IBPS SO 2020: (1139 Posts) Notification, Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus

IBPS SO 2020: IBPS Specialist Officer Notification, Registration, Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Every year IBPS (Institute of banking personnel and selection) conduct ibps specialist officer cadre examination (IBPS SO 2020) for multiple posts in banks.

Ibps has started common written examination CWE with an aim of recruitments and placement of young job aspirants in public sector bank.

The IBPS specialist officer is appointed in the bank to perform specialized roles in the bank. They keep a check on whether the banking work is done at an optimum level.

Some of the specialist officer’s post in banks is as follow

  • IT Officer (Information Technology Officer)
  • Agricultural Field Officer
  • Law Officer
  • HR/Personnel Officer
  • Marketing Officer

IBPS Specialist Officer Notification 2020


Ibps has declared the official notification of IBPS SO 2020 on its official website.

The IBPS SO online registration will take place from 6th to 26 November 2020.

Candidates who are interested to give IBPS specialist officer exam can register themselves online at www.ibps.in


Every year lakh of students contest for the post of the specialist officer.
The registration will start from 6th November 2020.

There are total 1139 vacancies for the post of the specialist officer.

Given below is the chart of ibps vacancies 2020

No. of Vacancies: 1139

Name of Post No. of Vacancies
Agriculture Officer (Scale-I) 670
Marketing Office (Scale-I) 310
IT Officer (Scale-I) 72
Law Officer (Scale-I) 60
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 20
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I) 27

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Dates

Candidates preparing for IBPS SO 2020 examination must be familiar with dates and important events.

The important dates for IBPS specialist officer are as follow;

Activity Date
IBPS SO 2020 Online Registration/ Edit / Modification of Application 06.11.2020 to 26.11.2020
Application Fees/Intimation Charges Online Payments 06.11.2020 to 26.11.2020
Download IBPS SO Preliminary Exam call letter December 2020
IBPS SO 2020 Preliminary Exam Date 28th & 29st December 2020
Declaration of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Result
IBPS SO Cutoff 2020
January 2021
Download IBPS SO Call Letter for Main Exam January 2021
IBPS SO Mains Exam Date 25.01.2021
Declaration of Result of Online Main Examination February 2021
Download of call letters for interview February 2021
Conduct of interview February 2021
Allotment of Provisional Posting April 2021

IBPS SO 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Educational qualification

Given below is the age criterion for ibps so eligibility 2020

Serial Number Name of the Post Age Educational Qualification
1. I.T. Officer (Scale I) Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
1)Four years engineering/Technology degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
2) Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
Graduates having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam
2. Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
4 years graduation degree in agriculture/ Horticulture/ Animal Husbandry/ Veterinary Science/ dairy Science/ Agricultural engineering/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri Marketing and cooperation/ Co-Operation and Banking/ Agro-Forestry
3. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
Post Graduate in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation or degree level OR Post-Graduate Degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject at graduation level
4. Law Office (Scale I) Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
5. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
Graduate and Full Time Post Graduate Degree or Full-time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labor Law
6. Marketing Officer (Scale I) Min – 20 years
Max – 30 years
Graduate and Full-Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing

 Candidates should have a valid mark sheet/ degree

  • Candidates must have a certificate which supports they are graduate
  • The percentages obtained should me mentioned during registration
  • Computer literacy- knowledge regarding basic of computer language is the must
  • Language proficiency

Students must have verbal and written proficiency in the official language

Nationality/Citizenship of candidates

Candidates applying for the post of IBPS SO must be

  • Citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962

Given below is the age eligibility

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel) 5 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

IBPS SO 2020 Online Application

The registration for IBPS SO 2020 examination will be done online.

  • Use Google Chrome browser when doing ibps so registration
  • Following are the key requirement during the registration process
  • Valid email-id
  • Scanned passport sized photograph and signature

IBPS SO 2020 Application fees

The category wise fees are given below. Once you paid the fees it will not be refunded. The mode of payment is online

Sr. No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD Rs.100/- (Intimation Charges only)
2 General and Others Rs. 600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

IBPS SO 2020 Admit card

Candidates can download the admit card from the official website of IBPS

Hard copy/ print copy of admit card will not be posted by mains on the address of the participant.

To log in on the official website, candidates are required the following

  • Registration number or roll number
  • Date of birth/ password
  • Candidates are required to review the details in admit card.
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Let’s move further to the selection procedure

IBPS SO 2020 Selection Process

Selection procedure of IBPS SO (specialist officer)

The selection procedure for IBPS SO has three stages

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

Online preliminary examination

Students are requiring scoring minimum sufficient scores in the prelims exam in order to reach mains.

