS AFO Important Books

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