IBPS PO 2018 Exam Dates, Application Form, Syllabus & Cutoff   Posted Date:  09-05-18

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts a national-level entrance exam for the recruitment of Probationary Officers and Management Trainees in public sector banks in India. Nearly 20 lakh candidates compete each year for approximately 3562 vacant seats. IBPS PO 2018 exam is conducted in 3 stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview. This year the official notification is expected to be released in August 2018 by the Institute of Personnel Banking Selection on its official website. Candidates are shortlisted based on their merit scores following which they secure placements in the participating banks.

Latest: Result of Main and Combined results of Main and Interview has been released at the official IBPS website. Check Here

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IBPS PO 2018 Highlights

IBPS PO Full Form Institute of Banking Personnel Selection- Probationary Officers Exam
Conducting Authority IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection)
IBPS PO 2018 Prelims Dates October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018
IBPS PO Main Exam Date November 18, 2018
Exam Level National
Official Website
Posts Offered Probationary Officer (PO) / Management Trainee (MT)
Number of seats offered 3562
Allowances & Benefits DA, HRA, CCA, Special allowance, etc.
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online (Computer Based Test)
Stages in IBPS PO Prelims, Mains, Interview
IBPS PO Salary INR 37,360 – INR 38,700 (in hand salary)
IBPS PO Help Desk 1800 222 366/ 1800 103 4566

Latest Updates

  • Results for IBPS PO 2017 Final Allotment have been uploaded on the official website. Candidates can access it till March 31, 2018.
  • As per IBPS PO Calendar, the Prelims will be held on- October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018 
  • IBPS PO 2018 Main Exam will be conducted on November 18, 2018

IBPS PO 2018-19 Vacancies

Every year, more than 20 lac aspirants appear for IBPS PO exam. The total number of vacancies in the IBPS PO participating banks is expected to remain the same as per last year, i.e. 3562. Any further changes will be notified.

  • Vacancies will vary according to the participating organisation and the category of candidate.
  • Canara Bank holds the maximum vacancies for recruitment, i.e. 1350 which is followed by Andhra Bank comprising 625 vacancies and 530 vacancies by UCO Bank.
  • Corporation Bank has no vacancies reserved for OBC category.

Tabulated below are the vacancies offered for each category:

Bank Name SC ST OBC Gen Total Out of Which PWD
            HI OC VI ID
Allahabad Bank 36 19 64 116 235 16 2 3 2
Andhra Bank 93 46 168 318 625 0 8 9 8
Bank of Baroda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bank of India 30 15 54 101 200 2 2 2 2
Bank of Maharashtra 15 7 27 51 100 0 3 1 0
Canara Bank 203 108 364 675 1350 18 18 18 17
Central Bank of India 15 8 28 49 100 1 1 1 1
Corporation Bank 28 22 0 50 100 1 1 1 1
IDBI Bank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indian Overseas Bank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oriental Bank of Commerce NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Punjab National Bank NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Punjab and Sindh Bank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Syndicate Bank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
UCO Bank 75 26 178 251 530 40 6 10 5
Union Bank of India 83 34 78 127 322 14 3 13 11
United Bank of India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vijaya Bank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 578 285 961 1738 3562 92 44 58 46

Important Dates for IBPS PO Exam, Application Process & Results

The official notification for IBPS PO 2018 has not yet been released. However, a tentative schedule regarding the same has been tabulated below for the reference of candidates.

Event Date
IBPS PO CWE VIII Official Notification August 2018
Release of IBPS PO 2018 Application Form August 2018
Last Date to fill IBPS PO 2018 Application Form  September 2018
Issue of IBPS PO Pre-Exam Admit Card September 2018
Pre-Exam Training Date September 2018
Issue of IBPS PO Admit Card 2018 for Prelims September-October 2018
Date of IBPS PO 2018 CWE VIII (Prelims) October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018
IBPS PO Result of Preliminary CWE VIII October 2018
Download of Call letter for Mains CWE November 2018
Date of IBPS PO CWE VIII (Mains) November 18, 2018
IBPS PO Result 2018 will be announced in December 2018
IBPS PO Interview Call Letters will be released in January 2019
IBPS PO Interview Date January/ February 2019
Provisional Allotment Date April 2019

Note: The dates mentioned above are tentative and subject to change once the official notification for IBPS PO 2018 exam will be released.

