IBPS PO Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria: Crack IBPS PO in 2021!

The IBPS PO exam is one of the esteemed exams in India. It is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel for the selection of Probationary Officers. It is conducted each year for the last 10 years. Several vacancies are released for the post of PO in leading banks across the country.

IBPS PO recruitment process is divided into 3 stages. It involves the prelims, mains, and final interview. The marks of mains and interview rounds decide the selection of young graduates into the public sector. So to become a topper of this exam you should join Avision Institute.

IBPS PO Vacancy 2021

The Institute of Banking Personnel will disclose the vacancy details of IBPS PO 2021 along with their notification. The vacancy details are released in a bank-wise and category-wise manner as per the requirement. A total of 3500+ vacancies were officially declared in the previous year.

  • The old vacancy in the 2020 IBPS PO exam was 1167
  • New increased vacancy of 2020 exam was 3517 because-
  • In Canara Bank, the vacancies of IBPS PO were increased by 2100
  • In the Bank of Maharashtra, the vacancies were increased by 250

You can find the previous year's detail of bank-wise under category basis vacancies released under the IBPS PO 2020 recruitment notification notice. This list will help you predict this year’s vacancies and decide your preparation process.


As visible, the competition is tough with limited vacancies in each category according to the back. Every year Lakhs of students take part in the exam. So to keep your competition in ace, you can join Avision Institute to take your preparation to the next level.

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria

Fulfillment of different criteria to an exam is essential to sit for the exam. So also in the  , the qualification of a candidate is decided based on three grounds; nationality, educational qualification, and age-based criteria. You can check the section to know details about each section of eligibility before kick-starting your preparation journey with Avision Institute.

Nationality of the candidate: An eligible candidate belongs to one of the sections below. Then only the candidate will get the opportunity to sit for the IBPS PO exam in India.

1.    Indian Citizen or

2.    Citizen of Nepal or Bhutan or

3.   A refugee of Tibet who visited India before January 1st, 1962 with the clear intention of permanently settling in India.

4.   Indian origin person who had migrated to the following countries but came to India with the clear intention of settling in India peacefully. The person should have obtained the eligibility certificate issued by the Indian Government.

  • Burma
  • Sri Lanka
  • East African countries(Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda)
  • Zaire
  • Vietnam
  • Pakistan

Educational Qualification: There are certain criteria related to the educational qualification of the candidate to be eligible to sit in this exam set by the IBPS. They are-

1.  The candidate should be holding a Graduation degree from any discipline of a University which is authorized and recognized by the Indian Government as of 26/08/2021.

2. The candidate can also possess an equivalent qualification to the Graduation degree which is recognized by the Central Government.

3.  The results of final year students should get their results before September 2021.

4. The IBPS has not set any minimum eligibility percentage for the graduation degree students.

Age Criteria: In accordance with the norms of IBPS PO set by the IBPS the age limit eligibility should be as follows:

1.  The minimum age of the applied candidate should be 20 years.

2. The candidate's maximum age should not be more than 30 years of age as of 01/08/2021.

3.   The upper age limit is relaxed for the following categories as follows:

CategoryAge relaxation
OBC(Non-Creamy Layer):3 years
PWD:10 years
SC/ST:5 years
Ex-servicemen, domicile persons of J&K, 1984 riots person:5 years

IBPS PO Exam Dates 2021:

The IBPS PO 2021 exam dates are declared under the IBPS calendar 2021-2022. The dates along with other information related to the IBPS PO eligibility criteria, the pattern of exam, and vacancies are notified in the calendar.

For the time being, it is tentative that the IBPS PO exam will be held in October 2021. You can check below the related information about the release of admit cards and the release dates of further stages of the exam and their results date. The dates are tentative and can be changed as guided by the Government of India.

IBPS PO EventsImportant Dates
Notification ReleaseAugust, 21
Apply Online StartAugust, 21
Apply Online EndSeptember, 21
Fee Submission Last DateSeptember, 21
PET Call Letter downloadSeptember, 21
Pre Training Exam 2021September , 21
Download of Admit CardSeptember third week, 21
Prelims Exam DateOctober, 09th, 10th, 16th, 17th 2021
Pre Result-
Mains Admit Card Download2 weeks before the release of the exam date
Mains Exam DateNovember 27th, 2021
Mains Result-
Interview call letters download availableDecember, 21
Interview DateJanuary, 22
Final ResultFebruary, 22

IBPS PO Salary: It is enduring to know about the salary of the exam you are going to attempt and qualify for-

  • The basic pay for a Probationary Officer qualifying IBPS PO exam is Rs. 23700/-
  • There are additional perks attached with the basic pay such as dearness allowance, annual increment, house rent allowance, City Compensatory Allowance, and many others.

