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IBPS PO 2017 Eligibility

IBPS, the conducting body of IBPS PO has set standard eligibility criteria on which a candidate can apply for the exam. Candidates willing to serve as a PO/ MT in various Public Sector Banks across India has to give IBPS PO. But, the first step is to fill the IBPS Application Form and before that candidate should meet the minimum set eligibility set up by the authorities. Any candidate failing to meet the eligibility criteria at any stage would be debarred from taking part in subsequent processes of IBPS PO 2017.

The following article talks about the standards they need to meet before applying for entrance exam of IBPS.

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IBPS PO 2017 Eligibility Criteria 

The conducting body of IBPS PO exam, has set an eligibility criterion. In order to fill the IBPS PO Application Form, candidates are required to meet the set standards. The criteria are based on candidates Nationality, Age, Academic background and category wise.  

On the basis of Nationality

The nationality of the candidate is an important criterion for appearing in the IBPS PO 2017. The candidates must be national/subject of one of the following country to be eligible to take the IBPS PO Exam.

  • a citizen of India
  • a subject of Nepal
  • a subject of Bhutan
  • a Tibetan Refugee who relocated to India before January 01, 1962 with the intention to live permanently in India.
  • a Person Of Indian Origin (PIO) who has moved back to India 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 intending to settle down in India permanently.

Note: All the citizens/subjects of other countries except India are required to obtain a certificate of eligibility issued by Government of India itself. The failure to provide this certificate within the stipulated deadline could lead to debarment of the candidate.

On the basis of Age

The candidates need to fulfill the eligibility criteria related to Age limit for appearing in the IBPS PO 2017. The lower age limit for appearing in the exam is 20 years while the upper age limit for taking the exam is 30 years. Thus, the candidate should not be earlier than July 02, 1988 and not later than July 01, 1998. 

The age relaxation for various reserved category candidates in IBPS PO is mentioned in the table below.

CategoryAge relaxation
SC/ ST (Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe) 5 years
OBC (Other Backward Classes –Non-Creamy Layer)3 years
PwD (Persons With Disabilities)10 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs). These candidates must have rendered at least 5 years of military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within an 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 service5 years
Persons actually domiciled in the J & K during the period from January 01, 1980 to December 31, 1989.5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots5 years


  • The upper age limit relaxation for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC is allowed on a cumulative basis only.
  • Maximum age limit specified is applicable to General category candidates.
  • The requisite certificate/ documents for claiming age relaxation is required to be submitted in original as well as Photostat copies during IBPS Interview and at later stages of the recruitment process as demanded by IBPS/ Participating Organization(s).
  • TheEx-servicemen status for the purpose of re-employment in Government would cease after the candidate has already joined a Govt. job on the civil side by availing the benefits allowed to him as an Ex-servicemen for his re-employment. For Officer’s cadre, there is no reservation for Ex-servicemen

On the basis of Academic Background

This is another important eligibility criteria that a candidate is required to fulfill before filling the Registration Form of IBPS PO exam.

  • The basic requirement for a candidate is to possess a Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University/ Institution/ Board recognized by the Govt. Of India or equivalent qualification recognized the Central Government. Also, the result should have been declared on or before August 8, 2017.
  • Candidates should have a valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate proving that the candidate is a graduate on the day he/she registers and indicate the percentage of marks secured in their graduation during the online registration process.

Note (s): 

  • It is necessary to submit all the required documents at the time of the IBPS PO Interview. The documents are to be presented in the original form signed by the appropriate authority of the University / Institute indicating the date of passing properly mentioned as well.
  • The Graduation percentage to be indicated in the online Application Form ofIBPS PO should be rounded off to nearest 2 decimal places. In case of CGPA/OGPA, the same has to be converted into percentage and indicated in the online application form. The candidate would be required to carry a certificate issued by the appropriate authority mentioning the norms of the University regarding conversion of grade into percentage and the percentage of marks scored by the candidate as per the prescribed norms.

How to calculate percentage? 

The percentage marks have to be calculated by dividing the total marks secured in all the subjects across all semester(s)/year(s) by aggregate maximum marks in all the subjects irrespective of honors / optional / additional optional subject, if any. This would be applicable for those Universities as well where Class / Grade is evaluated by considering Honors marks only. The fraction of percentage so calculated would be ignored i.e. 49.99% will be treated as less than 50% and 54.99% will be treated as less than 55%.

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IBPS PO 2017 Eligibility Criteria for PwD Candidates

For the purpose of defining Persons with Disability, candidates “under Section 33 of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act 1995” would be considered eligible for reservation who are suffering from not less than 40% of relevant disability and possess a certificate issued by a Medical Board constituted by the Central/State Govt. stating the same.        

