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IBPS SO 2020

The IBPS SO 2020 recruitment will be done by the Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection (IBPS). In this recruitment, candidates have to compete for the selection of Specialist Officer (SO) vacancies in the Public Sector Banks in India. Here we have updated the complete details about the IBPS SO 2020 exam.

Important Dates

The most important dates regarding the IBPS SO notification 2020 pdf are available here. Refer to the exam dates and make your preparation plan accordingly.

EventTentative Dates
IBPS SO 2020 Notification ReleaseNovember 2020
Apply Online DatesNovember 2020
Prelims Exam call LetterDecember 2020
IBPS SO Prelims Exam DatesDecember 2020 / January 2021
Prelims exam resultJanuary 2021
Mains Exam Call LetterJanuary 2021
IBPS SO Mains Exam DateJanuary 2021
Mains Exam ResultFebruary 2021
InterviewJanuary 2021
Provisional AllotmentApril 2021


Get More DetailsIBPS SO Recruitment

IBPS SO Apply Online

The online Application link will get activated as per the notification dates. Use the following updated browsers to apply without any struggle.

  • Internet Explorer 8.0
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0
  • Google Chrome 3.0

Also, keep the prerequisites ready while IBPS SO 2020 apply online process.

  • Your valid maid Id and a permanent mobile number.
  • Scanned copies of your passport size photograph, hand-written declaration, signature, and the left thumb impression.
  • credit card or debit card or any such documents that required to pay the application fees.
Apply Online Procedure
  1. Visit www.ibps.in.
  2. Click the new registration link.
  3. Complete the registration process and get the unique Id and password.
  4. With these credentials login to your IBPS SO 2020 online application form.
  5. Scan and upload the documents as per the specifications.
  6. Fill your work experience, education, and other details
  7. Check the preview of your online form and edit if there are mistakes.
  8. submit your IBPS SO application form and pay your fee in the online mode.

IBPS SO Application Fees

Here we provide the application fee details of the IBPS SO 2020 exam. Only online fee payment can be done.

  • Rs.100/- for ST / SC / PWD candidates.
  • Rs.600/- for General / OBC candidates.


In IBPS SO recruitment, specialist officers of various posts are selected.

  • IT Officer (Scale-I)
  • Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)
  • Law Officer (Scale-I)
  • HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
  • Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

The total IBPS SO 2019 vacancies for last year was 1163. In this year’s notification you can see the individual vacancy list for each post. Also, the category-wise vacancy list is also available.

IBPS SO 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should check several eligibility norms as per the notification.

Nationality / Citizenship:

A Candidate must be either of,

  • An Indian citizen or Bhutan citizen or Nepal citizen. (or)
  • a Tibetan Refugee (visited India before the 1st of  January 1962 for permanent settling).
  • a person of Indian origin (migrated from East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Ethiopia, Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India).

All candidates (except Indian citizens) should have an eligible certificate, as provided by the government.

Age Limit:

  • Minimum age: 20 years.
  • Maximum age: 30 years.

Check age relaxation details in the table.

CategoryAge Relaxation
OBC3 years
SC / ST5 years
PwD10 years
Persons domiciled in the Jammu & Kashmir  between 01.01.1980 – 31.12.19895 years
Ex-Servicemen5 years
Persons get affected in the 1984 riots5 years


Educational Qualification

The educational qualification details of each of the IBPS SO posts are available below in detail.

PostEducational Qualification
I.T. Officer (Scale I)4 years course in Engineering / Technology degree in Computer Science / Information Technology / Computer Applications / Electronics / Electronics and Telecommunications / Electronics and Instrumentation(OR)

P.G., Degree in Computer Science / Information Technology / Computer Applications / Electronics and Communication / Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation / Electronics(OR)

Graduates passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)4 years course degree in agriculture / Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science / Horticulture/ Dairy Science /  Agricultural Bio-Technology / Fishery Science / Food Science / Pisciculture /  Agriculture Business Management / Agri Marketing and cooperation / Food Technology / Co-Operation and Banking / Dairy Technology /  Agro-Forestry / Sericulture/ Agricultural Engineering
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)P.G., degree in Hindi with English as a subject at degree level(OR)

P.G., degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject at graduation level

Law Officer (Scale I)A degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)Graduate and 2 years full-time P.G., Degree or two years full-time P.G., Diploma in Personnel Management / Industrial Relations / HR/ HRD / Social Work/ Labour Law
Marketing Officer (Scale I)Graduate and two years Full-Time MMS (Marketing )/ MBA (Marketing) / two years full-time PGDBA / PGDBM / PGDM / PGPM with specialization in Marketing

IBPS SO 2020 Selection Process:

Totally 3 stages are available for the IBPS SO 2020 recruitment.

