IBPS PO Exam 2021

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released the notification of Online examination (Preliminary and Main) for the next Common Recruitment Process for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee posts in the Participating Banks is tentatively scheduled in December 2021/ January 2022. IBPS conducts PO Exam for the recruitment of Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee in the public sector banks. Those who clear the stages of the exam are shortlisted for the provisional allotment to one of the participating banks.

The candidates are allotted banks on the basis of final vacancies in participating banks and merit-cum-preference.  An eligible candidate who wishes to join any participating organization as a Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee or in a similar post is required to register for the Common Recruitment Process (CRP-PO/MT).

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IBPS PO/ MT-XI Examination 2021 – Important Dates
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates20-10-2021 to 10-11-2021
Payment of Application Fees/ Intimation Charges (Online)20-10-2021 to 10-11-2021
Online Examination – Preliminary04-12-2021 and 11-12-2021
The download of the Call Letter for the Online exam – MainDecember 2021/ January 2022
IBPS PO Mains Exam DatesJanuary 2022
The download of call letters for the interviewFebruary 2022
Conduct of InterviewFebruary/ March 2022
Provisional AllotmentApril 2022

The important dates for IBPS PO/ MT XI 2021 have been updated in the above table as the official Notification. Candidates are advised to fill the online application carefully as no change in any of the data filled in the online application will be possible.

IBPS Probationary Officer 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification – A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. The candidates must possess a valid Mark-sheet/ Degree Certificate that they are graduates of on the day they register and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.

Age Limit – Candidates having age between 20 to 30 years are eligible to apply for the exam. Relaxation of upper age limit is given to the following category candidates as per the government rules:-

Relaxation of Upper Age Limit
Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe5 Years
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)3 Years
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities10 Years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers5 Years
Persons affected by 1984 riots5 Years

Candidates seeking age relaxation will be required to submit necessary certificates in original/ along with photocopies at the time of the Interview and at any subsequent stage of the recruitment process as required by IBPS/ Participating Banks.

IBPS PO Exam 2021 Participating Banks List:- The banks that have participated in this year for IBPS PO recruitment process are as follow.

Participating Banks
Bank of BarodaCanara Bank
Indian Overseas BankUCO Bank
Bank of IndiaCentral Bank of India
Punjab National BankUnion Bank of India
Bank of MaharashtraIndian Bank
Punjab & Sind Bank

Candidates can check the important details of the IBPS PO Exam 2021 from the given below table.

IBPS PO Exam Quick Overview
Exam NameIBPS PO/ MT Exam
Conducted ByInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
MediumEnglish and Hindi
Type of TestsObjective and Descriptive
Mode of ExamOnline
Negative Marking0.25 of the correct answer
Centres of ExaminationAcross many centres in India

IBPS PO Exam 2021 Exam Pattern

Before starting preparation for the exam, you must understand and familiarize yourself with the latest IBPS PO Examination 2020, Exam pattern and syllabus. The examination will be two-tier i.e. the Online Examination will be held in two phases:-
a) Preliminary Examination
b) Online Main Examination

Preliminary Examination:- The Preliminary examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:-

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern
Name of SubjectsNo. of Questions and Maximum MarksTime allotted for each test
English Language30 Questions and 30 Marks20 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude35 Questions and 35 Marks20 Minutes
Reasoning Ability35 Questions and 35 Marks20 Minutes
Total100 Questions and 100 Marks60 Minutes

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. The adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS PO Main Exam Pattern
Name of SubjectsNo. of Questions and Maximum MarksTime allotted for each test
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude45 Questions and 60 Marks60 Minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness40 Questions and 40 Marks35 Minutes
English Language35 Questions and 40 Marks40 Minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation35 Questions and 60 Marks 45 Minutes
Total155 Questions and 200 Marks03 Hours
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)02 Questions and 25 Marks30 Minutes

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Online Preliminary and Online Main examination):- 
There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty to arrive at a corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

IBPS PO/MT Interview:- Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Online Main examination for CRP- PO/MT IX will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS. Interviews will be conducted at select centres. The total marks allotted for the Interview are 100.  The centre, address of the venue, time & date of the Interview will be informed to the shortlisted candidates in the call letter.

IBPS PO Examination 2021 Syllabus

To gear up your preparation here we provide you complete IBPS PO Examination 2021 Syllabus. The PO (Regional Rural Banks) Examination will be held in two-tier i.e. the Online Examination will be held in two phases, Preliminary and Main. 

