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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has announced the Recruitment of Specialist Officer posts in various Banks across the Country. IBPS SO Notification 2020 was released on November 4, 2019. Candidates willing to apply for SO post can read the complete information below and fill their application forms.

  • As per the IBPS SO Recruitment 2020, there are three stages involved in the selection of a candidate that are Prelims, Mains, and Interview.
  • Candidates will be selected for respective posts based on the Cut Off Marks. The Cut Off marks are derived on the basis of marks scored in Mains Exam and Interview round.
  • As per the IBPS SO Exam Dates, the Mains examination is scheduled on January 25, 2020, while the Prelims examination was successfully concluded on December 28 & 29, 2019.
  • As there are various posts under Specialist Officer, go through the IBPS SO Official Notification 2020 carefully before applying.

IBPS SO Notification 2020 Highlights

Exam IBPS SO
Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Mode of Exam Online (Computer Based Exam)
IBPS SO Prelims December 28 & 29, 2019
Mains Exam January 25, 2020
Eligibility Graduation in specific stream depending on the post
Official Website ibps.in

IBPS SO Notification 2020

The Insititute of Banking Personnel Selection has released the Specialist Officer Notification on November 4, 2019, on their official website. Through IBPS SO 2020 Recruitment, candidates will be selected for the post of Specialist Officers in various Public Sector banks. Candidates can view or download the IBPS SO Notification 2020 PDF from the above link.

IBPS Notification 2020 for SO is an important document that gives complete information about the recruitment. Candidates willing to apply for Specialist Officer Post must go through the detailed IBPS SO Notification PDF thoroughly. The IBPS SO 2020 Notification PDF includes various information like how to fill the Application form, what is the eligibility required to apply, Salary details, Vacancy, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and exam related instructions.

Read IBPS SO 2020 Notification PDF

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IBPS SO Exam dates 2020

It is important for each candidate willing to apply for IBPS SO to be aware of all events and their corresponding dates. Take a look at the table below to know when is each event related to IBPS SO Recruitment is conducted.

Events Date
IBPS SO Notification Release Date November 4, 2019
Starting Date to Fill Application Form November 6, 2019
Last Date to Fill the Application Form November 26, 2019
Download of IBPS SO Prelims Admit Card December 3rd week 2019
Prelims Exam Date December 28 & 29, 2019
IBPS SO Prelims Result January 7, 2020
Download of IBPS SO Mains Call Letter January 3rd week 2020
IBPS SO Mains Exam January 25, 2020
Mains Result February 1st week 2020
Interview February Last week 2020
IBPS SO Final Result April 1, 2020

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2020

Fulfilling the Eligibility Criteria is very important before a candidate is willing to apply for a post. Candidates willing to apply for IBPS SO Exam 2020, can go through the detailed eligibility criteria provided below and fill the application forms. In the Eligibility Criteria, there are three categories that each candidate needs to satisfy. These categories are: Nationality, Age Limit, and Educational Qualification.

1. Nationality

  • 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.

2. Age Limit

Candidates willing to apply must be aged between 20 and 30 years as on November 27, 2019. The age relaxation rules are as applicable based on the below table.

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

3. Educational Qualification

Name of the Post Educational Qualification
I.T. Officer (Scale I) Four years engineering/Technology degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science/IT/Computer Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR Graduates having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level exam
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) 4 years 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
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) Post Graduate in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation or degree level OR Post-Graduate Degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as a subject at graduation level
Law Office (Scale I) A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) Graduate and Full Time Post Graduate Degree or Full-time Diploma in Personnel Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law
Marketing Officer (Scale I) Graduate and Full-Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM with specialization in Marketing

IBPS SO Vacancy 2020

IBPS will be releasing the post wise vacancy details in the IBPS SO Notification PDF 2020. In the previous year IBPS SO 2018 Exam, IBPS had released 1590+ vacancies. This year, a similar number of IBPS SO Vacancies are expected to be released. To help all candidates get an idea about the vacancies, we have tabulated IBPS SO 2018-19 vacancies here. Once the notification is released, candidates can check the IBPS SO 2020 Vacancy list.

