Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) was set to evolve and implement a transparent process of assessment and selection of personnel for various client organizations. The autonomous body conducts exams every year for recruitment of clerical cadre and probationary officers in public sector banks and regional rural banks over the country.

This year as well, IBPS will be conducting exams to recruit the suitable candidates. In case, you are wondering about the number of vacancies, eligibility, exam dates etc. read on know all about it.

Vacancies

For the three exams i.e., IBPS Clerical, IBPS PO and IBPS RRB, the vacancies in 2020-21 are expected to be along the numbers listed below:

  • IBPS Clerical cadre exam – 12,000 posts
  • IBPS Probationary Officer exam – 5,000 posts
  • IBPS RRB exam – 10,000+ posts

Release of Official Notification

With aspirants looking forward to the release of the official notifications, IBPS is expected to release it soon. If previous year’s pattern is considered the notifications could be out from the month of May 2020.

Exam Dates

The important dates of the three exams to be conducted by IBPS in 2020-21 are listed below:

IBPS clerical cadre exam 2020-21 dates

Activity Month (Tentative)
Start of online registration September 2020
End of online registration October 2020
Download of call letter for the IBPS Clerk Pre-Exam training November 2020
Conduct of Pre-Exam training November 2020
Download of call letter for IBPS Clerical Preliminary exam November 2020
IBPS Clerical Preliminary exam December 2020
Result of IBPS Clerical Preliminary exam January 2021
Download of call letter for IBPS Clerical Mains exam January 2021
IBPS Clerical Mains exam January/February 2021
Provisional Allotment April 2021

IBPS PO exam 2020 dates

Activity Month (Tentative)
Start of online registration August 2020
End of online registration September 2020
Download of call letter for the IBPS Clerk Pre-Exam training September 2020
Conduct of Pre-Exam training September 2020
Download of call letter for IBPS Clerical Preliminary exam October 2020
IBPS Clerical Preliminary exam October 2020
Result of IBPS Clerical Preliminary exam November 2020
Download of call letter for IBPS Clerical Mains exam November 2020
IBPS Clerical Mains exam November 2020
Result of IBPS Clerical Mains exam December 2020
Conduct of Interview January/February 2021
Provisional Allotment April 2021

IBPS RRB exam 2020 dates

Activity Month (Tentative)
Start of online registration June 2020
End of online registration July 2020
Download of call letter for IBPS RRB Preliminary exam
  • Scale-I officer – August 2020
  • Office Assistant – August 2020
IBPS RRB Preliminary exam
  • Scale – I Officer - August 2020
  • Office Assistant – August 2020
IBPS RRB 2020 Single Examination Scale II and III Officer - September 2020
Result of IBPS RRB Preliminary exam
  • Scale – I Officer - September 2020
  • Office assistant – September 2020
Download of call letter for IBPS Mains exam
  • Scale I, II, and III Officer – September 2020
  • Office Assistant – September 2020
IBPS RRB Mains exam
  • Scale – I Officer - September 2020
  • Office Assistant – September 2020
Result of IBPS RRB Office Assistant Mains exam October 2020
Result of IBPS RRB Officer Scale I, II, and III Mains exam result October 2020
Publication of Final result for Office Assistant and Scale I, II, and III Officers December 2020

Eligibility Criteria

IBPS Clerical Exam 2020

  • Should be a citizen of India/a subject of Bhutan or Nepal/a Tibetan refugee who came to the country before 1 January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement/a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who migrated from countries like Pakistan, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka or the East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement. All those who have come from other countries and settled here must possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.
  • Should have a graduation degree from a recognized university in any discipline.
  • Should have a valid mark sheet or degree certificate which supports that he/she is a graduate.
  • Must have working knowledge of computer operation.
  • Should have verbal and written proficiency in the official language of the state or union territory.
  • Should be between 20 and 30 years of age as of 01.09.2020. Age relaxation for aspirants belonging to reserved categories shall be as mentioned in the table below:
Category Relaxation (in years)
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10
Ex-Servicemen/Disabled Ex-Serviceman Ex-Service - Actual period of service rendered in the defence forces + 3 years Disabled Ex-serviceman - 8 years if the individual belongs to the SC/ST category
Widows/Divorced Women 9
Persons with Domicile of Jammu & Kashmir during the period of 1/1/1980 to 31/12/1989 5
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5
Regular Employees of Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (for Madhya Pradesh only) 5

