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Every year, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officers (IBPS PO) test is held to select Probationary Officers/Management Trainees (PO/MT) in India's 11 public sector banks.

For various public sector banks in India, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will hold its IBPS PO 2021 exam to identify qualified candidates for the position of probationary officers. All Public-Sector Banks (PNB, BOB, etc.), SBI, RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, LIC & Insurance firms, and other Banks that are regular members of the IBPS society are served by IBPS. In 2011, IBPS published the Common Written Examination, which recruits officers and clerks for Indian banks. Through its website, the organization now accepts online applications.

IBPS Important Dates:

IBPS has announced the IBPS PO 2021 Exam Dates as well as the Exam Calendar for the year 2021. According to the most recent IBPS calendar, the preliminary exam for IBPS PO will be place on the 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th of October 2021, followed by the mains exam on the 27th of November 2021. The following are the key dates for IBPS PO / MT CWE XI 2021:

Registration Process Notification                                              September 2021,

IBPS PO 2021 Preliminary Exam                                                  9th, 10th, 16th & 17th October, 2021

 IBPS PO Preliminary Result:                                                        November, 2021

Admit Card for Mains                                                                     November, 2021

Date of Mains Exam                                                                        27th November, 2021

IBPS PO Mains Result                                                                     December, 2021

Conducting the Interview                                                            January, 2022

Provisional Allotment                                                                     1st April, 2022

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria - 2021

Educational Qualification: The IBPS CWE test eligibility conditions are as simple as a graduation degree (BA, B.Sc., B.Com. B.Tech, or equivalent) in any field from a University acknowledged by the Government of India. Any such applicant who has obtained an equivalent qualification recognised by the Central Government may also apply for this test.

Computer: For the job, and for taking the IBPS PO test, which is given online, one needs to have a working understanding of computer systems.

Language: It is preferable to have verbal and written competence in the official language of the state/UT. Language proficiency must include fluency in reading, writing, and speaking the language.

Nationality / Citizenship: Must be a Citizen of India / Subject of Bhutan or Nepal / Tibetan Refugee / Person of Indian Origin from Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan, Vietnam or East African countries of Kenya, Zaire, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi etc.

Age Limit: IBPS CWE candidates need to be at least 20 years of age at the time of registration, but not more than 30 years of age.



IBPS PO Recruitment 2021

A Common Written Examination (CWE), also called the IBPS PO test, is administered each year for the selection of Probationary Officers (PO) and Management Trainees (MT). The CWE began in 2011 and is being held for the tenth time this year, thus the formal name IBPS PO /MT CWE XI 2021. A candidate must pass each stage to reach the next stage in the selection process (preliminary, mains, and interview). The following steps summarize the steps involved in the selection process:

  • Online Preliminary Examination
  • Online Mains Examination
  • Interview
  • Final Result
  • Provisional Allotment


IBPS participates in the selection process just till the provisional allocation of banks. Following that, it is the responsibility of the various banks to notify qualified candidates of their joining dates and procedures.


IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO exam (CWE 10) for recruiting applicants will include two sections: Preliminary exam and Main exam. This examination is followed by an in-person interview.

Prelims Exam Pattern:   The IBPS PO preliminary examination will last 1 hour and 20 minutes in total, with each component lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes. It is divided into three sections with a total of 100 questions and a maximum score of 100 marks. In the IBPS PO pre-exam, there is negative marking, with 0.25 points lost for each incorrect answer. To qualify for the IBPS PO Main test, candidates must score above the cut-off in all three categories.     

Mains Exam Pattern: The IBPO PO Main exam is also held online and consists of 5(4+1) parts with a total score of 200+25 marks and a total time of 180+30 minutes. In its mains test, IBPS will administer a descriptive examination to applicants for the position of Probationary Officer. The parts must be completed in the same order and within the time limit specified at the time of the test. To be eligible for the interview procedure, a candidate must pass both the preliminary and main examinations.

Interview: Candidates who pass the mains test are invited to a face-to-face interview, which carries a maximum of 100 points. The qualifying mark for the interview is 40% (35 percent for OBC/SC/ST/PWD applicants). The interview round lasts around 15-20 minutes, during which a panel of bank executives questions the candidates about themselves, the banking industry, current events, general knowledge, and so on. Candidates must arrive at the interview well-dressed, confident, and with all needed documentation.

The final merit list is compiled based on the results of the mains examination and the interview. IBPS calculates the final score based on the weightage of marks awarded to the main examination and interview in the ratio of 80:20.



Instructions for the IBPS PO Exam Day in 2021

The following are a few IBPS PO exam day rules that applicants must follow while taking the test.

  • Candidates are permitted to wear mask, bring hand sanitizer (50ml), a pen, gloves, and a clear water bottle.
  • The Aarogya Setu app is required on mobile phones for IBPS PO exam 2021.
  • To prevent congestion, candidates should arrive at the IBPS PO test centre at the time specified on their admission cards. Candidates that arrive late are not permitted to take the exam.
  • Along with the admission card, candidates must provide two passport-size photos.
  • Mobile phones, calculators, pagers, and pen drives, among other electronic devices, are not permitted within the exam centre.
  • Textbooks, sheets, pencil boxes, scales, and writing pads are not permitted as stationery goods.
  • Applicants' biometric impressions are recorded at the exam centre; thus, candidates are instructed not to apply mehendi to their hands.





Q1. How many times does the IBPS PO Exam take place each year?

Ans. The IBPS PO exam is held once a year.


Q2. What books should we read for the IBPS PO?

Ans. Though the websites that give such examinations and courses are highly useful, there are a few books that are recommended: Arihant Publications' The Complete Success Package - Bank PO Recruitment Examination. Disha Publications' IBPS Comprehensive Guide. Disha Publications' Target IBPS PO. Kiran Publications' Bank PO Solved Papers for PO & MT. N K Singh's Quantitative Aptitude Test for Bank PO. RS Aggarwal's Quantitative Aptitude and Wren and Martin's English Language Kiran Publications' Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy.


Q3. What are the prerequisites for the IBPS PO Exam?

Ans. A Bachelor's Degree (Graduation) in any field from a University acknowledged by the Government of India, or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government.


Q4. Is there an age limit for SC/ST candidates?

Ans. SC/ST applicants have a 5-year age relaxation.


Q5. Is the IBPS PO test available in both English and Hindi?

Ans. All tests are available in both English and Hindi.


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