IBPS PO: Dates to apply for exam in 2016 & latest eligibility

PO is the title used to designate a would-be officer, somebody on training at Indian Banks, until they get a permanent commission as Manager. IBPS PO Exam is the annual online entrance test which singles out candidates for this training. IBPS, a Maharashtra-based enterprise, steers the PO Recruitment with the consent from a consortium of 22 Govt banks. Last year alone IBPS placed more than 23000 people to the PO vacancies reported to them. If you’re an IBPS PO aspirant and wants to write PO exam in 2016, check this page in detail, we have the up-to-date report.

Earlier students used to get a campus placement just before they complete their course. However, opportunities are pretty flat in recent times, notably in the IT sector. Lakhs of professionals are passing out in every year, and with the limited number of jobs available, everyone is in a dilemma, where to go, at least, to get some experience.

Applied for IBPS PO 2016? Download your interview call letter, here. Last date: 14-02-2017.

Since graduation is the basic qualification to apply for Bank Exams, the career immediately strikes the freshers. Parents and relative nowadays think Bank Job as a status symbol in the marriage market, no wonder you see their wards in IBPS coaching centers. I even know people from the medical sector preparing for the IBPS PO Exam.

No offense, everybody has the right to do it; try and find the best life has in store for you.

IBPS PO salary & benefits in 2016

As shown below, a newly inducted IBPS PO in Scale-1 is eligible for a minimum salary of 38200 INR. This amount is calculated by adding the Basic Pay, Special allowance, and DA recommended by IBA, as of April 2016, along with CCA and HRA. Currently, DA is 43% and is applicable on the Basic and Special Allowance.

ibps po salary

The salary mentioned here is exclusive of taxes (Professional & Income) and the deduction to the contributory pension scheme. Normally after a 10.5% cut, the in-hand salary of an IBPS PO is approximately 34000.

Scale 1 officers are eligible for increments at different levels as per the Salary Scale. Banks offer promotions to the probationary officers based on their service tenure, in-house assessment tests, and by taking the performance parameters.

Apart from the salary, a Bank PO is entitled to medical, Newspaper, entertainment, travel, telephone, festival, project allowances, and loans at preferential rates. However, the nature of such benefits varies from institution to institution.

IBPS PO dates in 2016: important steps of the recruitment

The following table shows the schedule and corresponding dates for the new and upcoming IBPS PO exam in 2016. The table also illustrates the steps involved in IBPS PO recruitment 2016, starting from the online registration to allotment phase.

Candidates applying for the IBPS PO have to go through all these procedures for getting a Probationary Officer job in Indian banks.

How to apply for IBPS PO Exam?

  • Registration for IBPS PO is through an online application form provided by IBPS. Candidates interested in applying for the PO recruitment should visit IBPS’s web portal during the term specified in the IBPS PO advertisement..
  •  IBPS PO (VI) application has already started on 26th of July 2016.
  • You can download and check this year’s IBPS PO notification here.

To know more about the procedure, and to apply online for ongoing IBPS recruitments, visit this page.

IBPS PO eligibility requirements

The following are the latest and revised eligibility norms for applying IBPS PO recruitment in 2016.

  1. Educational Eligibility: Pass in a degree programme from a reorganized Indian university. Candidates currently perusing their course are not eligible to apply, however, there is an exception if the final year result gets announced before the last date of ibps registration.
  2. Age: 20-30 as of 01-07-2016, applicable to candidates without reservation.

IBPS PO Eligibility

The relaxation given above applies to SC/ST and minority classes. They may also claim cumulative relaxation up to a maximum of one additional category in the list.

IBPS PO syllabus and pattern of the exam

IBPS PO exam is traditionally an online exam where the candidates take their test on computers assigned to them at a particular center. In 2015, IBPS introduced a two-stage examination process for PO Recruitment, and they are expected to follow the same in 2016.

  1. There will be two online exams, a Preliminary and Mains. A candidate has to pass the Prelims to take the Main Examination.
  2. The result of the Main examination determines the participant’s eligibility for attending interviews and later stages of the recruitment.
  3. Both Preliminary and Main Exams are in objective mode.
  4. All tests except the part “English Language” can be attempted in Hindi medium.
  5. The latest syllabus for IBPS PO is this,IBPS PO exam Syllabus- online Mains and Prelims examQuestions carry one mark each. Candidates may skip questions. However, there is negative marking (1/4) for wrong answers. The score obtained by competitors after subtracting the negative marks is called the corrected score.
  6. The corrected score will be further tuned to obtain a cut-off score. Candidates need to secure a minimum cut-off score defined by IBPS to pass the Prelims and Mains.

It is a bit difficult for any organization to conduct multiple exams for recruitment. However, considering a large number of participants applying for IBPS PO, a quality control comes as necessary. And thus, we have the Prelims. Having the prelims help IBPS to allocate more resources for the Main Exam, and organize it in a single day.

