IBPS SO Application – Dates, How to Check Status & Submit, Fee, Links

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will release the official IBPS SO notification 2021 to fill vacancies in various departments like Sales Officer, HR/Personnel or Management Officer, Field Officer, Marketing Officer, Law Officer, IT Officer, etc. in participating banks across India. The tentative date of notification release is October 2021. 

To appear for the exam, candidates are required to submit the IBPS SO application form, which was released on 2nd November 2021. To fill the IBPS SO application form 2021, candidates have to follow several steps including registering themselves online, filling information, payment of application fee, uploading documents, and final submission of the filled application form. 

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Before starting with the application process, candidates must ensure that they fulfil the IBPS SO eligibility criteria. Read this article further to avail relevant information related to IBPS SO registration/application process with minute details.

IBPS SO Registration Dates:  3rd November 2021

IBPS SO Application 2021 – Registration Highlights

Candidates who wish to register themselves and apply for IBPS SO 2021 exam should go through the registration highlights carefully before filling the form. Here are a few key points that they should keep in mind:

Exam Name Institute of Banking Personnel Selection- Specialist Officers exam
Conducting Body IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection)
Official Website www.ibps.in 
Application Mode Online
Application fee payment mode Online

IBPS SO Application 2021 – Important Dates

Candidates who want to apply for the IBPS SO recruitment programme can apply now. As per the published official notification, the application portal opened on 2nd November 2021. Candidates can fill up and submit the application form by the exam authority initiated date

Besides, they can find the complete schedule and the crucial dates associated with the IBPS SO application process highlighted in the table below:

IBPS SO Application Schedule

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IBPS SO Schedule 2021

Events Important Dates
IBPS SO notification release 2nd November 2021
Starting of IBPS SO online application process 3rd November 2021
Last date to apply online 23rd November 2021
IBPS SO Prelims admit card 10th December 2021
IBPS SO Mains admit card January 2022
IBPS SO exam date – Prelims 26th December 2021
IBPS SO exam date – Mains 30th January 2022
IBPS SO Mains result date February 2022
Interview February/ March 2021
Final Result Declaration April 2022
Provisional Allotment April 2022

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Documents Required For IBPS SO Application 

Before candidates start filling up their IBPS SO application forms, they need to cross-check and have in hand the required documents highlighted below:

  1. Educational Qualification certificate and mark sheets
  2. Scanned left thumb impression
  3. Scanned copy of their recent photograph
  4. Application fee payment card
  5. Scanned hand-written declaration
  6. Scanned signature

IBPS SO Application – Form Filling and Submission

Candidates need to fill up the application form by visiting the official IBPS website (www.ibps.in). Before the application process, candidates have to complete the process of IBPS SO registration. The registration process is important to later download the admit cards/hall tickets and sit for the exam. Since the process of registering for IBPS SO is online, no other modes are accepted to apply for the entrance test. 

Candidates must download the IBPS SO advertisement/notification and go through the eligibility criteria carefully before applying and submitting the IBPS SO application form. Application forms that do not comply with the instructions from the examination authority are liable to be rejected.


Step-by-Step Process to Fill and Submit IBPS SO Application Form 2021

Step 1 – Registration

1. Visit the official website – www.ibps.in 

2. Click on Apply Online for CRP for Specialist Officers.

Apply Online for CRP for Specialist Officers X

3. When the new window opens, click on the yellow tab Click Here for New Registration.

4. Now, enter basic information like Name, Mobile Number, Email ID and security pin in the registration form.

Enter basic information

5. Click on Save & Next.

6. After the registration process is complete, a registration number and Password will be sent to you via SMS and email.

Step 2 – Upload Scanned Documents

1. Log in to the application site using the registration number and password, sent on your email.

2. Upload the scanned documents:

  • Images of passport size photograph
  • Signature
  • Left thumb impression
  • Handwritten declaration in prescribed specifications

Candidates need to scan the documents as specified in the IBPS SO notification. Check specifications in the table below.

