IBPS PO 2017 : Recruitment, Syllabus, Exam Dates, New Exam Pattern,CUT OFF

Dear Aspirants,

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the notification regarding the CWE PO/MT-VII online examination (Preliminary and Main). The online examination (Preliminary and Main) for the next Common Recruitment Process for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee posts in the Participating Organisations is tentatively scheduled in October / November 2017. 


On-line registration (Modification, Online Payment) by candidates16th-Aug-2017 to 5th-Sep-2017
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Date7th, 8th, 14th & 15th October 2017
IBPS PO Mains Exam Date26th November 2017
Declaration of IBPS PO Mains Exam ResultDecember 2017
Declaration and download of IBPS PO Interview Call LetterJanuary 2018
Date of IBPS PO InterviewJanuary / February 2018
Allotment of Provisional PostingApril 2018


  1. Nationality: A Citizen of India or ,  a subject of Nepal or ,  a subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan Refugee  who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
  2. Age : Above 20 years – Below 30 years (As on 05-09-2017)

Relaxation of Upper age limit :

Sr. No.   Category                                                                   Age relaxation

1            Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe                              5 years

2            Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)              3 years

3            Persons With Benchmark Disabilities as defined under

“The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”    10 years

  1. Educational Qualification:(As on 05-09-2017)

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.

 Application Fee:        Rs. 100/- for SCST/PWD candidates.

Rs. 600/- for all others

Mode of Payment :     Candidates can make the payment of requisite fees/intimation charges through the ONLINE mode only.

Recruitment Process :

  1. CWE Online Examination           
  2. Common Interview

Number of participating Banks: 20

 Category           :        SC       ST        OBC    UR       TOTAL

 No. of Vacancy   :      578      258      961      1738    3562


IBPS in its recent PO Notification has introduced a new pattern more aligned with the pattern of SBI PO.However, the examination pattern for the preliminary exam is still the same.It is quite apparent that IBPS PO is now giving special weightage to the English Language subject. With the developing economy and digital world, IBPS now.looks forward for students who are good at writing skills and for the same from this year onwards it has introduced descriptive paper of English as well. This year IBPS will also conduct a descriptive test of English Language (Letter and Essay Writing) along with the mains exam. Reasoning and Computer sections are clubbed and there are changes in the name of subjects as well as the number of questions and weightage of each section. Aspirants should brace up for this new challenge with a proper strategy at hand.We at Mahendras will help you with that proper strategy to clear the exams


1.   New exam pattern similar to SBI PO Examination.

2.   In Mains we have Data Interpretation & Analysis instead of Quantitative Aptitude.

3.   Separate computer Section of 20 Marks in Mains now removed and clubbed with Reasoning.

4.   Number of  Questions changed and Differential Marking introduced like SBI i.e. 155 Questions and 200 Marks.

5.   Total Time increased from 2 Hr 20 Min to 3 Hrs.

6.   Sectional Timing also changed if compared to last year.

7.    Descriptive section has also been added.


IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

1English Language303001 hour
2Quantitative Aptitude3535
3Reasoning Ability3535

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2English Language354040 minutes
3Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
4General Economy & Banking Awareness404035 minutes
Total1552003 Hours


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

Following are the dates according to notification:

IBPS PO Exam 2017-18.

1Conduct of Online Examination – Preliminary7th, 8th, 14th and 15th
October 2017
2Conduct of Online Examination – Main26th November 2017
3Declaration of Final Result1st April 2018

Note: All participants who will successfully register himself / herself in PO VII 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.




Reasoning Ability :

Reasoning section is a basic part of IBPS PO. Reasoning Section contains 35 marks in Pre Exam and  More than 40 marks in mains exam . Basically, it requires regular practice from your side to easily handle the asked questions. Reasoning Syllabus is divided into two parts verbal reasoning and logical reasoning questions. Check details about the verbal reasoning And Logical reasoning given below.

Verbal Reasoning

  • Alphabetical Order
  • order and Ranking
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Direction and Distance
  • Blood Relation
  • Sitting arrangement
  • Puzzle
  • Syllogism
  • Inequality
  • Decision Making
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Machine Input

Logical Reasoning

  • Assumption
  • Argument
  • Cause and Effect 
  • Course Of Action
  • Drawing Inference
  • Advance Logical Reasoning

Computer Aptitude

Computer section is also one of the easiest sections amongst all the sections which is scheduled for the Mains examination. Here you require some basic knowledge of computer section; Computer section covers mainly these topics –

  • History and Generation of Computers 
  • Introduction to Computer Organisation 
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • MS Office
  • Malicious Code
  • Database
  • Networking
  • Internet
  • Founders
  • SHORTCUT KEYS & Abbreviations
  • Latest Technologies

Quantitative Aptitude | Data Analysis and Interpretation

IBPS PO Pre Exam 2017 Syllabus Total 35 Questions

  1. Approximations 
  1. Missing number series 

  2. Inequality 

  3. Word problems

Percentage, profit and loss, CI, Ratio, partnership, speed time and distance, boat and stream, Probability, Mensuration, time and work, pipe and cistern 

  1. Data interpretations 

IBPS PO mainsExam 2017 Syllabus Total 35 Questions

  1. Data Interpretations 
  1. Comparison inequality 
  1. Word problems questions 

Percentage, profit, and loss, CI, Ratio, partnership, speed time and distance, boat and stream, Probability, Mensuration, time and work, pipe and cistern.

English Language:

It is quite apparent that IBPS PO is now giving special weightage to the English Language subject. With the developing economy and digital world, IBPS now looks forward for students who are good at writing skills and for the same from this year onwards it has introduced descriptive paper of English as well. If we see the current notification the time allotted to English language subject in proportion to the questions has also changed as earlier it was 40 minutes for 40 questions but now it is 40 minutes for 35 questions. So all, pull up your socks and get ready for IBPS PO examination.

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Fillers
  • Error Detection
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Misspelt
  • Para Completion
  • Vocabulary(Synonyms, Antonyms)

General Economics and Banking Awareness

Banking Awareness

  • RBI and Monetary Policy
  • NPA and Basel Norms
  • NABARD and PSL
  • Money and Capital Market
  • Public Finance(Budget)
  • Banking Terminology


  • Dams and Rivers
  • Airports
  • Currency & Capital
  • National Park & Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Headquarters of International & National Organisations
  • Stadiums
  • Folk Dances & Festivals

Current Affairs:

  • Appointments
  • Obituaries
  • Sports News
  • Awards
  • National & International News



Details of Online Preliminary Examination Scores



Maximum Score303535
Cutoff Score required for provisional shortlisting for main Examination GENERAL07.0008.5008.25

Mains Exam


2.English Language4002.2504.75
3.General Awareness4008.0010.75
4.Computer Awareness2005.0006.50
5.Quantitative Aptitude5010.7512.50


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

Final Cut-Off

Provisional Allotment

Maximum Score46.3045.1050.2057.4052.7055.2040.50
Minimum Score33.70 10/09 /9128.60 30/06 /9237.00 06/06 /9539.90 28/08 /9331.40 12/12 /9033.10 01/04 /8625.40 22/12 /86

IBPS PO Previous Year Cut-Off


1.IBPS CWE PO 2 – 201255.8447.3658.3262.1245.2042.8455.88
2.IBPS CWE PO 3 – 201334.2026.2036.8042.2033.2019.6021.40
3.IBPS CWE PO 4 – 201442.2036.4045.6049.6039.6034.8024.40
4.IBPS CWE PO 5 – 201541.4036.2046.7049.9037.9037.2022.10