IBPS PO 2016 Mains: For New Pattern, Expected cut offs, check here

The IBPS PO Mains exam will be held on November 20, 2016. For 2016, IBPS has changed the pattern of the Mains exam. All sections namely- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge will have separately allotted time for each section

This new pattern is as follows:


 No. of questions: 50           Max. Marks: 50                Time allotted: 40 minutes


No. of questions: 40           Max. Marks: 40                   Time allotted: 30 minutes

Quantitative Ability

No. of questions: 50            Max. Marks: 50                   Time allotted: 40 minutes

General Awareness 

No. of questions: 40             Max. Marks: 40                   Time allotted: 20 minutes

Computer Knowledge

No. of questions: 20              Max. Marks: 20                   Time allotted: 10 minutes


Questions : 200                        Marks: 200                               Time: 140 minutes

Cut off Marks for 2015

In 2015, total cut off marks for general category students in IBPS PO Mains 2015 was 76.  The sectional cut off marks were as follows:

How were cut off marks calculated for Mains 2015 exam:

  • After applying penalty for wrong answers, the corrected scores of individual candidates in each objective test is arrived at.
  • The marks obtained by a candidate at the end of above step are equated* keeping in mind difficulty levels of different sessions. * This is called a ‘Normalisation’ process which balances all differences in scores that may have crept in due to level of difficulty for various sessions of the exam. It means you need not worry about the final outcome.
  • Final scores are rounded off to two digits after the decimal.

The IBPS Probationary Officer (PO)Prelims Exam was conducted across the country on October 16, 22 and 23, 2016. The results of the Prelims are usually declared about 15 days after the last session of Prelims. In 2016, the results are expected around November 5 or 6. Aspirants have about 25 days to prepare for Mains exam, counting from today.

Watch this space for Tips on how to tackle this changed pattern.