IBPS SO 2020
Updated on Feb 11, 2020 - 3:42 p.m. IST by Team Careers360

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.

IBPS SO 2020 Overview

Exam name

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection - Specialist Officer

Commonly known as


Conducting Authority

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

Official Website


Posts (Scale I)

I.T. Officer

Agricultural Field Officer

Rajbhasha Adhikari

Law Officer

HR/Personnel Officer

Marketing Officer




20-30 as on November 1, 2020

Exam Language

English and Hindi
(Except the test for English)

Exam Centres

Prelims: 178

Mains: 55


Stage I: Preliminary

Stage II: Mains

Stage III: Interview

Mode of Exam




Max. Marks




Starting Basic Pay

₹ 23,700

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

Stage I



Stage II



Stage III


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 Tentative Dates 2020



Notification of IBPS SO 2020

November 1, 2020

Commencement of online registration of application

November 1, 2020

Closure of registration of application

November 21, 2020

Online fee payment

November 1 - 21, 2020

Release of IBPS SO 2020 call letter/ admit card




December 2020

January 2021

February 2021

IBPS SO 2020 Exam

December 26 - 27, 2020

January 30, 2021

February 2021

Declaration of result

January 2021

February 2021

March 2021

Provisional Allotment

April 2021

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

Educational Qualification

I.T. Officer

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

Rajbhasha Adhikari

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

Law Officer

A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council

HR/Personnel Officer

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

Marketing Officer

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

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:

  • Registration

  • 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




Rs 100


Rs. 600

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

Sl. No.

States/ UTs

Exam Cities


Andaman & Nicobar

Port Blair


Arunachal Pradesh




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


Himachal Pradesh

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





Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna, Sagar, Ujjain














Delhi -NCR

Delhi & New Delhi



Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur






Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur


Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Virudhunagar



Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal



Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee


West Bengal

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


General Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

Reading comprehension

Current affairs

Number systems


Para jumbles

Banking awareness


Series test

Error detection

Countries/ currencies

Linear equation


Fill in the blanks


Quadratic equation

Odd figures

Cloze test

Indian economy

Profit and loss

Eligibility test

Sentence improvement/ correction

International economy


Blood relations

Para/ sentence completion


Time and work

Data sufficiency




Input/ output


Awards and honours

Ratio and proportion

Coding/ decoding


Books and authors

Simple and compound interest


Active and passive voice

Fiscal policies

Speed, time and distance


Direct and indirect speech


Complex numbers

Seating arrangements (linear and circular)

Phrases and idioms

Social function of banks


Venn diagrams

Word meanings

Socio and economic developments


Miscellaneous tests

Monetary policies


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




Exam mode



Exam duration

2 hours

Rajbhasha Adhikari: 1 hour

All others: 45 mins

Medium of exam

English/ Hindi

English/ Hindi

Type of questions


Rajbhasha Adhikari: Objective+Descriptive

All others: Objective



Rajbhasha Adhikari: 2

All others: 1

Total questions


Rajbhasha Adhikari: 47

All others: 60

Total marks



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

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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qualification is required for IBPS Exam

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 24th Nov, 2019

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.


I complete diploma then I complete 3 years BTECH..... Can I apply ibps so?

Shareef 15th Nov, 2019
Yes, you are eligible for applying for IBPS PO examination. Have a look at Eligiblity criteria.
  • Must be An Indian citizen
  • Minimum age  must be 20
  • maximum age is 30
  • OBC has 3 years relaxation
  • SC/ST has 5 years relaxation
  • PWD candidates have 10 yrs relaxation
  • J&K domicile students have 5 years relaxation
  • Candidate must hold a bachelor's degree from any stream.
  • there's no upper attempt limitation

I am doing mba with dualspecicalization. my major is finance and minor in marketing. can i apply for marketing officer in ibps so.

Vemireddy Rushitha Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

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.

Good luck!


Hi i have done my bsc in information science and telecommunication and MBA in Business Analytics. I am eligible for IBPS SO IT or HT

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 27th Aug, 2019
Hello aspirant,

You are not eligible for ibps so it as you don't have an engineering degree in electronics and telecommunication. A 3 year graduate degree in the same won't help. Also you don't have your pg in the required field. Candidates willing to apply for the above-mentioned posts must have the graduate degree or post-graduate degree in the relevant field. The aspirants must have completed graduation or post-graduation in the IT related fields. For the IT officer candidate should have a qualification in one of the following field:

4-year Engineering Degree in:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Applications
  • Information Technology
  • Electronics
  • Electronics & Telecommunications
  • Electronics & Communication
  • Electronics & Instrumentation


Post-Graduate Degreein:

  • Electronics
  • Electronics & Telecommunications
  • Electronics & Communication
  • Electronics & Instrumentation
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Computer Applications

Or Graduate having passed DOEACC B level.

All the best..


IBPS so cutoff in prelims for marketing officer?

noor fatima 9th Apr, 2019

Hi Rahul 

Thanks for connecting with Career 360.

Cutoff for 2018-2019

Marketing Officer(Scale 1)

  • SC-52
  • ST-47
  • OBC-54.27
  • UR-59.67

Cutoff for 2017-18

Marketing Officer(Scale 1)

  • SC-71.40
  • ST-76.93
  • OBC-75.60
  • UR-89.07

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