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IBPS PO 2020 Notification, Dates, Registration, Syllabus

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Aug 6, 2020

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IBPS PO 2020 Notification has been released by IBPS on 4 August. The total number of vacancies this year is expected to be more than 4 thousand. Online registration has started on 5 August and the last date of application will be 26 August 2020. The exam is conducted in two parts- 1. IBPS PO Preliminary Exam and 2. IBPS PO Mains Exam. Check IBPS PO Vacancies

  • IBPS PO Application Forms 2020 has been released and will remain open for a month (approximately).
  • In 2020, IBPS PO Prelims is scheduled for October 3, 10 & 11 and Mains is scheduled for November 28, 2020.
  • Candidates who wish to apply must have a bachelor's degree in a required stream. Check IBPS PO Eligibility
  • IBPS PO Exam Pattern is different for both the papers (prelims and mains)

Institute for Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) holds PO Exam for recruiting Probationary Officers (PO) and Clerical Cadre in various public-sector banks in India.  The recruitment exam is conducted annually by IBPS. 

The selection process consists of Prelims Exam, Mains Exam and Interview round. Prelims qualifiers will have to appear for Mains exam. After qualifying the Mains exam, candidates will further have to appear in a Personal Interview round comprising 100 marks. Final selection is done based on overall performance of the candidate. 

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Highlights of IBPS PO 2020

Exam Name Institute of Banking Personnel Selection- Probationary Officers exam
Conducting Body IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection)
Official Website
Exam Type National Level
Exam Date

Prelims: October 3, 10 & 11 2020

Mains: November 28, 2020

Interview: January 2020

Eligibility Criteria Qualification: Graduate from a recognized University
Age Limit: 20 years - 30 years
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Computer-Based Test

Preliminary: 1 hour

Mains: 3 hours 30 minutes

IBPS PO Salary INR 37,360 – INR 38,700 (in hand salary)
IBPS PO Help Desk 1800 222 366/ 1800 103 4566

IBPS PO 2020 Important Dates

Candidates can find below all important details related to IBPS PO exam tabulated below.

Events Dates
Online Registration including Edit/Modification of Application July 2020- August 2020
Online Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges July 2020- August 2020
IBPS PO 2020 Admit Card for Prelims September 2020
IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Exam Date October 3, 10 & 11
Publication of Results of IBPS PO 2020 Prelims October 2020
Availability of Hall Ticket for IBPS PO 2020 Mains November 2020
IBPS PO 2020 Mains Exam Date November 28, 2020
Publication of Results for IBPS PO 2020 Mains December 2020
Issuance of Call Letters for IBPS PO 2020 Interview January 2021
Common Interview Schedule January/February 2021
Provisional Allotment April 2021

IBPS PO Preparation

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IBPS PO Interview Preparation Tips Check

IBPS PO 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are advised to study eligibility conditions laid down by IBPS before registering for IBPS PO 2020. In case, any candidate does not meet the specific condition at any stage of the Common Recruitment Process, the candidature is liable to be rejected immediately. The basic eligibility criteria pertaining to nationality, age limit, and academic qualification of a candidate applying for IBPS PO 2020 are discussed below.


To appear for IBPS PO 2020, a candidate must be any of the following:

  1. Citizen of India
  2. The subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. Tibetan refugee who is permanently settled in India prior to January 1, 1962
  4. Person of Indian origin who has migrated from either Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zaire, or Zambia with the intention of residing permanently in India.

Please note that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c), and (d) should possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Academic Qualification

  • A graduate degree or equivalent in any discipline from a university recognized by the Government of India.
  • General category candidates must score a minimum of 60% marks while there is a relaxation of 5% for reserved category.
  • The result of the qualifying examination should be declared by September 2020.

Age Limit

  • General category applicants should be of at least 20 years and less than 30 years, as on August 1, 2020.
  • Provisions for age relaxation, depending upon the category of the candidate as per IBPS norms, is tabulated below:
Category Relaxation in age
Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes 05 years
Other Backward Classes- Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) 03 years
Persons with Disability (PWD) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers (including Emergency Commissioned Officers, and Short Service Commissioned Officers) who were in service for not less than 5-years and resigned on the conclusion of the assigned project. 05 years
The original residents of Kashmir Division of the State of J&K during January 1980 to December 1989. 05 years
Candidates affected by the 1984 riots 05 years

Read More IBPS PO Eligibility

IBPS PO 2020 Application Form

IBPS PO Application Form 2020 is expected to be available online from July 2020. Candidates can follow these steps for IBPS PO Registration:

