IBPS conducts a common Specialist Officer (SO) Exam to fill SO vacancies in various banks that participate in this exam. Once you qualify the IBPS SO exam, you will be hired as a Specialist Officer in one of the participating banks as per your preference, merit and IBPS SO cut off. Different branches for which the exam is being held are IT, HR, Agricultural Field, Rajbhasha, Marketing and Law. Get all information like salary, syllabus, eligibility, exam pattern & results here.
In the IBPS SO 2020 Exam, 17 banks are participating. These include Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India.
The preliminary exam of IBPS SO 2020-21 is scheduled on 26th and 27th December 2020 and IBPS SO Mains Exam 2020 is scheduled on 24th January 2021. To ace IBPS SO 2020-21 Exam, it is necessary to be acquainted with the Exam Pattern, Syllabus
IBPS SO Exam Dates 2020
Below are the IBPS SO Exam Dates as per the Exam Calendar released by IBPS.
|Exam Event||Important Dates|
|Application Start Date||November 7, 2020|
|Application End Date||November 26, 2020|
|Call Letter Download||1st week of December 2020|
|Online Preliminary Exam||December 26 and 27, 2020|
|Prelims Result & Call Letter for Mains||January 2021|
|Online Mains Exam Date||January 24, 2021|
|Mains Result & Call Letter for Interview||February 2021|
|Provisional Allotment||April 2021|
IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2020
There are 2 criteria for one to be eligible to sit for IBPS SO exam.
Age Limit (as by 26th November 2020)
Minimum Age – 20 years
Maximum Age – 30 years
You need to fall under this upper & lower age limit to apply for IBPS SO. Normal Age Relaxation rules apply.
Education Qualification (as by 26th November 2020)
|IT Officer (Scale I)||4-year Engineering/Technology Degree in Computer Science/Computer Applications/Information Technology/ Electronics/Electronics & Telecommunications/Electronics & Communication/Electronics & Instrumentation
Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/Electronics & Telecommunication/Electronics & Communication/Electronics & Instrumentation/Computer Science/Information Technology/Computer Applications
Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
|Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)||4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/Veterinary Science/Dairy Science/Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/Agri.Marketing & Cooperation/Co-operation & Banking/Agro-Forestry/Forestry/Agricultural Biotechnology/Food Science/Agriculture Business Management/Food Technology/Dairy Technology/Agricultural Engineering.|
|Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)||Postgraduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level
Postgraduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.
|Law Officer (Scale I)||A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.|
|HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)||Graduate and Two Years Full-time Post Graduate degree or Two Years Full-time Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management/Industrial Relations/HR/HRD/Social Work/Labour Law.|
|Marketing Officer (Scale I)||Graduate and Two Years Full-time MMS (Marketing) / Two Years Full-time MBA (Marketing)/ Two Years Full-time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/PGDM with specialization in Marketing.|
IBPS SO Vacancies 2020
A total of 1163 vacancies for IBPS SO exam 2020.
The detailed vacancies for various posts are as follows:
|Name of Post||No. of Vacancies|
|Agriculture Officer (Scale-I)||670|
|Marketing Officer (Scale-I)||310|
|IT Officer (Scale-I)||76|
|Law Officer (Scale-I)||60|
|HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)||20|
|Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)||27|
IBPS SO Selection Process
The IBPS SO selection takes place in 3 stages – 1) Prelims, 2) Mains 3) Interview.
The Preliminary exam is just a qualifying exam and the marks that you score in the Prelims are not counted towards final merit list preparation.
Candidates who clear Prelims exam are eligible to appear for Mains exam. Candidates who clear Mains exam are called for an Interview.
Final selection as an IBPS SO depends upon your score in the Mains Exam & Interview.
IBPS SO Exam Pattern
Prelims Exam Pattern (for Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I)
|Name of Test||No. of Qs||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|English Language||50||25||40 mins|
|General Awareness (With Special Reference to Banking)||50||50||40 mins|
Prelims Exam Pattern (for IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Field Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer & Marketing Officer Scale I)
|Name of Test||No.s of Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|English Language||50||25||40 mins|
|Quantitative Aptitude||50||50||40 mins|
Mains Exam Pattern
IBPS SO Mains Exam syllabus for the Posts of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer is as below
|Subject||No. of Qs||Max Marks||Duration|
|Professional Knowledge||60||60||45 Mins|
IBPS SO Mains Exam syllabus for the Posts of Rajbhasha Adhikari
|Subject||No. of Qs||Max Marks||Duration|
|Professional Knowledge (Objective)||45||60||30 mins|
|Professional Knowledge (Descriptive)||2||30 mins|
There is a NEGATIVE marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.
IBPS SO Interview
The IBPS SO Interview is for 100 marks.
The minimum qualifying marks in an interview should not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).
IBPS SO Final Selection
The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the combined score obtained in Mains exam and Interview. The weightage of the Online test and interview will is 80:20.
IBPS SO Salary
IBPS SO Salary Basic pay is Rs.23,700/-.
IBPS SO Salary Payscale is 23700-980(7)-30560-1145(2)-32850-1310(7)-42020
There are other allowances and perks such as Dearness allowance, House rent allowance, city compensation allowance, Special allowance, Lease allowance, Conveyance allowance, Newspaper allowance, House & Furniture Allowance, Medical Allowance, Entertainment Allowance, etc.
The gross salary of IBPS SO is around Rs. 38000-39000/-. After deductions, an IBPS SO Salary in hand is around Rs 33,000- 35,000.
IBPS SO Cut Off marks
|I.T Officer (Scale I )||41.00||32.27||46.73||50.93||47.00||38.67||NA||31.33|
|Agricultural Field Officer||41.40||38.53||46.07||46.87||29.00||44.00||37.33||25.33|
IBPS SO Career Growth
Below is the IBPS SO career growth hierarchy:
- Junior Management – Scale 1 (Officer / Assistant Manager)
- Junior Management – Scale 2 (Manager)
- Middle Management – Scale 3 (Senior Manager)
- Senior Management – Scale 4 (Chief Manager)
- Senior Management – Scale 5 (Assistant General Manager)
- Top Management – Scale 6 (Deputy General Manager)
- Top Management – Scale 7 (General Manager)
IBPS SO Syllabus 2020
Let’s have a look at the syllabus of IBPS SO Syllabus in detail :
Preliminary Exam Syllabus
The Preliminary Exam of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam comprises of three major sections:
Reasoning, English Language, and Quantitative Aptitude (for IT Officer Scale I, Agricultural Field Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer & Marketing Officer Scale I)
Reasoning, English Language, and General Awareness (For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari).
|Reasoning||English Language||Quantitative Aptitude||General Awareness|
||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||Current Affairs Banking Awareness GK Updates Currencies Important Places Books and Authors Awards Headquarters Prime Minister Schemes Important Days|
Main Exam Syllabus or Professional Knowledge Syllabus
|IT Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus||Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus||Marketing Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus||Law Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus||HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) Syllabus|