IBPS SO Exam 2021 | Notification, Exam Dates, Syllabus


IBPS SO Exam: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the examination for IBPS SO (Specialist Officers) for various posts in the Public sector banks of the country. Go through the complete article to know about the Notification, Exam Date, Syllabus, Selection Process, etc., in this article with detailed information about the IBPS SO Exam.

As per the media reports, IBPS Exams will be conducted by NRA (National Recruitment Agency), in which they will conduct the common recruitment test (CET) to select the eligible students for various posts from RRB, SSC, and IBPS. The NRA will do the recruitment for the position of Non-Technical and Non-Gazetted.

IBPS SO Exam 2021

  • The IBPS SO Exam Recruitment is conducted in three phases- Prelims Exam, Mains Exam, and Interview Process.
  • Students who want to apply for the exam are suggested to check the IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria. Otherwise, the form will get rejected by the officials.
  • Tentatively the IBPS SO Official Notification is released in October 2021.
  • Interested candidates can start preparing to score well in the IBPS SO Examination.

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List of Participating Banks for IBPS SO 2021

Look at the table to know the list of the participating banks for IBPS SO Exam 2021-

Bank of Baroda

Canara Bank

Indian Overseas Bank

UCO Bank

Bank of India

Central Bank of India

Punjab National Bank

Union Bank of India

Bank of Maharashtra

Indian Bank

Punjab & Sind Bank

IBPS SO Exam Highlights

Organization Name

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)


Specialist Officer (SO)

Exam Level

National Level

Application Mode


Exam Mode



Will Be Notified Soon


Rs 38000 – Rs 3900

Selection Process

Prelims, Mains & Interview

Education Qualification

Graduation or Post Graduation

Age Limit

20- 30 years

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IBPS SO Exam Dates 2021

In the following table, check the IBPS SO Important Dates 2021, including the dates for- notification, exam, admit card, result, and so on.

IBPS SO 2021 Events

Tentative Dates

Release Date for Official Notification

October 2021

Online Registration Starts From

October 2021

Last Date to Apply

November 2021

Release Date of Prelims Admit Card

December 2021

Prelims Exam Date 2021

18th December 2021

26th December 2021

Prelims Result Declaration

January 2022

Mains Admit Card Release Date

January 2022

Mains Exam 2021

30th January 2022

Mains Result Declaration

February 2022

Conduct of Interview

February/March 2022

Final Result Declaration

April 2022

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2021

The Eligibility Criteria of the IBPS SO Recruitment is based on-

  • Nationality,
  • Educational Qualification, and
  • Age Limit of the aspirants.

Go down for complete IBPS SO Eligibility detail:

Nationality/ Citizenship

Candidates who want to fill the online form for the IBPS SO Examination should be one of the following-

1. A Resident of India (or)

2. A subject of Nepal/ Bhutan (or)

3. Tibetan refugees who came to India before 1st Jan 1962 with the aim of permanent establishment.

4. Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, Vietnam, or East African countries of Zaire, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, with the aim of permanent settlement in a country (India).

5. Applicants belonging to categories 2, 3, and 4 should have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Indian Government in their favor.

Educational Qualification


Educational Qualification

I.T. Officer (Scale I)

1)Four years of engineering/ Technology degree in Computer Science/ IT/ Computer Application/ Electronics and Communication Engineering/ Electronics and Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR

2) 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)

Four 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 Officer (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

Age Limit (As of 01 November 2021)

Along with the age limit, we have also mentioned age relaxation, which applies to only special categories of candidates. Get complete information below-

  • Minimum: 20 years
  • Maximum: 30 years

An applicant should have been born not earlier than 02 November 1989 and not later than 01 November 1999 (both dates inclusive).

Age Relaxation

Age Relaxation as per the govt. norms are mentioned below in the table for the candidates of special categories-


Age Relaxation

Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)

5 years

Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years

Persons with Disabilities (PwD)

10 years

Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel)

5 years

Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1.1.1980 to 31-12-1989

5 years

Persons affected by 1984 riots

5 years

IBPS SO Vacancy 2021

The IBPS SO Vacancy is not released yet. We have given the previous year’s vacancy based on the IBPS SO Notification for reference in the following table. Candidates can take the estimation for the upcoming list of the IBPS SO Vacancies for the various post-

Name of Post

No. of Vacancies

IT Officer (Scale-I)


Agriculture Officer (Scale-I)


Marketing Officer (Scale-I)


Law Officer (Scale-I)


HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)


Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)




IBPS SO Application Form 2021 | Know How to Apply

The IBPS SO Application form will get released along with the IBPS SO Official Notification. The notification of IBPS SO is expected to release in October 2021. Here are the details, candidates should know about the IBPS Specialist Application Form.