  • Preliminary exam
  • Mains exam
  • Interview

For each section, there will be overall and sectional cut-offs. Candidates should clear those cut-offs to pass on to the next stages.

Exam Pattern:

The total mark for the prelims exam is 125. The reasoning and English language are the common sections for all the posts. The 3rd section will differ for some posts. For your reference check the updated exam pattern here.

Prelims Exam Pattern:

  • Total mark -125
  • Negative mark – 1/4th mark deducted for wrong answers.
Prelims pattern for Law officer and Raj Bhasha Adhikari
S.NoSectionNo. Of QuestionsTotal Marks     Duration
1Reasoning505040 Minutes


2English Language502540 Minutes




General Awareness with Special Reference to banking 





40 Minutes

 Total150125120 minutes



Prelims Pattern for Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer
S.NoSectionNo. Of QuestionsTotal Marks      Duration
1Reasoning505040 Minutes


2English Language502540 Minutes




Quantitative Aptitude 





40 Minutes

 Total150125120 minutes


IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern:

  • Total mark – 60
  • Negative mark – 1/4th of mark will get deducted for each wrong answer.

Mains Exam Pattern for Rajbhasha Adhikari:

No of questions
Total Marks
Professional Knowledge (Objective)456030 mins
Professional Knowledge (descriptive)230 mins


Mains Exam Pattern for All Other Posts:

No. of questions
Total Marks
Professional Knowledge606045 mins

Detailed IBPS SO Exam Pattern is Here

IBPS SO 2020 Syllabus

The IBPS SO 2020 Syllabus for the prelims exam is here for reference.

Reasoning AbilityQuantitative AptitudeGeneral AwarenessEnglish Language 
Logical reasoningSimplificationCurrent affairsCloze test
Alphanumeric seriesApproximationBanking awarenessFillers
Order and rankingQuadratic equationStatic GKError spotting
Direction senseData interpretationAwards and honorsReading comprehension
Blood relationAllegation of mixtureAppointmentsJumbled sentences
Data sufficiencyPermutation and combinationBooks and authorsSentence improvement/ correction
Coded inequalityData sufficiencyDaysPara jumbles
Puzzle and Seating ArrangementsProfit and lossDefence NewsMiscellaneous
SyllogismRatio, average and percentageEconomic news 
Coding-DecodingProblems on train, boat and streamNational and international summits 
 Time, speed and distancePersons and visits 
 Time and workSports 
 Pipes and cisterns  
 Number system  
 Number series  
 Simple and compound interest  


IBPS SO Detailed Syllabus Here

Preparation Tips

Here we have added the preparation tips for the IBPS SO 2020 exam.

Practice With Previous Year Papers:

Refer more previous year IBPS SO prelims question papers. Try to solve all the questions in it. So that you will feel the real toughness level of the exam. It will be helpful for you to handle the difficult questions in the exam with ease. So practice the previous year’s papers with complete dedication. Analyze and correct all the mistakes you have committed in it. This way of practice will be really helpful for you to score more marks in the exam.

IBPS SO Previous Year Question Paper

Practice with Daily Online Quizzes and Online Videos:

Take more online quizzes and keep in touch with all the subjects. You can give a try for online video learning practice for several tough topics. For example, if you are weak in the English language section, you can prefer some good videos to clarify the basic concepts.

Practice with IBPS SO Mock Test

Power Capsule Preparation:

For the preparation of the general awareness section, power capsule is the best way. You can cover more data in a quick manner. For the last-minute revision purpose, this is the most effective preparation method. This section will earn you good marks if you work hard. This section may turn around your fate to achieve the much-needed dream.

IBPS SO Admit Card

IBPS SO exam admit card will be released 15 days prior to the examination. Visit the official web site and enter your registration number and password. Then provide the captcha code in the box. Then press the login button to view your admit card. The admit card has details such as exam date, session, reporting time, exam center, etc. Without an admit card, you cannot take the exam.

IBPS SO Result

To check the result at each stage you have to visit the official website of the IBPS. After the result release, you go to the site and click the result link. Then enter your registration number and password to see your result status. The final merit list will be released after the interview round.


We have added a few FAQs for your reference.

Q: What was the IBPS SO 2019 total vacancy?

A: The IBPS SO 2019 vacancy was 1163.

Q: What is the online application fee to apply for the IBPS SO 2020 exam?

A: For general and OBC candidates, Rs.600/- is the application fee. For SC /ST / PWD Rs.100 is the application fees.

Q: How many stages are there in the IBPS SO 2020 selection process?

A: There are 3 stages: prelims, mains, and interview.