What is IBPS PO?


IBPS PO exam is a great opportunity for you to get into the banking sector of India which is one of the best white-collar jobs in the country. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) uploads IBPS PO Notification every year on its official website – ibps.in. IBPS PO selection procedure includes Preliminary, Mains & interview. A candidate has to clear both preliminary and mains examination to be eligible for the interview process. Candidates who have cleared the IBPS PO exam can be posted anywhere in India in any branch of participating banks. Currently, there are 17 national banks which participated in IBPS PO exam.


Back in 2011, IBPS started the Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruiting officers and clerks in all Public Sector Banks. Earlier this exam was known as IBPS PO exam but now the name has been changed to IBPS CWE.


IBPS PO Exam is one of the most coveted exams which is conducted to help candidates fulfil their dream of being the part of respectable Bank Job as a PO. If you are going to appear in IBPS Po exam then, you must have a clear knowledge of all the important details regarding IBPS PO exam. In this article, we are going to provide you with all the necessary information.


IBPS PO Exam Highlights


Name of the ExamIBPS PO
Conducting BodyInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Name of PostIBPS Probationary Officers / Management Trainees
Participating OrganizationsPublic Sector Banks in India except for the State Bank of India (SBI) and its Associate Banks
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of ExamOnline
Number of StagesThree – Prelims, Mains, and Interview


IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria


IBPS PO Qualification


  • A candidate must possess a minimum qualification of Graduation from a recognized University/Institute in any discipline
  • A candidate must possess valid marksheet/degree certificates that state that he/she is a graduate on the day he/she registers for the exam. It should also indicate the percentage of Marks obtained in Graduation while registering online


IBPS PO Age Criteria


  • Minimum Age Requirement: 20 years
  • Maximum Age Requirement: 30 years


IBPS PO Age Relaxation


Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD/OBC/Ex-Servicemen categories are provided with age relaxation. The category wise age relaxation is mentioned below:


CategoryAge Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC)3 years
Person with Disability (PwD)10 years
Ex-Servicemen/Commissioned Officers including ECOS (Emergency Commissioned Officers)/ SSCOs (Short Service Commissioned Officers)5 years
Person who is ordinarily domiciled in Kashmir Division of State of Jammu and Kashmir during period from January 01, 1981 to December 31, 19905 years
People who got affected by 1984 riots5 years
Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (Applicable to State of Madhya Pradesh only)5 years


IBPS PO Exam Pattern & Selection Process


The major three sections on which a candidate needs complete command are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language. These three broad subjects are further sub divided into multiple subheadings.


 The IBPS PO Exam is to be conducted in 3 phases:


  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview Process


IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern


Sr. No.SubjectsNo. of questionsMarksTime
1Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
2English Language303020 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
4Total10010060 minutes


IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern


The Mains Examination of IBPS PO exam comprises of 4 + 1(Descriptive Paper) sections: Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude & General Awareness. Recently, IBPS has introduced a descriptive paper in its mains exam for selection of candidates to the post of Probationary officer.


Sr.No.Name of the TestNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2English Language354040 minutes
3Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
4General Economy & Banking Awareness404035 minutes
 Total155200180 minutes
5English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)22530 minutes


IBPS PO Syllabus


The IBPS PO syllabus is almost same for Preliminary phase and Mains Exam. A candidate are required to be well versed in Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Computer Awareness and General Awareness to scale high in this exam.


IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus


ReasoningQuantitative AbilityEnglish Language
Logical ReasoningSimplificationReading Comprehension
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit & LossCloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestMixtures & AlligationsPara jumbles
Data SufficiencySimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesMiscellaneous
Coded InequalitiesWork & TimeFill in the blanks
Seating ArrangementTime & DistanceMultiple Meaning/Error Spotting
PuzzleMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereParagraph Completion
TabulationData Interpretation 
SyllogismRatio & Proportion, Percentage 
Blood RelationsNumber Systems 
Input OutputSequence & Series 
Coding DecodingPermutation, Combination &Probability 


