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The Probationary Officer (PO) job in India is a highly sought-after position in the banking sector. This is one of the best career options for banking aspirants as it offers a lucrative salary package, job security, various perks and allowances, and career growth opportunities in public sector banks. Probationary officers for different public sector banks are selected through the IBPS PO recruitment process and the shortlisted candidates are trained for a period of 2 years to become fully-fledged managers. POs are responsible for various banking operations such as managing accounts, loans, and customer service.

IBPS PO 2024 Exam Overview

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will tentatively release the official notification for the recruitment of POs in the public sector banks of the country in July 2024. The examination calendar for the IBPS 2024 exams has already been released and as per the calendar, the IBPS PO prelims exam will be conducted in August 2024.  The IBPS PO exam will be conducted in three stages - Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and Interview, and the final selection will be based on the candidate's performance in the Main exam and interview.
To help you understand the format and important aspects of the IBPS PO exam we have prepared the following table:
Name of Agency Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Online Registration To be announced
Preliminary Exam Date To be announced
Mains Exam Date To be announced
Name of the post Probationary Officer
Total Vacancies To be announced
Mode of Application Online
Mode of exam CBT
Selection procedure Prelims, Mains, Interview
Official website www.ibps.in

IBPS PO 2024 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the IBPS PO exam is similar to other banking exams but it is always important to carefully read and understand the eligibility criteria before preparing for any exam.  It is the basic criteria for appointment to the probationary officer posts in the Public sector Banks of the country including educational qualifications, age limit, nationality, work experience, and other specific requirements for this post. By carefully reviewing the IBPS PO eligibility criteria, you can determine whether you meet the requirements for the job and whether it is worth applying for.

IBPS PO 2024 Educational Qualifications

To apply for the post of IBPS PO, here are the essential education qualifications:
· You must possess a degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognized by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
· You must possess a valid Graduation Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.

IBPS PO 2024 Age Limit

To apply for the post of IBPS PO, an unreserved category candidate should not be below 20 years & above 30 years of age.
However, there will be age relaxations in the upper age limit for different categories as follows:
Category Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 Years
Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 Years
Persons With Benchmark Disabilities 10 Years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including (ECOs) / (SSCOs) who have 5 years 3 rendered at least 5 years of military service and have been released on completion of the assignment 5 Years
Persons affected by the 1984 riots 5 Years

Nationality / Citizenship:

A candidate must be either –

I. A Citizen of India or

II. A subject of Nepal or

III. A subject of Bhutan or

IV. A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or

V. A  person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam intending to permanently settle in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

IBPS PO 2024 Application Fee

The application fee for applying for the post of IBPS PO would be as given below. You can make the payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges through the On-Line Mode only.  As per the notification, you will also have to bear the Bank Transaction charges for Online Payment of application fees/intimation charges.
Category Fees (Non-refundable)
GENERAL/ EWS/ OBC candidate 850/- (inclusive of GST)
SC/ST/PWBD candidates 175/- (inclusive of GST)

IBPS PO Emoluments and Salary Structure:

IBPS PO basic pay is Rs. 36,000 and the in-hand salary is around Rs. 57,000. In addition to Basic Pay, bank officers (i.e. Probationary Officers / PO / Management Trainees) are eligible for the following allowances:
  • Dearness Allowance (DA) – It is a cost of living adjustment allowance paid to all govt and public sector Probationary officers. It is revised on a quarterly basis and based on Consumer Price Index (CPI). The calculation of DA depends on inflation. DA can go up with higher inflation and also come down if the inflation rate is in negative.
  • HRA – This depends on the place of posting, and it can be either 9.0% or 8.0%, or 7.0% depending on the place of posting.
  • Special Allowance – This will add in 10th IBPS (wef. 01/11/2012) and for Scale, I 7.75% on which DA is also payable
  • CCA – This also depends on the place of posting and can be either 4% (maximum Rs.870/-) or 3%(Maximum Rs.600/-) or 0%
  • Conveyance allowance – It is paid for commuting between home and office.  


