IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria | 2017

  • The eligibility requirements to be met by the applicants are categorized by IBPS under three main categories and they are nationality/citizenship, Age, and the third one is an educational qualification.


  • To apply for the IBPS PO examination, an applicant must be either:
    • A citizen of India or
    • A subject of Nepal or
    • A citizen of Bhutan or
    • A Tibetan refugee, who came over to India before the 1st of January 1962 with the aim of permanent settlement in India. Or
    • An individual of Indian origin, who have migrated from Vietnam, Ethiopia, Zaire, Malawi, Zambia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya with the intention of permanent settlement in India.
  • The candidates falling under the second to the fifth of the above-mentioned points must have obtained a certificate of eligibility from the Government of India.

Age (As on the 1st of July 2017):

  • At least 20 years and utmost 30 years. This means that the candidates must have born not earlier than 02nd of July 1987 and not later than 01st of July 1997, inclusive of both dates.
  • The upper age limit is relaxed by 5 years for SC/ST candidates, 3 years for OBC candidates from the non-creamy layer, 10 years for persons with disabilities and 5 years for Ex-servicemen. Also, a relaxation of 5 years is applicable to people affected by 1984 riots. Furthermore, a relaxation of 5 years is applicable to people ordinarily domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01st January 1980 to 31st December 1989.

Educational Qualification (as on the 13th of August 2017):

  • Candidates must have completed their graduation in any discipline. They should have obtained the degree from a university functioning with the recognition of Government of India. Candidates with equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply and the qualification should be recognized by the Central Government.
  • The applicants must have valid degree certificate or mark sheet showing that he/she is a graduate on the day of registration.
  • The applicant must indicate the percentage of marks obtained in graduation when they register online for IBPS PO.
  • The result of the qualifying examination should have been declared on or before the 13th of August 2017.
  • Candidates should also submit an appropriate document from the university or board of education for having declared the results on or before the 13th of August 2017 at the time of interview.
  • The date of passing for judging the eligibility of a candidate will be the date specified in the mark sheet or provisional certificate issued by the institute or university.
  • In case an applicant applies for the web-based certificate from the university or institution, a proper certificate or document in original as issued and signed by the appropriate authority of the institute or university showcasing the date of passing will be counted for verification and for further processing.
  • Candidates should specify the percentage obtained in graduation that is calculated to the nearest couple of decimals in the online applications.
  • In the case of candidates with CGPA/OGPA is awarded by the university, candidates should convert the same into percentage and should indicate the same in online application.
  • In case, a candidate is called for the interview, he/she will have to produce a certificate as issued by the appropriate authority stating the conversion of CGPA to mark is done correctly.

Pre-Examination Training:

  • The nodal banks or participating organizations might arrange for pre-examination training.
  • This training is offered only to the limited number of candidates from SC/ST and minority communicates at certain centres. Candidates can get to know these centres from the official website of IBPS once the notification is out.
  • Candidates, who wish to take up the pre-examination training, should fill in the appropriate details in the appropriate column in the online application.
  • The training will be offered to all participants free of cost. But, candidates will have to manage the other expenses like lodging, boarding and travelling.
  • Based on the response from the test takers and administrative feasibility the right to cancel or add any new centre for training is reserved.
  • Just because a candidate has attended the pre-examination training does not mean that he has the right to get selected in any of the participating organizations.

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