IBPS PO 2020 Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit, Educational Qualification, Rules for PWD and EWS

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Apr 8, 2020

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection determines IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2020 for applicants willing to appear in IBPS PO 2020 exam. Candidates must ensure that they satisfy the laid down eligibility conditions before applying for IBPS PO 2020.

  • The minimum eligibility requires a candidate to possess a graduation degree or equivalent from a recognized university as on August 28, 2020.
  • A candidate must have been born on or later than August 02, 1989 and on or earlier than August 1, 1999.
  • Candidates belonging to reserved categories will be given upper age relaxation as per reservation norms.
  • Candidates will be allowed to use the services of a scribe and will be permitted a compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour in IBPS PO 2020 Exam.
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Read on to know the detailed eligibility criteria regarding age limit, relaxation, nationality, academic qualification, reservation conditions and guidelines for persons with benchmark disabilities (PWD) and Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Category. 

Download IBPS PO 2020 Official Notification


IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2020

The eligibility conditions for the banking exam is based on various factors such as candidate’s nationality, age and educational qualification. Further, candidates seeking reservation under SC/ ST/ OBC / EWS and PwD have to fulfil other eligibility criteria. Merely, satisfying the eligibility to be appointed as Probationary Officer in Nodal banks does not guarantee selection of the candidate. The eligibility criteria are mentioned below:

IBPS PO 2020 Nationality

A candidate must be either -

  1. A Citizen of India or
  2. A Subject of Nepal or
  3. A Subject of Bhutan or
  4. A Tibetan Refugee who came to India prior to January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  5. A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Check IBPS PO Exam Centers

Note: Candidates belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) should possess and produce, whenever asked by IBPS, a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

IBPS PO 2020 Age Criteria

Candidates must be between 20 and 30 years of age as on August 1, 2020. However, age relaxation is provided to candidates belonging to reserved categories as mentioned below: 

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ ST (Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe)  5 years
OBC (Other Backward Classes – Non Creamy Layer) 3 years
PwD (Persons With Disabilities) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers which inlcudes Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs). These candidates must have gained at least 5 years of military service and have been released on completion of the assignment (including those whose assignment is due within a year)  5 years
Persons originally domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
  1. The relaxation in upper age limit to SC/ ST/ OBC candidates is allowed on cumulative basis with only one of the remaining categories for which age relaxation is permitted.
  2. There is no upper age limit relaxation provided to General and Economically Weaker Section Category candidates.
  3. Candidates seeking age relaxation will have to produce supporting documents in original and photocopies at any stage of the recruitment process as required by IBPS/ Participating Organisation.
  4. In case, an Ex-servicemen who once joined a Government job on the civil side after availing the benefits given to him as an Ex-servicemen for his re-employment, his Ex-servicemen status for the purpose of re-employment in Government recruitment ceases.
  5. There is no reservation for Ex-servicemen in Officers’ Cadre.

Check IBPS PO Exam Pattern


IBPS PO 2020 Educational Qualification

A Graduation Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized by the Central Government.

  • Candidate must have passed the qualifying exam on or before August 28, 2020.
  • The date mentioned on marksheet/ scorecard will be considered as the date of passing the degree. 
  • The document proving the fulfillment of educational qualification requirement has to be submitted at the time of interview round.
  • In case, candidate’s result is posted on University’s website and web based certificate is issued then proper certificate in original issued and signed by the appropriate authority of the University indicating the date of passing properly mentioned thereon will be reckoned for verification and further process.
  • Candidates have to clearly specify the percentage obtained in Graduation calculated to the nearest two decimals in the online application.
  • Candidates who are awarded CGPA / OGPA have to convert the same into percentage and mention it in online application.
  • Calculation of Percentage: The percentage marks shall be arrived at by Dividing the total marks obtained by the candidate in all the subjects in all semesters/years By aggregate maximum marks in all the subjects multiplied by 100. Read IBPS PO Syllabus
  • It will be applicable for those Universities as well where Class/ Grade is decided on basis of Honours marks only.
  • The fraction of percentage arrived will be ignored i.e. 59.99% will be treated as less than 60% and 54.99% will be treated as less than 55%.

IBPS PO Eligibility for EWS Category

Applicants who are not covered under the existing reservations to Scheduled Castes, Schedule Tribes and Other Backward Classes and whose family has gross annual income less than INR 8 lakhs (Rupees eight lakh only) are to be identified as candidates belonging to Economically Weaker Section (EWS) for the benefil of 10% reservation in the vacancies reported by IBPS.