IBPS PO sample questions: a quiz

Now that you know about the subjects why not try-out a few sample questions asked in the last year’s IBPS PO exams?

Try this quiz based on previous year’s IBPS PO Exam.

Best Books for IBPS PO Exam in 2016

Leading publishers out there have released the 2016th edition of their books for the PO exam. We have short-listed a few titles which we believe as a must for IBPS PO aspirants. Check them below.

IBPS PO BooksKiran’s Bank PO Solved papers: This book comes with a collection of solved questions taken from last year’s IBPS, SBI and RBI PO recruitments from 2011 to 2016. Kiran publication has also included current affairs, question papers from BOB Manipal online exam, and NICL ADO exam as additional resources in this book. Although IBPS recently changed the structure of their examinations, the content of this book gives a quick idea of the types of questions usually asked in IBPS PO; you can prepare a strategy according to this model. On the downside, there are a few mistakes in this book, and printing quality is also not up-to the mark. Buy Now.

Comprehensive guide to IBPS PO: This one is the revised edition of Comprehensive Guide, last year’s best-seller on Amazon for IBPS PO recruitment. The authors have updated the content to include the changes in IBPS PO recruitment. The book now follows the latest pattern of IBPS online examination and contains solved papers from 2015’s IBPS PO Prelims and Mains Exam. The cost of the book is around 500 INR if you buy the hard-copy, but there is also an option to download the digital copy through Amazon Kindle for just 133 INR. Buy Now.

Manorama YearBook 2016: Be it Bank Exam, Civil service, UPSC or any other entrance test, the Manorama Yearbook is the best book you can get when it comes to general knowledge. It is a compact and highly rated product in the online stores in India, and you get it for just 300 INR. Buy Now

Banking Guru by Arihant Experts (July 2016): Banking Guru is a monthly magazine introduced by Arihant Publications for candidates preparing for all kinds of bank exams. Each release is included with banking related updates from the previous month, solved questions, and news on ongoing/upcoming IBPS recruitments. It is priced at 99 RS. However, you can get this book and many others free if you are signing-up for the Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited plan.

IBPS PO Interviews, results, cut-off score, and final allotment

Since there are multiple sessions for the Prelims, the difficulty level for applicants will be different. IBPS uses equalization methods on corrected scores obtained by the candidates in PO Prelims to decide the cut-off score. The cut-off will be applied on Prelims result before candidates are allowed to participate in the Mains Exams. Similarly, they will also devise a cut-off score for the Main Exam taking all the parameters mentioned earlier and the community-based quotas. These cut-off scores, something above the minimum level decides a candidate’s progress to the interviews phase.

IBPS PO cut-off score 2016

The above-given screenshot shows the IBPS cut-off for the PO Mains Exam held in 2015. About 40600 candidates who scored above this level were allowed to participate in the IBPS PO interview held in January 2016.

  • IBPS PO interviews are usually held in local head offices of the participating banks.
  • Typically, there will be four dignitaries in the panel, including a woman.
  • All documents will be verified at the venue before the candidates are passed for the interviews.
  • IBPS has assigned 100 marks for the interviews.
  • The final result is formed in such a way that score in the Main Exam and Interview will be in ratio 80:20.

Candidates qualified in the IBPS PO interview, and the Main Exam got their final combined result, on April 1, 2016, and now waiting for their provisional allotment. A list of successful applicants will be published on IBPS website in a few days, with details like rank, name of the Bank where they get PO job, place of posting, etc. All communications will be addressed to the email and mobile number provided during IBPS PO registration.

Do you have any doubt regarding the upcoming IBPS PO Exam in 2016? Leave it as a question in our comment section; we will get back to you.


  1. umesh says:

    hi sir,this is UMESH my DOB is 14-3-1997,,, if IBPS notification comes in july 2017 am i eligible to apply?????? my age would be 20,,,,,,,,, and as per last year notificatiion min. age should be 20 as on 1-7-2016 so if it happens this year too am i eligible????

  2. Bhargavi Somisetty says:

    I didnt get my Surname in the Mains Call Letter.What is solution for this Please do need full.

    Somisetty Bhargavi
    Reg No 1471395411

  3. Bhargavi Somisetty says:

    I have successfully applied for IBPS PO VI unexpectedly I did’nt get my Surname in the Call Letter.What can be the solution.Please do needful.

    Somisetty Bhargavi
    Reg No: 1471395411

  4. Akshara says:

    Hello Sir,

    I had recently given PO Prelims and waiting for my result. But unfortunately I had lost my Hall Ticket Number. I have the Registration number and Password with me. Is that enough to check my results. If not? Is there a way to get my hall ticket number back/

  5. Mehak says:

    Mam, I belong to Economically Backward Class. Shall I get any relaxation in the exam application fees.

