IBPS Clerk & PO

About CLERK & PO

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection also known as IBPS, is a recruitment body that was started with an aim to encourage the recruitment and placement of young graduates in public sector banks in India (except SBI). It also provides standardized systems for assessment and result processing services to organizations.

After their nationalization in India in 1969, Indian banks needed to expand their branch network across the country so that they were more accessible to their customers. This required more staff but recruitment through methods such as advertising were unsatisfactory. Thus, the banks asked the National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) to design a selection testing process through which they could hire proficient candidates.[citation needed] In 1984, the NIBM department that handled the test was converted into the IBPS.

IBPS currently functions as an autonomous body that is mainly engaged in conducting competitive exams for recruitment to clerical and officers' posts in the banking sector.

Earlier, candidates had to write multiple exams conducted by each bank for their vacancies. But from 2012, the Recruitment process has been changed. Now IBPS conducts five exams every year for banking sector recruitment. There are two exams for probationary officers, two for clerical levels and one for specialist officers (agricultural, law, technical).


Educational Qualification: (AS ON 01.07.2017)

Age Limit

The minimum age for a candidate to give IBPS PO Exam is 20 years and maximum age is 30 years i.e. a candidate must be born on or after 02nd August 1988 but not later than 01st August 1998. IBPS PO Age limit is considered an important criterion for the selection of eligible candidates.


A candidate must be either –

  • A Citizen of India or
  • A Subject of Nepal or
  • A Subject of Bhutan or
  • A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  • 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 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • Selection Process


    IBPS Clerk Prelims – Pre Paper contains 100 questions of 100 marks with time duration of 01 hours.

    You need to clear this paper for attending the second round of recruitment. A cut-off will be declared by the concerning Institute regarding the passing marks for Pre-exam, on the basis of which the passed candidates will be shortlisted.

    You’ll be informed by the score result which will be available to you online. It is mandatory that to step towards the mains examination, you have to crack prelims first, otherwise, you have to try again and again until you reach the second round.

    A rule of negative marking also follows in the calculation of scores. 0.25 marks will be deducted quickly as soon as you made a mistake in answering your question.

    No extra time will be allotted to you, in case you shall not be able to complete the entire paper. There is no separate time allotment for completing each paper unit. There is overall timing provided, which is 1 hour, within which you have to complete overall paper.

    IBPS Clerk Mains – Mains exam includes 190 questions from four sections which are Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude.

    Each Section would be consisting of separate marks. The time duration for Clerk Paper is 160 minutes.

    The score also affects by negative marking for every wrong answer which negates 0.25 per answer. Each Candidate is required to score minimum passing marks in each section to qualify for the IBPS Clerk selection.


    The IBPS PO preliminary examination is of one hour duration and is conducted online. It has 3 sections with having 100 questions in total with a maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in IBPS PO pre exam as 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Candidates must clear the sectional cut-off to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam.

    This year the exam pattern of IBPS Mains is changed. IBPS has added descriptive paper in its mains exam The IBPO PO Main exam is also held online, it has 4 sections having a total score of 200 marks of 180 minutes duration and descriptive paper 1 sections having a total score of 25 marks of 30 minutes duration.

    The IBPS exam will have 5 sections and the time limit for attempting each of the five sections is different, but the total time duration is 180 minutes for objective and 30 minutes for descriptive. The candidates must attempt the sections in the same order and within the allotted time fixed by the examining body. The candidate can’t leave the existing section before the time allotted. The next section can only be attempted after the current section is completed. There is a negative marking with a deduction of 0.25 marks for every mistake.