IBPS SO Exam 2021: Notification, Apply Online, Exam Date

The IBPS SO 2021 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 notification 2021.

IBPS SO- Banks Participating 

Check below the list of banks participating in the IBPS SO recruitment process

Allahabad Bank Canara Bank
Indian Overseas Bank Syndicate Bank
Andhra Bank Central Bank of India
Oriental Bank of Commerce UCO Bank
Bank of Baroda Corporation Bank
Punjab National Bank Union Bank of India
Bank of India Indian Bank
Punjab & Sind Bank United Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra

IBPS SO Exam – Important Dates

Below are the important dates of the IBPS SO exam in the latest notification released by IBPS:

Events Dates
IBPS SO Online Registration Starts To Be Announced
IBPS SO Online Registration Ends To Be Announced
Payment Of Application Fees To Be Announced
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam To Be Announced
Preliminary Exam Result To Be Announced
Call Letter for Online Mains Exam To Be Announced
IBPS SO Mains Exam To Be Announced
Mains Exam Result To Be Announced
Call Letter for Interview To Be Announced
Conduct Of Interview To Be Announced
Provisional Allotment To Be Announced

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 2021 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 the ibps official site
  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 2021 online application form.
  5. Scan and upload the documents as per the specifications.
  6. Fill in 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.

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IBPS SO Application Fees

Here we provide the application fee details of the IBPS SO 2021 exam. Only online fee payment can be done.

  • Rs.175/- for ST / SC / PWD candidates.
  • Rs.850/- for General / OBC candidates.

Get More – IBPS SO Application form


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 2021 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. Totally 647 vacancies were announced for IBPS SO 2021 Notification.

IBPS SO 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should check several eligibility criteria for IBPS SO as per the notification.

Nationality / Citizenship:

A Candidate must be either off,

  • 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.

Category Age Relaxation
OBC 3 years
SC / ST 5 years
PwD 10 years
Persons domiciled in the Jammu & Kashmir  between 01.01.1980 – 31.12.1989 5 years
Ex-Servicemen 5 years
Persons get affected in the 1984 riots 5 years


Educational Qualification

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

Post Educational 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., a degree in Hindi with English as a subject at degree level(OR)

P.G., a 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 2021 Selection Process:

Totally 3 stages are available for the IBPS SO 2021 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.No Section No. Of Questions Total Marks     Duration
1 Reasoning 50 50 40 Minutes


2 English Language 50 25 40 Minutes




General Awareness with Special Reference to banking  





40 Minutes

  Total 150 125 120 minutes



Prelims Pattern for Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer
S.No Section No. Of Questions Total Marks      Duration
1 Reasoning 50 50 40 Minutes


2 English Language 50 25 40 Minutes




Quantitative Aptitude  





40 Minutes

  Total 150 125 120 minutes


IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern:

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

Mains Exam Pattern for Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Section No of questions Total Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 30 mins
Professional Knowledge (descriptive) 2 30 mins


Mains Exam Pattern for All Other Posts:

Section No. of questions Total Marks Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 mins

Detailed IBPS SO Exam Pattern is Here

IBPS SO 2021 Syllabus

The IBPS SO 2021 Syllabus for the prelims exam is here for reference.

IBPS SO 2021 Syllabus – Prelims

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness English Language 
Logical reasoning Simplification Current affairs Cloze test
Alphanumeric series Approximation Banking awareness Fillers
Order and ranking Quadratic equation Static GK Error spotting
Direction sense Data interpretation Awards and honors Reading comprehension
Blood relation Allegation of mixture Appointments Jumbled sentences
Data sufficiency Permutation and combination Books and authors Sentence improvement/ correction
Coded inequality Data sufficiency Days Para jumbles
Puzzle and Seating Arrangements Profit and loss Defence News Miscellaneous
Syllogism Ratio, average, and percentage Economic news  
Coding-Decoding Problems on train, boat, and stream National and international summits  
  Time, speed, and distance Persons and visits  
  Time and work Sports  
  Pipes and cisterns    
  Number system    
  Number series    
  Simple and compound interest    


