IBPS PO 2018

Exam Date : 13th October 2018 To 11th November 2019
Result Date : 25th March 2019

IBPS PO 2018 Application Form, Dates, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

***IBPS PO/MT-VIII Scorecard is released. Check IBPS Po/MT VIII Merit List on the IBPS Official Website***

IBPS PO Exam 2018 Introduction

  • About: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is a self-governing recruitment body. It conducts a common written exam or CWE every year all over the country to recruit the candidates for Probationary Officer in multiple public sector banks. 

  • Level: IBPS PO is a National-Level Exam.

  • Stages: IBPS PO Exam 2018  is conducted in three stages.

    • Stage 1: Prelims

    • Stage 2: Mains

    • Stage 3: Interview.

  • Known as: IBPS PO CWE VII because IBPS is conducting PO exam for the seventh year in a row.

  • Syllabus: The IBPS Exam Syllabus includes

    • Quantitative Aptitude

    • Reasoning ability

    • English language and the Main exam has a descriptive paper.

  • Mode of shortlisting: Based on the combined score which is generated by the marks obtained in the prelims, mains examination, and completion of all stages of the interview, candidates are shortlisted for vacant positions in the bank.

  • Purpose: IBPS PO Exam is conducted to hire skilled graduates for the post of Probationary Officer.

  • Banks which use CWE: All public sector banks use Common Written Exam (CWE).

  • Mode of Exam: Both Preliminary Exam and Main Exam are online-based tests.

  • Qualification: Candidates who qualify prelims examination will be shortlisted to appear in the mains exam. Candidates have to clear 3 stages (i.e Prelim, Mains and Interview) for getting selected for this post.

  • Vacancies: Based on the participating organization and the category of the candidate, vacancies may vary. Read IBPS bank exam notification 2018 for more details about vacancy

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Important Details

Exam Name

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for PO (IBPS PO)

Conducting Authority

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

Exam Type

National Level

Recruitment as

Probationary Officer

Mode of Exam

Computer-Based (Online)

Help Desk Number

1800-222-366 or 1800-103-4566

IBPS PO 2018 Participating Banks

Allahabad Bank Canara Bank Indian Bank UCO Bank

Oriental Bank of  Commerce

Andhra Bank Central Bank of India Indian Overseas Bank United Bank of India

Punjab National Bank

Bank of Baroda Corporation Bank Oriental Bank Of Commerce  Union Bank of India

Punjab and Sind Bank

Bank of Maharashtra Dena Bank Syndicate Bank Vijaya Bank


IBPS PO 2018 Payscale

IBPS PO 2018 Pay Scale is as follows:

Basic Pay

INR 23700.00

Special Allowance

INR 1836.75


INR 10163.63


INR 870

Transport Allowance


Total (Without HRA)

INR 36570.38


INR 2133.00

Gross (with HRA)

INR 83703.38

Medical Aid

INR 8000.00


INR 500.00


INR 300.00


INR 3000.00


INR 400.00

Canteen Subsidy

INR 400.00

Pension Contribution

INR 2500.00

Gross Annual CTC

INR 5,57,640.52

IBPS PO 2018 Pre-Examination Training

  • Nodal Banks/Participating Organizations may arrange for pre-examination training to a limited number of applicants belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes/ Minority Communities at certain centres given as below:
Agartala Agra Ahmedabad Allahabad Amritsar Aurangabad Balasore
Bhopal Bhubaneshwar Chandigarh Chennai Coimbatore Dehradun Dhanbad
Guwahati Hubli Hyderabad Indore Jabalpur Jaipur Jammu
Karnal Kavaratti Kochi Kolkata Lucknow Ludhiana Madurai
Muzaffarpur Mysore Nagpur New Delhi Panaji (Goa) Patiala Patna
Behrampur Bengaluru Gorakhpur Gulbarga Jodhpur Kanpur Mangalore
Mumbai Port Blair Puducherry Pune Raipur Rajkot Ranchi
Rohtak Sambalpur Shimla Shillong Siliguri Thiruchirapalli Thiruvananthapuram
Tirupati Vadodara Varanasi Vijaywada Vishakhapatnam    


  • Candidates who wish to apply for IBPS bank exam pre-examination training should fill the relevant field in the online examination form.

IBPS PO 2018 Recruitment

  • Eligibility: To get recruited candidates should fulfil all the IBPS PO 2018 Eligibility Criteria set by the participating organization.

  • Exam Date: IBPS PO Exam Date 2018 for prelims and mains exam will be announced on the official website.

