IBPS PO

Public Sector Banking has become an illustrious career option in current times as it comes with the promise of attractive salary, perks, job security, fast growth and good work-life balance. Government of India had set up Personnel Selection Services (PSS) in 1975 for recruitment of probationary officers and clerks to all public-sector banks. PSS was later changed to Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) in 1984 as per the mandate of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

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The exam dates for IBPS PO 2021 are out. The exam will be conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) to select eligible candidates (4135 posts tentatively) to the post of Probationary Officers in different public sector banks in India. IBPS PO exam started since 2011 and is now happening in 2021 in its 11th edition. The IBPS CRP PO/MT-XI 2021 is for selection of candidates to the 11 public sector banks.

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IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria - 2021

Educational Qualification

Graduation Degree: The eligibility criteria for the IBPS CWE exam is as basic as a graduation degree (BA, BCom, BSc, B.Tech or as such) in any discipline from a University recognized by the Government of India. Any such candidate who possesses equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Central Government is also eligible to apply for this exam.

The candidates must be in possession of a valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that certifies that they are a graduate on the day they register for this exam, and must indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering for the IBPS Bank-PO examination.

Computer Literacy: Working knowledge of computer systems is necessary for the job as well as to give the IBPS PO exam which is conducted in online mode.

Language Proficiency: Verbal and written proficiency in official language of the State/UT is desirable. The candidate must be able to read, write and speak the language.

Nationality / Citizenship of Applicants:

A candidate applying for IBPS CWE/Bank PO Examination must be one of the following:

  1. Citizen of India
  2. Subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement
  4. Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India

Candidates belonging to the category 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt of India in their favour.

Age Eligibility of candidates applying for IBPS Bank PO Examination (As on 01.08.2021):

Any candidate who is applying for the IBPS CWE examination should not be less than 20 years old and not more than 30 years old at the time of registration. In addition to this, there is age relaxation application to category wise candidates as per the government rules:

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel) 5 years
Widows/Divorced Women 9 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
Regular Employees of Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal  
retrenched from service(for MP state Only) 5 years

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Mode of Examination

IBPS PO exam is conducted at various locations throughout India and in online mode only.
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Scope of Recruitment and Exam Schedule

IBPS provides its services to all Public-Sector Banks like PNB, BOB, SBI, RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, LIC & Insurance companies and other Banks which are regular members of the IBPS society. In 2011, IBPS started the Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruiting officers and clerks in Indian Bank and accepts online application through its official website. IBPS CRP PO/MT-XI Prelims Exam 2021 is scheduled to be held on 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th October 2021 while the IBPS PO Main Examination will be tentatively held on 27th November 2021.

 

IBPS PO 2021: Important Dates
Events Date
IBPS PO 2021 Notification August 2021
On-line Registration Process August 2021
IBPS PO 2021 Preliminary Exam Date 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th October 2021
IBPS PO Preliminary Result November 2021
IBPS PO Mains Admit Card November 2021
IBPS PO 2021 Mains Exam Date 27th November 2021
IBPS PO Mains Result December 2021
Conduct of Interview January 2022
IBPS PO 2021 Provisional Allotment 1st April 2022

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IBPS PO 2021 Vacancy

More than 8 lacs aspirants appear for the IBPS Bank PO examination every year. The total number of vacancies for IBPS PO 2021 exam will be released along with its notification in August 2021. Last year, the total number of vacancies was 3517.
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IBPS PO Application Fee

The category wise fee structure for IBPS PO online application is given below. Fee/Intimation charges once paid is NOT refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any other examination or selection. The application fee must be paid online itself.

Sr. No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD Rs.175/- (Intimation Charges only)
2 General and Others Rs. 850/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

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Major Banks Participating in IBPS PO Recruitment 2021

Following is the list of all the banks who have participated in this year for IBPS PO recruitment process:

  1. Punjab National Bank
  2. Union Bank of India
  3. Bank of India
  4. Indian Bank
  5. Canara Bank
  6. Indian Overseas Bank
  7. Central Bank of India
  8. UCO Bank
  9. Bank of Baroda
  10. Punjab & Sind Bank
  11. Bank of Maharashtra

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IBPS PO 2021 Online Application

The online registration procedure for IBPS PO 2021 exam is started post the release of IBPS PO 2021 exam advertisement. Eligible and interested candidates are required to register online for the recruitment process on the official IBPS website, ibps.in.