  • The income will include revenue from all sources such as salary, agriculture, business, profession etc. and it will be the income from financial year previous to the year of application. However, persons whose family has a possession of any of the following assets will not be considered as EWSs, irrespective of their family income:
    • 5 acres of Agricultural Land and above
    • Residential flat of 1000 sq. ft. and above
    • Residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities
    • Residential plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities
  • The property owned by a "Family" in different locations would be clubbed while applying the property holding test to determine EWS status.
  • The term "Family" will include the person who seeks benefit of reservation, his/her parents and siblings below the age of 18 years and also his/her spouse and children below the age of 18 years.
  • An Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority in the prescribed format will have to be produced to avail the benefit of EWS reservation at the time of document verification and interview round of IBPS PO Selection Process.

IBPS PO Eligibility for PwD Category

Under section 34 of “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”, persons with benchmark disabilities are eligible for Reservation as per government of India norms. The following categories of disabilities can avail reservation under this Act:

  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy
  • autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;
  • multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness in the posts identified for each disabilities

Vacancies reserved for the persons with benchmark disabilities will be allocated as prescribed in the “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016” and as per vacancies reported to IBPS by Participating banks. Read Documents required for IBPS PO 2020

Guidelines for PwD using a Scribe

Candidate with minimum benchmark disability whose writing speed is adversely affected permanently for any reason can use their own scribe at their cost during IBPS PO 2020 Exam. The following rules will apply to use a scribe:

  • Candidates will have to arrange their own scribe at their own cost.
  • The scribe may be from any educational background.
  • Candidate as well as scribe will have to submit a suitable undertaking confirming that the scribe fulfils all the stipulated eligibility criteria for a scribe mentioned above. If, at any stage of the exam, it is found out that the scribe did not fulfil any laid down eligibility criteria or suppressed material facts then the candidature of the applicant will be cancelled, irrespective of the result of the CRP.
  • Candidates using a scribe will be eligible for compensatory time of 20 minutes or otherwise advised for every hour of the examination.
  • The scribe arranged by the candidate should not be a candidate for the online examination under (CRP-PO/MT-IX).
  • If violation of the above is detected at any stage of the process, candidature for CRP of both the candidate and the scribe will be cancelled.
  • Candidates eligible for and who wish to use the services of a scribe in the examination have to apply for the same in the IBPS PO Application Form.
  • Any subsequent request will not be entertained.
  • Only candidates registered for compensatory time will be allowed such concessions since compensatory time given to candidates shall be system based, it will not be possible for the test conducting agency to allow such time if they are not registered for the same.  Check Category-wise Cutoff

Guidelines for Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy Candidates

Candidates with minimum of 40% Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function will be permitted a compensatory time of twenty minutes per hour or otherwise advised.

Guidelines for Visually Impaired candidates

Candidates who are Visually Impaired suffering from not less than 40% of disability may opt to view the contents of the test (question paper) in magnified font and all such candidates will be eligible for compensatory time of 20 minutes for every hour or otherwise advised of examination. The facility of viewing the contents of the test in magnifying font will only be available to Visually Impaired candidates who will not use the services of a Scribe for the examination.

Guidelines for Intellectual Disabled Candidates

Candidates with more than 40% Intellectual Disability, Autism, Specific Learning Disability and Mental Illness will be provided a compensatory time of twenty minutes per hour of examination, irrespective of availing the services of a scribe. Download IBPS PO Practice Papers


IBPS PO Eligibility FAQs

Ques. I am a Tibetan refugee residing in India. Am I eligible to fill and submit the IBPS PO application form?

Ans. Yes

Ques. Can I fill the IBPS PO online application form when my graduation final year result is awaiting?

Ans. No, results must be declared before registration.

Ques. I am 31 years old and belong to the unreserved category. Am I eligible for filling the IBPS PO online application form?

Ans. No.

Ques. I am 32 years old and belong to the SC category. Am I eligible for filling the IBPS PO online application form?

Ans. Yes.

Ques. I am 19 years old and belong to the OBC category. Am I eligible for filling the IBPS PO online application form?

Ans. No, the lower age limit is 20 years for any category.

Ques. I belong to the OBC category as per state norms, but it is not in the central list. What should I mention in the registration form?

Ans. In that case, you will be considered as a general candidate and you have to mention it as General category.

Ques. I belong to the General category, and secured just 45% marks in my B.Sc. Am I eligible for filling the IBPS PO online application form this year again?

Ans. Yes, there is no such condition about required minimum percentage.

Ques. I belong to the General category, and have attempted IBPS PO five times before. Am I eligible for filling the IBPS PO online application form this?

Ans. Yes, as long as age limit criteria is met, there is no limit on number of attempts.

Ques. I belong to the ST category. What fee do I need to pay while registering for IBPS PO?

Ans. You need to pay INR 100 to register for IBPS PO.

