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IBPS PO 2021: Exam Dates Out, Notification Soon

IBPS PO 2021: IBPS PO 2021 exam will be conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) to select eligible candidates to the post of Probationary Officers in different public sector banks in India. IBPS PO exam is conducted every year since 2011 and is now happening in 2021 in its 11th edition. The IBPS CRP PO/MT-XI 2021 is for selection of candidates to the 11 public sector banks.

IBPS provides its services to all Public-Sector Banks (PNB, BOB, etc.), SBI, RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, LIC & Insurance companies and other Banks which are regular members of the IBPS society. In 2011, IBPS started the Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruiting officers and clerks in Indian Bank and accepts online application through its official website. IBPS PO exam is conducted at various locations throughout India and in online mode only. IBPS CRP PO/MT-XI Prelims Exam 2021 is scheduled to be held on 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th October 2021 while the IBPS PO Main Examination will be tentatively held on 27th November 2021

IBPS PO 2021 Vacancy

More than 8 lakh aspirants appear for the IBPS Bank PO examination every year. The total number of vacancies for IBPS PO 2021 exam will be released along with its notification in September 2021. Last year, the total number of vacancies was 3517.

Available Posts for IBPS PO 2021-22: _____

Posts for IBPS PO 2020-21: 3517

Posts for IBPS PO 2019-20: 4336

Posts for IBPS PO 2018-19: 4252

Posts for IBPS PO 2018-19: 4252

Names of Vacant Positions: Probationary Officers/Management Trainee (PO/MT)

IBPS PO 2021 Exam Date

IBPS has released IBPS PO 2021 Exam Dates along with its Exam Calander for year 2021. As per the latest calendar of IBPS, the preliminary exam of IBPS PO is scheduled to be conducted on 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th October 2021 while the mains exam will be held on 27th November 2021. The important dates for IBPS PO /MT CWE XI 2021 are as follows:

IBPS PO 2021: Important Dates
Events Date
IBPS PO 2021 Notification September 2021
On-line Registration Process September 2021
IBPS PO 2021 Preliminary Exam Date 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th October 2021
IBPS PO Preliminary Results November 2021
IBPS PO Mains Admit Card November 2021
IBPS PO 2021 Mains Exam Date 27th November 2021
IBPS PO mains result December 2021
Conduct of Interview January 2022
IBPS PO 2021 Provisional Allotment 1st April 2022


IBPS PO Recruitment 2021

Probationary Officers (PO) and Management Trainees (MT) are recruited every year through a Common Written Examination (CWE), commonly known as the IBPS PO exam. The CWE was started in 2011 and is being conducted for the 10th time this year and hence is officially called IBPS PO /MT CWE XI 2021.The IBPS PO selection process consists of 3 phases (preliminary, mains and interview) and the candidate must qualify each of them to proceed to the next phase. Mentioned below are the important steps of the IBPS PO Recruitment Process:

Online Preliminary Examination:

An adequate number of candidates in each category are shortlisted by IBPS depending upon requirements for Online Main Examination

Online Mains Examination:

Candidates must qualify the sectional as well as overall cutoff in the main exam to be eligible for interview.


Interview will be conducted by the Participating Organizations and 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 candidates combined performance in IBPS PO Mains and Interview Rounds.

Provisional Allotment:

The provisional allotment of the qualified candidate is released on the official website. The IBPS Banks are allotted based on candidates' preferences which are made at the time of online application.

IBPS plays its part in the selection process only till the provisional allotment to different banks. After that, the responsibility to intimate the qualified candidates about their joining dates and procedure lies with the respective banks.

Public Sector Banking has become an illustrious career option in current times as it comes with the promise of attractive salary, perks, job security, fast growth and good work-life balance.

