IBPS SO 2020 Notification : Check Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Vacancy

IBPS SO 2020: The Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) has released the tentative dates for IBPS SO Recruitment 2020-21 to recruit candidates for the post of Specialist Officer(SO) through an advertisement in the newspaper. The online registration for IBPS SO 2020 will begin on 2nd November 2020.  The IBPS SO Exam is conducted for recruiting candidates for the posts of Specialist Officers in the field of IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer. The selection will be done through 3 stages – Prelims, Main Exam, and Interview round. The interested candidates should be ready for recruitment and begin with their preparation for the same. Here on this page, we bring to you complete details of IBPS SO 2020-21 Details, so bookmark this page for further updates.

IBPS SO 2020:

Conducting body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Mode of IBPS SO 2020 Online (computer-based test)
Official website ibps.in
Duration of exam 2 hours (120 minutes)
Eligibility Graduation or Post Graduation in specific stream depending on the post
Exam Date of IBPS SO 2020 Prelims

December 26 & 27, 2020

Exam Date of IBPS SO 2020 Mains

January 24, 2021

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Dates (Tentative)

As per the IBPS Calendar 2020-21, the IBPS SO Prelims Exam will be conducted on 26th and 27th December 2020 and IBPS SO Mains Exam has been scheduled for 24th January 2021. These dates are tentative and subject to any change by the authority. Check Out the Tentative IBPS SO Schedule given below.

Event Tentative Dates
IBPS SO Notification 2020 28 October 2020
IBPS SO Online Registration Starts From 02nd November 2020
Last Date to Apply Online for IBPS SO 23rd November 2020
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary December 2020
Date of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam 26th and 27th December 2020
Result of IBPS SO Online exam – Preliminary January 2020
Download the call letters for Online examination – Mains January 2021
Commencement of IBPS SO Mains Exam 24th January 2021
Result of IBPS SO Mains Exam February 2021
Conduct of Interview February 2021
IBPS SO 2020-21 Final Result April 2021

IBPS SO 2020 Notification

The IBPS SO Notification 2020 may be released in October 2020. Through the IBPS SO Recruitment, candidates will be selected for the post  IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer. The Prelims Exam will be held 26th & 27th December 2020 while the Mains Exam will be held on 24th January 2020.

From September 2021 onwards, the IBPS SO Exam will be conducted by NRA through a CET. 


IBPS SO 2020 Vacancy

As per the Official Recruitment Notification released by IBPS, there will be more than 1100 vacancies for IBPS SO 2020-21. The type of work performed by each Specialist Officer varies from post to post. This sector requires highly skilled people with a strong will and dedication to work as a Specialist Officer. For your reference, we present to you the IBPS SO 2019-20 Vacancy for various officers’ posts. Check out the table given below.

Name of Post No. of Vacancies
Agriculture Officer (Scale-I) 670
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) 310
IT Officer (Scale-I) 76
Law Officer (Scale-I) 60
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 20
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I) 27
Total 1163

IBPS SO 2020 Eligibility Criteria


The candidate who is going to apply for IBPS SO 2020-21 exam should have citizenship of India issued by the government of India. The following candidates can also apply for the IBPS SO 2020-21 exam:

  • a subject of Nepal or
  • a subject of Bhutan or
  • a Tibetan Refugee, who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  • Persons migrated from India from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, along with the certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Educational Qualification

1. I.T. Officer (Scale-I)

  • 4 year Engineering/Technology Degree or PG in CS/CA/IT/EE/EC/Electronics & Instrumentation/ Electronics & Telecommunications OR
  • Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

2. Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)

  • 4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Horticulture/ Forestry/ Food Science/ Animal Husbandry/Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri. Marketing & Co./ Co-operation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry/ Agriculture Business Management/ Food Tech./ Dairy Tech./ Agricultural Engineering/ Sericulture

3. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)

  • PG Degree in Hindi with English as a core subject OR
  • PG Degree in Sanskrit with English & Hindi as core subjects.

