IBPS PO Exam 2021 - Notification Out

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

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

Latest Update:

  • IBPS has released the official notification for the Probationary Officer exam on October 19, 2021. 4000+ vacancies have been released to appoint officers across various PSBs in India. Candidates can check the eligibility, exam dates, syllabus, pattern, vacancies, etc. at the IBPS PO Notification page. 
  • The registration window shall remain open between October 20, and November 10, 2021. All the interested candidates can visit the IBPS PO Apply Online page and get the direct link to fill in the application form. 

Bank Exam 2021

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

In this article, we will discuss the key features of the IBPS PO exam.

Table of Contents:

  1. IBPS PO Notification
  2. IBPS PO Apply Online
  3. IBPS PO Exam Date
  4. IBPS PO Exam Pattern
  5. IBPS PO Syllabus
  6. IBPS PO Admit Card
  7. IBPS PO Result

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 aspirants must also read about the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) at the linked article. The Organisation has been approved by the Union Cabinet to conduct a Common Eligibility Test for Non-Technical and Non-Gazetted posts under SSC, RRB and IBPS.

IBPS PO Notification

The IBPS PO notification 2021 was released on October 19, 2021, and last year it was released on August 4, 2020. Recruitment details regarding the Probationary Officer exam are released in the official notification.

Candidates can download the IBPS PO notification PDF 2021 below:

IBPS PO Notification 2021: Download PDF Here

Preparing for the IBPS PO 2021 Exam??

Test Your Preparation Now with the Free Online IBPS PO Mock Test Series.

Also, refer to the links given below and ace the upcoming IBPS PO 2021 exam:

IBPS PO Apply Online

The application process for IBPS PO is entirely 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. 850/-
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 175/-

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

IBPS PO Exam Date

The Officer cadre exam dates are mentioned in the IBPS PO notification released by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.

Given below are the tentative exam dates as per the official calendar released by the conducting body:

IBPS PO 2021 Exam
Events Important Dates 
IBPS PO Apply Online October 20 to November 10, 2021
IBPS PO Prelims Exam December 4, 2021

December 11, 2021

IBPS PO Mains Exam January 2022
Interview February/March 2022
Aspirants can also check the IBPS PO exam dates and exam schedule at the linked article.

The official calendar with the important dates for the 2021 recruitment process has already been released. To check the exam schedule, aspirants can visit the IBPS exam dates page.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

No change has been made in the IBPS PO exam pattern for the 2021 recruitment. The exam pattern comprises 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 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 PO Mains Exam Pattern 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 before the interview.

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

IBPS Interview

The respective banks conduct the IBPS interview based on the results of the Mains examination. Usually, the interview lasts for a minimum of 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.

IBPS PO Syllabus

It is the conducting body which is responsible for setting the Bank PO syllabus.

The IBPS PO syllabus is almost similar to the outline course for other major bank exams.

It 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 2021

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

IBPS PO Admit Card for Prelims Exam is issued to candidates who have completed their application process successfully and the Mains Admit Card to candidates who have passed the first stage of the IBPS PO Exam. i.e. Preliminary exam.

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

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

IBPS PO Result

The final IBPS PO result for 2020-21 recruitment was released on April 1, 2021, on the official IBPS website.

It is one of the most competitive examinations in the country, and the result is declared after preparing a merit list of all the qualified candidates and is issued as a list of candidates given provisional allotment.

First, a scorecard is released, followed by the Provisional allotment details of shortlisted candidates.

Candidates who are willing to fill in the IBPS PO 2021 application form can also refer to the following links and understand the standard of exam and the exact exam pattern:

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

However, candidates should do proper preparation using other relevant 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 Cutoff Score

The relevant details related to the IBPS PO cutoff score for the Exam is as follows:

  • Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum cutoff score in each test of IBPS Mains 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 cutoffs will be decided, and candidates will be shortlisted for interview.
  • Before the completion of the IBPS interview process, scores obtained in the online Mains examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.

