IBPS SO 2020 Notification (out), Exam Dates (Out), Application, Eligibility

IBPS SO 2020 Exam will be conducted on December 26 and 27, 2020 by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. IBPS SO Exam is conducted for recruiting candidates for the posts of IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer. The exam is conducted through 3 stages – Prelims, Main Exam, and Interview round. IBPS SO 2020 Main exam will be held on January 30, 2021

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Highlights

Conducting body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Mode of IBPS SO 2020 Online (computer-based test)
Official website ibps.in
Duration of IBPS SO 2020 2 hours (120 minutes)
Eligibility Graduation in specific stream depending on the post
IBPS SO 2020 Participating Institutes IDBI Bank, Union Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Central Bank of India, etc.
Exam Date of IBPS SO 2020  December 26 & 27, 2020

January 30, 2021

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Dates

IBPS SO 2020 Preliminary exam will be conducted on December 26 and 27, 2020 and the Main examination will be conducted on January 20, 2021.

Events Dates
IBPS SO 2020 Registration to begin on November 2, 2020
Last day to fill IBPS SO 2020 Application Form November 23, 2020
IBPS SO 2020 Preliminary Exam date December 26 and 27, 2020
IBPS SO 2020 Main Exam Date January 30, 2021
Conduct of IBPS SO Interview 2020 February 2020
Provisional Allotment April 2020

IBPS SO 2020 Eligibility

Applicants must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility requirements before applying for the recruitment exam. The various criteria are as stated below:


  • 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.

IBPS SO Age Limit:

  • The age of the applicant must range from anywhere between 20 to 30 years as on November 26, 2020.
  • Age relaxation will be applicable as per category and is given in the table below:
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

IBPS SO Educational Qualification Requirements

Academic qualification for various posts is as given below:

  • Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I): Aspirants should have a 4-year degree (graduation) in Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Technology, Agricultural Engineering or any other related field to apply for this post.

IBPS SO 2020 Vacancies

There may be over 1315 vacancies this year. The tentative vacancies for various posts are represented in the table below: 

Posts Vacancies
Agricultural Field Officer 875

IBPS SO 2020 Application Form

IBPS SO 2020 Application process will begin tentatively from November 7, 2020. The application process consists mainly of 3 steps which are given below:

  • Registration by providing basic details to generate candidate’s provisional registration number and password.
  • Fill IBPS SO 2020 Application Form and upload required documents.
  • The final step is the payment of IBPS SO application fee through various modes.

How to fill IBPS SO 2020 Application Form?

Students can go through the following guidelines to apply for IBPS SO 2020 exam. 

Step 1: IBPS SO 2020 Registration

  • Visit the official website of IBPS SO 2020 i.e. ibps.in to apply for the exam.
  • Select the option of ‘Click here for New Registration’.
  • The registration form for creating the User Profile will appear.
  • Fill in general details like name, date of birth and contact details- valid email ID and mobile number.
  • Click on ‘Register’.
  • A Provisional Registration Number and Password will appear on the screen.
  • Applicants will also receive an email and SMS on their registered email ID and a mobile number indicating the same.

Step 2: Fill IBPS SO 2020 Application Form

  • Login using these credentials to proceed with the IBPS SO application process.
  • Candidates will have to provide personal and contact details as well as details about their academic qualification, work experience, preference exam center, etc.
  • Then, they will have to upload scanned images of their recent photograph, signature, thumb impression and handwritten declaration as per the specifications are given on the screen.
  • After going through all the details carefully, click on ‘Final Submit’ to pay the application fees.

Step 3: Payment of Application Fees

  • This is the last step for completing the application process. Aspirants have to remit the requisite application fees by different online modes.
  • Candidates can pay the fees using Credit/ Debit card, Net banking, Cash Card & Wallet and IMPS.
  • They must enter the essential payment details on the bank page that appears and save the e-receipt of the online transaction as proof of payment.

IBPS SO 2020 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO 2020 will be a 3 tier exam comprising Prelims, Main exam and Interview round from this year. The preliminary exam will be an objective online test. The exam will be held on 2 consecutive days. The key features of IBPS SO 2020 Exam Pattern are given below:

  • IBPS SO 2020 Prelim exam will have 150 objective type questions. The test paper will be available in English and Hindi.
  • The paper will consist of 3 sections- English Language, Reasoning and Quantitative/ General Awareness. The 3rd section will depend on the post the applicant has applied for.
  • Candidates who qualify Prelims will be eligible to appear for the Mains exam. This exam will have a combination of descriptive and objective type questions based on the post.
  • Those who will clear the Mains will be called for the interview round.
  • Prelims exam is only of qualifying nature while Main and Interview will be considered for determining final merit.

IBPS SO 2020 Main Exam Pattern for IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer

Mode of exam Online
Number of questions 60
Sections in paper 1
Maximum Marks 60
Duration of exam 45 minutes
Medium of language English and Hindi

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