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Eligibility, recruitment, exam pattern and reference books for IBPS PO exam

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officers Exam

IBPS or Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is an autonomous agency responsible for recruitment of candidates for over 20 public sector and rural banks all over the country. Many students look forward to getting into a stable job and apply for IBPS. However, it is a hard nut to crack, millions of candidates apply for jobs in IBPS yearly. Let’s have a look at the IBPS exam in detail, its eligibility, recruitment process, exam pattern and reference books for IBPS.

Eligibility Criteria

The minimum criteria for IPBS PO exam is a university degree. Hence you have to be a graduate. But if you are in last semester of graduation waiting for the result, then you can apply for the exam.

Moreover candidates for Specialist cadre have to have professional qualification in Law, Accounting, Agriculture, IT and management.

The criterion for age is between 20 to 30 years old.

Indian nationality is mandatory to appear in IBPO exam.

Recruitment Process

Recruitment process for the IBPS PO exam could be long and tiring as events could start from July and end in November.

First you have to apply online for application form in the month of July of the given year.

You also get to pay online for the application fees and intimation charges. Both filling application form and paying fees is online. There is no other option. You need to do it before 1st of the August.

Then you got to download the call letters for Pre Exam training before mid of September.

Conduct of pre exam training would happen before the end of September.

Next is downloading the call letters for the online examination for Preliminary after last week of the September. You can take up Preliminary exams anytime as at least 2 weeks are given for doing so.

Result of Preliminary exam will be announced in October.

If you are through with Preliminary now you can apply for Main exam online. You can download the call letter in the same month.

Online exam for Main will take place during the last week of the October.

Result will be declared in November.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

There are three rounds first are preliminary, second is Main and third is interview.

1. IBPS PO Prelims

English Language – 30 questions are asked for 30 marks.

Quantitative Aptitude – 35 questions for 35 marks.

Reasoning Ability – 35 questions for 35 marks.

The whole paper is for 100 marks and you have to finish in just 1 hour.

2. Main

Reasoning – 50 questions for 50 marks.

English language – 40 questions for 40 marks.

Quantitative Aptitude – 50 questions for 50 marks.

General Awareness – 40 questions for 40 marks.

Computer Knowledge – 29 questions for 20 marks.

The paper is for 200 marks and time allotted is 2 hours only.

3. Interview

One you are through with Main you have to appear for an interview. You need to know about your subject as well as need to have great communication skills.

Reference books for IBPS

Here are few reference books for IBPS for those preparing for IBPS exam. These books are written by experienced writers and cover the entire syllabus. Some of these also have reference books for IBPS have previous papers to give you an insight of IBPS RRB exam pattern and difficulty.

Book Name Author Name
Reasoning           R.S Aggarwal
Quantitative aptitude      R.S Aggarwal
General Awareness          Pearson or Lucent
Computer knowledge      R Pillai
General Awareness & Current Affairs        M. Laxmikanth
Objective English for Competition Exam Hari Prasad
Descriptive General English           S P Bakshi
Verbal and Nonverbal      R.S Aggarwal
English Chetananand Singh
Numerical Ability              P.K. Mittal
Quicker Maths    M. Tyra


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What to do after 12th?

Are you confused about what to do after completing 12th standard. We've got your back!
Gousiya Teentalkindia Content Writer

A question that nags most of the students who have passed their school or will be passing this year is ‘What to do after 12th?’ While few students might have already decided on what they want to do after 12th, many students still might be confused about where to go ahead further.

Irrespective of the category in which you fall under, the decision about what to do after Class 12th, is an important one. With a wide variety of courses, streams, colleges and career paths to choose from, it is obvious for students to get confused about what lies ahead. However, it is not as intimidating as some of the students might think.

Why is it important

Selecting the right pathway is crucial as a right choice will lead to a rewarding career and choosing the wrong option will mean that your precious time and energy is wasted and that too in something that doesn’t really interest you. Moreover, the decision that you take now will be the one that you will have to live with for the rest of your life. Although there is little scope for changing your career after joining a graduation course, you will still end up wasting the most important and productive years of your life.

Why so difficult

Students these days are faced with a plethora of options all of which look almost equally fruitful and alluring. This has further complicated the decision making process for the students who have just passes 12th standard. They are far more open to experimenting with new fields and are building careers as tea tasters, graphic designers, professional photographers, ethical hackers and many other such fields that were completely unheard of a few years back.

How to choose the right Graduation Course

Here are some of the major points that you should consider while deciding upon the best course:

Your Interests

Having mental clarity about what you want to do in future and how keenly interested you are in a particular field, will be really helpful in deciding your way ahead.

Understanding of the course

Before deciding as to which course to go for, it is crucial to understand what that course entails and what all will be covered in it? To put it simply, you should keenly understand what's there in store for you once you take that course. It involves understanding what all topics and subjects will be covered, what are you going to learn, the kind of teaching pedagogy that would be followed. 

Talk to the seniors who are already studying that course, it is the most easiest and convenient way of getting this information. Then you can speak to people who are working in the fields that are similar to your interest. Then, you can also find some relevant information by consulting a career counsellor or from the internet by doing some research.

Future Prospects

Another important factor to consider is the future prospects of the course. Especially, if you are considering going for some new or off-beat courses, it is essential to understand the job and further study prospects that it holds. Its good to go for a course that matches your interests but it is only wise to be cautious of the future prospects that it offers. Ask yourself, 'What are the career opportunities that would be available after the course is done?' 

In case you need more career guidance, our experts are always there to help. You can send us an email on expert@teentalkindia.com or directly chat with our experts between 11 am to 8 pm from Monday to Saturday.

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