IBPS SO 2020 Online Application (Started), Exam Dates, Eligibility & Vacancies

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts IBPS SO exam to recruit specialist officers in various public sector banks. It’s one of the most important banking exams of the year; IBPS SO exam provides a great opportunity to those who want to be part of leading public sector banks. Basically, it’s an entrance exam that selects candidates for multiple posts such as Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer, Law Officer, and Rajbhasha Adhikari. Banks release vacancy separately and IBPS conducts the exams for all banks collectively. IBPS SO exam has three phases, prelims, mains followed by personal interview. Let’s have a look at the important facts of the exam. 

Exam NameIBPS SO
Conducting BodyInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Exam LevelNational
Exam FrequencyOnce in a year
Exam ModeOnline
Exam Duration2 hours (120 minutes)
LanguageEnglish, Hindi
Exam FeesGeneral – Rs 600, Others-Rs 100
Exam PurposeTo recruit specialist officers in different public sector banks
Exam Helpdesk No.1800 222 366, 1800 103 4566 (available from 9:30 AM–6:00 PM on all working days)
Exam Websiteibps.in

IBPS has specified certain eligibility criteria for the aspirants who are going to appear for IBPS SO 2020. These criteria have been given below:

Nationality/Citizenship: According to IBPS SO Notification, an aspirant must be holding Indian citizenship or be a subject of Nepal/ Bhutan. Apart from that, candidates who are Tibetan Refugees and came to India before January 1, 1962, are also eligible. Besides, those who are Indian by origin and migrated from Pakistan/ Burma/ Sri Lanka/ Kenya/ Uganda/ the United Republic of Tanzania/ Zambia/ Malawi/ Zaire/ Ethiopia/ Vietnam to India forever can also appear for the exam.

Age Limit: The aspirants must be between 20 and 30 years as on November 1, 2020

Educational Qualification: This exam recruits candidates for multiple fields. Hence, educational qualifications for different posts have been separately mentioned in the official notification. Here you can find educational criteria for the post you want to apply for:

IBPS SO 2020 PostEducational qualification for IBPS SO 2020
IT Officer (Scale I)BTech in Computer Science/ Applications, IT, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunications, Electronics & Communication or Electronics & Instrumentation Or Master's degree in the above-mentioned field Or Graduate who has passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I)4-year degree (graduation) in Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Technology, Agricultural Engineering or corresponding fields.
Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)Master's degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the graduation level Or, Master's degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the graduation level
Law Officer (Scale I)Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) (The person should be enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council)
HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale I)Graduation with 2-years full-time PG degree or diploma in Personnel Management, Industrial Relations, HR, HRD, Social Work or Labor Law.
Marketing Officer (Scale I)Graduation with a 2-year full-time degree in MMS (Marketing), MBA (Marketing), PGDBA, PGDBM, PGPM or PGDM with a specialization in Marketing.

According to the yearly calendar published by IBPS, important dates of IBPS SO 2020 are given below:

IBPS SO 2020 important eventsIBPS SO 2020 exam datesSalient features
IBPS SO Notification 202001-Nov-2020The notification was released on November 1, 2020 on the official website of IBPS.
IBPS SO Online Registration Starts From02-Nov-2020Registration for the exam will be started on November 2, 2020.
Last Date of Registration23-Nov-2020Candidates can apply online for the exam on or before November 23, 2020.
Download of Call Letters For Preliminary ExamDecember 2020Candidates can download call letters online from the official website.
IBPS SO Preliminary Exam26-Dec-2020 & 27-Dec-2020IBPS will conduct the prelims exam in multiple shifts. Shift timings will be mentioned in call letters.
Result of IBPS SO PrelimsJanuary 2021IBPS SO prelims result will be announced in January 2020.
Download of Call Letters For MainsJanuary 2021Candidates can download call letter or admit card from the official website one week prior to the exam.
IBPS SO Mains24-01-2021Candidates who qualify the Prelims exam will be called for Mains that will be held on January 30, 2021.
IBPS SO Mains ResultFebruary 2021IBPS SO mains result 2020 will be declared on ibps.in today, in February. IBPS SO scorecard will be released soon.
IBPS SO admit card for InterviewFebruary 2021IBPS SO admit card for Interview will be available in February 2021.
IBPS SO Mains ScorecardFebryary 2021IBPS SO mains scorecard for the candidates called for the interview will be released by IBPS, scorecards will be made available on ibps.in.
IBPS SO Result Provisional AllotmentApril 2021IBPS SO Final allotment is done based on candidates’ performance in the mains exam and interview. IBPS SO (CRP SPL XI)final result will be released in April 2021. Check IBPS SO final result 2020.
Conduct of InterviewFebruary 2021Those who will clear the Mains exam shall get a call for the interview.

IBPS SO selection process is strictly based on merit. We conduct the exam in two phases (preliminary and main exams) followed by personal interview. Below find IBPS SO exam pattern:

IBPS SO Preliminary Exam Pattern

Exam pattern of IBPS SO 2020 prelims has been given below:

Subjects for IBPS SO 2020Total MarksTotal number of Question
Reasoning5050
English Language5025
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry5050
Subjects for IBPS SO 2020Total MarksTotal number of QuestionReasoning
Reasoning5050
English Language5025
Quantitative Aptitude5050

All those candidates who will meet sectional cutoffs in the mains exam will be called for the personal interview. The final merit list will be based on marks obtained in mains and the personal interview.

IBPS SO Participatory Banks

Currently, there are 17 banks that are participating in IBPS SO recruitment process. The names of the participating banks are given below – 

Allahabad BankCanara Bank
Allahabad BankCanara Bank
Indian Overseas BankSyndicate Bank
Andhra BankCentral Bank of India
Oriental Bank of CommerceUCO Bank
Bank of BarodaCorporation Bank
Punjab National BankUnion Bank of India
Bank of IndiaIndian Bank
Punjab & Sind BankUnited Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra-
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