Government of India had set up Personnel Selection Services (PSS) in 1975 for recruitment of probationary officers and clerks to all public-sector banks. PSS was later changed to Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) in 1984 as per the mandate of Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS introduced separate sectional timing for each sections in preliminary exam. The IBPS PO exam (CWE 10) for hiring candidates will be based on an online written exam in two parts: Tier 1 or IBPS Preliminary Exam and Tier 2 or IBPS Mains Exam. This examination is followed by a face-to-face interview process.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO preliminary examination has a total duration of 1 hour and 20 mintues for each sections, which will be conducted in online mode. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in IBPS PO pre exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer. Candidates must clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam. The section-wise details are given below:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 30 30 20 minutes
Total 100 100

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

General Ability Test Exam Pattern

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

The IBPO PO Main exam is also conducted online, it has 5(4+1) sections with a total score of 200+25 marks and total duration of 180+30 minutes. IBPS will be conducting a descriptive paper in its mains exam for selection of candidates to the post of Probationary officer. The sections must be attempted in the same order and the allotted time as mandated at the time of the exam. A candidate has to clear both preliminary and mains examination to be eligible for the interview process.

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 minutes
IBPS PO Interview

The candidates who have qualified the mains exam are called for a face to face interview which carries a maximum of 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview is 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).

The interview round is generally 15-20 minutes long, where a panel of bank officials ask questions to the candidates about themselves, banking sector, current affairs, general awareness, etc. The candidates must be well dressed, confident and carry all required documents to the interview.

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained in mains examination and interview. The final scoreis calculated by IBPS with weightage of marks given to the main examination and interviewin the ratio of 80:20 respectively.

Penalty for Wrong Answers:

There is a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests of both Preliminary and Mains exams. A wrong answer to an objective question by the candidate will lead to a penalty of one fourth of the marks assigned to that question. For example, 0.25 marks will be deducted as penalty for wrong answer to a question that carries 1 mark. There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate.

Final Score Calculation for IBPS PO Exam:
The final score for the IBPS PO exam is calculated keeping the following points in mind:
• Marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam (Tier-1) will not be considered in the final score and are only for qualifying to Mains Exam (Tier-2).
• Candidates must qualify Phase-2 and Interview separately to be eligible for final merit.
• The weightage (ratio) of CWE Main exam and interview for final merit list will be 80:20 respectively.
• The aggregate score out of 100 is used for the final merit list for each category.Candidates with top merit rank in each category are finally selected.

Number Of Attempts

IBPS PO Age Limit.
Sl. No. Category Attempt Limit
1 General 4 attempts
2 Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe No limit
3 OBC/ General (PWD)/ OBC (PWD) 7 attempts

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria - 2021

Educational Qualification

Graduation Degree: The eligibility criteria for the IBPS CWE exam is as basic as a graduation degree (BA, BCom, BSc, B.Tech or as such) in any discipline from a University recognized by the Government of India. Any such candidate who has received equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Central Government is also eligible to apply for this exam.

The candidates must be in possession of a valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that certifies that they are a graduate on the day they registers for this exam, and must indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering for the IBPS Bank-PO examination.

Computer Literacy:Working knowledge of computer systems is necessary for the job as well as to give the IBPS PO exam which is conducted in online mode.

Language Proficiency:

Verbal and written proficiency in official language of the State/UT is desirable. The candidate must be able to read, write and speak the language.

Nationality / Citizenship of Applicants:
A candidate applying for IBPS CWE/Bank PO Examination must be one of the following:
1. Citizen of India
2. Subject of Nepal or Bhutan
3. Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement
4. 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.
Age Eligibility of candidates applying for IBPS Bank PO Examination (As on 01.08.2021):

Any candidate who is applying for the IBPS CWE examination should not be less than 20 years oldand not more than 30 years old at the time of registration. In addition to this, there isage relaxation application to category wise candidates as per the government rules:

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel) 5 years
Widows/Divorced Women 9 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
Regular Employees of Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal
retrenched from service(for MP state Only)


There is negative marking for the wrong answers in the objective tests of both Preliminary and Mains Exam of SBI PO 2021. One-fourth of the total marks allotted for that question will be deducted for marking a wrong answer.

IBPS PO Cutoff 2021

The cut-off will be released for each phase of exam along with the scoreccard. The previous year cutoff for IBPS PO Preliminary Exam is shown below for reference:

IBPS PO 2020-21 Prelims Cut-Off (Category-wise )
Category Cut Off Marks
General 58.75
OBC 58.50
SC 51
ST 43.5
EWS 57.75
HI 19.75
OC 46
OC 46
VI 54.25
ID 21.75


Bank Exam Preparation Tips for IBPS PO

Bank exam preparation requires a lot of time and effort. The following tips have been drawn up after extensively studying toppers’ strategies for the Bank PO exam:

1. Know the Detailed Syllabus:

The IBPS does not specify a definitive bank exam syllabus for any of its exams. However, one can deduce the major topics that feature every year from studying past years’ bank exam question papers. These topics are also available online and offline along with IBPS PO study material.

