IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria, Pattern, Syllabus : Everything You Need to Know

19 September, 2020

Source: amar ujala
The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the IBPS PO Bank Exam every year which is a doorway to the most preferred bank jobs in the Indian Banking Services. IBPS shortlists deserving candidates for the post of PO and Clerk for various nationalized banks listed under it. IBPS started holding CWE in order to recruit IBPS PO and clerks for various banks. IBPS PO 2020 Exam notification is out. IBPS CWE IX Prelims Exam 2020 will be conducted on 03, 10, & 11 October 2020. The students who are within 20 years and 30 years of age, and have a graduation degree can apply for the IBPS PO 2020.

Complete Details of IBPS PO Exam

IBPS PO - Notification 2020 IBPS PO 2020 - Exam Date
IBPS PO 2020 - Vacancy
IBPS PO Recruitment 2020 IBPS PO - Exam Pattern
IBPS PO Prelims -  Exam Pattern
IBPS PO Mains - Exam Pattern
IBPS PO - Interview
IBPS PO - Syllabus 2020
IBPS PO Prelims - Exam Syllabus 2020
IBPS PO Mains - Exam Syllabus 2020
IBPS PO - Eligibility Criteria - 2020
IBPS PO - Admit Card 2020
IBPS PO - Preparation

IBPS PO Notification 2020

IBPS PO Notification 2020 PDF was released by IBPS on 4th August 2020 to recruit Probability Officers (PO) for 1417+ posts.
IBPS PO 2020 Official Notification: Download PDF

IBPS PO Recruitment 2020- Major Banks Participating

The major banks participating in the recruitment process are-
  1. Bank of India
  2. Bank of Baroda
  3. Bank of Maharashtra
  4. Canara Bank
  5. Central Bank of India
  6. Indian Bank
  7. Indian Overseas Bank
  8. Punjab National Bank
  9. Punjab & Sind Bank
  10. UCO Bank
  11. Union Bank of India

IBPS PO 2020- Exam Date

IBPS has released IBPS PO 2020 Exam Dates for the year 2020-21. As per the latest dates released by IBPS, the schedule is as follows -
  • The preliminary exam (prelims) of IBPS PO -      3rd October 2020
 10th October 2020
 11th October 2020
  • The mains exam -                                                    28th November 2020.
The important dates for IBPS PO /MT CWE X 2020 are given in the table below:
IBPS PO 2020: Important Dates
Events Date
IBPS PO 2020 Notification 4th August 2020
Online registration Starts From 5th August 2020
On-line registration Ends on 26th August 2020
The download of call letters for Pre- Exam Training September 2020
Conduct of Pre-Exam Training September 2020
IBPS PO Preliminary Admit Card October 2020
IBPS PO 2020 Preliminary Exam Date 3rd, 10th & 11th October 2020
IBPS PO Preliminary Result Date October 2020
IBPS PO 2020 Mains Exam Date 28th November 2020
IBPS PO Mains Result Date December 2020
Conduct of interview January / February 2020
IBPS PO 2020 Provisional Allotment 1st April 2021

IBPS PO 2020 - Vacancy

Every year more than 20 lakh aspirants appear for the IBPS Bank PO examination. There are a total of 1417+ vacancies for IBPS PO 2020-21 Exam. This year the vacancies are comparatively less than last year. A total of 4336 vacancies were there last year which is comparatively higher than this year.

IBPS PO - Recruitment 2020

Through a Common Written Examination (CWE), commonly known as the IBPS PO exam, Probationary Officers (PO) and Management Trainees (MT) are recruited every year.  The CWE is officially called IBPS PO /MT CWE X 2020. The selection process  IBPS PO is categorised in 3 phases (preliminary, mains and interview) and it is compulsory for the candidate to qualify each of the phases to proceed to the next phase.
Recruitment Process is as follows
•Online Preliminary Examination:
The IBPS shortlists an adequate number of candidates depending upon requirements for Online Main Examination
•Online Mains Examination:
Candidates must qualify the Preliminary Examination as well as the overall cutoff in the main exam to be eligible for interview.
The Participating Organizations conducts the interview which is coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS
•Final Result:
The Final result is announced after due invigilation and on the basis of candidates combined performance in IBPS PO Mains and Interview Rounds.
•Provisional Allotment:
The provisional allotment is released on the official website and the candidates who have qualified can check their name in the list provided. The Banks are allotted on the basis of the candidates' preferences which are made at the time of online application.
After the provisional allotment to different banks has been completed by the IBPS the responsibility lies in the hands of the respective banks to intimate the qualified candidates about their joining dates and all the due procedures.

IBPS PO- Exam Pattern

IBPS has introduced separate sectional timing for each section in the preliminary exam that will be conducted. The IBPS PO exam for recruiting candidates will be based on an online written exam in two parts:
  • IBPS Preliminary Exam or Tier 1
  • IBPS Mains Exam or Tier 2.
  • Face-to-face interview process for the qualified candidates.