Below there is a detailed description of the in-hand salary an officer receives at the end of the month. This is with a dearness allowance of 75.9% of basic pay+ house rent allowance of 7% of basic pay+ special allowance of 7.75% of basic pay.

Basic Pay23,700
Special Allowance1,836.75
Total (without HRA)36,570.38
Gross with HRA38,703.38

IBPS PO Syllabus:

Correct understanding of the syllabus is essential to do the right preparations. There have been previous modifications in the IBPS PO Syllabus exam pattern to introduce sectional timing in the Prelims paper. There was an addition of the General Awareness and Descriptive Test section under the Mains paper along with the other three subjects.

You can find below the detailed subjects divided under different exam sections.

IBPS PO Syllabus for Prelims: It is the preliminary exam of the IBPS PO 2021 exam. The candidates need to clear the prelims exam to sit for the mains exam. In the IBPS PO Syllabus for Prelims the major sections in this Prelims exam. They are- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning.

Reasoning SyllabusQuantitative Ability SyllabusEnglish Language Syllabus
1Logical ReasoningSimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesReading Comprehension
2SyllogismRatio & Proportion, PercentageMultiple Meaning/Error Spotting
3Ranking/Direction/Alphabet TestTime & DistancePara jumbles
4Data SufficiencySimplificationParagraph Completion
5Coded InequalitiesWork & TimeFill in the blanks
6Blood RelationsMixtures & AllegationsCloze test
7PuzzleMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, SphereMiscellaneous
8TabulationData Interpretation
9Mixtures and allegationsRanking/Direction/Alphabet Test
10Seating ArrangementNumber Systems
11Input OutputSequence & Series
12Permutation, Combination Probability

IBPS PO Syllabus for Mains: After qualifying for the prelims, the candidate can submit for the  mains exam. There is more weightage given to the marks obtained in this exam for the selection to the PO post. There are 4+1sections constituted under this exam. The IBPS PO Syllabus for mains is of:

English Language, Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, Quantitative, General Awareness, and Aptitude + Descriptive Paper (introduced newly).

Quantitative Aptitude SyllabusGeneral Awareness SyllabusComputer Aptitude and Reasoning SyllabusEnglish Language Syllabus
SimplificationFinancial AwarenessVerbal ReasoningInternetVerbal Ability
Mixture and AllegationsStatic AwarenessCode InequalitiesMemoryGrammar
Mensuration and GeometryGeneral KnowledgeInput-OutputComputer Fundamentals /TerminologiesVocabulary
Ratio and PercentageCurrent AffairsOrdering and RankingComputer SoftwareReading Comprehension
Profit and LossDouble LineupComputer Abbreviation
PercentageSchedulingComputer Hardware
Quadratic EquationCircular Seating Arrangement Microsoft Office
InterestBlood RelationsOperating System
Problems of AgesDirections and DistancesNetworking
Data InterpretationLinear Seating ArrangementKeyboard Shortcuts
Number SeriesData Sufficiency
Speed, Distance and TimeCoding and Decoding
Permutation and CombinationSyllogism
Number System
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation
Time and Work
And Probability

IBPS PO 2021 Interview Process: 

IBPS PO 2021 interview process  is the last stage of the selection process in the IBPS PO exam.  The candidates qualifying in the mains exam are called in for an interview session. The candidates are judged out of 100 marks. The minimum cut off marks for this round for different categories are:

General -40/100

OBC/SC/ST/PWD- 35/100

The shortlisted candidates are asked to face a panel of bank officials during the interview. The selected candidates will be informed about the venue and provided with an Interview Call Letter.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern: 

To qualify for an exam, it is important you understand the pattern of the exam after noting the syllabus. There is some difference between the pattern of the mains and prelims exam. Below is given the detailed IBPS PO Exam pattern for the prelims exam along with the sectional time provided.

Name of testMaximum MarksDurationNumber of Questions
English Language3020 minutes30
Reasoning Ability3520 minutes35
Quantitative Aptitude3520 minutes35
Total1001 hour100


This article will help you in pursuing your dreams with all the required information you cannot afford to miss. Several details are served by the IBPS site. You can visit the site for further information.

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