IBPS PO exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) every year for the selection of candidates for the post of Probationary officers in different banks. This exam started in 2011 and has continued every year since then. In 2021, IBPS PO exam notification is expected to be released by August 2021.

Do you want to clear this exam? Well, here is everything you need to know about this exam from eligibility criteria to dates.

IBPS- Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

The IBPS is an autonomous body organized to evolve and implement a world-class selection and assessment process for its various client organizations. This foundation is based on Speed, Accuracy and Confidentiality and achieves its goal through a perfect blend of modern technology and academic expertise.

What is IBPS PO?

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection PO exam is conducted every year to select and recruit candidates for various posts of PO/MT in different public sector banks of India.

This recruitment process consists of three states including Preliminary, Mains and Interview. It is a popular choice among candidates owing to its career growth and Institute of Banking Personnel Selection PO salary options. Every year around 7- 8 lakhs candidates apply for this exam.

Note: IBPS PO exam syllabus is broad. To prepare for this exam you can take this course by UPSC Pathshala: Single Course.

Highlights of IBPS PO

Exam Name Recruitment of PO/Management Trainees in Participating Organisations
Abbreviated Form IBPS PO
Authority Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
Exam Level National
Frequency Every Year
Exam Mode Online
Number of vacancies 4977 (In 2020)
Phases Prelims, Mains and Interview
Exam Duration Prelims: One hour (60 minutes)

Mains: 3 hours 30 minutes

Language English and Hindi
Objective Selection of candidates for various posts
Exam Helpdesk No. 1800 222 366, 1800 103 4566
Official Website https://www.ibps.in/

IBPS PO Exam Date 2021

IBPS PO Events IBPS PO Dates
Notification August 2021
Application form August 2021
Last date to apply August 2021
Editing of application August 2021
Prelims admit card September 2021
Preliminary exam 9,10,16,17 October 2021
Prelims result October/November 2021
Prelims scorecard November 2021
Mains admit card The first week of November 2021
Mains exam 27-Nov-2021
Mains result December 2021
Mains scorecard December 2021
Interview call letter January 2021
Provisional allotment April 2022

IBPS RRB PO Exam Dates 2021

Activity Dates
Notification June 7, 2021
Online Application Starts on June 8, 2021
Online Applications will end on June 28, 2021
Pre-Exam Training Schedule Cancelled
Call Letters for PO Prelims Exam July 17, 2021
Call Letters for Clerk Prelims Exam July 22, 2021
RRB Preliminary Examination

(Officer Scale-I & Office Assistant)

1st, 7th, 8th and 14th August 2021
RRB PO Prelims Result 24th August 2021
RRB Clerk Prelims Result September 2021
RRB Mains Admit Card September 2021
Single Officers (II & III) Main Exam 25th September 2021
Officer Scale I Mains Exam 25th September 2021
Office Assistant Mains Exam 3rd October 2021
Interview (For Officers Scale I, II and III) October/November 2021
Final Result (Provisional Allotment) January 2022

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria

IBPS has set up some eligibility criteria for its candidates for IBPS PO including educational qualification, nationality, etc.


Nationality (Any Candidate who is)
A Citizen of India
A Subject of Nepal/Bhutan
A Tibetan Refugees and came to India before 1 January 1962
A Person migrated from Pakistan/Burma/Sri Lanka/Kenya/Uganda/the United Republic of Tanzania/Zambia/Malawi/Zaire/Vietnam/Ethiopia


A candidate must be around 20 to 30 years old.

Category Age relaxation
General Candidates 0 years
Scheduled Caste 5 years
Scheduled Tribe 5 years
OBC NCL 3 years
Persons with Disability 10 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers who served more than 5 years and resigned on the conclusion of the assigned project. 5 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the J&K from (Jan 1st,1980 to Dec 31, 1989) 5 years
Candidates affected by the 1984 riots 5 years

Educational Qualification

A candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized and affiliated university or institution.

List of Banks Participating in IBPS PO

Bank of Baroda Canara Bank
Indian Overseas Bank UCO Bank
Bank of India Central Bank of India
Punjab National Bank Union Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra Indian Bank
Punjab & Sind Bank

Application for IBPS PO

The candidates can start applying for this exam as soon as IBPS declares the notification of the exam. The candidates can apply for PO online from the official website of IBPS.

Step1: First, candidates have to register themselves from the official website.

Step2: Login through the given credentials and fill carefully other relevant details such as education qualifications, religion, etc.

Step3: Then candidates have to upload their photo and signature.

Step 4: Candidates also have to upload their left-thumb impression and handwritten declaration.

Example of handwritten declaration

“I, _______ (Name), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct and valid. I will present the supporting documents whenever required”.

Step 5: Last but not least, complete their application by paying the fees.

Application Fees

Category Application Fee
SC/ST/PWD Rs 175 (Intimation Charges only)
General and Others Rs 850 (App. Fee including intimation charges)

IBPS PO Vacancy

Year Number of Vacancies
2020-2021 3517
2019-2020 4336
2018-2019 4252

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The Bank PO is conducted in three phases:

# Preliminary examination

# Mains examination

# Interview examination

Phase 1: Preliminary Examination

PO Pre Exam is an objective type of paper that includes quantitative aptitude, reasoning, general awareness and English language.

Sections Total questions Total marks Duration (In minutes)
English Language 30 30 20
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20

Phase 2: Mains Examination

The Mains exam consists of both objective and descriptive types of questions. Essay and letter writing are descriptive and the rest of all are objective type.

Sections Total questions Duration (in minutes) Total marks
English Language 35 40 40
Data Interpretation and Analysis 35 45 60
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60
General Awareness 40 35 40
English (Essay and Letter Writing) 2 30 minutes 25

Phase 3: Interview

The Interview phase consists of 100 marks. This interview aims to assess the candidate’s personality and mental alertness.

IBPS PO Cutoff (Expected 2021)

Category Cut off marks
Gen 58.75
OBC 58.50
EWS 57.75
SC 51.00
ST 43.50
HI 19.75
OC 46.00
VI 54.25
ID 21.75

Section-wise Cutoff

Subjects General/EWS SC/ST/OBC/PWD
English Language 11.00 7.75
Quantitative Aptitude 9.25 6.00
Reasoning Ability 8.00 4.25

Bank PO is one of the popular choices among candidates who want to pursue their careers in the banking industry. With proper strategy and guidance, anyone can easily crack this examination.

Here in UPSC Pathshala, there are numerous courses that you can take to boost your preparation. Moreover, for preparations for other such exams visit the UPSC Pathshandwrittenala website now.

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