  • Recruitment Basis: Candidates are recruited based on their performance in the exam and the Govt. Guidelines on reservation policy, administrative exigency, etc. 

  • Vacancies: IBPS PO 2018 vacancy details for the year 2018-20, has announced only 3562 vacancies in 9 banks. (General/ UR – 1738, OBC – 961, SC – 578, ST - 285)

  • Cut-off: IBPS PO 2018 cut-off will be based on vacancies and will be uploaded to the IBPS officials website.

Note: If in case two or more candidates score the same marks then the preference will be given to the date of birth i.e., the candidate who is senior most will be placed first.

Read more about IBPS PO 2018 Recruitment.

IBPS PO Exam 2018 Important Dates

  • Registration: Candidates can register online for IBPS PO 2018 on 16th August 2018.

  • Application fees: Candidates can pay application fees online on 5th September 2018.

  • Availability: The Admit card will be available 15 days prior to the exam. 

  • Results: IBPS Exam Results will be published in stages as there are three phases in the exam.

  • Read more about  IBPS PO 2018 Important Dates.

IBPS PO 2018 Eligibility

  • Nationality:
    • Candidate must be a citizen of India or

    • Candidate can be the citizen of Nepal, Bhutan or Tibetan refugee who are settled in India or

    • Candidates migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, The United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam whose intention is to settle in India are eligible to apply for IBPS PO exam.

  • Age Limit: 

    • IBPS PO 2018 age limit is between 20 - 30 years. 

    • There are age relaxations for reserved categories.
  • Qualification:

    • Candidate must be a Graduate in any stream from a University or any other equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Central Government.

    • Candidate should possess the certificate of proof of passing the qualifying examination.

    • Candidate should have passed with English as one of the subjects from SSC to Graduation level. 
  • Read more about IBPS PO 2018 Eligibility Criteria.

IBPS PO 2018 Syllabus

Candidates should prepare on the following topics:

  • Preliminary Exam: IBPS PO Exam 2018 Preliminary round comprises of three major sections:

    • Reasoning

    • Quantitative Aptitude

    • English Language

  • Mains Exam: IBPS PO 2018 Mains Exam comprises of three sections:

    • Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

    • English Language

    • Quantitative Aptitude & General Awareness.

  • Read more about the IBPS PO 2018 Syllabus.

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2018 exam is conducted in three phases: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Process. Candidates are required to clear all three stages/phases in order to become a Probationary officer. The tables below give the IBPS Exam Pattern details:

IBPS PO 2018 Preliminary Exam Pattern:

Total Duration  60 Minutes (each section 20 minutes)
Medium English/Hindi
Marking Scheme +1 for the correct answer and .25 is deducted for every wrong answer
Total Marks 100
Cut-off marks  Will be decided by conducting authority

1.English - 30 Marks

2.Numerical Ability - 35 marks

3.Reasoning Ability -35 marks

Candidates who clear IBPS PO prelims exam will be called for Mains exam.  

IBPS PO 2018 Mains Pattern:

Duration 180 Minutes
Medium English/Hindi
Marking Scheme +1 for the correct answer and .25 is deducted for every wrong answer
Total Marks 200

1. Reasoning and Computer Aptitude  - 60 marks

2.General/Economy/Banking Awareness - 40 marks

3.Data Analysis and Interpretation - 60 marks

4.English Language - 40 marks


English language

(Letter writing and Essay) 25 marks - 30 minutes

IBPS PO 2018 Interview Process:

  • Candidates qualifying the mains examination will be called for the interview process.

  • The cumulative score of the Mains Exam and the Interview Process (80:20) is considered for the final selection.

Know more about the details of IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2018 Application Form Details

  • Eligibility: Before applying for IBPS bank exam, the candidate has to ensure that he/she satisfies the IBPS PO 2018 eligibility criteria.

  • Availability: Application form will be available only in the online mode.

  • Application Fee: The application fee has to be paid online and it is Rs 100/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates and Rs. 600 /- for others.

  • Credentials: Candidates should enter the valid credentials at the time of registration.

  • Print: Candidates should take print of the e-receipt and IBPS exam application form reflecting fee payment details.

  • Note: An email or SMS intimation will be sent for successful registration. 

  • Know more about IBPS PO 2018 Application Form 

IBPS PO 2018 Application Process

  • Visit the IBPS official website www.ibps.in.

  • Register yourself by entering your E-mail and Phone number and other necessary details.

  • To fill the IBPS exam application form, log in with your User ID and Password.

  • Enter the details in the IBPS exam form. 

  • Finally, make the payment of your application fee to complete the application process successfully.

