Institution who conduct exam- IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection).

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is a central recruitment agency under the ownership of Ministry of Finance , Government of India that was started with an aim to encourage the recruitment and placement of young undergraduatespostgraduates and doctorates at the rank of Group ‘A’ officer, Group ‘B’ officer, Group ‘C’  employee (clerk)  in Nationalised banks and Regional rural banks in India.

                 BANK POSTS

  • IBPS PO/MT exam takes place for the recruitment of Probationary Officers and Management Trainees’ in the participating banks, which are national public sector banks.
  • IBPS SO exam takes place for the recruitment of Specialist Officers, which are Scale-I officers in the national public sector banks.
  • IBPS Clerk exam takes place for the recruitment of clerks in the national public sector banks.
  • IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I exam takes place for the recruitment of Scale-I Officers in Regional Rural Banks, this post is equivalent to Probationary Officers post in National Public Sector Banks.
  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant exam takes place for the recruitment of Office Assistant in Regional Rural Banks, this post is equivalent to Clerk post in National Public Sector Banks.
  • IBPS RRB Officer Scale-II and Scale-III exam takes place for the recruitment of Scale-II and Scale-III Officers in Regional Rural Banks, the post of Officer Scale-II is equivalent to Specialist Officer post and Officer Scale-III post is equivalent to Senior Manager in National Public Sector Banks.

STAGES OF EXAMS and Selection Process

  • Preliminary

The preliminary exam of IBPS is an online exam testing a candidate on the basis of their aptitude, intellect and English. There are three sections in total and the candidate must clear the cut-off of each section to proceed to the mains exam round.

  • Mains

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam will now constitute of 190 questions that need to be completed in a time frame of 160 minutes.

The IBPO PO Main exam is also conducted online, it has 5(4+1) sections with a total score of 200+25 marks and total duration of 180+30 minutes. IBPS will be conducting a descriptive paper in its mains exam for selection of candidates to the post of Probationary Officer. The sections must be attempted in the same order and the allotted time as mandated at the time of the exam.

  • Document Verification


Bank Clerk:

  • Graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification recognised by the central government.
  • Age limit 20 to 28years (as per government reservation for OBC, SC/ST)

Bank PO:

  • Graduation with 60% in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification recognised by the central government.
  • Age limit 20 to 30years

Syllabus for Bank PO : Preliminary exam (60 minutes)

English Language SyllabusQuantitative Ability SyllabusReasoning Syllabus
Reading ComprehensionSimplificationLogical Reasoning
Cloze TestProfit & LossAlphanumeric Series
Para jumblesMixtures & AllegationsRanking/Direction/Alphabet Test
MiscellaneousSimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesData Sufficiency
Fill in the blanksWork & TimeCoded Inequalities
Multiple Meaning/Error SpottingTime & DistanceSeating Arrangement
Paragraph CompletionMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SpherePuzzle
 Data InterpretationTabulation
 Ratio & Proportion, PercentageSyllogism
 Number SystemsBlood Relations
 Sequence & SeriesInput-Output
 Permutation, Combination &ProbabilityCoding-Decoding

IBPS PO Mains Exam Syllabus (210 minutes or 3hours 30 minutes)

Quantitative Aptitude SyllabusGeneral Awareness SyllabusReasoning & Computer Aptitude SyllabusEnglish Language Syllabus
SimplificationFinancial AwarenessVerbal ReasoningInternetReading Comprehension
AverageCurrent AffairsSyllogismMemoryVocabulary
PercentageGeneral KnowledgeCircular Seating ArrangementKeyboard ShortcutsGrammar
Ratio and PercentageStatic AwarenessLinear Seating ArrangementComputer AbbreviationVerbal Ability
Data Interpretation Double LineupMicrosoft Office 
Mensuration and GeometrySchedulingComputer Hardware
Quadratic EquationInput-OutputComputer Software
InterestBlood RelationsOperating System
Problems of AgesDirections and DistancesNetworking
Profit and LossOrdering and RankingComputer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Number SeriesData Sufficiency 
Speed, Distance and TimeCoding and Decoding
Time and WorkCode Inequalities
Number System 
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation
Permutation and Combination
And Probability
Mixture and Allegations


Bank Clerk Syllabus :- Preliminary exam and Mains (60 minutes)

English Language 
VocabularyGrammarReading Comprehension
  1. Homonyms
  2. Antonyms
  3. Synonyms
  4. Word Formation
  5. Spelling
  1. Spotting Errors
  2. Phrases and idioms
  3. Direct and Indirect speech
  4. Active/ Passive voice
  1. Theme Detection
  2. Passage completion
  3. Topic rearrangement of passage
  4. Deriving Conclusion


Reasoning Ability 
Verbal ReasoningNon-Verbal Reasoning
  1. Analogy
  2. Classification
  3. Word formation
  4. Statement and conclusions Syllogism
  5. Statement and assumptions
  6. Statement and arguments
  7. Coding-Decoding
  8. Blood Relations
  9. Passage and conclusions
  10. Alphabet test
  11. Series Test
  12. Number, Ranking and time sequence
  13. Direction sense Test
  14. Decision-making test
  15. Figure series
  16. Input/output
  17. Assertion and reasoning
  18. Sitting Arrangement
  1. Series test
  2. Odd figure Out
  3. Analogy
  4. Miscellaneous Test


Quantitative Aptitude
  1. Ratio and proportion
  2. Averages
  3. Time and work
  4. Speed
  5. Distance and time
  6. Mixture and allegation
  7. Stocks and shares
  8. Percentages
  9. Partnership
  10. Clocks
  11. Volume and surface Area
  12. Bar & Graphs
  13. Line charts
  14. Tables
  15. Height and Distances
  16. Logarithms
  17. Permutation and combinations
  18. Simple and compound interest
  19. Equations, Probability
  20. Trigonometry
  21. Profit
  22. Loss and Discount
  23. Mensuration
  24. Elements of Algebra
  25. Data Interpretation
  26. Pie charts


  1. Basics of Hardware and software
  2. Windows operating system basics
  3. Internet terms and services
  4. Basic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)
  5. History of computers
  6. Networking and communication
  7. Database basics
  8. Basics of Hacking
  9. Security Tools
  10. Viruses


General Awareness
Current AffairsBanking 
  1. Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months,
  2. Overview of Indian Financial System,
  3. History of the Indian banking system
  4. Recent credit and monetary policies
  1. Introduction to National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc,
  2. Abbreviations and Economic terminologies
  3. Banking Terms,
  4. Important Government Schemes on capital & money market

 Mode of Exam: Online

Fees for Bank PO & Clerk:

Category SC/ST/PWD: Rs.175 (Intimation charges only)

General & OBC: Rs.850 (Application fees including Intimation charges)

Month of exam:

Bank PO & Clerk: September to January

Lists of Banks in IBPS PO & Clerk:

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

Note: SBI conduct exams separately from IBPS.

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