The details for IBPS PO 2018 have been published. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has notified the Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruitment of Probationary Officers / Management Trainees in public sector banks. IBPS PO Notification mentions that there are a total of 4102 vacancies this year.

The Probationary Officer jobs are a favourite among graduates and post graduates looking for a career in the banking industry. IBPS conducts exams for hiring eligible candidates for Bank PO, Management Trainees, Bank Clerical, Specialist Officers and other posts. Check the details of salary, extra perks, pay scale, age limit and other information in this article.

Are you looking for the Clerical posts? Check out IBPS Common Written Exam for Clerks.

What is IBPS CWE?

IBPS Common Written Examination (CWE) is conducted for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee posts in the Public Sector Banks and some other organisations. The CWE for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee posts was earlier conducted twice a year by IBPS, but has been limited to once a year now. IBPS issues Scorecards to candidates who secure minimum qualifying marks and above in each test of the examination. This is the eights edition of the CWE PO exam, which was started in 2011 for the first time. Before that all banks used to conduct separate written test for their vacancies.

What is IBPS PO Selection Process?

Every year lakhs of job seekers apply for IBPS PO. This caused a lot of logistics issues for IBPS. That is why IBPS decided to divide the Recruitment process into three different stages. At each level some candidates are eliminated, and the qualifying candidates move to the next stage. The selection process follows these steps:

Tier 1: Preliminary Exam

Based on the number of posts, sufficient candidates are shortlisted for the Mains exam based on their performance in the preliminary exam. This is an elimination round, so the marks are not counted in the final merit.

Tier 2: Main Exams

This is the final stage of written tests. Candidates need to qualify this stage with high marks to be eligible for the final interview. Candidates equal to only three to four times the original number of vacancies are called for the next stage.

Tier 3: Interview

The last stage is interview. The interviews are conducted by the respective banks and a final merit list is made fixing a cut-off for each category in all the states.

Note: The marks scored in the preliminary stage are not counted in the final merit. The allotment of jobs in participating banks is done of the bases of marks scored in the Mains exam and the Interview.

What is Provisional Allotment in IBPS?

When the candidates apply for IBPS PO, they must fill a priority list of banks that they wish to join. Based on this preference, and their marks, candidates are provisionally allotted to participating banks. The banks then ask the candidates to appear for physical verification of documents and certificates. The final joining dates are decided by the banks after the verification and medical tests are complete.

When is IBPS CWE Exam in 2018?

The IBPS CWE-VIII PO Preliminary Exam is scheduled on 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October 2018. However the dates may change in exceptional circumstances.

The IBPS PO Main Examination will be held on November 18, 2018. Only the candidates selected in the pre-exam will be eligible to sit for the main exam.

What is the Last Date to Apply in IBPS PO Notification?

Candidates can register for IBPS PO 2018 from August 14, 2018. You must apply before the last date for online application, i.e. September 04, 2018.

IBPS PO Notification 2018 PDF

How many Vacancies are there for IBPS PO?

There are more than four thousand (4102) Posts as Probationary Officer vacancy in 2018-19. These are distributed among all the banks which select officers based on IBPS PO Exam.

Most Important Date in IBPS PO Notification 2018

IBPS PO ProcessDate
Online Registration StartsAugust 14, 2018
Online Application EndsSeptember 04, 2018
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam OnOctober 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018
IBPS PO Mains Exam DateNovember 18, 2018
IBPS PO Mains Exam ResultDecember 2018
IBPS PO Interview Call LettersJanuary 2019
Date of IBPS PO InterviewJanuary / February 2019
Provisional Allotment of PostingApril 2019


Participating Banks for IBPS PO:

1. Allahabad Bank2. Indian Bank
3. Andhra Bank4. Indian Overseas Bank
5. Bank of Baroda6. Oriental Bank of Commerce
7. Bank of India8. Punjab National Bank
9. Bank of Maharashtra10. Punjab and Sind Bank
11. Canara Bank12. Syndicate Bank
13. Central Bank of India14. UCO Bank
15. Corporation Bank16. Union Bank of India
17. Dena Bank18. United Bank of India
19. IDBI Bank20. Vijaya Bank


IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2018

Minimum Educational Qualification:

All candidates must have passed a graduation degree (BA, B. Com., B. Sc., B. Tech, B. Pharma, BCA etc) in any discipline from a recognized University.

Candidates must also possess working knowledge of computers. Knowledge of Windows Operating System, Internet, Browsers and other features is expected from all applicants.

Also, you must have proficiency in official language of the State that you are applying for. You must be able to read, write and speak the language.

Nationality and Citizenship:

An applicant must be:

  1. Citizen of India OR
  2. Subject of Nepal or Bhutan OR
  3. Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement OR
  4. Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement in India

Candidates belonging to the category 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt of India in their favour.

Age Limit for IBPS PO

Minimum Age at the time of application: 20 years

Maximum Age at the time of application: 30 years

Relaxation in upper age limit:

CategoryAge Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)5 years
OBC (Non-Creamy Layer)3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD)10 years
Ex-Servicemen5 years
Widows/Divorced Women9 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-19895 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots5 years
Regular Employees of Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service(for MP state Only)5 years

IBPS PO Common Written Exam Pattern:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

S.No.TopicQuestionsMaximum Time
1English Language3020 minutes
2Numerical Ability3520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability3520 minutes
Total10060 minutes

Cut-Off Marks:

Only those candidates, who score more than the cut-off, decided by IBPS, will be selected for Mains exam. Now, you need to clear the cut-off for each section to qualify for the Online Mains Objective and Descriptive Written Test.

Negative Marking:

One fourth or 0.25 times the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty for incorrect answers.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

The Mains exam for IBPS PO is even more difficult. Candidates have to answer questions on four different topics. There are four sections of Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions. The last section is descriptive in nature where you need to write a letter and an essay.

S. No.TopicNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2English Language354040 minutes
3Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
4General Economy & Banking Awareness404035 minutes
Total1552003 Hours
5Letter Writing & Essay (English)22530 minutes

IBPS PO Interview Pattern

The respective banks conduct interviews for all candidates shortlisted in the Mains Exam. The interviews carry maximum of 100 marks. Banks make a panel of three to five officials for this stage. They may ask candidates about their profile, they interests and hobbies, family, banking sector, current affairs, general awareness, national issues etc.

You must clear the interview to be eligible for joining as Probationary Officer. The minimum marks required are 40% for general category and 35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates.

Syllabus for IBPS PO:

IBPS PO exam does not follow a set syllabus. It can have questions from different topics in respective sections. Based on our experience with the past year papers, we have created a list of all the topics that can be covered in each section of the preliminary and the main exam. Click here for Syllabus of IBPS PO Exam

Application Fee for IBPS PO:

All candidates need to fill the fee at the time of application.

SC/ST/PWD: Rs. 100

Others: Rs. 600

Process to apply online:

Candidates should go to the IBPS’s website and click on the Home Page to open the link “Common Written Examination”

Download the Official IBPS PO Notification for 2018:

Download more details and apply online on IBPS Website:

More Sample Question Papers:

You can find more sample papers here: Computer, English, Reasoning, Maths, General Knowledge

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