IBPS PO Exam 2019-20

The IBPS PO Exam is conducted every year by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.

IBPS PO Mains Score Card for the 2019-20 recruitment released on March 18, 2020. Candidates who have been shortlisted for the Interview can check the IBPS PO Result and scorecard at the linked article.

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) provides recruitment and training services to a common standard for public sector banks (PSB).

There are a number of bank exams that the institute conducts, out of which IBPS PO is the most popular exam.

Bank Exam 2020

This IBPS PO exam enables the recruitment of probationary officers for all the member PSBs as well as a few public sector insurance companies.

The institute has renamed the Bank PO exam as the Common Written Examination (CWE PO/MT) in 2011.

The latest exam conducted in 2019 was the CWE PO/MT IX as it is the ninth edition of this test. In this article, we will discuss the key features of the IBPS PO exam.

For more details on Upcoming bank exams, refer to the linked article.

For detailed information on various Government exams, refer to the linked article.

IBPS PO Notification

The IBPS PO Notification 2019 was published by the Institute in August 2019 and the recruitment procedure is still ongoing. Candidates looking forward to the IBPS PO 2020 recruitment and expect it to begin by August 2020.

The IBPS PO notification for officer selection gives an idea about any recent update with respect to the Probationary Officer exam.

IBPS PO Notification 2019-20Download PDF Here

IBPS PO Apply Online

The application process for IBPS PO is completely online. Candidates can register for the exam from the official website.

The following fees have to be paid by the aspirants for completing their IBPS PO exam online application:

IBPS PO online application Category IBPS PO Online Application Fees
Unreserved Rs. 600
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 100

The IBPS PO admit card is issued to candidates who fulfill all the PO eligibility criteria and have paid the registration fees online.

For more details on the IBPS PO online application, refer to the linked article.

IBPS PO Exam Date

The IBPS PO exam dates were clearly mentioned in the IBPS PO notification released by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.

The official IBPS calendar 2020 has been released by The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. Given below are the tentative dates for the IBPS PO exam based on the IBPS calendar 2020:

IBPS PO Exam 2020
Events Important Dates 
IBPS PO Apply Online August/September 2020
IBPS PO Prelims Exam October 3, 2020

October 4, 2020

October 10, 2020

IBPS PO Mains Exam November 28, 2020
Interview January/February 2020

The IBPS exam calendar for probationary officer exam 2019-20 is given below:

IBPS PO Exam 2019-20
Events  Important Dates
Online Application August 7 to August 28, 2019
Preliminary Exam Admit Card September 30, 2019
Preliminary Exam October 12, 13 & 19, 2019
Preliminary Exam Result November 1, 2019
Mains Exam Admit Card November 11, 2019
Mains Exam November 30, 2019
Mains Exam Result January 2, 2020
Interview January/ February 2020

IBPS shall soon release the official calendar for 2020-21 recruitment to various posts. Candidates must check this page for any further update regarding the 2020 exam dates.

IBPS has released the IBPS calendar 2020 with the important dates for the 2020 recruitment process. IBPS exam dates are available in the official calendar at the linked article.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO exam pattern consists of three stages, which are:

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam:

Also known as the CWE PO/MT Prelims, it consists of an online objective test consisting of three sections.

Each section mentioned in the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern is allotted 20 minutes and the total duration is 1 hour.

The IBPS PO Exam Pattern is given below:

Section Number of Questions Marks Allotted Time Allotted
English Language 30 30 20 min
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 min
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 min

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Prelims- Salient Points

  • The total marks for this paper are 100.
  • There is negative marking for each wrong answer.
  • The penalty for each incorrect answer is 1/4th of the marks allotted to that question.
  • Based on the result of the prelims, candidates clearing the declared cutoff are invited to appear in the next stage, the Main exam.

IBPS PO Main Exam Pattern:

The IBPS PO Mains exam pattern consists of one objective type and one descriptive paper.

The examination is conducted online for a total duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

The IBPS PO Exam Pattern for mains is as follows:

Paper Section Number of Questions Marks Allotted Time Allotted
Objective Test Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 min
English Language 35 40 40 min
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 min
General Awareness, Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 min
Descriptive Test English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 min

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains- Salient Points

  • To be able to move on to the next stage of the exam, candidates have to score above the bank PO cutoff declared by the institute as well as the sectional cutoffs.
  • The marks are not intimated to successful candidates prior to the interview.

For complete details on IBPS PO Exam Pattern, refer to the linked article.

IBPS Interview

The IBPS interview is conducted by the respective banks based on the results of the main examination. Usually, the IBPS PO interview lasts for 15-20 minutes and the panel consists of bank officials.

Questions can be asked from Current affairs, banking awareness and about the candidates themselves.

The IBPS PO interview is allotted a total of 100 marks.

Supporting documents such as educational certificates, identity documents and certificates of achievement are also checked during the Bank PO interview.

Bank PO Syllabus

The IBPS sets the bank PO syllabus.

The IBPS PO syllabus is the same as all other bank PO syllabuses.

The IBPS PO syllabus can be divided into two parts based on the exam pattern:

  1. IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus
  2. IBPS PO Mains Syllabus

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus

The following table gives the breakup of the IBPS PO Prelims syllabus for 2019

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

IBPS PO Mains Syllabus

The IBPS PO Mains syllabus is quite similar to the Prelims syllabus except for few topics.