IBPS PO Prelims- Exam Pattern

The total duration is of 1 hour and 20 minutes for each section, which will be conducted in online mode. A total of 100 questions of 100 marks are divided into 3 sections.
The candidates must note that the IBPS PO pre exam has a negative marking as well  and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer. It is mandatory for all the candidates to clear the cut-off in all 3 sections so that they are eligible and qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam.
The section-wise details are as follows:
S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100  

IBPS PO - Mains Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO Main exam also takes place online. The Mains exam comprises of -
  • Total sections -  5(4+1)
  • The total score -  200+25 marks.
  • Total duration -  180+30 minutes.
IBPS also conducts a descriptive paper in its mains exam for the selection of candidates to the post of PO. All the sections must be attempted in the same chronological order in the allotted time period  which is illuminated during the exam.
S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 minutes

IBPS PO - Interview

A face to face interview takes place with the candidates who have qualified the Mains  exam which carries a maximum of 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview is 40% for the General category and  35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates.
The IBPS then prepares the final merit list of the candidates on the basis of marks obtained in mains examination followed by interview. After this process IBPS then calculates the final score with weightage of marks given to the main examination and interview which is in the ratio of 80:20 respectively.

IBPS PO - Syllabus 2020

IBPS PO exam syllabus is just like any other bank exam. IBPS issues only the broad subjects, but  they are further subdivided into individual topics.
The syllabus is categorised in two parts.
  • IBPS PO Prelims Exam Syllabus
  • IBPS PO Mains Exam Syllabus

IBPS PO Prelims - Exam Syllabus 2020

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

IBPS PO Mains Exam Syllabus 2020

The Main consists of 5 sections as already mentioned: Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude, General Awareness, Computer Aptitude.
Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English Language
Simplification Financial Awareness Verbal Reasoning Reading Comprehension
Average Current Affairs Syllogism Vocabulary
Percentage General Knowledge Circular Seating Arrangement Grammar
Ratio and Percentage   Linear Seating Arrangement Verbal Ability
Data Interpretation   Double Lineup  
Mensuration and Geometry   Scheduling  
Quadratic Equation   Input-Output  
Interest   Blood Relations  
Problems of Ages   Directions and Distances  
Profit and Loss   Ordering and Ranking  
Number Series   Data Sufficiency  
Speed, Distance and Time   Coding and Decoding  
Time and Work   Code Inequalities  
Number System   Internet  
Data Sufficiency   Memory  
Linear Equation   Keyboard Shortcuts  
Permutation and Combination   Computer Abbreviation  
And Probability   Microsoft Office  
Mixture and Allegations   Computer Hardware  
    Computer Software  
    Operating System  
    Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies  

IBPS PO - Eligibility Criteria 2020

Candidates, intending to apply for CRP-PO/MT-X should ensure that they fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria specified by IBPS
Educational Qualification (As on 26.08.2020): 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 a 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.
Nationality / Citizenship of Applicants:
A candidate applying for IBPS CWE/Bank PO Examination must be one of the following:
1. A Citizen of India
2. A Subject of Nepal or Bhutan
3. A Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement
4. 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 (As on 01.08.2020):
Any candidate who is applying for the IBPS PO examination should not be less than 20 years and not more than 30 years at the time of registration. A part from this, there is age relaxation applicable to category wise candidates as per the government rules:
Sr. 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 Benchmark Disabilities as defined under “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016” 10 years
4. Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment 5 years
5. Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

IBPS PO - Admit Card 2020

All the candidates who have applied for IBPS PO exam  must download the IBPS PO 2020 admit card from the official website. To login on the official website, the candidates must have the following details - 
• Registration No/Roll No
• Date of Birth/ Password
The admit card is available 10 to 15 days prior to the IBPS PO 2020 Exam. The admit card or call letter for IBPS PO 2020 will be issued in 3 phases:
• Online Preliminary Examination
• Online Mains Examination
• Interview
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  • The very first step to achieve any dream is Planning
  • Then the second step is about gaining knowledge.
  • The third step is to achieve analytical thinking
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To clear any stage one needs to be determined and focused and should have a strategy to achieve it. This process needs to be followed at all stages.
  • Clearing the prelims in the very first go is crucial if one wants to clear the IBPS PO Exam.
  • Critical thinking is of vital importance to excel in the Aptitude test. Comprehension, logical reasoning, mental ability, etc. requires everyday engagement.
  • With an impeccable start to one’s endeavours, it's essential to brush up the things that one has read earlier. Prelim is a fact-based paper.
  • After all, reading and assimilating so much information and storing it in your mind is a tough task and there are chances that you might lose the track of knowledge gained.
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