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IBPS PO 2019 stand for Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officer, the most popular Banking exam in India to become officer in Banking field. The authority which is authorized to conduct the exam is IBPS and Post for which IBPS conducts the exam called PO. Every year Lacs of candidates fill the online application form. The candidates selected after the final interview process get the opportunity to work in their choice of Bank as a Probationary Officer (Bank PO). In this Article we will discuss about IBPS PO 2019 exam Dates, exam pattern, syllabus, eligibility, job profile, Salary, Promotion & Career growth and ibps po previous year cutoff.

IBPS PO 2019 Dates, Pattern & Syllabus

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) releases its calendar every year in the month of January and conducts a three-step examination to carry out the recruitment process of Probationary Officers in various Public Sector Banks of India. As mentioned in the IBPS Calendar 2019, IBPS PO Preliminary and Mains Examinations are scheduled to be held in October 2019 and November  2019 respectively. The first two steps involve objective type tests viz. IBPS PO Prelims Exam and IBPS PO Main Exam which are followed by the Personal Interview Round i.e. the final phase of the IBPS PO Examination. Here are the details of IBPS PO Recruitment 2019 for all those who aspire to become a Probationary Officer in a Public Sector Bank this year.

IBPS PO 2019 Exam Dates

The IBPS Calendar is out already which clearly declares the dates of IBPS PO Prelims Exam as 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th October 2019 and IBPS PO Mains Exam as 30th November 2019. Given below is the table from IBPS Calendar 2019 which shows the exact dates of IBPS PO Exam 2019:
Sr. No. Activity IBPS PO Exam Dates
1 Online Examination – Preliminary 12.10.2019, 13.10.2019, 19.10.2019 & 20.10.2019
2 Online Examination – Main 30.11.2019


IBPS PO 2019 Vacancies Details

IBPS PO 2019 Application Fee

Different categories have to pay different amount of application fee at the end of the application form. The fee of each category are as follows:

S.No. Category Application Fee
1. SC/ST/PWD Rs. 100/-
2. General Rs. 600/-


IBPS PO 2019 Eligibility

Candidates need to fulfill eligibility at 3 levels in order to apply for IBPS PO exam. These are Nationality, Age-based eligibility, and Educational Qualification.

A candidates must be either of the following to be eligible for the IBPS PO 2019 exam.

  • Citizen of India or
  • Subject of Nepal or
  • Subject of Bhutan or
  • Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of settling in India permanently or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia) Zaire, and Vietnam came with the intention of settling in India permanently. Also, he/she should have received the certificate of eligibility issued by the government of India.

Age Limit: As per the norms of IBPS PO recruitment

  • The minimum age of the candidate should be 20 years and
  • Maximum age of the candidate should not be more than 30 years.
  • Also, the upper age limit is relaxed for some of the categories which are as follows:
Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
PWD 10 years
EXSM, Persons domiciled in J&K, Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years


Education Qualification:

  • A candidate must possess a Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognized by the Govt. of India or
  • Any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
  • There is no minimum percentage criteria to apply for IBPS PO exam.
  • Final year candidates should make sure, your results should be published before September 2019.
  • To know more about this, you can go through the detailed eligibility criteria of IBPS PO here.

IBPS PO 2019 Exam Pattern

The examination for IBPS PO Recruitment process is carried out in three phases i.e. Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and Personal Interview. Following is the expected pattern of IBPS PO 2019 Exam if there is no change in the pattern this year and it remains the same as last year’s:

Note: – Below patter in based on IBPS PO 2018, and can be changed by IBPS at any time so don’t take it granted.

Phase-IIBPS PO Preliminary Examination 2018
S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes
Candidates had to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks which were decided by IBPS

Phase – II: IBPS PO Main Examination 2018

Main Examination consists of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 25 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests were conducted online.

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
  1. Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test has separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.
  1. Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 25 marks is a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Important Note – Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main examination will be considered for shortlisting for Interview and preparation of final merit list.

Note: There will be negative marking for every wrong answer in both Preliminary and Main Examination for which there is a penalty of ¼ or 0.25 of the marks assigned to the particular question.

Phase – IIIIBPS PO Interview
The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The qualifying marks in the interview are 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). The weightage (ratio) of CWE (Main exam) and interview for final merit list will be 80:20 respectively.

