July 18, 2024

IBPS Po 2021: details on notification, application form, dates, eligibility


The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has published the IBPS PO 2021 notice on October 19 for the filling of a total of 4135 vacancies for the position of Examination Officer (PO) / Management Trainee (MT). Successful candidates will be appointed as PO/MT at 11 public sector banks in India. The IBPS PO application form was published on October 20. Interested candidates can complete the online application form until November 10.

The IBPS PO Preliminary Exam will be held on the 4th and 11th of December. The main exam will take place in January 2022. Interview will take place in February/March 2022. Read this article below to know what is IBPS PO, eligibility criteria, important dates, vacancies, selection process, preparation tips and many more details.

IBPS PO Notification 2021

IBPS PO Notification has been published for the filling of Exam Officer Vacancies in various PSBs. The notification was posted on the official website in PDF format. The notice includes all the details related to the exam like important dates, number of slots, eligibility criteria, application process, exam pattern, exam day guidelines, etc.

What is an IBPS PO?

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection or Test Test IBPS PO for recruitment for the position of Test Officer/Management Trainee (PO/MT) is conducted every year in 11 public sector banks in India. IBPS CRP PO / MT-XI 2021 Exam consists of Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and Interview. In 2020-21, a total of 6.78 lakhs of candidates registered for the examination, out of this, 4.75 lakhs of candidates appeared.

The banking industry is one of the most desirable career options in the country. The position of Examination Officer/Management Trainee (PO/MT) in public sector banks in India is in great demand due to career growth and lucrative salary.

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IBPS PO . Highlights

Candidates can check the highlights related to the IBPS PO Exam below.

Exam name(IBPS CRP PO/MT-XI 2021)
Commonly known asIBPS PO 
Conducting bodyInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection [IBPS]
Exam levelNational
Exam frequencyAnnually
Exam modeOnline 
Number of applicants6.78 lakh (As per 2020-21 data)
Number of test-takers4.75 lakh (As per 2020-21 data)
Number of vacancies4135
Stages of recruitment Prelims, Mains and Interview
Exam durationPrelims: One hour (60 minutes)Mains: 3 hours 30 minutes 
LanguageEnglish and Hindi
Number of test citiesPrelims: Approx 200Mains: Approx 100
Exam purposeTo select candidates for the post of Probationary Officers 
Exam helpdesk no.1800 222 366, 1800 103 4566
Official websitehttps://www.ibps.in/

IBPS PO 2021 Online Application

The registration process for IBPS PO 2021 has begun. The application form must be completed online only. To avoid technical errors, candidates must complete the IBPS PO application form in web browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 and above, Mozilla FireFox 3.0 and later, and Google Chrome 3.0 and later. Before completing the application form, candidates must have the following documents ready:

  • Valid email ID
  • Scan image and signature at specified size
  • Debit/credit card details for online transactions

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IBPS PO 2021 Exam dates

The complete IBPS PO Exam schedule has been published with the notification. Candidates can refer to the table below for the dates of the IBPS PO 2021 examination.

IBPS PO EventsIBPS PO Dates Key Features 
Notification19-Oct-2021The notification available in PDF form
 Application form 20-Oct-2021 The application form released online on the official website
Last date to apply10-Nov-2021Candidates can submit the application form and pay the fees within the deadline
Editing of application20-Oct-2021 to 10-Nov-2021The facility to edit the application form will be made available within the prescribed dates of the application
Prelims admit card November/December 2021IBPS PO admit card for the prelims exam will be released on the official website
Preliminary exam 04-Dec-2021 and 11-Dec-2021
The preliminary exam of IBPS PO will be conducted online across various cities of the country and in multiple sessions for all the registered candidates
Prelims resultDecember 2021/January 2022The result will be announced online 
Prelims scorecard December 2021/January 2022The scorecard of prelims exam displays the section-wise
Mains admit cardDecember 2021/January 2022Shortlisted candidates of prelims exam will be issued admit cards for appearing in the mains exam 
Mains exam  January 2022The mains exam will be conducted in two shifts for the qualified candidates
Mains resultJanuary/February 2022The result of mains exam will be announced online
Mains scorecardJanuary/February 2022The scorecard of mains exam will be released for candidates. However, the scorecard of the shortlisted candidates will be issued after they appear for the interview
Interview call letter February 2022The admit card for the interview will be released for the qualified candidates for the mains exam
InterviewFebruary/March 2022The interview will be conducted for the shortlisted candidates of the mains exam
Provisional allotmentApril 2022The provisional allotment result will be announced based on the candidate’s performance in the mains exam and interview

