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IBPS PO Exam 2021 - Complete Details

About IBPS PO Recruitment

Banking is one of the most desirable industries by the aspirants preparing for banking exams. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) releases the vacancy for Probationary officers every year for the candidates aspiring to join the industry. Public Sector Banks takes part in the recruitment process for IBPS PO. These are held once every year around September/October and notification of the same is released around August every year.

IBPS PO Exam 2021 – Notification

The recruitment notification for 2021 for the post of IBPS PO (Probationary Officer) has been released by IBPS on 19th October 2021. Each year, several vacancies are announced, and many lakhs of people join the recruitment process. The IBPS PO Exam Selection Process comprises three key stages: Preliminary Examination, Main Examination, and Interview. According to the IBPS PO latest notification, the dates for the Preliminary Examination will be 04th December-11th December, while the date for the Main Examinations will be tentatively held on January 2022.

IBPS PO Mock Test 2021

The IBPS PO mock tests have the following features:

  1. The IBPS PO online test series consists of 20 sets of prelims and 10 sets of mains mock tests
  2. All Mock Tests for IBPS PO Exam are prepared as per the latest pattern with detailed solutions
  3. These mock tests are created by exam toppers and experts
  4. Analyse your performance using our AI-Based Detailed Performance Analysis
  5. These mock tests will help you identify your strong and weak areas

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officer 2021 Notification

The IBPS PO 2021 recruitment process notification is released on 19th October 2021 on the official website(

 IBPS PO Exam: Overview

Organization NameThe Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Post NameProbationary Officer (PO)
Exam LevelNational Level examination
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModeOnline examination
SalaryINR 52000 – INR 55000
CategoryBanking sector
Selection ProcessPreliminary Examination, Main Examination, and Interview
Educational QualificationGraduation or equivalent from any recognized University
Lower and Upper Age Limit20 years to 30 years
Official Website

Also Read: IBPS PO Exam Notification

IBPS PO Exam Date

Even though the Notification is not yet released, the exam date for the PO examination has been specified in its Calendar by IBPS. The dates for both the Preliminary Examination and for the Main Examination have been declared. This gives aspiring candidates guidance to pace their preparation effectively and plan their careers. 

IBPS PO 2021 Notification19.10.2021
Online Registration Process20.10.2021 to 10.11.2021
Preliminary Examination Admit Card Release Date20 Nov to 11 Dec 2021
IBPS PO 2021 Preliminary Exam Date04 December to 11 December 2021
IBPS PO Preliminary ResultDecember 2021/ January 2022
IBPS PO Mains Admit CardDecember 2021/ January 2022
IBPS PO 2021 Mains Exam DateJanuary 2022
IBPS PO Mains ResultJanuary/ February 2022
Conduct of InterviewFebruary / March 2022
IBPS PO 2021 Provisional AllotmentFebruary / March 2022

Know more here 

IBPS PO 2021 Vacancy Details

IBPS has announced a total of 4135 vacancies for IBPS PO 2021. It is not known yet how many vacancies will be there for the post of IBPS PO for 2021. A look at the pattern of vacancies for the previous year will provide a fair idea of how many vacancies will be there for each category of candidates. Total vacancies that were declared in 2018-19 for the position of IBPS PO was 4252, for the year 2019-20, the number of vacancies announced was 4336, and for the year 2020-21, the number of vacancies announced for the position of IBPS PO were 3517 (all new).

Complete details of IBPS PO Vacancies are given here

IBPS PO 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Before getting down to filling out the online application form, be sure that you have checked all eligibility requirements and that you fulfill all of them. All the information will be available to you in the notification, which will be released in the 1st week of August 2021. IBPS PO Exam Eligibility Criteria is divided into three heads: nationality, educational qualification, and age.

IBPS prescribes the eligibility criteria of the IBPS PO Exam 2021 as per nationality, age, and educational qualification. Candidates should meet the below-mentioned eligibility criteria to apply for the examination. 


A candidate must be either –

  1. A Citizen of India
  2. A Subject of Nepal
  3. A Subject of Bhutan
  4. Tibetan Refugee who came to India prior to 1st January 1962 intending to live in India permanently.
  5. Persons of Indian origin who migrated from Vietnam/ Ethiopia/ Zaire/ Malawi/ Zambia / Tanzania/ Uganda/ Kenya/ Sri Lanka/ Burma /Pakistan, intending to reside permanently in India, will be eligible.

Candidates belonging to categories 2, 3,4, and 5 should produce an eligibility certificate from the Indian Government whenever asked by IBPS.

