IBPS SO Recruitment 2020 | Check Exam Dates, Eligibility, Salary and How to Apply

Every year Institute of Banking Personal Selection conducts IBPS SO exam for various Public Sector Banks listed under IBPS. Common Written Examination (CWE) was started by IBPS in the year 2011 to recruit Specialist Officers (SO), Probationary Officers (PO) and Clerks in Nationalized banks. The registration for IBPS SO is done in online mode by visiting the official website of IBPS.

It is held at various locations throughout India. The mode of examination is online.IBPS SO Main Examination will be held on 24th January 2021. IBPS SO Exam is conducted for recruiting candidates for various posts like:

The exam is conducted through 3 stages – Prelims, Main Exam and Interview round.

Check the important dates for the IBPS SO 2020-21 exam. The exam is not over yet

IBPS SO 2020-21 EventsDates
IBPS SO Mains Exam24th January 2021
Mains Exam Result04th February 2021
Conduct of InterviewFebruary 2021
IBPS SO 2020-21 Final ResultApril 2021

IBPS SO 2021 Vacancy

IBPS will be releasing the vacancies along with the notification pdf tentatively in the month of October 2021. This sector requires highly skilled people with a strong will and dedication to work as a Specialist Officer. Check out the table given below for post-wise vacancy details for the previous year:

Name of PostNo. of Vacancies (2020)
Agriculture Officer (Scale-I)485
Marketing Officer (Scale-I)60
IT Officer (Scale-I)20
Law Officer (Scale-I)50
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)07
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)25

IBPS SO 2021 Eligibility Criteria


The candidate who is going to apply for IBPS SO 2021 exam should have citizenship of India issued by the government of India. The following candidates can also apply for the IBPS SO 2021 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
  • Age relaxation will be applicable as per category and is given in the table below:
CategoryAge Relaxation
SC/ ST5 years
OBC3 years
PWD10 years
Ex-Servicemen5 years
An individual domiciled in J&K during the
period January 1, 1980, and
December 31, 1989
5 years
Person affected by 1984 riots5 years

Application Fee For IBPS SO 2021

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

CategoryApplication Fee
General & OthersRs. 850/-
SC/ST/PWDRs. 175/-

How To Apply For IBPS SO 2021?

The online application process for IBPS SO 2021 will comprise of two-stage:
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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 centre 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 2021

The candidates will have to upload the following documents in the required size in JPEG format in the IBPS SO 2021 Online Form.

DocumentsDimensionsFile Size
Passport Size Photograph200 x 230 Pixels20 – 50 KBs
Signature140 x 60 Pixels10 – 20 KBs
Left Thumb Impression240 x 240 Pixels20 – 50 KBs
Hand Written Declaration800 x 400 Pixels50 – 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.

IBPS SO Admit Card 2021

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), will be conducting the Specialist Officer Prelims Exam on 18th December and 26th December 2021. The admit card for IBPS SO Prelims 2021 is expected

BPS SO 2021 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 2021

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 TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamTiming (Minutes)
English Language5025English40
Reasoning Ability5050English and Hindi40
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry5050English and Hindi40
Total150125120 mins.

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

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamTiming (Minutes)
English Language5025English40
Reasoning Ability5050English and Hindi40
Quantitative Aptitude5050English and Hindi40

BPS 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 TestNo. of Qs.Max. MarksDuration
Profession Knowledge606045 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Name of the TestNo. of Qs.Max. MarksDuration
Profession Knowledge (Objective)456030 minutes
Profession Knowledge (Descriptive)230 minutes

IBPS SO Cut Off 2021

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

Name of the SectionMaximum MarksCutoff
General Awareness / Quantitative Aptitude5009.5007.50

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