IBPS SO 2020 - Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) releases SO notification 2020 tentatively on November 1 in online mode at www.ibps.in. The exam for IBPS SO 2020 is held in three stages - prelims, mains and interview. Candidates shortlisted in preliminary stage are qualified to appear for mains in IBPS SO exam. Those candidates who secure sufficiently high marks in IBPS SO 2020 mains are considered eligible for appearing in the interview. The interview is conducted by participating individual banks and coordinated by the nodal bank in each state/ UT. The details of eligibility criteria, application, exam centres of IBPS SO 2020, exam pattern and other relevant information are detailed here in this article.
The preliminary exam of IBPS SO 2020 will be held on December 26-27, 2020 in online mode across various centres of the country. IBPS SO mains will be held on January 30, 2021. It is to be noted that IBPS SO is conducted for recruiting eligible candidates in Scale I posts for I.T. Officer, Agricultural FIeld Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer at IBPS SO.
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection - Specialist Officer
Commonly known as
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Posts (Scale I)
Agricultural Field Officer
20-30 as on November 1, 2020
English and Hindi(Except the test for English)
Stage I: Preliminary
Stage II: Mains
Stage III: Interview
Mode of Exam
Starting Basic Pay
The recruitment for IBPS SO is a three-staged process, preliminary, mains and interview. The preliminary stage is an online test consisting of only objective type questions. The mains, however, is also an online test but the questions are both objective and descriptive. Mains comprises only professional knowledge tests which are post specific. Candidates are called for interviews on the basis of the ranks they get and the choice of preference of banks made during the application of IBPS SO. Interviews of the shortlisted candidates are conducted by participating banks as per their requirements of each post. Candidates are to appear for the interviews in the nodal banks.
IBPS SO 2020 exam dates are released by IBPS in their official SO notification for the appointment as Specialist Officers (SO). Using the exam dates of IBPS SO 2020, candidates can know the timeline for the various events related to the examination. IBPS SO exam dates 2020 will help candidates to keep track of the procedure and prepare accordingly.
Notification of IBPS SO 2020
November 1, 2020
Commencement of online registration of application
Closure of registration of application
November 21, 2020
Online fee payment
November 1 - 21, 2020
IBPS SO 2020 Exam
December 26 - 27, 2020
January 30, 2021
Declaration of result
IBPS determines the IBPS SO 2020 eligibility criteria for the candidates willing to take the exam. Eligibility criteria of IBPS SO 2020 is determined on the basis of nationality, age and education qualification of the candidates. Candidates must go through IBPS SO eligibility criteria 2020 before filling the application form. Indian citizens between the age of 20 to 30 years as on November 1, 2020 are eligible to apply for IBPS SO. It is important for the candidates to meet the IBPS SO 2020 eligibility criteria to avoid cancellation of candidature at later stage of selection procedure.
Name of Scale I SO Post
a) 4 year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunications/ Electronics &
Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation, or
b) Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Telecommunication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications, or
Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
Agricultural FIeld Officer
4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/ Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri. Marketing & Cooperation/ Co-operation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry/Forestry/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Food Science/ Agriculture Business Management/ Food Technology/ Dairy Technology/ Agricultural Engineering/ Sericulture
Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level, or
Post graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level
A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
Graduate and Two Years Full time Post Graduate degree or Two Years Full time Post Graduate diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relations/ HR / HRD/ Social Work / Labour Law
Graduate and Two Years Full time MMS (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing
Eligible candidates can fill the application for IBPS SO 2020 exam tentatively from November 1, 2020 in online mode. Candidates are required to fill the application form for IBPS SO exam 2020 in various parts. The application form comprises registration, filling of basic and important details, uploading documents and payment of registration fees.
Steps to Apply Online for IBPS SO 2020:
Fill personal details and educational qualifications
Upload scanned photograph, signature, left thumb impression and a hand written declaration
Pay the requisite fees
Keep the system generated application form and payment receipt for future reference
The official notification mentions the list of IBPS SO 2020 exam centres. IBPS SO exams will be conducted across various centres in all states and union territories of the country. IBPS SO 2020 prelims will be held in 178 exam centres while there are only 55 mains exam centres in major cities of the country. IBPS SO exam centres 2020 will be allotted on the basis of the centres chosen by a candidate at the time of filling the application form. Candidates can find the allotment details of IBPS SO exam centre 2020 on their respective admit cards. IBPS SO exam centres once allotted cannot be changed under any circumstances.
A few of the IBPS SO prelims and mains exam centres are listed in the table
Andaman & Nicobar
Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
Arrah, Aurangabad (Bihar), Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzafarpur, Patna, Purnea
Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur
Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Himmatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Ambala, Faridabad, Gurugram, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Yamunanagar
Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Una
Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribag, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi
Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Sagar, Ujjain
Delhi & New Delhi
Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Virudhunagar
Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal
Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee
Asansol, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri
Aspirants must know the topics covered under each section of the subjects for both the phases to clear IBPS SO with flying colours. With the help of IBPS SO syllabus 2020, candidates are able to plan their studies and focus on topics. IBPS SO 2020 syllabus contains the topics from where the questions can be asked in prelims and mains. The syllabus of IBPS SO 2020 exam is post specific. There exists different syllabi for all the 6 posts in mains. It is encouraged that an aspirant of IBPS SO solve previous year question papers of both prelims and mains to get an idea about the difficulty level of exam, nature of questions asked and weightage of topics from each subject to form a solid approach and crack IBPS SO.
