IBPS SO Exam 2021

Latest Updates:

● IBPS SO Admit Card 2019 – 12th December 2019.

● Last day to download Admit Card 2019 – 29th December 2019

Click Here to download – Online Preliminary Exam Call letter 

● IBPS SO Preliminary exam 2019 will conduct on 28th and 29th December 2019.

● The Mains examination will be on 25th January 2020.

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IBPS SO Exam Information

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts annual Specialist Officer (SO) Examination for recruitment to public sector banks. Specialist Officers are recruited particularly for specialist posts such as Law/IT/Marketing Officers [usually of Scale – I]. IBPS conducts the examination as a 3-tier process – Prelim, Mains and Interview.

Registrations for IBPS PO 2019-20 is open till 26th November and IBPS SO Prelim exam is scheduled for the 28th and 29th of December 2019. IBPS SO Mains examination is scheduled to be conducted on 25th January 2020. This is the 8th exam in the SO recruitment series and is officially mentioned as IBPS CRP SPL-VIII.

IBPS SO Vacancies 2019-20

IBPS SO vacancies are limited in number due to the skill specialisation required for these posts. This year there are vacancies for HR/Language Official/Law/Marketing and IT. The vacancies are as listed below:

Post  Vacancies Available

Agriculture Officer (Scale-I)


IT Officer (Scale-I)


Marketing Office (Scale-I) 302
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)  81

Law Officer


Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)


IBPS SO 2019 Application process will begin tentatively from November 7, 2019.

IBPS SO 2019 Exam Date

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has in its notification released the tentative examination process schedule and dates of examinations. Registrations for the exam began on 6th of November and will be open till 26th of November 2019. The exam is scheduled to take place on the 28th and 29th of December, 2019 and the Mains will take place on the 25th of January 2020. The result and interviews are anticipated in February. Provisional allotment of candidates will be declared in April 2020.

The important exam dates can be given as follows:

Dates  Events 
IBPS SO Notification 5th of November 2019
IBPS SO online registration start date 6th of November 2019
The end date of application 26th of November 2019
Download of call letters for the exam (Prelims) 12 December to 29 December 2019
Commencement of Prelim exam 28th and 29th of December 2019
Result of Prelim Exam not yet announced
The download of call letter for mains January 2020
Commencement of mains Exam 25th of January 2020
Conduct of Interview February 2020
IBPS final Result 1st April 2020
Official Website https://ibps.in/

IBPS SO 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for SO posts is determined by IBPS depending on the nature of specialisation of the post. For example, technical posts will require technical qualification of a particular degree. Hence, educational and age qualification varies from post to post. The eligibility criteria for the various posts available are mentioned below:

1] I.T. Officer (Scale I) Eligibility

Age Qualification

Lower Limit – 20 years | Upper Limit – 30 years

Educational Qualification

1) Bachelors degree* [B.Tech/B.E.] in Comp. Science/IT/Comp. Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
2) Post Graduate Degree [M.S./M.Tech./M.Eng.] in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR
3) Graduates who have passed the DOEACC ‘B’ level exam

*Degree should be of minimum 4 years duration

2] Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Eligibility Criteria

Age Qualification

Lower Age Limit – 20 years | Upper Age Limit – 30 years

Educational Qualification 

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.

*Degree should be of minimum 4 years duration

3] Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) Eligibility Criteria

Age Qualification

Lower Age Limit – 20 years | Upper Age Limit – 30 years

Educational Qualification

1] Post Graduation Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation or degree level OR

2] Post Graduate Degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject at graduation level OR

4] Law Officer (Scale I) Eligibility Criteria

Age Qualification

Lower Age Limit – 20 years | Upper Age Limit – 30 years

Educational Qualification

A bachelor’s degree in Law and also must be enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council of India

5] HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Eligibility Criteria

Age Qualification

Lower Age Limit – 20 years | Upper Age Limit – 30 years

Educational Qualification

Graduation Degree as well as Full Time Post Graduate Degree or Full time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law

Marketing Officer (Scale I) Eligibility Criteria

Age Qualification

Lower Age Limit – 20 years | Upper Age Limit – 30 years

Educational Qualification

Graduate Degree and Full Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialisation in Marketing/MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/PGDBM with specialisation in Marketing.

Age Relaxation

Certain categories of candidates are granted relaxation in upper age limit as per GoI guidelines. Below are the categories and the number of years relaxation to be granted when candidates of these categories are applying to IBPS SO Posts.

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe 5 years
Other Backward Class 3 years
Person with Disability (PwD Category) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen/Commissioned Officers 5 years
Persons domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir during the period 1st Jan 1980 and 31st Dec 1989 5 years
Person affected by 1984 riots 5 years

IBPS SO 2019 Registration

Applications for IBPS SO can be made only in ONLINE mode from the official IBPS website – https://ibps.in/. Alternatively the direct application link is mentioned below. Applications for IBPS SO were opened on 6th November 2019 and will be available till 26th November. Candidates who wish to attempt the IBPS CRP SPL-VIII must apply within the deadline.

Apply for IBPS SO 2019-2020 IBPS SO Application Link

Step-by-Step IBPS SO Registration

Step 1: Once you are on the IBPS SO VIII Application Page (link above), click on the “Click here for New Registration Button” on the top most right corner of the page.

