IBPS SO 2020, Application Form (Released), Eligibility, Syllabus, Admit Card
IBPS SO 2020 - Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the IBPS SO application form on November 2 in online mode at www.ibps.in. Candidates can fill their IBPS SO 2020 application form till November 23. 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 of IBPS SO and other relevant information are detailed here in this article.
Latest: IBPS SO Application form is available now, last date to apply is November 23, IBPS SO admit card to be available soon.
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.
IBPS SO 2020 Overview
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
Stage I: Preliminary
Stage II: Mains
Stage III: Interview
Mode of Exam
Starting Basic Pay
IBPS SO Stages 2020
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 Stages
IBPS SO 2020 Important Dates
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.
IBPS SO Important Dates 2020
Notification of IBPS SO 2020
Commencement of online registration of application
November 2, 2020 (Available Now)
Closure of registration of application
November 23, 2020
Online fee payment
November 2 - 23, 2020
|Release of IBPS SO 2020 call letter/ admit card|
IBPS SO 2020 Exam
December 26 - 27, 2020
January 30, 2021
Declaration of result
IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2020
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.
IBPS SO Educational Qualification 2020
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
IBPS SO 2020 Application Form
IBPS has released the IBPS SO 2020 application form on November 2 in online mode. Eligible candidates can fill the application for IBPS SO 2020 exam till November 23, 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
IBPS SO Application Fees
IBPS SO Exam Centres 2020
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
IBPS SO 2020 Exam Centres
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
IBPS SO 2020 Syllabus
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.
IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus 2020
Fill in the blanks
Sentence improvement/ correction
Para/ sentence completion
Time and work
Awards and honours
Ratio and proportion
Books and authors
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
IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2020
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.
IBPS SO 2020 Exam Pattern
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
IBPS SO 2020 Admit Card
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
IBPS SO Cut off 2020
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 SO 2020 Result
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.
Steps to download IBPS SO prelims 2020 scorecard
- Visit the official website
- Click on IBPS SO prelims result
- Login with registration number and password
- Submit and view the result
- Download and save the copy
IBPS SO Selection Process 2020
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 Selection Procedure – Phases
IBPS SO phase I - Preliminary
IBPS SO phase II - Mains
IBPS SO phase III - Interview
Declaration of the final merit list
IBPS SO 2020 Salary
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 Contact Details:
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.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IBPS SO 2020, Application Form (Released), Eligibility, Syllabus, Admit Card
Question: What is the frequency of IBPS SO exam?
IBPS SO exam is conducted once a year.
Question: When will the notification for IBPS SO 2020 exam be released?
The notification of IBPS SO 2020 exam will be released tentatively on the month of November.
Question: Is there any limit for the number of attempts for IBPS SO exam?
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.
Question: Can the date of IBPS SO 2020 exam allotted to me be changed?
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.
Question: Is there any negative mark cut for wrong answers in IBPS SO?
One-fourth marks i.e., 0.25 marks will be cut for the wrong answers in both the online tests- prelims and mains.
Question: Is the prelims marks considered for the overall recruitment in IBPS SO?
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.
Question: Who are the participating organisations in the recruitment 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.
Question: Does IBPS issue any answer key for the tests held for SO?
No. IBPS do not issue any answer key for the prelims or mains tests.
Question: Is there any fee to be paid during the application of IBPS SO 2020?
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.
Question: Does IBPS issue answer keys of prelims and mains test?
IBPS SO question papers and answer keys are not released by the IBPS SO exam conducting authority.
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Questions related to IBPS SO
i have done MBA in SYSTEM can i apply for ibps so IT officer post?
I am providing you a list of the eligibility criteria for IBPS SO IT Officer Post:
- Candidates should have an engineering or technology Degree in Computer Science/ Applications, IT, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunications, Electronics & Communication or Electronics & Instrumentation
- Aspirants having a PG degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation are also eligible
- A graduate who has passed DOEACC ‘B’ level can also apply for IBPS SO 2020
I hope it helps.
