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 Tests||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|
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 test||No. of Questions||Max. Marks||Medium of Examination||Time Allotted|
|1||Reasoning and Computer Aptitude||45||60||English and Hindi||60 minutes|
|2||English Language||35||40||English only||40 minutes|
|3||Data Analysis and Interpretation||35||60||English and Hindi||45 minutes|
|4||General, Economy/Banking Awareness||40||40||English and Hindi||35 minutes|
|English Language (Letter and Essay writing)||2||25||English||30 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 Syllabus||Quantitative Ability Syllabus||Reasoning Syllabus|
|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 and Time||Coded Inequalities|
|Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting||Time and Distance||Seating Arrangement|
|Paragraph Completion||Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, and Sphere||Puzzle|
|Ratio and Proportion, Percentage||Syllogism|
|Number Systems||Blood Relations|
|Sequence and series||Input-Output|
|Permutation, Combination, and probability||Coding-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 language||General Awareness||Reasoning||Computer Aptitude||Data Interpretation & Analysis|
|Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Verbal Ability, Fill in the blanks||Financial Awareness, General knowledge current Affairs, Static Awareness, Basic Economy||Syllogism, 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 Sufficiency||Internet, Keyboard shortcuts, Microsoft office, Memory, Computer Hardware, Computer Abbreviation, Operating system, Computer Fundamentals, Computer Software, Networking Technologies||Average, 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|
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
The IBPS PO exam pattern comprises three stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview.
Yes, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 mark for every wrong answer.