  6. Akshay says:

    Is there any minimum percentage requirement in graduation?

  7. Jayshree shendkar says:

    Respeced Sir/Madam I have applied for IBPS PO exam succesfully I have not taken print out of that form can you please help me to get taht form print out and also there is pre – exam training from 3 to 8/10/2016 soHow to Download Invite letter for that training and also how to take Hall ticket.Please guide me for these.

  8. NIDI says:

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    IBPS PO Exam 2016

  9. yogeshwari says:

    i have applied for ibps po but i havent taken the printout. i want to download the completed application form of PO.

  10. Shila Ganguly says:

    is it true that a candidate can only take this exam three times?

  11. Tushar Nagpal says:

    respected authority ,

    sir my
    registration no. is 1471608380 and my name is Tushar Nagpal , i have
    succesfully applied for cwe po 2016 but sir iam really regreting to say
    that ,i have missed the last date of taking printout of my application ,

    u please help me to get that ,and if unfortunately you r not able to
    access the apllication then tell me what options iam left with, and how
    important that will be in future if i fortunately able to clear mains.

    this is my Humble request to you sir/madam
    hoping for your best response,

    yours sincerely

  12. siddhnt aggarwal says:

    how can i be able to check my filled form ?

  13. monika says:

    sir i have missed the registration date..is there any other option to apply now?

  14. saurav singhal says:

    Sir, i want to know whether the preplanned dates for the ibps po change in past? I have to planed one of my tour in november mid or late, and want your advice. I want to know just track record about exam dates

  15. Pravith Shriyan says:

    sir actually i have registered fpr PO Bank 2016 already and i forgot to take the registration form print out, is there anything i can do right now? sir help me

  16. shahrukh says:

    sir i am graduate of science(biotechnology microbiology and chemistry) from nagpur university three year m i eligible for ibps agricultural officer

  17. komal says:

    how will i come to know about my examination centre

  18. Karan Jeet Singh says:

    I have completed my registration but, I can’t login to see my updates. What should I do?

  19. Amruta Chavan says:

    Sir I am SC candidate ..I forgot to take pre exam training. What should I do now to get the training?

  20. AJAY TIWARI says:

    i made a mistake while filling the ibps po form and submitted it as well. Is there any possibility to correct it? should i appear in the exam?

  21. Naidu says:

    I done my degree in open university at Dr.BR ambedkar open university… With out intermediate or any + 2 qualifications so may I eligible or not

  22. Naidu says:

    Sir done my degree in. Dr B. R .ambedkar open university … With out inter or + 2 soon can I apply for the po please give information

  23. vishakha maheswari says:

    how can i confirm that i succesfully filled up the ibps po app form??? any link to confirm that would be much appreciated

  24. sayed nabil says:

    i am pursuing mba can i apply the job bank po and clrck.

  25. Ninad Joshi says:

    Are sheets provided for roughwork during examinations?

  26. ▅ ▆ ▇ █ βĂĤÚβĂĹĨ █ ▇ ▆ ▅ says:

    anybody ol ?

  27. Reji says:

    Sir I belong to state Kerala… But now I am staying in Karnataka and have applied for ibps from Karnataka… I don’t know the regional language of Karnataka …am I eligible for ibps?

  28. arunkumar says:

    when i can apply for clerk post and where plz inform me

  29. sai prasanna.Narahari says:

    Now is ter any chance for applying po?

  30. sankar says:

    date is over to registration ….any chances with fine

  31. pravin says:

    i have got 74.75% in 10th , 49% in 12th and in graduation i have got 53% am i eligible to apply for ibps po bank exams

  32. akshay shinde says:

    sir,i have gap of 2 years during 12th and graduation , so whether i eligible or not?

  33. Shreeya says:

    Sir I missed last date of ibps po application is there any way I could apply now ?

  34. Shreeya says:

    Sir I missed the last date of po application , will the dates be extended ?

  35. Divya says:

    I missed to make the payment on 13th. Thinking that Last date was 18th. Now I am not able to register it.
    Is there any other way to register for this exam,

  36. ANKIT JAIN says:

    I have filled the IBPS Application form and also submitted the application fee and the amount is also debited from my bank account.
    Now an email is delivered to me stating that my payment has been failed.

    Now what can be done regarding this. Please guide me

  37. Feroz Khan says:

    I did graduation in correspondence let me know I am eligible?

  38. feroz says:

    I did graduation in correspondence let me know i eligible to apply…

  39. rajendra kumar says:

    Sir any additional date for online filling form for ibps/po/mt/vi will be released.

  40. Sakshi Saxena says:

    Sir.. I registered myself but was not able to complete my form due to some reasons. Can I Complete my form after last date?

  41. feroz says:

    sir i completed my graduatation in correspondence distance education in annamalai university, i eligible for ibps

  42. feroz says:

    sir i completed my graduatation in gujarat university i eligible for ibps

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