Must Attempt Bank Exams & Upcoming Bank Exams Calendar

A job in the banking sector has been one of the most rewarding and prestigious jobs for quite some time now. Lakhs of job seekers are lining up to apply for the vacant positions in both the private and nationalized banks across the country.  This is very understandable since a career in the banking sector is not just lucrative but also promises much better job security and work-life balance as compared to corporate jobs.

Year on year, the private and nationalized banks typically hire employees through certain recruitment processes and exams such as the IBPS PO, SBI PO, etc. The schedule of such exams is also very predictable. In this article, we will breakdown the bank exams calendar and tentative schedule of the upcoming exams to help you plan in advance and prepare yourselves.  

The IBPS (Indian Banking Personnel Selection) and SBI (State Bank of India) conduct the largest recruitment processes for onboarding candidates for the role of a probationary officer (IBPS PO & SBI PO) or that of a clerk (IBPS Clerk & SBI Clerk). The recruiting bodies may be different but the compensation and syllabus are very much alike. For instance, the IBPS Clerk syllabus is very similar to that of the SBI clerk and the IBPS clerk salary is almost the same as that of the SBI Clerk.

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The IBPS conducts the following exams each year:

  1. IBPS PO (IBPS Probationary officer)
  2. IBPS Clerk
  3. IBPS SO (IBPS Specialist officer – 6 job profiles are available) – IT officer/Marketing officer/ Agricultural officer/ Law officer / Rajbhasa Adhikari/ HR or Personnel officer
  4. IBPS RRB (IBPS Regional Rural Bank)

The SBI (State bank of India) conducts the following exams each year:

  1. SBI PO 
  2. SBI SO
  3. SBI Clerk

Here’s an overview of the most popular bank exams:


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Name of the ExamStages involved in the Selection ProcessStarting Salary offeredTentative No: of Vacancies

(based on the previous year notifications)

Tentative Notification Date (based on the previous year schedules)
IBPS POPrelims, Mains, and final interview INR 23,7001,400 – 4,500  Mid August 
IBPS ClerkPrelims, Mains, and final interview INR 11,7651,500 – 10,000September
IBPS SOPrelims & Mains Scale I – INR 36,400
Scale II – INR 48,800
Scale III – 64,600
1,000 – 2,000

(across posts and job profiles)

IBPS RRB For office assistant – Common Written Exam (CWE) followed by an interview

For officer scale I – Prelims exam, mains exam and final interview

For officer scale II – mains exam (single examination) and final interview
Office Assistant (Multi-purpose)
Rs 19,000 to Rs 22,000
Scale I officer (PO)
Rs 29,000 to Rs 33,000
Scale II officer
Rs 33,000 to Rs 39,000
Scale III officer
Rs 38,000 to Rs 44,000
~ 10,000 (across posts and job profiles)June
SBI POPrelims, Mains, and final interviewINR 27,6202,000 – 3,000June
SBI ClerkPrelims, Mains, and final interviewINR 11,7568,000 – 10,000January
SBI SOOnline objective testINR 23,700100 – 500September


The tentative schedules for the aforementioned exams are as follows:


Name of the ExamOfficial Notification ReleasedPrelims Exam DateMains Exam Date
IBPS PO (1417 vacancies)August – 04.08.2020October 2020 – 03.10.2020, 10.10.2020 and 11.10.2020November – 28.11.2020
IBPS Clerk (2557 vacancies)September – 01.09.2020December 2020 – 05.12.2020, 12.12.2020 & 13.12.2020 January 2021 – 24.01.2021
SBI POSeptember – October 2020TBATBA
SBI ClerkJanuary – 02.01.2020February  & March 2020 –
22.02.2020, 29.02.2020, 01.03.2020 and 08.03.2020
IBPS SO (1500 vacancies across 6 job profiles)November 2020December 2020 – 26.12.2020 & 27.12.2020 January 2021 – 30.01.2021
IBPS RRB July 2020For officer scale I & Office Assistants September –

12.09.2020, 13.09.2020, 19.09.2020, 20.09.2020 and 26.09.2020

Revised schedule
For officer scale I – 18.10.2020

For Office Assistants – 31.10.2020

Single Exam for officers scale II and III – 18.10.2020


*Please keep in mind that the schedule may be subject to change. A lot of Government exams and associated timelines have been postponed due to the widespread outbreak of COVID 19 

Some of the other bank exams that you might want to consider applying for as follows:

  1. RBI Grade A and B exam 
  2. NABARD 
  4. BOB PO 
  5. IDBI recruitment 

We hope you found this article informative. Mark your calendars, set your goals and start preparing!

All the best for the exams!

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