The sufficient number of each student is shortlisted from each category.

Online mains examination

After successfully cracking the prelims exam students get eligible for mains.

Candidates have to undergo the professional test in mains exam to be eligible for interview.


The participating bank will conduct the interview coordinated by the nodal banks and supported by the IBPS.

The interview plays an important role in the selection procedure.

Now, let’s come to Provisional allotment

What is provisional allotment?

In provisional allotments IBPS shortlist students and allot them participating banks who have successfully cleared the prelims, mains, and interview. Also, students who have cleared the final cut off. After provisional allotment merit list will be prepared.

Job aspirants’ provisional allotment of IBPS SO will be released on its official website.

The role of IBPS authority is limited till the provisional allotment of candidates after the responsibility further lies with the bank regarding informing and appointment.

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Pattern

This year, ibps so Examination will be conducted in two-phase

  • Prelims
  • Mains

Prelims examination

The duration of prelims examination is of two hours. The mode of examination is online.

It consists of three section having 150 questions in total. The total score is 125 marks.

There is negative marking for every wrong answer.

Given below is the pattern of the prelims exam

For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

S.No. Name of Tests (Objective) No.of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 50 25 40 min
2 Numerical Ability 50 50 40 min
3 Reasoning Ability 50 50 40 min
Total 150 125

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 50 25 40 min
2 Numerical Ability 50 50 40 min
3 General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 40 min
Total 150 125

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern

The mains examination will ask questions only from professional knowledge subjects.

For different posts such as law officer, it officer, agriculture, hr personnel, and marketing officer has professional knowledge test.

The duration of examination is 30 minutes and the total marks are 60

For the post of Rajbhasa Adhikari, there are two sections

The section-wise details are given below:

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

S.No. Name of Tests


No. of




Medium of


1 Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 Min

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari

S.No. Name of Tests


No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of exam Duration
1 Professional Knowledge   (Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 Min
2 Professional Knowledge(Descriptive) 2 English & Hindi 30 Min
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IBPS Specialist officer Interview 2020

Candidates are required to qualify both IBPS SO CWE and interview and sufficient score high in the merit to be shortlisted for final provisional allotment.

Candidates who have been shortlisted in the mains exam CRP SPL-VII will get a call for interview round coordinated by the nodal banks.

The interview Centre, address, time and all other important details will be notified to the candidate on time via mail or text message on the registered phone number.

Candidates are required to download an interview letter from the official website of IBPS

Please note changes regarding venue and date of interview will not be entertained.

However, only IBPS the main conducting authority have the right to make changes in the exam center venue and date.

The interview carries total 100 marks. The qualifying marks are 40% (35% for SC/SCT/PWD categories)

The weight age ratio of CWE mains and interview is 80:20

As we all know interview plays important role in final selection of candidates.

Those who are unable to score well the interview session will be barred from the interview and shall not be considered for allotment.

Students in the interview you have to convince the recruiter that you match the job requirement best. You need to brief the recruiter the skills and knowledge you possess.

Your ultimate goal in the interview should convince the examiner that you best fit in their job requirement and job description.

Now, let us discuss the penalty criteria for every wrong answer

  • Every wrong answer attempt by the candidate will be penalized by 0.25 mark deduction from the corrected score.
  • There will be no negative marking for leaving any question blank

Attempt the entire questions asked in paper wisely and focus on the important section more in order to score well in exams.

Final score calculation for IBPS SO exam

There are certain key points on the basis of which final score for IBPS SO exam has arrived. Let’s have a look at the following;

  • Marks scored is prelims will not be considered in final score calculation of IBPS SO.
  • Candidates need to qualify mains and the interview to be considered eligible for the final round.
  • The aggregate of 100 marks is considered for final merit list for each category.
  • Candidates securing high merit rank will be selected


Candidates preparing for IBPS specialist officer are required to be aware with the syllabus for a clear understanding of topics.

IBPS SO syllabus is similar to the other banks

Let’s have a look at the syllabus of IBPS SO PRELIMS 2020;

IBPS SO Prelims Exam Syllabus 2020

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English Language General Awareness
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension Current Affairs
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test GK Updates
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures &Allegations Para jumbles Currencies
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting Important Places
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks Banking Awareness
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Miscellaneous Awards
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion Book And Author
Tabulation Data Interpretation Headquater
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Important Days
Blood Relations Number Systems Prime minster Scheme
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination & Probability

IBPS SO Mains Syllabus

Candidates are required to have professional knowledge in his area of expertise apart from these subjects.

