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IBPS PO 2019 Selection Process and Recruitment

Updated On - January 21st 2019 by DEEKSHA

The Selection Process for IBPS PO Recruitment comprises of 3 stages- Prelims, Main Exam and Interview. The final result will be prepared according to the marks scored by the candidate in IBPS Main Exam and Interview. The ratio would be 80:20 (Mains:Interview)

IBPS PO is an all India level entrance examination for recruitment of Probationary Officers (PO) and Management Trainees (MT). Only candidates who qualify in the Preliminary Examination of IBPS PO will appear for Main Examination. The shortlisted candidates will go through an Interview round. Only those who meet the IBPS PO Cutoff will be eligible for Provisional Allotment.

Latest Updates

  • According to latest notification, exam pattern will now follow the SBI PO pattern.
  • As per IBPS Calendar 2019-19, the Prelims will be held on- October 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2019 
  • IBPS PO Main Exam will be conducted on November 30, 2019

IBPS PO Result 2019

IBPS PO is a 2 tier entrance examination so the results for CWE Preliminary and Main exam would be declared separately. Candidates clearing IBPS PO Preliminary Exam are eligible for the IBPS PO Main Exam. On the basis of result for Main Exam, candidates would be shortlisted for IBPS PO Interview. As the exams will be conducted separately, the Admit Card will also be issued separately. Also, the results for IBPS PO exam will also be published separately for each tier on the official website.

Selection Procedure for IBPS PO 2019

The IBPS PO Preliminary and Main Examination along with Interview wraps up the selection procedure for IBPS PO. Candidates have to appear and qualify in all the 3 stages to be eligible for provisional allotment of vacancies. It is essential to be aware of the IBPS PO Syllabus and exam pattern efore appearing for the exam.

The 3 stages of the selection process are explained in detail below.

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam

The Preliminary Examination for IBPS PO is scheduled to take place on 12th, 13th, 19th and 20thOctober. This is the first stage in the IBPS PO Selection Process. It includes an online test consisting of 3 sections- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

Exam Duration: 1 Hour (60 minutes)

Total Questions: 100 (Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning- 35+ 35 Questions and English Language- 30 Questions) 

Total Marks: 100 marks

Questions Type: MCQs (Multiple Type Questions)

Candidates will be shortlisted for IBPS PO Main Paper only if they qualify in the Preliminary examination.

IBPS PO Main Exam

IBPS PO Main Examination is also an online examination. IBPS PO Main Exam is scheduled for November 30, 2019. There are 4 sections in the exam- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge

Exam Duration: 140 minutes

Total Questions: 200

Total Marks: 200 marks

Questions Type: MCQs (Multiple Type Questions)

The overall difficulty level is higher than the Preliminary Exam for obvious reasons. It is mandatory for all the aspirants to secure minimum qualifying marks in each section of IBPS PO Main apart from clearing the minimum cutoff for the overall exam to be shortlisted for the IBPS PO Interview.

IBPS PO Interview

The interview round for IBPS PO 2019 is the final step of the selection procedure. The minimum marks for required in the interview is 40% (35% for reserved category candidates). This round will be conducted by the participating organizations and the nodal bank in each state.

The call letters for the interview would intimate candidates about their center, time & date for their Interview. The call letters are accessible from the official site of IBPS-

Note: Shortlisted candidates are required to produce certain documents at the time of interview for verification of their eligibility and claim for benefits under reserved categories, if any.

Documents required during IBPS PO Interview

Candidates are required to carry certain documents at the time of IBPS PO Interview. All the candidates need to carry the documents in original and self-attested photocopies. Failure to carry any documents during the interview process can lead to debarment of the candidates.

  • Printout of Valid Interview Call Letter
  • Proof of Date of Birth (Certificate of Birth issued by the Competent Municipal Authorities or SSLC/ Std. X Certificate with DOB)

