IBPS 2021: Exam Dates (Out), Eligibility, Vacancies & More


IBPS Exam 2021: Except for SBI, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an autonomous organisation that organises recruitment exams for all Public Sector Banks (PSBs). The institute has provided assessment and testing services for numerous banks through various bank exams over the years.

IBPS Exam Latest Updates:

 August 24, 2021: The result for the CRP RRB IX Officer Scale I position has been announced by the Institute.

June 25, 2021: For the different exams conducted by IBPS, a total of 50 lakh application forms have been received. In comparison to 2019-20, the number is lower.

June 8, 2021: The IBPS RRB 2021 notification was issued to fill a total of 10,403 positions. The application was available till June 28th.

The institute was founded in 1984 and is managed by a board of nominations from various government agencies and banks, including the RBI, Ministry of Finance, NIBM, IBA, etc. Employees for PSBs at various levels, such as Probationary Officers, Clerks, and Specialist Officers, are recruited through IBPS exams. The numerous IBPS exams in India were mentioned in this article.

IBPS Recruitment Exams in India

IBPS PO (Probationary Officers/Management Trainee)

IBPS Clerk

IBPS RRB (Officers Scale-I, II & III) and Office Assistant (Multipurpose)

IBPS SO (Specialist Officers)

List of Participating Banks in IBPS Exam 2021 

Every year, 19 Public Sector Banks compete in the IBPS Exam to recruit qualified candidates for the positions of PO, Clerk, and SO. The following are the banks:

  1. Andhra Bank
  2. Allahabad Bank
  3. Bank of India
  4. Bank of Baroda
  5. Bank of Maharashtra
  6. Canara Bank
  7. Central Bank of India
  8. Corporation Bank
  9. Dena Bank
  10. Indian Bank
  11. Indian Overseas Bank
  12. Oriental Bank of Commerce
  13. Punjab and Sind Bank
  14. Punjab National Bank
  15. Syndicate Bank
  16. UCO Bank
  17. United Bank of India
  18. Union Bank of India
  19. Vijaya Bank

IBPS Exam 2021 | Highlights

Overall IBPS Exam Highlights

Conducting Body

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

Exams Level


Exams Purpose 

Selection of candidates as PO, Clerk and SO for Public Sector Banks and Regional Rural Banks

Exams Frequency

Once a year

Exams Language

English and Hindi

Official Website



Post name

Probationary Officer/Management Trainee

Number of vacancies

The vacancies for 2021 are yet to be announced. In 2020, a total of 3,517 vacancies were announced.

Recruitment stages

Preliminary exam, mains exam, and interview

Exam Mode

Preliminary and mains exam is conducted online

Exam Duration

Prelims: One hour (60 minutes)

Mains: 3 hours 30 minutes

IBPS Clerk

Post names


Number of vacancies

The vacancies for 2021 are yet to be announced. In 2020, a total of 2,557 vacancies were announced.

Recruitment stages

Preliminary and Mains exam

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

Prelims: 60 minutes

Mains: 160 minutes


Post names

Officers Scale I, II & III and Office Assistant (Multipurpose)

Number of vacancies

A total of 10,403 vacancies have been announced

Recruitment stages

Officers Scale I: Prelims, Mains and Interview

Officers Scale II and II: Single level exam and Interview

Office Assistant (Multipurpose): Prelims and mains

Exam Mode

Prelims, Mains and Single level exam are conducted online

Exam Duration

Prelims: 45 minutes

Mains: Two hours

Single level exam: Two hours


Post names

IT Officer (Scale-I), Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I), Law Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I), and Marketing Officer (Scale I).

Number of vacancies

The vacancies for 2021 will be announced along with the notification. In 2020, a total of 647 vacancies were announced.

Recruitment stages

Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview

Exam Mode


Exam Duration

Prelims: 120 minutes

Mains: 120 minutes

IBPS Exam Dates 2021

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has published the IBPS exam dates for 2021. Exam dates for IBPS prelims and mains are listed in the table below.

