IBPS SO 2019-20 Notification Out


IBPS has released IBPS SO 2019-20 Official Notification to recruit 1163+ posts of Specialist Officers (SO). IBPS SO 2019 is going to be conducted on 28th and 29th December 2019 (preliminary Exam) and on 25th January 2020 (Mains Exam) by IBPS or the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection to select eligible candidates for various posts like:

  • Agriculture Field Officer
  • Marketing Officer (Scale I)
  • HR/Personnel Officer
  • IT Officer Scale I
  • Law Officer
  • RajbhashaAdhikari Scale I

IBPS SO 2019 will be conducted through a three phase (Prelims, Mains & Interview) selection process. Candidates who qualify both the rounds will be further considered for the final interview process.

IBPS SO 2019 Notification

IBPS SO 2019 Notification has been released on 5th November 2019 by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Committee. The IBPS SO recruitment 2019 is for selecting candidates for the post of Specialist Officers in different Public Sector Banks for multiple positions. Candidates selected through IBPS SO 2019 exam can be posted anywhere in India.


IBPS SO 2019 Exam Dates :

IBPS SO Preliminary exam 2019 is scheduled on 28th and 29th December 2019. The Mains examination will be conducted on 25th January 2020.

IBPS SO Notification 2019                                           5th November 2019

IBPS SO Online Registration Starts From                  6th November 2019

Last Date to Apply Online for IBPS SO                       26th November 2019

Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary                        December 2019

Commencement of IBPS SO Preliminary Exam       28th and 29th December 2019

Result of SBI SO Online exam – Preliminary             to be announced soon

Download of call letters for Online examination – Mains   January 2020

Commencement of IBPS SO Mains Exam                                25th January 2020

Commencement of IBPS SO Mains Exam                                25th January 2020

Conduct of Interview                                                                   February 2020

IBPS SO 2019-20 Final Result                                                     1st April 2020

IBPS will activate the online applicable link for IBPS SO 2019 on 6th November. Candidates are required to click on the link mentioned below to apply for IBPS SO 2019 Exam.

Click Here www.ibps.in to Apply Online for IBPS SO 2019

IBPS SO 2019 Vacancy

IBPS has introduced around 1163+ Specialist Officers (SO) vacancies for IBPS SO 2019-20 exam. Only a handful of vacancies are available for this post as the post of SO involves really skilled and specialized officers excelling in their respective domain. Last year, the total number of vacancies was 1590. Let’s have a look at the post wise total number of vacancies for IBPS SO 2019-20.

IBPS SO Vacancy 2019-20

Name of Post                                                  No. of Vacancies

Agriculture Officer (Scale-I)                          670

Marketing Office (Scale-I)                            310

IT Officer (Scale-I)                                          76

Law Officer (Scale-I)                                      60

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)                     20

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)                         27

Total                                                                  1163

IBPS SO 2019 Recruitment

A candidate must qualify both preliminary exam and mains exam to proceed to the interview round. The candidates selected after the interview round are given the appointment letter.

IBPS SO 2019 Application Fee

A candidate is required to pay Rs. 600/- (General and OBC) as his/her application fee for IBPS SO 2019 exam. The same amount is narrowed down to Rs. 100/- for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category. The Online Application will start once the notification has been released by IBPS.

IBPS SO 2019 Exam Pattern

IBPS has released new exam pattern for IBPS SO 2019 Exam. Now IBPS introduced separate sectional timing for each sections in preliminary exam. Let’s have a look at the same.

The preliminary exam will be a qualifying phase for the mains and candidates will have to meet the cut-offs of prelims to be eligible to appear for Mains exam.

IBPS SO 2019 Prelims Exam Pattern: There are two patterns for IBPS SO prelims examination for different posts. There is a sectional cut-off and candidates have to clear all the section in order to clear preliminary exam of IBPS SO 2019.

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

Sr. No.   Name of Tests      No. of Questions     Maximum Marks          Medium of Exam              Duration

1             English Language              50                             25                                   English                     40 minutes

2             Reasoning                          50                              50                           English and Hindi         40 minutes

3             Quantitative Aptitude      50                              50                            English and Hindi        40 minutes

Total                                    150                           125                                                                     120 minutes

For the post of Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari:

No.        Name of Tests       No. of Questions      Maximum Marks        Medium of Exam           Duration

1             English Language              50                              25                                     English                 40 minutes

2             Reasoning                          50                              50                           English and Hindi         40 minutes

3             General Awareness          50                               50                          English and Hindi         40 minutes

with Special Reference

to Banking Industry

Total                                    150                            125                                                               120 minutes

IBPS SO 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The IBPS SO eligibility criteria is different for recruiting candidates to different positions for which the candidates are selected through IBPS SO 2019 Exam. There are three parameters (citizenship, age limit and educational qualification) that a candidate needs to fulfil to be eligible for IBPS SO 2019 Exam.

The Citizenship Criteria for a candidate to be eligible for IBPS SO 2019 exam is discussed below:

Citizenship Criteria

  • A resident of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • Tibetan refugees who came to India before 1st January 1962 and have planned to settle in India permanently
  • A subject of Indian Origin migrated from Burma, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Uganda, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Namibia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Vietnam

IBPS SO recruits candidates for various posts like that of I.T. Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Law Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, Marketing Officer etc. The educational qualification is different for all these different posts.

