IBPS conducts the PO examination for the recruitment of candidates for the role of Probationary Officers at various participating institutes. Probationary Officers are entry level officers who start their role as a officer at various banks. IBPS SO is conducted for the recruitment of Specialist Officers. As the name suggests, Specialist officers are hired for special roles in the banks and hence requires some substantial amount of experience.
IBPS conducts SO exam to recruit specialist officers across different disciplines like IT, Marketing, HR, Law etc. and
PO exam to recruit probationary officers in public sector banks across the country
SOs will be posted in Regional or zonal or head offices whereas POs are posted in rural or urban branches.
Age group for both SO and PO are same but salary may vary slightly.