  • Download and save the application form along with fee receipt for future reference.

  • Read more about the IBPS PO 2018 Application Process.

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Centres

  • Location: IBPS PO 2018 Exam is conducted all over India.

  • Preferences: Candidates should mention their preferences for a center in the online application form.

  • Availability: IBPS may allow an exam center other than the ones preferred by the candidate, in case the center preferred by the candidate is not available.

  • Read more about IBPS PO 2018 Exam Centres.

IBPS PO 2018 Admit Card

  • Availability: The IBPS PO Admit card will be available 15 days prior to the exam from 23rd September 2018. 

  • ID Proof: Candidates to appear for IBPS Exam 2018 are advised to carry their Admit Card along with an original ID proof.

  • Details: Details about candidates name, registration number, date of birth, IBPS exam date etc, will be printed on the admit card.

  • Note: Hard copy of the call letter/ Information Handout etc. will not be sent by post/ courier.

Steps to download IBPS PO 2018 Admit card:

  • Visit the official Website www.ibps.in

  • Once the admit card is available click on the relevant link.

  • Enter the Application Number and Date of Birth as the password.

  • Before printing, verify the admit card. 

  • Print the admit card copy.

Read more about the IBPS PO 2018 Admit Card.

IBPS PO 2018 Results

  • Availability: Candidates can view the IBPS PO 2018 results on the official website. 

  • Stages: Results are published in stages as there are several stages in the exam.

Steps to download IBPS PO 2018 Results:

  • Visit the official website at www.ibps.in
  • Click the result link.
  • Enter registration number or roll number and password or date of birth to view the result.
  • Fill in all details and Click on 'submit'.
  • Download and save for future reference.

Read more about the IBPS PO 2018 Results.

IBPS PO 2018 Reference Books

  • There are several books which cover the IBPS exam syllabus. 

  • Candidates can follow books of their choice, abiding by the syllabus.

  • Read more about the IBPS PO 2018 Reference Books.

IBPS PO 2018 Coaching

  • Practice: Time and efficiency plays a major role in clearing IBPS PO 2018 Exam. Candidates should undergo serious practice and can also subscribe to online mock tests to improve speed. 

  • Locations: IBPS PO 2018 exam coaching centers are available throughout the country, select the right one.

  • Read more about IBPS PO 2018 Coaching.


Q: What is IBPS Exam?

IBPS exam is conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection and it is a national-level entrance exam for the recruitment of Probationary Officers and Management Trainees in public sector banks in India.

Q: What is the mode of the exam?

The exam will be conducted in online mode (Prelims and Mains)

Q: What is the syllabus for IBPS PO 2018?

Candidates should prepare on English Language, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness (Static awareness, current affairs and banking awareness) and Computer Aptitude.

Q: What is the age criteria to apply for the exam? 

Age limit is between 20 - 30 Years. Applicants belonging to reserved categories will get age relaxation. Check the eligibility section for more information.

Q: What is the minimum qualification required?

Candidates should possess a degree in any discipline from a recognized University to apply.

Q: Is the IBPS PO 2018 exam Bilingual?

Yes, except the English section all other sections will be available in both English and Hindi.

Q: Is there a sectional cut-off in the IBPS PO exam?

Yes, candidates should clear minimum cut-off marks in each section to qualify for the next rounds.

Q: How many rounds will be there in the exam?

Candidates have to clear 3 stages (i.e Prelim, Mains and Interview) for getting selected for the post.

Q: Is there sectional timing for preliminary examination?

Yes, candidates must complete each section in 20 minutes.

Q: Is there a descriptive test in IBPS PO 2018 mains exam?

Yes, Letter and essay writing.

Q: Is there any negative marking in IBPS PO 2018?

Yes, 1/4th marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Q: When will the results declare?

Results will be announced on 25th March 2019. Candidates can obtain the results by entering registration number and password.

Q: How many vacancies will be there in IBPS PO 2018?

Vacancies may vary, based on the participating organization and the category of the candidate.

IBPS PO 2019 Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2018 Application Process

  • Visit the IBPS official website www.ibps.in.
  • Register yourself by entering your E-mail and Phone number and other necessary details.
  • Log in with your User ID and Password to fill the application form.
  • Enter the details in the application form carefully and submit it.
  • Make the payment of your application fee to complete the application process successfully.
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Discussion Forum

Reference Books

What are the main books for preparing English, Maths and Reasoning?

Asked By: Ashish,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hey Ashish

IBPS PO reference books for subjects like Maths, English and Reasoning are:

Maths: Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R. S. Aggarwal

English: High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren and Martin

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