IBPS PO 2021 Exam Date Out: Eligibility, Exam Pattern & Other Details

IBPS PO 2021

IBPS PO 2021: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will be releasing the IBPS PO 2021 Notification for the post of Probationary Officers (PO) tentatively in the August first week on @ibps.in. Every year lakhs of candidates apply for this recruitment to get a secure job in the Public Sector Banks participating in this CRP PO/ MT recruitment. The candidates will be selected through Prelims, Mains, and Interview round conducted by IBPS. As per the IBPS Calendar, the prelims exam is going to be held on 09th, 10th, 16th, 17th October and Mains on 27th November 2021.

The candidates can read about the IBPS PO, Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, IBPS PO 2021 Online Form, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Cut off for the previous years, Salary,  Preparation Tips, Study Materials on this page. Bookmark this page and get notified with every latest update for IBPS PO 2021.

IBPS PO 2021 Notification

The IBPS is going to release the notification for the 2021 exam in the first week of August 2021, as per the trend. The Official Notification PDF for the IBPS PO Exam, apply online date, exam date will be available in August 2021 tentatively. after it is released by the conducting body IBPS on its official site @ibps.in. Check the last year’s notification PDF below.

Check IBPS PO 2020-21 Notification PDF (Previous year)

IBPS PO 2021: Overview

IBPS PO 2021 is one of the most awaited Banking exams, for which a huge number of vacancies are released. Check out the highlights of the IBPS PO Exam.

IBPS PO 2021: Highlights
Organization Name Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Post Name Probationary Officer (PO)
Exam Level National Level
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Online
Vacancies To Be Notified Soon
Salary INR 37,360 – INR 38,700
Category Bank Jobs
Selection Process Prelims, Mains & Interview
Education Qualification Graduate from a recognized University
Age Limit 20 years – 30 years
Official Website @ibps.in

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IBPS PO 2021: Exam Date

IBPS has declared the exam date of Probationary Officer in advance in the IBPS Calendar 2021 With the release of the calendar, the IBPS PO prelims & mains exam dates are announced. Check the below table for all important dates for IBPS PO 2021.

Events Dates (Tentative)
IBPS PO Notification 2021 1st week of August 2021
Apply Online Starts 1st week of August 2021
Last Date to Apply 3rd week of August 2021
IBPS PO Prelims Admit Card Release Date September 2021 (Tentative)
IBPS PO 2021 Preliminary Exam Date 09th, 10th, 16th, 17th October 2021
IBPS PO Preliminary Result Date November 2021
IBPS PO 2021 Mains Exam Date 27th November 2021
IBPS PO Mains Result Date December 2021
Conduct of interview January/ February 2022
IBPS PO 2001 Provisional Allotment April 2022

IBPS PO 2021: Vacancy Details

The number of vacancies for the IBPS PO 2021 exam is going to release with the notification. Here we have presented the previous year’s vacancies to give you an idea of the vacancies. You can predict the number of vacancies for the PO exam from last year’s vacancies. The vacancy details for the last year is given below

Vacancies for IBPS PO 2020-21: 3517 (New)

Vacancies for IBPS PO 2019-20: 4336

Vacancies  for IBPS PO 2018-19: 4252

IBPS PO 2021: Eligibility Criteria

A candidate who wants to appear for the upcoming year’s exam should check that they fulfil the criteria required. Also, consider the age relaxation provided. The changes in the notification will be updated here.


The applicant could be:
A Citizen of India
The subject of Nepal or Bhutan
Tibetan refugee who is permanently settled in India prior to January 1, 1962
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 in India permanently.

Education Qualification

An applicant possessing a graduate degree (such as BA, BCom, BSc, B.Tech) from a recognized university. Please note that the degree or marks should be obtained on or before the date(to be issued). Also, candidates possessing degrees equivalent to the mentioned qualification are also eligible.

Knowledge of Computers- As the exams are now conducted online, candidates need to know the basic working of the computer.

Language Proficiency- Verbal and written knowledge of the state/ UT is desirable.