Age Limit & Educational Qualification required for the exam 

Candidates must fulfil the IBPS PO Eligibility 2018 Criteria before filling the Application Form. The following guidelines must be followed to the hilt in order to ensure their eligibility for the exam.

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  • Indian Nationals and even citizens of Nepal or Bhutan or Tibetan Refugee who have settled in India are eligible to apply.
  • Migrated candidates from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, The United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of settling in India.

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates must possess a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
  • Possession of Mark sheet/Degree Certificate indicating the marks obtained in the degree program entered in IBPS PO Application Form
  • Candidates pursuing the final year of their degree program can also apply for IBPS PO 2018.

Age Criteria

  • The minimum age required to apply for IBPS PO 2018 is 20 years, whereas the upper age limit is 30 years.
  • Relaxation of age limit as per the category of candidate is stated below.
Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe 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 (ECOs), Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have worked for not less than 5 years in military and have left on conclusion of project 05 years
The original habitants of Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period ranging from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989 05 years
The people affected in the 1984 riots 05 years

How to Apply: 5 Easy Steps

Registration for IBPS PO 2018 exam shall take place from August 2018 till September 2018. Application form will be made available at the official website of IBPS. Follow these steps to fill the IBPS PO Application Form.

Step 1: Registration

  1. Visit the official website of IBPS, i.e.
  2. Click on the tab ‘CWE PO/MT VIII’
  3. Follow the link ‘New Registration’ and fill in all the required details
  4. Enter the security code and click on ‘Save and Next’
  5. A provisional registration number and password will be displayed on the screen and sent via SMS and E-mail to the candidate.

Step 2: Upload Required Documents

  1. Use provisional ID and Password to log in again.
  2. Upload scanned photograph and signature as per the specifications.

Step 3: Fill personal details

  1. Enter your basic information such as category code, nationality, IBPS PO Exam Center choice, name, academic details etc.
  2. Click on ‘I agree’ in the declaration to assure that the information entered is true.
  3. Preview complete application form before finally clicking on the ‘Submit’ tab.

Step 4: Fee Payment

Application Fee differs as per the candidates’ category and is given below:

  1. For SC/ST/PwD category - INR 100
  2. For other categories - INR 600 
  • Payment of IBPS PO Application fee can be done only in the online mode which includes payment through Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking

Step 5: Confirmation

  • An additional page of IBPS PO Online Application will open after successful fee payment.
  • Enter the requisite details to generate the e-receipt.
  • Print the e-receipt displayed on the screen for future use.

IBPS PO 2018 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 fpr IBPS PO .

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IBPS PO 2018 Admit Card will be available only in the online mode and can be downloaded from the official website. Separate hall tickets will be issued for Pre-exam training, Prelims and Mains. To download IBPS PO Admit Card, follow the steps given below:

  • Visit the official website of IBPS, i.e.
  • Click on the link to ‘download IBPS PO Admit Card 2018
  • Enter the provisional ID and Password received during the IBPS PO Application Process
  • Verify the details on IBPS PO 2018 Admit Card
  • Print multiple copies and save for future use

Allocation of Exam Centers

IBPS reserves the sole authority to allocate IBPS PO Exam Center to all the candidates. Candidates can find their allotted center on the IBPS PO Admit Card. The exam center allotment is done on the basis of preferences filled in by the candidate whille filling the application form for IBPS PO.

Although, candidates have to mention their choice of Exam Center during IBPS PO Registration, IBPS reserves the right to allot them a center different from the one they mentioned in the form. 

Candidates must only carry the documents allowed in the IBPS PO exam center and follow the prescribed guidelines. Those who fail to carry the Admit Card and requisite documents to the exam center shall not be allowed to appear for the exam. 

Exam Pattern for Prelims, Mains & Interview

Both, Prelims and Mains are online exams and consist of multiple choice questions. As per IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018, a total of 100 questions are asked in Prelims while the Mains exam consists of 200 questions. The Exam Pattern for IBPS PO 2018 has been tabulated below with section-wise distribution.

