Working in the fields to make the world feed is something great beyond the imagination. It is one of the most divine activities one can have in life. As we all know that there is no need for a particular course or an entrance for being a farmer. But for supporting a farmer in their life there needs a particular course and an entrance. The Agriculture Field Officer (AFO) is such a specialist job that is recruited by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for the participating banks in order to serve and support the agriculture sector and farmers of the country.
What is an Agriculture Field Officer?
Agriculture field officer (AFO) is a specialist officer in a bank which is recruited under the category of Specialist Officer (SO) through Common Recruitment Process (CRP) done by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The post is of officer scale I and is not for any graduates. It is reserved for graduates who 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. Since the qualification for the post is specifically for some graduation stream the duty of the officers is also specific.
Why the Agriculture Field Officer?
The position comes with power, responsibility and service is something that every aspirant will look forward to. Not only the attributes of the job but also the salary perks allowances make it irresistible for every aspirant who dreamt of that job. The advantages of the job will be like as follows:
The Government Salary
The government salary makes the post more and more attractive to every aspirant. The salary will be stable and will be having security over the job. The salary packages will vary according to each pay revision of the government. The basic pay scale of Agriculture Field Officer (scale I) will be mostly like:
Basic Pay: 23700 – 980 (7) – 30560 – 1145 (2) – 32850 – 1310 (7) – 42020
It will be similar as that of the IBPS PO pay scale. Besides the basic pay the agriculture field officer will be entitled to get a gross salary by the sum of House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Dearness Allowance (DA)
HRA: varies according to the location
DA: varies according to DA revision of each government.
Promotions and growth
The specialist officer (SO) is one that has specialised knowledge over some topic and recruited for serving in that topic in officer scale I. the chances of getting promotions is very high since the competition among the recruited one will be less compared to other general posts. The officer scale I can be enhanced to Scale II Scale III Scale IV Scale V Scale VI Scale VII etc.
That is career growth will be like officer/ Asst Manager – Manager- Senior Manager- Chief Manager- Asst General Manager- Deputy General Manager- General Manager.
These kinds of career growth in a short span of time could not be expected in any of the posts in the bank. It can only be earned through a specialist officer in a bank.
Entri – AFO – Look back – Look forward – Look into the Paper Study Package
Entri has revamped a detailed study for Agriculture Field Officer examination through Banking 2.0. Even though the AFO is a specialist job the preliminary of the IBPS SO examination is generally not adhering to the professional knowledge it requires. The preliminary should be qualified in order to appear for the mains examination followed by the interview. The preliminary examination consists of a typical bank exam which requires a lot of practice. It comes with a Look back – Look forward – Look into the paper method, which means it provides Banking Foundation Course, Detailed Video Study Classes with latest updates and makes you an expert with more than 24000 mock tests. Specially designed according to the IBPS SO 2020-2021 syllabus.
The IBPS SO Officer is the gateway towards the Agriculture Field Officer which is not only a prominent job in the society but also a great social service and helping hand towards the agriculture sector and the farmers in our country. Prepare for the exam with Entri mentoring through Banking 2.0. Keep studying and keep winning.