IBPS PO 2024 Exam Pattern

IBPS PO selection procedure has 3 steps which are mentioned below:
Step 1: Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) (100 Marks)

Step 2: Main Examination  (Objective + Descriptive – 225 Marks)

Step 3: Interview (100 Marks)

Stage I:  Prelims

  • The preliminary examination for the post of IBPS PO 2024 will be conducted online.
  • This phase is divided into 3 sections – Reasoning Ability, Numerical Ability, and English Language.
  • You are given 100 questions to attempt in a duration of 60 minutes. However, there will be a sectional time limit of 20 minutes for each section and you cannot jump to other sections until the time for that particular section is over.
  • The prelims of IBPS PO will be qualifying in nature, i.e, marks obtained in this phase will not be considered while preparing the final merit list.
  • You will have to qualify the cutoff of each of the three sections by securing cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS.
  • An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for the Online Main examination.
  • There will be a penalty of one-fourth of the marks assigned to that question for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests.
  • If the examination is held in different shifts, the corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions will be normalized using the equi-percentile method.
  • You can attempt PO mock tests at Smartkeeda to familiarise yourself well with the PO exam pattern.
IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern:
S.No Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 20 minutes
1. Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
2. Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
  Total 100 100 60 minutes
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Stage II: Mains

  • This is the second round in the recruitment process of IBPS POs.
  • The mains of the IBPS PO would be divided into 4 sections – Reasoning Ability & Computer Knowledge, General English, General / Financial Awareness, and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • Like in prelims, a sectional time limit for each section would be there in this phase as well and you cannot jump to other sections until the time limit for that particular section is over.
  • The marks obtained in this round will solely be considered for preparing the merit and therefore to get the final selection you must score well in this round.
IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern
S.No Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
2. English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
4. Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
  Total 155 200 3 hours
5. English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 minutes
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Descriptive writing is a part of the main examination and is conducted just after the completion of your objective paper in the main exam. You are required to choose and write an Essay and a Letter out of the 3 given topics. The total time allotted for the descriptive part is 30 minutes to type a letter and an essay. Scoring well in this section can be a cakewalk for you if you are aware of the latest happenings in and around the world, have a good knowledge of the format for formal/informal letter writing, and possess a good typing speed.
As notified by IBPS, the Descriptive Paper of the English Language (Letter writing & Essay) may be evaluated by an automated scoring mechanism for identifying features related to writing proficiency. This scoring mechanism is duly validated and evaluates test takers' proficiency in writing in the English Language in an objective manner as the mechanism does not have any in-built biases for evaluating responses.
Penalty For Wrong Answers 
(Applicable to both – Online Preliminary and Online Main Examination)
There will be a 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 a penalty to arrive at the 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. Therefore, if you’re unaware of an answer, it would be better to leave the response blank to save yourself from a negative marking.

Cut-off Score (Online Main examination)

You will be required to obtain a minimum score (cutoff) in each test of the Online Main examination and also a minimum total score to be considered to be shortlisted for the interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for interview by IBPS. Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the online Main examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.

 Stage III: Interview

This is the final & an important part of the IBPS PO recruitment process.  Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Online Main examination for IBPS PO will subsequently be called for an Interview that will be conducted by the Participating Banks and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS.
During the interview round of IBPS PO, the panel members will try to check your confidence, knowledge, opinions, communication skills, and fitness for the job. This is also the scoring part of the examination process and the marks obtained in this round are added to the final merit. The following are the important points regarding the IBPS PO interview process:
  • The total marks allotted for the IBPS PO Interview are 100.
  • The minimum qualifying marks in the interview will be 40% for Unreserved category candidates and 35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWBD candidates.
  • The weightage (ratio) of the Online Main Exam and interview will be 80:20 respectively.
  • The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Online Main Examination of CRP- PO/MT-XII and Interview.
  • IBPS will not disclose the interview scores of the candidates failing to secure minimum qualifying marks.
  • You have to qualify both in the Online Main Exam and interview and be sufficiently high in merit to be shortlisted for the subsequent provisional allotment process.
IBPS SO Waitlist

In the IBPS SO exam, a reserve list, to the extent of approximately 10 percent of the vacancies under each category for each post is maintained which is subject to the availability of candidates. The waitlist or reserve list is maintained for candidates who have cleared the written examination but have not been allotted any post due to a marginal difference in their marks and the cutoff. The waitlisted candidates are selected on a provisional basis, and their selection depends on the availability of vacancies in the participating banks. If any selected candidate chooses to withdraw from the post or does not meet the eligibility criteria, the vacancy is offered to a candidate from the waitlist. The reserve list is usually valid for one year from the date of the result declaration. However, being on the waitlist does not guarantee the selection

IBPS PO Previous Year Cutoff

Having a fair idea of the previous year's cutoff can help you set realistic goals for your own performance in the IBPS PO exam. It also provides you with an idea of the level of competition you might be facing in the upcoming exam. The cutoff for the PO exam is generally lower than that of clerk exams due to an increase in the difficulty level of the paper. By getting an overview of the previous year's cutoff for the IBPS PO exam, you can make informed decisions about your target score for the upcoming exam.

