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August 25, 2021 • 11:47 am

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2021: Age Limit, Qualification, Percentage

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2021

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection organizes the PO exam for candidates who want to make their career in the banking sector.

If you are willing to appear in the Bank PO Exam, you must satisfy the IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria set by the officials.

IBPS PO eligibility criteria are the first process to register yourself for the exam, as without satisfying the criteria, you cannot enter the examination hall.

In this article, we have provided the complete details regarding IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2021.


 Bank PO Eligibility Criteria 2021


Age Limit

 Educational Qualification for Bank PO

 IBPS PO Eligibility 2021 For Reservation

 Frequently Asked Questions



IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2021 


Candidates who wish to appear in the Bank PO Exam must fulfill all IBPS PO Eligibility 2021.

IBPS PO Exam Eligibility is based on three aspects: Nationality, Age Limit, and Educational Qualification, which we have explained in the following sections.





You must be either –

A Citizen of India or

A Subject of Nepal or

A Subject of Bhutan or

A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 to permanently settle in India or

A person of Indian origin who has migrated 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 to permanently settle in India.


Note: If you belong to any of the above-mentioned categories, you must have identity proof certified by the Government of India.



Age Limit for Bank PO  


The minimum age to give the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection PO Exam is 20 years, and the maximum age is 30 years, i.e., you must be born on or after 02nd August 1989 but not later than 1st August 1999.


IBPS PO 2021 Age limit is considered an essential criterion for the selection of eligible candidates.



Age Relaxation 


There are some relaxation has been provided to aspirants from various categories.

You can check the different relaxation in the age limit below:


S. No.


Age Relaxation


Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe

5 Years


Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)

3 Years


Persons with Disabilities

10 Years


Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of the assignment

5 Years


Persons ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1st Jan 1980 to 31st Dec 1989

5 Years


Persons affected by 1984 riots

5 Years



Points to Remember


The relaxation in the upper age limit for SC/ ST/ OBC is allowed on a cumulative basis with only one of the remaining categories for which age relaxation is permitted.

ST students with physical disabilities will relax in the upper age limit for Bank PO, which is a maximum of 15 years.

No upper age relaxation is provided to the General and Economically weaker sections.

If you are getting an age relaxation, you have to submit original documents with photocopy during the recruitment process as per the participating organization or IBPS.

In case an Ex-servicemen who once joined a Government job on the civil side after availing the benefits given to him as an Ex-servicemen for his re-employment, his Ex-servicemen status for re-employment in Government recruitment ceases.

Ex-servicemen will get no reservation in the Officers’ Cadre.



IBPS PO Educational Qualification 


The basic eligibility for Bank PO is that you have a graduation degree in any branch/stream or any equivalent qualification from a recognized University.

Following are the IBPS PO Qualification you need to fulfill for the exam:

The final result of your graduation degree must be declared on or before 28th August 2021.

If a candidate is awarded CGPA/OGPA, they must convert it into a percentage (nearest to 2 decimal places) and mention it in the application form.

The percentage fraction will be counted as the whole number, i.e., 59.99% will be treated as less than 60%. While filling your application form, you will be required to fill in your graduation percentage.


Calculation of Percentage: The IBPS PO eligibility percentage marks shall be arrived at by dividing the total marks obtained by you in all the subjects in all semester(s)/year(s) by aggregate maximum marks multiplied by 100. 

This will be applicable for also the Universities where the Class / Grade is decided on Honors marks only.


Number of Attempt in IBPS PO Exam: 

There is no restriction on the number of attempts in the Bank PO Exam. It means you can attempt the exam as many times as you want until you pass the IBPS PO Age Limit 2021.

To get updated for any changes in the eligibility, check the Notification of IBPS PO 2021 Exam here.



IBPS PO 2021 Eligibility - Reservation for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities


According to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, Section 34, candidates with Benchmark Disabilities are eligible for the Bank PO exam reservation.

Categories mentioned under this act are enlisted below:

Blindness and Low Vision.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Locomotor disability, including Cerebral Palsy.

Leprosy cured Dwarfism, Acid attack victims, and Muscular Dystrophy.

Autism, Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning Disability, and Mental Illness.

Multiple Disabilities from persons under clauses (a) to (d) include Deaf-Blindness in the posts identified for each disability


Note: The allocation of these reserved categories will be as prescribed in “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016” and as per the vacancies reported to IBPS by Participating Organizations.



Guidelines for PwD using a Scribe


Candidates who are visually impaired and whose writing speed is adversely affected permanently for any reason can use their scribe at their cost during the online examination (Preliminary and Main).


The following rules are applicable if you are using scribe: 

You will have to arrange your own scribe at your own cost.

The scribe may be from any education stream.

The candidate and the scribe will have to give a surety that the scribe fulfills all the stipulated eligibility criteria.

