IBPS SO Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & more

IBPS SO Exam Dates, Fees, Eligibility & more
April 12, 2021
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About IBPS & IBPS SO Exam

IBPS conducts recruitment examinations through a standard recruitment program (CRP) for all Public Sector Banks.

Abbreviation IBPS
Type Government Autonomous Recruitment Body
Purpose Recruitment of Banking Personnel
Location Maharashtra, India
Chairman Mr. Rajkiran Rai G
Director Shri Harideesh Kumar B

IBPS completes the recruitment process for Specialist Officer for Law, HR, IT, Management, Marketing, and Agricultural Field Officer.

IBPS Specialist Officer comprises three stages of recruitment.


  1. Preliminary Exam: Candidates need to qualify in the preliminary exam to reach the next level of selection.
  2. Main Exam: After passing the preliminary exam, the candidate will be eligible to take the main exam.
  3. Interview: Candidates who succeed in the main exam will be called for an interview.

Candidates who successfully clear the interview will be recruited as Specialist Officers in participating banks.

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IBPS SO Notifications

Notification for IBPS Specialist Officer 2020 was released on November 1 2020. The notification is available in PDF format on the official website of IBPS. The information contains participating banks, vacancies, eligibility criteria, important dates, reservation policy, exam pattern.

Read below to know more about important dates and events.

Activity Dates
Notification Oct. 2021
Starting of On-line Registration Process Oct. 2021
Prelims Admit Card Nov 2021
Online Examination – Preliminary

18 Dec 2021

26 Dec 2021

Preliminary Exam Result Jan. 2022
Mains Admit Card Jan. 2022
Mains Exam Date Jan. 31st 2022
Mains Exam Result Feb. 2022
Interview Mar. 2022
Provisional Allotment of Banks Apr. 2022


IBPS SO Exam Dates

IBPS will release exam dates along with its exam calendar for the year 2021.

The details of preliminary and mains exams are given below.

Exam Name Date
Prelims Exam Date

18 Dec 2021

26 Dec 2021

Mains Exam Date Jan. 31st 2022

IBPS SO Application Fee

Given below is the category wise fee structure for IBPS SO exam. The applicant needs to pay fee online.

Category Application Fee
Others INR 850


IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria

A candidate has to meet the age and education qualification criteria to apply for IBPS SO.

Nationality / Citizenship of Applicants:

A candidate must be an Indian citizen to applying for IBPS SO Examination.

Educational Qualification (As on 23.11.2020):

The candidate should hold a graduation degree in any discipline from an approved University.

Age (As on 01.11.2020):

Minimum: 20 years

Maximum: 30 years

Relaxation of Upper age limit

There are some relaxation for the upper age limit candidate related to backward class and service officers.


IBPS SO vacancies 2020

They have announced 647 vacancies for IBPS Specialist Officer 2020.

Posts Vacancies
I.T. Officer Scale 1 20
Agricultural Field Officer Scale 1 485
Raj bhasha Adhikari Scale 1 25
Law Officer Scale 1  50
HR/Personnel Officer Scale 1 7
Marketing Officer Scale 1 60
Total 647

Know More – IBPS SO Exam Pattern and Syllabus

How to Apply?

The application form is available at ibps.in. The steps to fill IBPS SO application form are explained below. The application can be filled only by online method.

Step 1: IBPS SO Registration

  • Visit the official website https://www.ibps.in/
  • Click the link ‘New Registration’ on the home page of IBPS
  • Enter name, phone number, email id, and security code
  • a provisional registration number and password are generated after successful registration
  • The provisional registration number and password are also sent to the registered email ID and password

Step 2: Upload Photo and Signature

  • Post-registration, candidates need to upload the photograph, signature, left thumb impression, and handwritten declaration.
  • Signature in capital letters will not be accepted. 
  • The left thumb impression should be properly visible.
  • The handwritten declaration should be in English only.

Step 3: Fill the detailed application form

This page is divided into three parts – basic details, educational qualification & experience, and preferences. Check details below:

Basic details: In this part, candidates need to fill in the category, nationality, personal information, select exam centers, date of birth, gender, father’s name or mother’s name, address, etc. 

Preferences: Candidates need to enter the importance of banks where they wish to work upon selection. SC/ST/Minority candidates can opt for pre-exam training in this part. 

Step 4: Preview of IBPS SO application form

The candidates must preview the application form before the final submission. They can edit the details entered in the application form while validating the same. After completion, candidates need to agree to the terms and conditions and submit their application. 

Step 5: IBPS SO fee payment 

  • Candidates need to follow the steps below for making payment. 
  • The payment modes use Debit/ Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, and Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets by providing information.
  • After the successful transaction, an e-receipt will be generated. 
  • Candidates must print the e-receipt as well as the online application form that contains the fee payment information.

There are few things that candidates should keep in mind while applying for IBPS SO.

  • Scanned photograph and signature
  • Left thumb impression
  • Bank statement
  • Marksheet of graduation details
  • Valid email ID and contact number
  • A handwritten declaration



Q.1 What is the probation period for IBPS SO?

A. Successful candidate needs to spend two years on probation.

Q.2 How many vacancies have been released?

A. The total number of vacancies in 2021 is yet to release.

Q.3 Can a final year graduation student apply for IBPS SO?

A. No, the final-year student can not apply for IBPS SO, but the minimum qualifications require candidates to have a graduation degree or equivalent from a recognized university.

Q.4 What are the age criteria to apply for IBPS SO?

A: Minimum: 20 years and Maximum: 30 years with the age benefit to reserved categories.

Q.5 What is the salary of the IBPS SO?

A: The salary varies from state to state. The basic salary of an IBPS SO is Rs 23700 along with the basic salary candidates get allowances and benefits.

Q.6 What is the Application fee for IBPS SO?

A. The application fee is Rs. 175 for SC/ST/PWBD candidates and Rs. 850 for all others.

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