How to Get Recruited as an IBPS PO?

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection or IBPS department conducts a Common Written Exam every year for jobs in Public Sector Banks and Financial Institutions. These are about 8822 posts. IBPS Recruits Probationary Officer (PO) & Management Trainee (MT) through clearing an exam and then interview. Many candidates apply for IBPS PO Exam every year as it is also a great chance for all graduate students.

IBPS PO Notification

Department of IBPS released about 6 notifications. You can read the notification by visiting the official site of IBPS i.e. The notification contains all details about the IBPS PO examination.

IBPS PO Important Dates 2017

The below-given table jots down all the important dates for IBPS PO Exam:

S.No. Event Date
1 Online Application Form will be released on July 2017
2 Last Date of Registration is August 2017
3 Release of the Admit Card for Preliminary Examination 1st week of October 2017
4 Date of the Preliminary Examination End of October 2017
5 Preliminary Exam Result is on November 2017
6 Release of Admit Card for Main Examination November 2017
7 Date of Main Exam is November 2017
8 Main Exam Result will be declared on December 2017
9 Release of Admit Card for the Interview will be on January 2018

IBPS PO Exam Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criterion is as follows:

  • The candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or equivalent.
  • Candidates must lie in the age group of 20 to 30 years only. However, the upper age limit relaxation will be provided to reserved categories students only.

IBPS 2017 Cutoff Marks:

The candidates need to score minimum marks in each stage and then only they will get shortlisted for the interview. This depends on the number of posts available and the cutoffs marks for the exam. The candidates have to score minimum marks in each paper for getting selected in the participating banks. The minimum cut off marks is as follow:

For General category: 24 marks

For Reserved category: 21 marks

IBPS PO 2017 Admit Card

IBPS will issue three admit cards for PO exam; the first one is for the preliminary exam, second for the main exam and third for the interview. It will not send the admit card by post, so the candidates need to download the admit card online. Admit cards will be available on the IBPS website.


The steps to download the IBPS admit card Exam are as follows:

  • Firstly you need to visit the official site of  i.e.
  • Now select the option “CWE PO”.
  • Then click on the option “Download call letter”.
  • In next window, you have to enter your Registration Number and D.O.B
  • Submit it and you will find your Admit card
  • Then take the print out of it.

IBPS Recruitment Exam Pattern

After submitting the online application form of IBPS PO exam all candidates are required to check the paper pattern of the Common written exam (CWE). This will help them to easily understand the level of exam and paper. There are three stages viz.

Stage 1:

IBPS PO Pre Paper is an Objective type paper which has 100 Questions. All the questions are of one mark only. The time duration of the paper is 01 hour and negative marking process is applicable with the effect of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.

Stage 2:

IBPS PO Main paper is divided into 5 Sections and they are Reasoning subject, English Language section, Quantitative Aptitude, GK, Computer Knowledge. All these sections have different marks. Check the below-given table:

(Objective) Test Name Marks + Time Duration
Reasoning Test 50 (40 Mins) 140 Mins
English Language Test 40 (30 Mins)
Quantitative Aptitude Test 50 (40 Mins)
General Awareness Test 40 (20 Mins)
Computer Knowledge Test 20 (10 Mins)
Total 200

Stage 3:

IBPS PO Recruitment Selection Process

Stage 3 consists of following two points:

> Interview: After passing the examination, the candidates who get shortlisted for CWE PO are called for the interview. There are 100 marks for the interview and the candidates need to score more than 40% marks to qualify the interview.

> Allotment: After getting selected in IBPS interview round the shortlisted candidates will be provisionally allotted to any one of the organizations and this is done on the basis of merit-cum-preference.

BPS PO Participating Banks

Participating Banks & Financial Institute of IBPS PO Exam are given below.

Allahabad Bank

Andhra Bank

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

Bank of Maharashtra

Canara Bank

Central Bank of India

Corporation Bank

Dena Bank

Punjab & Sind Bank Indian Bank

Indian Overseas Bank

Oriental Bank of Commerce

Punjab National Bank

Vijaya Bank

Syndicate Bank

UCO Bank

Union Bank of India

United Bank of India

Other financial institution