IBPS SO 2019

The IBPS SO Exam is conducted every year by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection to recruit Specialist Officers for different positions in the Public sector banks in India.

The IBPS conducts different recruitment examinations for the Public Sector banks of India.

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

For detailed information on upcoming bank exams, refer to the linked article.

This article is about the various important information related to the IBPS SO Exam.

Table of Contents

  1. IBPS SO Exam Date
  2. IBPS SO Recruitment
  3. IBPS SO Notification
  4. IBPS SO Eligibility
  5. IBPS SO Exam Pattern
  6. IBPS SO Syllabus
  7. IBPS SO Result


IBPS SO Exam Date

The IBPS SO Preliminary Exam will be held on December 2019, while the mains and interview are scheduled for January and February 2020 respectively.

The IBPS SO exam dates as per the official exam calendar are as follows:

IBPS SO Preliminary Examination

28-29 December 2019

IBPS SO Main Examination

25 January 2020


Second Week of February 2020

The IBPS Exam dates are available on the official website and the Institute has stated that the dates are tentative.

Aspirants should refer to the IBPS SO Notification to know about the examination in detail.

IBPS SO Recruitment

The IBPS SO Recruitment gives important details related to the various posts, vacancies and salaries.

IBPS SO Recruitment- Posts

The various posts that fall under the IBPS SO Recruitment are as follows:

The various IBPS SO Positions in the following departments:


IBPS SO Recruitment- Position

Information Technology

Scale I Officer


Scale I Officer

Rajbhasha(National Language)

Scale I Officer


Scale I Officer

Human Resources/Personnel

Scale I Officer


Scale I Officer

The examination for these IBPS SO posts is conducted in a common format with the syllabus differing for specific departments.

IBPS SO Vacancy

The total number of IBPS SO vacancies for 2018 were around 1600. This year the IBPS SO vacancies can be the same as the previous year or surpass the previous number.

The IBPS SO vacancy for 2019-20 for few categories have been released. For complete details on the same, candidates should check the official notification for IBPS SO Exam 2019.

IBPS SO Vacancy 2019 PDF:-Download PDF Here

IBPS SO Salary

The IBPS SO Salary varies according to the posts and grade.

The IBPS SO Salary details for various posts are given below:


IBPS SO Salary

Officer Scale I

Monthly salary– Rs. 36400/-

Pay Scale– Rs. 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020

Officer Scale-II

Monthly salary- Rs. 48800/-

Pay Scale- Rs. 31705-1145/1-32850-1310/10-45950

Officer Scale III

Monthly salary- Rs. 64600/-

Pay Scale- Rs. 42020-1310/5-48570-1460/2-51490

  • The IBPS SO Salary includes dearness allowance and HRA for all the grades.

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

IBPS SO Notification

The IBPS SO Notification for the 2019 exam is yet to be released. The IBPS SO Notification gives an idea on various important aspects of the SO Exam.

The application process for this examination is entirely online. Candidates can apply online for IBPS SO through the official website.

Candidates can get detailed information on the IBPS SO Online Application Process, Application Fee, Admit Card through the official IBPS SO Notification.

For complete information on IBPS SO Notification, refer to the linked article.

IBPS SO Eligibility

The IBPS SO Eligibility criteria has 3 important aspects.

They are:

  1. IBPS SO Age Limit
  2. Nationality
  3. Educational Qualification

Age Limit

The IBPS SO Exam has certain eligibility with regard to the Age limit.

The IBPS SO Age Limit is as follows:

Minimum Age- 20years

Maximum Age- 30 years

There is a certain upper age limit relaxation for various categories.

The IBPS SO age limit relaxation is given below:


A candidate must be either –

(i) a Citizen of India or

(ii) a subject of Nepal

(iii) a subject of Bhutan or

(iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India,

(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Educational Qualification

The necessary Educational Qualification that a candidate needs to have for IBPS SO Exam is given below.

IBPS SO Exam- IBPS SO Educational Qualification

There is a certain reservation for candidates having Benchmark Disabilities.

They are as follows:
IBPS SO Reservation

IBPS SO Exam Pattern

The IBPS has revised the SO Exam Pattern recently.

The IBPS SO Exam Pattern consists of two examinations and one interview.

The Preliminary examination consists of three sections with a total weightage of 125 marks. English Language and Reasoning are common for all departments.

The technical departments test the candidates’ ability in Quantitative Aptitude while the non-technical candidates are tested on General Awareness.

The IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Prelims is as follows:


Maximum Marks


English Language


40 minutes



40 minutes

General Awareness with Special Reference to the Banking Industry(For Law and Rajbhasha)


40 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude( For IBPS SO I.T officer, Agriculture, HR/Personnel and Marketing)


40 minutes

The candidates have to score above the IBPS cutoff in each section to be eligible for the main examination.

The main examination consists of one objective type paper of 60 marks for technical and Law candidates.

The Rajbhasha candidates have to answer an objective type and one descriptive test for a total of 60 marks.

The IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Mains is as follows:


Maximum Marks


Professional Knowledge(Objective for Law, I.T, HR, Marketing, Agriculture)


45 minutes

Professional Knowledge(Objective for Rajbhasha)


30 minutes

Professional Knowledge(Descriptive for Rajbhasha)

30 minutes

The candidates who score more marks than the cutoff in the main examination are called for the IBPS interview for specialist officers.

The interview is worth 100 marks out of which candidates have to score at least 40. SC/ST/OBC and PWD candidates have to score at least 35. The combined score of the mains and interview are used to draw up the merit list.

IBPS SO Syllabus

The IBPS SO Syllabus is a bit different from other IBPS Exams. The IBPS SO syllabus for Prelims and Mains has subject-specific and posts-specific topics respectively.

For detailed information on IBPS SO Syllabus, refer to the linked article.

IBPS SO Result

The IBPS SO Result for 2018-19 Exam has already been released for the Prelims and Mains.

The IBPS SO score card details can be obtained from the official website of IBPS.

Candidates should always be updated on important dates related to the IBPS SO Result, exam dates, etc.

Preparation for the exam should be done from previous years’ question papers, IBPS books as well as textbooks in the respective fields of study.

Typical candidates for this exam are experienced in their respective fields and hence, the competition is very high.

Aspirants can follow BYJU’S for study material, notifications and strategy for the IBPS examinations.

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