IBPS PO Exam 2021: Notification, Exam Date, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Cut-off

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS) conducts the IBPS PO Exam every year for the recruitment of Probationary Officer under various private sector banks.

What is Banking PO?

PO stands for Probationary Officer, basically Assistant Manager of Scale I or Junior Manager of Grade I Scale also known as Scale I officer. Banking PO is considered as highly reputed and prestigious job.

Candidates who are willing to choose their career in banking, PO is a better option for them. Before starting preparation, you need to know all the things about PO. After selection as a PO, one has to an intensive training program. Generally, probation is of 2 years but it varies in different banks.

An overall exam pattern is shown below:

Facts Preliminary Exam Main Exam
Number of Questions 100 (All MCQs) 157 (155 MCQ & 2 Descriptive)
Maximum Marks 100 225
Duration 1 hour 3 hours 30 minutes
Mode of Exam Online
  • Objective – Online
  • Descriptive – Offline

What is your Role as a PO?

IBPS PO 2021

During Probation period, candidates are given training on finance, accounting, billing, investment etc.

Every Bank wants to provide better service to its customers & PO has the responsibility to take care of it. A PO has to tackle customer complaints, rectification of undue charges etc.

When they accustomed with the norms of bank then they are given more responsibilities such as planning, budgeting, loan processing, investment management etc. After 3-5 years of your service you can be promoted to Grade II officer.

Banking PO exam is taken every year for the post of PO. There are many major banks in our country which recruits PO directly. Top well known Banks who take exam for PO are:

  1. IBPS PO
  2. SBI PO
  4. RBI PO

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit

All the candidates are informed that the minimum age must be 21 years old and the maximum age 30 years old to apply for IBPS PO Exam 2021. Also, there are age relaxation in category wise as per the government rules.

Age Relaxation

  • SC/ST Candidates: 5 years
  • OBC category from the non-creamy layer: 3 Years
  • Persons with Disabilities (Partial or Full Blindness, Partial or Total Loss of Hearing, Locomotor Disabilities Intellectual or Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Illness Multiple Concurrent Disabilities): 10 Years
  • Ex-Servicemen: 5 years
  • Person Domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir Between 1980-1989: 5 Years
  • 1984 Riot Victims: 5 Years

Age relaxation in IBPS PO exam is given only to those candidates who are specified in Official notification.

Educational Qualification (As on 26th August 2020)

Minimum educational qualification for the IBPS PO Exam 2020 is graduation degree. Candidates should be graduated in any discipline like BA, B.Sc., B. Com, BE/B-Tech, etc. from a University that should be recognized by the Government of India.

IBPS PO 2020 Notification

IBPS has been released notification for IBPS PO exam on 4th August 2020. Starting date to apply online is 5th August 2020 and last date is 26th August 2020. All the important dates are provided in the below table.

Candidates can download the official notification from the official website of IBPS and also download from the below link.

Click Here to download – IBPS PO 2020 Notification

Important Dates

Activities Important Dates
IBPS PO Notification 2020 4th August 2020
Starting Online Registration From 5th August 2020
Last date of Online Registration 26th August 2020
Last date for Payment of application Fees 26th August 2020
Download of admit card for Pre- Exam Training September 2020
Pre-Exam Training Conduct 21st to 26th September 2020
IBPS PO Preliminary Admit Card Release Date October 2020
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Date Phase I – 3rd, 10th & 11th October 2020 and Phase II – 5th, 6th Jan 2021
IBPS PO Preliminary Result Date January 2021
IBPS PO 2020 Mains Exam Date 4th February 2021
IBPS PO Mains Result February 2021
Conduct of interview March 2021
IBPS PO 2020 Provisional Allotment April 2021

IBPS PO Vacancies

The number of vacancies has been disclosed with the release of notification. IBPS has mentioned that a total of 1417 vacancies allotted for the post of Probationary Officer/Management Trainee(PO/MT). You can see the previous year’s vacancies in the below list.

  • Number of Posts for IBPS PO 2020-21: 1417
  • Number of Posts for IBPS PO 2019-20: 4336
  • Number of Posts for IBPS PO 2018-19: 4252
IBPS PO Vacancy

IBPS PO Apply Online

The registration process for IBPS PO is totally online. Aspirants can register himself through official website. The candidates have to make their payment online.

IBPS PO Online Application Fees:

  • For General and Others: Rs. 850/- (including intimation charges)
  • For SC/ST/PWD: Rs. 175/- (Intimation Charges only)

Candidates who successfully have done their registration and payment will be issued admit card.

Click Here to Apply Online

IBPS PO Admit Card

Applicants need to download hard copy of their admit card as it will not be sent via Post. Candidates can avail their admit card 10 to 15 days before the IBPS PO Exam. Admit Card was released for the Preliminary exam of 2020 on October, and for the main exam was on 28th November.

After successful attempts in preliminary and main examination candidates can avail their admit card for interview as per schedule.

To get admit card download you need the following:

  • Registration No/Roll No.
  • Date of Birth/ Password.


The cut off score is the minimum score required to obtained by a candidate to be shortlisted for the next stage. IBPS PO cut offs varies year to year depending on the number of vacancies available. Scores of successful aspirants in IBPS PO main is not shared before the completion of IBPS interview process.

Cut off marks for the IBPS PO preliminary examination 2019-20:

Category Marks
General 59.75
OBC 59.75
SC 53.50
ST 46.25
EWS 59.75
HI 21.25
OC 44.50
VI 52.25
ID 20.75

IBPS PO Exam Center

  • Many centers across the India.
  • List of examination center for preliminary as well as main is given in the official notification.
  • Examination center is not subject to change once chosen.
  • IBPS has the authority to allot another examination center outside your choices.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

Preliminary Exam Pattern

For this step syllabus is confined into Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language with a total of 100 questions. Time allotted for this examination is 1 hour.

There is negative marking as well in this examination and 0.25 number will be deducted for every wrong answer that means 1 number will be deducted for every four wrong attempts. This is nothing but a qualifying round.

To qualify for the main exam, candidates have to clear all the 3 sections. Question pattern for this examination is as follows:

Subject No of Questions Marks Time Allotted
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour

Main Exam Pattern

Main examination is of descriptive type. In this stage there are 5 sections viz. Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude, General Awareness, Computer Aptitude. There is no separate question paper for Computer Aptitude. A total of time allotted for the main examination is 180 minutes.

Topics Medium No of Questions Marks Time
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English & Hindi 45 60 60 minutes
English Language English 35 40 40 minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation English & Hindi 35 60 45 minutes
General, Economy/Banking Awareness English & Hindi 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours
Letter Writing & Essay English 2 25 30 minutes

IBPS PO Interview

Candidates who successfully passed preliminary and main are called for interview. The interview is of 100 marks out of which you have to score minimum of 40% (35% for SC/ST).

IBPS PO Syllabus

Proper knowledge about syllabus is important to prepare study plan. Syllabus must be go through from authentic source. A brief view of syllabus is shown below that will be helpful to you.

Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Subject Topic
Reasoning Ability
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzle
  • Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations
  • Input Output
  • Coding Decoding
Quantitative Aptitude
  • 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
English Language
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Para jumbles
  • Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Miscellaneous
  • Paragraph Completion

IBPS PO Selection Process

Preliminary examination is just to take a hall ticket for main examination. Number of preliminary will not be carried forward. Number of main exam and interview will be considered while making merit list. Candidates who makes their name in the list are offered joining letter. Provisional Allotment released for the selected aspirants.

It is the hard work and commitment that makes your way easier. Regular study with a proper strategy and study plan is the key to get success.

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