IBPS PO 2014 – Frequently Asked Questions

IBPS PO notification was announced yesterday and there are many doubts/queries coming in the mind of aspiring candidates. We have given below a list of frequently asked questions and their answers.

What are the posts available under this recruitment project?
The post which will be available in this recruitment project is Probationary Officer.

When will be the exam conducted?
The Tentative dates for the exams are –

  • 11.10.2014 
  • 12.10.2014 
  • 18.10.2014 
  • 19.10.2014 
  • 01.11.2014 
  • 02.11.2014 

When will the result be declared?
Tentative Date for declaration of Results is November 2014.

Which Banks will participate in this recruitment Process?
Total – 23 Banks

  1. Allahabad Bank 
  2. Canara Bank 
  3. Indian Bank 
  4. Syndicate Bank 
  5. Andhra Bank 
  6. Central Bank of India 
  7. Indian Overseas Bank 
  8. UCO Bank 
  9. Bank of Baroda 
  10. Corporation Bank 
  11. Oriental Bank of Commerce 
  12. Union Bank of India 
  13. Bank of India 
  14. Dena Bank 
  15. Punjab National Bank 
  16. United Bank of India 
  17. Bank of Maharashtra 
  18. ECGC 
  19. Punjab & Sind Bank 
  20. Vijaya Bank 
  21. Bharatiya Mahila Bank 
  22. IDBI Bank 
  23. Any other bank or financial institution

How many vacancies will be there?
It is not fixed and will depend on the vacancies created at each participating bank in next one year.

Will there be a common interview after the written result?
Yes. There will be common interview. The tentative month for the Common Interview is January 2014.

Will the exam conducted online or offline (OMR Based)?
Common Written Exam for IBPS will be conducted online.

How many vacancies will be there?
It is not fixed and will depend on the vacancies created at each participating bank in next one year.

What is the age criteria to apply in this common written exam?
Age Criteria As on 01.07.2014:

  • Minimum: 20 years 
  • Maximum: 30 years 

That is a candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.07.1984 and not later than 01.07.1994 (both dates inclusive)

Is there any Age Relaxation?
Yes, there is age relaxation as follows –

  • SC – 5 years
  • OBC – 3 years
  • PWD – 10 years
  • Ex-serviceman – 5 years
  • Persons ordinarily domiciled in the Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 – 5 years
  • Persons affected by 1984 riots – 5 years

What is the educational qualification required for various posts in this recruitment process?
A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

The candidate must possess valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.


I have given exams of my final year graduation but result has not yet been declared. Can I apply?
No. You can not apply. If the result is out on or before 11.08.2014 , only then you can apply.

What is the application Fee?

  • Rs. 100/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates. 
  • Rs. 600 /- for all others 

What will be validity of the score issued by IBPS in this recruitment process? 
The validity for CWE PO/MT-IV will automatically expire at the close of business on 31.03.2016 with or without giving any notice.

When will the registration start?
Registration will start from 22-07-2014

I have scored 55% in Graduation. Am I eligible to sit for the exam?
Yes, you can apply as there is no percentage criterion. You just need to be a graduate.

I am 19 years old. Can I sit for the exam?
No. You have to wait another year in order to appear for the exam. You must be at least 20 years of age and not more than 30 years of age as on as on 01.07.2014.

I have given exams of my final year graduation but result has not yet been declared. Can I apply?
No. You can not apply. If the result is out on or before 11.08.2014, only then you can apply. Those who are in the final year of Graduation/Semester may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the Graduation Examination on or before 11.08.2014.

How to calculate the Percentage?
The percentage marks shall be arrived at by dividing the total marks obtained by the candidate in all the subjects in all semester(s)/year(s) by aggregate maximum marks in all the subjects irrespective of honours / optional / additional optional subject, if any. This will be applicable for those Universities also where Class / Grade is decided on basis of Honours marks only.

The fraction of percentage so arrived will be ignored i.e. 59.99% will be treated as less than 60% and 54.99% will be treated as less than 55%.

What is the Structure of the exam?

  • Reasoning – 50 
  • English Language – 40 
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 50 
  • General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) – 40 
  • Computer Knowledge – 20 
  • Total – 200

Is the exam Bilingual?
The tests except the Test of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

What is the cut-off for being recruited?
There is no fixed cutoff for IBPS PO exam. It depends on the performance of the candidates each year. Your final score is calculated based on your performance in the written test and the interview.

Is there a sectional cut-off in the exam?
Yes, there is a sectional cut-off in the exam. You have to clear every section in order to secure a seat for the Interview.

I have cleared the overall cutoff of the exam. However, I could not clear the cutoff for the general knowledge section. Am I still eligible?
Unfortunately, you are not eligible to move to the interview stage. You must clear the cutoff for each section and the overall cutoff as well.

Is there a criterion for negative marking?
There is negative marking of ¼ marks for every wrong answer.

What is the pattern of score in IBPS?
The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) will be normalized using equipercentile method.

Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the online examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.

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