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IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS PO Exam will be conducted in three phases: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Process. It is mandatory for a candidate to clear each level of examination to get selected to the post of Probationary Officer in multiple Public Sector Banks.

STAGE 1 : IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO preliminary examination is conducted online and candidates are allocated total duration of 1 hour to complete the preliminary exam. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in IBPS PO preliminary exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer attempted by a candidate. It is necessary to clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam.

Sr. No.SubjectsNo. of questionsMarksTime
1Quantitative Aptitude35351 hour total
2English Language30301 hour total
3Reasoning Ability35351 hour total
STAGE 2 : IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

IBPS PO Mains Exam has encountered quite a number of changes. Let’s have a look at all these changes in detail.

  • Introduction of Descriptive Paper : Just like SBI PO Exam, IBPS introduced Descriptive Paper in its Mains Examination where candidates will be judged on their written skills. An essay and a letter will be given to candidates to write that will constitute of 25 marks and that has to be completed in a time span of 30 minutes.
  • The overall time allotted for each section has also been changed.
  • No separate paper will be conducted for Computer Applications. Reasoning is teamed up with Computer Aptitudesection and this entire section will contain 45 questions of a total of 60 marks.
  • The overall time allotted for IBPS PO Mains Exam has also been changed from 140 minutes to 180 minutes.
Sr. No.Name of testNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksMedium of ExaminationTime Allotted
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude4560English & Hindi60 minutes
2English Language3540English only40 minutes
3Data Analysis and Interpretation3560English & Hindi45 minutes
4General, Economy/Banking Awareness4040English & Hindi35 minutes
Total155200180 minutes
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)225English30 minutes
STAGE 3 : IBPS PO Interview Process

Candidates who qualify the Mains Exam are finally called for the Interview Process by IBPS. The Interview Process will constitute of 100 marks and the minimum marks for qualifying this round will be 40% which is reduced to 35% for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD categories.

Penalty for Wrong Answers :

0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate in both IBPS PO Preliminary Exam and IBPS PO Mains Exam. There will be no deduction of marks for a question left blank/un-attempted by a candidate.

Final Selection :

The final selection of the candidate to the post of Probationary Officer will be made by taking into consideration the cumulative score of Mains Exam and the interview Process. The weightage of both these phases of examination will be in the ratio 80:20 respectively. A merit list will be generated after the Interview Process of IBPS PO Exam has been conducted. Candidates who make it to the list will be thus offered the joining letter by the Bank of their choice.

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