IBPS SO Recruitment Notification 2020 Released: Check Important Dates

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the recruitment drive for recruiting Specialist officers every year. IBPS SO is one of the most prestigious exams in the banking industry. Basically, it’s an entrance exam that selects candidates for posts such as Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer, Law Officer, and Rajbhasha Adhikari. The IBPS SO Recruitment notification is released.

IBPS SO Recruitment Notification 2020 – Imp Dates

Events Dates
IBPS SO Online Registration Starts 02-11-2020
IBPS SO Online Registration Ends 23-11-2020
Payment Of Application Fees 02-11-2020 to 23-11-2020
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam 26-12-2020 & 27-12-2020
Preliminary Exam Result January 2021
Call Letter for Online Mains Exam January 2021
IBPS SO Mains Exam 24-01-2021
Mains Exam Result February 2021
Call Letter for Interview February 2021
Conduct Of Interview February 2021
Provisional Allotment April 2021

Below is the Official Image from the IBPS:

IBPS SO recruitment notification

Exam Pattern for IBPS SO Recruitment Notification

IBPS SO Recruitment Examination takes place in 3 stages:-

  • Preliminary exam
  • Mains exam
  • Interview

The preliminary exam is of qualifying nature which means marks obtained in the prelims round will not be considered while preparing the final merit list. For the final selection, the marks of the mains exam and interview are considered, so it is very important for the candidates to perform well in the mains exam as well as in an interview to get the final selection.

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Exam pattern of IBPS SO 2020 prelims is given below:

Subjects for IBPS SO 2020 Total Marks Total number of Question
Post: Law officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari
Reasoning 50 50
English Language 50 25
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50
Post: Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer
Reasoning 50 50
English Language 50 25
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

Exam pattern of IBPS SO 2020 mains has been given below:

Subjects for IBPS SO 2020 Total Marks Total number of Question
Post: Rajbhasha Adhikari
Professional Knowledge(Objective) 60 45
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive) 2
Post: Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer
Professional Knowledge 60 60


Personal interview:

The 3rd phase as per IBPS SO Recruitment Notification PDF is the Personal Interview. Candidates meeting the sectional and overall cutoff in mains exams are then called for an interview. The final merit list is made considering the mains as well as interview marks.

Latest Update On The IBPS SO Recruitment Notification 2020

IBPS SO exam date 2020 has been released under the IBPS Calendar 2020-21. As per the official calendar, IBPS SO 2020 pre-exam is scheduled for 26th & 27th December 2020. The other important dates are given under:-

IBPS SO Exam Dates 2020
IBPS SO Preliminary Examination December 26 & 27, 2020
IBPS SO Main Examination January 30, 2021
Interview February/March 2021


IBPS SO Recruitment 2020 – No. of Vacancies

The IBPS SO vacancies will be released along with the IBPS SO Recruitment notification 2020.A total of 2188 vacancies were released for various posts last year. You can have a look at the IBPS SO 2019-20 vacancies released for different profiles:

Post Vacancy
I.T. Officer Scale 1 76
Agricultural Field Officer Scale 1 670
Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale 1 27
Law Officer Scale 1  60
HR/Personnel Officer Scale 1 20
Marketing Officer Scale 1 310
Total 1163


IBPS SO Notification 2020 – Eligibility Criteria

There is age as well as educational qualifications specified in order to be eligible to take the IBPS SO exam. Let’s have a look at the specifications.

Educational Eligibility Criteria (as on 26.11.2020)

IBPS SO educational eligibility criteria varies for every post. In the below table, you can check out education qualifications for each post offered: 

Name of the Post Educational Qualification
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
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
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.
Law Officer (Scale-I)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.
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.
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 Eligibility Criteria

The candidate’s minimum age must be 20 years and maximum age must not exceed 30 years for all the above-mentioned post (as on 26.11.2020).

IBPS SO 2020 Apply Online

The online application form for IBPS SO will be activated as soon as  IBPS SO Recruitment notification is released. We will share the direct link on our site to apply online as soon as it is activated. Candidates are requested to keep an eye to not miss out on important notifications.

How to Apply Online for IBPS SO 2020?

Candidates need to follow these steps as mentioned in the IBPS SO Recruitment Notification to order to fill the IBPS SO 2020 Form:

Step 1: First go to the official website of IBPS.

Step 2: You will find a link to apply for IBPS SO recruitment notification 2020-21 on its homepage.

