IBPS PO Exam 2020 (Eligibility, Syllabus & Application Process)

IBPS PO Exam 2020: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is soon going to release the notification for the recruitment of Probationary Officers.

The IBPS PO Exam is an annual recurring examination conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection in favor of multiple banks.

More than 20 banks across the country participate in this recruitment. The selected candidates in the IBPS Exam will be allotted to any of the participated banks.

The IBPS PO notification for the year 2020 is expected to be released in the month of August.

So, the aspirants who are waiting for the notification can go through the eligibility and the exam pattern before it gets released.

IBPS PO Exam 2020

Every year, more than 20 lakh aspirants take their examination for over 4500+ posts. The recruitment process generally starts in the mid of the year and ends at the beginning of the next year.


The selection process is carried out in three stages Preliminary Exam, Mains, and the Final Interview.

This year, we may expect the notification for 4500+ posts (tentative).

IBPS PO Important Details

Name of the ExaminationIBPS PO Exam
Conducting AuthorityInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Name of the PostProbationary Officer (PO)
No. of Vacancies4500+ (Expected)
Status on NotificationNot Yet Released
Release Date of the NotificationAugust 2020
Application Submission Start DateAugust 2020
Last Date for the Application SubmissionSeptember 2020
Selection Process3 Stage Selection Process
Prelims, Mains, and Interview
Educational QualificationGraduation/ Equivalent Degree
Application FeeRs. 600/- (For General & OBC)
Rs. 100/- (For SC, ST & PWD)
Age Limit20 to 30 Years

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must pass the graduation/ equivalent degree from any of the recognized universities
  • Candidates having the following citizenship are eligible
    • Indian Citizenship
    • The subject of Bhutan or Nepal
    • The Tibetian Refugee permanently settled in India
  • The age limit of the applicants is 20 to 30 Years (Age relaxation is applicable for few categories)

Age Limit & Relaxation

The minimum age of the applicant must be 20 years and the maximum is 30 Years.

Apart from this, there are some relaxations given to SC, ST & PWD Categories. Below table gives the category wise age relaxations.

CategoryAge RelaxationAge Limit (After Relaxation)
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)3 Years20 to 33 Years
SC & ST Category5 Years20 to 35 Years
Ex-Servicemen5 Years20 to 35 Years
Divorced/ Widow Women9 Years20 to 39 Years
Persons with Disabilities (PwD)10 Years20 to 40 Years

Application Fee

The application fee for the IBPS Exam is depends on the category of the applicant.

CategoryApplication Fee
SC, ST & Persons with DisabilitiesRs. 100/- (Intimation Charges)
Other CategoriesRs. 600/- (Application Fee & Intimation Charges)

Note: The above fee details are given as per the past notification. The charges may vary in the new notification. We will update the fee after the announcement of the notification.

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The IBPS exam is conducted in three stages

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Final Interview

Now, let us go through the exam pattern & syllabus of each phase.

Prelims Exam Pattern:

The preliminary exam of IBPS PO is of objective type. It consists of 100 questions and each question carries 1 mark.

The syllabus of the prelims paper is from three subjects Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability, and English Language. The duration of 20 minuted is allotted to each subject.

SubjectNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksDuration
Numerical Ability3535 Marks20 minutes
Reasoning Ability3535 Marks20 Minutes
English Language3030 Marks20 Minutes
Total100 Questions100 Marks60 Minutes

Mains Exam Pattern:

The mains exam of IBPS PO is a combination of objective & descriptive type questions. The total duration of the exam is 3 Hr. 30 minutes.

The total no. of objective type questions is 155 & the there are 2 descriptive type. The mains exam is conducted for 225 marks.

Objective Type Exam Pattern:

SubjectNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksDuration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude4560 Marks60 min
Economy, General & Banking Awareness4040 Marks35 min
Data Analysis & Interpretation3560 Marks45 min
English Language3540 Marks40 min
Total155 Questions200 Marks3 Hrs

Descriptive Type Exam Pattern:

There are only 2 questions in this segment which carry 25 marks. The time given for the descriptive type is 30 minutes.

The candidates have to participate in Letter writing & Essay writing iin this segment.

IBPS PO Final Interview

The candidates who cleared the Prelims & Mains exams are invited for the final Interview round. The interview will be conducted by the panel of the respective bank.

Generally, the officials of the respective bank interview the candidates for 15 to 20 minutes. The interview round carries 100 marks.

Required Documents for Interview:

  • All the educational documents (Including Final Marksheets)
  • Photo ID Proof (Aadhar card, Passport, Voter’s ID, etc.,)
  • Achievement Certificates
  • Other Participation Certificates (If any)

List of Banks Participating in IBPS Exam

The selected students in the IBPS exam are allotted to the following banks. IBPS exam is a common examination conducted in favor of 20+ banks in India.

  • Indian Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB)
  • Allahabad Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Canara Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • Union Bank of India
  • United Bank of India
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC)
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • UCO Bank
  • Bank of India
  • Corporation Bank

IBPS PO Important Dates

IBPS PO Notification Release Date1st Week of August 2020
Application Submission Start DateAugust 2020
Last Date to Submit the ApplicationLast Week of August 2020
Application Modification Last Date1st Week of September 2020
Release Date of Prelims Admit CardMid of September 2020
Prelims Exam DateOctober 2020
Prelims Result Release Date1st Week of November 2020
Release of Mains Admit CardMid of November 2020
Mains Exam DateEnd of November 2020
Mains Result Release Date1st Week of January 2020
Release of Final Interview Call LetterMid of January 2021
Final AllotmentMarch/ April 2021

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