IBPS-PO registrations started from 16 August 2017 onwards. Aspirants have to rank 20 Public sector Banks on the basis of their preference. Filling IBPS-PO preference list is not an easy, nor an unimportant task! What will happen with this Ranking of banks in IBPS-PO application form? Once selected, candidates will get a job/placement in a bank on the basis of their chosen ranking and submitted preferences at the time of application.

All the 20 Banks have similar growth opportunities in terms of promotion, salary, and allowances. Then why is it so difficult to rank the banks in IBPS-PO application form? This is because you have to rank them carefully keeping in mind your personal priorities, as you have to work for the bank for years to come.

General Ranking Based on Common Preferences

As per the common preference of candidates who have applied for IBPS-PO in the past, the ranking is usually as follows:

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

There is a common consensus over the top 10 banks but the ranking varies for the remaining banks.

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Your Choice May Vary from the General Ranking

You might not want to fill preferences according to the General Ranking, which is wise. Now you are wondering how to fill bank preferences in IBPS-PO admission form 2017 as per your personal priorities then you might have the following parameters in mind:

  • On the basis of Location/closeness to my hometown
  • On the basis of Company Culture
  • On the basis of Pay Scale
  • On the basis of number of Branches
  • On the basis of growth prospects
  • On the basis of gender preference


On Basis of Location/ Closeness to My Hometown

The next parameter in your mind when you fill your list of bank preferences for IBPS-PO 2017 is bank location. You should go for banks and financial institutions like Punjab National Bank, Central Bank, Union Bank of India, IDBI, etc. if you want to get posted in bank headquarters located in Metro cities.

Banks like Andhra Bank, Vijaya Bank, Indian Bank and Indian Overseas Bank have a good number of branches in the Southern part of India. So if you are from the south, you can choose your preference for these banks. Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, United Bank of India has its roots in the Eastern part of India, so if you belong to the East and wish to stay there, you can choose your preference accordingly.

If you are not in a position to relocate then, you can choose the banks which have maximum branches in your state. Please keep in mind that there might be limited numbers of vacancies in the Banks of tier 2 and tier 3 cities. So you have to be among the toppers to get placed in your preferred bank and preferred tier-2 city or town.

List of banks on basis of headquarters:



New Delhi

Punjab National Bank

Punjab And Sindh Bank


Bank Of India

Union Bank Of India


Central Bank Of India

Dena Bank



United Bank Of India

Allahabad Bank

UCO Bank


Indian Overseas Bank

Indian bank


Oriental Bank of Commerce


Bank Of Maharashtra


Canara Bank

Vijaya Bank


Andhra Bank


Bank Of Baroda


Syndicate Bank


Corporation Bank

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Preference Based on Net Profit of Banks

Banks with maximum net profits would not necessarily pay extra salary even if they earn huge profits. But a growing bank would give you more growth opportunities and better exposure. Keep this in mind when you choose your list of preferred banks in IBPS-PO admission form.

List of top 10 Banks on the basis of Total Income & Net Profit

  1. Punjab National Bank
  2. Canara Bank
  3. Bank of Baroda
  4. Bank of India
  5. IDBI
  6. Union Bank of India
  7. Central Bank of India
  8. India Overseas Bank
  9. UCO Bank
  10. Oriental Bank of Commerce


Number of Branches of a Bank

This is an important factor to be taken into consideration while filling the bank preferences for IBPS-PO 2017. A good bank with more number of branches has a high probability of having more vacancies. So if you want to get into a good Bank and that too in/near your hometown go for the following list:

Bank Name

Number of Branches

Punjab National Bank


Canara Bank


Bank of Baroda


Bank of India


Central Bank of India






Syndicate Bank


Indian Overseas Bank


Allahabad Bank


Andhra Bank


Indian Bank


Corporation Bank


Vijay Bank






Bank of Maharashtra


Dena Bank



On the Basis of Gender Preference

Female candidates usually prefer to get placed in or near their home town. So they can take the above-mentioned point into consideration. You can also choose a bank which is recommended for its female friendly work culture.


On the Basis of Take Home Salary

We would like to state again that bank cannot be prioritized on the basis of their overall salary because their remuneration is almost the same.


Preparation for Other Competitive Exams

Candidates preparing for other exams like IAS, CAT, SSC and who want to be placed in a familiar location can consider the location of the bank in mind while filling the preferences. You can choose the location based on where your hometown is or where you have joined coaching centers.


On the Basis of Company Work Culture

Although salaries and growth opportunities are similar in all the banks but the work culture varies from bank to bank. You can take the help of your friends and other contacts to know about the work culture of a bank.

You should mark/fill your preferences in IBPS-PO 2017 application form carefully as you cannot shift from one bank to another once you are placed in a bank, unlike in IT companies and private organizations.

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What If I incorrectly fill my preferences

Students should not worry if they fill their preferences in a different order than the ones mentioned above. Selection Process has become complex with the introduction of Prelims & Mains exams from the year 2015 onwards. The pattern of IBPS-PO has again changed in 2017. It is only the toppers who have more selection options. Thus, candidates are advised not to waste a lot of time on bank preferences at this moment but should rather concentrate on studying hard and performing well in the examination.

It’s your personal choice, in the end, to select which bank should be on the top followed by other banks in the preference column.

If you have any doubts, feel free to ask our team of Bank-PO Experts, in the comments section below :)

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