IBPS PO Bank Exam

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the IBPS PO Bank Exam which is your gateway to the much sought after bank jobs. IBPS provides its services to all Public-Sector Banks, SBI, Associate Banks of SBI, RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, LIC & Insurance companies and other Banks which are regular members of the IBPS society.

In 2011, IBPS started the Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruiting officers and clerks in Indian Bank and accepts online application through its official website. The IBPS CWE,earlier known as the IBPS Bank PO exam has been conducted every year since then and is now happening in 2019 in its 9th edition. The IBPS CWE 2019 is for selection of candidates to the 27 public sector banks and Regional Rural Banks (RRBs),IBPS Clerk. It is conducted at various locations throughout India and in online mode only.

Eligible and interested Candidates are required to register online for the recruitment process on the official IBPS website, SBI Clerk Recruitment, ibps.in. The 3-tiered selection process consists of Preliminary and Main Exams which will be conducted online, followed by Interview. Candidates must pass each exam to get shortlisted and progress to the next stage. Final selection will be based on Mains and Interview merit.

Public Sector Banking has become an illustrious career option in current times as it comes with the promise of attractive salary, perks, job security, fast growth and good work-life balance. Government of India had set up Personnel Selection Services (PPS) in 1975 for recruitment of probationary officers and clerks to all public-sector banks. PSS was later changed to Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) in 1984 as per the mandate of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Candidates applying online must have the following pre-requisites

  • A valid Email Id
  • Photograph and Signature scanned in the prescribed size.
  • Application Fee must be paid online so all document required for online transaction

IBPS PO Application Fee

The category wise fee structure for IBPS PO online application is given below. Fee/Intimation charges once paid will NOT be refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any other examination or selection. The application fee must be paid online itself. To know more check the complete guide for IBPS PO Application

Also updated in SBI PO Recruitment, Exam Pattern,Eligibility in our website itself

S. No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD Rs.100/- (Intimation Charges only)
2. General and Others Rs. 600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

IBPS PO Recruitment

Probationary Officers (PO) and Management Trainees (MT) are recruited every year through a Common Written Examination (CWE), commonly known as the IBPS PO exam. The CWE was started in 2011 and is being conducted for the eighth time this year and hence is officially called IBPS PO /MT CWE IX 2019.The IBPS PO selection process consists of 3 phases (preliminary, mains and interview) and the candidate must qualify each of them to proceed to the next phase. Mentioned below are the important steps of the IBPS PO Recruitment Process:

Online Preliminary Examination:

An adequate number of candidates in each category are shortlisted by IBPS depending upon requirements for Online Main Examination

Online Mains Examination:

Candidates must qualify the sectional as well as overall cutoff in the main exam to be eligible for interview

Interview:

Interview will be conducted by the Participating Organizations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS

Final Result:

The Final result is declared on the basis of candidates combined performance in IBPS PO Mains and Interview Rounds

Provisional Allotment:

The provisional allotment of the qualified candidate is released on the official website. The IBPS Banks are allotted based on candidates’ preferences which are made at the time of online application.

IBPS plays its part in the selection process only till the provisional allotment to different banks. After that, the responsibility to intimate the qualified candidates about their joining dates and procedure lies with the respective banks

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS introduced separate sectional timing for each sections in preliminary exam. The IBPS PO exam (CWE 9) for hiring candidates will be based on an online written exam in two parts: Tier 1 or IBPS Preliminary Exam and Tier 2 or IBPS Mains Exam. This examination is followed by a face-to-face interview process

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO preliminary examination has a total duration of 1 hour and 20 mintues for each sections, which will be conducted in online mode. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in IBPS PO pre exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer. Candidates must clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam. The section-wise details are given below:

S.No Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks
1. English Language 30 30
2. Numerical Ability 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100
Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

The IBPO PO Main exam is also conducted online, it has 5(4+1) sections with a total score of 200+25 marks and total duration of 180+30 minutes. Just like IBPS PO 2017, IBPS will be conducting a descriptive paper in its mains exam for selection of candidates to the post of Probationary officer. The sections must be attempted in the same order and the allotted time as mandated at the time of the exam. A candidate has to clear both preliminary and mains examination to be eligible for the interview process.

