IBPS SO 2019-2020 - Vacancies, Salary & Eligibility

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.

IBPS SO Admit Card for Mains released by IBPS on January 14, 2020. Candidates can download the IBPS SO admit card for the mains examination from the official site of IBPS. The last date to download the IBPS SO admit card is January 25, 2020.

Given below is the direct link to download IBPS SO admit card for Mains:

Download IBPS SO Admit Card for Mains

IBPS SO result for Preliminary examination 2019-20 released by IBPS on January 8, 2020. Candidates can check the result status at the official site of IBPS till January 13, 2020.

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

Bank Exams 2020

IBPS SO Exam Date

The IBPS SO Preliminary Exam will be held in December 2019, while the mains and interviews 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
Interview Second Week of February 2020

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, salaries, and the IBPS SO eligibility.

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:

Department IBPS SO Recruitment- Position
Information Technology Scale I Officer
Agriculture Scale I Officer
Rajbhasha(National Language) Scale I Officer
Law Scale I Officer
Human Resources/Personnel Scale I Officer
Marketing 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 have surpassed the previous number. As per the official notification, IBPS SO 2019 will recruit 1163+ personnel as Specialist Officers.

The IBPS SO vacancy for 2019-20 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:

Grade 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 released on 5th November 2019. 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 Syllabus & 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.

To prepare for the General Awareness section for IBPS SO exam candidates can refer to the Static GK page for various topics.

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.

Candidates willing to appear for the upcoming IBPS SO exam can get the detailed section-wise bank exam syllabus at the linked article.

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.

candidates preparing for the Specialist Officer exam are advised to check their preparation level by taking Online Quizzes.

You will get detailed information on IBPS SO exam pattern on the IBPS Syllabus Page, the link for which is given below.

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. The common subjects of IBPS SO exam for various posts under Specialist Officer are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and General Awareness.

For detailed information on IBPS SO Syllabus and the new exam pattern of IBPS SO exam, refer to the linked article.

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 SO Mock tests, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions for RBI Admit Card

Q 1. What is the salary of a person appointed as a Specialist Officer in IBPS?

Answer: The IBPS SO salary varies from Rs.36,000 to Rs.64,000 and this differs based on the scale of the employee. Candidates can know the detailed IBPS SO salary at the linked article.

Q 2. What is the age limit for a candidate applying for the IBPS SO exam?

Ans. The candidate must not be less than 20 years and not more than 30 years in age to apply for the IBPS SO exam. There is age relaxation that is provided to the candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC category.

Q 3. For which post is the IBPS SO exam conducted?

Ans. Given below is the list of posts for which the IBPS SO exam is conducted:

    • Marketing Officer
    • Agriculture Field Officer
    • Law Officer
    • HR/Personnel Officer
    • IT Officer
    • Rajbhasha Adhikari

These posts and vacancy depend upon the requirement of the conducting and hiring organisation. The number of vacancies or the posts for which the recruitment is conducted may not be the same every year.

Q.4. Is the exam pattern for IBPS SO the same as the exam pattern for IBPS PO?

Ans. The exam pattern for both the exams is almost the same. The exam is conducted in three-stage: Prelims, Mains and Interview. However, the syllabus for the IBPS PO and IBPS SO is different from each other.

Candidates preparing for the IBPS SO exam can refer to the IBPS SO Previous year question papers for their reference and to score well in the exams.

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