IBPS PO Exam details

IBPS PO Test series(Prelims)

IBPS PO Test Series(Mains)

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IBPS PO Exam Details

IBPS PO Notification

The notification for IBPS PO 2022 is expected in August/September 2022. As per the IBPS Calendar 2022-23, the prelims exam for IBPS PO 2022-23 will be conducted on 15th, 16th and 22nd October 2022 and mains will be conducted on 26th November 2022.

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 CategoryIBPS PO Online Application Fees
UnreservedRs. 850/-
SC/ST/PWDRs. 175/-

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:

SectionNumber of QuestionsMarks AllottedTime Allotted
English Language303020 min
Numerical Ability353520 min
Reasoning Ability353520 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:

PaperSectionNumber of QuestionsMarks AllottedTime Allotted
Objective TestReasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 min
English Language354040 min
Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 min
General Awareness, Economy & Banking Awareness404035 min
Descriptive TestEnglish Language (Letter Writing & Essay)22530 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.

IBPS PO Syllabus for Prelims

The preliminary exam consists of one paper of 100 marks divided into three sections.

The IBPS PO Prelims syllabus covers the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning Ability

The new pattern of exam introduced in 2019 has added a few topics to each subject, which were not included in the IBPS PO syllabus earlier.

The IBPS does not specify a list of topics in their notification; hence the syllabus is drawn up by analysing past years’ papers.

The following is the subject wise breakdown of the IBPS PO Prelims syllabus:

IBPS PO Syllabus for Prelims exam is given below:

English LanguageQuantitative AptitudeReasoning Ability
Reading Comprehension Idioms & Phrases Paragraph Jumbles Tenses Rules(Fill in the blanks) Cloze Test Error Detection Multiple Meanings(Contextual Usage)Paragraph and passage completionSimplification and Approximation Quadratic Equations Profit and Loss Mixtures and Alligations Simple and Compound Interest Surds and Indices Work and Time Speed, Time and Distance Mensuration: Cylinder, Cone, Sphere and Cuboid Data Interpretation Ratio And Proportion Percentages Number Series Boat Stream Series and Sequences Permutation and Combination Measures of Central Tendency and Variation ProbabilityLogical Reasoning Alphanumeric Series Directions Reasoning Puzzles Order and Ranking Alphabet Combination Data Sufficiency Tests Coded Inequalities Seating Arrangements Picture Series Puzzles Tabulation Syllogism Relationships Input/Output Coding and Decoding Assertion and Reason Statement, Argument and Assumption Word Formation

IBPS PO Syllabus for Mains

The IBPS PO Mains syllabus has topics similar to the Prelims phase, but the standard of questions is a bit complex.

Two new subjects are added in the syllabus for phase II exam. These are Computer Knowledge and Banking Awareness. Also, a descriptive paper is included in this stage of the examination.

To get the detailed Probationary Officer Mains exam syllabus, refer to the table below:

Reasoning & Computer AptitudeGeneral/Economy/Banking AwarenessEnglish LanguageData Analysis & Interpretation
Reasoning:Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Syllogism Seating Arrangements (Circular and Linear)Double and Triple Lineups Scheduling Input/Output Blood Relations Ordering and Ranking Coding and Decoding Sufficiency of Arguments and Data Directions and Displacement Code Inequalities Alphanumeric Series
Computer Aptitude:Internet Memory Keyboard Shortcuts Computer Related Terms Abbreviations Computer Fundamentals Microsoft Office and Related Word Processing and Spreadsheet Applications Computer Hardware and Software Operating Systems and GUI Basics Computer Network Microsoft Office Microsoft Windows
Banking Awareness Financial Knowledge Basic Economics Current Affairs Current Events of National and International Importance with focus on financial news Static GK General Knowledge on various topics of importance to financial institutionsReading Comprehension Vocabulary Grammar Usage of English in Business Letter Writing Essay Writing Verbal AbilitySimplificationStatistics (Averages, Mean, Median etc.)Representational Statistics (Graphs and Charts)Ratio and ProportionPercentagesData InterpretationData SufficiencyMensurationGeometryLinear EquationsQuadratic EquationsSimple and Compound InterestSpeed, Distance and TimeProfit, Loss and DiscountsTime and Work EquationsPermutations and CombinationsAge Calculation EquationsSystems of Equation in Two VariablesNumber SystemsMixtures and Alligations

The IBPS PO syllabus for both the Prelims and Mains exam is almost similar except for a few differences in subjects and topics

IBPS PO Age Limit

The IBPS PO age limit for general category is as follows:

IBPS PO Age LimitAge
IBPS PO Age Limit- Maximum30 years
IBPS PO Age Limit- Minimum20 years

