IBPS SO Notification 2021 [Out]

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection releases the official IBPS SO Notification on its official website. This article will discuss in detail about the official IBPS SO Notification.

The IBPS releases the official Notification one month before the exam. The IBPS SO notification contains all the information that a candidate needs to apply for the exam. 

Latest Update:

  • On November 2, 2021, the Institute has released the recruitment notification for the Specialist Officer exam on its official website. A total of 1828 vacancies have been released across 11 Public Sector Banks. 
  • Candidates willing to fill in the application form for the post of Specialist Officer can visit the IBPS SO Apply Online page and get the direct link to complete the registration process. The window shall remain open between November 3 and 23, 2021.

IBPS SO Notification PDF 2021:-Download PDF Here

Get latest notifications for the Government exams 2021 at the linked article.

To know more about the IBPS SO exam, candidates can visit the linked article.

Table of Contents:

  1. IBPS SO Recruitment 2021
  2. IBPS SO Notification 2021
  3. IBPS SO Exam Dates
  4. IBPS SO Apply Online
  5. IBPS SO Application Fees
  6. IBPS SO Vacancies
  7. IBPS SO Salary
  8. IBPS SO Admit Card
  9. IBPS SO Eligibility
  10. IBPS SO Exam Pattern and Syllabus
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IBPS SO Recruitment 2021

The IBPS SO recruitment 2021 was released on November 2, 2021, and aspirants who are looking forward to joining the Public Sector Banks at the post of a Specialist Officer must start their preparation now.

Since the Specialist Officer recruitment is conducted annually, candidates look forward to fill in the application form and join the banking sector.

The first stage of the recruitment is the release of the official notification, followed by the submission of application forms, conduct of online examinations and the declaration of results.

IBPS SO Notification 2021

This year, the IBPS SO notification has been released for the following posts:

  • Marketing Officer (Scale I) 
  • Agriculture Field Officer
  • Law Officer
  • HR/Personnel Officer
  • IT Officer Scale I
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I

All eligible candidates, trying to get into any of these above-mentioned IBPS SO Posts need to register for the Common Recruitment Process (CRP SPL).

For more details on upcoming bank exams, refer to the linked article.

Related Links:
SBI SO Exam IBPS Online Registration
IBPS SO Books SBI SO Notification

IBPS SO Exam Dates

As per the official notification released by the Institute, the dates of the IBPS SO 2021 Prelims exam is December 26, 2021. While the date for IBPS SO Mains exam 2021 is January 30th 2022.

As per the IBPS Calendar 2021, given below is the IBPS SO exam dates 2021:

IBPS SO Exam Date 2021
Events Important Dates
Official Notification November 2, 2021
Prelims Exam December 26, 2021
Prelims Result January 2022
Mains Exam January 30, 2022
Mains Result February 2022

Candidates can get the detailed IBPS SO exam dates based on the IBPS SO official notification at the linked article.

Government Exams 2021

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released the IBPS Calendar 2021. Candidates can check the IBPS exam dates 2021 at the linked article.

IBPS SO Apply Online

IBPS SO Apply Online procedure is a simple process where candidates need to fill in all the required fields in the application form and pay the application fee to ensure their candidature.

IBPS SO Online Application Process has certain prerequisites.

The Pre- Requisites IBPS SO Online Application Process are as follows:

  • Scanned photograph (4.5cm × 3.5cm)
  • Scanned copy of the signature
  • Left Thumb Impression
  • Online payment details
  • Valid Personal email-id

All the above-mentioned pre-requisites should be scanned beforehand and kept by the candidate for the IBPS SO Apply online procedure.

Once you submit the application form an email, as well as a text message, will be sent to the personal mail and phone provided with your registration ID and password. Candidates are required to keep this ID and password safe for future references.

For more information regarding the IBPS SO Apply Online procedure, candidates can visit the linked article.

Candidates preparing for the upcoming IBPS SO exams can solve IBPS SO Previous year question papers and prepare themselves for the upcoming Specialist Officer exam.

IBPS SO Application Fees

Candidates filling in the IBPS SO Application Form have to submit the required fees for the same. 

Candidates belonging to General and OBC are required to pay Rs. 850/- as their application fee for IBPS SO 2021 exam.  While the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category have to pay Rs. 175/-. 

IBPS SO Vacancies

There are different numbers of vacancies given in the IBP SO Notification depending on the posts applied and the category to which the candidate belongs.

As per the official IBPS SO Notification detailed information regarding the various posts’ vacancies are as follows:

IBPS SO Vacancies 2021
Name of Post in IBPS SO exam No. of Vacancies
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 61
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I) 84
Law Officer (Scale-I) 44
IT Officer (Scale-I) 220
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) 535
Agriculture Officer (Scale-I) 884
Total 1828

For more details on the vacancies for other posts, refer to the official IBPS SO Notification.

IBPS SO Salary

As per the IBPS SO Notification, the IBPS SO salary covers pay scales of Officer Scale I, Officer Scale-II, Officer Scale-III.

To know the detailed IBPS SO Salary structure candidates can visit the linked article.

