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Updated By Priyanka on 12 Jul, 2022 16:51

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About IBPS SO 2022-Notification Soon

IBPS SO 2022 recruitment notification will be out soon for SO (Specialist Officers) vacancies. The IBPS SO 2022 Prelims exams will be conducted on December 24 and 31, 2022. The IBPS SO Mains 2022 exam wil be held on January 29, 2023. The admit card will be released 15 days before the exam. Those who are eligible to apply for the post of Specialist Officer can apply online on the official website of IBPS i.e.

IBPS (short for Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) organises an entrance exam for the recruitment of qualified candidates to various posts of Specialist Officers in various Public Sector Banks. The examination of IBPS SO is conducted in three phases for all the eligible candidates – Preliminary exam, Mains, and Interview. The mode of the exam will be online. A total of 150 questions will be asked in IBPS SO Recruitment Exam. The total duration of the exam will be 2 hours. All the candidates have to qualify for all three rounds of the IBPS SO selection process to be shortlisted for the posts. The parameters for the Selection process depends on a number of factors among which the most important is the marks secured by the candidates in the stages mentioned.

Here on this page, we bring to you complete details of IBPS SO 2022. 

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IBPS SO 2022 Highlights

Some of the highlights of the IBPS SO Exam are:

IBPS SO ParticularsIBPS SO Details
Full-Form of the ExamInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) - Specialist Officer (SO) Exam
Name of the OrganizationInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection.
Exam LevelNational
FrequencyAnnually (in 2 rounds)
Application Fees
  • INR 850 (for General Candidates)
  • INR 175 ( for Reserved category)
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Exam ModeOnline
Exam Duration2 hours
LanguageEnglish and Hindi
Official Website

IBPS SO 2022 Exam Dates

The exam dates of IBPS SO 2022 are mentioned in the below table:

IBPS SO EventsIBPS SO Exam Date
Starting Date of Online registration to be announced
Last Date of Registration to be announced
Payment of Application Fees to be announced
Release of Admit Card for Written Exam to be announced
IBPS SO Online Exam (Preliminary)December 24 and 31, 2022
Result of Preliminary ExamJanuary 2023
Release of Admit Card for Main ExamJanuary 2023
IBPS SO Main ExamJanuary 29, 2023
Result Declaration for Main ExamJanuary 2023
Release of Call Letters for InterviewFebruary 2023
Conduct of InterviewFebruary 2023

IBPS SO 2022 Vacancy

The IBPS SO vacancy 2022 will be released by the concerned authorities of the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. The IBPS released 1828 SO vacancies last year, the highest vacancies for the Agricultural Field. The complete details of the IBPS specialist officer vacancy 2022 will be disclosed along with the notification PDF. The candidates can expect 1500+ IBPS SO vacancies this year as well. 

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IBPS SO 2022 Eligibility

To apply for the post of IBPS SO, candidates need to fulfil the eligibility criteria which are discussed below:

IBPS SO Nationality

The candidate who is going to apply for IBPS SO 2022 exam should have citizenship of India issued by the government of India. The following candidates can also apply for the IBPS SO 2022 exam:

  • a subject of Nepal or
  • a subject of Bhutan or
  • a Tibetan Refugee, who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  • Persons migrated from India 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, along with the certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

IBPS SO Educational Qualification

The education qualification for IBPS SO for various posts is as follows:

  • I.T. Officer (Scale-I): 4 year Engineering/Technology Degree or PG in CS/CA/IT/EE/EC/Electronics & Instrumentation/ Electronics & Telecommunications OR Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

  • Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I): 4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/ Agricultural Biotechnology/ Horticulture/ Forestry/ Food Science/ Animal Husbandry/Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri. Marketing & Co./ Co-operation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry/ Agriculture Business Management/ Food Tech./ Dairy Tech./ Agricultural Engineering/ Sericulture

  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I): PG Degree in Hindi with English as a core subject OR PG Degree in Sanskrit with English & Hindi as core subjects.

  • Law Officer (Scale-I): Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council.

  • HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I): Graduate and 2 Years Full-time PG degree or 2 Years Full-time PG Diploma in Personnel Management /Industrial Relations/HR/HRD/Social Work /Labour Law.

  • Marketing Officer (Scale-I) :Graduate and 2 Years Full-time MMS (Marketing)/ 2 Years Full-time MBA (Marketing)/ 2 Years Full-time PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing.

IBPS SO Age Limit

  • The age of the applicant must range from anywhere between 20 to 30 years
  • Age relaxation will be applicable as per category 

IBPS SO 2022 Application Form

The application form will be tentatively released in November 2022, by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. The application form will be available on the official website of IBPS.

How to Download IBPS SO Application Form?

The steps to downloadIBPS SO Application form are mentioned in the below steps:

Step 1: Candidates will find the form on the official website -

Step 2: Applicants have to log in using a Unique Registration ID and a password will be generated.

Step 3: The candidates will then be required to upload digitally scanned versions of their photographs, signature, left-hand thumb impression, and a handwritten declaration.

Step 4: Download and take a printout of the application form and the payment receipt for future use.

IBPS SO 2022 Application Fee

The exam fee for the post of IBPS Specialist Officer is mentioned below. The application fee has to be paid online.

CategoryApplication Fee
General & OthersRs. 850/-
SC/ST/PWDRs. 175/-

IBPS SO 2022 Admit Card

IBPS will release admit card of IBPS SO 2022 for the Candidates can download the admit card from the official website of IBPS. IBPS SO 2022 Admit Card is released separately for Prelims, Mains and Interview. 

Steps to Download IBPS SO Exam 2022 Admit Card:

The steps to download the IBPS SO Admit Card are:

  • Go to the official website of IBPS.
  • Candidates need to log in using Registration Number and Password.
  • Candidates will see a link on their profile i.e., “Download Admit Card” and click on the link.
  • The admit card of the IBPS SO admit card will appear on the screen.
  • Go through all the details and take a printout of the admit card of IBPS SO.

IBPS SO 2022 Exam Centers



Andaman & Nicobar

Port Blair

Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam

Arunachal Pradesh





Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzzafarpur, Patna, Purnea




Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Surat, Jamnagar

Daman and Diu



Bahadurgarh, Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon




Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara


Ambala, Panchkula

Himachal Pradesh


Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, Srinagar


Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi


Bengaluru, Dharwad, Hubli, Mangalore


Kochi, Kozikhode, Thiruvananthapuram



Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabapur


Aurangabad, Greater Mumbai/Navi Mumbai/Thane, Nagpur, Nanded, Pune










Berhampur(Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur




Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala


Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur







Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi


Dehradun, Roorkee

West Bengal

Bardhaman, Berhampur, Durgapur, Greater Kolkata, Siliguri

IBPS SO 2022 Exam Pattern

IBPS SO Prelims 2022 Exam Pattern:

Given below is the IBPS SO Exam Pattern for various departments separately so that it could help the candidates boost up their preparation.

IBPS SO Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari Exam Pattern

Here comes the IBPS SO Exam Pattern for Law Officer and Rajbhasha Adhikari.

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamTiming (Minutes)
English Language5025English40
Reasoning Ability5050English and Hindi40
General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry5050English and Hindi40
Total150125120 mins.

IBPS SO IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer, and Marketing Officer Exam Pattern

Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamTiming (Minutes)
English Language5025English40
Reasoning Ability5050English and Hindi40
Quantitative Aptitude5050English and Hindi40

IBPS SO Mains 2022 Exam Pattern:

The main exam pattern for the IBPS SO is different for every post as mentioned below. 

