What is IBPS SO Exam?

IBPS SO exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Staff Selection (IBPS) to recruit specialist officers in various public sector banks. It’s one of the most important banking exams of the year, and the IBPS SO exam gives an opportunity to those who wish to work with leading public sector banks.
It is an entrance exam that selects candidates for various positions, including Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer, Law Officer, and Rajbhasha Adhikari. Banks release job openings independently, and IBPS holds exams for all banks at the same time. The IBPS SO exam is divided into three stages: prelims, mains, and personal interview. 

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2020 

There are specified eligibility criteria for the candidates appearing for IBPS SO 2020. Here are those criteria: 
Nationality/Citizenship – According to the IBPS SO Notification, a candidate must be an Indian citizen or a Nepalese or Bhutanese subject. Candidates who are Tibetan refugees who arrived in India before 1st January 1962 are also eligible. Many who are Indian by birth but have lived in Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, or Vietnam for a long time are also eligible to take the exam.
Age Limit – The candidates must be between 20 years and 30 years of age as of 1st November 2020. 
Educational Qualification – This exam is conducted to recruit candidates for a variety of jobs. As a result, the educational criteria for various positions have been specified separately in the official notification. Here are the educational requirements for the posts.

IBPS SO 2020 Post Educational qualification for IBPS SO 2020
IT Officer (Scale I) B.Tech in Computer Science/ Applications, IT, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunications, Electronics & Communication or Electronics & Instrumentation


Master degree in the field mentioned above


Graduates who have passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I) 4-year degree (graduation) in Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Technology, Agricultural Engineering and/or corresponding fields.
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) Master’s degree in Hindi with English as a subject in graduation 


Master’s degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects in graduation

Law Officer (Scale I) Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB)

(The candidate should be an advocate enrolled with the Bar Council)

HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I) 2-year full-time graduation in PG degree or diploma in Personnel Management, Industrial Relations, HR, HRD, Social Work or Labor Law.
Marketing Officer (Scale I) Graduation with a 2-year full-time degree in MMS (Marketing), MBA (Marketing), PGDBA, PGDBM, PGPM or PGDM with Marketing  specialisation


IBPS SO 2020 Exam Dates


IBPS SO 2020 important events IBPS SO 2020  exam dates
IBPS SO Notification 2020 01st Nov 2020
IBPS SO Online Registration Starts From 2nd Nov 2020
Last Date of Registration 23rd Nov 2020
Download of Call Letters For Preliminary Exam 10th Dec 2020
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam 26th Dec 2020 & 27th Dec 2020
Result of IBPS SO Prelims 6th Jan 2021
Download of Call Letters For Mains 8th Jan 2021
IBPS SO Mains 24th Jan 2021
IBPS SO Mains Result 04th Feb 2021
IBPS SO admit card for Interview  11th Feb 2021
IBPS SO Mains Scorecard 9th Feb 2021
Conduct of Interview February 2021
IBPS SO Result Provisional Allotment April 2021


IBPS SO Selection Process 2020

The IBPS SO recruiting process is entirely merit-based. The exam is split into two sections (preliminary and main exams), followed by a personal interview. Here’s the IBPS SO exam pattern:

IBPS SO 2020 Prelims Exam Pattern


Subjects for IBPS SO 2020 Total Marks Total number of Questions
Post: Law officer & Rajsabha Adhikari
Reasoning 50 50
English Language 50 25
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50
Post: Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer
Reasoning 50 50
English Language 50 25
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50


IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern


Subjects for IBPS SO 2020 Total Marks Total number of Questions
Post: Rajsabha Adhikari
Professional Knowledge (Objective) 60 45
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2
Post: Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer
Professional Knowledge 60 60


Personal Interview

Candidates who pass the mains exam with sectional cutoffs will be eligible for a personal interview. The final merit list will be determined by the results of the main exams and the personal interview.

IBPS SO Participatory Banks 

Here are the names of the IBPS SO Participatory Banks.

  • Allahabad Bank
  • Canara Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • UCO Bank
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Corporation Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • Bank of India
  • Indian Bank
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • United Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra


Important FAQs Regarding IBPS SO 2020

What is the difficulty level for IBPS SO?

The difficulty level of the IBPS is moderate, but it is dependent on the candidate’s preparation.
What are the chances of home state posting?

Since the exam is held at the national level, qualified candidates can be allocated to any location in the country.
What are the promotion chances after joining a bank as a specialist officer?

They have a promising career future in terms of promotion.
What’s the difference between the IBPS SO and PO exams?

IBPS SO is a recruitment exam for specialised officers in areas such as law, information technology, and agriculture. IBPS PO, on the other hand, is a recruiting exam for probationary officers in various public sector banks.
How many IBPS SO posts are there?

This year, there are six vacancies for which candidates are being recruited. I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer are the available positions.
What is the highest level of post one can be promoted to after inducted as IBPS SO? 

If a person joins the position at a young age, they can go to the position of Scale 7 General Manager.
Is there any interview after the IBPS SO Mains exam?

Candidates who pass the mains exam are entitled to a personal interview.

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