The IBPS SO salary details are as follows:

  • The IBPS SO salary structure of Officer Scale I is in the range of Rs. 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020. They get around 36400/- per month including dearness allowance and HRA.
  • The IBPS SO salary structure of Officer Scale-II is in the range of Rs. 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950. Rs. 48800/- is the basic pay per month including dearness allowance and HRA.
  • The IBPS SO salary structure of Officer Scale III is in the range of Rs. 42020-1310/5-48570-1460/2-51490. Rs. 64600/- is the total compensation per month including dearness allowance and HRA.

For more details on bank salary, refer to the linked article.

IBPS SO Admit Card

The IBPS SO Admit Card/hall ticket will have all the important details related to the IBPS SO exam

The IBPS SO admit card contains the following information:

  • Name & Address of the Candidate
  • Registration Number/Roll Number
  • Venue of the IBPS SO Exam
  • Date of the IBPS SO Exam
  • Space for affixing photograph
  • General Instructions for candidates

Candidates should download their IBPS SO Admit Card/call letter from the authorised IBPS website. No hard copy of the IBPS SO Admit Card/hall ticket will be sent by post/ courier.

IBPS SO Eligibility

The IBPS SO Eligibility criteria has 3 important aspects:

  • IBPS SO Age Limit – 
  • Nationality – 
  • Educational Qualification

The details related to IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria are as follows:

IBPS SO Age Limit

The IBPS SO Notification has prescribed minimum and maximum age limit which is 20 years and 30 years respectively. Also, there is a certain relaxation on the upper age limit for candidates belonging to reserved categories. 


A candidate must be a citizen of India. 

Educational Qualification

As per the official IBPS SO Notification, the minimum educational qualification that a candidate must possess to be eligible for the IBPS SO exam is a Graduation Degree from a Government recognised university or board. 

Any candidates willing to apply for the upcoming IBPS SO exam must carefully go through the IBPS SO eligibility criteria as mentioned in the IBPS SO notification before filling in the application form. 

IBPS SO Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The IBPS SO Exam pattern has been revised recently by the IBPS. 

IBPS SO Exam Pattern comprises three stages –

  • IBPS SO Prelims Exam 
  • IBPS SO Mains Mains Exam, &
  • Interview

There are two patterns for IBPS SO Prelims exam for different posts. Also, there is a sectional cut-off and it is important for candidates to clear all the sections in order to clear IBPS SO Prelims exam 2021.

Candidates preparing for Specialist Officer exams are advised to take Online Quizzes and IBPS SO Mock Tests on a regular basis to test their preparation level and to improve on weaker sections of the syllabus.

IBPS SO Syllabus is decided by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection itself. Candidates should check the IBPS SO syllabus properly before starting their preparation. The IBPS SO Syllabus commonly covers Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness with special reference to the banking industry and Verbal Ability. 

For the preparation of General Awareness section, candidates must give special attention to the Static GK part as it covers a major art of the questions asked in the General Awareness section.

For detailed information related to IBPS SO syllabus, refer to the linked article.

Once the IBPS notification has been published, candidates should make sure to complete the online application well before the last date.

Preparation for the exam can be done through college-level textbooks in the specialisation applied for. The preparation for prelims can be done from previous years’ question papers and IBPS books.

IBPS SO Notification PDF 2021:-Download PDF Here

Frequently Asked Questions on IBPS SO Notification

Q 1. When is the IBPS SO exam 2021 scheduled to be conducted?

Ans. As per the IBPS calendar 2021, the IBPS SO Prelims exam is scheduled to be conducted on December 26, 2021, and the IBPS SO mains is scheduled to be conducted on January 30, 2022.

Q 2. Is the IBPS SO exam bilingual?

Ans. Yes, the IBPS SO exam is bilingual. Questions are available in both English and Hindi language.

Q 3. Which posts are included in the IBPS Specialist Officer recruitment?

Ans. IBPS SO exam is conducted to recruit Specialist Officers in the various participating Banks of IBPS. Given below is a list of posts for which the IBPS SO exam is conducted:

  • I.T. Officer
  • Agricultural Field Officer
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari
  • Law Officer
  • HR/ Personnel Officer
  • Marketing Officer

The IBPS SO notification specifies the number of vacancies for each of the above-mentioned posts.

Q 4. Is there an age limit criteria to apply for the IBPS SO exam?

Ans. Yes, IBPS declares maximum and minimum age limit criteria and only the candidates falling under the age group are eligible to apply for the exam. A candidate must be between 20 and 30 years of age as per the age limit criteria. However, there are certain age relaxations that are provided to candidates belonging to different categories.


  1. Ritesh pratap singh

    I want preparation for ibps so afo examination 2021

    1. Hi,
      Please check the following links for IBPS SO preparation.
      IBPS SO Syllabus
      IBPS SO Books
      IBPS SO Mock tests
      IBPS SO Preparation Tips

  2. Please clear the educational qualification for the post of rajbhasha adhikari ibps so

    1. Hi,
      Please check IBPS SO eligibility for details regarding education qualification.

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