IBPS PO Exam Pattern (Prelims, Mains & Interview) & Syllabus

IBPS PO Exam Pattern & Syllabus: Every year The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the IBPS PO Bank Exam. After clear IBPS PO Exam candidates can get the job in the Public-Sector Banks in India. IBPS provides its services to all Public-Sector Banks (PNB, BOB, etc.), RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, LIC & Insurance companies, and other Banks which are regular members of the IBPS society. Candidates who want a job in the bank can apply for this exam and here in this article, the candidates can read about the IBPS PO Syllabus & Exam Pattern:

IBPS PO Exam Pattern:

The selection process of the IBPS PO will have 3 stages i.e,

  1. Prelims Exam
  2. Mains Exam
  3. Interview
Serial No. IBPS Probationary Officer
 Stage Marks Type of Questions
1 Prelims 100 Objective (MCQ)
2 Mains 200 + 25 Objective (MCQ)
English Descriptive Paper
3 Interview 100 Verbal

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern:

  • The IBPS PO preliminary exam will be conducted online.
  • There will be 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and a maximum score of 100 marks.
  • The duration of the Exam will be 60 Minutes i.e, 20 minutes per Subject.
  • There is negative marking in the Exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer.
  • It is necessary to clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam.
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Prelims Exam Pattern

S.No. Exam Name No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern :

Mains Exam Pattern

Sr. No. Name of test No. of Questions Max. Marks Medium of Examination Time Allotted
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 English only 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
4 General, Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 35 minutes
Total 155 200 180 minutes
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 English 30 minutes

Interview Process:

The final stage of the IBPS PO will be the interview process. Candidates who qualify the Mains Exam are invited for the Interview Process by IBPS. The Interview Process will be 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.

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IBPS PO Syllabus :

To Clear, the Exam candidates must know about the syllabus. The syllabus is a bit different for IBPS PO Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam. Here is the below article a piece of information about the syllabus is given for both the stages:

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus:

The Preliminary Exam of IBPS PO comprises three major sections: Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language.

Prelims Syllabus :

English Language Quantitative Ability Reasoning
Reading Comprehension Simplification Logical Reasoning
Cloze Test Profit & Loss Alphanumeric Series
Para jumbles Mixtures & Allegations Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
Miscellaneous Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Data Sufficiency
Fill in the blanks Work & Time Coded Inequalities
Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Time & Distance Seating Arrangement
Paragraph Completion Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Puzzle
Data Interpretation Tabulation
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Syllogism
Number Systems Blood Relations
Sequence & Series Input-Output
Permutation, Combination &Probability Coding-Decoding

IBPS PO Mains Syllabus:

The Mains Examination of IBPS PO exam consists of 5 sections i.e, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude & General Awareness, and IBPS has also introduced a descriptive paper in its mains exam.

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Mains Exam Syllabus :

Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English Language
Simplification Financial Awareness Verbal Reasoning Internet Reading Comprehension
Average Current Affairs Syllogism Memory Vocabulary
Percentage General Knowledge Circular Seating Arrangement Keyboard Shortcuts Grammar
Ratio and Percentage Linear Seating Arrangement Computer Abbreviation Verbal Ability
Data Interpretation Double Lineup Microsoft Office
Mensuration and Geometry Scheduling Computer Hardware
Quadratic Equation Input-Output Computer Software
Interest Blood Relations Operating System
Problems of Ages Directions and Distances Networking
Profit and Loss Ordering and Ranking Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Number Series Data Sufficiency
Speed, Distance and Time Coding and Decoding
Time and Work Code Inequalities
Number System
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation
Permutation and Combination
And Probability
Mixture and Allegations

Final Selection:

  • The final selection of the candidate to the post of Probationary Officer will be based on the score of Mains Exam and the Interview Process.
  • The weightage of both these stages of the exam 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.

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