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IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2020 – Check Age Limit & Qualification!

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria 2020



Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is a self-regulating agency which conducts a common written test for Recruitment of the IBPS Specialist Officer in public-sector and nationalized banks.


Candidates are recruited as Specialist officer in various banks for the different positions like:


IT Officer

Law Officer

Rajbhasha Adhikari

Agriculture field Officer

HR/Personnel Officer

Marketing Officer

It is very important to know the IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria to make sure if you are eligible to apply for the exam or not?


Also check the IBPS SO Exam Pattern 2020 [Updated] for all the posts.



Are you Eligible for IBPS SO 2020? Know Eligibility Criteria


The Eligibility criteria for various positions offered through the IBPS specialist officer exam is different It can be broadly divided into three aspects i.e. Nationality, Age limit and Educational qualification.


Candidates must ensure if they fulfill all the criteria to be eligible for the IBPS SO recruitment process as per the norms. Here we have discussed the IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria as follows:



IBPS SO Nationality:

To be eligible for the IBPS SO Exam 2020 candidates must be either:


A citizen of India Or

A citizen of Nepal Or

A subject of Bhutan Or

A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India Or

A person of Indian origin who has migrated 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.

Note- The candidates of above-mentioned categories (except the citizens of India) should have the valid certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.



IBPS SO Age Limit:

According to the IBPS SO Notification, the candidates must be minimum 20 years of the age and maximum 30 years of the age.


There are age relaxations of upper age limit for the reserved category candidates applicable as per the government norms as given below:


SC/ST: 5 years

OBC: 3 years

PwD: 10 years

Ex-servicemen: 5 years

Persons domiciled in J&K state: 5 years (During 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 period)

Persons affected by 1984 riots: 5 years



IBPS Specialist Officer Educational Qualification


Candidates willing to apply for the above-mentioned posts must have the graduate degree or post-graduate degree in the relevant field. The specialist officer educational qualification according to their positions is given below:




IBPS SO Qualification for IT Officer


The aspirants must have completed graduation or post-graduation in the IT related fields.  For the IT officer candidate should have a qualification in one of the following field:


A) 4-year Engineering Degree in:

Computer Science

Computer Applications

Information Technology


Electronics & Telecommunications

Electronics & Communication

Electronics & Instrumentation




B) Post-Graduate Degree in:


Electronics & Telecommunications

Electronics & Communication

Electronics & Instrumentation

Computer Science

Information Technology

Computer Applications




C)  Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level


To study the IBPS SO IT job profile in detail, you may please visit - IBPS SO IT Officer - Life, Job, Salary [Complete Analysis].




IBPS SO Qualification for Law Officer


Candidate must possess a Bachelor Degree in law (LLB) and must be enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council of India to be eligible for IBPS Law Officer.




IBPS SO Qualification for Agriculture Field Officer


The candidates must have 4-year graduate degree in agriculture or related field to be eligible for the Agriculture Field Officer post. Candidates who opted one of the below mentioned filled in graduation can apply for Agriculture field officer.




Animal Husbandry

Veterinary Science

Dairy Science

Fishery Science


Agri Marketing & Cooperation

Co-operation & Banking


Agricultural Biotechnology

Food Science

Agriculture Business Management

Food Technology

Dairy Technology

Agricultural Engineering.



Study in detail about the Agricultural Field Officer post here- IBPS Agriculture Field Officer 2020 Exam-Salary & Job Profile.




IBPS SO Qualification for Rajbhasha Adhikari


For IBPS Rajbhasha Adhikari post, candidates are required to have one of the following degrees:


Post-graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the degree (graduation) level.

Post-graduate degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level.




IBPS SO Qualification for HR/Personnel Officer


A graduation and full-time post-graduate degree/diploma in one of the following fields is required qualification for candidates to apply for IBPS HR Officer in bank:


Personnel Management

Industrial Relations

Human Resources/HRD

Social Work

Labor Law




IBPS SO Qualification for Marketing Officer


The candidates are eligible to apply for IBPS Marketing Officer who have a graduate degree and one of the following streams of management:


Full-time MMS (Marketing)

MBA (Marketing)

Full time 2 years PGDBA



PGDM degree with specialization in Marketing


Note: Candidates should have a certificate/ degree/ diploma in computer languages or should have studied computer as one of the subjects in high school/ college/ Institute for the posts other than the IT officer.



Hope the information discussed above will help you to get proper guidance regarding eligibility criteria for IBPS SO examination. If you have any queries, feel free to ask or comment in comment-section below.


All the above information is based on the previous year’s notification. Stay updated with the latest information regarding IBPS specialist officer by visiting this blog regularly.




Showing 13 comments out of 187
  • Amit sur
    Sir, I am pursuing Masters in Agricultural Biotechnology and previously completed my graduation in Biochemistry. Am I eligible for this exam? Thank you.
  • Aakash
  • Akshat chauhan
    Sir my 12th percentage is55 so I m eligible for the exam?
  • Monika dua
    Dear Sir/Madam, Iam currently 38 yrs old. Im graduate in (h). Correspondence MBA in HRD B.ed Qualufied Pursuing LLB. 8 yrs of exp in corporate sector. Am I eligible for IBPS ...
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    Hello Monika,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The maximum age limit to apply for IBPS SO is 30 years old (relaxation for reserved category candidates). Therefor you are not eligib...
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  • Tejaswini mukthapuram
    Sir I have completed my bachelor's degree in agriculture in a college which isn't recognized by ICAR. Am I eligible for ibps afo
  • Kanigiri priyanka
    Good evening studying bsc agriculture in rajasthan in private eligible to apply ibps AFO exam
    Hello Kangiri,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You will be eligible for IBPS AFO after completing the graduation degree.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • Aishwarya r
    Hi I am AB. Tech., Biotechnology graduate.. Can I apply under Agriculture cadre.... Or which is the field in which I can apply
  • Golada saikumar
    Hlo sir .. I have completed my agriculture b.s c in UGC recognized university . Can I elgible for agriculture field officer or not sir ...
    Hello Golada,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible to apply for IBPS SO exam for AFO post.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • Ruchika kumari
  • Sudhakar minda
    Sir, What is the competition range for AFO every year ?
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