IBPS PO 2019 Syllabus

English Language
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Fillers
  • Sentence Errors
  • Vocabulary based questions
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)

Reasoning Ability
  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relation
  • Syllogism
  • Order and Ranking
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Machine Input-Output
  • Inequalities
  • Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)

Quantitative Aptitude 
  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)
  • Inequalities (Quadratic Equations)
  • Number Series
  • Approximation and Simplification
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)

General Awareness
  • Banking and Insurance Awareness
  • Financial Awareness
  • Govt. Schemes and Policies
  • Current Affairs
  • Static Awareness

Computer Aptitude

  • History and Generation of Computers
  • Introduction to Computer Organisation
  • type of memories
  • Hardware and I/O Devices
  • Software
  • Computer Languages
  • Operating System
  • Computer Network
  • Internet
  • MS Office Suit and Short cut keys
  • Basics of DBMS
  • Number System and Conversions
  • Computer and Network Security

IBPS PO 2019 Job Profile

  • After selection as Probationary Officer, candidates are placed in Junior Management Grade Scale-I.
  • They need to undergo a probation period of 1 year.
  • During this probation period, candidates undergo various training in order to learn practical aspects of banking.
  • The role of a PO is a multitasking job, it includes customer service, Supervision of Clerical work, loan processing etc.
  • To know more about it, go through the detailed post on job profile of IBPS PO.

IBPS PO 2019 Salary

  • The basic pay for IBPS PO is R. 23700/-.
  • Apart from this, Probationers are also entitled to various perks including Annual increment, Dearness Allowance, City Compensatory Allowance, House Rent Allowance etc.
  • To know more about the details of IBPS PO emoluments, go through the salary structure of IBPS PO here.
  • Below is the Wage revision for bank employees under the 11th bipartite settlement:
Increment (Percentage) %  Basic Pay  Gross Salary
15% Rs.26,706/- Rs.37,068/-
20% Rs.27,866/- Rs.38678/-
25% Rs.29,026/- Rs.40,288/-
30% Rs.30,187/- Rs.41,899/-

Promotion and Career Growth

After the end of the probationary period, candidates are posted as Assistant Managers in the bank branch. Next step of the promotion places them in Middle Management Grade Scale and one can even rise to the level of Chairman and Managing Director. Below is the career growth of IBPS PO:

  • PO
  • Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Chief Manager
  • Assistant General Manager
  • Deputy General Manager
  • General Manager
  • Executive Director
  • Chairman and Managing Director

IBPS PO 2019 Previous Years Cut Off

IBPS PO Section wise Cut Off for Prelims 2018

Name of the Test Cutoff Score
SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD General
English Language 5.50 8.75
Reasoning Ability 5.25 9.00
Quantitative Aptitude 4.75 7.75


IBPS PO Overall Category-wise Cut Off for Prelims 2018

Name of Category Cutoff Score (Out of 100)
General 56.75
SC 49.25
ST 41.75
OBC 55.50
OC (Orthopaedically Challenged) 42.75
HI (Hearing Impaired 16.50
VI (Visually Impaired) 38.75
ID (Intellectual Disability) 17.00

IBPS PO 2018 Mains section-wise cut off

Name of the Section Maximum Marks Cutoff Marks
SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD General
Objective Test English Language 40 7.50 11.25
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 60 7.50 10.25
Data Analysis & Interpretation 60 2.25 4.50
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 5.00 8.00
Descriptive Test English Language 25 8.75 10.00

IBPS PO Overall Category-wise Cut Off for Mains 2018

Name of the Category Total Cutoff Score (Out of 225)
General 74.50
OBC 68.38
SC 56.38
ST 35.75
HI (Hearing Impaired) 42.63
OC (Orthopedically Challenged) 53.25
VI (Visually Impaired) 66.88
ID (Intellectual Disability) 37.00


IBPS PO 2017 Previous Year Cut Off

Every year IBPS releases the cut off for the students who have appeared in the exam in order to understand the minimum number of attempts a student should make to crack the exam. Take a look at the previous year cut off of IBPS PO to understand the difficulty level of the IBPS PO exam.

IBPS PO Prelims Cut Off Marks 2017

Sections Category
General OBC SC ST
English Language  5.00  2.75  2.75  2.75
Reasoning Ability 10.00  6.75 6.75 6.75
Quantitative Aptitude  7.75 4.75 4.75 4.75
Overall Cutoff Marks 42.75  42.25  36.00 28.50

IBPS PO 2017 Final Cut Off for Mains

S.No. Name of the Category Total Cutoff Score (Out of 225)
1. General 82.00
2. OBC 75.63
3. SC 62.50
4. ST 42.25
5. HI (Hearing Impaired) 47.75
6. OC (Orthopedically Challenged) 59.63
7. VI (Visually Impaired) 77.87
8. ID (Intellectual Disability) 55.00