Eligibility for IBPS Exam varies for different positions. Eligibility Criteria is nothing but the minimum qualification of nationality, age, and education required for any candidate to apply for various posts of – IBPS PO/MT, IBPS Clerk, IBPS SO, IBPS RRB, SBI PO and SBI Clerk.
To check the number of vacancies open for each position. You must go through IBPS Recruitment Notification provided by the official website of IBPS – ibps.in
However, before you apply online for any IBPS post, you must know the eligibility criteria for all the various positions available through IBPS –
- PO Eligibility Criteria
- SO Eligibility Criteria
- Clerk Eligibility Criteria
- RRB Eligibility Criteria
Let’s look into the three eligibility criteria for different posts:
1. Nationality – First Eligibility for IBPS Exam
If you want to appear for any post of IBPS or SBI, you must fulfil the following criteria of nationality to be eligible for applying online:
A candidate should be a:
- Citizen of India or
- Subject of Nepal or
- Subject of Bhutan or
- Refugee who came to India before 1 Jan 1962 with the intention of settling in India or
- Indian origin Candidate who has migrated from with the intention of permanently settling in India provided that the Government of India has issued a certificate of eligibility. Countries which comes in the list are Tibet, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, East African countries of Kenya, and Vietnam.
Since the recruiting organisations are hiring for many positions at the same time, the educational qualification varies depending upon the post. Let’s look into each post’s eligibility criterion:
a) Education eligibility for IBPS Exam for Probationary Officer/Management Trainee
The educational qualification required to appear for IBPS PO 2017-18 examination are:
- A candidate must have a graduation degree in any discipline from any university recognised by the Govt. of India
- A candidate must have an equivalent qualification from Central Government
In addition to the this, a candidate must have the marks sheets or degree certificate before applying.
b) IBPS Specialist Officer Eligibility Criteria (Educational Qualification)
As the name suggests, Specialist Officers are expected to specialise in their respective fields of study. Hence, the education qualification required for various posts are:
|a) 4 year Engineering/ Technology Degree in Computer Science/ Computer|
Applications/ Information Technology/ Electronics/ Electronics &
Telecommunications/ Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation
b) Post Graduate Degree in Electronics/ Electronics & Tele Communication/
Electronics & Communication/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Computer
Science/ Information Technology/ Computer Applications
Graduate having passed DOEACC 'B' level
|4 year Degree (graduation) in Agriculture/ Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/|
Veterinary Science/ Dairy Science/ Fishery Science/ Pisciculture/ Agri.
Marketing & Cooperation/ Co-operation & Banking/ Agro-Forestry/Forestry/
Agricultural Biotechnology/ Food Science/ Agriculture Business Management/
Food Technology/ Dairy Technology/ Agricultural Engineering
|Post Graduate Degree in Hindi with English as a subject at the degree (graduation) level|
Post graduate degree in Sanskrit with English and Hindi as subjects at the
degree (graduation) level.
|A Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB) and enrolled as an advocate with Bar Council|
|Graduate and Full time Post Graduate degree or Full time Post Graduate diploma in|
Personnel Management / Industrial Relations/ HR/ HRD/ Social Work /
|Graduate and Full time MMS (Marketing) / MBA (Marketing) / Full time 2 years PGDBA / PGDBM/ PGPM/ PGDM with specialization in Marketing *|
c) IBPS RRB Educational Qualification Criteria
Similar to IBPS PO, a candidate must have:
- Graduation degree in any discipline from a Govt. of India recognised University
- Equivalent Qualification from central Govt.
In addition to the above, IBPS RRB Exam also requires skillsets of:
A candidate must know a computer operating system with a degree certificate or diploma in computer operations or Language.
Alternatively, a candidate must have studied Computer or IT in either High School or College (any institute).
Proficiency in Official Language of State/UT
As IBPS RRB Posts are for regional banks, a candidate must possess proficiency in the official regional language of the Union Territory or State.
Proficiency in any language means the candidate should know the Regional Language to:
However, there is no minimum pass percentage for language proficiency; you must possess marks sheet or degree certificate as proof.
d) IBPS Clerk Educational Qualification Criteria
The eligibility for IBPS Exam for appearing for IBPS Clerk is the same as IBPS RRB. A candidate must fulfil the given eligibility criteria to appear for IBPS Clerk Exam:
- Graduation in any discipline or equivalent qualification from central government
- Computer Proficiency
- Regional/Official Language Proficiency
3. Age Criteria
The age eligibility criteria again vary depending upon the post you want to apply.
Let’s look into the Age Criteria for each post:
Eligibility for IBPS Exam – IBPS PO, IBPS SO, and IBPS Clerk
While the age eligibility criteria to appear for IBPS PO and IBPS SO is the same. There’s a slight difference in the eligibility for IBPS Exam for Clerk.
Age criteria to appear for IBPS PO and IBPS SO in General Category is – Minimum 20 years and Maximum 30 years.
Whereas, for IBPS Clerk – Minimum Age is 20 years and Maximum 28 years.
However, A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1989 and not later than 01.08.1997 (both dates inclusive)
Although, there is relaxation age for various categories as given below:
|Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe||5 years|
|Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)||3 years|
|Persons With Disabilities||10 years|
|Ex-Servicemen / Disabled Ex-Servicemen||Actual period of service rendered in the defence forces + 3 years (8 years for Disabled Ex-Servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a maximum age limit of 50 years|
|Widows, divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried||9 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|
|Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (Applicable to Madhya Pradesh state only)||5 years|
Eligibility for IBPS Exam – IBPS RRB
For Office Assistant (Multipurpose)
Between 18 years and 28 years
For Officer Scale- I
Above 18 years – Below 30 years
For Officer Scale-II
Above 21 years – Below 32 years
For Officer Scale- III
Above 21 years – Below 40 years
Although there is relaxation age for various categories as below:
|Sr. No.||Category||Age relaxation|
|1||Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe||5 years|
|2||Other Backward Classes||3 years|
|3||Persons With Disability||10 years|
|4 a.||Ex-Servicemen/ Disabled Ex-Servicemen||(for the post of Office Assistants)|
actual period of service rendered in the defence forces + 3 years (8 years for Disabled Ex-
Servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a maximum age limit of 50 years
|4 b.||In the case of Ex- servicemen commissioned officers,|
including ECOs/ SSCOs, who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within the next one year from the last date for receipt of application) other than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or on account of physical disability attributable to military service or on invalidment, subject to ceiling as per Government guidelines
|(for the post of Officers)|
|5||Widows, Divorced women and women legally separated from|
their husbands who have not remarried
|(only for the post of Office Assistants)|
|6||Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir|
during the period 1-1-80 to 31-12-89
|7||Persons affected by 1984 riots||5 years|