Bank PO

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO selection process consists of 3 stages. The written examinations are conducted online, followed by an interview round. The structure of exams is as follows:

Phase-1: IBPS PO Preliminary Examination

This is an online examination where the candidates must solve the question paper in one 1 hour for 100 marks. The test consists of 3 sections and candidates must clear the cut-off for each section. The cut-off or minimum passing marks for each section is decided by the IBPS each year depending on the difficult of the test. The section-wise division of the marks is given below:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 Hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Phase-2: IBPS PO Mains Examination

The IBPS PO Main Exam has a total of 200 marks, consisting of an objective test of 200 marks. The Objective Test will be online. There is separate timing for each section.

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 50 50 40 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 30 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 40 minutes
4 General Awareness(with special reference to Banking Industry) 40 40 20 minutes
5 Computer Knowledge 20 20 10 minutes
Total 200 200 140 minutes

Penalty for Wrong Answers:

There is a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests of both Preliminary and Mains exams. A wrong answer to an objective question by the candidate will lead to a penalty of one fourth of the marks assigned to that question. For example, 0.25 marks will be deducted as penalty for wrong answer to a question that carries 1 mark. There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate.

Phase-3: Interview

The marks of candidates qualifying in Mains Exam Objective Test will be arranged in descending order in each category. Adequate number of candidates in each category, as decided by the IBPS will be called for Interview. The qualifying marks in Interview will be as decided by the IBPS.

The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The qualifying marks in interview is 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).

Final Score Calculation for IBPS PO Exam:

The final score for the IBPS PO exam is calculated keeping the following points in mind:

• Marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam (Phase-1) will not be considered for selection

• Candidates must qualify Phase-2 and Interview separately to be eligible for final merit.

• The weightage (ratio) of CWE (Main exam) and interview for final merit list will be 80:20 respectively.

• The aggregate score out of 100 is used for the final merit list for each category.Candidates with top merit rank in each category are finally selected.