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IBPS PO 2021 Eligibility: Age, Qualification, Nationality, Rules for PWD & EWS

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Feb 16, 2021

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection determines IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2021 for applicants willing to appear in the exam. Candidates must ensure that they satisfy the laid down eligibility conditions before applying for IBPS PO 2021.

IBPS PO Eligibility

IBPS PO 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Age Criteria 20-30 years
Nationality Indian
Educational Qualification Graduation (Minimum)
Attempts Unlimited

IBPS PO 2021 Age Criteria

The lower and upper age limit for IBPS PO Exams is 20 years and 30 years respectively.

However, relaxation is provided to candidates with reservations. A candidate must have been born on or later than August 02, 1991, and on or earlier than August 1, 2001.

Age Relaxations

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 includes 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

Points to Remember

  1. The relaxation in the upper age limit to SC/ ST/ OBC candidates is allowed on a 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 the 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 re-employment in Government recruitment ceases.
  5. There is no reservation for Ex-servicemen in the Officers’ Cadre.

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

IBPS PO Nationality

IBPS PO 2021 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 to permanently settle 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.

Check IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2021- Educational Qualification

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

  • The candidate must have passed the qualifying exam by or before August 2021.
  • The date mentioned on the mark sheet/ scorecard will be considered as the date of passing the degree.
  • The document proving the fulfillment of the educational qualification requirement has to be submitted at the time of the interview round.
  • In case, candidate’s result is posted on University’s website and the web-based certificate is issued then a 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 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 the 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 based on 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 Reservation

IBPS PO 2021- Reservation

EWS Category

Applicants who are not covered under the existing reservations to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled 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 the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) for the benefit 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 the financial year previous to the year of application. However, persons whose family has 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 the 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.

PwD Category

Under section 34 of “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”, persons with benchmark disabilities are eligible for Reservation as per the 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 disability

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.

Guidelines for PwD using a Scribe

Candidates with minimum benchmark disability whose writing speed is adversely affected permanently for any reason can use their scribe at their cost during IBPS PO 2021 Exam. The following rules will apply to use a scribe:

  • Candidates will have to arrange their scribe at their own cost.
  • The scribe may be from any educational background.
  • The candidate, as well as the scribe, will have to submit a suitable undertaking confirming that the scribe fulfills 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 fulfill any laid down eligibility criteria or suppressed material facts then the candidature of the applicant will be canceled, 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 a violation of the above is detected at any stage of the process, the candidature for CRP of both the candidate and the scribe will be canceled.
  • 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

Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy Candidates

Candidates with a 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 Intellectually 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 FAQs

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 on 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 the 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 the 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?

Ans. Yes, as long as age limit criteria are met, there is no limit on the 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 a 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 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 the minimum percentage required in the qualifying exam to apply for IBPS PO?

Ans. There is no such condition as the required minimum percentage.

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

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

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

Ans. Yes.

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

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

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

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

Comments


95 Comments
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srinivasan jayakumar
Am I allowed to take IBPS PO becoz I m 32 yrs old in OBC CATEGORY?
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common admission test

Yes, You are eligible to apply IBPS PO exam as the lower and upper age limit for OBC category Students for IBPS PO Exams is 20 years and 30 years respectively.

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sunny pandey
Am I allowed to retake the IBPS PO practice papers so that I can get good score next time?
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kavita rani

Yes, you can. Since these IBPS PO online mock tests are available for free in PDF format, you can easily download the pdf and solve the IBPS PO sample papers offline to practice and improve.

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arushi thankur
What are the total marks for the prelims exam? Are the scores calculated through normalisation process?
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kavita rani

Maximum marks in the Prelims Exam is 100. The scores of candidates are calculated based on the normalisation process as the exam is conducted in different sessions. Candidates must study harder to get a good score in the exam.

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aashima
I am 20 years old can i give IBPS PO exam this year
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common admission test

Yes, you are eligible to apply for IBPS PO exam as the lower and upper age limit for appearing in IBPS PO Exams is 20 years and 30 years respectively.

