IBPS SO 2021


The much-awaited IBPS SO recruitment notification is out. Check out complete details.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection or IBPS is the main recruiting body that conducts online examinations to recruit eligible candidates for various posts in banking organizations. IBPS conducts an online examination for the post of Specialist Officer (SO) every year on various posts according to eligibility. These specialist posts include- AFO, IT, Marketing Officer, Law Officer, and others.  A total of 1828 vacancies have been released in the IBPS Specialist 2021 recruitment this time. This is a great opportunity if you possess professional qualifications and wish to work in the banking sector.

IBPS SO 2021 Highlights

Conducting BodyIBPS
IBPS Website https://www.ibps.in/
Name of the Posts Specialist Officer
(AFO/IT/Law/Marketing/Rajbhasa/HR/Personnel Officer)
Mode of Application Online
Stages of Exam Three Stages-
  • Phase 1- Preliminary Exam
  • Phase 2- Mains Exam
  • Phase 3- Interview
No. of Questions & Time duration
  • Phase 1 (Preliminary Exam)- 150 questions, 2 hours
  • Phase 2 (Mains Exam)-
    • • Professional Knowledge (Law, IT, AFO, HR/
      60 questions, 30 minutes
    • • Professional Knowledge Rajbhasha (Objective +
      45 + 2 questions, 30 minutes
  • Phase 3 (Interview)- 100 Marks
Online registration including Edit/Modification
of Application by candidates
November 03 to 23, 2021
IBPS SO Prelims Exam Date December 26, 2021
Number of Vacancies 1828 (More Details)
Official Notification PDF November 02, 2021 (Click Here)

 Notification 2021

IBPS includes all the commercial banks because of which IBPS exams are the most important ones among the job aspirants as they give a golden chance to make way into one of these banks in the country. IBPS SO notification for 1828 vacancies is finally out. IBPS SO notification 2021 has all the details such as IBPS SO Vacancy, the application process, fee amount, exam dates, and other details. IBPS will conduct the online examination for IBPS Specialist Officer 2021 for various posts like Agriculture Field Officer (AFO), IT Officer Scale I, Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I. The IBPS SO Prelims exam 2021 will be held on December 26th 2021. The IBPS SO Mains is scheduled for January 30th, 2022. You will be able to download IBPS SO Admit Card a few days prior to the exam. IBPS will also conduct pre-exam training for the candidates belonging to reserved categories. 

Exam Pattern 2021

IBPS follows a standard selection process in all its recruitment examinations. It will conduct an online examination for IBPS SO 2021. The IBPS SO exam pattern varies for different posts covered under Specialist Officers (SO). To be able to prepare in the best way possible, you should first know the IBPS SO exam pattern 2021 which will help you in making a preparation plan accordingly. The IBPS SO recruitment 2021 is divided into three phases:

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

The two phases will be followed by the Interview stage which will lead to the final selection. To ensure that you prepare in the best way possible, you should know the detailed IBPS SO exam pattern along with IBPS SO marking scheme as well as IBPS SO exam language.

Syllabus 2021

IBPS SO holds equal importance just like IBPS PO. The only difference between the two is the kind of job and the professional qualifications that are required to apply for it owing to the job requirements. Therefore you can get a clear idea that the IBPS SO exam level will also be of an equally good level. You need to be well prepared for the IBPS SO exam and for that, you should be well aware of the IBPS SO syllabus which will give you the right direction to start off with the preparation. IBPS SO will have two stages - Prelims and Mains, where the questions will be asked from different subjects. Along with the syllabus, it is very important to know about IBPS SO Books. Right books will help you to ace the IBPS SO exam in a fruitful way. 

Exam Dates 2021

IBPS is known for its timely execution of the examination schedule. The IBPS SO official notification for 1828 vacancies has been finally released and the IBPS SO exam date for Prelims is December 26 2021 and the Mains exam will be conducted on January 30  2022. You will also be allotted an IBPS SO exam centre while filling the IBPS SO application form. 

Salary 2021

One of the major reasons behind most of the candidates preferring bank jobs is the stability and security that one receives in a bank. Along with this stability, you also get an attractive salary which makes it an obvious choice. An IBPS SO salary will be Rs 38,800/ month. A Specialist Officer posted in Scale I is also entitled to receive other IBPS SO allowances like HRA, DA, Special Allowance, Travel Allowance, and many more. You will also receive reimbursement for medical expenses & newspaper.  A Specialist Officer in IBPS has various roles to perform. You should know about the IBPS SO job profile before applying for the IBPS SO exam. You will also have career growth as you progress in the organization.