Best of Luck!
Hello sir, I am a graduate in BE Information Science. Am I eligible for IBPS SO IT officer exam? I dont find Information science option in the application. What can I do?
I hope you ate doing well. About your question,
Basic eligibility for IBPS exam is
- Candidates should have a valid Mark-sheet / Degree
- The certificate which supports that they are graduates on the day they were registered for the exam.
- Computer Literacy: Knowledge of computer operation is a must as IBPS SO exam is conducted online.
- Should be a Citizen of India
- The subject of Nepal or Bhutan
- Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement
Special eligibility for IBPS SO - IT (Grade -1) officer exam is:
- A 4 year long Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology (BE/ B.Tech) in one of the following branches (only):
- I.e. Computer Science/ Applications
- Information Technology
- Electronics and Telecommunication
- Electronics and Instrumentation
- Electronics and Communication
A Post Graduate Degree in one of the following branches (only) :
- Computer Science/ Applications
- Information Technology
- Electronics and Telecommunication
- Electronics and Instrumentation
- Electronics and Communication
– A graduate who has passed the DOEACC ‘B’ Level i.e. DOEACC (Department of Electronics and Accreditation of Computer Classes) ‘B’ Level is a government recognised course that is considered equivalent to an MCA degree course.
The examination for this course is conducted by NIELIT.
So yes you are Applicable for this exam.
Hope this helps all the best...
Hello, I have completed my M.COM in business management from distance education Mumbai university. can I apply for IBPS SO (HR)? If yes then for which I am eligible for Personnel management,HR,HRD? Plz guide me.
HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I)-
- A graduate with 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.
- There are total 35 vacancies for this post.
*Registration will start from 2nd November.
*For more information, visit IBPS offical website- https://www.ibps.in/
Best of Luck!!
sir i am doing mba major in finance and minor hr.i am eligible for ibps so for the post of HR officer
The eligibility for IBPS SO for the post of HR office is
The candidate should have a graduation degree.
Two years full time post graduation degree in personal management / labour laws /industrial relations/ HR/ HRD / social work.
Or two year full time post graduate diploma in personal management / industrial relations / HR / HRD / Social work/ labour law.
Since you are doing MBA from finance major and HR minor you are not eligible for this post because eligibility criteria specifically mentioned the full time course and here HR is a minor subject. Even if you cleared 2 phases , during interview you may not be selected .
But here is one option for you to become eligible for this post . If you could ask your college to make an affidavit mentioning that the course of finance and HR which you have pursued from that college gives equal weight age to both the subjects. Presenting this affidavit in the interview or at the time of document validation could make authorities to consider you eligible.
Otherwise there are many better opportunities which you can consider . You can prepare for govt. Job which require finance as a subject in MBA.
Hope this helps.
Hi i am post graduate in mba finace , but in diastance learning am i eligible for ibps so
Dear Sreena ,
Yes ,You are eligible for the IBPS PO .Apart from that i have share the details about of IBPS education eligibity criteria then you will understand Clearly .
Candidates appearing for IBPS PO exam must be abreast of the latest exam pattern and syllabus of the exam.
Other qualifications acceptable as equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree such as AMIE, departmental courses from the government etc. are also allowed.
For the courses mentioned above, the candidate should furnish proof that the qualification is considered equivalent to a degree (Graduation) by the Government of India.
For the rigorous practice of IBPS PO exam, it is advised to take IBPS PO Mock Tests regularly.
Candidates have to specify the percentage obtained in Graduation while filling in the online application. Also, the candidates being awarded CGPA have to convert the same into a percentage. Percentage calculation must be done to the nearest two decimals.
The fraction of percentage arrived will be ignored, i.e. 54.99% will be treated as less than 55%, and 59.99% will be treated as less than 60%.
The Institute does not specify any IBPS PO eligibility percentage. The individual banks use the IBPS calculation of aggregate percentage for their purposes.
Hope it will helpful