How to Fill Application Form

  • Visit the IBPS official website.
  • The home page will appear. Click on the link named- “IBPS SO Application Form 2021”.
  • Give the details for the registration (Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number, and Email Id).
  • The registration no. and password will be sent to the given mobile number and email address.
  • Log in again with the given reg no. and password.
  • Provide the details like- Personal Information, Educational Details, Scanned Photograph & Signature, etc.
  • Review the application and click on next.
  • The Payment page appears on the screen. Pay the application fee by Debit Card (DC)/ Credit Card (CC), UPI, Netbanking, etc.
  • Submit the application form and take a printout for future requirement

Application Fee

Check the category-wise application fee for the IBPS SO Exam-

Application Fee

General & Others

INR 850/-


INR 175/-

IBPS SO Selection Process 2021

To be a part of Nationalised Banks, candidates have to clear three stages in IBPS SO Exam-

  1. Prelims Exam (Objective)
  2. Mains Exam (Objective + Descriptive)
  3. Interview Process.

Click Here to get more updates on IBPS SO Selection Process.

IBPS SO Preparation Strategy

Preparing for IBPS Specialist 2021 Exam can be stressful for all the students appearing for the banking exam. So, knowing how to prepare for the IBPS SO Exam is the key to avoiding stress and acing every single one of your exams.

Check out a few preparation strategies to help students ace in exams:

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IBPS SO Admit Card 2021

Check out the important points for IBPS SO Admit Card:

  • IBPS SO Admit Card 2021 will be released 15 days (two weeks) before the exam date.
  • Officials release the call letter for each stage of the exam separately.
  • To download the Hall Ticket, applicants need to provide- Registration/ Roll Number and Password/ Date of Birth.
  • The information includes in the admit card are- exam center, exam date, exam time, general instructions, personal information, space for pictures, signature, & thumb impression, etc.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2021

There is a difference in the subject in the IBPS Exam Pattern based on the SO post. Look down to know the post-wise exam pattern for Prelims and Mains both for IBPS SO Recruitment.

Prelims Exam Pattern

  1. Total Number of Questions- 150
  2. Negative marking- 0.25 marks
  3. Maximum Score- 125 marks
  4. Time Duration- 120 minutes (40 min for each section)
  5. Total Sections- Three

Law Officer and Rajsabha Adhikari Scale-I officer


No. of Questions

Total Marks





40 min

English Language



40 min

General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry



40 min




120 min

Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I




40 min

English Language



40 min

Quantitative Aptitude



40 min




120 min

Mains Exam Pattern

Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer

Name of Test

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Medium of Exam


Professional Knowledge



English & Hindi

45 min

Rajbhasha Adhikari

Professional Knowledge(Objective)



English & Hindi

30 min

Professional Knowledge(Descriptive)



English & Hindi

30 min

IBPS SO Exam Center 2021

● The IBPS SO Exam is administered online at various centers throughout India.

● The applicant has an option to mention their zone or region while applying for the IBPS SO 2021.

● If the seats are not available at the applied exam center, the same is still available to the applicants to take the exam.

● IBPS holds the right to add or remove the banking examination center.

● Aspirants cannot ask for another exam center once allotted by the authorities.

● Any offensive behavior at the exam hall can show the way to the termination of the application.

IBPS SO Syllabus 2021

Here we have mentioned the important topics for reference for Prelims and Mains both. Click Here for the complete IBPS SO Syllabus.

IBPS Prelims Syllabus

Reasoning Ability

Logical Reasoning, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test, Seating Arrangement, Data Sufficiency, Syllogism, Blood Relation, etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

Simplification, Profit & Loss, Alphanumeric Series, DI, Ratio & Proportion, Number System, Permutation, COmbination, Percentage, etc.

English Language

Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para Jumbles, Fill in the blanks, Error Spotting, Miscellaneous, etc.

