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IBPS SO Exam Dates, Syllabus, Eligibility, Notification and Pattern 2020

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts Specialist Officer (SO) posting every Decemeber month once in a year. Experienced candidates can applyas the Posting alloted will be Rajbhasha adhikari, IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Law Officer, HR / Personnel Officer and Marketting Officer. IBPS SO exams have three rounds namely, Preliminary exam, Main Exam & Direct Interview. This year IBPS SO exams are to be conducted on December 26 and 27 2020 for preliminary examinations and Main exams are scheduled on 30th of January 2021.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts Specialist Officer (SO) posting every Decemeber month once in a year. Experienced candidates can applyas the Posting alloted will be Rajbhasha adhikari, IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Law Officer, HR / Personnel Officer and Marketting Officer. IBPS SO exams have three rounds namely, Preliminary exam, Main Exam & Direct Interview. This year IBPS SO exams are to be conducted on December 26 and 27 2020 for preliminary examinations and Main exams are scheduled on 30th of January 2021.


Application For IBPS

  • Apllication for IBPS SO will be open on November 7 2020.
  • Fee for the application will be Rs.600 INR for General, OBC, and INR ₹100 for SC, ST, Pwd Candidates


Exam Details

  • IBPS SO exams will be total of 2 hours long with 150 Mcq's.
  • The Syllabus for IBPS SO is English, Reasoning and Quantitative aptitude or General Awareness depending.
  • Final result will base on the corresponding candidate's performance in Main exam and Interview rounds.


Eligibility Criteria

Please check for the eligibility criteria before applying as once paid the application fee is not refundable


  • Must be a citizen of India
  • Candidates can be a resident of Bhutan or Nepal
  • Those Candidates who migrated from Tibet and will be a permanent resident of India.
  • Indian Origin people who migrated from East African Countries, Pakistan, Myanmar, Srilanka with the intention of staying in India permanently.

Age Limit For IBPS SO

Age limit for the candidates who are applying for IBPS SO should be between:  20 years and 30 years as on November 26 2020

Age Relaxation for the candidates as per the category given below

Category Age Relaxation
    SC/ST     5 years
    OBC     3 years
    PWD     10 years
    An individual domiciled in J&K during the period January 1, 1980, and December 31, 1989      5 years
    The person affected by 1984 riots      5 years
    Ex-Servicemen      5 years


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Important Dates

Event Dates
       Registration to be start on         November 7, 2020
       Last date for the application Form        November 26, 2020
       IBPS 2020 Preliminary date        December 26 and 27, 2020
       Main Exam date        January 30, 2021
       The date for IBPS SO 2021 Exam        Feb 2021
        Provisional allotment        April 2020


IBPS SO 2020 Vacancies

Posts Vacancies
      Agricultural Field Officer     875
      Marketing Officer     195
      IT Officer     120
      Rajbhasha Adhikari     30
      HR/ Personnel Officer     35
      Law Officer     60


IBPS SO Education requirement

IT Officer (Scale I)

  1. Engineering or Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Applications, IT, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunications, Electronics & Communication or Electronics & Instrumentation
  2. PG degree in the following fields are also eligible
  3. A graduate who has passed DOEACC ‘B’ level can also apply for IBPS SO 2020


Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)

  1. 4-year degree (graduation) in Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Technology, Agricultural Engineering or any other related field to apply for this post


Law Officer (Scale I)

  1. Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) and should be enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council


Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

  1. PG degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation level or a PG degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the graduation level are Eligible for IBPS SO.


Marketing Officer (Scale I)

  1. 2-year full-time degree in MMS (Marketing), MBA (Marketing), PGDBA, PGDBM, PGPM or PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I)

  1. 2-years full-time PG degree or diploma in Personnel Management, Industrial Relations, HR, HRD, Social Work or Labor Law can apply for this post


Application form

The opening for the application tentatively opening on 7th November 2020, The application process will be of 3 steps

  1. Initial registration with the basic details for the candidates to receive a registration number and a unique password.
  2. Fill IBPS SO 2020 Application Form and upload required documents.
  3. The payment for the IBPS SO is made through many modes.

How to fill the application Forms: All the guidelines give below

#1. First Step for Registration IBPS SO 2020

  • Visit and select "Select here for new Registration".
  • Registration form to create a user profile will appear.
  • It will ask for basic details like name, DOB and contact details
  • After you submitting your form Provisional Register number and password will appear on the screen.
  • You will get SMS and Email indication you are successfully applied.


#2. Filling the IBPS SO 2020 Application

  • Login with your given credentials from the above step to fill the IBPS 2020 application
  • Personal details, Contact details, also your academic details, experience details and exam centre preferences will be asked.
  • Recent Photographs, Thumb impression and handwritten declaration should be uploaded as per the requirements on the screen.
  • At last go through all the details and pay the fees.

#3. Final step of Payment

  • Final step of payment is done by different modes such as Credit/Debit card, Net banking, Cash card and wallet and IMPS.
  • Finally save your e receipt for your future verification

Admit Card for IBPS SO

Admit card will be released by IBPS for the registered candidates and it can be downloaded from their official website of IBPS. No other admit cards will be sent home through the post.