IBPS PO exam 2020

  • Should be a citizen of India/a subject of Bhutan or Nepal/a Tibetan refugee who came to the country before 1 January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement/a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who migrated from countries like Pakistan, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka or the East African countries of Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, with the intention of permanent settlement. All those who have come from other countries and settled here must possess a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.
  • Should have a graduation degree from a recognized university in any disciplne.
  • Should have a valid mark sheet or degree certificate which supports that he/she is a graduate.
  • Must have working knowledge of computer operation.
  • Should have verbal and written proficiency in the official language of the state or union territory.
  • Should be between 20 and 30 years of age. Age relaxation for aspirants belonging to reserved categories shall be as mentioned in the table below:
Category Relaxation (in years)
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10
Ex-Servicemen (Army Personnel) 5
Widows/Divorced Women 9
Persons with Domicile of Jammu & Kashmir during the period of 1/1/1980 to 31/12/1989 5
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5

IBPS RRB exam 2020

  • Office Assistant (Multipurpose)
    • Should have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent
    • Should be between 18 and 28 years of age as of 01/06/2020.
  • Officer Scale I (Assistant Manager)
    • Should have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent (Candidates having a degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Engineering, Pisciculture, Agricultural Marketing and Co-operation, Information Technology, Management, Law, Economics or Accountancy shall be given preference.
    • Should be above 18 years and below 30 years of age.
  • Officer Scale – II General Banking (Manager)
    • Should have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University or its equivalent with 50% marks in aggregate.
    • Must have experience of two years as an officer in a bank or financial institution
    • Should be above 21 years and below 32 years of age.
  • Information Technology Officer
    • Should have a bachelor’s degree in Electronics/Communication/Computer Science/Information Technology or its equivalent from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.
    • Certificate in ASP, PHP, C++, Java, VB, VC, OCP etc. desirable
    • One year of experience in the relevant field
    • Should be above 21 years and below 32 years of age.
  • Chartered Accountant
    • Should be a certified Associate (CA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
    • Should have experience of one year as a Chartered Accountant
    • Should be above 21 years and below 32 years of age.
  • Officer Scale - II Specialist Officers (Manager)
  • Law Officer
    • Should have a degree in law or its equivalent from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.
    • Should have experience of two years as an advocate or working as a law officer in banks
    • Should be above 21 years and below 32 years of age.
  • Treasury Manager
    • Should be Chartered Accountant or possess an MBA degree in Finance from a recognized university/institution
    • Have experience of one year in the relevant field
    • Should be above 21 years and below 32 years of age.
  • Marketing Officer
    • Should have a MBA degree in Marketing from a recognized university
    • Have experience of one year in the relevant field
    • Should be above 21 years and below 32 years of age.
  • Agricultural Officer
    • Should have a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/Horticulture/Dairy/Animal Husbandry/Forestry/Veterinary Science/Agricultural Engineering/Pisciculture from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.
    • Have two years of experience in the relevant field
    • Should be above 21 years and below 32 years of age.
  • Officer Scale - III (Senior Manager)
    • Should have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate
    • Should have a minimum of 5 years of experience as an officer in a bank or financial institution
    • Should be above 21 years and below 40 years of age.

IBPS RRB 2020 - Age Relaxation

Age relaxation which can be availed by candidates falling under reserved categories are listed in the table below:

Category Relaxation (in years)
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10
Ex-Servicemen/Disabled Ex-Serviceman Ex-Service - Actual period of service rendered in the defence forces + 3 years Disabled Ex-serviceman - 8 years if the individual belongs to the SC/ST category.
Widows, Divorced Women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried 9
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5

Application Fee

IBPS Clerical and IBPS PO Exam 2020

The category wise application fees for the IBPS Clerk and IBPS PO exam 2020 are given below.

Category Amount
General and others Rs.600
SC/ST/PWD Rs.100

IBPS RRB Exam 2020 (Office Assistant and Scale I, II, and III Officers)

Post Category Amount
Office Assistant
  • General and Others
  • SC/ST/PWD/Ex-serviceman
  • Rs.600
  • Rs.100
Scale I, II and III Officers
  • General and Others
  • SC/ST/PWD
  • Rs.600
  • Rs.100

Note: The application fee once paid will not be refunded on any account nor can it be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerical Exam

The IBPS Clerical Exam 2020 will be held in two parts. They are Preliminary and Mains exam. Both the exams shall be carried out online. The exam pattern of both the exams are listed below:

Preliminary exam – The preliminary exam will be of one hour duration and comprise of three sections with a total of 100 questions. The three sections are - English language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability. The section wise details are listed below:

Section Total Questions Total Marks Time
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

Mains Exam

When it comes to the Mains, there shall be four sections with a total of 190 questions with the duration of the exam being 2 hours 40 minutes. The four sections are – General/Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, and Quantitative Aptitude.

The section wise details are listed below:

Section Total Questions Total Marks Time
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
English Language 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

Note: For both the preliminary Main exams, a penalty 0.25 will be deducted for every incorrect answer. However, if you need the question blank there shall be no penalty.

