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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

IBPS SO Online Registration Starts02-11-2020
IBPS SO Online Registration Ends23-11-2020
Payment Of Application Fees02-11-2020 to 23-11-2020
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam26-12-2020 & 27-12-2020
Preliminary Exam Result January 2021
Call Letter for Online Mains ExamJanuary 2021
IBPS SO Mains Exam24-01-2021
Mains Exam ResultFebruary 2021
Call Letter for InterviewFebruary 2021
Conduct Of InterviewFebruary 2021
Provisional AllotmentApril 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 2020Total MarksTotal number of Question
Post: Law officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari
English Language5025
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry5050
Post: Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer
English Language5025
Quantitative Aptitude5050

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

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

Subjects for IBPS SO 2020Total MarksTotal number of Question
Post: Rajbhasha Adhikari
Professional Knowledge(Objective)6045
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive)2
Post: Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer
Professional Knowledge6060


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 ExaminationDecember 26 & 27, 2020
IBPS SO Main ExaminationJanuary 30, 2021
InterviewFebruary/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:

I.T. Officer Scale 176
Agricultural Field Officer Scale 1670
Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale 127
Law Officer Scale 1 60
HR/Personnel Officer Scale 120
Marketing Officer Scale 1310


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 PostEducational 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:

CategoryOnline Application Fees
For  SC/ST/PWD candidatesRs. 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:

GradeIBPS SO Salary
Officer Scale IMonthly salary– Rs. 36400/-

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

Officer Scale-IIMonthly salary- Rs. 48800/-

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

Officer Scale IIIMonthly 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 SectionMaximum MarksCutoff
General Awareness / Quantitative Aptitude5009.5007.50 

IBPS SO I.T. Officer Cut off 2018

Name of the SectionTotal MarksGeneralOBCSCST
Reasoning Ability509.
English Language505.
Professional Knowledge5013.7510.7510.7510.75
Quantitative Aptitude508.
General Awarenessxxxxx
Total Weighted Score8044.4034.40


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.