  • You can download from their official site after logging in by the given credentials
  • After Logged in click on Download Admit Card and your admit card will open in new tab.
  • Take a colour printout of it.

Exam Center

IBPS allots exam centre all over India, Your exam centre will be given on your admit card. This exam centre is based on the preference that you mentioned when you applied.

IBPS Exam Pattern

IBPS has 3 stages Prelims, Main exam and Interview.

  • The Preliminary exam will be an objective online test and will be held on 2 consecutive days.
  • IBPS SO consists of 150 objective type questions, the languages available will be English and Hindi.
  • The paper has 3 sections English Language, Reasoning and Quantitative/ General Awareness.
  • Prelims qualified candidates to go to next round, Main Exam has post based descriptive and objective type questions.
  • The main Exam qualified candidates to go to Interview round.
  • Main Exam and Interview adds merit for the selection process

Prelims Exam Pattern

    Mode     Online
    Total no of Questions     150
    Section     English Language, Reasoning and General Awareness/ Quantitative Aptitude
    Max. Marks     125
    Duration     2 hours
    Medium     English and Hindi

Main Exam Pattern for IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

    Mode     Online
    Total no of Questions     60
    Sections in paper     1
    Max. Marks     60
    Duration     45 minutes
    Medium     English and Hindi

Main Exam Pattern for Rajbhasha Adhikari

    Mode     Online
    Total no of Questions     45(Objective) + 2 (Descriptive)
    Sections in paper     2
    Max. Marks     60
    Duration     60 minutes (30 minutes for each section)
    Medium     English and Hindi


IBPS SO 2020 Syllabus 

Syllabus of IBPS SO covers topics such as Reasoning Ability, Quantitative aptitude, General Awareness and English.


Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability
    Simplification     Verbal Reasoning
    Average     Syllogisms
    Percentage & Ratio Proportion     Seating Arrangements
    Data Interpretation     Scheduling
    Quadratic Equations     Input Output
    Interest     Data Sufficiency
    Linear Equations     Blood Relations
    Profit & Loss     Directions & Distances
    Number Series     Ordering & Ranking
    Speed, Time & Distance     Coding & Decoding
    Mensuration & Geometry     Coded Inequalities
    Time & Work     Analytical Decision Making
    Number Systems  
    Data Sufficiency  
    Permutation & Combination  


English General Awareness
    Reading Comprehension     Financial Awareness
    Error Spotting     Current Affairs
    Phrase Replacement     General Knowledge
    Fill in the Blanks    
    Sentence completion  
    Cloze Test  
    Para Jumbles  


Main Exam Syllabus for IBPS 2020

Main exam of IBPS doesn't have the same common syllabus it is posting wise syllabus, So every different post has a different syllabus. Refer below for the posting wise syllabus

IT Officer (Scale-I)

  1. Database Management System
  2. Data Communication and Networking
  3. Operating System
  4. Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  5. Software Engineering
  6. Data Structure
  7. Object-Oriented Programming

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)

  1. Basics of Crop production
  2. Horticulture
  3. Seed Science
  4. Soil resources
  5. Agronomy and Irrigation
  6. Agricultural Economics
  7. Agricultural Practices
  8. Animal Husbandry
  9. Agroforestry
  10. Ecology
  11. Government Schemes

Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

  1. Basics of Marketing Management
  2. PR
  3. Sales
  4. Retail
  5. Business Ethics
  6. Brand Management
  7. Advertising
  8. Market Segmentation
  9. Market research and forecasting demand
  10. Product Life Cycle
  11. Corporate Social Responsibility
  12. Service Marketing
  13. Marketing Strategies

Law Officer (Scale-I)

  1. Banking Regulations
  2. Compliance and Legal Aspects
  3. Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  5. Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act
  6. Consumer Protection Act
  7. Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  8. Laws and Actions with a direct link to Banking Sector
  9. Bankers Book Evidence Act
  10. DRT Act

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

  1. Human Resource Development
  2. Business policy and strategic analysis
  3. Rewards and Recognition
  4. Transnational Analysis
  5. Training and Development
  6. Recruitment and Selection
  7. Industrial Relations
  8. Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
  9. Grievance and Conflict Management
  10. Performance Management and Appraisal



Result for prelims exams will be released on January 2021. The results can be checked by the following process.

  1. Go to their official website
  2. Select "IBPS SO 2020 Prelims/ Main Result"
  3. A File will be opened, Search your Register number to view your result
  4. Final result will be based on the merit of main and Interview rounds.


Cutoff for IBPS SO

The cutoff is varied by category wise. Initially Preliminary exam cut off is announced followed by Main exam cut off. The category cahrt is given below


Posts General OBC SC ST HI OC VI

 Marketing Officer


IT Officer


Law Officer

NA 39.65

HR/Personnel Officer


Agriculture Field Officer


Rajsabha Adhikari

NA 38.75


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