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IBPS PO Exam Dates – Dates, Stages of Exam, Banks, Vacancies & Salaries

IBPS PO 2020 exam dates are announced by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection or IBPS. The IBPS PO 2020 prelims exam will be conducted on October 3, 4 & 10, while the main exam will be held on November 28, 2020. IBPS has not yet announced the dates related to application, admit card, cut off etc. These dates are  expected to be announced in the first week of August 2020.

The IBPS PO 2020 exam dates that are tentatively scheduled by the IBPS are as follows:

Release of IBPS PO Application Form August 2020
IBPS PO Pre-exam Training September 2020
IBPS PO Admit Card for Prelims 1 week prior to the Preliminary Examination.
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam October 3, 4, and 10, 2020 (official declaration)
Prelims Results November 2020
IBPS PO Main Exam November 28, 2020 (official declaration)
Results of IBPS PO Main January 2021
IBPS PO Interview January or February 2021
Provisional Seat Allotments in Banks April 2021

IBPS PO Exam Dates – Sequence of Events in IBPS PO


The exam notification begins in the month of August. Applicants will have to visit the official IBPS exam website, fill a form, pay the exam fee and submit the application online. An admit card will be issued just before the examination. Candidates are asked to bring admit card on the day of the examination. 

To know more about IBPS exam in detail, read IBPS PO article here.

Admit Card & Results

Admit cards for preliminary examination are released in the month of September for all registered candidates. For mains exam, admit cards are released in the month of November and call letters for interviews are sent in December to those  applicants who qualify the main exam.

Exams & Interview

There are 3 exams in IBPS PO: prelims, mains and interview. Prelims is an objective-type exam paper and mains consist of both objective and subjective (essay writing) questions. The ones who qualify the mains with the required cut off are called for a personal interview. Interview carries 100 marks, while prelims and mains carry 100 and 225 marks respectively. Candidates who obtain the required cut off in the interview are recruited as probationary officers in Indian banks.

IBPS PO Exam Dates – Exam Timings

In the prelims exam, the following shifts are set for the applicants registered for the exam:

Shift 1 – 9 am to 10 am 

Shift 2 – 11.30 am to 12.30 pm 

Shift 3 – 2 pm to 3 pm

Shift 4 – 4 pm to 5 pm

In the mains exam, the following exam timings are followed:

Schedule Shift 1 Shift 2
Exam Time 9.00 am to 12.30 pm 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Reporting Time 8.00 am 1.00 pm

IBPS PO Exam dates – Exam Centres, Banks, Vacancies and Salaries

This year, IBPS has declared 4336 vacancies for PO posts. This also included category-wise reservation. It is important for applicants to check the chart of vacancies before attempting the IBPS PO exam.

Category Seats
Scheduled Caste (SC) 670
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 299
Other Backward Class (OBC) 904
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) 432
Unreserved (UR) 2031
Total Vacancies 4336
Pwd Candidates Vacancies 237

Pre-examination training for SC/ST/Minority caste candidates

IBPS also organizes a Pre-examination training for candidates belonging to SC/ST/Minority caste. Candidates can participate in this training program by attending the training in one of the following centres mentioned in the table given below. This is a kind of orientation session where candidates are told about types of questions, common mistakes, tips for time management, best practices, basic tricks and strategies by experts from training institutes. This training is held for a period of 5 days before the date of examination.

The following training centres conduct IBPS PO pre-exam training for reserved category candidates:

Agartala Agra
Ahmedabad Allahabad
Amritsar Aurangabad
Balasore Behrampur (Ganjam)
Bengaluru Bhubaneshwar
Bhopal Chandigarh
Chennai Coimbatore
Dehradun Dhanbad
Gorakhpur Gulbarga
Guwahati Hubli
Hyderabad Indore
Jabalpur Jaipur
Jammu Jodhpur
Kanpur Karnal
Kavaratti Kochi
Kolkata Lucknow
Ludhiana Madurai
Mangalore Mumbai
Muzaffarpur Mysore
Nagpur New Delhi
Panaji (Goa) Patiala
Patna Port Blair
Puducherry Pune
Raipur Rajkot
Sambalpur Shimla
Shillong Siliguri
Tiruchirapalli Thiruvananthapuram
Tirupati Vadodara
Varanasi Vijayawada

Prelim and Mains examination centres

There are multiple centres in each state for different stages of IBPS PO exam – prelims and mains exam.

Recruiting Banks

The participating banks where candidates will be recruited after the selection process of IBPS PO is completed are given in the table below. The allotment of candidates in these banks is done as per the guidelines on reservation policy, administrative convenience and other factors. It also depends on the participating bank’s restrictions, business volume, growth, expansion of branches and others. 16 bank names, including Bank of Maharashtra, are mentioned in the table below.

IBPS Recruiting Banks Table

Allahabad Bank Canara Bank
Indian Overseas Bank Syndicate Bank
Andhra Bank Central Bank of India
Oriental Bank of Commerce UCO Bank
Bank of Baroda Corporation Bank
Punjab National Bank Union Bank of India
Bank of India Indian Bank
Punjab & Sind Bank United Bank of India


Candidates are entitled to a basic salary of INR 23,700 in the beginning. Candidates are also entitled to House Rent Allowance (HRA), Dearness Allowance (DA), Special Allowance (SA) and Compensatory Allowance.

IBPS PO Exam Dates – FAQs

Q How many vacancies were announced in IBPS PO 2019?

A. 4,336 vacancies were announced in 2019 for the posts of PO in major banks in India.

Q  Recently, some of the banks have merged. What will happen to the recruitment process of probationary officers?

A. As some of the banks have been merged, the number of IBPS PO participating banks might get reduced.

Q Is it required to mention my preferences of exam centres separately for IBPS PO prelims and mains exam?

A. Yes, candidates are advised to mention exam centres in the application form carefully before submitting it online.

Q How are candidates selected in the IBPS PO exam?

A. The candidates have to qualify 3 stages – prelims, mains and interview to get recruited in one of the Indian banks in the probationary posts.

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