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IBPS SO Application Form - Complete Process

IBPS will activate the online application link for the post of Specialist Officer (SO) on 3rd Nov 2021 and all applications must be submitted by 23rd November 2021. As with the other bank exams, the IBPS SO application process remains the same. Here we will learn about the IBPS SO application process one by one.

IBPS SO Apply Online 2021 - Important Dates

The important dates for the IBPS SO exam are as follows:

IBPS SO Notification2nd November 2021
Online Registration Starts From3rd November 2021
Last Date to Apply Online23rd November 2021
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) 3rd November to 23rd November 2021
Commencement of Preliminary Exam26th December 2021
Commencement of Mains Exam30th January 2022

IBPS SO Application Form 2021

Apply online for the IBPS SO Recruitment 2021 by clicking the Direct link below.


IBPS SO 2021 Online Application Process

The online application process consists of two steps - 1. Registration and 2. Login


In this step, the candidate needs to register for the exam on the official website. 

  • Visit the official site of IBPS (
  • Click on the "Click here for new registration" tab on the right-hand corner of the IBPS online website to start the registration process
  • You will be directed to a new page where you need to enter some important details.
  • Enter your details such as Name, contact number, Email ID, etc in the space provided.
  • After filling in the above-mentioned details, a registration number and a password will be sent to the registered email ID and Contact Number as provided by you.
  • On the next page, you will be required to upload your recent passport size photograph and signature in JPG/JPEG format only.
  • The dimensions for the photograph and signature are listed below.
DocumentsDimensionsFile Size
Passport Size Photograph200 x 230 Pixels20 – 50 KB
Signature140 x 60 Pixels10 – 20 KB


The candidate has to log in using the registration number and password sent to his/her registered email address after filling out the basic details. Upon logging in, candidates are required to enter other details such as their personal details, academic qualifications, and choice of bank. All of these steps must be completed before a candidate can submit a Left-Hand Thumb Impression (LTI) and a handwritten declaration. Below are the important dimensions.

Documents NeededDimensionsFile Size
Left Thumb Impression240 x 240 Pixels20 – 50 KB
Hand Written Declaration800 x 400 Pixels50 – 100 KB

The text for the handwritten declaration is as follows –

"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."

Check the application form for any corrections after uploading the documents and images. After the final submission, it is not possible to make changes. The next step is the payment of application fees.

IBPS SO Application Fees 2021

Fees need to be paid using only online channels. The table below highlights the fees for the application.

CategoryChargesApplication Fee 
SC/ST/PwBDIntimation Charges only₹ 175/-
GEN/OBC/EWSsApplication fee including intimation charges₹ 850/-

IBPS SO Apply Online - Key Points

Aspirants who are applying or willing to apply online for the IBPS Specialist Officer exam should be aware of certain things. Below is a list of some points to remember:

  • If you find any discrepancy in the information on the IBPS SO application form, the candidate's application will be cancelled.
  • Before applying for the Specialist Officer position, review the IBPS SO eligibility criteria
  • IBPS SO application fee must be paid after the application form is filled out. Take a printout of your application form and keep it with you. This IBPS SO application form must be presented at the time of document verification
  • IBPS SO application online is incomplete until the application fee is paid
  • At the time of the interview, applicants must have their original degrees as listed in their application form
  • Only one application form can be filled out by each candidate.


What is the age limit for IBPS SO?

The minimum age limit is 20 years and the maximum age limit is 30 years.

What is the minimum educational qualification required for IBPS SO? +

The minimum educational qualification is graduation for applying to IBPS SO.

What is the application fee for IBPS SO for a general category student? +

The application fee is as follows:
Rs. 175/- (inclusive of GST) for SC/ST/PWBD candidates.
Rs. 850 /- (inclusive of GST) for all others.

When will the registration process begin for IBPS SO 2021? +

The IBPS SO 2021 notification is out and the interested candidates can apply from 03.11.2021- 23.11.2021

When will the IBPS SO Admit card be available? +

IBPS SO Admit Card for prelims 2021 has been released by IBPS on 10th Dec 2021

What is the IBPS SO Prelims Exam Date? +

26th Dec 2021 is the IBPS SO Prelims Exam date

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