What is IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) exam?

IBPS PO is an exam conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) to recruit candidates for the post of Probationary Officers in different public sector banks in India. It is for selection of candidates to the 11 public sector banks in India.

  1. Punjab National Bank
  2. Union Bank of India
  3. Bank of India
  4. Indian Bank
  5. Canara Bank
  6. Indian Overseas Bank
  7. Central Bank of India
  8. UCO Bank
  9. Bank of Baroda
  10. Punjab & Sind Bank
  11. Bank of Maharashtra

The number of vacancies for the various posts in 2018, 2019 and 2020 were 4252, 4336 and 3517, respectively. It’s expected to be 4000+ in the future across all categories.

How much salary can I expect?
IBPS Bank PO Salary Structure in India
Basic Pay Rs. 36,000
Special Allowance Rs. 5,904
DA Rs. 8,593.20
CCA Rs. 1,400
Learning Allowance Rs. 600
DA Others Rs. 1,552.50
HRA Rs. 3,240
Gross Salary Rs. 57,289.70
Deduction Rs. 4,659.32
Net Salary Rs. 52,630.38
Am I eligible for the test?

Nationality: You must be an Indian citizen.

Educational Qualifications:

  • You must hold a Graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification which is recognised by the Central Government.
  • You can apply even if you are a final year/semester student provided you can produce your proof of graduation on the date of the interview.
  • You need computer literacy Working knowledge of computer systems is necessary for the job as well as to take the IBPS PO exam which is conducted in online mode.
  • You need language proficiency: Verbal and written proficiency in the official language of the State/UT is desirable. The candidate must be able to read, write and speak the language.

Age Limit:

At the time of the registration, your age should NOT be less than 20 years or more than 30 years.

Category wise age relaxation:

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel) 5 years
Widows/Divorced Women 9 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
Regular Employees of Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal

retrenched from service(for MP state Only)

5 years
When can I take the test?

These tests are conducted whenever there is an optimal number of vacant posts in the organization. However, the tentative months in the last few years are given below for you: 

Events Expected dates
Exam notification September
Prelims exam October
Prelims exam result November
Mains exam November end
Mains exam result December
Interview January
Provisional allotment April
What is the testing process?

The IBPS PO testing process consists of five stages:

  • Online Prelims Exam
  • Online Mains Exam
  • Interview
  • Final Result
  • Provisional Allotment

The marks obtained in the Prelims test is only considered for qualification in the Mains test.

What is the paper pattern?

There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the objective tests. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Personal Interview: 100 marks

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