General Awareness

Current Affairs, Currencies, Banking Awareness, Awards, Books & Authors, Important Days, etc.

IBPS Mains Syllabus

Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

Basics of Marketing Management, Brand Management, Advertising, PR, Sales, etc.

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)

Basics of Crop Production, Horticulture, Seed Science, Agronomy and Irrigation, etc.

Law Officer (Scale-I)

Compliance & Legal Aspects, Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act, Consumer Protection Act, Banking Ombudsman Scheme, etc.

HR/ Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

Human Resource Development, Business policy & strategic analysis, Rewards & Recognition, Grievance & Conflict Management, etc.

IT Officer (Scale-I)

Operating System, DBMS, Computer Organization & Microprocessor, Software engineering, etc.

IBPS SO Result 2021

  • The officials release the result for each subject separately after completion of an exam.
  • A collective score obtains by the aspirants for the Prelims, Mains, and Interview process will be calculated to prepare the IBPS SO Final merit list.
  • The merit list is arranged in the descending order of marks in the IBPS SO Result secured by candidates.

IBPS SO Cut Off 2021

  • IBPS SO Cut Off 2021 will be published after each stage of the Exam has been conducted.
  • Applicants can evaluate their selection chances by equaling their score with the IBPS SO Cut Off marks published by the officials for the Specialist 2021 Exam.

IBPS SO Score Card 2021

IBPS has already published the preliminary and Mains results of the IBPS SO Exam 2020. Now, all the candidates who will appear in the SO exam for the year 2021 have to wait for the IBPS Specialist Score Card.

Keep reading to get more updates on IBPS SO Score Card for the 2021 Exam.

IBPS SO Exam Analysis

Exam Analysis helps candidates understand the exam level, IBPS SO Exam Pattern, and what topics are important in relation to the exam.

Before appearing for the IBPS 2021 SO Exam, you should go through the complete details of the IBPS SO Exam Analysis. It will help you to prepare well on the most important topics that are mostly asked for all the years of the IBPS Exam.

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IBPS SO Salary 2021 | Check Pay Scale, Career Growth

The IBPS SO Salary is calculated considering the allowances and perks given to the employees. The IBPS SO Pay Scale for all the posts for Scale is mentioned below-

Basic- INR 23,700/-

Pay Scale- INR 23700- 980(7) -30560- 1145(2) -32850 -1310(7) -42020



Dearness Allowance (DA)

36% of basic

House Rent Allowance (HRA)

7% to 9% of basic

Special Allowance (SA)

7.75% of basic

City Compensatory Allowance (CCA)

0%, 3%, & 4% of basic

Provident Fund (PF) Contribution

INR 3000-3500

FAQ’s Related To IBPS SO Exam 2021

How many vacancies are expected to be announced for IBPS SO 2021 Exam?

A total of 1000+ vacancies are expected to be filled through the exam for the 2021 IBPS SO Exam.

What are the age criteria to be eligible for IBPS SO 2021?

For the IBPS Specialist 2021, the minimum age limit is 20 years and the Maximum age limit is 30 years.

When will the IBPS SO Notification 2021 release?

The IBPS SO Notification 2021 is expected to release in October 2021.

Is the IBPS SO Exam Bilingual?

Yes, the SO exam is conducted in both Hindi and English Language.

Is there Any Negative Marking in IBPS SO 2021 Exam?

Yes. One-fourth (0.25) of the total marks will be subtracted (deducted) for the question marked wrong in SO Exam by the students.

Is there any limit to register for the IBPS SO Exam?

In the IBPS SO Recruitment, there are no limitations on the number of attempts.

Do computer knowledge questions appear in the IBPS SO prelims?

Computer knowledge is not included in the IBPS SO prelims syllabus. 

Is it possible to pass the IBPS SO in less than three months?

Yes. With the help of proper study material, you can easily clear SO 2021 Exam.

What is the basic salary of the IBPS SO IT Officer?

The basic pay of an IBPS SO Scale I IT Officer is INR 23,700/- per month.

What if I forget my password while downloading IBPS SO 2021 result?

You can retrieve the password by clicking the ‘Forgot Password’ while downloading the IBPS SO result.

We have covered a detailed guide on the IBPS SO Exam 2021. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comment section below.

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