Eligibility / Exam Pattern

IBPS Eligibility Criteria

IBPS PO Recruitment 2018

Every year Probationary Officers (PO) and Management Trainees (MT) are recruited through a Common Written Examination (CWE), popularly known as the IBPS PO exam. The CWE started in the year 2011.  It will be conducted for the seventh time this year.  Therefore, it is officially termed as IBPS PO /MT CWE VII 2018.

The selection process of IBPS PO consists of 3 phases (preliminary, mains and interview).  The candidates must qualify each of them to go on to the next phase.
The important steps of the IBPS PO Recruitment Procedure are as follows:

•Online Preliminary Examination:

Sufficient number of candidates in each category is shortlisted by IBPS depending upon the requirements for Online Main Examination

Online Mains Examination:

Candidates need to qualify each section as well as the overall cut-off in the main exam to be eligible for interview.


The Participating Organizations will hold an Interview which will also be coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS

•Final Result:

The Final result is declared on the basis of candidate’s overall performance in IBPS PO Mains and Interview Rounds.

•Provisional Allotment:

The provisional allotment of the eligible candidate is released on the official website. The IBPS allots Banks to the candidates on the basis of the preferences they have made at the time of the online registration.
IBPS plays its role in the selection process till the provisional selection to different banks. Further the responsibility to inform the qualified candidates about their joining dates and procedure lies with the respective banks.

I. Nationality / Citizenship:

A candidate must be either –

  • A Citizen of India or
  • A subject of Nepal or
  • A subject of Bhutan or
  • A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently
    settling in India or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories
  • Above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

II. Age (As on 01.08.2018):

Minimum: 20 years

Maximum: 30 years
i.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1988 and not later than 01.08.1998 (both dates

Relaxation of Upper age limit

Sr. NoCategoryAge Relaxation
1Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe5 years
2Other Backward Classes3 years
3Persons With Disability10 years
4Ex-Servicemen/Disabled Ex-Servicemenwho 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
5Persons ordinarily domiciled in the Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31-12-895 years
6Persons affected by 1984 riots5 years

III. Educational Qualifications (As on 01.08.2018):

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 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.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern (CWE VI) Details

IBPS PO CWE is an Objective type paper. Online Written exam includes five subjects in which all subjects having their own weight and the subjects are Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, Computer Knowledge.

There will be 200 Objective Questions carrying 1 mark of each and the time duration is 02 hours. and there will be Negative marking for all wrong answer with 0.25 marks.

IBPS Preliminary Exam

Sr No.Test NameQuestionsMarksDuration
1Reasoning Ability Paper353501 hour
2.Quantitative Aptitude Paper3535
3English Language Paper3030

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 

Sr. No.Name of Tests (Objective)Marks/TimeDuration
1Reasoning50 (40 Mins)150 mins
2English Language40 (30 Mins)
3Quantitative Aptitude50 (40 Mins)
4General Awareness40 (30 Mins)
5Computer Knowledge20 (10 mins)

Note :-

1. All papers except English will be available in both languages Hindi & English.
2. Negative marking applicable for all candidates with O.25 marks deducted at every wrong question and unmarked questions will not be included in Negative marking.
3. Minimum score required being called for Interview.

IBPS PO Interview

The candidates who have qualified the mains exam will be called for an interview which will carry 100 marks. To qualify for the interview a candidate is required to score 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).

The interview round is conducted for not less than 15-20 minutes. It has a panel of bank officials who will raise questions to the candidates concerned themselves, banking sector, current affairs, general awareness, etc. The candidates must be well-dressed, confident and carry all required documents to the interview.
The merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained in main examination and interview. IBPS work out final score with the weightage of marks given to the main examination and interview in the ratio of 80:20 respectively.

IBPS Prelims Syllabus

This comprises of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

Reasoning Ability

Quantitative Aptitude

English Language

Logical ReasoningSimplificationReading Comprehension
Alphanumeric SeriesProfit & LossCloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestMixtures &AlligationsPara 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

IBPS Mains Syllabus

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Comparative Table showing topic – wise syllabus of SSC (CGL), IBPS (PO) & SBI (PO)

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