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deepa b
Sam I am 33 year 3 months sc category am i eligible for clerk exam 2021.
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common admission test

Hii Deepa. Yes, you are eligible as those students of SC category within age of 20 and 35 years, and have a graduation degree can apply for the IBPS exam. For more details Click Here

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prahasti
Are there any benefits for ST/SC/OBC/PWD Candidates in IBPS PO Recruitment?
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kavita rani

Hi Prahasti. Yes, the relaxation in the upper age limit is given to SC/ ST/ OBC candidates. Details related to age relaxation is mentioned here.

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prachi gupta
12th % matters in IBPS PO exam and how much % required for the exam
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arvind kumar

Hi Prachi, you must be a graduate to give IBPS PO exam and 12 th percentage doesn’t play a very important role. For more details visit: IBPS PO 2020

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sri haripriya
I'm in 7 sem ECE can I apply for the released supplementary ipbs po
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abdul nazir

Hi Sri Haripriya

No, you can only apply, if you possess a Bachelor’s degree on the day of registartion. For eligiblity click here

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sivakumar k
Hi i have cleared ibps so mains but couldnt make it to the final list. this time it will be my 6th attempt for ibps so exam. my age is 31 and belongs to obc non creamy layer. am i eligible?? till how long an obc ncl candidate can write ibps so exam.
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arvind kumar

Hi Siva, there is no limit to the number of attempts. For more details visit: IBPS PO 2020

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nafisa khatoon
I am color blind. Am I eligible for bank PO jobs in India under a general category?
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kavita rani

Hi Nafisa. You can apply for the post, but in case you fail in the medical test, you will not be allowed to get bank PO post.

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kunal thakrar
Which one is better: SBI clerk or IBPS PO?
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kavita rani

Hi Kunal. SBI Clerk is a clerical level job while IBPS PO will allow you to get an officer level post and you can choose from various banks. Still both these posts have different job profiles and growth opportunities, so it is you who needs to make the final decision.

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arushi thankur
What is the complete syllabus and exam criteria for IBPS PO exams?
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kavita rani

Hi Arushi. IBPS PO has determined sections that will come in prelims and main exam. IBPS PO exam is conducted in three phases including Preliminary exam, Main exam, and an Interview Round. You can check the detailed syllabus and exam criteria here.

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md hussain ansari
Is preparing for the CAT beneficial for the Bank PO exam as well?
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kavita rani

Hi Md Hussain. CAT is a harder exam that needs more efforts and dedicated mind. Hence, in case you are preparing for the CAT exam, it will help you prepare for the bank PO exam as well.

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rashmi gupta
What is the age limit for general category candidate to appear for IBPS clerk/PO exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. Candidate with a minimum age of 20 years are eligible to give the IBPS exam. Check out the detailed eligibility criteria here.

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nafisa khatoon
What percent is required upon graduation for IBPS PO Exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Nafisa. You must have obtained at least 50% marks to give the IBPS PO exam.

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ibashisha mukhim
If a person belonging to OBC category clears the IBPS PO exam with general category marks, should he/she produce the OBC certificate during the document verification process?
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kavita rani

Hi Ibashisha. In case you have written OBC Category in application form, then you are supposed to produce an OBC certificate approved by the Government of India. In case you fail in producing the certificate, your application form will get rejected.

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vishal sharma
Should I leave BOB clerk job, to prepare full time for the IBPS PO 2021? I am working in audit division not in a branch and I had cleared IBPS PO Mains in 2019.
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kavita rani

Hi Vishal. In case you want to prepare for IBPS PO exam along with your job, then SBI Clerk is a good choice. You can prepare for the exam even with your job as well, but you must know the art of making a perfect combination between your job and studies.

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divakar sharma
Are the forms of IBPS PO exams published every year?
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kavita rani

Hi Divakar. Yes, IBPS PO exam is conducted every year.

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shiya devi
Is it necessary that there should be a minimum of 60% marks in graduation for application for the IBPS PO Exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Shiya. For the IBPS(PO), there is no fixed eligibility critera required in terms of marks. To get more details refer here.

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swarup
Is there any limit on the number of attempts for a SBI Bank PO exam?
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kapila.gandrola

Hi Swarup,

There are no attempt limits for SBI PO examination. However, they pose an age limit for the candidate. As long as the candidate is in the eligible age range, they can give unlimited attempts. To know more about the eligibility, please follow – SBI PO Exam Eligibility