IBPS PO FAQ – Notification, Selection Procedure, Eligibility, Vacancies, Salary, Job Profile, Promotions

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) for IBPS PO Exam 2018

As we all the that IBPS’s notification for the exam of Probationary Officers is out for this year and many of the candidates are facing issuing regarding if there are any changes that IBPS has made? Some other candidates are confused regarding the cut-offs.

So, here are we again helping you out with an FAQ article. Here we are going to discuss each and every single thing that you need to know about the exam.


In case if we are missing your doubt, you can anytime comment it down below the article and we will definitely going to answer you there and will make your doubt clear. So, let’s start with the FAQ.

  1. What are the posts available for this IBPS recruitment?

The posts available for this recruitment is Probationary Officers in various banks under IBPS.

  1. What is the name of the post that IBPS is offering?

The name of the post is Probationary Officers.

  1. How many vacancies have been announced for this year’s IBPS PO recruitment project?

The overall numbers of vacancies this year are 4102. (You can check the exact number of vacancies by clicking here)

  1. When will the registrations for the IBPS PO 2018 examination start from?

The registrations will start on August 14th, 2018.

  1. From where can I apply for the IBPS PO 2018 examination?

You can apply for the exam by clicking here. (You will be redirected to the registration page)

  1. How can I apply for the IBPS PO 2018 examination?

You need to register yourself and after the registration has been done, you just need to fill up the form and upload your passport size photograph and signature, and in the end need to make the payment using, either credit card or debit card or internet banking or any e-wallets. (go through the notification by clicking here)

  1. What is the application fee for the IBPS PO 2018 examination?
S. No. Category Total
1. SC / ST / PWD / XS Rs. 100/-
2. General and OBC Rs. 600/-


  1. What modes of payment can be used for IBPS PO 2018 application submission?

The fees will be paid by online mode only. A candidate can pay his or her fees either from the following payment methods.

  • Debit Cards
  • Credit Cards
  • Internet Banking
  • IMPS
  • Cash Cards
  • Mobile Wallets

(No challan system is there)

  1. In how many phases the IBPS PO exam will take place?

There will be 3 stages or phases of the exam.

  1. When will be the IBPS PO preliminary examination is expected to happen?

The tentative dates for the preliminary exam of IBPS PO 2018 are in the second and third week of October. The dates are 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st of October 2018.

  1. When will the IBPS PO mains exam has been scheduled to take place?

The mains exam will take place on November 18th, 2018.

  1. What are the age limit criteria for IBPS PO 2018 examination?

The age limit is 21 – 30 years.

For age relaxation details are given below –

  • The age for General category candidates should be in between 20 years to 30 years.
  • Age relaxation of 5 years has been given to SC / ST candidates.
  • 3 years of age relaxation for OBC candidates.
  • Age relaxation of 10 years for PWD candidates.
  • 5 years of age relaxation for ex-servicemen (army personnel) candidates.
  • Age relaxation of 9 years for widows / divorced women candidates.
  • J & K domicile person during the period from 01/ 01/ 1980 to 31/ 12/ 1989 will get age relaxation of 5 years.
  • For the persons affected by 1984 riots, 5 years of age relaxation has been given.


  1. What are the educational qualification criteria for IBPS PO 2018?

The candidate has to be graduate from any recognized university.

  1. What is the selection procedure of IBPS for the recruitment of Probationary Officers?

There will be three stages in the exam – preliminary exam followed by mains exam and then the interview phase.

  1. What is the pattern for IBPS PO preliminary examination 2018?
S. No. Section No. of Questions Marks Allotted Time Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 Time
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 Of
Total 100 100 1 Hour


  1. What is the pattern for IBPS PO mains examination 2018?
S. No. Section No. of Questions Marks Allotted Time Duration
1 Reasoning and Computer Aptitude


45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language


35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis and Interpretation


35 60 45 minutes
4 General Economy and Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes


Total 155 200 3 Hours
5 English Language (Letter writing and essay writing) 2 25 30 minutes


  1. Is the IBPS PO exam is going to be bilingual?

The preliminary exam will have reasoning and aptitude section to be bilingual and in the mains examination, the objective examination part will have all the sections other than the English language to be bilingual. This is not applicable to the mains descriptive test of English.

