IBPS Bank Exam Eligibility requirements: PO, Clerk, Specialist and RRB

In less than five years, “IBPS Bank Exams” has matured into the biggest platform for those who are aiming to become a Clerk, PO (Probationary Officer) or SO (Specialist Officer) in Indian Banks. At present, all the public financial establishments back IBPS as their recruiting partner. Therefore, anyone intending to apply for Bank jobs in 2016 has to conform with the eligibility requirements demanded by the IBPS, and those norms may be regarded as the “Bank Exam Eligibility” in India. IBPS occasionally renews their requirements, what we have collected here is the latest IBPS Eligibility conditions as of 2016.

IBPS eligibility norms related to Nationality/Citizenship

As in any government organization in our country, Indian Nationals are straightaway qualified, they can apply for IBPS Bank Exams if the age and educational requirements are met. Residents of our neighbours/ other recognised nations are also eligible under certain conditions, as explained below.

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Bank Exam Eligibility: Age and Education.

The second and most important part of the IBPS eligibility criteria is age and education.

  • The minimum educational requirement for a candidate wishing to appear for Bank Exams in 2016 is a bachelor’s degree.
  • Professional qualification and relevant experience are a must for higher officer posts.
  • Some IBPS posts require the applicants to have basic knowledge in computers and proficiency in local languages.
  • Aspirants in the final year of their study or waiting for the result are not eligible.

Coming to the IBPS’s age criteria, the typical age range in which you’re able to apply is 20-30. However, relaxation is applicable for the reserved candidates; you can read the details below.

Eligibility for IBPS’s Bank Clerk Recruitment in 2016

When IBPS announced the Clerk Exam in 2012, the minimum eligibility for applying Clerk Recruitment was Pre-Degree or +2 with 60% marks. The latest requirement as of 2016 is a pass in the degree course.

Age Limit for General category: 20-28 as on 01-08-2016*.  Following table shows the age relaxation applicable to IBPS Clerk aspirants.

For more details check IBPS Clerk Recruitment
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The relaxation benefit is cumulative, up to one additional category. That means, for example, a widow with a disability applying for IBPS exam is eligible to get a relaxation of 19 years (9+10) in the upper age limit. However, she cannot claim the benefit of any other category.

Other requirements:

Computer Literacy. Candidates must have studied computer as a subject in school or degree level; the remaining people have to provide a certificate to prove their proficiency.

Candidates should be able to read, write and speak the local language of the State from which they are applying for the IBPS Clerk Exam.


Eligibility for IBPS’s Bank PO Exam in 2016

The IBPS PO Recruitment from its inception has “pass in degree” as the eligibility condition. Graduates from all discipline can register for IBPS Bank PO exam, and there isn’t a percentage requirement.

Age: 20-30 as on 01-07-2016*.

For further information of IBPS PO, visit IBPS PO Recruitment
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Cumulative relaxation is applicable, limited to one more category listed above.

IBPS Specialist Recruitment Eligibility requirements

Specialists in Banks are recruited for charges that need higher expertise and qualification. Therefore, IBPS requires the applicants to the Specialist Recruitment to have a post graduate/professional degree in certain fields that are related banking industry. Take a look at IBPS Specialist jobs and the respective eligibility norms below.

Age: As of 01-11-2016.

To know more about the duties of IBPS Specialists, and the online exam, visit IBPS Specialist Recruitment.

IBPS Bank Exam eligibility Specialist

IBPS has discontinued the recruitment of Scale I and Scale II officers from 2016, so we have skipped the eligibility requirements for those posts. Regrading the relaxation in age limit for IBPS Specialist Exam, the norms are the same as the one for IBPS PO.

IBPS Regional Rural Bank Exam Eligibility Conditions

IBPS RRB is a unique recruitment the agency conducts to select candidates to Regional Rural Banks. In this recruitment, IBPS accepts an application for Assistant (equivalent to bank Clerk) and Officer posts (PO & Specialists) in a single schedule. There are three officer scales; a candidate, if eligible, may separately apply to the Assistant and one of the Officer posts. The educational requirement and the experience required by candidates applying for for IBPS RRB exam is given below.

For more details of the recently completed RRB Recruitment, check our page on IBPS RRB Exam.
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Some of the officer titles in RRBs are reserved for experienced candidates and hence IBPS has a change in the upper-age limit for them. The age is calculated on 01-07-2016.

RRB Assistants or Clerks: 18-28. RRB Officer Scale I: 18-30. RRB Officer Scale II: 21-32. RRB Officer Scale III:21-40. Check IBPS Clerk’s eligibility criteria for relaxation norms, it’s the same.

Answers for the common questions in the comment section

1. I’ve passed the degree course with ____% of marks, am I eligible for Bank Exam?

At this moment, IBPS doesn’t have any rule on the mark percentage/grade for the candidates appearing for their bank exams. Just a pass in bachelor’s degree is enough to start with.

2. I am about to finish my course in this month. I’m I eligible for the IBPS Recruitment announced in this week?

No. You have to complete and get your mark sheet in hand to apply for IBPS exam.

3. I hold a 3-year diploma from a recognized institute. Do I have the eligibility for Bank Recruitment?

Diploma is not equivalent to a degree course in India, and that explains everything.

4. What about distance education programmes?

Unless it is mentioned, (sometimes they say “Full-time” in the notification) degree courses that are taken through the distance programmes is acceptable for IBPS exams. However, your university should be there in the UGC approval list.

If you have any other questions on IBPS eligibility, let us know in comment section below.


  1. vijay says:

    sir my DOB 27.05.1986. Still I write IBPS Clerk Exam

  2. vijay says:

    ibps clerk exam

  3. Rohan says:

    Is uttar Pradesh rajasri tondan open university is ugs list and I did b.com from their distance learning . Is I am eligible for ibps exam.

  4. Rohan says:

    I did b.com from uprtou kya main ibps exam de sakta ho ?? Please reply

  5. Kobiha says:

    I have completed my 12 th and have diploma in computer application.am I eligible for ibps clerk exam?

  6. Tulika roy says:

    I am a honours graduate in chemistry and also have a b.tech degree as chemical engineering. What should be the best post for me to apply in ibps?

  7. Rupali says:

    IBPS exams does not have reservation for women age in general category??

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