Age Limit

An applicant should be between the age of 20 years but less than 30 years.

The age relaxation for the candidates for IBPS PO 2021 is as follows:
Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste 5 years
Scheduled Tribe 5 years
Other Backward Class- Non-creamy layer 3 years
Person with disability 10 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers (including Emergency Commissioned Officers, and Short Service Commissioned Officers) who served more than 5 years and resigned on the conclusion of the assigned project. 5 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the J&K from January 1st, 1980 to December 31, 1989 5 years
Candidates affected by the 1984 riots 5 years

Ensure that the eligibility is fulfilled in all aspects to get this particular government job.

IBPS PO 2021 Application Fees

The application fee provided below for IBPS PO is based on the previous year’s notification. Bank Transaction charges for Online Payment of application fees/ intimation charges will have to be borne by the candidate. If there is any change in this year’s notification, it will be updated here.

Category Charges Fee Amount
SC/ST/PwBD Intimation Charges only ₹ 175/-
GEN/OBC/EWSs Application fee including intimation charges ₹ 850/-

IBPS PO 2021 Apply Online

The online registration process to apply for IBPS PO 2021 will tentatively begin in August’s first week. The candidates are advised to bookmark this page to get notified once the application process begins for

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IBPS PO 2021: Selection Process

The candidates will be appointed on the basis of their performance in the three stages of the IBPS PO Exam 2021. There are three stages of the IBPS PO Exam.

  1. Prelims Exam
  2. Mains Exam
  3. Interview

The candidates will have to score a section cut-off as well as an overall cut-off. The selection process requires the qualification of each stage in order to get finally selected. The prelims round is qualifying while the mains exam requires the minimum cut-off marks to appear for the interview round. Interviews will be conducted by the participating organizations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT. The interview round holds 100 marks.

Practice with IBPS PO Previous Year Question Paper

IBPS PO 2021: Exam Pattern

Exam pattern is the detail of the examination covering the question type, sections of the exam, duration of the exam, number of questions asked. The IBPS PO Exam consists of three stages:

StageMarksType of Questions

Prelims 100 Objective (MCQ)
Final 200 + 25 Objective (MCQ)
Except for English Descriptive Paper
Interview 100 Verbal

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

  • The prelims exam consists of a total of 100 questions with a time duration of 60 minutes.
  • Question type remains Multiple Choice questions.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks in the exam for each wrong answer.
  • This round is only qualifying in nature.
S.No. Name of Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

Questions type are again Multiple Choice with a slightly higher difficulty level. The Number of questions and the duration of the exam is higher. There is a negative marking of 0.25 for every incorrect answer. Refer to the table for a brief Exam pattern for mains

S.No. Section Name 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 interview is the final stage of the IBPS PO Exam.

  • Candidates qualifying with good marks in Prelims and mains will finally be appearing for the interview process.
  • The interview round is of 100 marks.
  • The final score is calculated by IBPS with the weightage of marks given to the main examination and interview the ratio of 80:20 respectively.

IBPS PO 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus of the IBPS PO Exam consists of a general test of the candidate for their logical and general knowledge. An extensive range of topics is covered in the syllabus for a probationary officer. These topics are broadly classified as Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Awareness. The syllabus of each phase of the exam is different in the aspects of its difficulty level.

The topics are described below:

1. Reasoning

This section of the exam comprises questions that a candidate can relate as per his thinking in a logical manner. Refer to the given topics:

  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Ranking/Direction/Alphabet test
  • Data sufficiency
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning

2. Quantitative Aptitude

Also known as Quant, consists of the mathematical/ numerical ability of the candidate up to a basic level(school level). The topics include:

  • 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

3. General Awareness (GA)

GA questions are for the testing of knowledge of the current worldly knowledge possessed by the candidates and how much he/she is updated about them. Check the following topics for IBPS PO GK Syllabus:

  • Banking & Financial Awareness
  • Current Affairs
  • Static GK

IBPS PO Result

IBPS PO Result is to be announced after each phase of the exam. The result is followed by the scorecard, where candidates can check their marks scored in each phase. Refer to the link for checking the result.