IBPS PO Interview Questions

  • Printout of System generated Online application form
  • Photo Identity Proof (Aadhaar Card, Driving License, etc.)
  • Mark Sheets and Certificates for Graduation or equivalent qualification (Candidates are required to submit proper document obtained from Board/University indicating that the result is declared on or before August 13, 2019.)
  • Caste certificate for SC/ST/OBC category candidates issued by competent authority as designated by Govt. of India (Candidates falling under creamy layer or their name not appearing in the Central List of OBCs can apply under General category only)
  • Disability certificate issued by the District Medical Board in case of PwD candidates. (Details of Scribe in the prescribed format for candidates who have used the services of scribe during CWE)
  • Ex-Servicemen are required to produce a copy of the Service or Discharge book besides pension payment order and documentary proof of rank previously / currently held at the time of interview (For candidates presently serving in the defence forces, a certificate is required to be submitted issued from a competent authority stating that they are to be relieved from their service on or before August 12, 2019.
  • Those serving in Government / quasi govt. offices/ Public Sector Undertakings (including Nationalized Banks and Financial Institutions) must procure a “No objection Certificate” from their current employer and submitted at the time of interview (The NOC should not be issued in favor of any particular organization or else the candidate would not be allowed to participate in the interview or subsequent rounds
  • Certificate of Experience
  • Citizens/Subjects of other countries except India /PIOs are required to submit a certificate of eligibility issued by Govt. of India
  • Candidates seeking age relaxation under the category of Original Jammu & Kashmir residents during the insurgency period from January 01, 1980 to Dec. 31, 1989, are require to submit a domicile certificate issued by District Jurisdiction or any authorized body of Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir during the interview process. The certificate must indicated the place where the candidate had originally resided from the period January 01, 1980 to Dec. 31, 1989
  • Candidates seeking age relaxation under the category of victims of 1984 Riots must furnish a certificate issued by District Magistrate stating that the candidate is eligible to receive relief in terms of the Rehabilitation Package for 1984 Riot Affected Persons approved by the Government and communicated vide Ministry of Finance, Dept. of Financial Services communication No.F.No.9/21/2006-IR dated 27.07.2007

NOTE: The failure to carry any of the above-mentioned documents as per their applicability would lead to cancellation of candidature for shortlisted applicants.

You can also take a look at some IBPS PO Interview Questions for reference.

Issuing Authorities for Reserved Category Candidates

The candidates applying and seeking relaxation under various reserved categories such as SC/SC/OBC/PwD are required to obtain the requisite certificates form the authorities designated by Govt. of India.

Certificates issued by any other authority would not be considered valid. The competent authorities for issuance of documents is listed in the table below.

CategoryRequired DocumentsIssuing Authorities
Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/ Other Backward ClassesSC/ST caste Certificate, OBC-NCL CertificateDistrict Magistrate, Additional District Magistrate, Collector, Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Collector, First Class Stipendiary Magistrate, City Magistrate, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (not below the rank of First Class Stipendiary Magistrate), Taluk Magistrate, Executive Magistrate, Extra Assistant Commissioner
Chief Presidency Magistrate, Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate, Presidency Magistrate
Revenue Officer (not below the rank of Tehsildar)
Sub-divisional officer of the Area where the candidate or his family resides
Persons With Disabilities (PwD)Disability Certificate I / Disability Certificate II / Disability Certificate IIIMedical Board at the District level consisting of Chief Medical Officer, Sub-Divisional Medical Officer in the District and an Orthopaedic / Ophthalmic / ENT Surgeon

IBPS PO Provisional Allotment 2019

Candidates would be shortlisted for the process of IBPS PO Provisional Allotment in various participating Organizations on the basis of number of vacancies and performance of candidates in the main examination and interview. The final score considered for the selection of candidates is based on 80:20 ratio of Main and interview score.

The provisional allotment would be done on the basis of final vacancies submitted by the participating organizations. The candidates are required to obtain a higher combined score than the last allotted candidate in the merit list.

The allotment would be done on the basis of merit cum preference and is subject to candidate fulfilling the eligibility criteria for respective participating organization. Candidates failing to meet the eligibility criteria would be debarred from further selection process.

There could be also a reserve list to the extent of 10 percent of vacancies under each category, depending on the availability of candidates. The list would automatically expire after March 31, 2019 and candidates in the reserve list would not be considered for allotment in subsequent editions of IBPS PO.

NOTE:All the vacancies are All India Cadre and the provisionally allotted candidates could be posted anywhere in India/Outside India as per the requirement of the participating organizations.

Tie-Breaker in IBPS PO 2019

In case two or more candidates obtain the same score in IBPS PO, then the order of the candidates in the provisional allotment merit list would be decided by the date of birth i.e., candidates older in age would be given preference over the younger candidate.

IBPS PO Selection Process Faqs

Q1) What is the selection process for IBPS PO?

Ans. Selection Process for IBPS PO involves 3 steps. First step is the Preliminary Exam, which is followed by the Main Exam. Candidates who clear the Main exam have to appear for Interview, which is the last stage of selection process.