Sl No.    Name of the Post                            Age                                      Educational Qualification

1.             I.T. Officer (Scale I)            20  – 30           Four years engineering/Technology degree in    Computer Science/IT/Computer                                                                                                              Application/Electronics and Communication Engineering/Electronics and

Telecommunication/ Electronics and Instrumentation OR

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

2.  Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I) 20 – 30       4 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

3. Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)            20 – 30       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

4.  Law Office (Scale I)                            20 – 30       A bachelor’s degree in Law and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council

5.  HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)       20 – 30        Graduate and Full Time Post Graduate Degree or Full time Diploma in Personnel                                                                                                              Management/ Industrial Relation/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work/ Labour Law

6.  Marketing Officer (Scale I)               20 – 30        Graduate and Full Time MMS (Marketing)/ MBA (Marketing)/Full time PGDBA/ PGDBM                                                                                             with specialization in Marketing

A candidate is required to be of minimum 20 years to be eligible for IBPS SO exam. The maximum age limit is 30 years. Candidates belonging to reserved categories are given age relaxation by the Government of India. The category wise age relaxation given to candidates for the post of IBPS SO is discussed below:

Serial Number                               Category                                                  Age Relaxation

  1.                             Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)             5 years
  2.                                         Other Backward Class (OBC)                          3 years
  3.                                        Person with Disability (PWD)                         10 years
  4.        Ex-Servicemen/Commissioned Officers including ECOS                                                                                                                                                (Emergency Commissioned Officers)/ SSCOs (Short Service                                                                                                                                          Commissioned Officers) who have rendered at least 5 years                                                                                                                                            military service and have been released on completion of          5 years                                                                                                                          Assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be                                                                                                                                         completed within 1 year from last date of receipt of application)                                                                                                                                otherwise than by the way of dismissal/discharge on the account                                                                                                                                  of misconduct/inefficiency/physical disability attributable to                                                                                                                                         military service
  5. Person ordinarily domiciled in the Jammu and Kashmir province                                                                                                                      during the period 1.01.1980 and 31.12.1989                                          5 years
  6. Person affected by 1984 riots                                                                     5 years

IBPS SO 2019 Syllabus

IBPS SO 2019 Syllabus is designed separately for Rajsabha Adhikari and Other Specialist Officers. The IBPS Specialist Officer syllabus is designed separately for Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam. It is necessary for all the candidates applying for IBPS SO 2019 Exam to once go through the syllabus as mentioned in the IBPS SO 2019 notification released by IBPS to prepare judiciously for this exam.

Apart from the major three sections of English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning,a candidate is required to be fluent in his/her area of expertise or the Specialization Subjects.

Let’s have a look at the detailed syllabus of IBPS SO 2019 exam:

Reasoning Ability

  • Seating Arrangements
  • Puzzles
  • Inequalities
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Blood Relations
  • Order and Ranking
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Distance and Direction
  • Verbal Reasoning •


English Language   

  • Cloze Test
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spotting Errors
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumbles
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Para/Sentence Completion •

ntitative Aptitude 

  • Data Interpretation
  • Simplification/ Approximation
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Mensuration
  • Average
  • Profit and Loss
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Work, Time and Energy
  • Time and Distance
  • Probability
  • Relations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Permutation and Combination •

General AwarenessNumber SeriesCurrent Affairs

  • Banking Awareness
  • GK Updates
  • Currencies
  • Important Places
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards
  • Headquarters
  • Prime Minister Schemes
  • Important Days

Apart from these subjects, candidates are required to have Professional Knowledge in his/her area of expertise as well.

The detailed syllabus is discussed below:

IT Officer (Scale-I)

•   Database Management System

  • Data Communication and Networking
  • Operating System
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Structure
  • Computer Organization and Microprocessor
  • Object Oriented Programming

Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)

•   Basics of Crop production

  • Horticulture
  • Seed Science
  • Agronomy and Irrigation
  • Agricultural Economies
  • Agricultural Practices
  • Soil resources
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Agroforestry
  • Ecology
  • Government Schemes

Marketing Officer (Scale-I)

•   Basics of Marketing Management

  • Brand Management
  • Advertising
  • PR
  • Sales
  • Retail
  • Business Ethics
  • Market Segmentation
  • Market research and forecasting demand
  • Product Life Cycle
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Service Marketing
  • Marketing Strategies

Law Officer (Scale-I)

•   Banking Regulations

  • Compliance and Legal Aspects
  • Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  • Prevention of Money laundering, Limitation Act
  • Consumer Protection Act
  • Banking Ombudsman Scheme
  • Laws and Actions with direct link to Banking Sector
  • Bankers Book Evidence Act
  • DRT Act

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)

•   Human Resource Development

  • Business policy and strategic analysis
  • Transnational Analysis
  • Training and Development
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Industrial Relations
  • Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
  • Grievance and Conflict Management
  • Performance Management and Appraisal


The IBPS SO 2019 admit card will be released once the application process for the same is complete. Admit card for Preliminary Exam will be released first followed by the admit card for Mains Exam. The admit card for Mains Exam will be issued to candidates who have qualified the preliminary test.


IBPS SO Exam 2019 Results

The IBPS SO Result 2019 will be released after each phase of the exam has been completed. A cumulative score of the preliminary exam, mains exam and the interview process is considered to prepare the final merit list of selected students. The merit list is prepared in the descending order of marks obtained by candidates. Candidates who make it to the merit list will be given the appointment letter by the Bank of Candidate’s choice.


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