S.No Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60
2. English Language 35 40
3. Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60
4. General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40
Tatol 155 200
5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25

IBPS PO Interview

The candidates who have qualified the mains exam are called for a face to face interview which carries a maximum of 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview is 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).
The interview round is generally 15-20 minutes long, where a panel of bank officials ask questions to the candidates about themselves, banking sector, current affairs, general awareness, etc. The candidates must be well dressed, confident and carry all required documents to the interview.
The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained in mains examination and interview. The final scoreis calculated by IBPS with weightage of marks given to the main examination and interview in the ratio of 80:20 respectively.

Penalty for Wrong Answers:

There is a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests of both Preliminary and Mains exams. A wrong answer to an objective question by the candidate will lead to a penalty of one fourth of the marks assigned to that question. For example, 0.25 marks will be deducted as penalty for wrong answer to a question that carries 1 mark. There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate.
Final Score Calculation for IBPS PO Exam:
  • The final score for the IBPS PO exam is calculated keeping the following points in mind:Marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam (Tier-1) will not be considered in the final score and are only for qualifying to Mains Exam (Tier-2).
  • Candidates must qualify Phase-2 and Interview separately to be eligible for final merit.
  • The weightage (ratio) of CWE Main exam and interview for final merit list will be 80:20 respectively.
  • The aggregate score out of 100 is used for the final merit list for each category.Candidates with top merit rank in each category are finally selected

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria - Educational Qualification

Graduation Degree:

The eligibility criteria for the IBPS CWE exam is as basic as a graduation degree (BA, BCom, BSc, B.Tech or as such) in any discipline from a University recognized by the Government of India. Any such candidate who has received equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Central Government is also eligible to apply for this exam.

The candidates must be in possession of a valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that certifies that they are a graduate on the day they registers for this exam, and must indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering for the IBPS Bank-PO examination.

Computer Literacy:

Working knowledge of computer systems is necessary for the job as well as to give the IBPS PO exam which is conducted in online mode

Language Proficiency:

Verbal and written proficiency in official language of the State/UT is desirable. The candidate must be able to read, write and speak the language.

Nationality / Citizenship of Applicants:

A candidate applying for IBPS CWE/Bank PO Examination must be one of the following:

  • Citizen of India
  • Subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  • Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement

  • Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Zaire,Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India

Candidates belonging to the category 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt of India in their favour.

Age Eligibility of candidates applying for IBPS Bank PO Examination:

Any candidate who is applying for the IBPS CWE examination should not be less than 20 years oldand not more than 30 years old at the time of registration. In addition to this, there isage relaxation applicable to category wise candidates as per the government rules:

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S.No Category Age Relaxation
1. Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
2. Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
3. Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10 Years
4 Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel) 5 Years
5. Widows/Divorced Women 9 years
6. Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989 5 Years
7. Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 Years
8. Regular Employees of Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal
9. retrenched from service(for MP state Only) 5 years

IBPS PO Cut off 2019

IBPS PO Pre Exam Cut off 2018-19

The cutoff for IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2018-19 is shown below for reference:

IBPS PO 2018-19 Prelims Cut-Off Score For General Category:

S.No Subjects English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability
1. Maximum Score 35 30 35
2 Cutoff Score 08.75 07.75 9.00

IBPS PO Prelims 2018-19 Category-wise Cut-Off

S.No Category Cut Off Marks
1. General (Gen) 56.75
2. Other Backward Classes (OBC) 55.50
3. Scheduled Caste (SC) 49.25
4. Scheduled Tribe (ST) 41.75
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