Ques. I am an Arts graduate. Am I eligible for filling the IBPS PO online application form?

Ans. Yes, you can be graduate in any discipline from a recognized university or hold any equivalent qualification recognized by the central/state government.

Ques. I have gap of 2 years in my academic career. Am I eligible for applying to IBPS PO?

Ans. Yes, as long as you fulfill the specified criteria.

Ques. Can a foreign citizen apply for this post?

Ans. A candidate must satisfy the following nationality conditions. The candidate must either be:

  • A citizen of India
  • A subject of Nepal
  • A subject of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan Refugee
  • A person of Indian origin who is a migrant of either Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention to settle permanently in India

Ques. I belong to Bhutan. Do I need to produce some eligibility certificate for applying to IBPS PO?

Ans. Yes, the candidates who are not the citizen of India must produce the certificate of eligibility issued by the Indian government.

Ques. What is minimum percentage required in the qualifying exam to apply for IBPS PO?

Ans. There is no such condition about required minimum percentage.

Ques. Is there also age criteria for the IBPS PO exam?

Ans. Yes, the minimum age limit is 20 years, and maximum age limit is 30 years. Upper age relaxation for some categories is mentioned below:

  • Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe: 5 years
  • Other Backward Classes: 3 years
  • Specially-abled Persons: 10 years
  • Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service: 5 years
  • Persons ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989: 5 years
  • Persons affected by 1984 riots: 5 years

Ques. Is there any limit on number of attempts for IBPS PO?

Ans. No, as long as age limit criteria is met, there is no limit on number of attempts.

Ques. What is the minimum educational qualification required for the IBPS PO exam?

Ans. Candidate must have graduated in any discipline from a recognized university or must hold an equivalent qualification recognized by the central/state government. Moreover, candidates must have a valid certificate (mark-sheet/degree) of graduation on the day of registration and must specify percentage of marks secured while registering online.

Ques. I have completed B.Tech. in Civil Engineering. Will I be eligible for applying to IBPS PO?

Ans. Yes.

Ques. Is computer knowledge must for applying for IBPS PO?

Ans. The mode of exam is online. Therefore, you must have the basic knowledge of computers for applying for IBPS PO.

Ques. I am 19 years old. Shall I be able to apply for IBPS PO?

Ans. Your age must be at least 20 years at the time of registering for the application.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

Comments


41 Comments
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suhas
Sir,I will complete 33 years in April 23 rd 2020.i am belong to obc category.can I apply for officer scale l in rrb
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Suhas,sorry, but you are not eligible for this exam as even after age relaxation, upper age limit for OBC candidates is 33 years.
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nongthombam diana devi
Sir I'm 59% in graduated and belongs to OBC can I apply in IBPS PO 2020
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Diana, as there is no minimum percentage criteria, thus, you are eligible for this exam.
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pratiksha nadhe
my dob is 6 jan 1989 . i am from obc backround . i am eligible for ibps 2020-2021
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Pratiksha, yes, as upper age limit for OBC candidates is 33 years, thus, you can apply for this exam in 2020.
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preeti tiwari
sir , i have filled from ews category ,,,but i don't have certificate ....will ibps consider me in general category if i clear the cutoff marks of general category
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Preeti, if you do not have certificate to claim reservation under EWS category, then, you will be considered general candidate only.
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shivanshu
what is the minimum graduation percentage for bank po
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Shivanshu, there is no minimum percentage criteria as specified by IBPS to be eligible for this exam. Any candidate who has done graduation can appear in this exam.
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arya suresh
I'am persuing degree final year am i eligible?
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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Arya, candidates applying for IBPS PO 2019 must have graduated by Aug 28, 2019. Thus, you are not eligible for this exam in this year. Moreover, registration process as already closed.

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rupa biswas
can a sc candidate of one state apply for ibps po from another state with same reservation facility plz reply
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Rupa, yes, you may apply to avail reservation benefits in other state too. However, last date to apply for IBPS PO exam has already gone for 2019.
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namita meena
I am completing my graduation from IGNOU (correspondence) Is it compulsory to attach degree or can we attach provisional certificate or can we put marks only
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Namita, there is no need to attach any of the provisional and mark sheet in the form. You will be asked to enter your marks only. Document verification will take place only after you qualify Pre, Mains, GD and PI conducted by IBPS.
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amirtha av
i am completing my degree in november. am i eligible?
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Amritha, yes, after completing graduation, you will be eligible for this exam.
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bharti balhara
I will be turning 30 on coming November , is their any govt exam for which i am eligible.
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shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Bharti, if you are from general category, then, you will not be eligible for most of the exams. However, if you are reserved category, you can still apply for banking exams etc.