IBPS PO 2018 Notification: Check Exam Dates, Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2018


IBPS has released the official notification for IBPS PO- VIII 2018 exam with an increased number of vacancies in comparision with last year's notice (IBPS-VII). Total number of vacancies this year are 4102. The Preliminary exam for IBPS PO 2018 has been scheduled on 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st October 2018 and the Mains exam on 18th November 2018.

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Dates

IBPS has released IBPS PO Exam Dates for the year 2018-19. IBPS PO 2018 Prelims exam will be conducted on 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October 2018 and mains exam is scheduled on 18th November 2018. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts examination for the post of Probationary Officers (PO) and Clerical Cadre every year. IBPS will take CWE-VIII for Probationary Officers as an Online exam in two parts:

1. IBPS PO Preliminary Exam
2. IBPS PO Mains Exam

Following are the tentative dates:

Activity Date
On-line registration (Modification, Online Payment) by candidates 14th August 2018 - 4th September 2018
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Date 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October 2018
IBPS PO Mains Exam Date 18th November 2018
Declaration of IBPS PO Mains Exam Result December 2018
Declaration and download of IBPS PO Interview Call Letter January 2019
Date of IBPS PO Interview January / February 2019
Allotment of Provisional Posting April 2019

Note: All participants who will successfully register himself / herself in PO VIII firstly have to fight with (Preliminary) Pre exam and Shortlist candidates in Pre examination will be called for Mains Exam and then further shortlist candidates called for a Common Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and co-ordinated by the Nodal Bank. Marks scored in mains exam will be decided for short listing for interview.


IBPS PO 2018 Notification

IBPS will be relelasing the official notification for the recruitment of Probationary Officers. IBPS PO 2018 is going to be an opportunity for many of those who are preparing for making their career in banking sector. Below mentioned is the official notification for last year:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION OF IBPS PO 2018

IBPS PO 2018 Vacancy

IBPS has released the official notification regarding the post of probationary officer/management trainees. There were total 4102 vacancies for IBPS probationary officer/management trainees last year. IBPS vacancies also have reservations under various categories will be as per prevailing Government Guidelines at the time of finalisation of the result.


IBPS PO Salary

Approximate salary of bank PO is 35,000 - 40,000 and it may vary bank to bank. And other allowances as may be admissible under the rules in force from time to time in the company. Becoming a probationary officer in a public sector bank is a brilliant opportunity to start a promising career in banking sector.

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Centre

There is exam centre in every state and union territories i.e. 36  and the address of the venue will be advised in the call letters. IBPS.

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern

Phase-IPreliminary Examination

S.No.Name of Tests(ObjectiveNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total10010060 minutes

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. 

Phase – IIMain Examination
Main Examination consists of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 25 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests is online. 


S.No.Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2English Language354040 minutes
3Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
4General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 minutes
Total1552003 Hours

1. Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test has separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

2. Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 25 marks is a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Important Note – Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main examination will be considered for shortlisting for Interview and preparation of final merit list.

Note: There will be negative marking for every wrong answers in both Preliminary and Main Examination for which there is a penalty of ¼ or 0.25 of the marks assigned to the particular question.

C) IBPS PO Interview:

The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The qualifying marks in interview is 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). The weightage (ratio) of CWE (Main exam) and interview for final merit list will be 80:20 respectively.

English Language
  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Cloze Test
  • Fillers
  • Sentence Errors
  • Vocabulary based questions
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)

Reasoning Ability
  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relation
  • Syllogism
  • Order and Ranking
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Machine Input-Output
  • Inequalities
  • Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)



Quantitative Aptitude 

  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)
  • Inequalities (Quadratic Equations)
  • Number Series
  • Approximation and Simplification
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)




General Awareness

  • Banking and Insurance Awareness
  • Financial Awareness
  • Govt. Schemes and Policies
  • Current Affairs
  • Static Awareness



Computer Aptitude
  • History and Generation of Computers
  • Introduction to Computer Organisation
  • Computer Memory
  • Computer Hardware and I/O Devices
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Languages
  • Operating System
  • Computer Network 
  • Internet
  • MS Office Suit and Short cut keys
  • Basics of DBMS
  • Number System and Conversions
  • Computer and Network Security

IBPS PO 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualifications:

A candidate must possess the minimum qualification of Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. The candidate should have passed in English as one of the subjects at SSC/ HSC/Intermediate/ Graduation level. Candidate should possess certificate in proof of passing the qualifying examination.

Age (as in 2016 notification) :

Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 30 years
The final criteria for IBPS PO Exam 2018 will be released along with the official notification. 

IBPS PO 2018 Online Application

The date for online application for IBPS 2018 exam will begin on 14th August 2018 and will end on 4th September 2018

IBPS PO 2018 Application Fee

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

IBPS PO Admit Card 2018

Every candidate who registers for IBPS Exam 2018 within stipulated time will be assigned an e-admit card/hall ticket/call letter that can be downloaded from the official website of IBPS. The admit card for the PRELIMS exam will be released first followed by the admit card of  MAINS exam (administered to only those candidates who qualify for MAINS).

IBPS PO Results 2018

IBPS will release the results in three stages after completion of each level Exam. The candidates selected in the rounds progress to the next one. Candidates can check the result from the direct link to official IBPS website as and when the results are announced.


IBPS PO Cut Off 2018:

IBPS PO Prelims 2017 cut off

Subjects English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability Total
Maximum Score 30 35 35 100
Cutoff Score 05.00 07.75 10.00 42.75

IBPS PO Mains 2017 Cut off:

Category Cut-Off
GEN 82.00
OBC 75.63
SC 62.50
ST 42.25
VH 77.87
ID 55.00
HI 47.75
OC 59.63

IBPS PO Mains 2016 cut off



Sr.No. Name of the Test Maximum Marks Cutoff
SC/ST/ OBC/ PWD General
1. Reasoning 50 03.25 05.25
2. English Language 40 02.25 04.75
3. General Awareness 40 08.00 10.75
4. Computer Awareness 20 05.00 06.50
5. Quantitative Aptitude 50 10.75 12.50


CategoryCut-offs on Total (Out of 200)
Scheduled Caste (SC)41.75
Scheduled Tribe (ST)31.50
Other Backward Classes (OBC)52.50
General (Gen)52.50
Hearing Impaired (HI)37.00
Orthopaedically Challenged34.00
Visually Impaired (VI)37.50

IBPS PO Final 2016 cut off

Provisional Allotment


Category SC ST OBC UR OC VI HI
Maximum Score 46.30 45.10 50.20 57.40 52.70 55.20 40.50
Minimum Score 33.70 10/09 /91 28.60 30/06 /92 37.00 06/06 /95 39.90 28/08 /93 31.40 12/12 /90 33.10 01/04 /86 25.40 22/12 /86


IBPS PO Previous Years Cut Off 

Seial No. IBPS SC ST OBC UR OC VI HI
1. IBPS CWE PO 2 - 2012 55.84 47.36 58.32 62.12 45.20 42.84 55.88
2. IBPS CWE PO 3 - 2013 34.20 26.20 36.80 42.20 33.20 19.60 21.40
3. IBPS CWE PO 4 - 2014 42.20 36.40 45.60 49.60 39.60 34.80 24.40
4. IBPS CWE PO 5 - 2015 41.40 36.20 46.70 49.90 37.90 37.20 22.10