IBPS SO Exam Date – Schedule, Updates, Exam Day Guidelines

Every year, IBPS or Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection conducts various banking exams to recruit talented job seekers for the post of Specialist Officer in the government banking sector. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Specialist Officers (SO) are recruited for individual special posts 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.

As per the recent official announcement, the IBPS SO exam dates 2020-21 for the preliminary examination are 26th and 27th December 2020. The exam notification for the same was released on 1st November 2020 (Monday)

This recruitment process happens annually. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is the conducting body for all IBPS exams including SO, PO and Clerk. IBPS reserves the right to declare the IBPS SO exam dates at least one to two months in advance. Similar to other years, this year too, the exam conducting authority will hold the IBPS SO exam in a Computer-based Test (CBT) mode.

To know all details about the IBPS SO exam dates 2020 and to keep an eye on all the latest updates, read this article carefully till the end.

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  • Registration for IBPS SO exam 2020-21 has started from 2nd November 2020.

IBPS SO Exam Date – Schedule

As per the updated notification, the IBPS SO preliminary exam will be conducted on 26th and 27th December 2020. Candidates qualifying in the preliminary round will move ahead in the final exam, which will be held on 24th January 2021

All the candidates who are interested to apply for this exam are advised by Buddy4Study to check all the relevant dates before kick-starting the online application process. 

IBPS SO Exam Dates 2020-21 

Events Important Dates
IBPS SO notification release 1st November 2020
Starting of IBPS SO online application 2nd November 2020
Last date to apply online 23rd November 2020
IBPS SO Prelims admit card December 2020
IBPS SO exam date – Prelims  26th and 27th December 2020
IBPS SO exam date – Mains 24th January 2021
IBPS SO Mains result date February 2021
Interview March 2021
Provisional Allotment April 2021

IBPS SO Exam Date 2019-20 

In the below table, candidates can find the exam dates of the previous IBPS SO exam that had been successfully conducted in the last phase of 2019 and initial phase of 2020. With its help, they can get an estimate of the number of days in between the two levels of the exam.

Events Important Dates
Release of IBPS SO Official Notification 5th November 2019
Release of Prelims Admit Card 12th December 2019
IBPS SO Prelims Exam 28th December 2019

29th December 2019

IBPS SO Prelims Result 7th January 2019
Release of Mains Admit Card 12th January 2020
IBPS SO Mains Exam 25th January 2020
IBPS SO Mains Result 5th February 2020
IBPS SO Mains Score Card 1st February 2020

IBPS SO Exam Date – Submission of Application Form

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has commenced the online application process for the selection of personnel in the Specialist Officers cadre posts on Monday, 2nd November 2020. Candidates can start registering themselves for the upcoming IBPS SO exam till 23rd November 2020.  

Candidates can submit their application forms via online mode by accessing the official IBPS website. Candidates had to follow four major steps to complete the application form submission process –

  1. Registration 
  2. Uploading Scanned Documents
  3. Fill IBPS SO Application Form
  4. Pay IBPS SO Application Fees

IBPS SO Application Fee

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 circumstance.

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/- (inclusive of GST)
General, OBC, EWS And Others Rs. 850 /- (inclusive of GST)

IBPS SO Exam Date – Admit Card

IBPS SO 2020 Admit Card for prelims exam will be released in December 2020. The exact date of the issuance of admit card is yet to be announced by the IBPS exam authority. Once the authority announces the admit card release date, candidates can start collecting their IBPS SO admit cards by logging into the official IBPS website. They can avail their IBPS SO admit card by using their Registration number/roll number and password/date of birth

IBPS SO admit card is a crucial document. No candidate will be allowed to enter the exam hall without his/her admit card. Candidates must verify all the information mentioned on the admit card (like exam date, test centre address, time, etc.) and fix the errors (if any) to avoid cancellation of candidature.

Note: For any error in the IBPS SO admit card (incorrect information, spelling mistake, etc.), candidates must contact the given helpline numbers 1800 222 366 or 1800 103 4566 between 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (except Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays applicable in Maharashtra State).

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IBPS SO Exam Day Guidelines

While appearing for the IBPS SO preliminary test, candidates must remember a few points:

  1. Carry the IBPS SO admit card without fail
  2. Do not carry valuable items or electronic devices to the exam hall
  3. Try to reach the exam centre at least an hour before the designated reporting time

Candidates need to carry certain original documents specified below along with the admit card: 

  1. Photo ID Proof
  2. Photocopy of ID Proof

IBPS SO Exam Date – FAQs

When will the IBPS SO 2020-21 exam be conducted?

The IBPS SO exam for the preliminary exam is scheduled to be conducted on 26th and 27th December 2020. In case of IBPS SO mains exam, the date of examination is 24th January 2021.

What is the selection process for the IBPS SO exam 2020?

The selection process for the IBPS SO exam consists of 3 stages -

  • IBPS SO Prelims
  • IBPS SO Mains
  • Interview round

The final merit is calculated based on the marks scored in the mains and interview.

What is the last date to apply online for the IBPS SO 2020-21 exam?

The last date to apply online for IBPS SO 2020 exam is 23rd November 2020.

Where can I check the IBPS SO exam dates?

Candidates can check the IBPS SO exam dates in the IBPS calendar, which the IBPS releases on its official website (www.ibps.in) or in form of an official notification (pdf) - www.ibps.in/wp-content/uploads/CRP_SPL_IX_ADVT.pdf

Can I give the IBPS SO exam in Hindi?

Yes. All IBPS tests are bilingual including IBPS SO, i.e. available in both English and Hindi.

Is there any negative marking in IBPS SO 2020-21 exam?

Yes. For every incorrect answer in both preliminary and mains exam of IBPS SO 2020-21, 1/4th mark will be deducted.

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