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IBPS PO 2016 Important Dates

IBPS PO 2016 Important Dates  

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the Probationary Officer examinations to fill vacancies in the banking sector. Considered as the most sought-after entry level officer position in the prestigious job of bank, a plethora of candidates appear for the IBPS PO exams every year. IBPS has specified the vital details or timetable for IBPS PO 2016 in the notification. The candidates who are willing to appear for this exam should fill the form and appear for the exam accordingly. IBPS PO examination is conducted to fill the vacancies in 23 public sector banks in the PO cadre.

Here is your complete list of IBPS PO Important Dates 2016. The candidates should not miss any date as each and every one of this is important for exam.

The IBPS PO 2016 important dates or schedule gives you information about last date for filling application form, getting admit card, exam dates and also the expected result dates. In order to shortlist the candidates, the IBPS exam body conducts recruitment process, online prelim exam, online main exam and the final interview round.

Here is your complete list of IBPS PO 2016 Important Dates. This contains date sheet for all important events related to IBPS PO 2016 exam.

- Online registration of application- July – Aug, 2016

- Online Fee Payment- July – Aug, 2016

- Downloading call letter for pre-exam training- Sep, 2016

- Pre-exam training- Sep, 2016

- Downloading call letter for online exam – Preliminary- Sep, 2016 onwards

- IBPS PO 2016 preliminary exam date- October 16, 22 and 23, 2016

- Result of IBPS Prelim Online exam- Oct, 2016

- Downloading call letter for online exam – Main- Oct, 2016

- IBPS PO 2016 main exam date- November 20, 2016

- Result of IBPS Main Online exam- Nov, 2016

- Downloading call letter for interview- Dec, 2016

- Interview Conducting Schedule- Jan, 2017

- Provisional Allotment- April, 2017

The candidates must note that this is the tentative schedule for the IBPS PO 2016 exam. The candidates should stay tuned to http://www.ibps.in or our website for further notification and sure date sheet of IBPS PO exam 2016.

Till then, be prepared for this tough competition. Post your queries in our comments section below. 

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With IBPS PO examination 2016 approaching, the aspiring candidates are all geared up for the tough competition. This examination demands everything, right from your practice sessions to revision strategy, in check. This opportunity places competent candidates in 29 public sector and regional rural banks, thereby giving them a steady and secured career path along with strong financial base. IBPS PO Exam is in the list of top 10 recruitment drives in India, as candidates in huge numbers are shortlisted and placed in the banking and other allied government services.

IBPS PO Exam is an open invitation to all the aspiring candidates who really want to take up career in the banking sector as a Probationary Officer. IBPS ensures that candidates are placed in famed banks which provide them a settled base to build their strong professional foundation on it.

One can qualify IBPS PO Exam 2016 with a very crisp preparatory and revision plan while working on their weak subjects and topics conscientious. IBPS PO 2016 CWE (Common Written Examination) shall be conducted in two stages: IBPS PO Preliminary Exam and IBPS PO Main Examination; both the exams are online based objective type and shall carry limited allotted time to solve the examinations.

Qualifying IBPS PO Exam is the first step to achieve the dream of being a Probationary Officer in a prominent bank.  All important dates and relevant updates are released on the official website of IBPS at: http://www.ibps.in/ . It is always advisable to keep up with this website so that you do not miss important things related to the IBPS PO Exam 2016.

Don’t be puzzled or confused about anything that is related to the IBPS PO Exam 2016, we have jotted down all common and frequently asked questions on IBPS PO Exam 2016 to help and guide you better.

  1. What are the important dates for IBPS PO 2016 Exam?

IBPS has released a tentative dates for its Preliminary and Main exam for this year. Detailed table on all the important dates for IBPS PO 2016 are given below:

IBPS PO Recruitment Activities

Important Tentative Dates

Online registration and fee payment through IBPS official website

In the month of July-August

*Exact Dates are yet to be released by IBPS*

Download Call Letters or, admit cards for pre-exam training

September 2016

*Exact Dates are yet to be released by IBPS*

Pre-Exams Training for shortlisted eligible candidates

September 2016

*Exact Dates are yet to be released by IBPS*

Download Call Letters or, admit cards for IBPS PO Preliminary Exam

September 2016 onwards

*Exact Dates are yet to be released by IBPS*

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam

16th October, 2016,

22nd October,.2016,

23rd October, 2016

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam result Declaration

In the month of October*

*Exact Dates are yet to be released by IBPS*

Download Call Letters or, admit cards for IBPS PO Main Exam

In the month of October*

*Exact Dates are yet to be released by IBPS*

IBPS PO Main Exam

20th November,.2016

IBPS PO Main Exam result Declaration

In the month of November*

*Exact Dates are yet to be released by IBPS*

Download Call Letter for IBPS Interview

In the month of December*

*Exact Dates are yet to be released by IBPS*

IBPS Interview Conduct

In the month of January 2017*

*Exact Dates are yet to be released by IBPS*

Provisional Allotment

In the month of April 2017*

*Exact Dates are yet to be released by IBPS*

  1. Is there any published detailed advertisement for the upcoming IBPS PO exam 2016?

Yes, IBPS is very particular about publishing a proper advertisement about its examinations for the posts in Probationary Officer cadre and Clerical department. The same detailed advertisement is published on the official website of IBPS. Candidates must go through the complete advertisement to grasp the gist of IBPS PO Exam.