Further, it is found that you did not fulfill any laid down eligibility criteria or hide material facts. In that case, your application will stand canceled, irrespective of the result of the CRP. 

If you are using a scribe, you are eligible for a compensatory time of 20 minutes or otherwise advised for every hour of the examination. 

The scribe ought not to be a possibility for the online assessment under (CRPO/MT-IX) arranged by the competitor.

If any violation is found in the above stages, the candidature for CRP of the applicant & scribe will be canceled.

If you are eligible for and wish to use the services of a scribe in the examination, you should invariably be careful and indicate the same in the online application form.

Any resulting request may not be engaged. Just applicants enlisted for compensatory time will be permitted such concessions since compensatory time given to aspirants will be framework-based.



Guidelines for Intellectually Disabled, Visually Impaired, Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy 


Candidates with more than 40% Intellectual Disability (autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness), visually weakened (not less than 40% of disability), locomotor disability, and cerebral palsy are allowed a compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour of examination.


Note: Only visually weakened who are using the service of scribes are eligible for this compensation.



IBPS PO 2021 Eligibility Criteria- Frequently Asked Questions 


Many candidates have doubts related to IBPS PO Exam Eligibility. They need to know detailed information regarding the age limit & qualification criteria.

So, below we have enlisted the most asked questions regarding the IBPS PO Eligibility 2021.



Ques 1. I scored less than 60% on my Bachelor’s degree. Am I eligible for Bank PO?

Ans - Yes, candidates with less than 60% marks in their graduation degree are also eligible for this exam.



Ques 2. Are engineering students eligible for an IBPS PO position?

Ans - As per the officials, if you have a graduation degree from any stream/branch, you can appear for the exam, so yes, engineering students can also appear in IBPS PO Exam.



Ques 3. Is a Partially deaf candidate (deaf by one ear) eligible for bank PO?

Ans - Yes, candidates who are partially deaf are eligible for the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection PO 2021 Exam. Know the details regarding IBPS PO Exam Eligibility for Benchmark Disabilities here.



Ques 4: For how many attempts for IBPS PO students can appear?

 And - You can take as many attempts as you want. There is no restriction on the number of attempts for the IBPS Bank PO Exam.



Ques 5. What is the age limit in IBPS PO?

Ans - IBPS Probationary Officer age limit is in between 20 - 30 years.



Ques 6. Can a final-year student apply for IBPS PO?

Ans: Yes, final year students can appear in IBPS PO 2021 Exam, but the final result of their Graduation Degree must be declared on or before 28th August 2021.


Above, we have provided every single detail for Bank PO 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

If you have satisfied the above-mentioned IBPS PO Exam Eligibility, you will be eligible to fill the IBPS PO Application Form 2021.

We hope that all your doubts/queries will get cleared after this information. If you still have some questions, you can ask in the comment section provided below.



Thank You!!



Showing 18 comments out of 225
  • Atyashi
    Hi, My Date Of Birth Is 07 August 2001, I Am From General Category, Am I Eligible For The Post Of IBPS Po And Clerk?
    Hello Atyashi,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    As per the age limit set by IBPS, you are not able to appear in the exam. To apply for the exam, you must be born on or after 02nd...
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  • Praveena
    Without 12th i m a open University degree can i eligible for ibps clerk exams
  • Sameer
    Having a understanding of native / state language is mandatory or not?
    Hello Sameer,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The native language is not mandatory for IBPS PO however the candidates having knowledge of native language will be given preference ...
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  • Dilip raj
    I'm from Anshra Pradesh and age 30(20-04-1989) and I've secured 54% in the btech degree. Do I'm eligible for any of PO or Ckerk post?
    Hello Dilip,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    If can apply for IBPS PO, clerk exam when you comes under age relaxation category.
    Thank You!!
  • J star
    fill forme any stream in a grsaduation
  • Gururaj angadi
    Hi sir myself Gururaj i completed BE with one year back can I attend for IBPS
    Hello Gururaj,
    Greeting From Eduncle
    Yes, you can apply for IBPS Exam.
    Thank You!!
  • Sunil chandra
    I scored 47% in intermediate and i am a ex-serviceman. Am I eligible fir ibps po?
    Hello Sunil,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The minimum eligibility to apply for IBPS PO exam is graduation degree.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • Yash
    I secured only 35% in my degree can I apply for ibps
    Hello Yash,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible to appear in IBPS PO exam.
    Thank You!!
  • Robim
    I am 48% in ug degree, is i am eligible for exam?
    Hello Robin,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    Yes, you are eligible to apply for IBPS PO exam.
    Thank You!!
  • Shivank shukla
    If I clear IBPS then how I get a job in bank
    Hello Shivank,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You need to qualify all the round for the IBPS and then you will be allotted one of the bank associated with IBPS.
    Thanks for a...
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