To avoid any technical errors candidates should ensure that the web-browser used to fill up the IBPS PO 2021 application form is one of the following:

  • Internet Explorer 8 and above
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 and above
  • Google Chrome 3.0 and above

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Prerequisites for IBPS PO 2021 Form Fill-up

Candidates applying online must have the following pre-requisites:

  • A valid Email Id.
  • Photograph and Signature scanned in the prescribed size.
  • All document required for online payment of application fee.

Before proceeding with the registration and application process, all candidates are requested to go through the complete guidelines so that they meet the eligibility criteria for the exam.

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Selection Procedure

It is a 3-tiered selection process consisting of Preliminary and Main Exams which will be conducted online, followed by Interview. Candidates must pass each exam to get shortlisted and progress to the next stage. Final selection will be on merit based on Main Exam and Interview.

The important steps may be summarized as follows:

  • After the Online Preliminary Examination an adequate number of candidates in each category are shortlisted by IBPS depending upon requirements for Online Main Examination.
  • Candidates must qualify the sectional as well as overall cut-off in the main exam to be eligible for interview.
  • Interview is conducted by the Participating Organizations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS.
  • The Final result is declared on the basis of candidates combined performance in IBPS PO Mains and Interview Rounds.

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Provisional Allotment

The provisional allotment of the qualified candidate is released on the official website. The IBPS Banks are allotted based on candidates’ preferences which are made at the time of online application.

IBPS plays its part in the selection process only till the provisional allotment to different banks. After that, the responsibility to intimate the qualified candidates about their joining dates and procedure lies with the respective banks.

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IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO preliminary examination has a total duration of 1 hour and 20 minutes for each section which will be conducted in online mode. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in IBPS PO pre exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer. There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate. Candidates must clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam. The section-wise details are given below:

 

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100  

 

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements are shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

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IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

The IBPO PO Main exam is also conducted online. It has 5 i.e. (4+1) sections with a total score of 200+25 marks and total duration of 180+30 minutes. IBPS conducts a descriptive paper in its mains exam for selection of candidates to the post of Probationary officer. The sections must be attempted in the same order and the allotted time as mandated at the time of the exam. A candidate has to clear both preliminary and mains examination to be eligible for the interview process.

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 minutes

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IBPS PO Interview

The candidates who qualify the main exam are called for a face to face interview which carries a maximum of 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview is 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).

The interview round is generally 15-20 minutes long, where a panel of bank officials ask questions to the candidates about themselves, banking sector, current affairs, general awareness, etc. The candidates must be well dressed, confident and carry all required documents to the interview.

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained in mains examination and interview. The final score is calculated by IBPS with weightage of marks given to the main examination and interview in the ratio of 80:20 respectively.

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IBPS PO Syllabus 2021

IBPS exam syllabus is no different from any other bank exam. While IBPS issues only the broad subjects, they can be further subdivided into individual topics, based on the questions that have appeared in the exams over the past few years. The IBPS PO syllabus is divided into two parts:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Syllabus 2021 comprises of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Miscellaneous
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation  
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage  
Blood Relations Number Systems  
Input Output Sequence & Series  
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability  

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IBPS PO Mains Exam Syllabus 2021

This comprises of 5 sections: Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude, General Awareness and Computer Aptitude.
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IBPS PO Exam Centre

The IBPS PO exam (CWE) is conducted online at numerous centers all over India and the candidate can mention their preferences at the time of filling in the online application. However, if there is non-availability of seats at preferred venues, IBPS may allot an exam centre other than the choices made by a candidate. IBPS is the sole authority on adding or removing an exam center and candidates can’t make requests for change in the exam centre. Any inappropriate behavior at the exam center can lead to cancellation of the candidature.
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IBPS PO Pre-Exam Training

The Nodal Banks/ Participating Organizations may arrange pre-examination training for SC/ST/Religious Minority Community candidates at certain centres as per the guidelines issued by Government of India. This is a kind of orientation session where candidates are told about type of questions, common mistakes, tips for time management, best practices, basic tricks and strategies by experts from training institutes. The objective is to provide a level playing field to students from weaker sections who can’t avail coaching and make them aware about common aspects and recruitment process of the exam.

