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Preference Order for IBPS PO 2017

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has invited applications to apply for 3562 vacancies for the post of Probationary Officer. While registering online for the exam, you will have to provide a list of banks you want to work post selection. This list will be in decreasing order of preference, with the most preferred bank at the top and the least one at the bottom.

Choosing the right preference order is important, because once selected, you will be working in that bank for the next few years.

These are the 20 participating banks for IBPS PO 2017:-


The decision of choosing the preference order must be based on a few parameters:-

1. Location of headquarters

A bank will have more branches in the state where its headquarters are located. For eg, if you are looking for posting in Gujarat, then Bank of Baroda would be a good choice. It has most number of branches in Gujarat. So, checking the location of the bank’s headquarters is a very good way of making your preference order.

2. Salary Structure, Work culture and Promotion Policies

Although most banks follow a similar salary structure and promotion policies there are some variations. For instance, a rural posting could mean lesser HRA. This could impact your gross salary. Talk to employees & get an honest feedback. Ask them about the work culture, promotion policies, and career growth.

3. Transfers

The frequency as well as the place of transfer (urban, rural or overseas) depends directly on number of branches of a bank. Thus, if you aren’t looking for frequent transfers, choose accordingly.

It is advisable to go through a bank's transfer policies to make a more informed decision.

Also, we advise you to not give too much thought into the number of vacancies while deciding your preference list as a bank will be allotted to you based on your merit and preferences.

Based on these parameters, Bank Naukri has come up with a detailed list of preferences for you:-

(I) Best Choices for North India

States: Delhi, Punjab, UP, UK, J&K, HP, Haryana and Rajasthan

  1. Bank of Baroda
  2. Punjab National Bank
  3. Oriental Bank of Commerce
  4. Allahabad Bank
  5. IDBI Bank
  6. Punjab & Sind Bank
  7. Canara Bank

(II) Best choice for East & North East India

States: Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Seven Sister states and Sikkim

  1. Allahabad Bank
  2. Punjab National Bank
  3. Bank of Baroda
  4. UCO Bank
  5. United Bank of India
  6. Canara Bank

(III) Best Choice for West & Central India

States: Maharashtra, Gujarat, MP, Chhattisgarh, Goa

  1. Bank of Baroda
  2. IDBI Bank
  3. Dena Bank
  4. Bank of Maharashtra
  5. Canara Bank
  6. Central Bank of India

(IV) Best Choice for South India

States: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala

  1. Canara Bank
  2. Indian Bank
  3. Vijaya Bank
  4. Indian Overseas Bank
  5. Andhra Bank
  6. Corporation Bank
  7. Syndicate Bank

Once you qualify to the Final List, the Board will appoint you in one of the banks you choose now. So prepare this preference list only after putting in a good amount of thought.

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