IBPS SO Mains Syllabus:

Check below the detailed IBPS SO Mains Syllabus:

IBPS SO Mains Papers IBPS SO Mains Topics
IT Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus
  • Data Communication and Networking
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Database Management System
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  • Data Structure
  • Operating System
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Soil resources
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Agroforestry
  • Basics of Crop production
  • Horticulture
  • Seed Science
  • Agronomy and Irrigation
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Ecology
  • Government Schemes
Law Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus
  • Banking Regulations
  • Compliance and Legal Aspects
  • Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act
  • Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  • Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  • Bankers Book Evidence Act
  • Consumer Protection Act
  • DRT Act
  • Laws and Actions with the direct link to Banking Sector
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus
  • Basics of Marketing Management
  • Advertising
  • PR
  • Brand Management
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sales
  • Market Segmentation
  • Business Ethics
  • Retail
  • Market research and forecasting demand
  • Service Marketing
  • Product Life Cycle
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus
  • Training and Development
  • Business policy and strategic analysis
  • Performance Management and Appraisal
  • Human Resource Development
  • Business policy and strategic analysis
  • Transnational Analysis
  • Industrial Relations
  • Grievance and Conflict Management
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Recruitment and Selection

IBPS SO Detailed Syllabus Here

Books for IBPS SO Preparation: 

You should be careful while choosing the study material when you are going to prepare for any competitive exam. Our IBPS Guide masterminds have created a list of section-wise books that would provide a helping hand to boost your bank exam preparation. You can learn all the basic and advanced concepts from these books and use the previous year’s questions to analyze where you are standing. Take regular IBPS SO mock tests to examine your weaker and stronger sections.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Name of the Book Author / Publisher
Practice Book on Quicker Maths  M.Tyra, K.Kundan/ Magical Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examination R.S Aggarwal / S.Chand Publisher
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Varma/ Arihant Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma Arun Sharma / McGraw Hill

English Language:

Name of the Book Author
High School English Grammar and Composition Wren and Martin
Objective General English SP Bakshi
Descriptive General English SP Bakshi
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis


Reasoning Ability books:

Name of the Book  Publisher
Test of Reasoning Edgar Thorpe / Pearson
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning R.S Aggarwal/ S. Chand Publisher
Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey MK Pandey / Magical book series


Computer Knowledge books:

Name of the book Author
Content Knowledge for IBPS – CWE Clerical Cadre Content Crop
Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy 2610 + Objective Question Kiran Prakashan


General Awareness Books:

Name of the Book  Author 
General Knowledge  Lucent
Banking Awareness handbook of Banking information N.S Toor
Static General Knowledge Arihant Publication
Banking Awareness Arihant Publication


IT Officer (Scale-I) Books 

Book Author
A computer for Competitive Exams: Fundamental of Computer with MCQ’s: Fundamentals of Computer with Multiple choices questions 1st Edition RPH Editorial Board
Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams 1stEdition R Pillai


Law Officer (Scale-I) Books 

Book Author
IBPS Specialist Officer CWE LAW Officer Online Exam Practice Work Book Kiran Prakashan


HR Specialist/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) Books 

Book Author
CWE-IBPS Bank-HR Specialist/Personal Officer Complete Book Priyanka Prakashan


Marketing Specialist Officer (Scale-I) Books 

Book Author
CWE-IBPS Bank-Marketing Specialist Officer Exam: Complete Book Priyanka Prakashan

IBPS SO Exam Centres:

Students will have to give preference for IBPS SO exam centers at the time of filling the online application form. There is no request for a change of exam centers will be entertained later. So, be cautious while filling up the application form.

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Preparation Tips

Here we have added the preparation tips for the IBPS SO 2021 exam.

  • Make your own IBPS SO study plan 2021.
  • Follow good study materials for all the subjects.
  • Practice with the mock tests, previous year question papers, online quizzes, etc.
  • Do complete revision with the IBPS SO study notes.
  • For general awareness use power capsules for revision.

Practice With Previous Year Papers:

Refer to 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 to 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, a 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.

