IBPS PO Eligibility

The IBPS PO exam has a set of eligibility conditions which need to be fulfilled for an aspirant to get a shot at securing the prestigious job of a banker. In this article, we discuss the IBPS PO eligibility conditions and the documents needed for the PO interview. Candidates should make sure that they meet all eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. The PO eligibility conditions take into account three factors:

  • Age
  • Nationality
  • Educational Qualification

IBPS PO Age Limit

The IBPS PO age limit for general category is minimum 20 years and maximum 30 years for admission to the exam. There are certain exemptions allowed for some categories which are as follows:

  • Exemption for Scheduled Castes and Tribes: Candidates belonging to SC/ST category can claim an age relaxation of 5 years in the upper age limit. This raises their upper age limit to 35 years when no cumulative exemptions are applied.
  • Exemption for Other Backward Classes(Non-Creamy layer): Applicants who can prove that they belong to the OBC category from the non-creamy layer are eligible for a 3-year exemption in upper age limit. This means they can apply till 33 years of age.
  • Exemption for Persons With Disabilities: Persons with disabilities can avail up to 10 years of age exemption. The following categories are allowed:
    • Partial or Full Blindness
    • Partial or Total Loss of Hearing
    • Locomotor Disabilities
    • Intellectual or Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Illness
    • Multiple Concurrent Disabilities
  • Exemption for Ex-Servicemen: Candidates who have served in the armed forces are eligible to claim an exemption of up to 5 years in upper age limit based on their length of service. Those who have already availed this exemption earlier to secure a job in the government are not eligible for age relaxation in IBPS PO.
  • Person Domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir Between 1980-1989: Candidates who were domiciled in J&K during the period from 01 Jan 1980 to 31 Dec 1989 are eligible for a 5-year exemption in upper age limit.
  • Exemption for 1984 Riot Victims: People who were affected by the 1984 riots are eligible to apply for a 5-year exemption in the upper age limit.

SC/ST and OBC candidates can apply for a maximum of two cumulative exemptions. For example, if an ST candidate also has a physical disability, then a maximum of 15 years will be relaxed for the upper age limit. No other exemptions will be allowed.

Candidates need to produce certificates affirming their exemption category during the time of interview to be eligible for the bank PO post.

PO Eligibility – Nationality Conditions

Citizenship: The candidates applying for the exam should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Citizenship of India
  • Subjects of Nepal or Bhutan
  • Tibetan Refugee who arrived prior to 1 January 1962
  • A person of Indian origin migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma(Myanmar), Vietnam or East African countries of the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire or Ethiopia to permanently settle in India

All candidates who are not Indian citizens have to produce a certificate of eligibility from the Government of India during the bank PO interview.

IBPS PO Educational Qualification

The institute specifies that candidates who wish to appear for the IBPS PO exam should at least have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. Candidates can also appear for the exam in their final year of graduation provide that the results are declared before the month of September.

Other qualifications acceptable as equivalents to a bachelor’s degree such as AMIE, departmental courses from the government etc. are also allowed. For this, the candidate should furnish proof that the qualification is considered equivalent to a degree(graduation) by the Government of India.

The Institute does not specify any IBPS PO eligibility percentage. The individual banks use the IBPS calculation of aggregate percentage for their purposes.

Reservation in IBPS PO

Persons with disability are provided reservation in the IBPS PO exam according to The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The number of reserved vacancies is declared after the respective banks communicate the number of vacant positions to the institute.

Candidates who fulfil all the above criteria should start preparing for the examination well in advance. As the IBPS application process is entirely online, it is useful to keep scanned copies of all relevant supporting documents handy. This would allow the candidate to finish the application process faster and secure the examination centre of their own choice.

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