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IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2024: Age Limit, Qualification, Nationality

IBPS PO Notification 2024 has been released on the official website. Candidates fulfilling the IBPS PO age limit and educational criteria can apply for the exam on the official website.
IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2024

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2024

IBPS PO Eligibility 2024:The IBPS PO eligibility criteria encompass various factors such as age, qualification, nationality, and more. These specific conditions are officially released by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) in the form of a notification PDF. IBPS PO exam applicants must refer to the notification to understand the eligibility requirements thoroughly. Meeting these criteria is crucial, as failure to do so may lead to disqualification of aspirants.

Once applicants confirm if they are eligible or not, they can proceed to fill out the IBPS PO application form. Candidates are asked to produce relevant documents (Aadhaar, Passport, Marksheet, etc.) to support their eligibility and identity. Interested candidates can go through it to know all the primary highlights and essential details. 

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IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2024

Knowing if one is eligible for the examination is crucial, as this decides if one gets to appear for the examination. Check below to know the major highlights of the eligibility criteria for most banking exams: 



Education Qualification

Graduation from a recognized institution

Age Limit

Minimum: 20

Maximum: 30


Indian; As Prescribed in the official notification

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2024: Nationality

Nationality is an essential factor that determines the eligibility of the candidate. Here are the eligibility conditions in terms of Nationality that candidates must meet:

  • Should be a citizen of India
  • Or should be a citizen of Nepal
  • Or should be a citizen of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in the country
  • Or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from:


Sri Lanka





The United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar),






  • If not an Indian, candidates must be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2024: Age Limit

Candidates registering for the IBPS PO exam should have a minimum age of 20 years and a maximum of 30 years. That is, an applicant must have been born not earlier than 02 August 1994 and not later than 01 August 2004 (both dates inclusive). 

IBPS PO Relaxation of Upper Age Limit


Age Relaxation

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe

5 Years

Persons With Benchmark Disabilities as defined under “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”

10 Years

Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years

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

5 Years

Persons affected by the 1984 riots

5 Years

Points to Remember 

  1. The relaxation in the upper age limit to SC/ST/OBC applicants is permitted on a cumulative basis with only one of the remaining categories for which age relaxation is permitted as mentioned above. 
  2. The maximum defined age limit is applicable to General Category candidates and Economically Weaker (EWS) Category Candidates.
  3. Candidates opting for age relaxation will be asked to submit necessary certificates like  Caste / Category Certificate issued by the competent authority, in the original form plus photocopies at the time of the Interview and at any stage of the recruitment process as required by IBPS/ Participating Bank(s).
  4. Candidates belonging to the OBC category but coming under the creamy layer are not entitled to OBC reservations. They will have to identify them in the General category while filling up the online application form.
  5. There is no reservation for Ex-servicemen belonging to the Officers’ Cadre.
  6. If an ex-serviceman registers for various vacancies before joining any civil employment, he/she can seek the benefit of reservation as an ex-serviceman for any subsequent employment. 

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria 2024: Educational Qualification

IBPS has specified that interested candidates must at least have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an institution that is recognized by the Government of India. If the applicant is not a degree holder, he/she should have an equivalent qualification to be eligible. It is important that the candidate’s qualification is recognized by the central government, or the candidate can be ineligible for the IBPS PO exam. 


  • Candidates will be asked to provide a valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate to prove that he/she is a graduate the day they register for the exam. 
  • They will also have to indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online. CGPA has to be converted into percentages before registration. Applicants must make sure that the percentage obtained in Graduation is calculated to the nearest two decimals in the application form. 
  • The fraction of percentage will be ignored, that is, 59.99% will be treated as less than 60% and 54.99% will be treated as less than 55%. 
  • Although, there are no well-built percentage eligibility criteria for banking exams. 
  •  Proper documentation has to be submitted at the time of the IBPS PO interview from the candidate's university for having declared the result.

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria- PwD Category 2024

Reservation for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities is mandatory based on the According to “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”. There are various categories of disabilities listed on the Schedule of the RPWD Act, and if the candidate falls in that category, he/she shall be eligible for reservation. These categories include: 