However,  you must remember that the cutoff largely depends on the available vacancies and the difficulty level of the examination and can differ based on the given factors. Here is the previous year’s IBPS PO prelims cutoff (out of 100) and IBPS PO mains cutoff (out of 200):

IBPS PO Prelims Cutoff 2022

Category Cut-Off (Out of 100)
GEN 49.75
SC 46.75
ST 40.75
OBC 49.75
EWS 49.75
HI 17.5
OC 32.75
VI 24.75
ID 19.75

IBPS PO Prelims Cut Off 2022- Section-wise

S.No Name of the Test Maximum Marks Qualifying Scores
1. English Language 30 9.75 6.5
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 8.75 5.5
3. Reasoning Ability 35 9.25 5

IBPS PO Mains Cut off 2022

Category Cut Off  (Out of 225)
General 71.25
OBC 69.75
SC 59.25
ST 53.25
EWS 70.5
HI 37.75
OC 50.5
VI 66.25
ID 36

IBPS PO Mains Cut Off 2022- Section-wise

S.No Name of the Test Maximum Marks Qualifying Scores
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 60 7 4.75
2. English Language 40 15.50 12.25
3. Data Analysis & Interpretation 60 2.25 01
4. General, Economy & Banking Awareness 40 4.50 02
5. English Language (Descriptive) 25 10 8.75
IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus:
Sections Syllabus
× Reading Comprehension
× Para jumbles
× Cloze Test
× Miscellaneous
× Fill in the blanks
× Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting
× Paragraph Completion
× Logical Reasoning
× Alphanumeric Series
× Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
× Data Sufficiency
× Coded Inequalities
× Seating Arrangement
× Puzzle
× Tabulation
× Syllogism
× Blood Relations
× Input-Output
× Coding-Decoding
× Simplification
× Profit & Loss
× Mixtures & Allegations
× Simple Interest
×  Compound Interest 
× Surds & Indices
× Work & Time
× Time & Distance
× Mensuration
× Data Interpretation
× Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
× Sequence & Series
× Permutation, Combination & Probability
IBPS PO Mains Syllabus:
Sections Syllabus
Computer Aptitude
× Analogy
× Statement/Assumption/Conclusion
× Direction Sense
× Seating Arrangement
× Puzzle
× Syllogism
× Machine Input-Output
× Coding-Decoding
× Logical Reasoning
× Wrong/New Pattern Number Series
× High-level Data Sufficiency
× Data Interpretation
× Caselet DI
× Time & Distance, Work
× Boat and Streams
× Partnership
× Profit & Loss
× Simple and Compound Interest
× Mixture and Allegations
× Ratio & Proportion
× Percentage
General / Financial Awareness × Current Affairs
× Awards and honors
× Books and authors
× Latest appointments, 
× Monetary Policies
× Economic Terms
× Current Affairs
× Financial & Economics News
× Static GK
× Government Schemes, Agreements & Deals
× Banking & Financial Awareness
× Banking terms, rates, processes
English Language × Reading Comprehension
× Sentence Rearrangement
× Cloze Test
× Miscellaneous
× Fill in the blanks
× Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting
× Paragraph Completion
× Sentence Connection

IBPS PO 2022 Vacancies

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) releases bank-wise vacancies along with the official notification every year on their official website. For the year 2022-23, 6432 tentative vacancies were declared by IBPS for the position of probationary officers in the 11 public sector banks which were later revised to 6932. The final vacancies will be declared on 31st March 2024. The table below shows the tentative IBPS PO Vacancies for the year 2022-23:
BANK NAME SC ST OBC EWS General Total Vacancies
Bank of Baroda NR NR NR NR NR NR
Bank of India 80 40 144 53 218 535
Bank of Maharashtra 75 37 135 50 203 500
Canara Bank 375 187 675 250 1013 2500
Central Bank of India NR NR NR NR NR NR
Indian Bank NR NR NR NR NR NR
Indian Overseas Bank NR NR NR NR NR NR
Punjab National Bank 75 37 135 50 203 500
Punjab & Sind Bank 38 23 66 24 102 253
UCO Bank 82 41 148 55 224 550
Union Bank of India 346 155 573 184 836 2094
Total 996 483 1741 616 2596 6932

IBPS PO Participating Banks

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) collects vacancies from various participating public sector banks in India. The following 11 banks participated in the IBPS PO recruitment in the year 2022:
1. Bank of Baroda

2. Bank of India

3. Bank of Maharashtra

4. Canara Bank

5. Central Bank of India

6. Indian Bank

7. Indian Overseas Bank

8. Punjab National Bank

9. Punjab & Sind Bank

10. UCO Bank

11. Union Bank of India

Tips to Crack IBPS PO 2024 Exam:

Becoming a Probationary officer is a professional goal for many people because of the significant career advancement it offers.  Compared to other government positions, a bank PO has a relatively high chance of career progression. You can easily move up the ladder and obtain top-level banking positions in your zone depending on your abilities and performance. Strong willpower and thoughtful preparation are all that is needed on your end to ace the bank PO exam and the interview. Here, we have mentioned some important guidelines to be followed to ace the IBPS PO 2024 exam on the first attempt:
Step 1: 
The first step is to understand the examination pattern before beginning your preparation. Once you have a clear understanding of the examination pattern, syllabus, important topics, marking schemes, cut-off, and the number of safe attempts, you will be able to develop an effective study plan and make the most out of your preparation.
Quant and Reasoning are always the tricky sections in banking exams as this section can consume a lot of your time if you do not have good calculation or analytical skills besides having good conceptual knowledge. Many candidates struggle in attempting the required number of questions within the stipulated time in this section.  To overcome this, you have to develop a strategic study plan and adhere to a disciplined study routine to cover all the topics and regularly practice through IBPS PO Sectional Tests.
Step 2:
After thoroughly covering the syllabus and practicing each section, the next step is to attempt IBPS PO full-length mock tests. IBPS PO mock tests at Smartkeeda are the simulation of the actual exam which will give you a good idea of the IBPS PO exam pattern and the level of difficulty of the questions asked in this exam.
Step 3:
After taking the test you should analyze it thoroughly to point out your mistakes in the test and the areas of improvement where you need to alter your approach to boost your score. You should carefully go through your performance report and check the topics where your responses were wrong or where you wasted most of your time by comparing your analytics to the topper’s. This will help you to identify your weaknesses and help you work on them at the right time. You can also attempt “Topic Tests” available at Testzone to strengthen your concepts on those particular topics.
To stay ahead of the competition, it is crucial to keep oneself updated with current affairs and general knowledge to excel in the general awareness section which is one of the scoring sections of IBPS PO mains. You can attempt monthly mockdrills at Smartkeeda and boost your score in the General Awareness Section.
Step 4:
Reattempt! After understanding the loopholes in your preparation and working well on them, the next step is to review your preparation and understand how much you have improved yourself. Go to the Reattempt mode of the Smartkeeda mock test series and attempt the complete IBPS PO full-length mock test. After completing the mock test, compare your latest performance with your past performance to and analyze the improvement in your preparation.
If you’re having an examination in later shifts, get an idea about the number of questions being attempted by other aspirants of the previous shifts. To get an idea of the difficulty level of the exam and your target attempts, you can also attempt the memory-based paper of the IBPS PO exam at Smartkeeda. 
The IBPS PO exam offers a great opportunity to kick-start your career as an officer in the banking sector and make your dreams come true. With dedication, hard work, and perseverance, you can easily crack the IBPS PO exam and secure a promising career in the banking sector.

Here you can find the direct links to practice Topic-wise quizzes for IBPS PO 2024 Exam:
English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Aptitude
Reading Comprehension Simplification Inequality
Find the Error Number Series Syllogism
Sentence Correction Approximation Blood Relation
Misspelled Words Data Interpretation Coding Decoding
Sentence Rearrangement Problems on Ages Direction Sense
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IBPS PO mains mock tests by Smartkeeda simulate the actual IBPS PO mains exam and provide candidates with an idea of the exam pattern, difficulty level, and types of questions asked helping you score well in the exam.
Anyone who is preparing for the IBPS PO Mains or any other banking exam can take the IBPS PO Mains mock test series. It is especially useful for those who want to assess their preparation level and crack their exam on the first attempt.
8+8 (previous year + current year) mains level mocks are included in the IBPS PO mains mock test series by Smartkeeda.
Yes! The IBPS PO mock test series is bilingual (Hindi + English) and you can change the language any time by clicking on the language change option available at the upper right corner of the test window.
Yes, each mock test has a sectional as well as an overall time limit which is exactly similar to the actual IBPS PO Mains exam.
Yes, You can! However, we strongly recommend that you attempt the complete mock test in one go so that you can get familiar with the actual examination scenario. Nonetheless, if there is an emergency and you need to take a break, the option to pause and resume the mock test is available.
The mock test questions are designed to simulate the actual IBPS PO exam questions. While the questions may not be the same, the mock tests cover the same topics and are of a similar difficulty level.
Performance tracking tool, "Smart Analysis" is available in the solution window where you can track your progress, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and focus on areas that require more attention.
Yes! You can raise your query by clicking on the "Ask a doubt" tab and we will get back to you within 24 hours with a proper solution to your query.
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