The main topics covered in the bank PO mains are as follows:

Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English Language
Simplification Financial Awareness Verbal Reasoning Reading Comprehension
Average Current Affairs Syllogism Vocabulary
Percentage General Knowledge Circular Seating Arrangement Grammar
Ratio and Percentage Linear Seating Arrangement Verbal Ability
Data Interpretation Double Lineup
Mensuration and Geometry Scheduling
Quadratic Equation Input-Output
Interest Blood Relations
Problems of Ages Directions and Distances
Profit and Loss Ordering and Ranking
Number Series Data Sufficiency
Speed, Distance and Time Coding and Decoding
Time and Work Code Inequalities
Number System Internet
Data Sufficiency Memory
Linear Equation Keyboard Shortcuts
Permutation and Combination Computer Abbreviation
And Probability Microsoft Office
Mixture and Allegations Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Operating System
Networking
Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies

For detailed section-wise bank exam syllabus, candidates can visit the linked article.

IBPS PO Admit Card

The IBPS PO Admit card for preliminary examination 2019 was released on September 30, 2019, and for the mains examination was released on November 11, 2019.

Once the IBPS PO mains result declared, the selected candidates shall be able to download the admit card for the interview, scheduled to be conducted in January/February 2020.

IBPS PO Admit Card for Prelims Exam is issued to candidates who have completed their IBPS PO Application Process successfully.

IBPS PO Mains Admit Card is issued to candidates who have passed the first stage of IBPS PO Exam.ie. Preliminary exam.

Similarly, the Call Letter for the IBPS Interview Process will be issued to those candidates who will successfully clear the IBPS PO Mains Exam.

For details on the IBPS PO Admit Card, refer to the linked article.

IBPS PO Result

The IBPS PO Mains result 2019-20 released on January 2, 2020. Candidates can check their result status at the official site of IBPS. Candidates can check their result status till January 8, 2020.

Candidates can check the IBPS PO result at the linked article.

IBPS PO is one of the most competitive examinations in India.

The IBPS PO result is declared after preparing a merit list of all the qualified candidates and is issued as a list of candidates given provisional allotment.

The IBPS PO results for the exam are usually published during the months of March and April.

The IBPS PO results are declared in the form of a scorecard as well as a list of candidates provisionally allocated an organization.

The Institute conducts IBPS PO mock tests to enable aspirants to get an idea of the examination.

However, it is advisable for candidates to do proper IBPS preparation using many important study material than that available on the official website.

This would ensure that the chances of success are high and the candidates come out of the IBPS PO exam process as a banker.

IBPS Cut-off Score

The relevant details related to the IBPS PO cut-off score for the Exam is as follows:

  • Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum cut-off score in each test of IBPS Main examination online and also a minimum total score to be considered to be shortlisted for an interview.
  • Depending on the number of vacancies available, IBPS PO cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for IBPS interview.
  • Prior to the completion of the IBPS interview process, scores obtained in the online Main examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.

Given below is the IBPS PO cut off marks for preliminary exam 2019-20:

IBPS PO Prelims Cut Off 2019-20
General 59.75
SC 53.50
ST 46.25
OBC 59.75
EWS 59.75
HI 21.25
OC 44.50
VI 52.25
ID 20.75

IBPS PO Exam Centre

  • The important details related to the IBPS PO Exam Centres are as follows:
  • The examination will be conducted online in venues across many centres in India.
  • The tentative list of Examination centres for the IBPS Online Preliminary examination and those for IBPS Main examination is given in the official notification.
  • No request for change of centre for Examination shall be entertained.
  • IBPS, however, reserves the right to cancel any of the Examination Centres and/ or add some other Centres, at its discretion, depending upon the response, administrative feasibility, etc.
  • IBPS also reserves the right to allot the candidate to any centre other than the one he/she has opted for.
  • The candidate will appear for the examination at an Examination Centre at his/her own risk and expenses and IBPS will not be responsible for any injury or losses etc. of any nature.
  • Any unruly behaviour/misbehaviour in the examination hall may result in cancellation of candidature/ disqualification from this exam and also from future exams conducted by IBPS.

Frequently Asked Questions on IBPS PO Exam

Q 1. What is IBPS PO salary?

Ans. The basic pay of a Probationary Officer in IBPS is Rs.23,700. Candidates can know the detailed IBPS PO salary at the linked article.

Q 2. What is the full form of IBPS?

Ans. The full form of IBPS is Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection.

Q 3. Which books are recommended for the IBPS PO exam preparation?

Ans. Given below is a list of books that candidates can consider to prepare for the IBPS PO exam:

    • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive exams by R.S. Agarwal
    • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
    • Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications
    • Pratiyogita Darpan(monthly edition) for General Awareness
    • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma

Q 4. Is there a probation period for IBPS PO?

Ans. There is a probation period of 2 years for the IBPS PO.

4 Comments

  1. Details about Bank po course

    1. Hi Tejaswini,
      For details on all the Bank PO exams check the page link provided.

  2. i completed my btech in six years with in the collage that means with some health problems i was detained but after completion can i write bank or any other bank jobs am i eligible to write bank jobs

    1. Hi Badra,
      The minimum education qualification required for any bank exam is a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, so you can appear for bank exams just that you have to fulfill the age limit and other criteria to write the exams.

      Check the eligibility conditions in the following links:
      Bank PO
      Bank Clerk

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