IBPS PO Schedule, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus PDF



In this blog, We are going to show you IBPS PO Schedule, Especially IBPS PO 2020,  Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Exam Syllabus, Preparation of Final List and many more

Hello Friends, If you have a dream to be a part of the Indian banking system as an officer then, IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) gives you this opportunity every year to join the Indian banking system after passing IBPS PO Exam. Gone are the days when each bank announced its PO vacancies separately, Now IBPS conducts bank PO exam once a year for all nationalised banks.

A Candidate, who is preparing the IBPS PO exam then he/she has some questions in his/her mind and wants to know the answers.

  1. IBPS PO Exam Date?
  2. What is the eligibility of PO?
  3. What is the pattern of PO exam?
  4. Is there an interview then, what is the procedure of interview?
  5. What is the syllabus of PO exam?
  6. How does IBPS prepare the final selection list of selected candidates?

Friends, If you have the same question in your mind and you want to know the answer so that you can succeed in the PO exam.

Download: IBPS PO Syllabus PDF

Let us know the answer to those questions.

IBPS PO Exam Date

Friends, here is the answer to your first question. IBPS makes an exam calendar each year and This exam calendar is sticky followed by IBPS. For your help, The team of Exams’ wrestlers prepared an index of PO exam.

Generally IBPS PO Exam Date

Notification comesAugust
Preliminary ExamSeptember/October
Mains ExamNovember/December
Date of interviewAs per as IBPS Schedule


The year 2020 is going on, this year IBPS will conduct PO exam on the following dates.

IBPS PO 2020 Exam Date

IBPS PO Notification ReleaseAugust 2020
Online Application StartAugust 2020
Online Application EndSeptember 2020
Pre-exam TrainingSeptember 2020
Pre Exam Admit Card ReleaseSeptember 2020
Pre Exam Date3, 4, 10 October 2020
Pre Exam ResultOctober / November 2020
Mains Exam Date28 November 2020
Mains Result DateDecember 2020
Conduct of InterviewJanuary / February 2021
Provisional AllotmentApril 2021


 IBPS PO Eligibility

Friends, a candidate must know these eligibilities of PO exam.

  • Qualification:- Graduation
  • Age Limit:- 20 to 30 Year
  • Nationality / Citizenship:- Indian

These are the basic eligibilities for the PO exam. If you want to know more about PO eligibility then, Read IBPS PO Eligibility blog.


IBPS PO Exam Pattern

According to Game theory, PO exam is just like knock out tournament. if you fail then, You will be out from the game. The last few years, the IBPS has been conducting PO exam online. IBPS conducts PO exam in two parts, preliminary exam and mains exam. In 2018, IBPS introduced descriptive paper in mains exam. After passing the mains exams, the candidates have to face an interview.

Let’s understand the complete exam process in details.

IBPS PO Prelims

PO Preliminary exam is the first step towards banking. A candidate must know complete details about PO Preliminary exam such as It is a qualifying test and the mark of this exam is not add in the final scorecard. Here is the pattern of PO prelims exam.

S.No.Section NameQuestionsMarksDuration
1English Language303020 Minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 Minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 Minutes
Total1001001 Hour
The Prelims exam is just like a T-20 match. You have to maintain speed along with accuracy.

A candidate must know a few more points for PO exam.

The PO prelim exam has an online mode with one-hour duration. There is negative marking in PO pre-exam as a candidate loses 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. The candidates must clear the sectional cut-off to qualify for the PO Main exam.

IBPS PO Mains Exam

After passing the Prelims exam, Get ready for PO mains exam. IBPS PO mains exam is difficult than the prelims exam because it has more subjects than the prelims exam. A candidate has less time to prepare mains exams. Here is the pattern of the Mains exam.

PO mains exam details index

S.NoSubjects (Objective)QuestionsMarksDuration
1Reasoning and Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2General/Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 minutes
3English Language354040 minutes
4Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
 Total155200180 minutes


The mains exam is just like a one-day cricket match. You have to score high to enter the next level. If You want to score high marks in the PO exam then, You must mind those points. First, Maintain the accuracy because if you answer wrong a single question then, You lose 0.25% marks. Second, Each section has a separate time duration. You can not switch the current section before the given time is over. Third, there is a descriptive paper to check your language ability so improve your spelling mistake and grammar to write answers impressively.


After passing the mains exam now, you are at the final stage. IBPS PO interview. Most of the candidates avoid interview preparation. Dear students PO interview is just like a test match cricket. You can not prepare an interview overnight. You should learn something about interviews.

A candidate must know a few more points about PO interview.

IBPS PO interview carries 100 marks. A general candidate must get min 40 marks or the candidate of SC, ST, OBC and PWD must get min 35 marks to qualify this interview. The interview round is not less than 15-20 minutes. It has a panel of bank officials who will raise questions to the candidates concerned themselves, banking sector, current affairs, general awareness, etc. The candidates must carry all required documents to the interview.
After the interview, IBPS prepares the merit list based on the marks obtained in the mains exam and interview. IBPS respectively work out the final score with the weightage of marks given to the main exam and interview in the ratio of 80:20.

The final list of selected candidates

In the end, IBPS prepares the final list of selected candidates. Candidates need to qualify mains exam and Interview individually to be eligible for the final selection list. The ratio of marks between the main exam and interview for final merit list is 80:20 respectively. IBPS uses the aggregate of 100 marks for the final merit list for each category. IBPS selects the candidates with high merit rank in each category.

Ok friends, in this blog, we give you enough information about IBPS PO. See you in the next blog.

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