IBPS PO Mains – Application, Selection, Cutoff, Result for IBPS PO Mains Examination


IBPS PO 2018 is an exam that would be conducted to recruit Probationary Officers or POs for various government sector banks in the country. In fact, except SBI and a few other banks, all the other major banks recruit officers through the IBPS PO exam. The exam itself is a three-stage process. You have the prelims, the mains and the interview. When it comes to IBPS PO, the mains stage is rather crucial as you do this is the most difficult stage of the process. In the following post, we would take a look at everything that you need to know about the IBPS PO Mains exam.

IBPS PO Mains – The Selection Process

As said before, the IBPS PO Mains is technically the middle stage of the process. Before you apply for IBPS PO mains, you need to clear IBPS PO prelims. On the other hand, after you pass the IBPS PO Mains Process, you would have to appear for the personal interview. The steps in the selection process are as follows:

  • Apply online
  • Prelims Examination
  • Mains Examination
  • Document Verification and Language Proficiency Test
  • Provisional Allotment

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IBPS Probation Officer Mains Exam Date

Before you plan to apply for IBPS PO (Probation officer) mains, you need to know about the important dates. You need to keep a track of the important dates so that you don’t miss out anything. The following table gives the details of the dates

·         ActivityDate
On-line registration (Modification, Online Payment) by candidates14th August 2018 – 4th September 2018
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Date13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October 2018
IBPS PO Mains Exam Date18th November 2018
Declaration of IBPS PO Mains Exam ResultDecember 2018
Declaration and download of IBPS PO Interview Call LetterJanuary 2019
Date of IBPS PO InterviewJanuary / February 2019
Allotment of Provisional PostingApril 2019

As you can see the exact dates for a lot of events are not known yet. We would update the information as soon as we get it. To get the latest updates on Mains Exam Date, click on the link below:

IBPS PO Exam Date 2018

IBPS PO Mains – Eligibility Criteria

Let us take a look at the IBPS PO Mains eligibility criteria for the mains exam. Well, there is no specific eligibility criteria for the mains. Here, we have listed the eligibility criteria for the IBPS PO exam 2018

Age Requirements

Minimum Age as on 01/08/2018: 20 Years

Maximum Age as on 01/08/2018:  30 Years

These are the requirements for IBPS PO age limit 2018 for candidates belonging to the General Category. Reserved category candidates and certain other candidates would get an age relaxation. The following table gives all the details

IBPS PO Age Limit – Relaxation for the Reserved Category and Certain Other Candidates

CategoryAge relaxation
SC/ ST (Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe)5 years
OBC (Other Backward Classes –Non-Creamy Layer)3 years
PwD (Persons With Disabilities)10 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs). These candidates must have rendered at least 5 years of military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within an 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 service5 years
Persons actually domiciled in the J & K during the period from January 01, 1980 to December 31, 1989.5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots5 years

In order to claim age relaxation, you would have to produce relevant certificates to the authorities. You would need to carry a photocopy as well as the original certificates to the interview or any stage of the selection process, as directed by the IBPS.

Educational Requirements

Required Educational Qualifications

  • As on 05.09.2018, the candidate must possess graduation degree in any discipline/stream from a University recognized by the Government of India.
  • You are also allowed to apply for IBPS PO if you have an equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Government of India.

Some Facts About the IBPS PO Eligibility 2018

  • You must have the original degree or final mark sheet with you as you would be required to produce them during the interview round for document verification.
  • The date on the provisional certificate or the mark sheet would be considered to be the date of passing.

How to Apply for IBPS PO Mains?

Let us now look at the process of applying for IBPS PO Mains. You need to apply online for IBPS PO. To apply for IBPS PO, you need to follow these simple steps.

  • Visit the official website for IBPS PO application and fill IBPS PO Form – IBPS PO Online Application Form 2017
  • Click on the link “CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION” to register their application by entering their basic information in the online application form.
  • Registration number and password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. Candidate should note down the Provisional registration number and password for future reference.
  • An Email & SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will be sent as well. Saved data can be re-accessed using the IBPS PO Registration number and password if you need to edit the particulars.
  • Candidates are required to upload their scanned photograph and signature as per the general instructions.
  • All the details should be carefully filled in the online application at the appropriate places very carefully and click on the “FINAL SUBMIT” button at the end of the online application process.

IBPS PO 2018 Application Form Payment

You need to pay the online application fees when you are filling up the form. Candidates can choose to pay the application fees by using Debit Cards (RuPay/Visa/MasterCard/Maestro), Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets by providing information as asked on the screen.