Candidates can know the section-wise and category-wise previous year IBPS PO cut off marks at the linked article.

IBPS PO Exam Centre

The essential 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 and Mains 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 or add some other Centres, at its discretion, depending upon the response, administrative feasibility, etc.
  • The right to allot the exam centre lies entirely with the conducting body.
  • 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 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.

Q 5. When can I apply for IBPS PO 2021?

Ans. The IBPS PO application process 2021 was conducted between October 20, and November 10, 2021.

Q 6. Will the IBPS PO exam be conducted in 2021?

Ans. Yes, IBPS PO 2021 exam will be conducted. The tentative dates have been released in the official notification. While prelims will be held in December 2021, the mains are scheduled for January 2022.

Q 7. I am in the final year of my Graduation. Can I apply for IBPS PO 2021?

Ans. No, final year students cannot apply for IBPS PO 2021. The minimum educational qualification is Graduation which the candidate should have completed before registering online for the examination.

25 Comments

  1. 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

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

  3. My dob is 10-10-1990
    And catagory is obc. M i eligible for ibps po?

    1. Hi Kirti,
      The min age requirement for IBPS PO is 20 years and maximum age limit is 30 years. Also, candidates belonging to OBC category have age relaxation of 3 years to appear for the exam. for further details check IBPS PO Eligibility page.

  4. What are the requirements

    1. Hi Ashraf,
      Any citizen of Indian nationals aged between 20 to 20 years (age relaxation for reserved categories) having degree equivalent to graduation is eligible to appear for IBPS PO exam. Check detailed IBPS PO Eligibility in the given link.

  5. My date of birth 19-october-1986 and I have obc reservation. Can I eligible for ibps rrb 2020 recruitment and ssc cgl recruitment 2020.

    1. Hi Shiva,
      You are eligible for IBPS RRB officer scale I, II and III and for the SSC CGL Posts you can apply for Junior Statistical Investigator but check the educational qualification in detail before applying. SSC CGL Eligibility
      IBPS RRB eligibility

  6. I m persuing my btech 4 year this Can i apply for this post

    1. Hi,
      No, you cannot apply for IBPS PO exam because you need to present the final degree during the interview process failing which will lead to cancellation of candidature. Check IBPS PO Eligibility in detail.

  7. I am in BA Third year ,can I apply for this? I will complete my graduation (BA 3 year) in 2021 so can I apply for IBPS PO 2020 exam .

    1. Hi,
      Final year students are not eligible to apply for IBPS PO examination.

  8. I have completed my 12 it is possible to do this

    1. Hi,
      No, you are not eligible to apply for IBPS PO exam as the minimum education qualification required to apply for the exam is a Graduation degree. Check IBPS PO Eligibility for details.

  9. I am currently in my final year of my BTech degree means i will graduate in may 2021. Am i eligible for IBPS PO or SSC CGL.

    1. Hi,
      Final year students are not eligible to apply for Bank or SSC exams as they will be required to present the final degree during the final selection process.

  10. When the IBPS clerk notification is out??

    1. Hi,
      The IBPS PO Notification is expected to release by October 2020. Keep a track of IBPS PO Notification for latest updates.

  11. I am a final year student doing BCOM. I was supposed to be graduated in 2020 but because of Covid-19 my result is not out. Can i apply for ibps po?

    1. Hi,
      No, you cannot apply for IBPS PO exam because you need to present the final degree during the interview process failing which will lead to cancellation of candidature. Check IBPS PO Eligibility in detail.

  12. I’m am bsc final yr student .I will complete my degree in October 2020 .so can I apply for ibps po 2020

    1. Hi,
      Yes you can apply for IBPS PO exam.

  13. Sir,
    Please clear my doubt that in Sbi po and ibps po exam , only graduation require for appear in exam , no need of minimum percentage in graduation required because i have only 50 % in graduation .

    1. Hi,
      No minimum percentage requirement.

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