Name of Post No. of Vacancies
Agriculture Officer (Scale-I) 853
Marketing Officer (Scale-I) 302
IT Officer (Scale-I) 219
Law Officer (Scale-I) 75
HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) 81
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I) 69

IBPS SO Application Form 2020

Interested candidates must make sure they fulfill the eligibility criteria completely else they will not be able to proceed with the application process. Also, remember that IBPS SO Application Forms can be filled only through online mode. Follow the steps listed below to fill the form correctly.

Direct Link to Apply for IBPS SO 2019 Application Form (Link Inactive)

  1. Click on the above direct link to apply or visit the official website: ibps.in
  2. On the homepage, click on "Apply for Specialist Officer 2019"
  3. You will be redirected to a login page
  4. If you are a new user, then complete the registration process.
  5. Click on New Registration link on the top of the page
  6. Enter all the required details and click on submit
  7. You will receive the login credentials after submitting the details
  8. Login to the portal using these login credentials
  9. Fill the Application form with all necessary details asked.
  10. Upload required scanned documents correctly with specified sizes.
  11. Cross-check all the details before submitting them.
  12. Pay the application fee through online mode i.e., Credit Card/Debit Card/ Net Banking
  13. Take a printout of the application form for future reference.

IBPS SO Application Fee 2020

Candidates belonging to General and OBC category are required to pay Rs 600/- as application fee while candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category are required to pay Rs 100/-.

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IBPS SO Recruitment 2020

The IBPS RRB Selection Process 2020 involves three stages. Candidates qualifying in all three stages will be eligible to receive an appointment for their desired post. The three stages of IBPS SO Recruitment involve

  1. Online Preliminary Exam
  2. Online Mains Exam
  3. Interview Process

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2020

Check out the detailed IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2020 for both prelims and mains from the below tables. We have also tabulated the post-wise pattern and marking scheme here.

Paper Pattern for IBPS SO Preliminary exam for Law officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari

Test Name Questions Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 mins
English Language 50 25 40 Mins
General Awareness (Banking) 50 50 40 Mins
Total 150 125 120 Mins

IBPS Preliminary Paper Pattern for IT Officer, HR Officer, Agricultural Officer, Marketing Officer.

Test Name Questions Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 40 mins
English Language 50 25 40 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 mins
Total 150 125 120 mins

IBPS SO Mains Exam Pattern 

Candidates who clear the IBPS SO Preliminary exam with necessary cut off marks will be eligible to write Mains exam. The mains exam will also be different for Law officer and Official Language Officer.

1. For Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge 60 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes

2. For Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
Professional Knowledge(Objective) 45 60 English & Hindi 30 minutes
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive) 2 English & Hindi 30 minutes

Interview Round

Candidates who cleared the Mains exam will qualify for the interview.

IBPS SO Syllabus 2020

Here is a glimpse of IBPS SO Syllabus 2020 for all posts and subjects. Candidates can have a look at the syllabus and prepare accordingly.

  1. Reasoning:Seating Arrangements Puzzles, Inequalities Syllogism, Input-Output, Data Sufficiency, Blood Relations, Order and Ranking Alphanumeric Series, Distance and Direction Verbal Reasoning.
  2. English: Cloze Test, Reading Comprehension, Spotting Errors, Sentence Improvement, Sentence Correction, Para Jumbles, Fill in the Blanks, Para/Sentence Completion.
  3. Quantitative aptitude;Number Series, Data Interpretation, Simplification/ Approximation, Quadratic Equation, Data Sufficiency, Mensuration, Average, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion Work, Time and Energy, Time and Distance, Probability, Relations, Simple and Compound Interest, Permutation and Combination.
  4. General Awareness: Current Affairs, Banking Awareness, GK Updates, Currencies, Important Places Books and Authors, Awards, Headquarters Prime Minister Schemes Important Days
  5. IT Officer (Scale I)Database Management System, Data Communication and Networking, Operating System, Software Engineering , Data Structure, Computer Organization, and Microprocessor, Object-Oriented Programming
  6. Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)Basics of Crop Production, Horticulture, Seed Science, Agronomy and Irrigation, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Practices, Soil resources, Animal Husbandry, Agroforestry, Ecology, Government Schemes
  7. Marketing Officer (Scale I): Basics of Marketing Management, Brand Management, Advertising, PR, Sales, Retail, Business Ethics, Market Segmentation, Market research and forecasting demand, Product Life Cycle, Corporate Social Responsibility, Service Marketing, Marketing Strategies
  8. 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, SARFAES, Banking Ombudsman Scheme, Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector, Bankers Book Evidence Act, DRT Act
  9. HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) : Human Resource Development, Business policy and strategic analysis, Transnational Analysis, Training and Development, Recruitment and Selection, Rewards and Recognition, Industrial Relations, Business Policy, and Strategic Analysis, Grievance and Conflict Management, Performance Management and Appraisal