The detailed syllabus for mains is discussed below. Have a look


Officer (ScaleI)

Agricultural Field Officer


Law Officer (Scale-I)) HR/Personnel Officer (ScaleI) IT Officer


Basics of Marketing Management Basics of Crop production Banking Regulations Human Resource Development Operating System
Brand Management Horticulture Compliance and Legal Aspects Business policy and strategic analysis DBMS
Advertising Seed Science Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange Transnational Analysis Data communication and networking
PR Agronomy and Irrigation Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act Training and Development Software engineering
Sales Agricultural Economies Consumer Protection Act Recruitment and Selection Computer Organization and Microprocessor
Retail Agricultural Practices SARFAES Rewards and Recognition Data Structure
Business Ethics Soil resources Banking Ombudsman Scheme Industrial Relations Object-Oriented Programming
Market Segmentation Animal Husbandry Laws and Actions with a direct link to Banking Sector Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
Market research and forecasting demand Agroforestry Bankers Book Evidence Act Grievance and Conflict Management
Product Life Cycle Ecology DRT Act Performance Management and appraisal
Corporate Social Responsibility
Service Marketing

IBPS SO Pre exam training

Pre-examination training is undertaken for the categories such as SC/ST religious minority community candidates at certain centers as per certain guidelines issued by the government banks.

In the training, there will be an exam like environment. Basic tricks and approaches by the expert are imparted to students solve the question paper.

Pre-exam training is free of cost. The duration of pre exam training is of 5 days.

Please check below the indicating list of training centers

North India South India East India West India
Agra Bengaluru Agartala Ahmedabad
Allahabad Chennai Balasore Aurangabad
Amritsar Coimbatore Behrampur (Ganjam) Bhopal
Bareilly Gulbarga Bhubaneshwar Indore
Chandigarh Hyderabad Dhanbad Jabalpur
Dehradun Kavaratti Guwahati Jaipur
Gorakhpur Kochi Hubli Jodhpur
Jammu Madurai Kolkata Mumbai
Kanpur Mangalore Muzaffarpur Nagpur
Karnal Mysore Patna Panaji (Goa)
Lucknow Port Blair Ranchi Pune
Ludhiana Puducherry Sambalpur Raipur
New Delhi Thiruchirapalli Shillong Rajkot
Patiala Thiruvananthapuram Siliguri Vadodara
Rohtak Vijayawada Tirupati
Shimla Vishakhapatnam

Based on requirement IBPS can add or remove centers. Students can download call letter for training from the official website by entering their registration number and password.

Pre-exam training admit card will not be sent by the post.

IBPS SO 2020 Examination Centers

Ibps so is conducted online at various centers across India.

Ibps is the sole authority to make an alteration in an exam center.

Any changes regarding the change of exam center will not be considered acceptable.

Therefore, Candidates can’t recommend any changes to ibps regarding exam centers.

Candidates can mention their location preference at the time of filling the application form. Ibps will allow you nearest possible center. Only in some cases, it is found that the examination center is far.

IBPS SO Exam center 2020- General instruction

Given below are some of the general instructions you are required to follow

  • All the candidates are required to reach the venue before the exam time
  • Do not forget to bring admit card along with you
  • No changes regarding the change in exam center will be entertained
  • IBPS SO 2020 Exam Centers

Given below is the list of exam center for ibps so exam 2020

State Code State/Union Territory/NCR Centre
11 Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair
12 Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam
13 Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
14 Assam Guwahati
15 Bihar Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzzafarpur, Patna, Purnea
16 Chandigarh Chandigarh
17 Chhattisgarh Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur
18 Dadra and Nagar Haveli Surat, Jamnagar
19 Daman and Diu
20 Delhi Bahadurgarh,Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon
21 Goa Panaji
22 Gujarat Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara
23 Haryana Ambala, Panchkula
24 Himachal Pradesh Shimla
25 Jammu and Kashmir Jammu, Srinagar
26 Jharkhand Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
27 Karnataka Bengaluru, Dharwad, Hubli, Mangalore
28 Kerala Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram
29 Lakshadweep Kavaratti
30 Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur
31 Maharashtra Aurangabad, Greater Mumbai/Navi Mumbai/Thane, Nagpur, Nanded, Pune
32 Manipur Imphal
33 Meghalaya Shillong
34 Mizoram Aizawl
35 Nagaland Kohima
36 Odisha Berhampur(Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur
37 Puducherry Puducherry
38 Punjab Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala
39 Rajasthan Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur
40 Sikkim Gangtok
41 Telangana Hyderabad
42 Tripura Agartala
43 Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi
45 Uttrakhand Dehradun, Roorkee
46 West Bengal Bardhaman, Berhampur, Durgapur,

You are required to visit the examination center prior to the day of exam in order to avoid any hassle during the day of the exam.