Age Limit

The candidate should be 20 to 30 years of age. The candidate should be born on or after 2nd August 1991 and born on or before 1st August 2001. Upper age relaxations are provided to reserved categories. The age relaxations are given below:

Age Relaxations for upper Age Limit for Reserved Categories

CategoryAge Relaxations
Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe5 years
Other Backward Classes Non-Creamy Layer 3 years
PWD 10 years
Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers, which includes ECOs/ SSCOs. These candidates must have gained at least 5 yrs of military service and have been released on completion of the assignment, including those whose assignment is due within a year. 5 years
Persons affected by the riots of 19845 years
  1. The relaxation for the maximum age limit for candidates from Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Caste and Other Backward Class is on a cumulative basis.
  2. If the Schedule Tribes candidate has any physical disability, the candidate gets a relaxation of a maximum of 15 years for the upper- age limit. No other exemptions will be allowed.
  3. No upper age limit relaxations will be given to General and EWS candidates.
  4. The candidate seeking age relaxation shall produce relevant documents both in original as well as photocopies to prove their claim.
  5. An Ex-Serviceman who has already availed the benefits provided to the candidate as an ex- Serviceman for re-employment will not get the benefit a second time.
  6. No reservation for Ex-servicemen in the Officer Cadre.

Educational Qualification

The candidate should be a graduate or have an equivalent qualification in any discipline from some recognized University.

  1. The candidate should pass the qualifying examination by August 2021.
  2. The date on the mark sheet/ scorecard is considered as the date of passing the degree.
  3. The document of educational qualification will have to be produced for document verification.
  4. Candidates must specify the graduation percentage, calculated to the nearest two Decimal points.
  5. The fraction of the percentage will be ignored. Hence, 59.99% will be considered less than 60%, and 54.99% will be considered less than 55%.

Computer Literacy

The candidate must be computer savvy and with knowledge of computer systems. Knowledge of computer usage is essential for the job. 

Language Proficiency 

The candidate should be proficient in the written and spoken official language of the State/ Union Territory. The Candidate must know to read, write and speak the language.

Also Read for more details: IBPS PO Eligibility

IBPS PO Exam Application Fees

Since the Recruitment notification for IBPS PO recruitment 2021 is not yet out, the information given in the following table is for the PO 2020-21 recruitment process. All applicants will have to bear their own charges for Bank Transaction for making Online Payment of application fees and the intimation charges. 

CategoryChargesFee Amount
SC/ST/PWDIntimation Charges only₹ 175/-
GEN/OBC/EWSApplication fee including intimation charges₹ 850/-

IBPS PO Exam Online Application

The IBPS PO Exam Online application to register for IBPS PO is expected to start in the first week of August though there is no such official intimation as yet.

Complete IBPS PO Online Process – Read here

IBPS PO 2021 Process for Selection

The IBPS PO would make the appointment of the candidates based on the performance of the candidate through the three stages for the process of recruitment for IBPS PO. The three stages of the recruitment process are listed below. 

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Interview

There are two cut-offs that the candidate will have to meet: a sectional cut-off and the overall cut-off. A candidate has to qualify at every stage to be selected for the post of PO.You must remember that the Preliminary round is a qualifying round, and in the Mains round, you need to score the minimum cut-off marks to qualify for the Interview stage. The Interviews are taken by participating organizations, and the Nodal Bank of every State/ UT co-ordinates them.The highest marks which a candidate can score in the interview are 100 marks.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

There are three stages of examination for the candidates in the recruitment process for IBPS PO. The following table shows the examination pattern.

Exam TypeMaximum MarksQuestion Details
Prelims100Objective (MCQ)
Final225Objective (MCQ) and Descriptive Paper for English 

Preliminary Examination Pattern 

IBPS PO Prelims Exam is of 100 marks to be attempted in 1 hr. The questions are MCQs. Each question answered incorrectly gets a 0.25 mark deduction. This preliminary exam is a qualifying round.


S.No.Name of TestNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
 Total10010060 minutes

Main Examination Pattern Table

The Main Examination also has a negative marking of 0.25 for each incorrect answer. 

S.No.Section NameNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2English Language354040 minutes
3Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
4General Economy & Banking Awareness404035 minutes
 Total1552003 Hours
5English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)22530 minutes

IBPS PO Interview

The last stage of the IBPS PO recruitment process is the interview.

  • All applicants who have qualified in the Preliminary Examination and the Main Examination will move to the Interview round.
  • The maximum marks that a candidate can score in the interview round is 100 marks.