IBPS SO Admit Card 2020

Candidates filling the application forms correctly will receive the IBPS SO Admit Card through online mode. There will be separate Admit Cards issued for the Prelims and Mains exam. IBPS will be releasing the IBPS SO Admit Card a week or 10 days before the exam commences.

  • IBPS SO Call Letter is a very important document to be carried to the exam center.
  • Candidates without the IBPS SO Hall Ticket will not be allowed to take up the exam.
  • It is suggested by exam authorities to download the IBPS SO 2020 Admit Card and take color print out so that the photograph is clearly visible.

IBPS SO Result 2020

As per the IBPS SO Exam dates, the results for Prelims and Mains will be released separately. Candidates qualifying the Prelims exam above cut off will be eligible for Mains and candidates qualifying Mains will be eligible for Interview. 

  • But for Final Merit List, IBPS considers the combined marks scored in Prelims, Mains, and Interview.
  • Candidates qualifying all three stages will receive an appointment letter for their applied posts.
  • Generally, IBPS SO Result will be released after 3 weeks of examination.

IBPS SO Cut Off 2020

After completion of each stage, IBPS will be releasing IBPS SO Cut off Marks 2020 to filter out candidates for the next stages. Candidates who score more than the cut off marks will be eligible for the next stages. The cut off marks are determined based on various factors like

  • Number of vacancies
  • Number of candidates appeared in the exam
  • Difficulty level of the paper

To make you understand better, we have tabulated previous year cut off marks below. Take a look at the table and prepare accordingly so that you can score more.

Posts General OBC SC ST HI OC VI
Marketing Officer 53.30 26/09/89 51.90 5/4/92 47.35 30/08/91 38.50 09/07/88 33.70 27/08/88 39.40 16/02/92 NA
IT Officer 61.50 29/08/89 57.75 26/10/93 53.55 26/09/89 46.50 18/03/92 40.60 19/10/86 50.15 13/06/90 60.10 05/12/87
Law Officer 52.95 11/07/89 49.20 08/05/86 44.95 25/02/3 39.55 22/07/81 NA 39.65 05/02/76 36.70 09/05/84
HR/Personnel Officer 60.75 05/10/90 53.50 25/11/..89 50.70 21/07/91 46.65 27/12/85 43.40 10/07/86 NA NA
Agriculture Field Officer 41.65 15/03/92 40.90 04/05/85 34.65 30/06/89 30.00 10/12/83 26.50 31/01/87 27.20 03/06/93 28.95 25/01/93
Rajsabha Adhikari 44.15 12/10/89 45.05 02/01/92 43.35 27/05/84 34.20 11/08/90 NA 38.75 16/5/90 69.05 01/04/90

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FAQ's

What is the Eligibility for IBPS SO Exam 2019?

The minimum age required to apply in 20 years and maximum age is 30 years. Education Qualification is based on the different posts under Specialist Officer.

What are the posts available under IBPS SO Recruitment 2019?

There are six posts available under IBPS SO Recruitment which include Agriculture Officer (Scale-I), Marketing Officer (Scale-I), IT Officer (Scale-I), Law Officer (Scale-I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)

When will the Notification be released for IBPS SO 2020?

IBPS will be releasing IBPS SO Notification on November 7, 2019.

What is the salary of an IBPS Specialist Officer?

The basic pay of IBPS SO is Rs.23700 in the pay scale of 23700-980(7)-30560-1145(2)-32850-1310(7)-42020

How many vacancies are there in IBPS SO 2020?

As the exact vacancy is not yet released, but there is more than 1500 vacancies expected in IBPS SO 2019.

How many posts are present under Specialist Officer?

There are 6 posts present under Specialist Officer which include IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajabhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer.

What is total of vacancies for Marketing Officer?

As the exact vacancies are not yet released, however there is an expected vacancy of 302 for Marketing Officer post.

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