Stalwart Career InstituteInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection Specialist Officers Exam, popularly known as IPBS PO Exam, is a banking exam administered by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection to select eligible candidates for the post of IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer. A total of 1315 vacancies for IBPS SO 2020 recruitment have been announced.


1. IBPS SO 2020 registration and payment of fees: 7th to 26th November 2020

2. IBPS SO 2020 preliminary exam: 26th and 27th December 2020

3. IBPS SO 2020 main exam: 30th January 2021

4. IBPS SO 2020 main result: February 2021

5. IBPS SO 2020 conduct of interview: February 2021

6. IBPS SO 2020 provisional allotment: April 2021


Given below are the steps to be followed to register for the IBPS PO 2020 Exam:

1. To register for IBPS SO 2020 visit the official website www.ibps.in and on the home page click on the ‘click here to apply’ tab and fill the required details and upload the necessary documents.

*please enter all the required details carefully and accurately as you will not be permitted to make any change later.

2. Then the candidate needs to make the online payment of the application fees which are as follows:

The application fee for unreserved category (General/OBC) candidates is Rs 600.

The application fee for reserved category (SC/ST/PWD) candidates is Rs 100.

This can be done through Credit/Debit card or Net banking.

* please note that the registration for the IBPS SO 2020 exam should be completed between 7th November and 26th November.


In order to be eligible to apply for IBPS SO 2020 a candidate must fulfill the following qualifications:

1. The candidate should be over the age of 20 years and under the age of 30 years to be eligible to apply for the IBPS SO 2020 Exam.

2. The candidate must be a citizen of India a or a subject of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

3. Educational qualifications required to be eligible to apply for IBPS SO 2020:

S No. NAME OF THE POST EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (from a University/ Institution/ Board recognised by Govt. Of India/ approved by Govt. Regulatory Bodies)
1. I.T. Officer (Scale-I) a) 4-year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronic & Telecommunications/Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation
b) Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications
Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level
2. 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/ Sericulture
3. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level
Post graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.
4. Law Officer (Scale I) A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar
5. 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. *
6. 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 *


a. IBPS SO 2020 Preliminary Exam:

S No. Section No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
1 English language - 25 40 minutes
2 Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
3 General Awareness 50 50 40 minutes
- TOTAL 150 125 2 hour

For the Post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer:

S No. Section No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
1 English language 50 25 40 minutes
2 Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 minutes
- TOTAL 150 125 2 hour

b. IBPS SO 2020 Main Exam:

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:

1 Professional Knowledge (Objective) 45 60 30 minutes
2 Professional Knowledge (Descriptive) 2 60 30 minutes

For the Post of Law Officer, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer:

1 Professional Knowledge 60 60 45 minutes

*for every wrong answer, one-fourth or 0.25 of the marks allotted to that question will be deducted.

*no negative marking if the question is not answered.

c. IBPS PO 2020 Interview:

Total marks: 100

Minimum qualifying marks will not be less than:

40% for candidates belonging to the general category.

35% for candidates belonging to the reserved (SC/ST/OBC/PWD) category.

Weightage of online exam to interview: 80:20


General syllabus for IBPS SO 2020 Prelims:

English language:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Antonyms and synonyms
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Sentence correction/improvement
  • Paragraph jumbles
  • Rules of tenses
  • Quantitative aptitude:

  • Number system
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Percentage
  • Average
  • Speed, distance and time
  • Time and work
  • Probability
  • Permutation and combinations
  • Mensuration
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Surds and indices
  • Quadratic equations
  • Reasoning ability:

  • Logical reasoning
  • Alphabet tests
  • Number series
  • Seating arrangement
  • Direction test
  • Syllogism
  • Picture series puzzle
  • Order and ranking
  • Coding decoding
  • Statement, argument and assumption
  • General awareness:

  • Current affairs
  • Banking awareness
  • Financial knowledge
  • Basic economics
  • National and international financial laws
  • Professional knowledge for IBPS SO 2020 mains:

    Marketing officer:

  • Marketing management
  • Branding and advertising
  • PR
  • Sales
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Product life cycle
  • Agriculture field officer:

  • Horticulture
  • Agroforestry
  • Ecology
  • Animal husbandry
  • Soil resources
  • Irrigation and agricultural practices
  • Law officer:

  • Banking regulations
  • Consumer protection act
  • Other laws and orders in that scope
  • HR/Personnel officer:

  • Human resource management
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training and development
  • Grievance management
  • Remuneration and appraisal
  • Business policies and strategies
  • IT officer:

  • Operating system
  • Data communication
  • Software engineering
  • Computer organization
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