Step 3:Then,click on the link to open the first screen of the application form.

Step 4:Fill the form and remember to enter the correct details as mentioned in your official documents.

Step 5:Cross-check all the details before you press the final submit button on the application form.

Step 6: Click on the submit button.

Step 7: A new tab asking for a scanned photograph & Signature will appear.

Step 8: Upload the image of signature & your recent photograph as per the mentioned dimensions.

Step 9: Again click on the submit button.

Step 10: Pay the application fee according to your category.

Step 11: Take a print out of the application fee for future use.

IBPS SO Recruitment Notification – Application Fee

The IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) application fees for various categories is as follows:

Category Online Application Fees
For  SC/ST/PWD candidates Rs. 100/-
For General  Rs. 600/-


IBPS SO Salary

We have jotted down the salary offered to a specialist officer as per the IBPS SO Recruitment notification of the previous year.

The IBPS SO Salary details for various posts are given below:

Grade IBPS SO Salary
Officer Scale I Monthly salary– Rs. 36400/-

Pay Scale– Rs. 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020

Officer Scale-II Monthly salary- Rs. 48800/-

Pay Scale- Rs. 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950

Officer Scale III Monthly salary- Rs. 64600/-

Pay Scale- Rs. 42020-1310/5-48570-1460/2-51490

  • The IBPS SO Salary includes dearness allowance and HRA for all the grades.

IBPS SO Recruitment 2020 – Exam Syllabus

IBPS SO syllabus will help you channelize your efforts. You can prepare a study plan accordingly. You will find the detailed IBPS SO prelims syllabus for the upcoming IBPS SO 2020 exam:

Reasoning Ability

Seating-Arrangement, Puzzles, Inequality, Syllogism, Input-Output, Data Sufficiency, Blood Relations, Order and Ranking, Alphanumeric series, Distance and Direction, Verbal Reasoning

English Language

Reading Comprehension,Cloze Test,Spotting Errors,Sentence Improvement/ Correction,Para Jumbles,Fill in the blanks,Para / Sentence Completion

Quantitative Aptitude

Number Series,Simplification / Approximation,Data Interpretation,Quadratic Equations,DataSufficiency,Mensuration,Miscellaneous Topics ( Average, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Partnership, Ratio & Proportion, Problem on Ages, Probability) etc.

General Awareness

Questions will be asked mainly from the Current Affairs & Banking Awareness topics. 

This section also includes questions on general awareness topics like Books & authors, important dates, currencies and capital of countries etc.

It would be advisable to go through the GK updates of at least 5-6 months prior to the exam.

Do not forget to prepare for the static GK part as well, like the countries, their capitals and currencies. Give utmost attention to the static gk of the current affairs.


IBPS SO 2020 Cut off 

IBPS releases category wise cut off for various posts under IBPS SO recruitment Notification. The IBPS SO cut off will help you get a fair idea of the number of questions to be attempted in order to crack the exam. You may go through the details of IBPS SO Cut off 2019 for various posts below.

IBPS SO Prelims Cut off 2019

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

IBPS SO I.T. Officer Cut off 2018

Name of the Section Total Marks General OBC SC ST
Reasoning Ability 50 9.00 6.00 6.00 6.00
English Language 50 5.00 3.25 3.25 3.25
Professional Knowledge 50 13.75 10.75 10.75 10.75
Quantitative Aptitude 50 8.25 5.25 5.25 5.25
General Awareness x x x x x
Total Weighted Score 80 44.40 34.40


IBPS SO Result

The IBPS SO Prelims Result will be declared 20-25 days after the successful conduction of the exam on the official site of IBPS. We will update the direct link to check the status of the IBPS SO exam result as soon as it is available officially.

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IBPS SO Recruitment Notification 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions:

Here are some FAQs regarding the IBPS SO recruitment notification 2020

Q: When will the IBPS SO Recruitment notification be released?

A: It is expected to be released in November 2020.

Q: What is a SO post in IBPS?

A: In IBPS, the SO post means ‘Specialist officer’.

Q: Are the Marks of Prelims exam considered in the final merit list?

A: No, If you clear the Preliminary round you will be eligible for the Mains round but the marks do not add to the tally while preparing the final merit list.

That is all from us in this post on IBPS SO Recruitment Notification 2020. Keep checking this page for all the latest IBPS SO 2020 Exam updates. All the best for your exam preparation.