IBPS PO Bank Preference – How to fill in Application form 2020

Institute of Banking Personnel selection conducts an exam every year to select eligible candidates for the role of probationary officer in public sector banks of India. IBPS PO Exam is conducted via online mode at various locations throughout the country. IBPS PO Prelims exam will be held on 3rd, 10th and 11th October 2020 and the mains exam will be conducted on November 28, 2020. IBPS has released the official IBPS PO notification on August 4, 2020 to recruit 1417 + posts of probationary officers. Check below, how to fill IBPS PO bank preference in the online application form?

IBPS PO bank preference : Bank list, factors to consider

Let us begin by having a look at the list of all participating banks in IBPS PO 2020 Recruitment. As per the official IBPS PO Notification PDF, 11 banks are participating, their names are given in the following section

IBPS PO Bank Preference : list of participating banks

Check below the list of banks participating in the IBPS PO 2020 recruitment process

  1. Bank of Baroda
  2. Bank of India
  3. Bank of Maharashtra
  4. Canara Bank
  5. Central Bank of India
  6. Indian Bank
  7. Indian Overseas Bank
  8. Punjab National Bank
  9. Punjab & Sind Bank
  10. UCO Bank
  11. United Bank of India

IBPS PO Bank Preference : Factors to consider

Check below some important suggestions, to clear all your confusion regarding how to fill the bank preference and to make an organized preference list.

Factor 1: Decide your job priority before filling up the form:

  • If you are a North or South Indian, make preference to a bank which is having Headquarters near your state or maximum branches count.
  • If you are a lady candidate and need home posting, give preference to the bank that has the maximum number of branches in your state.
  • Be fastidious about the bank selection as you need to serve a long period of time after the final selection.

Factor 2 : Location and HeadQuarters:

  • You should take the location and headquarters of the bank into consideration while filling up the application form.
  • You should check where the headquarters of the banks are located, if you want to get placed in the specific bank.

Check below the headquarters list of the participating banks to get more insight.

City Banks with their headquarters
Mumbai Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Union Bank of India
Delhi Punjab National Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank
Kolkata UCO Bank
Bangalore Canara Bank
Chennai Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank
Pune Bank of Maharashtra
Vadodara Bank of Baroda

IBPS PO Bank Preference : Participating banks details:

To make your preference filling process an easier one, we have added necessary information that is needed to make a particular bank as your preference list.

Sr. No. Banks Basic Information
1 Bank of India
  • 734 Total Vacancies
  • 5000+ branches, 55 Zonal offices in India
  • Offices outside India- 60
  • Maximum number of branches in Western part of India
2 UCO Bank
  • 350 Total Vacancies
  • 3000+ branches in India
  • Outside offices- Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Maximum number of branches in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh
3 Bank of Maharashtra
  • 250 Total vacancies
  • 1900 branches in India
  • No foreign branches
  • Maximum number of branches in  Maharashtra
4 Punjab and Sind Bank
  • 83 total vacancies
  • 1518 + branches in India, out of these 620 branches in Punjab.
  • Majorly operated in North India.
5 Punjab National Bank
  • Vacancies- Not reported yet
  • 11000 branches in India
  • Several foreign branches
  • Majorly operated in North India
6 Canara Bank
  • Vacancies- Not reported yet
  •  6639+ branches across India.
  • Majorly operated in Southern and Western India
  • International offices in Hong Kong, London, New York, South Africa, Shanghai, Dubai, Moscow,  Doha, Bahrain and Tanzania.


7 Union Bank of India
  • Vacancies- Not reported
  • 4200+ branches across India
  • International offices in Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney.
  • Majorly operated in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh
8 Indian Bank
  • Vacancies- Not reported
  • 6062 branches across India.
  • International offices in Colombo, Jaffna (Sri Lanka) and Singapore.
  • Majorly operated in South India
9 Central Bank of India
  • Vacancies: Not reported
  • 4659 Branches, 10 Zonal Offices in India
  • Majorly operated in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.
  • International offices in Hong Kong and Nairobi.
10 Bank of Baroda
  • Vacancies: 0 ( May increase in due course)
  • 9798 branches across India , 101 foreign branches.
  • Majorly operated  in Northern and Central parts of the country. Bank of Baroda has branches in 523 cities in Gujarat.
11 Indian Overseas Bank


  • Vacancies 0 ( Increase in due course)
  •  3259 branches and 7 zonal offices in India
  • 1100+ branches are located in Tamil Nadu.
  • Majorly operated in South India.
  • International offices in Singapore, Hongkong, Thailand, Srilanka and South Korea.

Location preference and transfer policy:

  • During the employment course, different banks have different transfer policies.
  • Some banks consider your preferred location opinion, whereas some banks don’t.
  • So read the transfer policy carefully and choose which bank is best fit for you.
  • Check above all the mentioned suggestions and make your preference list carefully.

IBPS PO Bank Preference – FAQs

Q. What should be the bank preferences in IBPS PO?

A. Candidates should fill their IBPS PO Bank Preference order as per their choice after considering factors like no. of vacancies, preference to home state, transfer policy, etc.

Q. How many banks are participating in IBPS PO 2020 recruitment?

A. A total of 11 banks are participating in IBPS PO 2020 Recruitment.

Q. Which are the most popular banks while filling IBPS PO bank preference in application form?

A. The banks popularity while filling IBPS PO bank preference in application form is decided by no. of vacancies mostly, as per which Bank of India would be the most popuplar one.

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All the best.

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