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IBPS SO 2020

Institute for Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for the recruitment of Specialist Officers (SO) conducts IBPS SO exam in various public sector banks in India for various posts like that of Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), IT Officer Scale I, HR/Personnel Officer, Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I.

The examination for IBPS is conducted in online mode, which has two stages namely IBPS SO Preliminary Exam and IBPS SO Mains Exam followed by an interview round. The Preliminary exam for IBPS SO 2020 is expected to be conducted in December 2020 while the Mains exam will be conducted in January 2021. There is a single application form for all the stages of IBPS SO 2020 exam for which the online registration window will open in November 2020.

Students who qualify the prelims exam will appear for the mains exam. After which the qualified candidates will be called for a personal interview round which would carry 100 marks. The final selection of the candidate will be based on the performance in the mains and the interview round.


IBPS SO 2020 Highlights



Exam Name

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection- Specialist Officers

Commonly Known As


Conducting Body

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection)

Examination Level

National Level


Vacancy Based


English and Hindi

Exam Mode

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Mode of Application



IBPS SO 2020 Important Dates



Online Registration/Application Form Filling

November 2020

Online Fee Payment

November 2020

IBPS SO 2020 Prelims Admit Card

December 2020

IBPS SO 2020 Prelims Exam Date

December 2020

Declaration of IBPS SO Prelims Result

First week of January 2021

IBPS SO 2020 Mains Admit Card

January 2021

IBPS SO 2020 Mains Exam Date

January 2021

Announcement of IBPS SO 2020 Mains Result

February 2021


IBPS SO Participating Banks

Here is the list of Banks which participate and recruit SOs through a common exam:

·         Allahabad Bank

·         Andhra Bank

·         Bank of Baroda

·         Bank of India

·         Bank of Maharashtra

·         Canara Bank

·         Central Bank of India

·         Corporation Bank

·         Dena Bank

·         Indian Bank

·         Indian Overseas Bank

·         Oriental Bank of Commerce

·         Punjab National Bank

·         Punjab & Sind Bank

·         Syndicate Bank

·         UCO Bank

·         Union Bank of India

·         United Bank of India

·         Vijaya Bank



IBPS SO 2020 Eligibility Criteria


Eligibility Conditions


Citizen of India

A subject of Nepal

Tibetan refugees who came to India before 1st January 1962 and have planned to settle in India permanently

A subject of Indian Origin migrated from Burma, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Uganda, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Namibia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Vietnam


Academic Qualification

·         I.T. Officer (Scale I)-:B.E/ B.tech degree in Computer Science/IT/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation.


Post Graduate in Computer Science/IT/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation.


Bachelor's Degree who have passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam.

·         Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I): Bachelor's Degree in agriculture/ Animal Husbandry/ Horticulture/Veterinary Science/ dairy Science/ Agricultural engineering/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agro-marketing and cooperation/ Co-Operation and Banking/ Agro-Forestry

·         Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I):  Post Graduate in Hindi with English as a subject in undergraduate level OR Post Graduate in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject in undergraduate level

·         Law Officer (Scale I): Graduate in Law and registered as an advocate with Bar Council

·         HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I): Post Graduate Degree in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law OR Full time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law

·         Marketing Officer (Scale I): Bachelor's Degree in MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing


Age Limit

20-30 years, along with relaxation for reserved categories as given below:

·         Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC/ ST): 5 years

·         Other Backward Class (OBC): 3years

·         Person with Disability (PwD): 10 years

·         Ex-servicemen/ Commissioned Officers: 5 years




IBPS SO 2020 Application Form

Step 1: Registration – Candidate must click on the official link or the website and then register by filling in basic details and valid email id and mobile number. It will generate a provisional registration number and password. The same will also be sent to the registered mail id.

Step 2: Filling Details and Upload Documents -Candidates are required to fill in all the requisite details given in the application form, upload their photograph and signature and documents as per the specifications

Step 3: Fee Payment – Candidates must pay the application fee as mentioned in the online mode such as Debit / Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/Mobile Wallets. 

On successful completion of these steps, an e-receipt for fee payment will be generated which must be printed along with the application form.

The application fee for general as well as OBC category is Rs. 600 while that for SC/ ST / PWD candidates it is Rs. 100.


IBPS SO 2020 Admit Card

The Admit Cards for different rounds of IBPS SO exam will be issued to the candidates in online mode only. The information about the release will also be intimated to the candidates via Email or SMS. Candidates can easily download their IBPS SO hall ticket by entering the login credentials. The call letter will mention the exam schedule, venue along with the candidate’s personal detail. A candidate must carry the IBPS SO admit card along with a valid photo- id proof to the exam center without which they will not be allowed to appear for the exam.


IBPS SO 2020 Exam Pattern

The IBPS SO 2020 is a computer-based examination (CBT).

The IBPS SO 2020 exam pattern for selecting candidates for Rajsabha Adhikari Scale I and Law Officer is the same.

The IBPS SO Prelims exam consists of objective type questions which need to be attempted in 2 hours by the candidates.  The medium of the exam is English and Hindi.

Serial No.


No. of Questions

Total Marks






40 minutes


English Language



40 minutes


General Awareness



40 minutes





120 minutes


Mains Exam

Candidates qualifying the Cut Off score in the Prelims exam as specified by IBPS will proceed to the Mains Exam. The IBPS SO Mains exam will have only one section i.e. of Professional Knowledge.

Name of Test

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Medium of Exam


Professional Knowledge



English & Hindi

45 minutes


IBPS SO 2020 Recommended Books

·         A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition- R. S. Aggarwal

·         The Hand on Guide to Analytical Reasoning and Logical Reasoning- Peeyush Bhardwaj

·         Quantitative Aptitude Test- N. K. Singh

·         Objective General English 22nd Edition- R. S. Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal

·         Objective English 4 Edition- Edgar Thorpe

·         Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams 1st Edition- R Pillai


IBPS SO 2020 Result

The result of IBPS SO 2020 will be declared separately for each stage. The candidates successfully meeting the prelims cut off will appear for the mains exam. Thereafter the selected candidates will appear in the interview round. The final marks are calculated on the basis of marks scored in mains and interview round in the ratio of 80:20. Candidates can download the score card of every stage by entering their login credentials.

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