Get More – IBPS SO Reasoning Questions

Get More – IBPS SO English Preparation

IBPS SO Admit Card

IBPS SO exam admit card will be released 15 days prior to the examination. Visit the official website 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.

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IBPS SO Exam Analysis

We will provide the IBPS SO 2021 exam analysis on our site after the exams get over. Exam analysis will give you details on the weightage of questions, change in patterns, and good attempts. It will be useful for the candidates who take tests in the next shifts.

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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.

IBPS SO Cut Off:

For each stage of the recruitment, they will release the cut-off to shortlist the candidates. The cut off will depend upon the exam level, total number of vacancies, total number of applicants, and many other factors.

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DO’s and DON’Ts of Bank exam preparation:

Most of people nowadays Bank Jobs is one of the most in-demand jobs due to high salaries and other added benefits. Clearing the bank exam is not a cakewalk if you don’t prepare well. First, you should choose the right platform to start your banking exam preparation, and then you should work hard to achieve your dream position.


Create a suitable study plan.

Make a study plan as per your capacity and follow the study plan strictly without convincing to clear the bank exam in the first attempt. Be sure that your timetable covers all the topics in the syllabus.

Read the newspaper regularly: 

Newspapers will give deep insight into general affairs which is the much-needed one for cracking the bank exam. Inculcate the habit of reading the newspaper regularly, it will improve your English language skills. Read editorials from newspapers, learn new words, and antonyms for the same.

Handpick the best books and resources.

Your success in the banking examination depends on the source you use for the preparation. Don’t skip other study materials or sources after initiating the learning process, be careful in choosing the right one.

By opting for online coaching:

Through online coaching, you can learn a lot of shortcut methods to solve the questions easily. Choose online classes that have the best faculty team.

Concentrate on your weaker sections:

Try to take the sample tests provided by the best online coaching classes and try to scrutinize your weaker and strong section. Spend more time for preparation and take more tests on your weaker section.

Practice previous year question papers:

Practice all the previous year question papers to get on with the flow and it will give an idea about important questions and the bank exam pattern. Candidates have to Practice previous year question papers before appearing for the main exam, you will find it very useful.

Make short notes: 

Making short notes of formulas, shortcut methods, etc can be useful for revising before attending the exam. Be careful about the handwriting, make sure you understand when you revise it.

Work on speed:

No matter if you prepare well, you should be fast enough to complete the exam within the stipulated period. Lack of speed will let you lose the mark. Speed can be attained by regular practice. Always keep an alarm clock with you whenever you practice a mock test, it will be very useful for your main exam.


Don’t panic:

You should not panic both while preparing and writing the exam. This can be reduced by practicing a lot of mock tests regularly. Be cool, this will help you to think better.

Don’t mug up :

Instead of mugging up the concept, try to understand it. Understanding the concept will help you to tackle all types of questions.

Don’t stress and avoid late-night studies:

Don’t stress yourself. Avoid late-night studies before the exam day. Relax and maintain a healthy diet.

Don’t leave any section:

Try to concentrate on all the sections. Don’t leave any section considering it as tough. it will affect your sectional cut-off. Also, don’t postpone the preparation of the easy topic.

Don’t make guesses:

Each wrong answer carries negative marks, so don’t make blind guesses, it will reverse your scores.

Don’t leave the General Awareness section:

Don’t take the General awareness section for granted. You cannot prepare for this section overnight. Regular preparation is needed to clear this section.



We have added a few FAQs for your reference.


Q: What was the IBPS SO 2021 total vacancy?

A: The IBPS SO 2021 vacancy will Release Soon.


Q: What is the online application fee to apply for the IBPS SO 2021 exam?

A: For general and OBC candidates, Rs.850/- is the application fee. For SC /ST / PWD Rs.175/- is the application fees.


Q: How many stages are there in the IBPS SO 2021 selection process?

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


Q. What is the salary for IBPS SO?

Ans. The IBPS SO gross salary will range between Rs.38000 to 39000. After the deductions, the IBPS SO in-hand salary 2020 will be around Rs.33000 to 35000.


Q. What are the posts under IBPS SO?


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