Step 2: In the first part of application form, IBPS will require you to enter basic details such as name, contact number, email id, address etc. Once you have filled in required information, click on submit to continue.

Step 3: The next step is document upload. Candidate must upload their photograph and signature in the prescribed format as mentioned below.

Documents to be Uploaded Specifications File Size
Passport Size Photograph Scan 4.5 cm * 3.5 cm Minimum 20 KB – Maximum 50 KB
Signature Scan  – Minimum 10 KB – Maximum 20 KB

Step 4: Once this done, the candidate is required to fill academic qualifications and professional experience details.

Step 5: Preview the application form and cross-check for any errors as changing details on Application Form after submission is not permitted. Once verified, save and submit the form.

Step 6: After submitting the details and form, candidate must pay the Application Fee for the form to be processed. The candidate must use the Online Payment Option, i.e. through Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking. Application fee varies depending on category of candidate applying, below is the scheme of application fees:

Category Application Fee
SC/ST/PWD Rs.100/- (Intimation Charges only)
General and Others Rs. 600/-  (App. Fee plus intimation charges)

Step 7: Click on Final Submit Button.Once the application form is submitted successfully, you will be sent an email and text message with IBPS registration ID and password for future login reference. Note this down as it may be required to view other necessary documents like Admit Card/Results etc.

IBPS SO 2019 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2019-20 Exam is to be conducted in three stages – Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Process. Candidate must clear every stage to finally be recruited as SO to one of the participating Public Sector Banks. Preliminary Exam is open to all eligible candidates.

IBPS has introduced some changes in the Exam Pattern for IBPS SO 2019-20. Below are the highlights of the pattern:

  • The exam will be conducted in 3-stage process: Preliminary, Mains and Interview 
  • For Rajbhasha Adhikari and Law Officer, scheme of Prelim will vary as given below in the table.
  • Newly introduced separate sectional timing for each section in prelims exam. In Preliminary exam, 40 mintues will be allotted for each sections.
  • Candidates qualifying Prelims will appear for Mains.
  • Prelim Exam score is qualifying that means it will not be taken towards score computation during Final Allotment. Mains and Interview score will be combined for this purpose.
  • The Mains Examination will be testing candidates on the Professional Knowledge Subjects.

IBPS SO 2019 Preliminary Exam Pattern

For Law Officer and Rajsabha Adhikari Posts (Scale- I)

S. No Section No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
2. English Language 50 25 40 minutes
3. General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry 50 50 40 minutes
Total 150 125

For Agriculture /Marketing/HR or Personnel/IT Specialist Officer Posts of Scale-I

S.No. Section No. of MCQs Total Marks Time Duration
1. Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
2. English Language 50 25 40 minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 minutes
Total 150 125

IBPS SO 2019 Mains Exam Pattern

For Rajbhasha Adhikari Post

Section Questions Total Marks Language Medium Time Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective – MCQs) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive Answers) 2 English & Hindi 30 minutes

For Law/IT/Agriculture/HR or Personnel and Marketing Specialist Officer

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge – (Objective MCQs) 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

IBPS SO 2019 Syllabus

While the syllabus for Prelims can be generalised and divided into subtopics for preparation, IBPS SO Mains syllabus varies as per the post applied for by the candidate Mains will be a test of professional knowledge relating to the nature of the post. Further information regarding the Mains Syllabus will be provided in the Information Handout, yet to be announced by IBPS.

Candidates may take a look at the material to be prepared for IBPS SO Prelims Syllabus are listed below:

IBPS SO Preliminary Examination Syllabus

A] English Language Syllabus

  • Cloze Test/ Fill in the Blanks
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Text (Paragraph/Sentence) Completion
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumbles
  • Spotting Errors

B] Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

  • Number Series
  • Simplification
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Data Interpretation (from texts/graphs)
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Mensuration
  • Averages [Measures of Central Tendency]

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IBPS SO 2019 Admit Card

IBPS releases Admit Cards for Specialist Officer Examination for all 3 exam stages separately. Admit Cards are made available ONLINE on the IBPS website – https://ibps.in/. Admit Card is mandatorily to be carried to exam venue.

All candidates who have successfully registered will be able to access and download the IBPS SO Prelim Admit Card in the month of December, 2-3 weeks prior to the examination. Only candidates who have qualified the Preliminary Exam will be able to download Mains Admit Card and IBPS SO Interview Call Letter will be made available for those candidates qualifying Mains Examination.

Important Dates for IBPS SO Admit Card

Admit Card for Exam Stage Expected Date of Release
IBPS SO Prelim Admit Card December 2019
IBPS SO Mains Admit Card January 2020
IBPS SO Interview Call Letter February 2020

Step-by-step IBPS SO Admit Card Download

  1. Using the IBPS official Link which will be updated on Admit Card release, visit the IBPS Admit Card Download Page.
  2. Log in using Registration ID and DoB/Password.
  3. You will be able to view your Admit Card as a PDF on this page.
  4. You are required to download and print out copy of the Admit Card.
  5. Verify that all details are clearly visible and do not have errors.

Candidates may note that without the Admit Card, they will not be permitted to appear for the examination. Along with admit card, carrying Photo identity proof and passport photograph. Read the Admit Card for instructions pertaining to exam venue and reporting time as well as other necessary instructions.