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IBPS PO Recruitment Notification

IBPS PO Recruitment Notification

posted on : Thu Mar 18 2021

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) organizes the IBPS Bank PO exam every year to select Probationary Officers (PO) in different public sector banks. The IBPS PO exam has three levels - Preliminary, Mains, and Interview.

IBPS PO Notification


Name of the ExamRecruitment of Probationary Officers/Management Trainees in Participating Organizations (CRP PO/MT- 2022-23 ) 
Recruiting BodyInstitute Of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Notification Release DateDate  19-10-2021

Online Registration

Start and End date

Start Date 20-10-2021 to End Date 10-11-2021
EligibilityAge- 20 to 30 years, Education- Graduate

Rs. 175/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates. 

Rs. 850 /- for all others

Official Websitehttps://ibps.in/

IBPS PO Selection Process

IBPS PO selection process comprises three phases. A candidate must qualify each to proceed to the next phase.

IBPS Preliminary Exam

  • It is a Computer Based examination
  • IBPS shortlists candidates in each category (General/ SC/ST/PWBD) for the Main Examination

IBPS Mains Exam

  • It is a Computer Based examination
  • The candidates qualifying for the preliminary examination appear for this examination
  • The candidates must qualify the sectional and an overall cutoff in the main exam to be eligible for the interview
  • There is a different cut-off list for qualifying the Main examination for each category (General/ SC/ST/PWBD)

Interview Process

  • The interview will be conducted by the Participating Organisation and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/UT with the help of IBPS

IBPS PO Syllabus

The syllabus of the IBPS PO Examination is given below:

IBPS PO Examination- Preliminary
Quantitative Aptitude
English Language
IBPS PO Examination- Mains
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude
General/Economy/Banking Awareness
English Language
Quantitative Aptitude

Eligibility Criteria 

IBPS PO eligibility criteria are based on four parameters:

  • Education Qualification – Bachelor’s degree (any stream) from a recognized university
  • Age Limit – 20 to 30 years
  • Nationality – Citizen of India, Nepal, or Bhutan

How to Apply for IBPS PO

Once the IBPS PO notification is announced, candidates will apply online for the exam on the official website of the commission.

  • Click on ‘Click Here for New Registration
  • Enter the email address and mobile number
  • A provisional registration number and password will be sent to the registered email address and registered mobile number


Ques. Can I appear for IBPS PO with a 55% graduation score?

Ans.   Yes, you can appear for IBPS PO with a 55% graduation score. There is no percentage cut-off, but the candidate must have completed the graduation.

Ques.  What is the selection process for IBPS PO?

Ans.    IBPS PO is held in three stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview. The candidate will have to clear each stage to qualify for an IBPS PO appointment.

Ques.  When will the online applications start?

Ans.    IBPS PO notification will be released in the first week of August.

Ques. What is the cut-off for IBPS PO recruitment?

Ans.    There is no fixed cut-off. It depends on the performance of the candidates each year.

Ques.  Is IBPS PO a bilingual exam?

Ans.    Yes, the IBPS PO exam is conducted in English and Hindi language. However, the English language section is in English only.

Ques.  What is the application fee?

Ans.   The application fee for SC/ ST/ PWD candidates is ₹ 175/-. All others have to pay ₹ 850/-

Ques.  Are there fixed timings for different sections?

Ans.    Yes, both in Prelims and Mains


IBPS PO Exam Dates and Vacancies

IBPS PO Exam Dates

IBPS has released IBPS PO Exam dates along with the calendar of all the exams to be conducted during 2021. The important dates for IBPS PO/MT CWE are: 

IBPS PO Notification Release DateDate
Online Registration Start Date20-10-2021
Last Date to Apply10-11-2021
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Date4-12-2021 and 11-12-2021
IBPS PO Preliminary ResultDecember 2021/January 2022 
IBPS PO Mains Admit CardDecember 2021/January 2022 
IBPS PO Mains ResultJanuary/ February 2022
Conduct of InterviewFebruary/March 2022
IBPS PO Provisional AllotmentApril 2022

IBPS PO Exam Vacancies

In the official notice of IBPS PO, the board has declared the total of ___ probationary vacancies, including category-based reservations. All the applicants should check out the chart of vacancies before appearing for the IBPS PO examination.

Category-wise vacancy details are given below:

Out of which PWBD210

Exam Stages

IBPS PO Preliminary Examination - Computer Based Examination - Objective paper

The Section-wise details are given below:

SectionNo. of MCQs/QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamTime allotted for each test
English Language3030English20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude3535English and Hindi20 minutes
Reasoning Ability3535English and Hindi20 minutes

Note: Negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer

Candidates must clear the cutoff in all three sections to qualify for IBPS PO Main Exam.  

IBPS does not fix the cut-off marks. Instead, it decides to depend on the question paper. An adequate number of candidates in each category are shortlisted for the Mains examination depending upon requirements.

Prelims exam is only qualifying, which means marks got in the Prelims exam will not be added anywhere else.

2. IBPS PO Main Examination - Computer Based Examination - Objective paper (4)+Descriptive (1)

SectionNo. of MCQs/QuestionsTotal Marks AllottedMedium of ExamTime allotted for each test
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude4560English and Hindi60 minutes 
General/Economy/Banking Awareness4040English and Hindi35 minutes
English Language3540English40 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation3560English and Hindi40 minutes
Total155200 3 hours 
English language(Letter Writing and Essay)225



30 minutes 

Note: Negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer

The minimum qualifying mark in the interview is 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).

The candidates who qualify for the Mains Exam are shortlisted for the interview round. The interview is for a maximum of 100 marks. 

The weightage of the online Main Exam and Interview will be 80:2