The result of IBPS SO will be declared after completion of three phases (Prelims + Mains + Interview)

Candidates who are shortlisted and appeared in the merit list will be finally selected.

IBPS SO Preparation Tips 2020

Candidates are requiring following systematic and well-integrated approach for the preparation of IBPS SO exam.

Candidates should be well aware of ibps so syllabus and latest examination pattern.

The syllabus covers all the important topics.

Students are advised to go for the best study material so you can have better understanding and clarity of concepts and practice variety of question.

New exam pattern is simply the application of the concept in a new form.

Candidates are required to go through the last year paper in order to have an idea about question paper.

Salary of ibps SO 2020

Students who wish to pursue a career as a specialist officer are subjected to incremental salary along with other benefits associated with the post of the specialist officer.

As per the latest revision by 10th bipartite settlement, the revised basic pay is 21990 and salary in hand is 19590.

Classes for IBPS SO 2020

Classroom programs are comprehensive coaching program in banking. Out of every 5 classrooms, 3 got selected for banking jobs.

Classroom coaching has produced incredible results over the years. Specialized experts, specialized study material and test series are the three pillars of online coaching.


Students preparing for bank examination post are recommended to refer to mock test and test series which are well researched and closely follow the exam pattern.

Practice papers are prepared to keep in mind the latest examination pattern.

IBPS SO Cut Off Marks

Students cut off are not something which you can bypass even if you get a high percentage.

In order to be considered for the final selection, you are required to clear the cut off scores.

IBPS SO Cutoff – 2016-2017

IBPS SO Cut Off 2016 – Provisional Allotment List

Posts General OBC SC ST HI OC VI
Marketing Officer 53.30
IT Officer 61.50
Law Officer 52.95
NA 39.65
HR/Personnel Officer 60.75
Agriculture Field Officer 41.65
Rajsabha Adhikari 44.15
NA 38.75


Post General OBC SC ST HI OC VI
Marketing Officer 54.8 51.55 46.95 38.15 NA 38.8 NA
IT Officer 61.15 57.5 53.1 46.3 40.3 49.35 55.95
Law Officer 52.25 48.75 44.65 39.15 NA 38.35 30.80
HR/Personnel Officer 60.5 51.85 49.6 44.6 31.75 NA NA
Agriculture Field Officer 40.6 40.55 34.1 29.3 25.95 26.7 28.7
Rajsabha Adhikari 43.55 44.6 42.8 33.7 NA 35.95 NA

Minimum & Maximum Cut Off (Category-Wise & Post-Wise):

Post General OBC SC ST HI OC VI
Marketing Officer 74.95 to 55.30 66.80 to 51.90 59.40 to 47.35 62.05 to 35.50 33.70 to 33.70 58.10 to 39.40 NA
IT Officer 76.75 to 61.50 64.05 to 57.75 55.05 to 46.50 65.10 to 53.35 50.50 to 40.60 61.85 to 50.15 65.90 to 60.10
Law Officer 62.85 to 52.95 55.80 to 49.20 71.15 to 44.95 47.50 to 39.55 NA 54.40 to 39.85 43.30 to 36.30
HR/Personnel Officer 73.35 to 60.75 65.10 to 53.50 62.95 to 50.50 56.45 to 46.65 43.40 to 43.40 NA NA
Agriculture Field Officer 69.75 to 41.65 60.95 to 40.90 52.30 to 34.65 53.45 to 30.00 45.60 to 26.50 49.05 to 27.20 60.25 to 25.95
Rajsabha Adhikari 66.50 to 44.15 62.20 to 45.05 51.85 to 43.35 49.80 to 34.20 NA 43.55 to 38.73 69.05 to 69.05


Students preparing for the post of specialist officer cadre have different doubts and question on their mind. Here I have mentioned some of them.

I am giving you the list of frequently asked questions; let’s take a look at the following

  • Is the ibps so exam bilingual?

Yes, all the test conducted by ibps are bilingual i.e. both in English and Hindi language

  • Is there any negative marking criterion in ibps exam 2020?

Yes, there is a penalty charged for every wrong answer.

Negative marking is implied both in prelims and mains.

However, there will be no penalty for any question left blank or unattempt by the student.

  • Are there a fixed time for the different section

There will no time limit for any specific section

  • Will IBPS SO have a sectional or overall cut-off or both?

Yes, there will be both sectional as well as the overall cut-off in IBPS SO exams.


I hope the above-given information about “IBPS SO 2020” is useful for the students preparing for IBPS specialist officer post. If you like share it among friends. Also, if I missed anything you can provide your suggestion or feedback through the given comments section below.

We will try our level best to get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you and all the best for future endeavors.

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