2. Make a Study Plan:

The preparation strategy should include a well-planned schedule of study. Aspirants should aim to cover portions of the bank exam syllabus sequentially and include revision of topics periodically.

The study plan should also include analysing previous years’ bank exam question papers and identifying important topics for the exam.

3. Attempt Regular Mock Tests:

Mock tests should be a focus area for the exam. This is because one has to answer a large number of questions in a short amount of time. Solve IBPS PO mock tests and stay updated with the type of questions asked in the bank exams.

Attempting mock tests has two advantages. First, it gives the aspirant a good idea of their preparation level, allowing them to intensify focus on weak areas of the IBPS syllabus. Second, it also provides ample practice in solving questions within the stipulated time.

This is critical as the IBPS PO exam is conducted online with no scope of re-attempting questions once a section has been finished.

4. Read Newspapers:

Reading newspapers is an important but overlooked part of IBPS PO preparation. Candidates should regularly read the newspaper, focus on the business pages to cover current affairs for the exam. This becomes a big differentiator during the exam while attempting the General Awareness section.

5. Focus on One Stage At A Time:

The PO exam is a two-stage exam with a large overlap in the IBPS syllabus between them. Candidates should focus on one stage of the exam at a time as the pattern is similar.

Preparation for the Prelims also covers a large part of the IBPS syllabus for the Mains. Preparation for the IBPS PO Mains exam could then be focussed on the extra subjects that constitute its IBPS PO syllabus.

6. Review Previous Year Question Papers:

Analysing the question papers from previous years will help candidates apprehend the level of examination and also understand what the exact exam pattern is being followed.

This is especially recommended for the candidates appearing for the first time in the IBPS PO exam. Candidates will be able to review, questions from which topics are frequently asked and which ones are less important from the exam point of view.

7. Focus on Every Subject:

A sectional, as well as overall cut off, is released for both prelims and mains phase of the examination. Thus, it is important that a candidate does not just focus on one subject but sufficient time is dedicated for the preparation of each subject included in the IBPS PO syllabus.

There are five major subjects which a candidate has to prepare. This includes:

  • • Reasoning Ability
  • • Quantitative Aptitude
  • • Computer Knowledge
  • • English Language
  • • General/ Banking/ Financial Awareness

8. Do Give a Look at the Previous Year Cut Off:

It is important that an aspirant is well aware of the minimum qualifying marks from the previous years, and also, analyses the trend increase or decrease in the cut off marks. This will enable the candidate to apprehend an approximate value of the cut off marks.

Interested candidates can visit the IBPS PO Cut Off page and get the detailed section-wise minimum qualifying marks for prelims and mains examination.


IBPS PO 2021: FAQs

Q1. When will the IBPS PO 2021 Exam be conducted?

The Online Preliminary exam for IBPS PO 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th October 2021 while the mains exam is scheduled on 27th November 2021.

Q2. When will the Official Notification of IBPS PO 2021 Exam be released?

The official notification for IBPS PO 2021 exam is expected to be released by the first week of September 2021.

Q3. What is the salary of IBPS PO?

The Basic Salary of IBPS PO is 23700-(980×7)-30560-(1145×2)-32850-(1310×7)-42020.

Q4. Can an Engineering graduate apply for IBPS PO Exam?

Yes, Any candidate who have a graduation degree can apply for IBPS PO exam.

Q5. Is the IBPS PO exam Bilingual?

All tests are bilingual, i.e. available in both English and Hindi.

Is there any Negative Marking?Is there any Negative Marking?

Yes, there is negative marking for wrong answer in the objective tests of both Preliminary and Mains Exam of IBPS PO 2020. One fourth of the total marks allotted for that question will be deducted for marking a wrong answer.

Are there fixed timings for different sections?

Yes, Both in Prelims & Mains Exam.