Candidates claiming reservation benefits for any of the accepted disabilities are required tocarry a certificate in original issued by a competent authority on or before the last date of IBPS PO Application Form submission at the time of interview/or at any stage of the process. PwD candidates are required to work at Branches/ Offices as identified by the respective Participating Organization.

Given below are thecategories of disabilities which are acceptable for availing seats under PwD category in IBPS PO 2017:-

Visually Impaired (VI)

Blindness, in particular refers to any of the following conditions:

  1. Complete absence of sight
  2. Visual acuity not above 6/60 or 20/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with correcting lenses
  3. Limitation of field of vision subtending in angle of 20 degrees or worse

Low vision refers to a person with damaged visual functioning even after treatment or standard refractive correction but is capable of using vision for planning or execution of task with a proper assistive device.

Deaf and Hearing Impaired (HI)

Thedeaf refers to those persons for whom the sense of hearing is non-functional for day to day common activities i.e. total loss of hearing in both ears. Hearing impairment means loss of 60 decibels or more in the better ear in the conversational range of frequencies.

Orthopaedically Challenged (OC)

The Orthopaedically challenged candidates who have locomotor disability or cerebral palsy with locomotor impairment of minimum of 40% are considered and fall in the following categories are only eligible under this category:

  1. BL - Both legs affected but not arms
  2. OA - One arm affected (R or L) – Impaired reach; weakness of grip and ataxia
  3. OL - One leg affected (R or L)
  4. MW - Muscular weakness and limited physical endurance
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Guidelines for PwD Candidates using a Scribe

There are specific guidelines for PwD candidates using a scribe. These candidates must adhere to the guidelines both at the time of applying and on the day of examination. The facility for scribe during online examination is available only for visually impaired candidates or candidates whose writing ability is hampered permanently due to any reason. The candidates have to bear the cost of scribe themselves.

The following rules and regulations would apply for the use of scribe.

  • Candidates will have to arrange their own scribe at their own expense.
  • Scribe could be from any academic stream.
  • The candidate as well as the scribe, are required to submit a valid undertaking confirming that the scribe meets all the required eligibility criteria for a scribe. In case it so happens that he/she does not fulfill any laid down eligibility criteria or has hidden/distorted any facts then the candidature for that applicant would be cancelled, irrespective of the result.
  • Candidates using scribe would be eligible for a compensatory time of 20 minutes or otherwise advised for every hour of examination.
  • Scribe arranged by the candidate must not be candidate taking theIBPS Exam (CWE PO/MT-VI). In case of any violation, candidature of both the candidate and the scribe would be cancelled. Candidates have to carefully mention the request for scribe in the online Application form. No requests for the same would not be entertained at later stages.
  • Candidates registered for compensatory time would be only allowed such concession as the compensatory time given to candidates would be system based, it would not be possible for the test conducting agency to provide such concessions if the candidate is not registered for the same. Thus, candidates not registered for the same will not be allowed any time concession.

Guidelines for candidates with locomotor disability & cerebral palsy

The compensatory time of 20 minutes every hour or otherwise advised would be allowed for the candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy in cases where the dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing down the performance of function (at least 40% disability).

Guidelines for Visually Impaired Candidates

The visually impaired candidates (suffering from at least 40% disability) can decide to view the contents of the test in a magnified font.Such candidates would be eligible for compensatory time of 20 minutes for every hour or otherwise as directed.

However, the facility of viewing the contents of the test in the magnified font size would not be available to Visually Impaired candidates who are already availing the services of scribe for the IBPS PO


IBPS PO 2017 Application Process

The next step for the eligible candidates in the process of IBPS PO exam is to know about the Application Process for IBPS PO 2017. Candidates can complete the whole IBPS PO process through online mode only. The window for IBPS PO Online Registration commences from May/ June 2017. The IBPS PO Application feefor SC/ST/PwD is INR 100/- and for General and other category candidates is INR 600/-. The fee can be remitted in online mode only using Debit card/Credit card/Net banking facility/IMPS facility, etc.

IBPS PO 2017 Application Processconsists of 5 steps primarily: Registration, Uploading Photograph and Signature, Filling details, Payment of Application Fee and Confirmation. Candidates are required to complete all the steps to successfully submit the application form for IBPS PO 2017.

On the successful submission of the IBPS PO Application Form, candidates would receive a confirmation SMS and Email on the registered mobile number and email id mentioned by the candidate in the online application form.



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