Monday, 15 July 2013

UPDATED!!! - Changes in IBPS PO (Probationary Officer) Examination

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) released a new notification for the third Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruitment of Probationary Officers / Management Trainees posts in associated government banks which is tentatively scheduled in October 2013.

The tentative schedule for IBPS-PO III CWE is as follows:
  • Online Registration:  22.07.2013- 12.08.2013 17.08.2013
  • Payment of Application Fees- Online: 22.07.2013- 12.08.2013 17.08.2013
  • Payment of Application Fees- Offline: 24.07.2013- 17.08.2013 22.08.2013
  • Download of Call Letter for Pre-Examination Training (PET) for SC/ST/ Minority Community Candidates: After 25.09.2013
  • Pre-Examination Training: 07.10.2013-12.10.2013
  • Download of Call letter for Examination: After 07.10.2013
  • Online Examination (Tentative dates) some/ all/ additional dates as the need arises: 19.10.2013/ 20.10.2013/ 26.10.2013/ 27.10.2013
  • Declaration of result status of examination (CWE): Third/ fourth week of November 2013
  • Download of call letters for Interview: First week of January 2014
  • Conduct of Interview: Third week of January 2014
  • Allotment: March 2014

Changes in Eligibility norms are as follows:

  • Maximum age limit has been reduced from 30 years to 28 years for Open Category, i.e. a candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.07.1985 and not later than 01.07.1993 (both dates inclusive). Minimum - 20 years Maximum - 30 years (i.e. candidate must have been not born earlier than 02.07.1983 and not later than 01.07.1993)
  • There is relaxation in upper age limit for other categories.

Education Qualification:
  • You need to be a graduate with 60% to be eligible for attending this exam. This is for students of open category. Those from reservation categories have a lower percentage criterion. 
  • Earlier there were no percentage criteria, only graduation was sufficient.
Computer Literacy:

  • Not Mandatory

Other Exam details:
  • Time has been reduced from 2 ½ hours to 2 hours in this revision.
  • Number of question reduced from 250 to 200.
  • There won’t be any descriptive section in the paper. The exam will only contain Objective type questions.
  • Sections of exam are as follows (200 Marks – 2 hours):
    • Reasoning (50 Marks)
    • English Language (40 Marks)
    • Quantitative Aptitude (50 Marks)
    • General Awareness – with reference to banking industry (40 Marks)
    • Computer Knowledge (20 Marks)

For more information refer to

Best Wishes.
Farzad Minoo Damania
Career Counsellor, Career Nurturer


  1. I am not happy by this move of IBPS.

    I have appeared for this exam in the year 2012 and I have missed the opportunity by just 2 marks.

    As I don't fit in the new eligibility criteria, this new pattern of IBPS is really a bad news for candidates like me who were waiting for the this PO advertisement of the year 2013.

    But I am happy that the new candidates will be able to score good marks within the stipulated time limit.

    I would like to wish All the Best to every candidate appearing for IBPS PO 2013 exam.

    1. Hi Pravin,

      The new changes in the guidelines should be a relief for you. Best wishes to you for your exams.

      Farzad Minoo Damania
      Career Counsellor
      Career Nurturer

  2. Very informative. Thanks for sharing

  3. Can you help with IAS exams etc with info on where to get the coaching in Mumbai.


    1. Hi Ekta,

      I do not know any specific institute providing training for IAS. You may check on sites like justdial for information on coaching classes.

      Best Regards,
      Farzad Minoo Damania
      Career Counsellor
      Career Nurturer

  4. creamy layer mns........!!!!??????????

  5. i want to have the material for the general awareness section.
    can you or somebody help me out with this?


    1. Hi Apoorva,

      There would be many online sites, notes of coaching classes, books available in this regard for IBPS. You many also register on facebook groups related to IBPS wherein students share lot of information.

      Best Wishes,
      Farzad Minoo Damania
      Career Nurturer
      Career Counsellor and Trainer


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