Click here to Check IBPS PO Result

Normalization of Scores- This is a common practice in the case of government exams. Through this, the difficulty level is brought to a normal level so that the cut off can be prepared. This is done using the equi-percentile method

Click here to Check IBPS PO 2021 Score-Card

IBPS PO Exam Centre

A separate call letter is issued to the candidates for this pre-exam training that is conducted in various centres across India. The list of centers included are:

North India South India East India West India
Agra Bengaluru Agartala Ahmedabad
Allahabad Chennai Balasore Aurangabad
Amritsar Coimbatore Behrampur (Ganjam) Bhopal
Bareilly Gulbarga Bhubaneshwar Indore
Chandigarh Hyderabad Dhanbad Jabalpur
Dehradun Kavaratti Guwahati Jaipur
Gorakhpur Kochi Hubli Jodhpur
Jammu Madurai Kolkata Mumbai
Kanpur Mangalore Muzaffarpur Nagpur
Karnal Mysore Patna Panaji (Goa)
Lucknow Port Blair Ranchi Pune
Ludhiana Puducherry Sambalpur Raipur
New Delhi Thiruchirapalli Shillong Rajkot
Patiala Thiruvananthapuram Siliguri Vadodara
Rohtak Vijaywada Tirupati
Shimla Vishakhapatnam

IBPS PO 2021 Salary

Salary holds a lot of importance in the life of an IBPS PO candidate. With high perks and bonuses, a candidate gets lured for the given post. Hence, the payscale, structure of salary, in-hand salary, perks, and profile of the job is a piece of important information. The details of the salary are provided:

  • 23700 – (980 x 7) – 30560 – (1145 x 2) – 32850 – (1310 x 7) – 42020.
  • It means Basic Salary of IBPS PO after 7 Years – Rs 30,560 Basic Salary of IBPS PO after 7 + 2 Years – Rs 32,850 Basic Salary of IBPS PO after 7 + 2 + 7 Years – Rs 42,020
  • Allowances include Dearness, CCA, HRA, Medical Aid

Click here for IBPS PO Salary 2021

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Cut Off is the minimum marks that are required by any candidate to score in order to be shortlisted to appear for the Interview and thereafter for the final recruitment.

  • Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum cut-off score in each test of the IBPS Main examination online and also a minimum total score to be considered to be shortlisted for an interview.
  • Depending on the number of vacancies available, IBPS PO cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for IBPS interview.
  • The final appointment will be made on the basis of the marks secured in the IBPS PO Mains Exam and the scores obtained in the Interview.
  • Prior to the completion of the IBPS interview process, scores obtained in the online Main examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for the interview.

Given below is the IBPS PO cut off marks for preliminary exam 2020-21.

Click here to Check IBPS PO Cut Off 2020-21 (Previous Year)

IBPS PO 2019-20 Prelims Cut-Off

Subjects English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability Total
Maximum Score 30 35 35 100
Cut Off Score
10.50 8.75 10.25 59.75
Cut Off Score
6.50 5.25 6.50

IBPS PO Prelims 2019-20 Category-wise Cut-Off

Category Cut Off Marks
General 59.75
OBC 59.75
SC 53.50
ST 46.25
EWS 59.75
HI 21.25
OC 44.50
VI 52.25
ID 20.75

IBPS PO Mains 2019 Cut Off

Serial No. Subject Maximum Marks Cut Off (SC/ST/OBC/PwD) Cut Off (General)
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 60 05.50 07.75
2. English Language 40 10.75 14.25
3. Data Analysis & Interpretation 40 02.50 05.25
4. General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 05.00 08.00
5. English Language (Descriptive) 25 08.75 10.00

IBPS PO Mains Cut Off 2019: Category Wise

Category IBPS PO Mains Cut Off
(Out of 225)
EWS 65.88
OBC 70.25
SC 55.63
ST 38.13
HI 41
OC 46.13
VI 70.50
ID 45.88

IBPS PO Final Cut Off 2019: (Mains + Interview)

Maximum Scores 47.07 50.80 50.22 48.98 60.58 46.38 53.16 42.33 42.04
Minimum Scores 36.02 33.24 40.27 40.82 44.44 36.00 42.18 26.36 28.80

How to Prepare for IBPS PO?

