Yes, you heard it right. IBPS Exam Calendar for the session 2016-17 has been released. IBPS has introduced a common recruitment procedure through which the candidate is required to appear for a written exam and an interview only once. This would make him eligible for jobs in any of the 20 public sector banks across the country.


IBPS Exam Calendar 2016-2017

The exam calendar of IBPS has been highlighted below:


Exam Dates


IBPS PO/MT (Officer) Exam

Prelims – October 16, 22 & 23

Mains – November 20, 2016 


IBPS Clerk Exam

Prelims – November 26, 27 &

December 3,4 

Mains – December 31 & January 1, 2017


IBPS SO (Specialist Officers) Exam –

IT Officer, Agri Officer, Marketing Officer

January 28 & 29, 2017

IBPS RRB (Regional Rural Banks) Exam –

Regional Officer & Office Assistant

Will be announced Later

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Official Notification

You must be wondering what is the source of this information? Well we have been following the official website closely. The official notification for the various exams highlighted above would be released 45 days prior to the mentioned dates. So you have to wait some time but preparartions must start NOW!


No Interviews for Clerk Jobs

The Clerk Recruitment process has undergone a change. The Government of India has advised the public sector banks to dispense Interviews for Clerk posts in order to facilitate transparency in the selection process.

As per the new route,

  • Candidates who submit the applications for IBPS Clerk exam will have to appear for a Preliminary Exam.
  • Qualifying candidates will be shortlisted for the IBPS-Clerk Mains exam.
  • Candidates qualifying the Mains would be directly selected for the job.

There is a possibility that the banks may conduct Psychometric Tests as a replacement for Interviews.

While there will be no interviews for Clerical and Office Assistant posts, there is no change in the PO Recruitment process.

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How many Vacancies in PO and Clerk?

Previous years’ analysis suggest that the public sector banks could hire in the following range:


Expected No. of Vacancies


11,000 – 13,000


22,000 – 25,000

Specialist Officer

3000 - 4000


False Rumours about IBPS-PO and Clerk Recruitment:

There were rumours that IBPS would stop conducting bank exams for recuitment in 2016. However, these rumours are completely baseless. It is true that the public sector banks are under severe pressure due to rising NPAs (bad loans). The number of vacancies may only get reduced owing to the huge losses suffered by banks but banks won’t stop recruiting due to increasing number of bank branches each year.

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