Q2) When will the exams be held?

Ans. The Preliminary round will be conducted on 13, 14, 20 and 21 October, 2019. The Main exam will be held on 18th November, 2019.

Q3) Are the exams online?

Ans. Yes, both preliminary and mains exam are Computer Based Exam i.e. Online exams.

Q4) Will I need to fill a separate form for Main exam?

Ans. No, only a single form would suffice. If you clear the Preliminary exam, you will get the call letter (or admit card) for mains exam, without filling any separate form.

Q5) How will I receive the call letter?

Ans. Call letters or Admit Cards will not be sent by post. You will have to download your admit card from the official website. You may get notified about availability of admit cards for selection, but it is advisable to keep on checking the website.

Q6) What is the age limit for applying for IBPS PO?

Ans. The minimum age for applying for IBPS PO is 20 years and maximum is 30 years. In other words, a candidate looking to apply for IBPS PO 2019 must not be born before 2nd August, 1988 and not after 1st August, 1998.

Q7) I belong to OBC (Non Creamy) Category; will I get any age relaxation for exam?

Ans. Yes, NC OBC candidates will get relaxation of 3 years on upper age limit, which means that maximum age for them is 33 years. Similarly, SC, ST, Ex-servicemen, ECOs, SSCOs (subject to conditions), Persons affected by 1984 riots and J&K Domiciles (between 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989) will get a relaxation of 5 years. Persons will benchmark disability will get a relaxation of 10 years.

Q8) I am in the final year of my graduation; can I apply for IBPS PO?

Ans. As per IBPS notification, the candidates will need to enter the percentage/CGPA secured during graduation in the form. This way, a final year student is not eligible to appear in IBPS PO exam.

Q9) What is the minimum percentage required in graduation for applying for IBPS PO?

Ans. There is no minimum percentage criteria provided in the notification. You just need to be a graduate to apply for the exam.

Q10) Where can I apply for IBPS PO?

Ans. One can apply for the exam on the official website of IBPS, which is

Q11) Do I need to produce a caste certificate during the selection process?

Ans. For a candidate who does not belong to General Category, Caste Certificate is necessary. It is not needed while filling the form, but it is necessary in the later stages.

Q12) Which subjects will I need to study for Preliminary Examination?

Ans. For this, one should be aware of the examination pattern for the preliminary exams. The exam comprises of 100 multiple choice questions, which are to be completed in 1 hour. 30 questions will be from English Language, 35 from Reasoning and 35 from Quantitative Ability. This way, you will need to study English, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.

Q13) What is the examination pattern for Mains Examination?

Ans. Mains examination consists of 2 parts, objective and descriptive. The objective test consists of 155 questions which are to be completed in 3 hours. The descriptive test consists of 2 questions, to be completed in 30 minutes.

Q14) Is there any sectional cutoff for selection?

Ans. Yes, you will have to clear the sectional cutoffs for each and every section, along with the overall cutoff.

Q15) What is the importance of Descriptive test in the selection process?

Ans. The descriptive test is as important as objective test. If you do not clear it, you will not be selected for interview.

Q16) Can I appear for the exams in Hindi Medium?

Ans. Yes, Hindi Medium is allowed for IBPS PO. However, the language section (English Language) will still be in English. Rest of the sections like Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, Banking Awareness etc will be in Hindi.

Q17) Can I attempt the descriptive test in Hindi?

Ans. No, the descriptive test can only be attempted in English.

Q18) When will the interviews take place?

Ans. Interviews will tentatively take place in the month of January and February of 2019.

Q19) If I clear the exam, by what time will I be allotted a bank?

Ans. Provision allotments will be done by April, 2019.

Q20) Which all banks participate in selection process of IBPS PO?

Ans. A total of 20 banks participate in the process. These are –Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, IDBI Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India and Vijaya Bank. However, the number of participating banks can also increase or decrease.

Q21) How many people get selected for job?

Ans. The total number of vacancies will be notified in the final notification. In 2017, 3562 vacancies were available under IBPS PO.

Q22) What is the cost of applying for IBPS PO?

Ans. The application fee for SC, ST and PWD candidates is INR 100. The fee for rest of the candidates is INR 600.

Q23) What all is considered for final selection of a candidate?

Ans. Scores of both Interview and Mains Examination are considered for final selection, in the ratio of 20:80.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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