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IBPS PO Cut off – Prelim and Mains Cut off, Previous Year Cut offs, Interview, Provisional Allotment

The cut off marks are the minimum scores that applicants need to secure at all levels of IBPS PO exam to qualify and become eligible for the next level of selection. There are 3 cutoffs released after each stage of the exam – prelims, mains and interview (final cut off). 

IBPS PO prelims cutoffs for 2019-20 session were released on November 8, 2019. The overall IBPS PO prelims cut off was 59.75 marks for General and OBC categories, 53.50 marks for SC and 46.25 marks for ST candidates. Following this, candidates were shortlisted for the IBPS PO mains exam and a cut off for the mains exam was released on January 9,2020.

These cutoffs are released based on category and section. Candidates who have secured a score as per the required IBPS PO cut off 2019 in the mains exam were called for interview in early 2020. The final cut-off is expected to be released after the end of the coronavirus lockdown in India. 

The next IBPS PO (2020-21) prelims and mains exams will be held at the end of 2020 and its interview will be conducted in Jan/Feb in 2021.

In this article, you will get familiar with the prelims and mains cut off marks of IBPS PO 2019, previous years statistics, expected cut offs for 2020, and much more.

IBPS PO 2019 Cut off Dates

IBPS PO exam events with key dates are mentioned in the table below:

IBPS PO 2019 Schedule IBPS PO Cut off 2019 Dates
IBPS PO prelims exam October 12, 13, 19 and 20
Release of cut off marks for prelims November 8
Mains exam of IBPS PO November 30
Mains Exam January 9, 2020
Conduct of Interview January / February 2020
Release of final cut off/result After Lockdown (expected)

Also Read – IBPS PO Syllabus – Latest Updates for Prelims and Mains, Books, Preparation

IBPS PO Cut off 2019 – Mains

Applicants must know the factors that affect the cut off marks:

  • Total number of appearing candidates
  • Difficulty level of examination
  • Total marks obtained in the examination
  • Number of vacancies in IBPS PO

Let’s check out the  section-wise and overall category-wise cut off marks of IBPS PO 2019 mains exam.

The cut off were released on this link

IBPS PO Mains 2019 – Section-wise Cut off

IBPS Mains 2019 Exam Sections/Topics Cut off for SC/ST/OBC Cut off for EWS/General
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 05.50 07.75
General, Banking Awareness 05.00 08.00
English Language 10.75 14.25
Data Analysis and Interpretation 02.50 05.20
English Language (Descriptive) 08.75 10.00

IBPS PO Mains 2019 – Category-wise Overall Cut off

Caste/Category Overall Cut-off on Total (out of 225)
Scheduled Caste (SC) 55.63
Other Backward Class (OBC) 70.25
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 38.13
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 65.88
General 71.50
Hearing Impaired (HI) 41.00
Other Category (OC) 46.13
Visually Impaired (VI) 70.50
Intellectual Disability (ID) 45.88

IBPS PO Cut off 2019 – Prelims

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 – Section-wise Cut off



English –  6.5

Quantitative Aptitude – 5.25

Reasoning ability – 6.50



English – 10.50

Quantitative aptitude – 8.75

Reasoning ability – 10.25

IBPS PO Prelims 2019 – Category-wise Cut off

General 59.75
Other Backward Class (OBC) 59.75
Scheduled Caste (SC) 53.50
Scheduled Caste (ST) 46.25
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 59.75
Hearing Impaired (HI) 21.25
Other Category (OC) 44.50
Visually Impaired (VI) 52.25
Intellectual Disability (ID) 20.75

Cut off is applied to both total scores and section-wise scores. 

IBPS PO Cut off – Previous Years Cutoff Lists

Cut offs in 2018 were as follows:

IBPS Cut off 2018 – Prelims Category-wise

General 56.75
OBC 55.50
SC 49.25
ST 41.75

Cut off 2018 – Prelims Section-wise

Subjects English Quants Reasoning Total
Maximum Score 30 35 35 100
Cutoff Score 08.75 07.75 9.00 56.75

Total marks of the IBPS PO Mains test is 225. Depending on where your scores stand in relation to the cut off for mains exam, you will be selected for the next round which is the Personal Interview. Also, the number of vacancies are a deciding factor in shortlisting for IBPS PO Interview.

IBPS PO Cut off – Interview & Provisional Allotment

The total marks in the Interview round is 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview is – 

  • Not less than 40% of the total for general category
  • Not less than 35% of the total for SC/ST/OBC/PWBD

Provisional allotment cut off is generally decided based on the mains exam and the interview round. The weightage of marks given to the mains exam and interview is in the ratio of 80:20.

Category-wise allotments of seats in IBPS PO 2018

Category SC ST OBC General
Maximum Scores 55.34 47.33 53.02 63.91
Minimum Scores 35.78 31.60 40.29 43.87

IBPS PO Cut off – FAQs

Q. What are the minimum marks to be secured to qualify the IBPS PO main exam?

Generally, the cut off varies every year. In 2019, IBPS PO mains cut off for general category was 74.50. Therefore, candidates were required to secure 75 to 80 marks to qualify the exam. 

Q. What are the cut off marks for qualifying in the IBPS PO interview round?

A qualifying cut off in the IBPS PO interview is 40% of total marks (100) and 35% of the total marks for SC/ST/OBC/PWBD category candidates. 

Q. How is the final cut off prepared for shortlisting candidates for PO posts?

A. Based on the IBPS PO mains and interview results, a final cut off is prepared for the candidates. 

Q. What was the final cut off (post interview) for the last year (2019)?

A. Final IBPS PO cut off for last year was 63.91.

Q. What are my chances of getting into the final selection round of IBPS PO if my score is close to or above the cut off?

A. Selection depends on the performance of the candidates in IBPS PO’s final interview round.

Q. What decides the allotment of seats in the banks to the final candidates?

A. Cut off marks in the final IBPS PO result decides the seat allotment in any bank.

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