IBPS SO 2020 - IBPS Specialist Officer Exam Dates, Application & Eligibility

The IBPS SO Exam is conducted every year by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS ) to recruit Specialist Officers for different positions in the Public sector banks in India. This article is about the various important information related to the IBPS Specialist Officer Exam.

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

IBPS exams shall soon be conducted by the National Recruitment Agency (NRA), which will conduct a Common Recruitment Test (CET) to appoint candidates at various posts in SSC, RRB and IBPS. Recruitment for Non-Technical and Non-Gazetted posts will be conducted by the NRA.

The IBPS SO mains result for the exam conducted on January 25, 2020, was released on February 5, 2020. The IBPS SO prelims result was made available to the candidates on January 8, 2020.

As per the IBPS exam calendar released for the 2020 recruitment, the IBPS exam dates for the Specialist Officer exam have tentatively been released.

In this article, we shall take you through the IBPS SO exam dates, notification, vacancies, exam pattern & syllabus and all the other important information regarding the exam.

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

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 tentative exam schedule for the IBPS Specialist Officer has been released by the conducting body and given below are the important IBPS SO exam dates 2020 as per the IBPS calendar:

IBPS SO Exam Dates 2020
IBPS SO Preliminary Examination December 26 & 27, 2020
IBPS SO Main Examination January 30, 2021
Interview February/March 2021

Aspirants can know the detailed Specialist Officer exam schedule at the IBPS SO exam dates page.

The IBPS SO Preliminary Exam was held in December 2019, while the mains and interviews were conducted in January and February 2020 respectively. The IBPS SO 2019 exam dates have been given below:

IBPS SO Exam Dates 2019
IBPS SO Preliminary Examination 28-29 December 2019
IBPS SO Main Examination 25 January 2020
Interview Second Week of February 2020

To know the IBPS exam dates for all the upcoming IBPS exams 2020, candidates can visit the linked article and check the IBPS calendar 2020.

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 IBPS SO exam is conducted to recruit Specialist Officers in the various participation banks in IBPS. The exam is conducted for various posts and the eligibility and selection criteria also differs for each post of Specialist Officer.

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

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 IBPS SO vacancies are notified once the official notification is released by the conducting body. With the data available for the 2018 & 2019 recruitment, the number of vacancies have increased each year.

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.

Candidates in anticipation of the 2020 recruitment, can check the IBPS SO vacancies once the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection releases the official notification.

If a candidate wants to know about the vacancies released for other IBPS exams,  he/she can visit the IBPS notifications page and get the required information.

To get a detailed idea about the SBI SO vacancies for the 2019-20 recruitment, candidates can refer to the PDF given below.

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 salary range for Bank Employees, refer to the linked article.

Government Exam 2020

IBPS SO Notification

The IBPS SO Notification for the 2020 recruitment is expected to release by October 2020 and the 2019 exam notification was 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.

Candidates can refer to the IBPS SO notification 2019 given below.

IBPS SO Notification 2019:- Download PDF Here

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

Candidates have to fulfill certain eligibility with regard to the Age limit to appear for IBPS Specialist Officer examination.

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 Specialist Officer 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

Candidates must note that IBPS SO exam qualifications and eligibility is different from the IBPS PO and Clerk examination. For detailed information regarding the IBPS SO eligibility, candidates can visit the linked article.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern

The IBPS has revised the SO Exam Pattern recently. The revised IBPS SO selection process comprises of three phases:

  1. IBPS SO Prelims
  2. IBPS SO Mains
  3. Interview

For detailed IBPS SO syllabus and exam pattern, candidates can visit the linked article and prepare themselves accordingly.

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 must thoroughly prepare themselves for the Static GK part on various topics.

The candidates have to score above the IBPS cut off 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.

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.

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

Solving the mock tests and previous year papers will help candidates not just understand the difficulty level and standard of examination but will also help them get a better idea of the IBPS SO syllabus and the type of questions asked.

The competition for the IBPS Specialist Officer exam is very high and the level of preparation required is also equally high. So it is suggested that solving mock tests and previous year papers shall prove to be very helpful for the candidates.

Get the tips to crack Bank Specialist Officer exam at the linked article.

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 vacancies 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. What is the IBPS SO exam?

Ans. The IBPS SO exam is conducted to recruit Specialist Officers in various participants Banks under IBPS. These specialisations include Officers in departments related to Law, Human Resources. IT, etc.

Q 5. Can a student in his final semester apply for the IBPS SO exam?

Ans. Yes, a student appearing for the final semester exam is eligible to apply for the IBPS SO exam. But they must note that they need to provide their Graduation degree or certificate at the time of document verification.

Q 6. Is the exam pattern for IBPS Specialist Officer 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.


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