Institute of Banking Personnel conducts a common written exam for Specialist Officers recruitment. Interested candidates can apply for the post by applying online. Applications for SO exam can usually be filed until November every year. The online examinations consist of two rounds – Preliminary and Mains. Shortlisted candidates are called for an interview in order of merit. The Examination is conducted online in venues across centres in India. The preliminary examination is usually conducted in December, and results are  declared by January in following year.