IBPS Probationary Officer Exam

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts an online examination to recruit Probationary Officers (PO) for various banks in India.

The banks that recruit through IBPS are:

  1. Allahabad Bank
  2. Andhra Bank
  3. Bank of Baroda
  4. Bank of India
  5. Bank of Maharashtra
  6. Bharatiya Mahila Bank
  7. Canara Bank
  8. Central Bank of India
  9. Corporation Bank
  10. Dena Bank
  11. IDBI Bank
  12. Indian Bank
  13. Indian Overseas Bank
  14. Oriental Bank of Commerce
  15. Punjab National Bank
  16. Punjab and Sind Bank
  17. Syndicate Bank
  18. Union Bank of India
  19. United Bank of India
  20. UCO Bank
  21. Vijaya Bank
  22. Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Bank


The number of Vacancies in this year are 3562 posts. The approximate salary structure of a Probationary Officer is as follows:

Major A Class Cities (Metro Cities)Other Places in Area I (State Capitals etc.)Other Places (District Level and Rural Areas)
Basic PayRs. 14,500Rs. 14,500Rs. 14,500
Dearness Allowance @ 99.9%Rs. 14,485.5Rs. 14,485.5Rs. 14,485.5
CCA (3% to 4% max. Rs. 540)Rs. 540Rs. 375Rs. 0
Total Salary (Excluding HRA)Rs. 29,525.5Rs. 29,360.5Rs. 28,985.5
HRA – 8.5%; 7.5%; 6.5%Rs. 1,232.5Rs. 1,087.5Rs. 942.5
Total Salary (including HRA)Rs. 30,758Rs. 30,448Rs. 29,927.5


Graduates in any discipline from any recognized university or any equivalent qualification recognized by the Government of India.

Candidates who are in the final year of graduation are not eligible to apply. The candidates need to have their marksheets while registering for the exam.

Age Limit

The age of the candidates should be between 20 years and 30 years, both inclusive.

Relaxation of age limit

The upper age limit is relaxed for the candidates belonging to the following categories.

CategoryUpper Age Limit Relaxation
Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST)5 years
Other Backward Castes (Non-Creamy Layer) (NC-OBC)3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD)10 years
Widows/Divorced women9 years
Ex Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs), Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs)5 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the Kashmir division of the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.19895 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots5 years

Cumulative age relaxation, other than what is mentioned will not be allowed.


The IBPS PO examination consists of the following sections/areas.

  1. General Awareness with special reference to Banking industry
  2. English Language
  3. Reasoning
  4. Quantitative Aptitude
  5. Computer knowledge
  6. Data Interpretation

Exam Pattern

IBPS PO prelims is an online multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination of 60 mins duration. The test has a combined time of 1 hour. So, the candidates have to manage their time well. 1/4 of the total mark assigned to that question will be penalized for every wrong answer.

SectionNumber of QuestionsMarks
English Language3030
Quantitative Aptitude3535

IBPS PO mains exam pattern and syllabus

SectionDurationNumber of QuestionsMarks
General Economy and Banking Awareness35 mins4040
English Language40 mins3540
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude60 mins4560
Data Analysis and Interpretation 45 mins3560
Total3 hours200200
English Language (Letter writing and Essay)30225

1/4 of the total mark assigned to that question will be penalized for every wrong answer in both the exams of preliminary and mains.

Important Dates

Registration start date16 August 2017
Registration Last date5 September 2017
Application Payment dates16 August to 5 September 2017
Admit Card download23-29 September 2017
Preliminary Exam7, 8, 14 and 15 October, 2017
Result of Preliminary examNovember 2017
Online exam - Mains26 November, 2017
Result of Mains examDecember 2017
InterviewsJan/Feb 2017
Provisional AllotmentApril 2017