40% candidates skip IBPS Clerk exam in 2017; 26% miss PO examination
Updated on Oct 26, 2018 - 6:48 p.m. IST by Bachan Thakur

As many as 4.1 lakh candidates skipped IBPS Clerk exam for the recruitment year 2017-18. According to the official data released by the IBPS for the recruitment in Public Sector Banks, 13.41 lakh candidates had registered for IBPS Clerk examination in 2017, however, only 9.31 lakh decided to take the examination. This means that almost 40% of the registered candidates decided not to appear in the examination. While we see the official data for 2016, the figures are slightly better in terms of registered candidates not taking the test, contrary to the fact that the number of candidates who registered for the test was higher than 2017. 

Let’s dig into the IBPS numbers for the year 2017 and 2016.  

IBPS Clerk – More number of registered candidates take the test in 2016 than 2017

IBPS Clerk data for the recruitment year 2016-17 reflects that a total of 6.61 lakh registered candidates did not sit for the exam. Though the number of candidates skipping the exam is greater than that in 2016 (in terms of figures), however, in terms of percentage the 6.61 lakh candidates who decided to skip the exam comes down to around 32%. Thus, this means that the percentage of candidates who skipped the exam in 2016 in lesser (8%) in comparison to 2017.

IBPS PO 2017 Vs 2016 – Almost same number of candidates skip the test

In case of the examination for Probationary Officers (POs), which is IBPS PO, the official data reflects that a total 2.88 lakh candidates did not appear for the test in 2017 (Out of the 11.27 lakh registered), which stands at nearly 26% of the registered candidates. The interesting fact is that the percentage of candidates who did not take the exam in 2017 and 2016 is almost same. To put it simply, though the number of candidates registered for the IBPS PO exam vary, however, in terms of the percentage of candidates who decided not to take the test is same. 

In 2017, where 8.39 lakh candidates had finally taken the test, out of the 11.27 lakh registered, in 2016, as many as 14.54 lakh candidates had appeared in the PO exam, out of the 19.67 lakh candidates who had filled in the application form of IBPS PO in 2016. This means that as many as 5.13 lakh candidates skipped the IBPS PO exam in 2016, bringing the percentage of candidates not taking the exam to 26%. 

IBPS Clerk, PO and SO Stats – Registered Vs Appeared Percentage (2017-2016)

Exam Name

Registered candidates

Appeared candidates

Number of candidates skipping the exam 

Percentage of candidates skipping the exam 

IBPS Clerk 2017

13.41 lakh

9.31 lakh

4.1 lakh


IBPS PO 2017

11.27 lakh

8.39 lakh

2.88 lakh


IBPS SO 2017

2.61 lakh

2.01 lakh



IBPS Clerk 2016

20.81 lakh

14.2 lakh

6.61 lakh


IBPS PO 2016

19.67 lakh

14.54 lakh

5.13 lakh


IBPS SO 2016

2.92 lakh

1.99 lakh



IBPS SO fares better than Clerk and PO exams 

Contrary to the IBPS Clerk and IBPS PO exams, it’s IBPS SO exam wherein least number of registered candidates skipped the examination in 2017. In the year 2017, where almost 40% of the candidates did not take the IBPS Clerk test and 26% skipped the IBPS PO examination, the IBPS SO 2017 examination registered success in comparison to both the exam with a little over 23% candidates not taking the examination. The official data reflects that out of the 2.61 lakh registered candidates, only 2.01 lakh appeared for the SO exam in 2017. This means that a total of 60000 candidates skipped the examination. However, the number of candidates not taking the examination (IBPS SO) in 2016 was higher wherein 30% of the candidates decided not to take the test. As per the official figures, 93000 candidates did not appear in the SO exam in 2016 out of the 2.92 lakh registered. 

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