CategoryApplication Fee
GeneralINR 600

General Instructions for candidates

  • The photograph and signature must be scanned ensuring that both the photograph (4.5cm × 3.5cm) and signature are according to the required specifications mentioned in the official notification (Signature in CAPITAL LETTERS will NOT be accepted).
  • Keep the essential details/documents ready to make Online Payment of the requisite application fee/ intimation charges.
  • A valid personal email ID should be kept active until the completion of Common Recruitment Process.
  • IBPS may send call letters for the Examination etc. on the registered e-mail ID.

How to Download Your IBPS PO Mains Admit Card

You need to download your IBPS PO Admit Card to appear for the exam. Once you have filled your online application form properly and the admit card is released, you need to download your IBPS PO Mains Admit Card. To do that, you need to follow these steps.

  1. Log on to the official website.
  2. Enter the registration number that you got when you filled in your application form.
  3. Enter your date of birth
  4. Click on Submit
  5. Your admit card would be opened and you need to download it.

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IBPS PO Admit Card 2018

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

We have talked about the application process until now. Now, let us talk about the IBPS PO exam. The first thing that you need to know is the IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern. The following table gives the details of the exam pattern for IBPS PO Mains.

Name of testNo. of QuestionMaximum marksDuration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 mins
English Language354040 mins
Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 min
General Economy & Banking Awareness404035
Total1552003 hours

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IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS PO Mains Syllabus

As we have seen above, there are the following subjects in the PO Mains Syllabus

  • Reasoning
  • Computer
  • Data Interpretation
  • General Economy and Banking Awareness

The following chart gives the details of the Mains Syllabus for IBPS PO:

Quantitative AptitudeReasoning & Computer AptitudeEnglish LanguageGeneral Awareness
SimplificationVerbal ReasoningInternetReading ComprehensionFinancial Awareness
AverageSyllogismMemoryGrammarCurrent Affairs
PercentageCircular Seating ArrangementKeyboard ShortcutsVocabularyGeneral Knowledge
Ratio and PercentageLinear Seating ArrangementComputer AbbreviationVerbal Ability
Data InterpretationDouble LineupMicrosoft Office
Mensuration and GeometrySchedulingComputer Hardware
Quadratic EquationInput OutputComputer Software
InterestBlood RelationsOperating System
Problems of AgesDirections and DistancesNetworking
Profit and LossOrdering and RankingComputer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Number SeriesData Sufficiency
Speed, Distance and TimeCoding and Decoding
Time and WorkCode Inequalities
Number System
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation
Permutation and Combination
And Probability
Mixture and Allegations

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IBPS PO Syllabus 2018

Checking Your IBPS PO Mains Result

The following is the step-wise procedure that candidates should read for downloading the IBPS PO Mains Result:

  • Log on to the official website of IBPS ibps.in
  • Click on CWE PO/MT link
  • A new window will open showing the message “check result of PO/MT CWE VII”
  • Submit/Enter your Registration number and Date of Birth
  • Take a printout of the IBPS PO Mains scorecard

Candidates having questions regarding the IBPS PO results can make use of a privilege by asking for assistance through a toll-free number 1800 222 366, i.e. the IBPS helpline which is operational from 9.30 AM to 6 PM.

The table should give you an idea about the IBPS PO mains result date declaration for the entire period of the examination:

IBPS PO 2018 Preliminary resultNovember 2018
IBPS PO 2018 Mains ResultDecember 2018
IBPS PO 2018 InterviewJanuary/February 2019
Final result for IBPS PO 2019April 2019

An equi-percentile method is applied to calculate the scores in preliminary and mains exams. The  IBPS PO result is declared after normalizing the scores. The final result will be the consolidation of mains exam and interview.

IBPS PO Mains Cut Off

The Cut Off is the minimum marks that you need to score when you are looking to pass the IBPS PO Mains examination and qualify for the interview. The following table gives the details that you need for both the prelims and the mains exam.

PaperEnglishReasoning AbilityQuantitativeGeneral AwarenessTotal
Preliminary7.008.508.25Not Applicable47.50

The table above should give you an idea of the IBPS PO  (Probation Officer) Mains cut off for both online exams going to be held in October/November 2018.

So, these were some of the most important pieces of information that you should know about IBPS PO Mains. Hopefully, this article was of help to you. For more information and the latest updates on IBPS PO 2018, click on the link below:

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