IBPS PO Mains Syllabus


Quantitative AptitudeReasoning & Computer AptitudeEnglish LanguageGeneral Awareness
SimplificationVerbal ReasoningInternetReading ComprehensionFinancial Awareness
AverageSyllogismMemoryGrammarCurrent Affairs
PercentageCircular Seating ArrangementKeyboard ShortcutsVocabularyGeneral Knowledge
Ratio and PercentageLinear Seating ArrangementComputer AbbreviationVerbal Ability 
Data InterpretationDouble LineupMicrosoft Office  
Mensuration and GeometrySchedulingComputer Hardware  
Quadratic EquationInput OutputComputer Software  
InterestBlood RelationsOperating System  
Problems of AgesDirections and DistancesNetworking  
Profit and LossOrdering and RankingComputer Fundamentals /Terminologies  
Number SeriesData Sufficiency   
Speed, Distance and TimeCoding and Decoding   
Time and WorkCode Inequalities   
Number System    
Data Sufficiency    
Linear Equation    
Permutation and Combination
And Probability
Mixture and Allegations    


The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained by a candidate in his mains exam and his interview process.


Participating Banks in IBPS PO Exam


  • Allahabad Bank
  • Canara Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Syndicate Bank Andhra Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • UCO Bank Bank of Baroda
  • Corporation Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Union Bank of India Bank of India
  • Indian Bank
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • United Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra.


IBPS PO Admit Card


candidate must have their Registration No and Password, that are sent to the candidates during registration. These are prerequisites for the admit card. Check steps to be followed for downloading the admit card followed by the link.
Steps to Download IBPS PO Mains Admit Card:
Step 1 – Click on the link provided below to download Admit card.
Step 2 – A new page will appear on the screen of your device.
Step 3 – Here you will have to enter your “Registration ID” and “Date of Birth/Password”.
Step 4 – Enter the Captcha.
Step 5 – Click the Login button.
Step 6 – The call letter will appear on the screen
Step 7 – Click the print/ download button to save the IBPS PO Mains Call Letter for your future reference


IBPS PO Application Fee


A candidate need to pay Rs. 850/- (General and OBC) as their application fee for IBPS PO exam. The same amount is narrowed down to Rs. 175/- for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category.


IBPS PO Exam Centers


Applicants have to specify their nearest exam centers for both IBPS PO Preliminary and Main Exam in the application form. The list of exam centers / cities are mentioned below:


Name of StatesIBPS PO Prelims Exam CenterIBPS PO Main Exam Center
Andaman & NicobarPort BlairPort Blair
Andhra PradeshChirala, Chittoor, Eluru, Guntur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, VizianagaramGuntur, Kurnool, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam
Arunachal PradeshNaharlagunNaharlagun
AssamDibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, TezpurGuwahati, Silchar
BiharArrah, Aurangabad, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, PurneaBhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzzafarpur, Patna,
ChhattisgarhBhilai Nagar, Bilaspur, RaipurRaipur
Dadra & Nagar HaveliSurat, JamnagarSurat
Daman & Diu
DelhiDelhi/New Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, GurugramDelhi/New Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram
GujaratAhmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Himatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, VadodaraAhmedabad, Vadodra
HaryanaAmbala, Faridabad, Gurugram, Hissar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Yamuna NagarAmbala, Hissar
Himachal PradeshBilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, UnaHamirpur, Shimla
Jammu & KashmirJammu, Samba, SrinagarJammu, Srinagar
JharkhandBokaro Steel City, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, RanchiDhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
KarnatakaBengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, UdupiBengaluru, Hubli, Mangalore
KeralaAlappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, ThrichurKochi, Thiruvananthapuram
Madhya PradeshBhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, UjjainBhopal, Indore
MaharashtraAmravati, Aurangabad, Chandrapur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Ratnagiri, SolapurAurangabad, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune
OdishaBalasore, Berhampur(Ganjam), Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, SambalpurBhubaneshwar
PunjabAmritsar, Bhatinda, Fategarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, SangrurJalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala
RajasthanAjmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, UdaipurJaipur, Udaipur
SikkimBardang/ GangtokBardang/ Gangtok
Tamil NaduChennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli, Vellore, VirudhunagarChennai, Madurai, Tirunelveli
TelanganaHyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, WarangalHyderabad
Uttar PradeshAgra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Banda, Bareilly, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida/ Greater Noida, Sitapur, VaranasiAllahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi
UttarakhandDehradun, Haldwani, RoorkeeDehradun
West BengalAsansol, Durgapur, Greater Kolkata, Hooghly, Kalyani, SiliguriAsansol, Greater Kolkata, Kalyani, Siliguri