Have a look at the detailed advertisement for the IBPS PO Exam 2016: http://www.ibps.in/wp-content/uploads/Notification_giving_-Calendar_of_Examinations_during_2016_2017-1.pdf

You must regularly visit official website of IBPS to learn all updates and notifications published for the candidates.

  1. What is the eligibility criteria required for IBPS PO 2016 Exam?

It is recommended that you must go through the laid down eligibility criteria to check whether you are eligible to give this exam or not. Here are the full fledged eligibility details of IBPS PO Exam 2016 against which you can check your acceptability for the exam:

  • Nationality required for the IBPS PO Exam 2016: A candidate must be either:

          -  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.

  • Required Qualifications for the IBPS PO Exam 2016: Candidate must have passed graduation or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university or college or central government as on 1st August, 2016. There is no percentage criteria; candidate must show his/her passing degree when asked or at the time of interview process.
  • Age Limit for the IBPS PO Exam 2016: The minimum age for IBPS PO Exam 2016 is 20 years and maximum age is 30 years as on 1st July, 2016.

  1. Is there any upper age relaxation allowed in IBPS PO Exam 2016?

Yes, upper age relaxation is allowed by IBPS on the basis of category to which a candidate belongs. The given table provides you details on upper age limit relaxation:

S. No.


Age Relaxation


Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe

5 years


OBC(Other Backward Classes)-Non Creamy Layer

3 Years


Persons with disabilities (Gen)

10 years


Persons with disabilities (SC /ST)

15 Years


Persons with disabilities (OBC)

13 Years


Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service.

5 Years


Persons ordinarily domiciled of the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989

5 Years

  1. Is IBPS PO Exam 2016 registration process online or offline?

The Process of registration for IBPS PO Exam 2016 will be only through online mode. Candidates are supposed to go through one time registration process and that will be eligible for both Preliminary and Main examination.

  1. What is the structure of the Exam pattern of IBPS PO Exam 2016?

IBPS PO exam 2016 is one of the most eyed examinations of this year and candidates are gearing up for it with every possible effort according to its stern exam pattern.

The IBPS PO Exam 2016 exam pattern that shall be followed is given in the table below:



Step/Phase name

Phase 1


IBPS PO Preliminary Exam

Phase 2


IBPS PO Main Exam

Phase 3

Face to Face

Final Interview

IBPS PO Exam 2016 shall be conducted into three important phases as mentioned above. It is mandatory for candidates to qualify all the three phases to finally get placed in the banking sector.

IBPS reserves the right to modify the structure of the examination which will be intimated through its website. Other detailed information regarding the examination will be given in an Information Handout, which will be made available for the candidates to download along with the call letters from the authorized IBPS website: www.ibps.in .

  1. Is there any negative marking in IBPS PO Exam 2016?

Yes, there is negative marking scheme applicable for both the Preliminary and Main PO CWE (Common Written Examination) 2016.

For every right answer, 1 mark will be awarded and for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted.

In case there is no answer provided, then there will not be any negative marking for that answer.

  1. Can I use a scribe?


What are the guidelines for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) using a scribe?

Yes, candidates that are visually impaired or cannot write the examinations due to any reason can use a scribe for the IBPS PO Examinations.

The applicable guideline/rule in case scribe is being used for IBPS PO Exam 2016 are given below:

      -  Candidate has to arrange his/her own scribe.

      -  Scribe cost shall be shared by the candidate.

      -  The scribe can be from any academic background.

      -  Scribe cannot be more than one candidate.

      -  Scribe and candidate who are taking the exam together are supposed to write an undertaking confirming about the eligibility of the scribe.

     -  Candidates who are equipped with scribe shall be allowed 20 more minutes for every online examination.

     -  On later stages if it is found that scribe didn’t fulfill his/her eligibility will lead to the cancellation in candidature of the applicant.

     -  Scribe must not be a candidate of IBPS PO CWE Examination.

     -  Person seeking scribe facility must specify the same while filling IBPS PO Exam 2016 form carefully.

  1. What is the IBPS PO Exam 2016 Syllabus?

The syllabus for IBPS PO Common Written Examinations 2016 stage wise is provided in the table below so that you can prepare accordingly.

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2016

Section Name

Total Questions

Total Marks

Duration of Exam

What is tested under this section?

