IBPS conducts a common IBPS PO Exam every year to recruit Probationary Officers in various banks that participate in this exam. The Prelims exam is conducted in the month of October 2017 and the mains was conducted in November 2017! Once you qualify the whole exam (prelims, mains and interview), you are hired as a Probationary Officer in one of the participating banks as per your preference and merit. The full form of ‘IBPS PO’ exam is ‘Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officer’ exam. 

After getting recruited as an IBPS PO, you will be getting a handsome salary including other allowances. The final salary of IBPS PO officer including HRA, DA, etc. may go up to Rs. 38,360 – 40,700/- initially. This will increase along your career path at the bank.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts many bank exams throughout the year. These exams are for multiple posts. Some of the most significant exams are IBPS RRB (Officer Sc. I, II and III along with IBPS RRB Office Assistant), IBPS Clerk, IBPS Specialist Officer, IBPS PO, etc.

This year, 20 banks are participating in the IBPS PO 2017 Exam. They are Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, IDBI Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India and Vijaya Bank

Wondering about the IBPS PO Exam Date for this year? Here are the details:

Important Events


IBPS Online Application for PO exam

16th August 2017 to 5th September 2017

IBPS PO Admit Card Download for Prelims

September 2017

IBPS Exam date for PO Prelims 2017

7th, 8th, 14th & 15th October 2017

IBPS PO Prelims Result

October 2017

Download of IBPS PO Admit Card for Mains

November 2017

IBPS Result for PO Mains exam

26th November 2017

IBPS PO Call Letter for Interview

January 2018

IBPS PO Interview date

Jan/Feb 2018

Final IBPS Recruitment Allotment Date

April 2018

There are more than 3500 vacancies this year in the IBPS PO exam.

Overall, there are 3 criteria on which the eligibility of a candidate is judged for IBPS PO. You need to qualify these eligibility standards to apply for this exam. These 3 criteria are broadly classified into the following categories:

IBPS Age Limit for PO Exam (as on 1st August 2017):

  • Minimum Age – 20 years
  • Maximum Age – 30 years

You need to fall under this upper & lower age limit to apply for IBPS PO.

IBPS Age Relaxation for PO Exam (as on 1st August 2017):

The Age Relaxation for IBPS PO Exam will be applicable as per Govt. norms. The IBPS PO Age Relaxation for different categories are as follows:

  • SC/ST – 5 years
  • OBC (Non – Creamy Layer) – 3 years
  • PWD – 10 years
  • Persons affected by 1984 Riots – 5 years
  • Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers with 5 years’ service completed & released – 5 years
  • Jammu & Kashmir domiciled during 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 – 5 years

IBPS PO Educational Qualification (as on 5th September 2017):

The minimum qualification required to apply for IBPS PO Recruitment is a Bachelor’s Degree. Please make note that you cannot apply if you are still in your last year of the degree.

The IBPS PO Exam is conducted in 3 stages out of which the first 2 stages are online written exams and the 3rd stage takes place with the Interview of candidates. The 3 stages are as follows:

  1. IBPS PO Prelims 2017

  2. IBPS PO Mains Exams 2017

  3. IBPS PO Interview 2017

  • There is one-fourth negative marking in both Prelims & Mains for each question wrongly marked.

  • IBPS PO Prelims is qualifying in nature & is not counted towards the final total.

  • Once you clear IBPS PO 2017 Prelims, you will be eligible to appear for IBPS PO Mains.

  • You will be selected for the Interviews through the marks you have obtained in IBPS PO Mains Exam only.

  • Once you clear all these 3 stages, you will be selected as a Bank PO.

IBPS has made major changes in the IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains exam. The IBPS PO Mains will be similar in pattern to the SBI PO Mains. The IBPS PO Mains Exam will now be consisting of total 155 Questions with the duration of 3 hours.

A. IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern


No. of Qs



English Language



1 hour

Quantitative Aptitude



Reasoning Ability







B. IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

The Difficulty level has increased due to the changed exam pattern. It will have two parts – Objective Test – 200 marks & Descriptive Test – 50 marks

Objective Test


No. of Qs



Reasoning & Computer Aptitude



60 min

English Language



40 min

Data Analysis & Interpretation



45 min

General Awareness

(with special reference to Banking)



35 min




3 Hour

Descriptive Test




Letter Writing & Essay


30 Mins

C. Interview

The Interview consists of 100 marks. The weightage (ratio) of Mains Exam & IBPS PO Interview is 80:20, for the final selection. The final selection will be based on the combined total of both the stages.