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

Name of the TestNo. of Qs.Max. MarksDuration
Profession Knowledge606045 minutes

For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari:

Name of the TestNo. of Qs.Max. MarksDuration
Profession Knowledge (Objective)456030 minutes
Profession Knowledge (Descriptive)230 minutes

IBPS SO 2022 Syllabus

The syllabus of IBPS SO Exam 2022 will cover topics from General English, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, and Quantitative Aptitude. The details of the syllabus are mentioned below:

Reasoning Ability
  • Seating arrangement puzzles
  • Inequality syllogisms
  • Input and Output of data
  • Sufficiency Problems
  • Blood relations
  • Order and Ranking problems
  • Alphanumerics
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Distance and Direction.
General English
  • Reading
  • Comprehension
  • Spotting Errors
  • Sentence Improvement/correction
  • Unscrambling of Paragraphs
  • Filling in the blanks
  • Close tests
  • Sentence completion.
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Number Series simplifications
  • Approximation and Interpretation of Data
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Mensuration
  • Averages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Time
  • Work
  • Distance
  • Partnership
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Probability.
General Awareness
  • Current Affairs and Banking Awareness Topics
  • Questions on books and their authors
  • Currencies
  • Important Places
  • Awards
  • Headquarters
  • Prime minister’s schemes

IBPS SO 2022 Exam Expected Cut Offs

The minimum score required to be secured in order to qualify for the examination will be communicated by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection through the official website. 

The IBPS SO cut off list of 2020 are mentioned in the below table:

Name of the PostsGeneralOBCSCSTHIOCVI
Marketing Officer53.3051.9047.3538.5033.7039.40NA
IT Officer61.5057.7553.5546.5040.6050.1560.10
Law Officer52.9549.2044.9539.55NA39.6536.70
HR/Personnel Officer60.7553.5050.7046.6543.40NANA
Agriculture Field Officer41.6540.9034.6530.0026.5027.2028.95
Rajbhasha Adhikari44.1545.0543.3534.20NA38.7569.05

IBPS SO 2022 Selection Process

IBPS SO 2022 selection process includes the following stages. The Preliminary exam will be conducted by IBPS, which will be followed by the Mains Exam.

  1. Preliminary exam
  2. Mains exam
  3. Interview

The IBPS SO Prelims is qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in the mains exam and interview are added for the final selection. It is very important to perform well in the main exam as well as in an interview to get the final selection.

IBPS SO 2022 Result

The IBPS SO Result is released separately for all stages under IBPS SO recruitment 2022. Candidates who have appeared for the examination will only be eligible to view the SO result status on the official site of IBPS.

Candidates can login to the IBPS SO result page using their registration number and password as provided during registration. Moreover, we will update you with the direct link to check the status of the IBPS SO exam result as soon as it is officially available.

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FAQs about IBPS SO

Is there a separate cut-off for different sections of the IBPS SO Preliminary?

Yes, each section of the IBPS SO Preliminary exam has a separate cut-off.

What if I'm not satisfied with my marks in the IBPS SO scorecard?

As soon as the result is declared, the official website provides an opportunity to all the candidates to claim their Answer Keys.

How can I qualify for IBPS SO Mains exam?

To appear in IBPS SO Mains exam, a candidate has to qualify the Prelims exam.

When will the IBPS SO 2022 Mains exam be conducted?

The exam date for IBPS SO Mains 2022 is January 29, 2023.

Can I request for a change in the date, venue or time for IBPS SO 2022?

No, any such request shall not be entertained by the concerned authority. The date, time and venue can only be changed if the authority decides to do so.

Will the marks of IBPS SO Prelims exam be added with the marks of Mains?

No, your score in the Preliminary will not be counted. Only the marks in the Main exam and Personal Interview will be considered for final merit listing.

Why is it important to carry the IBPS SO admit card to the examination centre?

It is proof that candidates have successfully submitted the application form and are eligible to sit for the exam. Without the admit card, candidates will not be allowed to sit for the examination.

Is there a separate IBPS Specialist Officer cut-off for both Preliminary and Main exam?

Yes, the Preliminary and the Mains of IBPS SO exam have separate cut-offs. Candidates have to clear the respective cut offs in order to appear for the next stage of the recruitment process.

What should I do if I lose the registration number and password for IBPS SO Application?

You can check your phone and email for the registration number and password, which was sent after the successful submission of the application form. The exam conducting authority does not provide a new registration number or password.

When will IBPS SO Prelims Exam take place?

The Prelims exam for IBPS SO 2022 will take place on December 24 and 31, 2022.

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