Mode of examination

Marking Scheme

English Language



1 Hour

This section tests your English vocabulary, and grammar. Reading and writing  skills are tested through comprehensions and

Un-seen passages.


Negative marking is applicable while assessment of the exam; for every wrong answer there is a penalty of 0.25 marks. If there is no answer provided, then there is no penalty for that answer.

Quantitative Aptitude/Numerical Ability



This section tests your elementary level mathematics i.e. from class 8th till class 10th class.

Reasoning Ability



This section is to test your ability to fit logics and concepts within allotted time period. Questions based on identifying patterns and argumentation links are asked to test your IQ.

IBPS PO Main Exam 2016

Section Name

Total Questions

Total Marks

Duration of Exam

What is covered under this section?

Mode of Examination

Marking Scheme

English Language



2 Hour

This section tests your vocabulary, Comprehensions, unseen passages, and Grammar.


Negative marking is applicable while assessment of the exam; for every wrong answer there is a penalty of 0.25 marks. If there is no answer provided, then there is no penalty for that answer.

Quantitative Aptitude/Numerical Ability



This section tests elementary mathematics till class 10th.

Reasoning Ability



This section tests your ability to identify patterns and logical links.

GK Test



Checks general knowledge, current affairs, important dates, Indian economy, international updates, and other latest updates on the world around you.

Computer Knowledge



Basics computer, internet and networking concepts and terms.

  1. What are the major topics that I should focus to prepare for IBPS PO Exam 2016?

The table below is to help you in preparing important topics section-wise for the IBPS PO Exam 2016.

Sections asked

Topics to Focus On

English Language

IBPS PO Exam English Topics to focus on:

  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Word formation
  • Sentence completion
  • Comprehensions
  • Unseen passages
  • Theme detection
  • Deriving conclusions
  • Passage completion
  • Error detection
  • Passage correction
  • Sentence correction
  • Spelling,
  • Problems on English Grammar
  •  Idioms
  • Phrases
  • Words and Meanings; this includes foreign Language words
  • Giving summary for the given Comprehension/passage

Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS PO Exam Quantitative Aptitude Topics to focus on:

  • Number system
  • Simplifications
  • Roots & Averages
  • Surds & Indices
  • Percentages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Partnership
  • Chain Rule
  • Time & Work
  • Pipes & Cisterns
  • Time & Distances
  • Problems on Trains
  • Boats & Streams
  • Allegation & Mixtures
  • Simple Interest
  • Compound Interest
  • Stocks & Shares
  • Clocks & Algorithms
  • Mensuration
  • Volume & Surface Area
  • Permutations & Combinations
  • Heights & Distances
  • Data Integration
  • Line Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Pie Charts
  • Tabulation

General Knowledge

IBPS PO Exam General Knowledge Topics to focus on:

  • Commonly asked General knowledge Questions
  • National and international of Current Events
  • Banking Terms, rules and terminologies
  • News on Reserve Bank Of India
  • Latest released plans and policies for banking domain
  • Indian Budget especially Union and Railway Budget
  • Current research and discoveries
  • Books and Authors
  • Worldwide Famous Awards
  • Renowned Personalities
  • News on Indian Defense services
  • Sports
  • Marketing terms and concepts 
  • Financial Awareness
  • Indian Economy
  • Marketing Management strategies
  • Marketing Policies
  • Branding and Advertising
  • Life Cycle of a product
  • Marketing Legal terms and definitions

Reasoning Ability

IBPS PO Exam Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning Topics to focus on:

  • Analogy
  • Coding & Decoding
  • Blood relations
  • Sitting arrangements
  • Series completion
  • Syllogisms
  • Decision making
  • Statement reasoning
  • Analogy,
  • Series completion
  • Classification
  • Directions
  • Statement and Argument
  •  Judgment Formation
  •  Number Puzzles
  • Odd one out

Computer Knowledge

IBPS PO Computer Awareness Topics to focus on:

  • Concepts on Operating System and its configurations
  • Computer Hardware and Software Terminologies
  • Commonly used computer Shortcuts
  • Questions on MS Office that includes MS word, Excel, Power Point, and Access
  • Basic knowledge of Internet & Networks
  • Security Systems Concepts
  • Knowledge about Latest Technologies
  • Information and technology related concepts

  1. What are the things to remember while going for IBPS PO Common Entrance Examinations?


What are the important documents that must be carried while going for IBPS preliminary and Main examinations?

Here are some of the important documents that must be carried because in absence of any of these, candidates shall not be allowed to give IBPS PO preliminary as well as Main Exam.

-  Valid Call letter of the respective date and session of the examination issued to you.

-  ID proof as mentioned in the call letter or mentioned in the application form.

-  Photocopy of the ID proof that you will carry must be carried along.

Important things to follow/remember are:

-  Reach 1 or 2 hours before the examination time so that other online formalities for the exam are done on time. Candidate reaching

-  Candidate reaching examination center after reporting/allowed time shall not be entertained.

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