IBPS PO Eligibility 2019

Zemima Khan Updated On: 05 Aug, 2019 15:25 IST

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IBPS PO 2019 Eligibility Criteria

IBPS PO is an all India level examination conducted for the aspirants of the banking sector. In order to participate in the Probationary Officers examination organised by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), candidates need to know the IBPS PO 2019 eligibility criteria. Before starting with the registration process, applicants must check the eligibility criteria defined by IBPS. Candidates must meet the minimum age requirement, educational qualification, citizenship criteria and category policies to be eligible for the examination. Those who do not stand on the prescribed eligibility criteria will not be counted as the right candidate to sit for the exam and application of such candidates will get denied by IBPS.

Candidates are advised to check the detailed description related to the eligibility criteria of IBPS PO 2019 given below. Any candidate who is found to be unqualified for the IBPS PO examination at any phase of the Common Recruitment Process will be declared ineligible immediately. Such candidates might also fall for legal implications in case of severe forgery.

IBPS PO 2019 Eligibility Norms


  • Candidates should be an Indian citizen.
  • Candidates may also be citizens of Nepal or Bhutan or Tibetan Refugee who have settled in India since 1st January 1962.
  • Migrated candidates from Uganda, The United Republic of Tanzania, Pakistan, Burma, Zambia, Malawi, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, and Zaire with the intention of settling in India are also eligible to apply for IBPS PO examination.
  • Migrated candidates must be the ones who have been awarded eligibility certificate by the Government of India. 

Age Criteria: 

The minimum age requirement is 20 years while the upper age limit is 30 years. According to the criteria of IBPS, the age relaxation will be based on the candidate's category. The table listed below mentions the upper age relaxations for different categories in the IBPS PO examination:


Age Relaxation

Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)

5 years

Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years

Persons With Disabilities (PWD)


10 Years

Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs),

Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) Who has worked in the army for less than 5 years and

left the project's conclusion.

5 years

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

5 years

Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

Academic Qualification:

  • A Bachelor's degree in any subject/stream from any recognised university by the Central Government or Indian Government.
  • Candidate should have the Marksheet/ Degree Certificate indicating the percentage of marks obtained in the Graduation programme entered during IBPS PO Online Registration.
  • Candidates who are appearing for the last year of their degree programme can also apply for the IBPS PO exam.
  • Candidates must have their IBPS PO result dated on or before 4th September 2019.

Reservation for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with benchmark disability are eligible for reservation under this category. The reserved categories under this section are blindness and low vision, locomotor disability such as cerebral palsy, deaf and hard of hearing, leprosy cured, acid attack victims, dwarfism, muscular dystrophy, intellectual disability, mental illness, and persons with a specific learning disability.

Guidelines for persons with disabilities using a scribe

Visually impaired candidates whose writing speed has been affected permanently due to some adverse accident or mishap are allowed to use scribe. The scribe can be used for both Prelims and Mains, the rules applied for scribe are: 

Candidates will have to arrange for their own scribe at their own cost. 

The scribe can belong to any academic stream. 

The candidate of the examination and his scribe will have to give a suitable undertaking confirming that the scribe fulfils all the required eligibility criteria. 

Candidates using scribe will be given 20 mins extra to complete the paper. 

The scribe arranged by the candidate must not be a candidate for online examination. If any of the above-mentioned criteria are violated then the candidate and the scribe would have their candidature cancelled. 

Candidates who are eligible to use a scribe must mention about it in the online application process. Later on, no request would be entertained. 

Only candidates registered for compensatory time will be given the time.  The exam conducting body will not allow the candidates to take extra time if they are not registered for extra time. The candidates who are not registered under it will not be allowed to take this liberty of extra time. 

Guidelines for Candidates with Cerebral Palsy

For candidates with 40% impairment in this category would be allowed to use scribe and a 20 min compensatory time every hour ill be given to such candidates. 

Guidelines for visually impaired candidates

Candidates who are visually impaired for not less than 40% will be given bigger font size paper and 20 mins extra for every hour of the examination.

Candidates who would use scribe will not be given the magnified paper. 

Guidelines for intellectually disabled candidates

A compensatory time of 20 minutes extra would be given to these candidates irrespective of using a scribe or not. But candidates will have to be more than 40% disabled intellectually.

Economically weaker section:

Candidates who are covered under the current scheme of Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Caste and Other Backward Class whose annual income is less than 8 lakh. Such candidates are considered under the economically weaker section. 

Applicants who would not be considered under this category would be for the following reasons:

Candidates who possess 5 acres of agricultural land and more

Residential flat for 1000sq.ft or more 

A residential plot of more than 100 sq.- 200 sq. yards would be mentioned in the municipality and are not eligible for this category. 

Property held by a family in different parts of the city or location. Such cities will be clubbed for determining the economically weaker section.

The income of the candidate and also the asset certificate by the competent authority must be produced to prove the EWS. the candidates shortlisted under this category will be called for document verification. 

The term "Family" for this purpose will include the person who seeks the benefit of reservation, his/her parents and siblings below the age of 18 years as also his/her spouse and children below the age of 18 years.

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