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2021 Syllabus
English Language
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Close Test
  • Para jumbles
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Miscellaneous
  • Paragraph Completion
Quantitative Ability
  • Simplification
  • Profit & Loss
  • Mixtures & Alligations
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
  • Work & Time
  • Time & Distance
  • Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
  • Data Interpretation
  • Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
  • Number Systems
  • Sequence & Series
  • Permutation, Combination &Probability
Reasoning Ability
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzle Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations
  • Input-Output
  • Coding-Decoding


IBPS PO Main Exam 2021 Syllabus
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Internet
  • Syllogism
  • Memory
  • Linear Seating Arrangement
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Double Lineup
  • Computer Abbreviation
  • Scheduling
  • Microsoft Office
  • Input-Output and Blood Relations
  • Computer Hardware
  • Directions and Distances
  • Computer Software
  • Ordering and Ranking
  • Operating System
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Networking
  • Data Sufficiency and Code Inequalities
  • Computer Fundamentals/ Terminologies
English Language
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Verbal Ability
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Simplification
  • Average
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and Percentage
  • Data Interpretation
  • Mensuration and Geometry
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Interest
  • Problems of Ages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Number Series
  • Speed, Distance and Time
  • Time and Work
  • Number System
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Linear Equation
  • Permutation and Combination and Probability
  • Mixture and Allegations
General Awareness
  • Financial Awareness
  • Current Affairs
  • General Knowledge

How to Apply for IBPS PO 2021

Eligible candidates who are fulfilling all requisite conditions can apply online from 20-10-2021 to 10-11-2021. There is no other mode to send applications offline. Candidates applying online must ensure the particulars required and keep ready with them while filling applications.

Here are some pre-requisites scanned items for applying online:- 
(i) Photograph (4.5cm × 3.5cm)
(ii) Signature
(iii) Left thumb impression (If a candidate does not have a left thumb, he/she may use his/ her right thumb. If both thumbs are missing, the impression of one of the fingers of the left hand starting from the forefinger should be taken. If there are no fingers on the left hand, the impression of one of the fingers of the right hand starting from the forefinger should be taken. If no fingers are available, the impression of the left toe may be taken. In all such cases where the left thumb impression is not uploaded, the candidate should specify in the uploaded document the name of the finger and the specification of left/right hand or toe).
(iv) a handwritten declaration (In case of candidates who cannot write may get the text of declaration typed and put their left-hand thumb impression below the typed declaration and upload the document as per specifications).

Important Points to Remember:-

  1. Ensuring that all these scanned documents adhere to the required specifications.
  2. Signature in CAPITAL LETTERS will not be accepted.
  3. The left thumb impression should be properly scanned and not smudged
  4. The text for the handwritten declaration is as follows – “I, _______ (Name of the candidate), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required.”
  5. The above-mentioned handwritten declaration has to be in the candidate’s handwriting and in English only. If it is written by anybody else or in any other language, the application will be considered as invalid.
  6. Keep the necessary details/documents ready to make Online Payment of the requisite application fee/ intimation charges
  7. Have a valid personal email ID, which should be kept active till the declaration of results of this round of CRP.

IBPS may send intimation to download call letters for the Examination etc. through the registered e-mail ID. Under no circumstances, a candidate should share with/mention e-mail ID to/ of any other person. In case a candidate does not have a valid personal e-mail ID, he/she should create his/her new e-mail ID before applying on-line and must maintain that email account.

IBPS PO/ MT 2021 Application Fees

Candidates should make the payment of requisite fees/ intimation charges through Debit Cards/ Credit Cards/ Internet Banking/ IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets. Category-wise application fees and intimation charges are given below:-

  • Rs. 175/- for SC/ ST/ PWD candidates
  • Rs. 850/- for all others

IBPS PO Pre-Examination Training

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the safety of the candidates, PET during this period may not be held.

The Nodal Banks/ Participating Organizations arranges Pre-Examination Training to a limited number of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes/ Minority Communities at certain centres. All eligible candidates who opt for and wish to avail of Pre-Exam Training should fill in the relevant column in the Online Application. Training will be imparted free of cost but all other expenses regarding, travelling, boarding, lodging etc. will have to be borne by the candidates.

Behrampur (Ganjam)Karnal
HubliNew Delhi
Panaji (Goa)Patiala
PatnaPort Blair

IBPS PO Provisional Allotment

On completion of the interview process, depending on the vacancies to be filled in during the financial year 2022-23 based on the business needs of the Participating Banks and as reported to IBPS, candidates shortlisted will be provisionally allotted to one of the Participating Banks, based on merit-cum-preference keeping in view the spirit of Govt.

About Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an autonomous body that conducts the recruitment of young graduates in public sector banks. It conducts competitive exams every year for banking sector recruitment i.e. IBPS-PO, IBPS-Clerk, IBPS-Specialist Officers. Besides conducting exams,  IBPS is also responsible for RBI Recruitment, NABARD Jobs, SIDBI Jobs, and hiring in Cooperative Banks and Insurance Companies. Some major universities and management institutes conduct Admission Tests through IBPS.

In the year 2011, IBPS started the Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruiting clerks and officers in the public sector banks. The authority accepts online applications through its official website.

The result of the IBPS PO/MT Exam will be released after the completion of each stage of the examination. Must visit IBPS Results Page to check IBPO PO Result.

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Posted on July 31, 2018 by dailynaukri