IBPS: PO Information and Prerequisites

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IBPS, is an autonomous entity which is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and a Public Trust under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950, has been administered by the IBA and has received a mandate from the 19 Public Sector Banks to organise the Common Written Examination.

Common Written Examination (CWE) is being organised by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection i.e.. . IBPS as a pre-requisite for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer or Management Trainee posts in the Public Sector Bank.

The following examination is organised with an interval of 6 months and Scores obtained in this examination remains valid for one year from the date of issue of score card.

The system of Common Examination for recruitment of Probationary Officersor Management Trainees has been approved by each of the 19 participating Public Sector Banks and the Managing Committee of the Indian Banks ′ Association (IBA) with the will of the Government of India.

19 Participating public sector banks are stated below-

  • Allahabad Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Bank of India
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Syndicate Bank
  • Canara Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • Central Bank of India
  • United Bank of India
  • Corporation Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Dena Bank
  • Vijaya Bank
  • Indian Bank

Crucial Steps in Whole Recruitment Process

Deserving students who want to join any of the above Public Sector Banks as a Probationary Officer or Management Trainee will need be required to take the CWE exam.

After the completion of examination, candidates are issued their mark sheets, which remains valid for one year.

Every participating Public Sector Bank will issue their own separate recruitment notification, properly mentioning their vacancies as well as quoting the eligibility criteria in terms of-

  • age
  • educational qualification-
  • experience (if any)
  • minimum required level of IBPS score in each component test plus Total Weighted Score etc.

Candidates who have cleared the CWE have been issued scorecards and who meet the quoted eligibility criteria are then need to apply to any of the participating banks they wish to write their personal details and their CWE scores.

Every bank will shortlist candidates and further carry out own selection process like Group Discussions and/or Interviews etc for final selection.


Eligibility for IBPS-PO CWE is same that for recruitment as PO in public sectors commercial banks. Which can be summarized as below:


The minimum age of the candidate must be 20 years and maximum age of 30 years (General Category candidates) . However, There is age relaxation in upper age limit in case of reserved category candidates-

  • For Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe relaxation of 5 years
  • For Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) relaxation of 3 years

Educational Qualification

A degree in any discipline from a well reputed University or any equal qualification recognized by the Central Government.

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