Important Dates

Candidates can find below all important details related to IBPS PO exam tabulated below.

Re Open Apply Online: 28.10.2020 to 11.11.2020

Events Dates
Online Registration including Edit/Modification of Application 05.08.2020
Online Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges 26.08.2020
IBPS PO 2020 Admit Card for Prelims 10.12.2020
IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Date 05.01.2021/06.01.2021
Publication of Results of IBPS PO 2020 Prelims To be notified soon
Availability of Hall Ticket for IBPS PO 2020 Mains To be notified soon
IBPS PO 2020 Mains Exam Date To be notified soon
Publication of Results for IBPS PO 2020 Mains To be notified soon
Issuance of Call Letters for IBPS PO 2020 Interview To be notified soon
Common Interview Schedule To be notified soon
Provisional Allotment To be notified soon

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Brief Overview

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts exam for the post of Probationary Officer in various banks.

This post is named as Probationary officers because after getting selected in IBPS exam, candidates are trained and there is a probation of 2 years.

So, if you will be appearing for IBPS PO Exams then you should know all about it. The exam itself is very hard. After getting selected, training make this profession more difficult. Learning phase is always full of experiences in various fields of bank such as credit, customer handling, accounts, lockers etc.

In bank jobs, career as Probationary officer is one of the fastest growing career. Hard work of 2 years gets paid once PO completes his training period.


Some Job Roles of Probationary Officer

  •  Practical knowledge in finance, accounting, marketing, billing as well as investment.
  •  Routine works such as scrolling, posting, account preparation etc.
  •  Another responsibility of PO is to work as Public relations officer.
  •  Handle customer complaints and address various customer related issues, discrepancies in accounts.
  •  Rectification of undue charges.
  •  A bank PO issues ATM cards, cheque books, Demand Drafts etc.
  •  Work of a bank PO also includes managerial tasks, such as supervision of clerical work, taking decisions for the benefit of the bank, managing cash balance etc.
  •  When the Management Trainee successfully completes the training period of 2 years, he is promoted as Assistant Bank Manager.  Now, there is a change in the work responsibilities too. The basis work profile now involves to handle on daily customer transactions, viz. passing a cheque, draft issuance, cash management etc.

Eligibility Criteria


To appear for IBPS PO , a candidate must be any of the following:

  1. Citizen of India
  2. Subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. Tibetan refugee who is permanently settled in India prior to January 1, 1962
  4. Person of Indian origin who has migrated from either Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zaire, or Zambia with the intention of residing permanently in India.

Please note that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c), and (d) should possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.


Academic Qualification

  • A graduate degree or equivalent in any discipline from a university recognized by Government of India.
  • General category candidates must score minimum 60% marks while there is a relaxation of 5% for reserved category.

Age Limit

  • General category applicants should be of at least 20 years and less than 30 years.
  • Provisions for age relaxation, depending upon the category of the candidate as per IBPS norms, is tabulated below:
Category Relaxation in age
Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes 05 years
Other Backward Classes- Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) 03 years
Persons with Disability (PWD) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers (including Emergency Commissioned Officers, and Short Service Commissioned Officers) who were in service for not less than 5-years and resigned on the conclusion of the assigned project. 05 years
The original residents of Kashmir Division of the State of J&K during January 1980 to December 1989. 05 years
Candidates affected by the 1984 riots 05 years

Exam Pattern

IBPS PO  is an objective type, computer-based examination, while the exam pattern is different for the Prelims and Mains Exam and the same has been explained below.

Prelims Exam

Prelims stage of IBPS PO exam comprises objective type questions which need to be attempted by the candidates in 1 hour.  It comprises 3 sections, i.e. English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. Medium of the exam is English and Hindi. Section-wise distribution of questions of each section is tabulated below.

Preliminary Exam
Section Number of Questions Marking Scheme Medium of Exam Duration
English 30 +1 for each correct answer; -1/4 for each wrong answer English 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 English and Hindi
Reasoning Ability 35
Total 100 100  –  –

As per IBPS PO Marking Scheme, 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer while ¼ marks are deducted for a wrong answer. Candidates who meet the Cut Off score in the Prelims exam as specified by IBPS will proceed to the Mains Exam.


Mains Exam

The Mains exam is divided into 5 sections and the section-wise distribution of questions is tabulated below. Candidates will have to answer 200 questions and maximum marks for the exam is 200.

Mains Exam
Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
English Language 35 40 English 40 minutes
Essay & Letter Writing 2 25 30 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 English and Hindi 45 minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
Total 157 225  – 210 minutes

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.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.

Application Procedure


Step 1- IBPS Online Registration

Step 2- Filling the IBPS PO Application form 2020

Step 3- Uploading Documents

Step 4- Choosing Organization Preference

Step 5- Paying the Application Fee

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IBPS Prelims Syllabus

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

Reasoning Ability 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

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

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Preparation Resources

The exam pattern of IBPS PO covers a vast range of subjects, wherein English and Quantitative Aptitude are at the elementary level and Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and General Awareness are at the Competitive Examination level.

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability English Language General Awareness Computer knowledge
Simplification, Number Series, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage & Averages, Profit & Loss, Mixtures & Allegations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Work & Time Time & Distance, Sequence & Series, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Input Output, Coding Decoding, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Alphabet test, Data sufficiency, Puzzle, Logical Reasoning Reading Comprehension, Fill in the blanks, Error Spotting, Sentence Correction, Para Jumbles Banking & Financial Awareness, Current Affairs. Static GK Fundamentals of Computer, History of Computer, Internet MS Office, Input Output devices, Computer Shortcuts