  1. Visit the official website of IBPS, i.e.
  2. Click on the tab “APPLY ONLINE FOR CWE-PROBATIONARY OFFICERS/ MANAGEMENT TRAINEES” to access the Online Application Form.
  3. Register application by entering basic information in the online form.
  4. Candidates need to be very careful about the details they enter as there is no provision for editing or modification of the data entered in the application form.
  5. The system would generate a provisional registration number and password on screen as well as send the same via Email & SMS to the registered email ID and mobile number.
  6. Candidates are required to upload their photograph and signature as per the specifications given below:
Applicant’s recent, colour, passport-size photograph of good quality with light background

Image dimensions: 200 X 230

Pixels File Type: JPG

File size: 20 KB – 50 KB

Applicant’s signature

Image dimensions: 140 X 60

Pixels File Type: JPG

File size: 10 KB - 20 KB

  1. IBPS PO 2020 application fees can be paid in the online mode only. The application form is integrated with the payment gateway and the payment can be made by using Debit or Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/Mobile Wallets.
  2. On successful completion of the payment process, an e-receipt will be generated which the applicant needs to obtain a print of along with the completed application form.

Applicants need to keep the following points in mind while filling the IBPS PO 2020 Application Form.

  • The applicant’s name/guardian’s name etc. should be spelled identically to the applicant’s certificates/mark sheets. Any dissimilarity found may disqualify the candidature.
  • Prior to submission of the online application, candidates are advised to carefully verify the details entered. No change is permitted once the form is submitted.
  • Since all correspondence related to the recruitment drive would be sent via email and/or SMS, applicants are advised to register with an active email ID and a valid mobile number.

IBPS PO 2020 Application Fee

The application fee/intimation charges as per applicant’s category are tabulated below. Bank Transaction charges as applicable, is to be borne by the applicants.

Category Application Fee
General INR 600

IBPS PO 2020 Admit Card

Separate Admit Cards will be issued for each round of IBPS PO 2020 which will be available to download from the official website. IBPS PO Admit Card 2020 for Prelims is expected to be issued in October 2020 while that for Mains will be available in November 2020. Applicants need to follow the steps listed here to download their Admit Cards:

  1. Visit the official website of IBPS.
  2. Click on the link to download IBPS PO 2020 Admit Card.
  3. Enter the login credentials (Provisional ID and Password received during the IBPS PO Application Process).
  4. Verify the details on the Admit card and obtain multiple prints.

Please note that no candidates will be allowed to appear for either the Prelims or the Main Exams without the following documents:

  • Valid Admit Card for the respective date and session of Examination.
  • Photo-identity proof (as specified) in original as well as photocopy.

IBPS PO 2020 Exam Centers

  • IBPS PO 2020 candidates need to specify their preferred center for both Prelims and Main Examinations in the online application form.
  • Allotment of IBPS PO 2020 Exam Center will be on the "first-apply-first-allot" manner based on availability.
  • The Admit Card will carry the details of the Exam Center and time. Once the centers are allotted, no request for change will be entertained by the Board.

IBPS PO 2020 Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2020 is an objective type, computer-based examination, while the exam pattern is different for the Prelims and Mains Exam and the same has been explained below.

  1. Prelims Exam

Prelims stage of IBPS PO exam comprises objective type questions which need to be attempted by the candidates in 1 hour.  It comprises 3 sections, i.e. English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. Medium of the exam is English and Hindi. Section-wise distribution of questions of each section is tabulated below.

Preliminary Exam
Section Number of Questions Marking Scheme Medium of Exam Duration
English 30 +1 for each correct answer; -1/4 for each wrong answer English 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 English and Hindi
Reasoning Ability 35
Total 100 100  -  -

As per IBPS PO Marking Scheme, 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer while ¼ marks are deducted for a wrong answer. Candidates who meet the Cut Off score in the Prelims exam as specified by IBPS will proceed to the Mains Exam.

  1. Mains Exam

The Mains exam is divided into 5 sections and the section-wise distribution of questions is tabulated below. Candidates will have to answer 200 questions and maximum marks for the exam is 200.

Mains Exam
Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
English Language 35 40 English 40 minutes
Essay & Letter Writing 2 25 30 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 English and Hindi 45 minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
Total 157 225  - 210 minutes

Check Detailed IBPS PO Paper Pattern

Mains Exam also has the provision of negative marking similar to the Prelims. Only candidates who qualify the specific cut-off score in each section of Main Exams will proceed to the subsequent Interview round.

Note: Candidates belonging to the reserved category will be provided free-of-cost pre-exam training by IBPS.