IBPS PO 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The IBPS PO eligibility criteria were determined by the IBPS based on age, educational qualifications, and nationality. Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria to take the exam:

  • Nationality/Citizenship: Any candidate who is an Indian citizen or subject from Nepal/Bhutan is eligible to sit for the IBPS PO 2021 examination. Also, candidates who are Tibetan refugees who arrived in India before January 1, 1962 and meet IBPS PO can apply eligibility criteria. Apart from this, persons of Indian origin who immigrated from Pakistan/ Burma/ Sri Lanka/ Kenya/ Uganda/ United Republic of Tanzania/ Zambia/ Malawi/ Zaire/ Ethiopia/ Vietnam with the intention of permanent settlement in India are also eligible for the exam application.
  • Age: Candidates must be between 20 and 30 years old as of October 1, 2021. Age relaxation of five, three and ten years applies to candidates for SC/ST, OBC (non-cream coating) and PwD, respectively.
  • Educational Qualification: Any graduate candidate can apply for the IBPS PO Exam. Final year graduate candidates cannot take the IBPS PO Exam.

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IBPS PO . Recruitment Process

PO/MTs in public sector banks are assigned each year through a Common Written Examination (CWE) by the IBPS. Here are the steps of the IBPS PO recruitment process:

Fill out the application form

Applicants must complete the IBPS PO online application form. The application fee is INR 175 for SC/ST/PWBD candidates, while it is INR 850 for all other candidates.

Release the entry/admit card

The IBPS PO Admission/admit Card is published separately from Qualifications, Communication and Interviews. The access card can be accessed by logging in with the registration number, list number, date of birth or password.

Appear in the exam

The IBPS PO exam consists of three stages: introductory, main, and interview. Candidates have to evaluate each of them to move on to the next stage.

Result statement

Candidates should check the IBPS PO result online on the official website. To check and download the result, candidates must log in with the required credentials. The scorecard is issued to the candidates a few days after the result is announced. Preliminary test scores do not count toward the final merit list. A final merit list is drawn up based on the marks obtained in the main test and interview. Final scores are calculated by IBPS with a weighting of 80:20 for the main test and interview.

IBPS PO 2021 Exam Pattern

According to the IBPS PO exam pattern, the preliminary exam consists of three sections. The sum of the test score is 100. The IBPS PO main test is taken for the candidates who are pre-selected from the preliminary examination. The main exam consists of objective and descriptive questions. The total score for the test is 225. The candidates selected for the main test are called for an interview, which is conducted by the participating organizations and coordinated by the nodal bank. The interview is 100 points. There is a negative score for wrong answers, and a quarter of the points are deducted as a penalty for wrong answers. The structure of the IBPS PO Preliminary and Main Exams is presented below.

IBPS PO prelims exam pattern

SectionsTotal QuestionsTotal MarksDuration (In minutes)
English Language30 30 20 
Quantitative Aptitude35 35 20 
Reasoning Ability35 35 20 
Total100 100 60 

IBPS PO main exam pattern

SectionsTotal QuestionsDuration (In minutes)Total Marks
English Language35 4040 
Data Interpretation and Analysis35 4560 
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude45 6060 
General Awareness40 3540
English (Essay and Letter Writing)230 minutes25
Grand Total1573 hours 30 minutes225

IBPS PO Exam Day 2021 Guidelines

Here are some IBPS PO exam day guidelines that candidates should follow when taking the exam:

  • The use of masks is mandatory when taking the IBPS PO . Exam
  • Candidates can bring hand sanitizer (50ml), pen, gloves and a clear water bottle
  • Aarogya Setu app is mandatory on mobile phones
  • Candidates should arrive at IBPS PO Exam Center as per the space mentioned on their admission cards to avoid crowding
  • Candidates must bring two passport size photographs with their admission card
  • Candidates who arrive late at the test center cannot take the exam
  • Electronic devices such as cell phones, calculators, pagers and pen drives are not permitted inside the test center.
  • Stationery items such as textbooks, papers, pencil boxes, scales and notebooks are not allowed
  • The biometric fingerprints of the candidates are recorded at the examination center, so candidates are advised not to put on mehndi on their hands.