Candidates belonging to the above-mentioned categories can avail the training by indicating the same against relevant column, while applying on-line. The pre-exam training is free of cost with other expenses like travel, food and lodging to be borne by the candidate. It is usually conducted for five days before the exam and the dates are announced on the official website. Below is an indicative list of training centres:

 

North India South India East India West India
Agra Bengaluru Agartala Ahmedabad
Allahabad Chennai Balasore Aurangabad
Amritsar Coimbatore Behrampur (Ganjam) Bhopal
Bareilly Gulbarga Bhubaneshwar Indore
Chandigarh Hyderabad Dhanbad Jabalpur
Dehradun Kavaratti Guwahati Jaipur
Gorakhpur Kochi Hubli Jodhpur
Jammu Madurai Kolkata Mumbai
Kanpur Mangalore Muzaffarpur Nagpur
Karnal Mysore Patna Panaji (Goa)
Lucknow Port Blair Ranchi Pune
Ludhiana Puducherry Sambalpur Raipur
New Delhi Thiruchirapalli Shillong Rajkot
Patiala Thiruvananthapuram Siliguri Vadodara
Rohtak Vijaywada Tirupati  
Shimla Vishakhapatnam    
Varanasi      

 

IBPS may add additional centres or remove some depending on need. Candidates opting for pre-examination training should download their call letter for training by entering their registration number and password/ date of birth from Bank’s website. Pre-Exam training call letter will not be sent by post.

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IBPS PO 2021 Admit Card & Call Letter

Candidates must download the IBPS PO 2021 admit card from the official website of the bank as the hard copy of the IBPS PO Admit Card will not be sent to the candidate via post. To login on the official website, the candidates will require the following:

  • Registration No/Roll No
  • Date of Birth/ Password

The admit card is generally made available 10 to 15 days before the IBPS PO 2021 Exam. The admit card or call letter for IBPS PO 2021 will be issued in 3 phases:

  • Online Preliminary Examination
  • Online Mains Examination
  • Interview

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IBPS PO 2021 Result

IBPS will release the results after completion of each phase of Examination. The Final Merit state wise and category wise List shall be prepared in descending order of the marks secured by the candidates in the Online Main Examination and interview. Candidates who fall within the number of vacancies in the merit list shall be considered for appointment subject to Medical Fitness.
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IBPS PO Cut off 2021

The cut-off will be released for each phase of exam along with the score card. The previous year cut-off for IBPS PO Preliminary Exam is shown below for reference:

IBPS PO 2020-21 Prelims Cut-Off (Category-wise)

Category Cut Off Marks
General 58.75
OBC 58.50
SC 51
ST 43.5
EWS 57.75
HI 19.75
OC 46
VI 54.25
ID 21.75

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IBPS PO Preparation

IBPS PO preparation must be done in a systematic manner, with latest exam pattern in mind. Since the syllabus covers a lot of topics, it is important to choose the right study material so that you can understand the concepts and practice a wide variety of questions as well.

Previous years’ IBPS PO exam left everyone startled with the unexpected pattern. This is the reason we have decided to provide you with the relevant new pattern questions that were asked in the last year banking exams. New pattern questions are simply the application of concepts in a new form. You just need to practice them a lot so that you don’t face issue in IBPS PO 2021.

Candidates should go through previous year IBPS questions, so that they have an idea of what to expect in IBPS PO 2021. We will provide you able guidance apart from providing study notes, arrange for mock tests and online test series for IBPS PO Exam 2021 with latest pattern for better exam preparation.

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