IBPS PO Pre-Exam Training

It is a special training process organized by the Nodal Banks/ IBPS PO Participating Banks before the exam for candidates from SC/ST/Religious Minority Communities. The IBPS PO Pre-exam training is free of cost, where candidates are introduced to the exam pattern and are given helpful tips & tricks by experts and institutes.

This training also makes the candidates aware of the IBPS PO recruitment process, thereby acting as a playing field to students from weaker sections. The training is usually conducted for 5 days and the option to avail it is available while filling the application form for IBPS PO.

IBPS PO 2020 Syllabus and Recommended Books

The exam pattern of IBPS PO covers a vast range of subjects, wherein English and Quantitative Aptitude are at the elementary level and Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and General Awareness are at the Competitive Examination level.

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability English Language General Awareness Computer knowledge
Simplification, Number Series, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage & Averages, Profit & Loss, Mixtures & Allegations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Work & Time Time & Distance, Sequence & Series, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Input Output, Coding Decoding, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Alphabet test, Data sufficiency, Puzzle, Logical Reasoning Reading Comprehension, Fill in the blanks, Error Spotting, Sentence Correction, Para Jumbles Banking & Financial Awareness, Current Affairs. Static GK Fundamentals of Computer, History of Computer, Internet MS Office, Input Output devices, Computer Shortcuts

Know detailed IBPS PO Syllabus

There are plenty of reading materials available for the preparation of IBPS PO. Candidates may consider looking up the following reference books as well:

Name of the Book Publisher/Author
The Complete Success Package – Bank PO Recruitment Examination Arihant Publications
Comprehensive Guide for IBPS Disha Publications
Target IBPS PO Disha Publications
Bank PO Solved Papers for PO & MT Kiran Publication
Quantitative Aptitude Test For Bank PO N K Singh
Quantitative Aptitude R S Aggarwal
English Language Wren & Martin
Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy Kiran Publication

Prepare with IBPS PO Sample Papers

IBPS PO 2020 Result

IBPS PO Result 2020 for each stage will be announced on the official website as per the schedule published by IBPS in its official notification. Successful candidates of Prelims exam will appear for Mains Exam wherein each candidate needs to secure a minimum cut-off score in order to qualify for the Interview round.

IBPS Result for Prelims exam will be announced in October 2020 while that for the Mains exam will be announced on December 2020. The corrected scores obtained by each of candidates in different sessions of the main exam will be normalized using the equi-percentile method. Scores up to two decimal points will be taken for the purpose of calculations. There is a combined IBPS PO Result for qualification to the provisional allotment process. It comprises the marks obtained in main and interview taken together in the ratio of 80:20 (Main: Interview).

Steps to Download IBPS PO Scorecard

  1. Visit the official website of IBPS i.e.
  2. Click on ‘CWE VII PO/MT’ tab
  3. Follow the link ‘IBPS PO Result
  4. Enter the Registration ID, Password, and Date of Birth
  5. Verify and Click on Submit
  6. The scorecard is displayed which includes the maximum marks in each section, minimum cut off marks, and scores obtained by candidate.
  7. Download and Print IBPS PO Scorecard for further process.

IBPS PO 2020: Interview Process and Provisional Allotment

Candidates who have secured the minimum qualifying marks in IBPS PO Mains will be eligible to take part in the interview round. The round will be conducted by various participating organisations with IBPS. Details of the interview will be communicated to the shortlisted candidates via the Interview Call Letter which can be downloaded from the official website.

  • The interview round will carry 100 marks and the minimum qualifying score is 40 (35 for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates)
  • This is the final stage in the selection process of IBPS PO exam.
  • This round carries 20% weightage in the final result.
  • Through this round, a candidate's communication skills and personality is examined. 
  • The weightage of the score of Main exam and interview will be in the ration of 80:20.

Candidates are expected to score sufficiently high on the merit in both Main and Interview rounds in order to be considered for subsequent provisional allotment process. At the time of Interview, candidates need to furnish all prescribed documents, in the absence of which, the candidature might be cancelled.

  • A Print of the Interview Call Letter
  • Copy of system-generated filled-in preview of the online application form of IBPS PO 2020
  • Valid proofs of Photo ID, DOB, and Caste/Disability/ or any other Certificate in support of claim for reservation, if applicable (in the prescribed formats only)
  • Qualifying Examination Certificates
  • Any other relevant documents in support of eligibility conditions.

Upon successful completion of the interview process, depending on the vacancies at the Participating Organizations and based on merit-cum-preference of shortlisted candidates, they will be provisionally placed with one of the Participating Organizations.

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