By admin 27 February 2018

Your Complete Guide to the Best Age for Bank Recruitment Exams Preparation

Employment in the Banking sector has always been the first choice among the youth of the country. The most important reason behind this attraction is – professional stability, handsome salary and lucrative perks. IBPS conducts recruitment exams for Public sector banks, RBI, SBI, NABARD and many other leading banks in the country for their Assistants and officer’s posts.

As mentioned above that youth of our country is attracted towards banking sector jobs, following the same path, are you too one of those aspirants, hopeful for a banking job? Have you gone through the prerequisites or the eligibility criteria? If not, then please go through them in detail before you start your bank exam preparations.

Before you begin your preparation and enrol at either offline or online classes for bank PO, we bring to you this article to guide you and many more aspirants like you to know the best age for bank recruitment exam preparation.

Age criteria for different Bank recruitment exams

Every bank has its predefined set of eligibility criteria and for candidates, it is important and mandatory to adhere to these criteria to evade invalidation of their application. Recruitment exams directed by IBPS hold the most important position across India. These exams cover the 4 major domains, which include:

  • Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) Common Written Examination (CWE) for vacancies in RRBs (Officer Scale-I & Office Assistants)
  • Probationary Officer CWE for the posts of PO
  • Clerk CWE for Clerical staff
  • SO CWE for Specialist Officer positions

The age limit for various posts that fall under these 4 domains is:

  • IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I: 18-30 years
  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant: 18-28 years
  • IBPS Clerk: 20-28 years
  • IBPS SO Scale-I: 20-30 years
  • IBPS SO Scale-II: 20-35 years
  • IBPS PO: 20-30 years

The State Bank of India conducts exams for Clerk, PO and other Specialist Officers for its own branches and also for its Associate banks across India. The age limits for posts under SBI include:

  • SBI Clerk: 20-28 years
  • SBI PO: 21-30 years
  • SBI SO: 21-30 years (depending upon the posts)

But then, there is definite relaxation to age criteria for some categories, which include

CategoryRelaxation (in years)
SC / ST5
Other Backward Classes (OBC)3
PWD (General)10
PWD (SC /ST)15
Persons with domicile of Jammu & Kashmir State for the period 1 January 1981 to 31 December 19905
Ex-Servicemen/Disabled Ex-ServicemenActual service period + 3 years (8 years for disabled Ex-Servicemen belonging to SC/ST subject to maximum age of 50 years)
Widows, Divorced and legally separated women & who are not re-married9 years (subject to the maximum age limit of 35 years for General, 40 years for SC/ST and 38 years for OBC candidates

These were the age limits set for various posts and various categories, we hope this information will be useful to sort out most of your doubts. Now let’s move ahead with further discussion on the ideal age to start your preparation for the bank exams.

It is quite evident with the above information that the major age range for almost every bank post is 20 to 30 years, hence following the famous quote “it is better to start early then finish late”, we are giving you some tips on what is the best age to flag off your bank exam preparations:

  1. For candidates who begin their preparations in their early twenties have an extra benefit, which is more number of attempts to crack the exam. If their hard work and destiny work hand in hand and if they qualify the exam in either first or second attempt, then they have a long and prosperous future in the banking sector. Entering early in banking sector means the candidate can reach to the highest positions of General Manager or Executive Director.
  2. Now, if you start preparing for these recruitment exams after 25 years of age, first of all, you will be under a lot of pressure and secondly, starting a professional career in the early 30s won’t give you a lot of chances of promotions.

Take it as a suggestion – start preparation now, as it is never too late to fight for your dreams.

This was just the age criteria, there are many other eligibility criteria and prerequisites associated with the bank exam, for information on these and for fruitful bank exam preparation, enrol for bank PO video classes at




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