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The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection also known as IBPS, is a recruitment body that was started with an aim to encourage the recruitment and placement of young graduates in public sector banks in India (except SBI). It also provides standardized systems for assessment and result processing services to organizations.

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:

  1. Online Preliminary Examination

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Final Result

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

  5. 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.

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The exam is conducted in two parts-

  • Tier 1 or IBPS Preliminary Exam
  • Tier 2 or IBPS Mains Exam

After the main exam interview are conducted for shortlisted students. IBPS has added descriptive paper in its mains exam.

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IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

S.No. Name of Test No. of Ques. Max. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability 35 35 Composite time of 1 Hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 English Language 30 30
Total 100 100

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

From this year IBPS has changed the Mains pattern. IBPS added descriptive paper in its mains exam. The mains exam contains four sections having total score of 200 marks of 180 minutes duration and descriptive paper 1 section having a total score of 25 marks of 30 minutes duration.

S.No. Name of tests No. of Ques. Max. Marks Duration
1 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4 Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
Total 155 200 180 minutes
EnglishLanguage(LetterWriting &Essay) 2 25 30 minutes

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.

Final Score Calculation for IBPS PO Exam

There are certain important points on the basis of which the final score for the IBPS PO exam is calculated:

  • Marks scored in the Preliminary Exam (Tier-1) will not be considered in the final score. These are only taken into account to qualify Mains Exam (Tier-2).

  • Candidates need to qualify Phase-2 and Interview individually to be eligible for final worth.

  • The ratio of marks between CWE Main exam and interview for final merit list will be 80:20 respectively.

  • The aggregate of 100 marks is used for the final merit list for each category. Candidates with high merit rank in each category are finally selected.

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary and Main examination)

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.


Allahabad Bank Canara Bank Indian Bank Syndicate Bank
Andhra Bank Central Bank of India Indian Overseas Bank UCO Bank
Bank of Baroda Corporation Bank Oriental Bank of Commerce Union Bank of India
Bank of India Dena Bank Punjab National Bank United Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra IDBI Bank Punjab & Sind Bank Vijaya Bank

Important Dates

Activity Tentative Dates
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates August 2018
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) August 2018 to September 2018
Download of call letters for Pre- Exam Training September 2018
Conduct of Pre-Exam Training September 2018
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary September 2018
Online Examination – Preliminary October 2018
Result of Online exam – Preliminary October 2018
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main November 2018
Online Examination – Main November 2018
Declaration of Result – Main December 2018
Download of call letters for interview January 2019
Conduct of interview January / February 2019
Provisional Allotment April 2019

IBPS PO Syllabus 2018

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Syllabus 2018

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

IBPS PO Mains Exam Syllabus 2018

This year the exam pattern of IBPS MAINS is changed. IBPS has added descriptive paper in its mains exam it has 4 sections having a total score of 200 marks of 180 minutes duration and descriptive paper 1 sections having a total score of 25 marks of 30 minutes duration.This exam consists of 5 sections: Reasoning & Computer, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness, and Descrptive Test(LetterWriting &Essay).

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria - 2018

Educational Qualification

Graduation Degree: The eligibility criteria for the IBPS CWE exam is graduation degree in any of the streams such as BA, B.Com, BSc, B.Tech, etc., from a University recognized by the Government of India. Candidate who possesses same qualification from the university recognized by the Central Government is also eligible to apply for this exam.

Candidates should have a valid Mark-sheet / Degree:

Certificate which supports that they are graduates on the day they were registered for the exam. The percentage of marks obtained in Graduation should be mentioned at time of registration for the IBPS Bank-PO examination.

Computer Literacy: Knowledge of computer operation is a must as IBPS PO exam is conducted online.

Language Proficiency: Candidates should have verbal and written proficiency in official language of the State/UT. The candidate should be able to read, write and speak the language.

Nationality / Citizenship of Applicants:

Candidates applying for IBPS CWE/Bank PO Examination should be one of the following:

  • Citizen of India

  • Subject of Nepal or Bhutan

  • Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement

  • Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India

Candidates belonging to the category 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt of India in their favour.