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The common written examination conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an 'eligibility' exam, Mr M. Balachandran, Director, IBPS, said.
The IBPS prescribes minimum requirements, taking into account the least of the qualifying criteria stipulated by the participating banks, so that all aspirants can participate in the exam, he said.
Individual banks' requirements
He emphasised that in the advertisement issued by IBPS, it was clearly indicated that the examinations were only for qualifying to participate in the recruitment process. After qualifying, the candidates have to comply with individual banks' requirements as and when they invite applications. He was responding to a query voiced by many candidates who had taken the exam but found themselves ineligible after some banks prescribed higher qualification criteria.
Some banks had fixed 55 per cent marks in graduation as minimum criteria. Some banks had prescribed a minimum age of 21 years - adding to the angst felt by candidates who were 20 years and would, hence, find that their score will not be valid a year later (validity of the scorecard is one year).
Candidates had expressed anguish about the recruitment process after seeing this. Srivastava, an aspirant, says, "Many candidates who scored high marks in the common written exam are ineligible to apply for the interview. My question to them — if they had to do so, what was the need to invite applications from everybody, which too cost Rs 450. We candidates feel like we have been cheated.”
Another candidate, S. Kalyan, who has a score of 172 in the IBPS exam, with an MBA to boot and working in the clerical cadre in another top public sector bank, found himself ineligible because of the requirement of scoring 55 per cent marks in graduation. He says his post-graduation, which is a higher qualification, should be considered for eligibility criteria and feels the rules prescribed by some of the banks have robbed him of even the basic right to apply.
Mr Balachandran said banks could fix their minimum qualifying criteria based upon their perception on the likely availability of candidates and their vacancies.
Banks can fix own cut-off marks
Clarifying with an example, Mr Balachandran said that just as many universities prescribe a higher cut-off for entrance to post-graduate courses even for their own graduate students, banks had the right to fix higher minimum qualifying criteria.
In the common exam, a general candidate had to score 25 marks in each subject and the pass mark was 125/250. Banks could fix a higher mark as cut-off at their discretion while others may go with minimum cut-off.
Mr Balachandran said that IBPS had fixed the minimum criteria for its common exam — because there were some banks that did not insist on any percentage in graduation. He said that they did not want to deprive anybody of a chance by fixing a higher qualifying criteria. He said the process was transparent and that most competitive exams even for admissions do follow a similar approach.


  1. i got 153 in gen. category....is der any chances of selection???

  2. i got 153 in gen. category....is der any chances of selection???

  3. How to get IBPS PO score..Plz any one help. In the IBPS website it shows my result as Pass only.

  4. I got a mail that my Score card is returned to IBPS office , So either i have to collect it from Pune offfice or by mailing them . I mailed so many times ,but no acknowledgement got.

    plz help.

  5. Yes. You have bright chances. do not worry. Prepare well for the interview. You please go through the various blogs given by me on interview and banking related general awareness. Also read your college subject thoroughly.

  6. Snigdha:

    Please follow it up with email. Also send a letter through courier. In case you have any relative staying in Pune, you may request them to go in person along with the copy of your letter giving details and check up from them what is to be done to get the score card.
    best wishes

  7. i got 158 in gen category..

    my question is for gen 55 % is criteria in most of the banks ...but is it avg of all my engg semisters or just final yr which is on my degree certificateie 58% .?

    second when person comming from diff universities and u hav criteria then thr is no equality..take my example ..i am engg graduate from pune university which is notorious in marking system and now when u take avg of all yrs then it comes 54 %...so is it avg or final yr marks

  8. I read the advertisement given by syndicate Bank. It states that though the minimum criteria is prescribed the Bank may revise the eligibility depending on the number of vacancies and number of applications received.

    Again IBPS exam passing is like any other examination and is a tool for getting bank interviews and there is no guarantee that all those who pass ibps exam will be called for bank interview though they have the minimum marks prescribed by the Bank.

  9. i got just 123 only,and i got the score card too.....but according to this article they are saying minimum marks is 125,if so then how i got the score card??is there any chances of calling me for interview??please help me sir

  10. Please see the link:


    Do not worry about the cut off point they prescribe. Apply for banks wherever you are eligible. Prepare for the interview. In the meantime also prepare for clerical interview also hoping that you will clear IBPS clerks.

    best wishes


  11. what r d chances for only passed candidates in 10,12 & graduation.if they score good in cwe can they got job in any bank?


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