IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2021: Check Prelims and Mains Exam Pattern

IBPS PO Exam Pattern is going to help candidates to prepare well for the IBPS PO Examination. To ace the upcoming IBPS PO Exam, it is necessary to remain acquainted with the new IBPS PO Exam Pattern. This article explains the IBPS PO Exam Pattern elaborately. Read further to know details of the type of questions, number of questions, and other important details of the exam.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS PO is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection to select eligible candidates for the post of Probationary Officer. The notification for the same is going to be released shortly by IBPS in July or August 2021. With the release of Official Notification, the Recruitment Process of IBPS PO start.
The recruitment process to select the Specialist Officer through IBPS PO 2021 is done in three phases:

  • Online Preliminary Exam,
  • Online Mains Exam and
  • Interview.

A candidate must qualify for both the preliminary exam and mains exam to proceed to the interview round. The candidates selected after the interview round are given the appointment letter.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern: Important Points

Candidates can check important points of IBPS PO Exam Pattern of Prelims & Mains.

  • The Prelims Exam of Probationary Officer asks the question on English, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning. The elaborated Prelims exam pattern is given in the table.
  • The Mains Examination will have just one additional section, i.e. of Current Affairs and Basic Computer Proficiency.
  • Only three sections will be asked in the Preliminary Exam of IBPS PO 2021 Exam.
  • The score of the Preliminary Exam will not be taken into consideration for the final selection. The cumulative score of the Mains Exam and Interview process in the ratio of 80:20 will be taken into consideration for final allotment.

Let’s have a look at the detailed Exam Pattern for multiple posts offered through IBPS PO 2021 Exam:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

Candidates can check the elaborated IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern in the below table:

Section Name Total Questions Total Marks Duration
English Language 30 questions 30 marks 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 questions 35 marks 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 questions 35 marks 20 minutes
Total 100 Questions 100 Marks 60 minutes

Note:- Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. The adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

Candidates who qualify the IBPS PO Prelims by clearing the sectional, as well as overall cut off, are called for the IBPS Mains exam, which is both qualifyings as well as the scoring exam of the IBPS PO recruitment. Candidates can check the IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern in the table below:

Mains Exam Pattern Section Number of Questions Marks Allotted Time Allotted
Objective Test Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 min
English Language 35 40 40 min
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 min
General Awareness, Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 min
Descriptive Test English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 min

Note Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Online Preliminary and Online Main examinations). There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty to arrive at a corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.


IBPS PO Exam Pattern: Interview Process

After the IBPS PO Mains exam, qualified candidates are called for a Personal Interview. Personal Interview comprises a good value for the final selection of IBPS PO. It contains 20% weight-age in the merit list. Candidates need to do well in IBPS PO Interview.

There is no defined exam pattern for the inter-process, as the Interviewer can ask questions from your Personnel Life, Education Qualification, College Life, Academic Life, Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Decision Making, any Unwanted/Special Situation, etc.

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