4. Law Officer (Scale-I)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.

5. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

  • Graduate and 2 Years Full-time PG degree or 2 Years Full-time PG Diploma in Personnel Management /Industrial Relations/HR/HRD/Social Work /Labour Law.

6. Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

  • Graduate and 2 Years Full-time MMS (Marketing)/ 2 Years Full-time MBA (Marketing)/ 2 Years Full-time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

Age Limit

  • The age of the applicant must range from anywhere between 20 to 30 years as on November 26, 2020.
  • Age relaxation will be applicable as per category and is given in the table below:
Category Age Relaxation
SC/ ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PWD 10 years
Ex-Servicemen 5 years
An individual domiciled in J&K during the
period January 1, 1980, and
December 31, 1989
5 years
Person affected by 1984 riots 5 years

Application Fee For IBPS SO 2020

The exam fee for the post of IBPS Specialist Officer is mentioned below. The application fee has to be paid online.

Application Fee
General & Others Rs. 850/-
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 175/-

How To Apply For IBPS SO 2020?

The online application process for IBPS SO 2020 will comprise of two-stage:
|| Registration | Log In ||

Part I: Registration
  • The candidates are to first click on the link that is given below.
  • Enter the details asked for.
  • A provisional registration number and password will be sent on the registered Email ID and Mobile number.
Part II: Log In
  • On receiving the registration no. and password, log in to complete the application procedure.
  • Fill up the personal, academic details, and communication details correctly.
  • Choose the exam center carefully.
  • Upload the photograph, signature, Left Hand Thumb Impression, Handwritten declaration.
  • The details for uploading of the documents is given below in the next paragraph.
  • Verify the details entered in the form before paying the application fee.
  • After verification, pay the required application fee.
  • Your application form for IBPS SO will be accepted provisionally after you have paid the application fee.

Documents To Upload For IBPS SO 2020

The candidates will have to upload the following documents in the required size in JPEG format in the IBPS SO 2020 Online Form.

File Size
Passport Size Photograph 200 x 230 Pixels 20 – 50 KBs
Signature 140 x 60 Pixels 10 – 20 KBs
Left Thumb Impression 240 x 240 Pixels 20 – 50 KBs
Hand Written Declaration 800 x 400 Pixels 50 – 100 KBs

Hand Written Declaration Text:

“I, _______ (Name of the candidate), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required.

Online Application Link For IBPS SO 2020

The online application link to apply for IBPS SO Post 2020 will be made available from 2nd November 2020 to 23rd November 2020. The link will be active as soon as released by the IBPS on its official website.

Direct Link to Apply for IBPS SO 2020 (Link will be active on 2nd November 2020)

IBPS SO 2020 Selection Process

IBPS SO selection procedure includes the following stages. The Preliminary exam will be conducted by IBPS, which will be followed by the Mains Exam.

  1. Preliminary exam
  2. Mains exam
  3. Interview

The IBPS SO Prelims is qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in the mains exam and interview are added for the final selection. It is very important to perform well in the mains exam as well as in an interview to get the final selection.


IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2020

IBPS SO Syllabus includes Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English language, and Professional knowledge, where the syllabus of Professional knowledge is different for every post.

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari Exam Pattern

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Timing (Minutes)
English Language 50 25 English 40
Reasoning Ability 50 50 English and Hindi 40
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 English and Hindi 40
Total 150 125 120 mins.

IBPS SO IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer Exam Pattern

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Timing (Minutes)
English Language 50 25 English 40
Reasoning Ability 50 50 English and Hindi 40
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English and Hindi 40
Total 150 125 120


IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

The mains exam pattern for the IBPS SO is different for different posts as mentioned below.

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer:

Name of the Test No. of Qs. Max. Marks Duration
Profession Knowledge 60 60 45 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Name of the Test No. of Qs. Max. Marks Duration
Profession Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 30 minutes
Profession Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 30 minutes


IBPS SO Cut Off 2019

The IBPS SO Cut Off for the Prelims Exam is given below:

Name of the Section
Maximum Marks
English 25 8 06.75
Reasoning 50 11.25 08.75
General Awareness / Quantitative Aptitude 50 09.50 07.50


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