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IBPS PO 2020: Exam Date, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria

Every year the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts a recruitment exam for appointment to the post of a Probationary officer and management trainees in various scheduled banks of India participating under IBPS. Candidates need to apply for the IBPS PO 2020 only through the online mode. The application form will be made available to the candidates on the official website of the IBPS.

The exam will be organized in two phases-preliminary exam, and main exam followed by the interview. It is mandatory for the candidates to clear all these stages for the final selection. Only those candidates can appear for main exam who will qualify the pre-exam as per the minimum cutoff score decided by IBPS. For more details on the IBPS PO 2020 examination, go through the complete article.

News: Please check the official dates for PO exam as released by IBPS.

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Important Dates for IBPS PO 2020

Candidates can note down the tentative IBPS PO 2020 exam dates for their reference-

Events Dates (Tentative)
Beginning of online registration 3rd week of August 2020
Last date to register for the exam 1st week of September 2020
Hall tickets downloading 1st week of October 2020
Preliminary exam (Pre-exam) date 3rd, 4th & 10th October 2020
Result declaration October 2019/November 2020
Hall ticket downloading for Main exam 2nd week of November 2020
Main exam date 28th November 2020
Result announcement December 2020
Call letter downloading for Interview January 2021
Interview date January/February 2021
Provisional allotment April 2021

Note: The confirmed schedule will be updated once the authority announces the same on its official website.

Eligibility Criteria for IBPS PO 2020

Candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria specified by the authority in order to appear in the exam. Here are the eligibility conditions that must be met by the aspirants-

Nationality

A candidate must be either be-

  • 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 permanently settled in India and has migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam.

Age Criteria: The age of the candidates should lie between 20 years and 30 years. However, those from the reserved category can claim age relaxation.

Educational Qualification: A candidate must have done graduation in any discipline or its equivalent from a recognized university.

IBPS PO 2020 Application Form

Before proceeding for the application form, candidates should ensure that they fulfill the eligibility conditions set by IBPS. They are also required to keep the scanned photograph and signature handy. The application form for the IBPS PO exam will be available on the official website. Candidates need to register for the exam first by providing basic registration details such as name, dob, gender, mobile number, email id etc. After successful registration, they will get the unique application number on their registered email id and phone number.

The same details should be used for filling of the online application form. The form must be filled with extreme care. Candidates should cross-check the details mentioned in the application form before the final submission of the same. They must pay the required application fee for the exam otherwise their applications will be considered invalid.

Application Fee

Candidates from SC/ST/PWD categories must pay Rs. 100/- as the application fee whereas others need to pay Rs. 600/- as the necessary fee for the exam. The stated fee can be paid only through the online mode i.e. by using credit card/debit card/net banking/mobile wallets/cash cards and IMPS.

IBPS PO 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of IBPS PO exam is provided below-

  • Exam mode: Online (CBT based)
  • Exam duration: 1 hour for pre-exam and 3 Hour 30 minutes for main exam.
  • Exam language: English and Hindi
  • Type of Questions: Objective type (MCQs)
  • Negative Marking: for each wrong answer, onefourth marks will be deducted.

Syllabus

The syllabus for pre-exam includes the subjects such as English language, quantitative aptitude, and reasoning ability. For main exam, the subjects to be studied by the candidate to crack the exam are-reasoning and computer aptitude, general awareness, English language, data interpretation and analysis, and letter and essay writing. Here are few of the topics to be studied under each subject-

Reasoning: Direction sense, blood relation, puzzle, syllogism, sitting arrangement, analogy, classification, series, odd-one out, etc.

English language: Vocabulary, grammar, antonym, synonym, sentence rearrangement, fill in the blanks, cloze test, comprehension etc.

Quantitative aptitude: Simplification, average, time and work, speed, distance and time, boats and streams, data interpretation, percentage, approximation etc.

Preparation Tips for IBPS PO 2020

Candidates can take a look at the useful preparation tips for cracking IBPS PO exam-

  1. Go through the syllabus for the exam before starting the exam preparation.
  2. Practice quantitative aptitude and reasoning every day.
  3. Keep a separate notebook for writing mathematical shortcuts and formulas.
  4. Focus on vocabulary building by reading an English magazine or watching English news.
  5. Solve previous year papers for practice. You can also buy a test series for the exam as per your convenience.
  6. The data interpretation part should be given more focus as it is the most scoring part of the exam apart from English.

Recommended Books

Here are some of the notable reference books for IBPS PO exam preparation-

  • Reasoning: Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning by R.S Aggarwal, reasoning by magical book series.
  • Quantitative aptitude: Objective mathematics by Arihant publication, quantitative aptitude by R.S Aggarwal, quicker maths by M.Tyra.
  • English language: Book by Kiran publication, objective general English by S.P Bakshi, word power made easy by Norman Lewis.

IBPS PO 2020 Admit Card

The admit card can be obtained from the official website of the IBPS. Candidates should download the call letter and take the printout of the same for future reference. The hall ticket must be brought to the exam center or else the candidates won’t be allowed to appear in the exam. The call letter for pre-exam and main exam will be released separately. Only those candidates can download the call letter for main exam who have cleared the pre-exam.

Result and Selection

Candidates can check the result of the IBPS PO 2020 examination from the official website. The result for pre-exam, main exam and interview will be declared separately. Only those candidates will be selected finally who have qualified all the stages of the exam. After the announcement of the result, selected candidates will undergo document verification and will be allotted a provisional allotment letter to serve as a PO in a designated branch of any of the scheduled bank participating in IBPS.

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