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IBPS SO 2021 Notification (out), Exam Dates (Out), Application, Eligibility, Pattern, & Syllabus, result (prelims out)

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Jan 12, 2021

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IBPS SO 2020 Exam will be conducted on December 26 and 27, 2020 by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. IBPS SO Exam is conducted for recruiting candidates for the posts of IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer. The exam is conducted through 3 stages - Prelims, Main Exam, and Interview round. IBPS SO 2020 Main exam will be held on January 30, 2021

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  • Candidates must check IBPS SO 2020 Eligibility for the post they wish to apply for.
  • IBPS SO 2020 Application Form will tentatively be released on November 7, 2020.
  • The application fee is INR 600 for General, EWS, and OBC categories and INR 100 for SC, ST, PwD candidates.  
  • As per IBPS SO 2020 Exam Pattern, it will be a 2-hour long online test having 150 MCQs.
  • The syllabus includes English Language, Reasoning, and Quantitative aptitude or General Awareness depending on the post applied for. 
  • Candidates qualifying in Prelims will have to appear for the Main exam and subsequently in the interview round.   
  • Final merit will be based on candidates’ performances in the Main exam and interview round. Check IBPS SO Cutoff 

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Highlights

Conducting body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Mode of IBPS SO 2020 Online (computer-based test)
Official website
Duration of IBPS SO 2020 2 hours (120 minutes)
Eligibility Graduation in specific stream depending on the post
IBPS SO 2020 Participating Institutes IDBI Bank, Union Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Central Bank of India, etc.
Exam Date of IBPS SO 2020 

December 26 & 27, 2020

January 30, 2021

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Dates

IBPS SO 2020 Preliminary exam will be conducted on December 26 and 27, 2020 and the Main examination will be conducted on January 20, 2021.

Events Dates
IBPS SO 2020 Registration to begin on November 2, 2020
Last day to fill IBPS SO 2020 Application Form November 23, 2020
IBPS SO 2020 Preliminary Exam date December 26 and 27, 2020
IBPS SO 2020 Main Exam Date January 30, 2021
Conduct of IBPS SO Interview 2020 February 2020
Provisional Allotment April 2020

IBPS SO 2020 Eligibility

Applicants must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility requirements before applying for the recruitment exam. The various criteria are as stated below:


  • Candidates must be a citizen of India
  • A resident of Bhutan or Nepal
  • A refugee from Tibet, who have migrated and intends to stay in India permanently.
  • People of Indian origin who have migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar and East African countries with the intention of settling in India permanently.

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IBPS SO Age Limit:

  • The age of the applicant must range from anywhere between 20 to 30 years as on November 26, 2020.
  • Age relaxation will be applicable as per category and is given in the table below:
Category Age Relaxation
SC/ ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PWD 10 years
Ex-Servicemen 5 years
An individual domiciled in J&K during the period January 1, 1980, and December 31, 1989 5 years
Person affected by 1984 riots 5 years

IBPS SO Educational Qualification Requirements

Academic qualification for various posts is as given below:

  • IT Officer (Scale I):
  1. Candidates should have an engineering or technology Degree in Computer Science/ Applications, IT, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunications, Electronics & Communication or Electronics & Instrumentation; Or
  2. Aspirants having a PG degree in the following fields are also eligible; Or
  3. A graduate who has passed DOEACC ‘B’ level can also apply for IBPS SO 2020
  • Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I): Aspirants should have a 4-year degree (graduation) in Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Technology, Agricultural Engineering or any other related field to apply for this post.
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I): Individuals having a PG degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation level or a PG degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the graduation level are Eligible for IBPS SO 2020.
  • Law Officer (Scale I): Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) and should be enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council.
  • HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I): A graduate with 2-years full-time PG degree or diploma in Personnel Management, Industrial Relations, HR, HRD, Social Work or Labor Law can apply for this post.
  • Marketing Officer (Scale I): Aspirants should have a 2-year full-time degree in MMS (Marketing), MBA (Marketing), PGDBA, PGDBM, PGPM or PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

IBPS SO 2020 Vacancies

There may be over 1315 vacancies this year. The tentative vacancies for various posts are represented in the table below: 

Posts Vacancies
IT Officer 120
Agricultural Field Officer 875
Rajbhasha Adhikari 30
Law Officer 60
HR/ Personnel Officer 35
Marketing Officer 195

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IBPS SO 2020 Application Form

IBPS SO 2020 Application process will begin tentatively from November 7, 2020. The application process consists mainly of 3 steps which are given below:

  • Registration by providing basic details to generate candidate’s provisional registration number and password.
  • Fill IBPS SO 2020 Application Form and upload required documents.
  • The final step is the payment of IBPS SO application fee through various modes.

How to fill IBPS SO 2020 Application Form?

Students can go through the following guidelines to apply for IBPS SO 2020 exam. 

