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IBPS PO 2019
INSTITUTE OF BANKING PERSONNEL SELECTION PROBATIONARY OFFICER EXAM

Exam Days Left: 20 Days
Examination Date: 2019-10-12
Application Form Date: 2019-07-14
Result Announcement Date: 2019-10-31
Mode of the exam: Online
Duration of exam: 4hour
Number of seats: 3562
Type of questions: objective
Language of the exam: english
Officlial Website: www.ibps.in/ 
About IBPS PO

BPS PO 2019 Notification has been released by IBPS on Jan 16. The total number of vacancies this year are expected to be more than 4 thousand. The online registration is expected to begin in July. The exam is conducted in two parts- 1. IBPS PO Preliminary Exam and 2. IBPS PO Mains Exam.

  • IBPS PO 2019 Application Forms will be released in July 2019 and will remain open for a month
  • In 2019, IBPS PO Prelims is scheduled for October 12, 13, 19 & 20 and Mains is scheduled for November 30, 2019.
  • Candidates who wish to apply must have a bachelors degree in a required stream. Check IBPS PO Eligibility
  • IBPS PO Exam Pattern is different for both the papers (prelims and mains)

Institute for Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) holds PO Exam for recruiting Probationary Officers (PO) and Clerical Cadrein various public-sector banks in India.  The recruitment exam is conducted annually by IBPS. 

The selection process consists of Prelims Exam, Mains Exam and Interview round. Prelims qualifiers will have to appear for Mains exam. After qualifying the Mains exam, candidates will further have to appear in a Personal Interview round comprising 100 marks. Final selection is done based on overall performance of the candidate. 

How To Prepare

IBPS PO 2019 is an objective type, computer-based examination, while the exam pattern is different for the Prelims and Mains Exam and the same has been explained below.

  1. Prelims Exam

Prelims stage of IBPS PO exam comprises objective type questions which need to be attempted by the candidates in 1 hour.  It comprises 3 sections, i.e. English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. Medium of the exam is English and Hindi. Section-wise distribution of questions of each section is tabulated below.

Preliminary Exam
Section Number of Questions Marking Scheme Medium of Exam Duration
English 30 +1 for each correct answer; -1/4 for each wrong answer English 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 English and Hindi
Reasoning Ability 35
Total 100 100  -  -

As per IBPS PO Marking Scheme, 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer while ¼ marks are deducted for a wrong answer. Candidates who meet the Cut Off score in the Prelims exam as specified by IBPS will proceed to the Mains Exam.

  1. Mains Exam

The Mains exam is divided into 5 sections and the section-wise distribution of questions is tabulated below. Candidates will have to answer 200 questions and maximum marks for the exam is 200.

Mains Exam
Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Duration
English Language 35 40 English 40 minutes
Essay & Letter Writing 2 25 30 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 English and Hindi 45 minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
Total 157 225  - 210 minutes

Check Detailed IBPS PO Paper Pattern

Mains Exam also has the provision of negative marking similar to the Prelims. Only candidates who qualify the specific cut-off score in each section of Main Exams will proceed to the subsequent Interview round.

Note:Candidates belonging to the reserved category will be provided free-of-cost pre-exam training by IBPS.

IBPS PO Pre-Exam Training

It is a special training process organized by the Nodal Banks/ IBPS PO Participating Banks before the exam for candidates from SC/ST/Religious Minority Communities. The IBPS PO Pre-exam training is free of cost, where candidates are introduced to the exam pattern and are given helpful tips & tricks by experts and institutes.

This training also makes the candidates aware of the IBPS PO recruitment process, thereby acting as a playing field to students from weaker sections. The training is usually conducted for 5 days and the option to avail it is available while filling the application form for IBPS PO.

Exam Syllabus

IBPS PO 2019 Syllabus and Recommended Books

The exam pattern of IBPS PO covers a vast range of subjects, wherein English and Quantitative Aptitude are at the elementary level and Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and General Awareness are at the Competitive Examination level.

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability English Language General Awareness Computer knowledge
Simplification, Number Series, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage & Averages, Profit & Loss, Mixtures & Allegations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Work & Time Time & Distance, Sequence & Series, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Input Output, Coding Decoding, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Alphabet test, Data sufficiency, Puzzle, Logical Reasoning Reading Comprehension, Fill in the blanks, Error Spotting, Sentence Correction, Para Jumbles Banking & Financial Awareness, Current Affairs. Static GK Fundamentals of Computer, History of Computer, Internet MS Office, Input Output devices, Computer Shortcuts
Exam Eligibility

IBPS PO 2019 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are advised to study eligibility conditions laid down by IBPS before registering for IBPS PO 2019. In case, any candidate does not meet the specific condition at any stage of the Common Recruitment Process, the candidature is liable to be rejected immediately. The basic eligibility criteria pertaining to nationality, age limit and academic qualification of a candidate applying for IBPS PO 2019 is discussed below.

Nationality

To appear for IBPS PO 2019, a candidate must be any of the following:

  1. Citizen of India
  2. Subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. Tibetan refugee who is permanently settled in India prior to January 1, 1962
  4. Person of Indian origin who has migrated from either Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zaire, or Zambia with the intention of residing permanently in India.

Please note that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c), and (d) should possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

Academic Qualification

  • A graduate degree or equivalent in any discipline from a university recognized by Government of India.
  • General category candidates must score minimum 60% marks while there is a relaxation of 5% for reserved category.
  • Result of the qualifying examination should be declared by September 2019.

Age Limit

  • General category applicants should be of at least 20 years and less than 30 years, as on August 1, 2019.
  • Provisions for age relaxation, depending upon the category of the candidate as per IBPS norms, is tabulated below:
Category Relaxation in age
Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes 05 years
Other Backward Classes- Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) 03 years
Persons with Disability (PWD) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers (including Emergency Commissioned Officers, and Short Service Commissioned Officers) who were in service for not less than 5-years and resigned on the conclusion of the assigned project. 05 years
The original residents of Kashmir Division of the State of J&K during January 1980 to December 1989. 05 years
Candidates affected by the 1984 riots 05 years
Admit Card

Separate Admit Cards will be issued for each round of IBPS PO 2019 which will be available to download from the official website. IBPS PO Admit Card 2019 for Prelims is expected to be issued in October 2019 while that for Mains will be available in November 2019. Applicants need to follow the steps listed here to download their Admit Cards:

  1. Visit the official website of IBPS.
  2. Click on the link to download IBPS PO 2019 Admit Card.
  3. Enter the login credentials (Provisional ID and Password received during the IBPS PO Application Process).
  4. Verify the details on the Admit card and obtain multiple prints.

Please note that no candidates will be allowed to appear for either the Prelims or the Main Exams without the following documents:

  • Valid Admit Card for the respective date and session of Examination.
  • Photo-identity proof (as specified) in original as well as photocopy.
Exam Coutoff

Expected IBPS PO Mains Cutoff 2018 (Overall)

Given below is the category wise cutoff for the recruitment exam:

Category Cut off (out of 200)
General 52.50
OBC 52.50
SC 41.75
ST 31.50
OC 34.00
VI 37.50
HI 37.00

Expected IBPS PO Mains Cutoff 2018 (Sectional Wise)

Given below is the section wise cutoff for the recruitment exam:

Subjects Max. Marks SC/ST/OBC/PWD General
Reasoning 50 03.25 5.25
English Language 40 02.25 04.75
General Awareness 40 08.00 10.75
Computer Knowledge 20 05.00 06.50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 10.75 12.50
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Fees Structure
GENERAL 600
SC/ST 100
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