LCM and HCF
Fill in the blanks
Profit and loss
Sentence improvement/ correction
Para/ sentence completion
Time and work
Awards and honours
Ratio and proportion
Books and authors
Simple and compound interest
Active and passive voice
Speed, time and distance
Direct and indirect speech
Seating arrangements (linear and circular)
Phrases and idioms
Social function of banks
Socio and economic developments
Alphabet and alpha-numeric sequence
The recruitment process of IBPS SO 2020 is three phased; prelims, mains and interview. The tests of prelims and mains are conducted online. The questions are set in English and Hindi except for the test in English. There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the tests of IBPS SO 2020. 1/4th of mark assigned for question will be deducted for each wrong answer. Candidates are required to score a minimum percentage mark on aggregate.
Rajbhasha Adhikari: 1 hour
All others: 45 mins
Medium of exam
Type of questions
Rajbhasha Adhikari: Objective+Descriptive
All others: Objective
Rajbhasha Adhikari: 2
All others: 1
Rajbhasha Adhikari: 47
All others: 60
Minimum qualifying marks
To be decided by IBPS
Candidates who have successfully filled the application form can download their IBPS SO 2020 admit card by using the required login credentials. The admit card for IBPS SO 2020 mains exam and interview will be issued only to those candidates who will qualify the preliminary phase and mains respectively. The admit card will have the candidates’ name, address, date and time of exam, details of examination centre etc. Along with the admit card, candidates are required to take a photocopy of valid photo id card on the date of examination.How to download Admit Card
Visit IBPS website
Log in by entering registration number and password/date of birth
Click on ‘Submit’
IBPS SO 2020 call letter will appear on the screen
Save and print a copy of the admit card
By checking the cut off marks of IBPS SO 2020, an applicant gets an estimate about how much they need to score to crack the exam and start a career in banking as officers. Marks secured by candidates in prelims determines their selection in mains and marks secured in mains determines their candidature for interview. It is to be noted that the marks are normalised in IBPS SO. There are sectional cut off marks in prelims and mains. Moreover, the exam conducting authority of IBPS SO 2020 will set different cut off marks for all the six posts depending on the vacancies. Candidates need to score sufficiently high marks in all the stages to be eligible to get recruited.
IBPS releases the scorecard of prelims held so that candidates can get an idea of their score and prepare accordingly for later stages of recruitment in IBPS SO. Prelims result of IBPS SO is declared within 2-3 weeks from the conduct of test.
As per the notification, the selection process of IBPS SO consists of three phases - prelims, mains and interview. Candidates have to qualify in each stage of IBPS SO selection procedure to become a Specialist Officer. Candidates securing qualifying marks in IBPS SO 2020 prelims will be shortlisted to appear for the mains. Candidates qualifying the mains will further have to appear in the interview.
IBPS SO phase I - Preliminary
IBPS SO phase II - Mains
IBPS SO phase III - Interview
Declaration of the final merit list
After qualifying IBPS SO, an officer can earn a salary of Rs. 36000 - 64000. Apart from the salary, banks also provide their specialist officers with numerous benefits and allowances, like furniture allowances, house rent allowances, newspaper, laundry, briefcase allowances, leave travel concession, etc.
IBPS toll free helpline number for students: 1800 222 366 (Available from 9:30 AM to 6 PM)Fax: 91-22-2854 2076
However, after clearing mains and called for an interview, a candidate is required to contact only the nodal bank branches for any queries related to recruitment.
IBPS SO exam is conducted once a year.
The notification of IBPS SO 2020 exam will be released tentatively on the month of November.
No, there is no limit on the number of attempts to apply for IBPS SO. A candidate can take the IBPS SO exam as many times till the attainment of upper age limit.
No. The requests for changes in the date and time allotted to you will not be entertained by the exam conducting authority under any circumstances.
One-fourth marks i.e., 0.25 marks will be cut for the wrong answers in both the online tests- prelims and mains.
The marks secured in prelims will not be considered. However, marks secured in online mains exam and interview in the ratio of 80:20 will be considered in deciding the merit list of IBPS SO.
Participating organisations are the banks on whose behalf IBPS conducts the common recruitment test for SOs. The participating banks are the nationalised banks of the country. Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India and United Bank of India are some of the participating banks of IBPS SO.
No. IBPS do not issue any answer key for the prelims or mains tests.
Yes. An amount of ₹ 600 and ₹ 100 for unreserved and SC/ST/PWBD candidates respectively is to be paid for the IBPS SO application. The amount is to be paid only in online mode.
IBPS SO question papers and answer keys are not released by the IBPS SO exam conducting authority.
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To be eligible for IBPS PO, you need to be a graduate in any stream. You should have completed your Graduation in any stream from a recognised University. There is no specific discipline that you should be completing your Graduation in. It can be BA, B.Sc, B.Com, B.Tech, etc. You should have computer proficiency.
It doesn't matter if your minor is marketing in MBA, as long as you have knowledge and skills in the field you can apply for any marketing related jobs. So you need not hesitate to apply for the job. So you are definitely eligible to apply for any marketing and finance jobs as you have both these as your major and minor specialisations.
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