Step 1: IBPS SO 2020 Registration

  • Visit the official website of IBPS SO 2020 i.e. to apply for the exam.
  • Select the option of ‘Click here for New Registration’.
  • The registration form for creating the User Profile will appear.
  • Fill in general details like name, date of birth and contact details- valid email ID and mobile number.
  • Click on ‘Register’.
  • A Provisional Registration Number and Password will appear on the screen.
  • Applicants will also receive an email and SMS on their registered email ID and a mobile number indicating the same.

Step 2: Fill IBPS SO 2020 Application Form

  • Login using these credentials to proceed with the IBPS SO application process.
  • Candidates will have to provide personal and contact details as well as details about their academic qualification, work experience, preference exam center, etc.
  • Then, they will have to upload scanned images of their recent photograph, signature, thumb impression and handwritten declaration as per the specifications are given on the screen.
  • After going through all the details carefully, click on ‘Final Submit’ to pay the application fees.

Step 3: Payment of Application Fees

  • This is the last step for completing the application process. Aspirants have to remit the requisite application fees by different online modes.
  • Candidates can pay the fees using Credit/ Debit card, Net banking, Cash Card & Wallet and IMPS.
  • They must enter the essential payment details on the bank page that appears and save the e-receipt of the online transaction as proof of payment.

IBPS SO 2020 Application Fee

A candidate is required to pay INR 600 (General, OBC and EWS) as application fee for IBPS SO 2020 exam. The same amount is reduced to INR 100 for candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PWD/ Ex-servicemen category.

IBPS SO 2020 Admit Card

IBPS will release admit card of IBPS SO 2020 examination for the successfully registered candidates. Admit cards can be downloaded from the official website of IBPS. The governing body will not send the hard copies of the hall ticket by post or any offline mode. Steps to download IBPS SO 2020 Admit Card are given below:

  • Log on to the official website of IBPS SO 2020.
  • Login using the Registration Number and Password.
  • Applicants will see a ‘Download Admit Card’ link on their profile. Click on that link.
  • Admit card will appear in a new tab. Go through all the details and print out 1 colored copy of it.

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Center

IBPS SO 2020 will be conducted across all major cities of India. Participants will have to select their preference for exam cities for the online entrance test while applying for the exam. The institute will allot a center to the individuals and the venue of this center will be mentioned in the admit card/ call letter.

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IBPS SO 2020 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2020 will be a 3 tier exam comprising Prelims, Main exam and Interview round from this year. The preliminary exam will be an objective online test. The exam will be held on 2 consecutive days. The key features of IBPS SO 2020 Exam Pattern are given below:

  • IBPS SO 2020 Prelim exam will have 150 objective type questions. The test paper will be available in English and Hindi.
  • The paper will consist of 3 sections- English Language, Reasoning and Quantitative/ General Awareness. The 3rd section will depend on the post the applicant has applied for.
  • Candidates who qualify Prelims will be eligible to appear for the Mains exam. This exam will have a combination of descriptive and objective type questions based on the post.
  • Those who will clear the Mains will be called for the interview round.
  • Prelims exam is only of qualifying nature while Main and Interview will be considered for determining final merit.
Mode of exam Online
Number of questions 150
Sections in paper 3- English Language, Reasoning and General Awareness/ Quantitative Aptitude
Maximum Marks 125
Duration of exam 2 hours
Medium of language English and Hindi

IBPS SO 2020 Main Exam Pattern for IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

Mode of exam Online
Number of questions 60
Sections in paper 1
Maximum Marks 60
Duration of exam 45 minutes
Medium of language English and Hindi

IBPS SO 2020 Main Exam Pattern for Rajbhasha Adhikari

Mode of exam Online
Number of questions 45(Objective)+ 2 (Descriptive)
Sections in paper 2
Maximum Marks 60
Duration of exam 60 minutes (30 minutes for each section)
Medium of language English and Hindi

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IBPS SO 2020 Syllabus

Syllabus of IBPS SO 2020 will cover a variety of topics from Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English and General Awareness. The important topics that aspirants should focus on for Prelims are represented in the table below:

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability
Simplification Verbal Reasoning
 Average Syllogisms
Percentage & Ratio Proportion Seating Arrangements
Data Interpretation Scheduling
Quadratic Equations Input Output
Interest Data Sufficiency
Linear Equations Blood Relations
Profit & Loss Directions & Distances
Number Series Ordering & Ranking
Speed, Time & Distance Coding & Decoding
Mensuration & Geometry Coded Inequalities
Time & Work Analytical Decision Making
Number Systems  -
Data Sufficiency -
Permutation & Combination -
Probability -
English Language General Awareness
Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness
Error Spotting Current Affairs
Phrase Replacement General Know
Fill in the Blanks  -
Sentence completion
Cloze Test
Para Jumbles

IBPS SO 2020 Main Syllabus

The syllabus for IBPS SO 2020 Main will be of graduation level. The professional knowledge of candidates in their respective field will be tested depending on the post they have applied for. The syllabus for various posts is given below:

IT Officer (Scale-I) Database Management System
Data Communication and Networking
Operating System
Computer Organization and Microprocessor
Software Engineering
Data Structure
Object-Oriented Programming
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Basics of Crop production
Seed Science
Soil resources
Agronomy and Irrigation
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Practices
Animal Husbandry
Government Schemes
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) Basics of Marketing Management
Business Ethics
Brand Management
Market Segmentation
Market research and forecasting demand
Product Life Cycle
Corporate Social Responsibility
Service Marketing
Marketing Strategies
Law Officer (Scale-I) Banking Regulations
Compliance and Legal Aspects
Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act
Consumer Protection Act
Banking Ombudsman Scheme
Laws and Actions with a direct link to Banking Sector
Bankers Book Evidence Act
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) Human Resource Development
Business policy and strategic analysis
Rewards and Recognition
Transnational Analysis
Training and Development
Recruitment and Selection
Industrial Relations
Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
Grievance and Conflict Management
Performance Management and Appraisal

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IBPS SO 2020 Result

IBPS SO 2020 preliminary exam result will be released by IBPS in January 2021. The result will be valid for the year 2021 only. The results for both stages can be checked by following these few steps:

  • Log on to the official IBPS website.
  • Select the option of ‘IBPS SO 2020 Prelims/ Main Result’.
  • Result will be available in the form of a file. Applicants should search for their roll number to view the result.
  • Final merit list will be drawn after the interview round is over.
  • Merit position of candidates in this list will be based on their cumulative scores obtained in Main exam and Interview.

IBPS SO 2020 Cutoff

IBPS SO Cutoff will be declared after the result for the same will be announced by IBPS. The Cutoff for Preliminary Exam will be declared first followed by the cutoff for Main Exam. To know the expected cut off for IBPS SO 2020, let's have a look at the previous year cut off for IBPS SO 2020.

Posts General OBC SC ST HI OC VI
Marketing Officer 53.30
IT Officer 61.50
Law Officer 52.95
NA 39.65
HR/Personnel Officer 60.75
Agriculture Field Officer 41.65
Rajsabha Adhikari 44.15
NA 38.75

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


Hello sir/mam , Is MCA degree from IGNOU valid for appearing in IBPS IT officer exam and if yes then what should be minimum per% in MCA ? Please Help Me Please !
abdul nazir

Hi, Yes with MCA you are very much eligible for the post of IT officer. The minimum required percentage at UG or PG level is 55%, however there is relaxation of 5% for reserved category students. Find more details at IBPS SO exam.

kashish tomar
how many attempts can a candidate give for ibps so exam?
kavita rani

Hi Kashish. You can take as many attempts as you want, in case you meet the minimum eligibility criteria. Details related to minimum eligibility criteria is mentioned here.

thakur ruchika
How to apply for IBPS so

Hello Ruchika,

The last date of application for IBPS SO was 23rd of November 2020 and you can not fill the form anymore. However, to know about the step by step procedure to apply for IBPS SO, visit – IBPS SO Application Procedure and to know more about the IBPS SO 2020, Click here.

varsha kurlekar
For which post of officer can a CA apply ?

Hi Varsha

You can apply for Marketing Offcier in IBPS SO. You can check out the other details and eligibility criteria of different post on our official website IBPS SO Eligiblity

arushi thankur
When are the SO exams conducted every year?
kavita rani

Hi Arushi. IBPS SO Pre-Exam will be taken on 26 & 27 December 2020 while IBPS SO Main Examination will be held on 24 January 2021.

good evening sir, where can i register for IBPS SO
abdul nazir

Hi Anusha, you need to visit the official website of IBPS to register for the exam. The last date for registration is November 23, 2020 and the form is required to be submitted in online form only. Check more details of IBPS SO recruitment from here.

padmalochan jethi
I have secured 57.22 % in my grads. Am i eligible to apply

Hello Padma,

As long as you have the degree, the marks of graduation don’t matter in IBPS SO. However, you should have the mentioned qualification. To know about the eligibility, kindly visit – IBPS SO Eligibility.

shaik tasleem
Do the candidates with Electrical and Electronics engineering degree eligible for IT scale 1

Hello Shaik,

Yes, the candidates having an engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics can apply for IT Officer through IBPS SO.

Can final year students are eligible for ibps so exam
abdul nazir

Hi Nagamani, yes as a final year student, you are eligible to apply provisionally on condition that if selected, you need to produce original documents during the interview. Check details of IBPS SO recruitment from here.

Is IBPS SO (Agri, IT, Law officer) exams are going to be conducted by the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) from 2021?
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. As per the latest information, the National Recruitment Agency will be set up to take the Common Eligibility Test (CET). The CET will replace all the prelims of all non-gazetted posts (Group B and C) examination. Candidates must visit the official website to check all the changes.

ibps so notification
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Sushant, Nov 26, 2019 is the last date to apply for this exam. You can directly fill the form online following this link: IBPS SO Application Form

mgeetha bhargava
Can I know last ten years cutoff marks for IBPS IT Specialist Officer Prelims and Mains exam