IBPS PO Mains Exam 2020

Just like the IBPS Clerical exam, the PO exam is also held in two parts – IBPS Preliminary exam and IBPS Mains exam. Both the exams are conducted online. It is followed by the interview process. The exam pattern of both the online tests are mentioned below:

Preliminary exam

The preliminary exam is of one-hour duration. It has three sections comprising of a total of 100 questions. The three sections are English language, numerical ability, and reasoning ability. The section wise details are listed below:

Section Total Questions Total Marks Time
English Language 30 30 60 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Mains exam

The IBPS PO Mains exam has both objective and descriptive type questions. The objective paper is of 200 marks having a total of four sections with the duration of the test being 180 minutes. The descriptive paper has one section having a total of 25 marks with 30 minutes duration. It must be noted here that candidates must attempt the sections in the same order and within the time allotted for each section. The section wise details are listed below:

Section Total Questions Total Marks Time
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
Total 155 200 180 minutes
Descriptive (English Language – Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 minutes

Note: For both the preliminary Main exams, a penalty 0.25 will be deducted for every incorrect answer. However, if you need the question blank there shall be no penalty.

IBPS RRB Exam 2020

When it comes to IBPS RRB exam 2020, the pattern is different of both the Office Assistant and Officer Grade exams. While IBPS RRB Assistant exam comprises of two phases namely preliminary and mains, the officer’s exam is made up of preliminary, mains and interview.

For IBPS RRB Mains 2020 exam pattern (Office Assistants)

Section Total Questions Total marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 40 50 2 Hours
Numerical Ability 40 50
General Awareness 40 40
Hindi/English Language 40 40
Computer Awareness 40 20
Total 200 200

For IBPS RRB Mains 2020 exam pattern (Officer Scale I)

Section Total Questions Total marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 40 50 2 Hours
Numerical Ability 40 50
General Awareness 40 40
Hindi/English Language (Optional) 40 40
Computer Awareness 40 20
Total 200 200

For IBPS RRB Mains 2020 exam pattern - Officer Scale II (General Banking Officer)

Section Total Questions Total marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 40 50 2 Hours
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation 40 50
Financial Awareness 40 40
Hindi/English Language (Optional) 40 40
Computer Awareness 40 20
Total 200 200

For IBPS RRB Mains 2020 exam pattern – Officer’s Scale II (Specialist Cadre)

Section Total Questions Total marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 40 40 2 Hours and 30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Financial Awareness 40 40
Hindi/English Language (Optional) 40 20
Computer Awareness 40 20
Professional Knowledge 40 40
Total 240 200

For IBPS RRB Mains 2020 exam pattern – Officer’s Scale III

Section Total Questions Total marks Duration
Reasoning Ability 40 50 2 Hours
Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation 40 50
Financial Awareness 40 40
Hindi/English Language (Optional) 40 40
Computer Awareness 40 20
Total 200 200

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Will there be an interview for recruitment of clerical cadre?
  2. There will be no interview for recruitment of clerical cadre. Vacancies will be filled up based on the marks scored in the mains exam provided you secure cut-off marks in all the sections.

  3. Under which scale the post of a law officer falls?
  4. The post of a law officer falls under Officer Scale II Specialist Officers

  5. Is it necessary to have relevant experience when applying for the post of a treasury manager?
  6. Yes, you must have experience of at least one year in the relevant field.

  7. Do I need to have 50% marks in my graduation in order to apply for the IBPS clerical exam?
  8. No, it is not required. If you have a degree in any discipline from a recognised university, you are eligible to apply for the exam.

  9. Is there any age relaxation for widows and divorced women?
  10. Yes, widows and divorced women are eligible for age relaxation. They are offered relaxation of 9 years.

  11. Is the application fee refundable?
  12. No, the application fee is not refundable.

  13. Do I need to answer Hindi questions in the IBPS RRB exam?
  14. It is not mandatory. You can choose to answer either English or Hindi questions.

  15. What will be the descriptive test comprise of for the IBPS PO exam?
  16. The descriptive paper will be on English Language. It will comprise of essay and letter writing.

  17. Is it necessary to score cut offs marks in each section of the preliminary exam to be considered for the main exam?
  18. Yes, you need to secure cut-off marks in each section of the preliminary exam to be considered.

  19. Will there be negative marking for not attempting a question?
  20. No, there won’t be any negative marking for leaving a question blank.

News About nstitute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

  • Results for IBPS Probationary Officer declared

    The final results of the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection 2019-2020 have been released for the post of the Probationary Officer. The final result of the IBPS 2019-2020 will be based on the cumulative score of the main exam and the interview process.

    The candidates can check the list on the official website of the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection at ibps.in. By logging in to their account with valid credentials which include roll number or date of birth or the registration number of the candidate. The candidates who will be selected after the final round will be handed the appointment letter to join the bank.

    21 May 2020

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