IBPS PO recruitment 2016- step by step process


IBPS PO Exam 2016 will be held in three sessions: preliminary exam, main exam, followed by an interview. According to the official notification, the online registrations will start from July 26, 2016 and the last date to submit application is August 13, 2016 on www.ibpsexam.org.

IBPS will conduct, evaluate and publish the results for the all India common test to facilitate filling of a total of 8822 bank jobs in the year 2017-18 across 20 public sector banks.

Selection process

Age limit for the exam is 20 to 30 years of age (age relaxation for OBC candidate is 3 year and for SC/ST candidate is 5 years) as on July 1, 2016. Candidates should have graduation degree from a recognized university as on August 13, 2016. IBPS has not mentioned a specific percentage required to apply for these exams.

All the interested candidates would need to go through a selection process. Candidates who clear the preliminary test will be eligible for the mains. The select candidates who clear the mains would shortlisted for an interview conducted by the participating organisations and coordinated by the nodal bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS at select centres.

After the interview is conducted, candidates will have to register their order of preference for recruitment in the participating banks and institutions.

Important dates:  

Online registrations July 26, 2016 to August 13, 2016
Download invite letter (for training) July 26, 2016 to August 03, 2016
Pre-exam training August 03 to August 08, 2016
Preliminary exam October 16, 22 and 23, 2016
Download admit card (for mains) November 2016
Main examination November 20, 2016
Result December 2016
Download call letter (for interview) January 2017
Interview January/February 2017
Final / provisional allotment April 2017


IBPS CWE PO/MT-VI exam details 
The 2016 IBPS PO Exams be conducted in a three-stage process – preliminary and main exam conducted only through online mode, followed by an interview.


Preliminary examination

In the qualifier examination, candidates will have to answer questions based on English language, quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability. The exam comprising a total of 100 questions should be answered within an hour. Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks as decided by IBPS.

Test No of questions Maximum marks Duration
English language 30 30 Composite time of 1 hour
Quantitative aptitude 35 35
Reasoning ability 35 35
Total 100 100
Main examination

For the main exam, the candidates will be quizzed on the basis of reasoning, English language, quantitative aptitude, general awareness with special emphasis on banking, and computer knowledge. The exam will include a total of 200 questions to be answered with in 2 hour and 20 minutes time period. Each section must be completed within the specified time limit. IBPS will determine the cutoff scores (section-wise and total) to be called for common interviews.

Test No of questions Maximum marks Medium of exam Time (Seperately timed)
Reasoning 50 50 English & Hindi 40 minutes
English language 40 40 English 30 minutes
Quantitative aptitude 50 50 English & Hindi 40 minutes
General awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 20 minutes
Computer Knowledge 20 20 English & Hindi 10 minutes
Total 200 200 140 minutes