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

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


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


Second Week of February 2020

IBPS SO Recruitment

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


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 IBPS SO vacancies are notified once the official notification is released by the conducting body. As per the past year’s trend , the number of vacancies have increased each year.

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.

IBPS SO Notification

The IBPS SO Notification for the 2020 recruitment is expected to release by October 2020 .

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

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


The IBPS SO Eligibility criteria has three important aspects given below :

  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.

There is a certain reservation for candidates having Benchmark Disabilities.

They are as follows:

Candidates must note that IBPS SO exam qualifications and eligibility is different from the IBPS PO and Clerk examination.

IBPS SO Exam. Pattern

The revised IBPS SO selection process comprises of three phases :

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


If you o score more marks than the cutoff in the main examination then you will be called for the IBPS interview for specialist officers , which 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.

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

The Age Must be Between 20 to 28 Years.

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Piyush Pankaj Srivastava , with over 25 years of experience , as a Career Consultant ( https// ) has guided thousands of job seekers in achieving their dream jobs . Mr. Piyush is also a professional blogger . He writes about various career options in India & abroad , online business strategies and international events for the benefit of readers .