Documents Size Dimension Pixels Format Specification
Photograph 20 – 50 KBs 4.5 X 3.5 cm 200 X 230 .JPG, .JPEG Must be recent passport size, colour photograph
Signature 10 – 20 KBs 4.5 X 3.5 cm 140 X 60 .JPG, .JPEG It has to be on white paper with Black Ink pen
Left Thumb Impression 20 – 50 KBs 3 X 3 cm 240 X 240 .JPG, .JPEG It has to be on white paper and scanned dimension should be 200 DPI
Hand Written Declaration 50 – 100 KBs 10 X 5 cm 800 X 400 .JPG, .JPEG It has to be on white paper and scanned dimension should be  200 DPI

3. Regarding the text for the handwritten declaration, candidates need to write the following on a clean, white sheet – 

I, _______ (Name of the candidate), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required.

Step 3 – Fill in the Details

1. Enter the asked personal, educational, and contact details. 

2. Select the post and organization you want to apply for. Also, mention your preferred IBPS SO exam centre.

3. Check the form thoroughly before submitting. This is necessary as the correction is not possible after the final submission.

Step 4 – Pay Application Fees

1. Once Step 3 is complete, you will be directed to the fee payment page

2. Choose the payment mode. Pay the IBPS SO application fee through any one of the available payment modes:

  • Debit Card (RuPay/ Visa/ Master Card/ Maestro)
  • Credit Card
  • Internet Banking
  • IMPS
  • Cash Card/Mobile Wallet

3. Take the printout of IBPS SO application form 2021 and E-receipt generated for future use.


Guidelines For Uploading Photograph and Signature

  1. The photograph should not be taken wearing sunglasses or cap 
  2. Polaroid and Computer-generated photographs are not acceptable
  3. Photos of candidates wearing spectacles are allowed only if they use it regularly
  4. Unclear photographs are liable to be rejected
  5. Forehead, eyes, nose and chin should be visible and the print should be of clear contrast
  6. The photo should not have ‘red eye’
  7. Self-composed portraits or photos taken using mobile may result in rejection of the application
  8. Main features of the face should not be covered by cloth, hair or shadow
  9. For scanned signature, the scanner resolution should be a minimum of 200 dpi (dots per inch)
  10. The colour set should be Colour to True Colour
  11. Candidate has to sign on white paper with a black ink pen
  12. If the candidate’s signature on the answer script does not match the signature on the admit card, the candidate will be considered rejected.

IBPS SO Application – Fee Structure

Candidates need to pay the registration/application fee for IBPS SO to apply for the examination. Before making a payment, the candidates should carefully read all the eligibility criteria. Candidates must note that the application fee amount will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Before filling up the form, the candidate is advised to make a duplicate copy and fill it up first. Any mistakes or fields left out accidentally may lead to the rejection of the application form.

The fee structure for IBPS SO as per candidate categories is as follows:

IBPS SO Application Fee Structure

Category Application Fees
SC, ST, PWBD Rs. 175/- (Intimation Charges only)
General, OBC, EWS And Others Rs. 850 /- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

IBPS SO Application – Details to Enter in IBPS SO Application Form

Candidates have to fill in the following details in the application form in various application filling stages.

Registration Page

  1. First Name
  2. Confirm the First Name
  3. Middle Name
  4. Confirm Middle Name
  5. Mobile Number
  6. Last Name
  7. Confirm the Last Name
  8. Mobile Number
  9. Confirm Mobile Number
  10. Alternative Number
  11. Email ID
  12. Confirm Email ID
  13. Security Code