  1. What about negative marking in IBPS PO preliminary and mains examination?

There will be negative marking of one-fourth of the marks allotted to the question, for each wrong answer in both the papers – preliminary and mains objective exam. No negative marking is there in the descriptive exam.

  1. Will there be an interview in IBPS PO 2018?

Yes, there will be an interview.

  1. What will be the cutoff of the IBPS PO 2018 examination?

The expected cut off can be a bit more than what it was last year. The last year’s cut off has been mentioned below –

The sectional cut off for general category for IBPS PO 2017 preliminary exam was –

Subjects English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability Total
Maximum Score 30 35 35 100
Cut Off Score 05.00 07.75 10.00 42.75


The preliminary cut off of candidates for IBPS PO 2017, category wise has been given below –

Category Cut Off
Scheduled Caste (SC) 36.00
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 28.50
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 42.25
General 42.75
Hearing Impaired 15.75
Orthopedically Challenged 28.75
Visually Impaired 23.25
Intellectual Disability 17.75


  1. What is the syllabus of the IBPS PO preliminary examination?

To know about the syllabus, click here

  1. What is the job profile of a PO selected through IBPS PO examination?
  • Probationary Officers are into customer dealing. They also need to maintain and supervise the day – to – day bank activities.
  • A probationary officer also needs to look after for the public relations, need to address customer related issues, approving and monitoring the daily branch transactions, regulating the daily branch activities and need to handle loan processing.
  • They are also responsible to verify the work done by the clerks, needs to be aware with the policies and decisions made by the management, and also to implement the policies in the branch.


  1. What are the job responsibilities of PO in IBPS banks?

The job responsibilities of IBPS PO includes –

  • Working as a public relation officer
  • Handling customer complaints
  • Addressing various customer related issues
  • Supervision of clerical work
  • Managing cash balance
  • Making decisions for bank’s benefit
  • Issues related to ATM cards, chequebooks and demand drafts
  1. How many attempts are there for a candidate for IBPS PO examination?

Unlike UPSC, there are no limited attempts for IBPS PO. You are just required to fulfill the eligibility criteria. (For more details on eligibility, click here)

  1. What is the last date for registration?

The last date for registration is September 04th, 2018.

  1. The mode of conduct of exam will be?

The exam will be of online mode.

  1. What documents do I need to upload while filling the form?

You just need to upload your passport size photograph and your signature. No other documents are required. (For details regarding the size and format of the images, click here)

  1. What are the benefits of joining a bank through IBPS?

Some of the pros are –

  • There are so many banks under IBPS and you get any bank of your choice after scoring good marks.
  • Great option for career growth
  • Can get chance of working abroad
  • Get concession on interest rates for the housing loan, car loan and personal loan
  1. What are the transfer policies in IBPS banks?

Although they have a 5 years transfer policy there are easy transfer options for women.

  1. What are the salary components of PO in IBPS banks?

IBPS will have some components like –

  • Basic
  • DA
  • CCA
  • Leased house Accommodation
  • Furniture Allowance
  • Medical Insurance
  • HRA
  • Special Allowance
  • Transport Allowance
  • Petrol


  1. Career growth and promotion options for PO in IBPS banks?

IBPS has easy and better promotion opportunities in comparison with other banks. You can easily get promoted and can reach up to the post of chairman as well. Mrs. Arundhati Bhattacharya (Ex chairperson of IBPS) is the best example of this, as she joined IBPS way back in 1977 as a PO. The promotion path for a PO can be like –

  • PO (Assistant Manager, JMGS – I)
  • Deputy Manager (MMGS)
  • Manager (MMGS)
  • Chief Manager (MMGS)
  • Assistant General Manager (SMGS)
  • Deputy General Manager (TEGS)
  • Chief General Manager (TEGS)
  • General Manager (TEGS).
  1. What is the pay scale and expected salary of Probationary Officers in banks which are under IBPS?

An approximate salary of a probationary officer, selected through IBPS PO, in any public sector bank is in between Rs. 39,000/- to Rs. 42,000/-, in a metro city. In state capitals, the salary will be around Rs. 38,500/- to Rs. 41,000/-.

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