  • “OC” Category- Persons falling under this category are unable to perform activities associated with the movement of self and objects due to affliction of the nervous system. This includes cases of Cerebral Palsy, Leprosy Cured, Dwarfism, Muscular Dystrophy, and Acid Attack Victims. Orthopedically challenged persons with locomotor disability should have OA- One arm affected (Right or Left)  OL- One leg affected (Right or Left)  OAL- One arm & One leg affected  BL- Both legs affected but not arms. 
  • Hearing Impaired (“HI” Category)- Persons who are completely or partially deaf fall under this category. Candidates with hard of hearing, having 60 DB to 70 DB hearing loss in speech frequencies in both ears are also eligible for reservation. 
  • Visual Impairment (“VI” Category)- Persons suffering from total absence of sight,  visual acuity less than 3/60 or less than 10/200, limitation of the field of vision not exceeding 6/18 or less than 20/60 up to 3/60 or up to 10/200 are eligible for reservation. 
  • “ID” Category- ID stands for intellectual disability and it also includes Multiple Disabilities. Persons suffering from this can apply for a PwD reservation. This category comprises Mental Illness, Autism Spectrum disorder, Specific Learning Disability, etc. 

Only those applicants with benchmark disabilities, with not less than 40% of a specified disability will be eligible candidates. The allocation of reserved vacancies will be in reference to The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, and as per the vacancies reported by IBPS PO participating banks.  

IBPS PO Guidelines for PwD using a Scribe

Candidates who are not capable of writing their own paper due to certain disabilities can seek a scribe, who will be eligible to write the paper on the candidate’s behalf- given that:

  • Candidates have asked for Scribe Service while filling the application form with proper documentation
  • Scribe has to be independently arranged by the candidate without the involvement of IBPS
  • Both Scribe and the applicant will have to fill out an undertaking form to meet certain conditions that state the scribe cannot independently answer questions and help the applicant, if caught in the act, the candidate will be disqualified. 
  • The scribe is allowed to take an additional compensatory time of 20 minutes. 
  • The scribe arranged by the candidate cannot be an applicant for IBPS PO.

IBPS PO Guidelines for Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy

  •  Compensatory time of twenty minutes per hour will be allotted to candidates falling in this category, given that they are affected with a minimum of 40% Cerebral Palsy and Locomotor Disability.

IBPS PO Guidelines for Visually Impaired Candidates

  • Candidates in this category can seek to view the contents of the test in magnified font 
  • They will be eligible for compensatory time of 20 minutes for every hour or otherwise advised by health experts
  • The facility of the magnified font will not be available for candidates taking the help of a scribe

IBPS PO Guidelines for Intellectual Disability

  • Additional twenty minutes per hour of examination will be allotted to applicants in this category, irrespective of the fact whether they are seeking the services of a scribe or not.
  • This shall be permitted to the candidates with more than 40% Intellectual Disability.

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria- EWS 2024

Candidates failing to fall under SC, ST, or OBC categories, but having an annual income of fewer than 8 Lakhs Rupees fall under the Economically Weaker Section category. These candidates are entitled to a 10% reservation for the vacancies disclosed by IBPS PO participating banks. This income should be in line with all the monetary sources like business, salary, agriculture, land, etc. This income shall be from the financial year prior to the year of filling out the IBPS PO application form. Candidates who or whose families possess the following shall be excluded from this category:

  • Residential plots of 200 sq. yards or above in specified areas
  • Residential flat of 1000 sq. ft. and above
  • Residential plots of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities
  • 5 acres of Agricultural Land and above

To determine the EWS status, proper proof is required from the candidate in the form of an asset and income certificate, which should be issued by a Competent Authority. “Family” here means parents of the candidate along with spouse, siblings, and children under the age of 18 years. 

IBPS PO Vacancies in terms of EWS are often tentative according to the guidelines structured by the Government of India. Candidates are advised to keep themselves updated with these guidelines which can change from time to time. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there any existing percentage criteria for IBPS PO?

The Institute does not specify any IBPS PO eligibility percentage.


What should be the minimum income for EWS candidates?

Candidates failing to fall under SC, ST, or OBC categories, but having an annual income of fewer than 8 Lakhs Rupees fall under the Economically Weaker Section category. These candidates are entitled to a 10% reservation for the vacancies disclosed by IBPS PO participating banks.

Can candidates in their last year of college apply for the examination if the result is yet to be announced?

No, only the graduates who have a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for the IBPS PO examination. 

Does IBPS PO have multiple attempts?

Yes, given that the candidate is meeting the IBPS PO eligibility criteria, there is no limit on attempts.

What is the age limit for IBPS PO?

To be eligible for the IBPS PO exam, a candidate has to be a minimum of 20 years of age and a maximum of 30 years of age.

Can PwD candidates use a scribe to appear in IBPS PO exam?

Yes, PwD candidates can use a scribe for IBPS PO exam. However, there are some conditions which are mentioned in the article above. 

What is the minimum educational qualification accepted for IBPS PO applicants?

Candidates appearing for IBPS PO exam must hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline from any government recognized institution.