Basic Details

  1. Category: General/OBC/SC/ST
  2. Disability Status
  3. Type of Disability
  4. Percentage of Disability (From the Drop Down)
  5. Compensatory Time (selection)
  6. Cerebral Palsy (Selection)
  7. Compensatory Time (selection)
  8. Dominant Hand Status (selection)
  9. Compensatory Time (selection)
  10. Scribe Requirement (selection)
  11. Confirm if affected by the 1984 Riots (selection)
  12. Domicile of Jammu and Kashmir (selection)
  13. Religion (selection)
  14. Religious Minority Community (selection)
  15. Ex-servicemen
  16. Disabled Ex-servicemen
  17. Period of Service Rendered (in months)
  18. Joined a Government job on the civil side (selection)
  19. Dependent on the Serviceman Killed in Action (selection)
  20. Relaxation for Widow / Divorced Women / Judicially Separated from Husband (selection)
  21. Appeared for CWE-RRB (selection)
  22. Number of Attempts (selection)
  23. CWE-RRB Attempted Earlier (selection)
  24. Aadhar Card
  25. Aadhar Card Number
  26. Aadhar Enrolment (selection)
  27. Aadhar Enrolment Number
  28. Nationality (selection)
  29. State/UT to Apply For (selection)
  30. Preliminary Examination Centre (selection)
  31. Main Examination Centre (selection)

IBPS SO Application – Important Points

There are several aspects that candidates must keep in mind before they apply for the IBPS SO exam. 

  1. All the information that the candidates share in the application form should be accurate and true. In case of any discrepancy, the submitted IBPS SO application form shall stand cancelled. 
  2. After the application is submitted online and the payment (application fee) is made, candidates must take at least 2 printouts (applied form and e-receipts) of the same and keep it safe until they are called for the interview round. 
  3. Candidates need to present this IBPS SO application form at the time of document verification
  4. If the application fee is not paid, the process will be deemed incomplete.
  5. During the time of the interview, candidates are compulsorily required to bring with them the original documents for verification.
  6. One candidate can fill in only one application form. Submission of multiple application forms will be considered faulty and the application will be considered cancelled. 

What After IBPS SO Application?

After the IBPS SO application process gets completed successfully, IBPS releases a call letter or admit card for each stage of the examination. Candidates can find their respective admit cards from the official IBPS website once the exam authority releases them. 

They are required to carry the hardcopy of the admit card on the date of examination. No candidates will be allowed to sit for the exam if they fail to present their admit cards. 

IBPS SO Application – Form Correction

In case candidate/s have made any minor mistake or wish to edit any submitted detail after the final submission of an online IBPS SO application form, they can modify the IBPS SO  Application Form 2021. 

Candidates need to follow the below steps to modify the application form:

  1. Visit the official IBPS SO website
  2. Click on Apply Online link
  3. Login to the account by submitting the registration number and password
  4. Choose the EDIT option to correct the IBPS Specialist Officer online application
  5. After correcting the application, save the form and submit it
  6. Take printouts of the edited application after modifying any details

Note: No modification can be made to the IBPS Specialist Officer online application after the last date of registration.

Remember, data entered in Basic Info cannot be changed.

IBPS SO Application – Retrieval of Password

There may be scenarios when candidates may forget their password to the IBPS SO application portal. In such cases, candidates need to follow the below steps:

  1. Visit the official IBPS SO website, www.ibps.in 
  2. Click on the ‘Apply Online’ link
  3. After the Login window opens, click on Forgot Password
  4. Fill in the required details – Registered Mobile No. or Email ID in the new window.
  5. Click on Submit

The newly generated password would be sent on the candidate’s registered email ID or mobile number.

IBPS SO Application – FAQs 

What is the IBPS SO application fee amount?

For SC, ST, PWD candidates, the application fee is Rs. 175, whereas General, OBC, EWS And Other category candidates have to pay Rs. 850 for the same. This application fee is inclusive of GST.

What details are required to login to the IBPS SO website for application form submission?

Candidates are required to enter their Registration Number and Date of Birth to access the IBPS SO login page.

How many vacancies have been released for IBPS SO 2021?

1828 vacancies have been released from IBPS' end.

How to apply online for the IBPS SO exam?

Candidates have to follow the below-mentioned steps to apply and submit the IBPS SO application form -

  1. Visit the official IBPS website
  2. Click on the IBPS SO Apply Online link on the homepage
  3. Fill in your personal contact details
  4. Fill in the complete form with details about educational qualification, category, exam centre, etc.
  5. Pay the application fee
  6. The application process is complete

In which format should I scan my photograph and signature?

Candidates need to scan and upload their photographs and signatures in JPG or JPEG format with 200 DPI resolution.

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