In calculating the final result of a candidate, the percentage-wise weightage given to the result of Preliminary Examination and that of the Main Examination in 80 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

Also Read: IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS PO Syllabus

The syllabus of the IBPS PO Exam comprises general awareness, quantitative aptitude, and reasoning. The topics covered under each category can be found in the detailed syllabus for Preliminary and the Main Examination. While the area of knowledge for each of the exams is the same, the difficulty level of the Main Examination is higher. 

Here are the details of the syllabus for the Preliminary Examination

ReasoningQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Language
Logical ReasoningSimplificationReading Comprehension
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit & LossCloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestMixtures & AlligationPara jumbles
Data SufficiencySimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesMultiple Meaning / Error Spotting
Coded InequalitiesWork & TimeFill in the blanks
Seating ArrangementTime & DistanceMiscellaneous
PuzzleMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereParagraph Completion
TabulationData Interpretation 
SyllogismRatio & Proportion, Percentage 
Blood RelationsNumber Systems 
Input-OutputSequence & Series 
Coding-DecodingPermutation, Combination &Probability 

Here are the details of the syllabus for the Main Examination

English languageGeneral AwarenessReasoning Computer AptitudeData Interpretation & Analysis
Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Verbal Ability, Fill in the blanksFinancial Awareness, General knowledge current Affairs, Static Awareness, Basic EconomySyllogism, Verbal Reasoning, Input Output, Double lineup near Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Scheduling, Circular Seating Arrangement, Ordering and Ranking, Coding and Decoding, Direction and Distance, Data SufficiencyInternet, Keyboard shortcuts, Microsoft office, Memory, Computer Hardware, Computer Abbreviation, Operating system, Computer Fundamentals, Computer Software, Networking TechnologiesAverage, Percentage, Data Interpretation, Mensuration, Geometry, Simplification, Quadratic equation, Age, Number Series, Profit & Loss, Interest, Speed, distance and time, Linear equation, Permutation and Combination, Mixture and Allegation, Probability

IBPS PO Admit Card

An Admit Card allows a candidate access to the examination hall. For the IBPS PO examination, it is expected that the Admit Card will be made available to the candidates between 10 to 15 days before each examination. The Admit Card will be issued for all the three examinations of the recruitment process, namely: 

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Main Exam
  • Interview

Read more here

IBPS PO Result

The result for the IBPS PO recruitment process is declared for each examination after the examination is completed. When the result of an examination is announced, a scorecard is also made available for the candidates to check what marks they have scored in each phase.

Read more about IBPS PO Result here

Score Normalization 

The score normalization process is followed across government exams for deciding a cut-off. The equi-percentile method is employed for score normalization.


The Cut Off mark refers to the marks that must be scored by a candidate to qualify for the next round of the recruitment process. The cut-off marks vary from category to category of candidates. They are also different for each of the Examinations in the recruitment process. To know what the cut-off for 2021 could be, it is a good idea to refer to the cut-off of the previous years for the IBPS PO exam.

Know complete IBPS PO cut off details

IBPS PO Salary

The salary of IBPS PO as per the 11th Bipartite Agreement is as follows:

Basic PayRs. 36,000
Special AllowanceRs. 5,904
Dearness AllowanceRs. 8,593.20
CCARs. 1,400
Learning AllowanceRs. 600
DA OthersRs. 1,552.50
Housing Rent AllowanceRs. 3,240
Gross SalaryRs. 57,289.70
Deduction (Tax & NPS)Rs. 4,659.32
Net SalaryRs. 52,630.38


Now that you have a fair idea of the process and details of the IBPS PO Exam put in a good amount of time for preparation and do it with dedication. Prepare well, and you will be able to clear the examination. Best of luck.

Exam Date

04th December to 11th December 2021

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What is the Preliminary Examination date for the IBPS PO Exam?

04th - 11th December 2021

What are the various stages of the IBPS PO selection procedure? +

There 3 stages in the IBPS PO selection procedure: Preliminary Examination, Main Exam, and interview. The candidate has to qualify in each stage for becoming eligible for an appointment to IBPS PO.

I have obtained only 40% marks in my graduation. Can I apply for the IBPS PO Exam? +

Yes, you can apply. The criteria are that you must be a graduate from a recognised university.

When will I receive my Admit Card for the IBPS PO Exam? +

The IBPS PO Admit Card for Prelims Exam has been released on 20th Nov 2021. The admit card would be available for download till 11 Dec 2021.

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