IBPS RRB Exam Dates 2021

Posts Exam Dates
Officers Scale I

Prelims exam: 01-Aug-2021, 07-Aug-2021, 08-Aug-2021, 14-Aug-2021, and 21-Aug-2021 (Tentative)

Mains exam: 25-Sept-2021 (Tentative)

Office Assistant 

Prelims exam: 01-Aug-2021, 07-Aug-2021, 08-Aug-2021, 14-Aug-2021, and 21-Aug-2021 (Tentative)

Mains exam: 03-Oct-2021 (Tentative)

Officers Scale II and III Single level exam: 25-Sept-2021 (Tentative)

IBPS PO Exam Dates 2021

IBPS PO Events IBPS PO Exam Dates

Preliminary exam


Main Examination


IBPS Clerk Exam Dates 2021

IBPS Clerk Events

IBPS Clerk Exam Dates

Preliminary exam


Main Examination


IBPS SO Dates 2021

IBPS SO Events IBPS SO Exam Dates

Preliminary exam


Main Examination


IBPS Eligibility Criteria 2021

The following are the eligibility requirements for several exams.

Exams Eligibility

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification: Graduation in any discipline

Age limit: 20 to 30 years

IBPS Clerk Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification: Graduation

Age limit: 20 to 28 years

IBPS RRB Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification: Candidates must hold a degree in any discipline from a recognised university.

Age Limit: 18 to 40 years (Vary as per the posts)

IBPS SO Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit: 20 to 30 years

Educational Qualification: Graduation (Vary as per posts)

IBPS Recruitment Process 2021

The complete recruitment process of IBPS is discussed below:

Step 1: IBPS Registration

This is the first phase in the hiring process. Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements must register for the various exams offered by IBPS. The application fee for general and OBC applicants is Rs 850, while it is Rs 175 for SC/ST/PWD candidates. Only online payments are allowed for the application fee. Candidates can learn more about the application process for various IBPS exams by clicking on the links below:

IBPS PO Application Form

IBPS Clerk Application Form

IBPS SO Application Form

IBPS RRB Application Form

Step 2: IBPS Admit Card

IBPS publishes various admit cards for different posts and stages of the exam on its website. Candidates can get their admit cards by logging in with their registration number, roll number, and date of birth or password on the official website.

IBPS RRB Admit Card

IBPS PO Admit Card

IBPS SO Admit Card

IBPS Clerk Admit Card

Step 3: IBPS Exam

Candidates must appear in the IBPS exam according to the instructions on the admit card. The exam is administered in numerous shifts around the country in various cities.

  • Prelims, Mains, and Interview are the three stages of the IBPS PO Exam.
  • The IBPS RRB exam has three stages: Preliminary, Mains, and a single online exam, as well as an interview.
  • Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview are the three stages of the IBPS SO exam.
  • The IBPS Clerk exam is organized into two sections: Prelims and Mains.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern & Syllabus

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern & Syllabus

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern & Syllabus

IBPS SO Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Step 4: IBPS Result

The result is published on the official website. IBPS results are released in stages and for different posts. By logging in with the proper credentials, you can access the result. Candidates who pass the preliminary exam are invited to take the mains exam. Candidates who pass the mains exam will be invited to an interview (specific to the posts).


IBPS PO Result

IBPS Clerk Result

IBPS SO Result

IBPS Exams: Registered vs Appeared

The table below shows the number of candidates who registered and took part in IBPS’s various exams.

Exams Registered (In Lakh) Appeared (In Lakh)
IBPS PO  8.25 5.76

Office Assistant: 7.13

Officers: 5.39

Office Assistant: 4.89

Officers: 4.09

IBPS Clerk 9.91 6.65
IBPS SO 1.6 1.23

We have provided complete details of IBPS Exam 2021. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comment section below.


Are there any IBPS 2021 exam notifications available?

On June 7, the IBPS 2021 notification was announced for the recruitment of Officers Scale I, II, III, and Office Assistants (Multipurpose).

How many times are IBPS Exams held?

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts exams once a year (IBPS).

Who conducts IBPS exam interviews?

With the help of IBPS, participating organizations conduct interviews for various IBPS tests, which are organized by the nodal bank in each State/UT.

Does the letter of appointment issued by IBPS?

IBPS does not give certificates of appointment to candidates selected through the IBPS PO, Clerk, RRB, or SO examinations. Candidates are given the same opportunity by the participating banks.

Is there any negative marking in IBPS exams?

In the IBPS exams, there is negative grading. A penalty of 1/4 mark is deducted for each incorrect response.

Is there any capping in the number of attempts in various IBPS exams?

No, there is no limit on how many times you can take the IBPS examinations. 

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