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IBPS PO 2018 Selection Process: What comes next after IBPS PO Mains?

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Feb 8, 2018

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Simran Nigam

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IBPS PO is a competitive examination conducted for selection of PO/ MT (Probationary Officer /Management Trainee) in various participating public sector banks. It is conducted in two rounds- Preliminary Round & Mains Round. The final IBPS Recruitment of Probationary Officer is finalized through an IBPS PO Interview process. IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) acts as the conducting body of the examination.

IBPS PO Prelims will be conducted on October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018. Those who clear the prelims will appeared for the IBPS PO Mains on November 18, 2018. Based on the scores obtained in the Mains round of IBPS Exam, the qualified candidates are selected for IBPS PO Interview.

IBPS PO 2018 Interview

The IBPS PO Interview is conducted by the Participating banks and co-ordinated by the Nodal Bank. IBPS conducts the interview state-wise. The centers for interview along with address, time and date are mentioned in the IBPS Admit Card. Although there is no provision of changing the allotted centers for the candidates, date or time, yet the conducting agencies reserve the authority to change the same under unavoidable circumstances, if any.

Qualifying Criteria for IBPS PO 2018 Interview

The candidates have to obtain a minimum cut-off decided by IBPS Board for each section of the Main exam of IBPS PO and also the overall cut off score. The IBPS PO cut off is decided on the basis of the number of vacancies present in the participating organizations for the session.

The authority considers only the Mains scores to shortlist the candidates for the interview round and not the scores of the Prelims round. However, the conducting authority does not declare the IBPS PO Mains scores prior to the interview process. The candidates selected for interview are informed via Call Letters.

The IBPS PO Interview carries 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks is 40 % for the Unreserved categories and 35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates. IBPS has allotted a weightage ratio of 80:20 for Mains and the Interview scores respectively. IBPS does not disclose the scores of the candidates who do not qualify the minimum marks or are otherwise disqualified from the interview.

According to statistics, 3562 vacant posts will be filled through IBPS PO 2018. Around 2 lakh candidates appeared in the IBPS Exam and according to statistics, around 30,000-50,000 candidates qualified for the IBPS PO Interview.

Documents required for IBPS PO 2018 Interview

The selected candidates should produce a certain set of documents during the interview process. It is mandatory for the participants of the interview to produce the documents supporting their eligibility & identity in original as well as in self-attested photocopies. Candidature of the applicants is liable to rejection if they fail to produce the below-mentioned list of documents:

  • Interview Call Letter
  • IBPS Online Application form registered for CWE PO/MT-VI
  • Date of Birth Certificate
  • Photo Identify Proof as indicated in Point G of the advertisement (Please look into what is point G, could not find)
  • Academic qualification certificates of graduation or equivalent qualifying the examination. This includes proper documentation of the Board or University stating the result.
  • Caste Certificate, as applicable.
  • Disability certificate issued by the District Medical, as applicable.

Note: In case, the candidate has used the services of a Scribe, a duly filled scribe declaration form issued by IBPS should be produced

If a candidate is an Ex-serviceman, then the candidate has to submit a copy of the Service or Discharge book. Additionally, they have to produce the order of pension payment and documentary proof of rank last or rank presently held. For those who are still in service, they must produce an official letter stating that they will be relieved from the services on or before the date stipulated by IBPS.

  • Those candidates who are employed in Government / quasi-govt. offices/ Public Sector Undertakings (including Nationalised Banks and Financial Institutions) should produce a “No Objection Certificate” from their employer at the time of interview. If the candidates fail to do so, their candidature will not be considered and the traveling expense if any, will not be paid. Also, the NOC should not be conditional. For example, the NOC should not be directed only to a particular participating organization. Since the interview process is a Common recruitment Process, the NOC should be referred to all the participating organizations.
  • Age relaxation certificate:
  1. For candidates under II (5): A domicile certificate from the District Jurisdiction where he / she had ordinarily resided or any other authority designated in this regard by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir to the effect that the candidate had ordinarily domiciled in the State of J&K during the period from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989.
  2. For candidates under II (6): A certificate from the District Magistrate to the effect that they are eligible for relief in terms of the Rehabilitation Package for 1984 Riot Affected Persons sanctioned by the Government and communicated vide Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Financial Services communication No.F.No.9/21/2006-IR dated 27.07.2007.
  • Experience certificates, if any
  • Persons falling in categories (ii), (iii), (iv) and (v) of Point B (I) should produce a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt. Of India

Any other relevant documents in support of eligibility.

IBPS PO 2018 Post Interview Process

After the IBPS PO Interview, the candidates are shortlisted on the basis of merit cum preference and they will have to participate in the post allotment process. In this process, each of the qualified candidates will be allotted to one of the Participating Organizations as per the final vacancy list declared by them.

It is to be noted that the provisional allotment does not imply an offer of employment. If any discrepancy is found regarding the candidate's fulfillment of eligibility criteria or if there is any failure in producing any documentation proof, the employment will be forfeited henceforth.


If two or more candidates secure the same scores, the inter-se-merit is decided according to the date of birth. The senior candidate is given the first preference.

The basic procedures involved in the post allotment process are:

  • The participating bank will send an E-mail to the selected candidate stating the date of joining, procedure and other relevant information.
  • The bank will send an initiation letter that includes the candidate's appointment or reporting details.
  • The joining date is tentatively given 6 months after the declaration of result.
  • The letter specifies the list of documents to be produced. It also details if the candidate needs to undergo any medical tests or similar examinations.
  • A training program for 10-15 days is mandatory for the candidates joining as a PO in the respective banks. The banks conduct their own training in their own centers.

Finally, after the completion of the training, the candidates can join as a PO in the respective branch of the bank under the JMG Scale I.

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