Specifications IBPS PO Prelims IBPS PO Mains IBPS PO Interview
Sections Reasoning ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, General Awareness (with special reference to banking), Computer Knowledge
Total questions 100 155
Total marks 100 155 100
Time duration 1 hour 3 hours Variable
Marking scheme for objective paper

-0.25 for incorrect answer

1 mark for correct answer

-0.25 for incorrect answer

1 mark for correct answer

Not applicable
Normalisation method Applicable Applicable Not applicable

IBPS PO Syllabus for Prelims and Mains

The Preliminary exam is divided into 3 sections while the Main exam is divided into 5 sections. Syllabus for IBPS PO 2018 has been tabulated below for the reference of candidates.

Qantitative 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

How to download IBPS CWE PO/MT VII Result?

The result for IBPS PO 2017 Final Allotment has been uploaded on the official website. Candidates can acces it till March 31, 2018.

Result for IBPS PO Prelims and Mains exam will be declared in October 2018 and December 2018 respectively.

  • The scores obtained by every candidate will be normalized by using the equi-percentile method.
  • Scores up to two decimal points will be taken for the purpose of calculations. 
  • A combined IBPS PO Result is drawn for qualification to the provisional allotment process.
  • It comprises of the marks obtained in Mains and Interview taken together in the ratio of 80:20 (Main: Interview).

Follow these steps to download IBPS PO Scorecard:

  1. Visit the official website of IBPS i.e.
  2. Open the ‘CWE VII PO/MT’ tab. Click on the link for ‘IBPS PO 2018 Result’
  3. Enter the Registration ID, Password, and Date of Birth 
  4. Verify and Click on Submit
  5. The scorecard will be displayed which will include maximum marks of each section, minimum cut off marks and the scores obtained by the candidate.
  6. Download and Print IBPS PO Scorecard for future use.

Cutoff expected for IBPS PO 2018

Cutoff is the minimum marks required by the candidates for clearing the exam. The expected IBPS PO Cut off score for both Prelims and Mains 2018 exam has been tabulated below.

Expected IBPS PO Prelims Cut Off 2018

Category Expected IBPS PO Prelims Cut Off (out of 100)
General 47.50
OBC 46.50
SC 40.00
ST 31.25
OC 32.75
VI 31.50
HI 18.00

Expected IBPS PO Mains Cut Off 2018

Category Expected IBPS PO Mains Cut Off (Out of 155)
General 52.50
Other Backward Classes 52.50
Scheduled Caste 41.75
Scheduled Tribe 31.50
Hearing Impaired 37.50
Orthopedically Challenged 34.00
Visually Impaired 37.50

Three Tier Selection Process 

Candidates who wish to be recruited as Probabtionary Officers and Management Trainees under IBPS must go through the three tier IBPS PO Selection process which includes the following stages:

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Mains examination
  3. Interview

Preliminary Exam and Main Exam are computer-based objective tests. While the Prelims are only qualifying in nature, marks scored in Mains examination will be considered while compiling the final result. Those who qualify the Main examination for IBPS PO are eligible to appear for the interview.

  • Minimum marks required to qualify the interview is 40% for general category candidates while it is 35% for reserved candidates.
  • Candidates are selected on the basis of the 80:20 ratio of Mains: Interview.
  • Candidates who qualify the Interview are selected for the provisional allotment process.
  • A combined score is generated which includes the sum of marks obtained in Mains examination and Interview after completion of all the stages.

Provisional Allotment and IBPS Recruitment

Those who clear the Interview become eligible for Provisional Allotment in the participating banks. Some of the important points regarding Provisional Allotment are given below:

  • Once the combined scores are declared, IBPS will consider the vacancies in every participating organization and the preference of the candidate mentioned in IBPS PO Application Form.
  • Shortlisted candidates are allocated a participating organization on merit-cum-preference basis provisionally.
  • No reserved category is eligible to get allotment in the unreserved category even if they score marks equivalent to or higher than the last allotted unreserved category.
  • Candidates must meet the cut off announced for their category.
  • Candidates older in age are given preference in case of a tie.
  • The eligibility and identity verification of the allocated institute must be satisfied by the candidate. In case of any discrepancies, the applicant’s candidature will be cancelled.
  • IBPS is responsible for selection, re-allocation, and cancellation of allotted seat depending upon the exigencies.
  • The issuance of appointment letter including the terms and conditions, verification formalities, joining date etc. is done by the participating organization and is considered final.
  • This is an All India cadre and provisionally allotted candidates (subject to fulfilling all required criteria) may be posted anywhere in India/ outside India as per discretion of the participating organization.

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