IBPS PO Exam is being held by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. IBPS is the largest recruitment organization whose aim is to encourage the recruitment and placement of young graduates in public sector banks in India (except SBI). There is five big recruitment for which IBPS conducts the recruitment process. Probationary Officer(PO) is one of them.  This recruitment targets the graduates who are interested in the post. IBPS PO Exam takes place in the month of October every year in all India. The aspirants who participate in the examination has to undergo the Preliminary, Mains, and Interview for the recruitment in the desired bank. Get here complete details of IBPS PO Exam including exam dates, cut off, exam pattern, syllabus.

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is conducting IBPS PO as every year. Only the qualifiers of the Prelims exam are able to sit in the IBPS PO Main Exam. In the same way, those who qualify Mains appeared in the interview. Provisional allotment is on the basis of merit. The candidates can check the Paper Analysis of the last year.

Events Important Dates
Dates for IBPS PO 2017 Exam
IBPS PO Exam Preliminary Dates 07, 08, 14, 15 Oct 2017
IBPS PO Main exam 2017 is due to be conducted on 26 Nov 2017
Interview conducted in Jan / Feb 2018
Dates for IBPS PO 2018 Exam
IBPS PO Exam Preliminary Dates 13, 14, 20, & 21 Oct 2018
IBPS PO Exam Mains Dates 18 Nov 2018
IBPS PO Exam Interview Dates Jan/ Feb 2019
Dates for IBPS PO 2019 Exam
IBPS PO Exam Preliminary Dates 12, 13, 19, 20 Oct 2019
IBPS PO Exam Mains Dates 30 Nov 2019
IBPS PO Exam Interview Dates Jan/ Feb 2020
The dates for the examination is given here, the interested candidates can check the eligibility criteria for the IBPS PO Exam.

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IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply for IBPS PO  Exam

Nationality –  The candidate must be an Indian National.

  • Educational Requirements – The applicant must have a Graduation in any discipline, from a recognized institute.
  • Age Limit – applicant must be between 20 to 30 years as on 1st July. Candidates belonging to reserved category might get relaxation in the upper age limit.

Relaxation in age

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
PWD 10 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots/ People ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir from 01 January 1980 to 31 December 1989/ Ex-Servicemen 5 years

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The candidates can check the IBPS PO exam pattern, for the Preliminary, Main, and Interview, from the below:

  • PHASE I-Preliminary Exam (100 marks)
  • PHASE II- Main Exam (200 marks)
  • PHASE III- Interview ( 100 marks)

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

The exam will be conducted in online mode and question paper will be presented in Hindi and English language. The candidates will have to solve 100 MCQs related to three major sections including- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The question paper might be of 100 marks for which you shall get only 1 hour. A penalty of 0.25 (25% marks) for each wrong attempted response be done.

Subjects No. of Questions Maximum marks Time allowed
English Language 30 30 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

IBPS PO Main Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of IBPS PO Main examination has been changed a lot. English Language and the candidates can check the new pattern from the table below

Name of Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allocated for Each Test
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
English Language:
Letter writing and an essay will have 2 questions or 25 marks)
35 40 40 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours


After the qualifying Main exam, candidates may further be required to appear for 100 marks interview session. All the candidate must produce the original documents at the time of interview.

Books recommended for IBPS PO

The candidates who are preparing for the IBPS need some helpful books for the preparations for the exam. There are lots of books on the market for doing the better preparations in IBPS. Some of the books for various topics asked in the exams are given here.

A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition by RS Agarwal Buy online
A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal by Sijwali Buy online
Comprehensive Guide to IBPS-CWE Bank PO/MT Prelim + Main Exam Buy online
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal Buy online
The Complete Success Package – Bank PO Recruitment Exam Buy online
Objective Computer Knowledge and Literacy Buy online
Objective Computer Awareness Buy online
Essential English Grammar with Answers by Murphy Buy online

IBPS PO Post and Participating Institutes of the previous year

In all 20 banks participate in IBPS PO recruitment 2017. However, not all the institutes open vacancies every year. As stated above, the maximum number of vacancies are in the Canara Bank and the minimum vacancies are in the Bank of Maharashtra, Central Bank of India, and Corporation Bank. The candidates may check the details vacancies from the table below:

Participating Organizations SC ST OBC UR Total
Allahabad Bank 36 19 64 116 235
Indian Bank NR NR NR NR NR
Andhra Bank 93 46 168 318 625
Indian Overseas Bank Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
Bank of Baroda Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
Oriental Bank of Commerce NR NR NR NR NR
Bank of India 30 15 54 101 200
Punjab National Bank NR NR NR NR NR
Bank of Maharashtra 15 7 27 51 100
Punjab & Sind Bank Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
Canara Bank 203 108 364 675 1350
Syndicate Bank Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
Central Bank of India 15 8 28 49 100
UCO Bank 75 26 178 251 530
Corporation Bank 28 22 0 50 100
Union Bank of India 83 34 78 127 322
Dena Bank NR NR NR NR NR
United Bank of India Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
IDBI Bank Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
Vijaya Bank Nil Nil Nil Nil Nil
Total 578 285 961 1738 3562

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