Every year, lakhs of candidates apply and get recruited for government jobs including Banking, which forms a crucial part of the government exams. There are some govt organizations that conduct exams annually, bi-annually, and sometimes more. To prepare for a Bank Exam, especially IBPS PO, one has to be aware of all the vacancies that released.

The next step should be to know about the previous year’s trend of the questions asked along with the exam pattern of the particular exam. You can visit Bankersadda to get study material, question papers of previous years as well as mock test papers.

Make a list of topics for the exam you’re appearing for, using the syllabus. After this, you must list down the topics you need to devote time to in decreasing order.

With this, you can divide your time schedule in order to inculcate topics daily. Try making a checklist while you are studying.

Preparation should involve completing all the tasks (topics) in a complete manner, wherein at the end, you are able to answer all types of questions of each level. The difficulty level of the exam needs to be covered too.

You should also know that your confidence will be answering most of your problems. Don’t lose hope when you’re stuck or when you are taking too much time to complete a topic. Be positive and stay focused.

Remember, bank exam preparation does involve quality as there’s negative marking in most exams. So, the correct answers hold more importance/marks than the number of questions attempted and wild guesses do not work here. Be thorough with each topic you study and be consistent in your devotion and hard work.

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IBPS PO 2021 Admit Card

The IBPS PO 2021 Admit Card will be released in September 2021. The call letter is an important document for the entry of the candidates into the exam hall. Without it, candidates are not permitted to give the exam.

Click here to Download IBPS PO 2021 Admit Card

Practice with IBPS PO Previous Year Question Paper

IBPS PO 2021 FAQ’s

Q1. What are IBPS PO 2021 Exam dates?

Ans. The IBPS PO 2021 Prelims Exam has been scheduled for 09th, 10th, 16th, and 17th October 2021, and the Mains exam for 27th November 2021.

Q2. What is the selection procedure for IBPS PO?

Ans. The IBPS PO will be held in three stages: Prelims, Mains, and interviews. The candidates will have to clear each stage to be eligible to be appointed as an IBPS PO.

Q3. I am a graduate with less than 60% marks. Can I Apply for IBPS PO 2021 Exam?

Ans. Yes, all graduates are applicable to apply for the IBPS PO exam. There is no required percentage to apply for IBPS PO.

Q4. Can final year students apply for IBPS PO?

Ans. Yes. However, the degree, before the Application Form fill-up date.

Q5. Is there any negative marking for IBPS PO?

Ans. Yes, there is a negative marking for every wrong answer in IBPS PO 2021. 0.25 of the total marks allotted for that question will be deducted for marking a wrong answer.

Q6. What is the date to apply for IBPS PO 2021?

Ans. The last date to apply online will be released with the notification.

Q7. What is the no. of vacancies for IBPS PO 2021?

Ans. The number of vacancies will be announced in the notification. The last year’s vacancies for the IBPO PO 2020-21 were 3517.

Q8. When will the IBPS PO Notification 2021 release?

Ans. IBPS PO Notification 2021 will release in 1st week of August 2021.

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  1. Sir , I’m final year student because of this pandemic university didn’t take of exam our whole yr gonna waste what can we all do ….sir plz reply

  2. Sir , I’m final year student because of this pandemic university didn’t take exams our whole year gonna waste what can we all do ….sir plz reply

    1. My question is exactly the same..I am final year student…The last sem exams are yet to be conduct…We cannot have degree in our hands before 26 august…Can I apply for this exam??? Please let us know

  3. I am final year student and due to pandemic situation our last semester exam are not conducted and we cannot have our degree in hand before 26th August so Can I apply for IBPS Po ?


  4. Hmmm, would Banks which hasn’t reported like Canara, Indian, UCO, PNB would increase or would they conduct separate exam like canara and indian bank in 2018? Any ideas about it?

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