Eligibility Criteria 2021

To apply for IBPS SO 2021, you should meet the IBPS SO eligibility criteria with respect to educational qualification, and age which will be mentioned in the official notification 2021. IBPS SO further consists of many job posts for which you need to possess a particular educational degree. The basic minimum IBPS SO qualification is a graduate degree in the respective discipline along with other requirements. You should also adhere to the specified IBPS SO age criteria with respect to minimum and maximum age for all the posts for which the vacancies have been declared in the IBPS SO recruitment.

You must have not been born earlier from the date mentioned in the official notification. IBPS also provides certain IBPS SO age relaxation norms for reserved categories.

Previous Year Cut-off

Preparation of any exam should be accompanied by complete and extensive information related to the exam. An important exam like IBPS SO needs good preparation and info. By tracking the IBPS SO previous year papers that have been held in all the past years, gives a lot of clarity about the exam and its level. You can get a good idea about what to be expected from IBPS SO 2021, by referring to the IBPS SO previous year cut off.

Online Course 2021

IBPS SO being one of the most important exams, needs a thorough study and a good level of preparation. Being in a digital era, everyone today prefers going online where you may find an ocean of knowledge and information. You may get a number of sources with respect to IBPS SO exam online study material. You need to be sensible enough to select useful sources of knowledge and information. You can get directionless and can get lost seeing excess information. Therefore, to give a set direction to your preparation ixamBee has come up with a comprehensive yet crisp IBPS SO Exclusive Online Course which will provide you with complete and correct information and resources that you need to qualify for this important exam. This course is designed by ixamBee experts:

  • Ms. Arunima Sinha (Coach for Banking exams for 6 years, Ex-Manager SIDBI, Ex-Bank PO)
  • Mr. Chandraprakash Joshi (ex-AFO, ex-AGM RBI, MBA-Finance, Phd)
  • Mr. Karan Sardana (Coach for Bank, SSC, Insurance, MAT, CLAT Exams for 12 years)
  • Mr Kailash Tiwari (ex-AFO, Union Bank of India)
  • Dr. Usha Rajagopalan 6+ years of experience as an Assistant Professor in many management institutes 

Free Mock Tests 2021

The online examination for IBPS SO 2021 will be conducted in the months of December 2021 and January 2022. You should start your preparation for IBPS SO exam 2021. What will matter most is how well you actually sink in all that preparation and for how long does it stay, if you start preparing from now on. It is very important to check on your knowledge and for that, you need a lot of practice. If this practice is accompanied by real exam experience, it would prove even more helpful and will let you ace the IBPS SO exam. Practicing IBPS SO mock tests is one such way through which you can make the most out of your daily practice along with learning more. If this practice comes with mock tests that are totally free, it adds to your advantage in a better way. 


There is a pool of information available online these days. You should know which source to refer to as you may get lost and waste your valuable time there. Blogs are one of the best sources of information in this online era. Educational blogs give you a clear idea and information related to almost all important exam these days. IBPS SO is one of the important examinations which is awaited by many and applied by a huge number of candidates. To get some information regarding IBPS SO, you can read the following blogs.

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Frequently Asked Questions


In IBPS SO  2021 Exam, can I choose Hindi language as the exam language?


Yes, IBPS SO  2021 Exam is bilingual (i.e, Hindi & English). You can choose your preferred language accordingly.


Is the IBPS SO  2021 Examination in ONLINE or OFFLINE mode?


IBPS SO  2021 Exam will be in online mode.


Is there any sectional CUT-OFF in IBPS SO  2021 Exam ?


Yes, IBPS SO  2021 Exam will have sectional cut-off along with the overall cut-off.


Is IBPS SO  2021 Job transferable?


Yes, depending on the job profile and department being served by you, an IBPS SO officer can be posted anywhere in India.


How many attempts are there in IBPS SO  2021 Exam ?


There is no such limit on the number of attempts for IBPS SO  2021 Exam. You can appear for this exam till the time you are eligible according to the eligibility criteria provided by IBPS in its notification.