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IBPS PO 2021 Notification Out: Exam Date, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Age Limit

Mahendra Guru

IBPS PO 2021 Notification: IBPS has finally rolled out the official notification for the post of Probationary Officer in the various banks. This year IBPS has released 4135 vacancies for IBPS PO 2021. The exam will be taken in a three-tier process. Students that will qualify all the levels successfully will be posted as Probationary Officer in the bank as per the organization rules. The last date to apply online for recruitment is 10.11.2021. Check the article for the frequently asked questions on IBPS PO 2021 Recruitment and any other notification related queries.


Candidates can apply online only from 20.10.2021 to 10.11.2021 and no other mode of application will be accepted.

Major Banks Participating in IBPS PO Recruitment 2021

Let’s take a look at all the banks that have participated in this year for IBPS PO recruitment process:

Bank of Baroda Canara Bank Indian Overseas Bank UCO Bank
Bank of India Central Bank of India Punjab National Bank Union Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra Indian Bank Punjab & Sind Bank

IBPS PO 2021 Important Dates

The tentative exam dates for IBPS PO 2021 exam have been released by the IBPS along with its official notification. The prelims examination is expected to be held in 4.12.2021 & 11.12.2021 while the mains examination will be conducted in January 2022. The table below informs the important dates- exam dates, notification dates, application form date for IBPS PO Recruitment 2021.

Activity Tentative Dates
On-line registration including Editing/ Modification of
Application by candidates
20.10.2021 to 10.11.2021
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) 20.10.2021 to 10.11.2021
Download of call letters for Pre- Exam Training November 2021 
Conduct of Pre-Exam Training  November / December 2021 
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary November / December 2021
Online Examination – Preliminary 4.12.2021 & 11.12.2021
Result of Online exam – Preliminary December 2021 / January 2022
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main December 2021 / January 2022
Online Examination – Main January 2022
Declaration of Result – Main December 2021 / January 2022
Download of call letters for interview February 2022
Conduct of interview February / March 2022
Provisional Allotment April 2022

IBPS PO 2021: Vacancies

The number of vacancies is 4135. Vacancies mentioned here are indicative and anticipated as communicated by the participating organizations. However, Provisional allotment will be made based on the final vacancies reported by the participating organizations.

Sr. No. Participating Organization SC ST OBC EWS UR Total
1 Bank of Baroda 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Bank of India 88 44 158 58 240 588
3 Bank of Maharashtra 60 30 108 40 162 400
4 Canara Bank 97 48 175 65 265 650
5 Central Bank of India 193 104 257 13 53 620
6 Indian Bank NR NR NR NR NR NR
7 Indian Overseas Bank 14 7 26 10 41 98
8 Punjab National Bank NR NR NR NR NR NR
9 Punjab & Sind Bank 67 37 112 42 169 427
10 UCO Bank 66 33 118 44 179 440
11 Union Bank of India 94 47148 132 491 912
Total 679 350 1102 404 1600 4135

IBPS PO 2021: Eligibility Criteria 

Candidates, intending to apply for CRP-PO/MT-XI should ensure that they fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria specified by IBPS in this advertisement:

IBPS PO 2021: Age (As on 01.10.2021)

Minimum: 20 years

Maximum: 30 years

i.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.10.1991 and not later than 01.10.2001 (both dates inclusive)

IBPS PO 2021: Educational Qualifications (As on 10.11.2021)

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 candidate must possess valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.

IBPS PO 2021: Application Fees (Applicable GST will be borne by IBPS)

Application Fees/ Intimation Charges Payable from 20.10.2021 to 10.11.2021 (Online payment), both dates inclusive, shall be as follows

Sr. No. Category Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWBD Rs. 175/-
2 All Others Rs. 850 /-

IBPS PO 2021: Selection Process

The candidates will be appointed on the basis of their performance in the three stages of the IBPS PO Exam 2021. There are three stages of the IBPS PO Exam.
  • Prelims Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview
In order to get selected in the IBPS PO, the candidates will have to score a section cut-off as well as an overall cut-off. The selection process of the IBPS PO exam requires the qualification of each stage in order to get finally selected into the IBPS PO exam 2021. The prelims round of the IBPS PO exam is qualifying while the mains exam of IBPS PO requires the minimum cut-off marks to appear for the interview round.

IBPS PO 2021: Exam Pattern

I. The structure of the Examinations which will be conducted online are as follows:

a. Preliminary Examination

Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
1 English Language 30 30 English 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 English and Hindi 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 English and Hindi 20 minutes
Total 100 100

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

b. Main Examination

Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60 minutes
2 General/ Economy/ Banking 40 40 English & Hindi 35 minutes
3 English Language 35 40 English 40 minutes
4 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
TOTAL:::: 155 200 3 hours
5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay 2 25 English 30 minutes

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Online Preliminary and Online Main examination)

There will be 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 penalty to arrive at 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.


Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Online Main examination for CRP- PO/MT-X 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 centre, address of the venue, time & date of Interview will be informed to the shortlisted candidates in the call letter. Candidates are required to download their interview call letters from authorised IBPS website

IBPS PO 2021: Call Letter

The Centre, venue address, date and time for both Online Preliminary and Online Main examinations and interview shall be intimated in the respective Call Letter. An eligible candidate should download his/her call letter from the authorised IBPS website by entering his/ her details i.e. Registration Number and Password/Date of Birth. No hard copy of the call letter/ Information Handout etc. will be sent by post/ courier

IBPS PO 2021: Syllabus

To ace IBPS PO 2021 exam, it is really necessary to know the detailed IBPS PO Syllabus. The syllabus is a bit different for IBPS PO 2021 Preliminary Exam and IBPS PO 2021 Mains Exam. Let’s have a look at the syllabus of both these phases of IBPS PO Exam:

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus 2021

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Syllabus: IBPS PO Preliminary Exam is the primary selection round of IBPS PO 2021 Exam. Candidates who clear the preliminary exam are eligible to appear for the mains exam. The Preliminary Exam of IBPS PO comprises of three major sections: Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

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

IBPS PO Main Syllabus 2021

The mains exam is the important phase of IBPS PO 2021 Exam. Maximum weightage is given to score obtained by candidate in IBPS PO Mains Exam in the final selection to the post of Probationary Officer. The Mains Examination of IBPS PO exam 2021 consists of 4 + 1 sections: Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude & General Awareness. Just like SBI PO 2021, IBPS has introduced a descriptive paper in its mains exam for selection of candidates to the post of Probationary officer.
Data Analysis & Interpretation General/ Economy/ Banking Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English Language
Simplification Awareness Verbal Reasoning Internet Reading Comprehension
Average Current Affairs Syllogism Memory Vocabulary
Percentage General Knowledge Circular Seating Arrangement Keyboard Shortcuts Grammar
Ratio and Percentage Static Awareness Linear Seating Arrangement Computer Abbreviation Verbal Ability
Data Interpretation Double Lineup Microsoft Office
Mensuration and Geometry Scheduling Computer Hardware
Quadratic Equation Input Output Computer Software
Interest Blood Relations Operating System
Problems of Ages Directions and Distances Networking
Profit and Loss Ordering and Ranking Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Number Series Data Sufficiency
Speed, Distance and Time Coding and Decoding
Time and Work Code Inequalities
Number System
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation
Permutation and Combination
And Probability
Mixture and Allegations

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