IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The examination dates for the Probationary Officer examination 2021 have been announced in advance by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection in the IBPS calendar. The notification to this effect will be issued sometime in the first week of August 2021 on the official website of the Institute. According to the calendar, the Preliminary examination will be held on 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th October 2021. The Mains will be held on 27th November 2021. There will be 3 stages of the IBPS examination- Preliminary examination, Main Examination, and Interview. The candidates will be selected based on how they perform in all 3 stages of the recruitment process. The candidates will have to score a sectional cut-off and also an overall cut-off to qualify. The interview holds 100 marks, and the IBPS will select the candidate after they clear the interview round. Continue reading this article to clearly know the complete IBPS PO Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and other important information.


IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2021

IBPS PO Preliminary Examination Pattern  

The IBPS preliminary examination for the post of Probationary Officer will be conducted online. The duration of the examination will be an hour. The examination will be of 3 sections, with 100 questions and a maximum score of 100 marks.  This examination will have negative marking, and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.  The Preliminary examination pattern is given below:

Sl. No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total10010060 minutes

IBPS PO Mains Examination Pattern

IBPS has introduced Descriptive type answer writing in its Mains Examination. The candidate will be asked to write an essay and a letter to judge their writing skills. This will be of 25 marks and should be completed within half an hour. A separate examination will not be conducted for the Computer Application. Following is the examination pattern for Main Examination. 

Sl. No.Name of testNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksMedium of ExaminationTime Allotted
1Reasoning and Computer Aptitude4560English and Hindi60 minutes
2English Language3540English only40 minutes
3Data Analysis and Interpretation3560English and Hindi45 minutes
4General, Economy/Banking Awareness4040English and Hindi35 minutes
Total155200180 minutes
English Language (Letter and Essay writing)225English30 minutes

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IBPS PO Interview Process 

The candidates who clear the main examination will appear for the interview.  The interview process will be of 100 marks. The minimum mark to qualify will be 40%. For candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC, PwD it will be further reduced to 25%. IBPS will make the final selection based on the cumulative score of the Mains examination and the interview. A merit list will be released after the interview process is over. The Bank will offer the successful candidates the joining letter. 


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IBPS PO Syllabus

IBPS PO Preliminary Syllabus

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam is the primary selection ground for the Mains exams. Candidates clearing the preliminary examination are eligible to appear for the main examination. The syllabus of the Preliminary examination is given below:

English Language SyllabusQuantitative Ability SyllabusReasoning Syllabus
Reading ComprehensionSimplificationLogical Reasoning
Cloze TestProfit & LossAlphanumeric Series
Para jumblesMixtures & AllegationsRanking/Direction/Alphabet Test
MiscellaneousSimple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & IndicesData Sufficiency
Fill in the blanksWork and TimeCoded Inequalities
Multiple Meaning/Error SpottingTime and DistanceSeating Arrangement
Paragraph CompletionMensuration – Cylinder, Cone, and SpherePuzzle
Data InterpretationTabulation
Ratio and Proportion, PercentageSyllogism
Number SystemsBlood Relations
Sequence and seriesInput-Output
Permutation, Combination, and probabilityCoding-Decoding

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IBPS PO Main examination Syllabus

The Mains examination is an important part of the IBPS recruitment process. It consists of 4 sections and is a descriptive type of examination. Following is the syllabus for the Main examination:

English languageGeneral AwarenessReasoning Computer AptitudeData Interpretation & Analysis
Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Verbal Ability, Fill in the blanksFinancial Awareness, General knowledge current Affairs, Static Awareness, Basic EconomySyllogism, Verbal Reasoning, Input Output, Double lineup near Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Scheduling, Circular Seating Arrangement, Ordering and Ranking, Coding and Decoding, Direction and Distance, Data SufficiencyInternet, Keyboard shortcuts, Microsoft office, Memory, Computer Hardware, Computer Abbreviation, Operating system, Computer Fundamentals, Computer Software, Networking TechnologiesAverage, Percentage, Data Interpretation, Mensuration, Geometry, Simplification, Quadratic equation, Age, Number Series, Profit & Loss, Interest, Speed, distance and time, Linear equation, Permutation and Combination, Mixture and Allegation, Probability


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If you have been preparing for a career in the banking sector, here is an excellent opportunity to realize your dream. The IBPS has announced the dates for the examinations in advance. The date for filing of applications will be announced at the beginning of August. File your application, prepare well and appear for the examination. With hard work, patience, and positivity, your name might appear on the Merit list. 

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the IPS PO Exam Pattern?

The IBPS PO exam pattern comprises three stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview.

Will there be negative marking in the examination?

Yes, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 mark for every wrong answer. 

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