Given below is the IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus. You can go through the topics carefully or click on the link given to check the IBPS PO Syllabus in detail.

Quantitative Aptitude

Logical Reasoning

English Language

– Simplification

– Average

– Percentage

– Ratio & Proportion

– Data Interpretation

– Mensuration

– Quadratic Equations

– Interest

– Problems on Age

– Profit & Loss

– Number Series

– Speed, Time & Distance

– Time & Work

– Number System

– Data Sufficiency

– Linear Equations

– Permutation Combination

– Mixture & Allegations

– Coded/Mathematical Inequalities

– Syllogisms

– Coding/Decoding

– Circular & Linear Seating Arrangement

– Blood Relation

– Direction & Distance

– Ordering & Ranking

– Arrangement & Pattern

– Double Lineup

– Scheduling

– Analogy

– Classification

– Data Sufficiency

– Series

–  Reading Comprehension

– Grammar

– Verbal Ability

– Cloze Test

– Fill in the Blanks

– Error Spotting

– Phrase Replacement

Apart from the IBPS PO Prelims, you will also have to appear for the Stage II i.e. IBPS PO Mains (Objective & Descriptive Paper)

The topics that will be asked in IBPS PO Mains Objective Paper are:

  1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

  2. English Language

  3. Data Analysis & Interpretation

  4. General Awareness

The Mains Descriptive Paper for IBPS PO exam consists of Letter Writing/Essay which is for 30 minutes and 50 marks. Once you clear all the 2 stages of IBPS PO Prelims and Mains Exam then you have to appear for the IBPS PO Interviews.

You need to have a well – knitted strategy to score good marks in IBPS PO Exams. Moreover, if you are appearing for the IBPS PO Exam for the first time, it is very important that you have a foolproof strategy. Now that you know the new IBPS PO Exam Pattern, you should start your preparation accordingly. The following IBPS PO preparation tips will help you kick-start your preparation.

A. Know the IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2017

You should know the changed IBPS PO Mains exam pattern including negative marking scheme. Moreover, you should be aware of the complete IBPS PO syllabus & nature of question paper before you start preparing.

B. Know the Expected & Previous Years IBPS PO Cut Off

You should go through the previous years cutoffs, especially IBPS PO Cut Off 2016 & IBPS question papers. Make sure you analyse the IBPS PO Cut offs closely before sitting for the exam.

C. Preparation for all Sections with Equal Importance

You should give equal importance to each & every section such as Quant, Reasoning & English and try to work on the topics which are frequently asked. Also, you need to work on your weak areas and improve them accordingly.

D. Practice IBPS Mock Test for PO

It is very important to solve Online IBPS PO Mock Tests and question papers available on the Internet. It will give you confidence while solving the actual IBPS PO exam.

You can apply for IBPS PO Exam through Online mode only. To apply for IBPS PO Exam, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. You can register through IBPS official website and click on the ‘Home Page’ to open the link ‘CWE PO/MT’.

  2. You have to pay the Application fee online using Debit Card/Credit Card/Internet Banking/Cash Cards/Wallets, etc.

  3. Use a valid email ID that should be kept active till the declaration of results.

  4. You should keep a scanned photograph and signature ready as per requirements mentioned in the official notification.

  5. Submit the Application Form.

  6. Take out the print out of the Application Form for future reference.

By following these above steps, you will submit your IBPS PO Form successfully.

The IBPS PO Exam Cut Off vary each year. Below are the Official & Expected IBPS PO Cut Off for 2016 & 2017.

Given below is the Overall Cut Off for IBPS PO 2016:


Prelims Cut-off(Out of 100)















You can also read about the Overall Expected Cut Off by IBPS PO Prelims 2017:


Prelims Cut-off(Out of 100)















Now that you have become aware about some IBPS PO Prelims Exam details, you can now know all the little information by reading the Official Notification. Read it to find all the information on Vacancies, Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus and more!

IBPS PO Official Notification 2017