Introduction to IBPS PO

  • IBPS, an autonomous body, has received a mandate from the banks mentioned at (A) below, to conduct the recruitment process as mentioned above, once a year. IBPS PO Exam will be conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) to select eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officers for multiple public sector banks operating in India.
  • The examination will be two tier i.e. the online examination will be held in two phases, Online Preliminary and Online Main. Candidates who will qualify in Online Preliminary examination and shortlisted will have to appear for Online Main examination and shortlisted candidates in the Online Main examination will subsequently be called for a Common Interview to be conducted by the Participating Banks and co-ordinated by the Nodal Bank.

IBPS PO Examination Centres in Karnataka

Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Davangere, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi
Bengaluru, Hubli, Mangalore

Eligibility Criteria for IBPS PO

Nationality / Citizenship: A candidate must be either –
  • (i) a Citizen of India or
  • (ii) a subject of Nepal or
  • (iii) a subject of Bhutan or
  • (iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
CategoryAge-relaxation permissible beyond the upper age limit
5 years
3 years
PwD (Unreserved)
10 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
5 years
III. Education Qualification:
  • A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
  • The candidate must possess valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.
    Note: (1) All the educational qualifications mentioned should be from a University/ Institution/ Board recognised by Govt. Of India/ approved by Govt. 
    Proper document from Board / University for having declared the result has to be submitted at the time of interview.

IBPS PO Selection & Exam Pattern

There are three stages in the recruitment of IBPS PO:

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Interview

Preliminary Examination

Name of Tests
Medium of Exam
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
English Language
20 mins
Quantitative Aptitude
English and Hindi
20 mins
Reasoning Ability
English and Hindi
20 mins
60 mins
  • Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS PO. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS PO depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

Main Examination

Name of Tests
Medium of Exam
No. of Questions
Maximum marks
Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
English Language
40 mins
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
English and Hindi
60 mins
General / Economy / Banking /Awareness
English and Hindi
35 mins
Data Analysis and Interpretation
English and Hindi
45 mins
3 Hours
English Language (Letter Writting & Eassy)
30 minutes
  • IBPS PO reserves the right to modify the structure of the examination which will be intimated through its website. Other detailed information regarding the examination will be given in an Information Handout, which will be made available for the candidates to download along with the call letters from the authorized IBPS PO website
  • Call letter for Preliminary Exam will not be collected at the examination venue. However, it will be duly authenticated/stamped by the exam centre staff. Candidate will need to retain the call letter (along with authenticated/ stamped copy of the ID proof) safely. Those candidates who are called for Main Exam will be required to bring this call letter along-with Main Exam call letter and other requisite documents as per information provided in the “information handout” and call letter.
  • However, scribe form (wherever applicable) will be collected during the Preliminary Exam.
  • Candidates need to bring one additional photograph (same as pasted by the candidate on call letter) along-with the call letter and other requisite documents as per information provided in the “information handout” and call letter. (Detailed instructions in the regard are provided in Sr. No. 12 on Page 12).
  • Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Online Preliminary and Online Main examination) There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
III. Examination Centres
  • The examination will be conducted online in venues across many centres in India. The tentative list of Examination centres for the Online Preliminary examination and those for Online Main examination is available in Annexure II.
  • No request for change of centre for Examination shall be entertained.
  • IBPS PO, 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 PO also reserves the right to allot the candidate to any centre other than the one he/she has opted for.
  • 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.
  • (vi) Any unruly behaviour/misbehaviour in the examination hall may result in cancellation of candidature/ disqualification from this exam and also from the future exams conducted by IBPS IV.
  • Scores
  • The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) will be normalized using equi-percentile method.
  • Scores up to two decimal points shall be taken for the purpose of calculations
  • Cut-off Score (Online Main Examination)
  • Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test of Online Main examination and also a minimum total score to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the online Main examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.

Call Letter for Preliminary Exam

  • The Centre, venue address, date and time for both Online Preliminary and Online Main examinations and interview shall be intimated in the respective Call Letter.
  • An eligible candidate should download his/her call letter from the authorised IBPS website by entering his/ her details i.e. Registration Number and Password/Date of Birth. No hard copy of the call letter/ Information Handout etc. Will be sent by post/ courier.
  • Intimations will be sent by email and/ sms to the email ID and mobile number registered in the online application form for CRP-PO/MT-X, IBPS/ Participating Banks will not take responsibility for late receipt/non-receipt of any communication e-mailed/ sent via sms to the candidate due to change in the mobile number, email address, technical fault or otherwise beyond the control of IBPS/ Participating Banks. Candidates are hence advised to regularly keep in touch with the authorised IBPS website for details, updates and any information which may be posted for further guidance as well as to check their registered e-mail account from time to time during the recruitment process.
  • Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Online Main examination for CRP- PO/MT-XI will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Banks and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS. Interviews will be conducted at select centres. The centre, address of the venue, time & date of Interview will be informed to the shortlisted candidates in the call letter. Candidates are required to download their interview call letters from authorised IBPS website Please note that any request regarding change in date, centre etc. of interview will not be entertained. However the conducting agencies reserve 9 the right to change the date/ venue/ time/ centre etc. of interview or hold supplementary process for particular date / session / venue / centre / set of candidates at its discretion, under unforeseen circumstances, if any.
  • While appearing for the Interview, the candidate should produce valid prescribed documents given below. In the absence of documents candidature of the candidates shall be cancelled. IBPS PO/ Nodal Bank/ Participating Bank take no responsibility to receive/ collect any certificate/remittance/ document sent separately.
  • Note: Visit official website for the list of Documents to be produced at the time of interview.


English Language Syllabus
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Para jumbles
  • Miscellaneous
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting
  • Paragraph Completion
  • One word substitution
Quantitative Ability Syllabus
  • Simplification
  • Profit & Loss
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
  • Work & Time
  • Time & Distance
  • Mensuration- Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
  • Data Interpretation
  • Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
  • Number Systems
  • Sequence & Series
  • Permutation, Combination &Probability
Reasoning Syllabus
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzle
  • Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations
  • Input-Output
  • Coding-Decoding

Admit Card

  • The IBPS releases the IBPS PO Admit Card 10 days before the IBPS PO examination. However, the admit card will be released region-wise on the official websites, IBPS PO Admit Card for Mains will be issued to candidates who have successfully cleared the first phase of the IBPS PO Examination.

IBPS PO Declaration of Results:

  • IBPS PO prelims is a screening test. Candidates who pass the prelims are entitled to take main examination. Candidate’s performance in the mains exam will be taken into account for final selection. Candidates who are chosen in the final round will be issued appointment letters to join the bank..


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