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IBPS Probationary Officer PO Recruitment 2016

Starting stage appointment for bank officers in the bank is called as Probationary Officer (PO). Candidate should work as starting level job in bank for 2 years. After 2 years, they will be promoted as an assistant manager. Here we have listed the information like Eligibility Criteria, Selection procedure and syllabus of IBPS Probationary Officer Recruitment

IBPS Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who are willing to attend the IBPS exams need the following minimum eligibility criteria specified by IBPS. Candidate should produce the appropriate documents with identity proof. Be careful, while you are filling the online application, because candidates are not allowed to make any changes after registration.

Nationality / Citizenship:

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, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.


Minimum: 20 years, Maximum: 30 years

S.No Category Age Limit
1. Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
2. Other Backward Classes 3 years
3. Persons With Disability 10 years
4. Ex-Servicemen,Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/,Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignmentis due to be completed withinone year from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment. 5 years
5. Persons ordinarily domiciled in the Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31-12-89 5 years
6. Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

Educational Qualifications

A Degree in any discipline from a University recognised by the Government of India or any equivalent qualification recognized by the Central Government.

The candidate must have valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.

Selection Procedure

The IBPS PO/MT selection process will be carried out in three stages, the first one is Preliminary Examination, second is Main Examination and third stage is Common Interviews conducted by IBPS.

Preliminary Examination

S.No Name of Tests No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 hour
2. Numerical Ability 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Main Examination

S.No Name of Tests No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 40 40
2. Numerical Ability 50 50
3. Reasoning Ability 50 50 Composite time of 2 hours
4. General Awareness (with special reference) 40 40
5. Computer Knowledge 20 20
Total 200 200

The above tests except the Tests of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi. There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.

Personal Interview:

Candidates who have been shortlisted in the examination for CWE PO/MT-IV will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS.

Interviews will be conducted at select centres. The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD candidates).

The weight age (ratio) of CWE (exam) and interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final scores of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in CWE PO/MT-IV and Interview.

A candidate should qualify both in the CWE and interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process

IBPS PO Examination Syllabus

English Language

Vocabulary: Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms, Word Formation, Sentence Completion.
Comprehension: Theme detection, Deriving Conclusion, Passage Completion Error Detection and Rearrangement: Passage Correction, Sentence Correction, Spelling.
Grammar: Active Passive Voice, Direct Indirect Speech.
General Usage: Idioms and Phrases.

Logical Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning: Analogy, Coding Decoding, Blood Relation, Sitting Arrangement, Series Completion, Syllogism, Decision Making, Statement Reasoning.
Non-verbal Reasoning: Series Completion, Analogy, and Classification.

Quantitative Aptitude

Arithmetic: Numbers, Simplification, Roots, Average, Surds & Indices, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Ratio & Proportion, Partnership, Chain Rule, Time & Work, Pipes & Cisterns, Time & Distance, Problems on Trains, Boats & Streams, Alligation, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Stocks & Shares, Clocks, Logarithms, Mensuration, Volume & Surface Area, Permutation & combination, Probability, Heights & Distances.
Data Interpretation: Tabulation, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Pie Charts.

General/Marketing/Banking Awereness

Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environments around him and its application to society.

These questions will be such that they do not require a specific study of any discipline

  • Knowledge of current events
  • Everyday observations and experience in the scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person
  • India and its neighbouring countries
  • Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Econ omy, General Polity, Indian Constitution, Scientific Research Over 70% of the questions will be related to Economy, Banking and Finance..

Computer Awareness

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Computer usage and application (basic hardware and software)
  • Operating system concepts
  • Shortcut keys
  • Basic security concepts
  • Latest technologies
  • Application Packages etc
  • Ms Word, excel
  • Ms power point, access
  • Internet & networks