There are certain exemptions related to the IBPS PO Age Limit allowed for some categories :

IBPS PO Age Limit RelaxationUpper age limit Age in years
SC/ST candidates5 years
OBC category from the non-creamy layer3 years
Persons With Disabilities:Partial or Full BlindnessPartial or Total Loss of HearingLocomotor DisabilitiesIntellectual or Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental IllnessMultiple Concurrent Disabilities10 years
Ex-Servicemen5 years
1984 Riot Victims5 years

IBPS PO – Salient Points on Age Limit for Bank Exams

  • SC/ST and OBC candidates can apply for a maximum of two cumulative exemptions.
  • If an ST candidate also has a physical disability, then a maximum of 15 years will be relaxed for the upper age limit. No other exemptions will be allowed.
  • Candidates need to produce certificates affirming their exemption category during the time of the interview to be eligible for the bank PO post.

IBPS PO Eligibility – Nationality Conditions

The IBPS PO Eligibility as per the Nationality/Citizenship of a candidate is discussed below.

The candidates applying for the exam should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Citizenship of India
  • Subjects of Nepal or Bhutan
  • Tibetan Refugee who arrived before January 1, 1962
  • A person of Indian origin migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma(Myanmar), Vietnam or East African countries of the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire or Ethiopia to permanently settle in India

All candidates who are not Indian citizens have to produce a certificate of eligibility from the Government of India during the Bank PO interview.

IBPS PO Educational Qualification

Candidates appearing for IBPS PO exam must be abreast of the latest exam pattern and syllabus of the exam. 

Other qualifications acceptable as equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree such as AMIE, departmental courses from the government etc. are also allowed.

For the courses mentioned above, the candidate should furnish proof that the qualification is considered equivalent to a degree (Graduation) by the Government of India.

Candidates have to specify the percentage obtained in Graduation while filling in the online application. Also, the candidates being awarded CGPA have to convert the same into a percentage. Percentage calculation must be done to the nearest two decimals.

The fraction of percentage arrived will be ignored, i.e. 54.99% will be treated as less than 55%, and 59.99% will be treated as less than 60%.

The Institute does not specify any IBPS PO eligibility percentage. The individual banks use the IBPS calculation of aggregate percentage for their purposes.

IBPS PO Eligibility – EWS Category

Applicants not covered under the SC, ST, OBC categories and have a gross annual income less than 8 lakh rupees are identified as EWS candidates i.e. candidates belonging to Economically Weaker Section. Such candidates are entitled to the benefit of 10% reservation for the vacancies released by IBPS.

Important Points related to IBPS PO Eligibility for EWS Category 

The income from all sources such as salary,  business, agriculture, profession, etc. will be included in revenue. This income will be the income from the financial year preceding the year of application. 

However, a person possessing any of the following assets will not be included in the EWS category, irrespective of his annual family income.

  1. 5 acres of Agricultural Land and above
  2. Residential flat of 1000 sq. Ft. and above
  3. Residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities
  4. Residential plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities

While applying for the property holding test to determine EWS status, the property owned in different locations by a particular “Family” is clubbed.

Candidates seeking to avail the benefit of EWS reservation for IBPS PO Selection Process will have to produce an Income and Asset Certificate at the time of document verification and interview round issued by a Competent Authority in the prescribed format. 

The term “Family” will include the person seeking the benefit of reservation, his parents, siblings below 18 years of age, spouse and children below 18 years of age.

IBPS PO Salary in India after the Bipartite Settlement

Bank PO salaries revision takes place on the basis of bipartite settlement. As for the IBPS PO salary 2021, the salary shall be decided based on the Bipartite settlement.

The IBPS PO salary based on the 2021-22 notification is as mentioned below:

IBPS PO Salary structure in India
IBPS PO Salary in India- Basic PayRs 23700/- ( Increment in 4 stages-Salary after 1st Increment- Rs. 30560/-Salary after 2nd Increment-Rs. 32850/-Salary after 3rd Increment- Rs. 42020/-
Dearness Allowance40% of the basic pay(Varies based on inflation rates)
City Compensatory Allowance(CCA)3% or 4%(depending on the place of posting)
House Rent Allowances7%-9% of the basic pay
Special Allowance7.75% of the basic pay

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.

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 2022?

Ans. Yes, IBPS PO 2022 exam will be conducted. The tentative dates have been released in the official notification.

Q 7. I am in the final year of my Graduation. Can I apply for IBPS PO 2022?

Ans. No, final year students cannot apply for IBPS PO 2022. The minimum educational qualification is Graduation which the candidate should have completed before registering online for the examination.

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