A] Introduction to IBPS CWE PO/MT

What is IBPS PO?
The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts annual examination  for selection of personnel for the post of Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee in the Participating Organisations. The list of Participating Organisations in IBPS CWE (PO/MT) 2017 is as follows:

Allahabad Bank Canara Bank Syndicate Bank United Bank of India
Andhra Bank Oriental Bank of Commerce Indian Overseas Bank Bank of Maharashtra
Bank of Baroda Central Bank of India Corporation Bank IDBI Bank
Indian Bank Union Bank of India UCO Bank Vijaya Bank
Bank of India Dena Bank Punjab National Bank Punjab & Sind Bank

Brief Information about IBPS CWE PO/MT -VII
The Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruiting Probationary Officers/Management Trainees was started by IBPS in 2011 and it is currently in its 8th annual edition so it is suffixed by VII. IBPS has notified that this year the prelim for PO/MT  will tentatively be scheduled on 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October 2018 while the PO/MT Main Examination will be tentatively on 18th November 2018. 

B] IBPS PO/MT Important Dates (as per notification)

The important dates for IBPS PO/MT CWE VIII 2018 are notified as follows:

Activity 2019 Tentative Dates 
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates 14.08.2018 to 04.09.2018
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) 14.08.2018 to 04.09.2018
Download of call letters for Pre- Exam Training September 2018 Conduct of Pre-Exam Training 01.10.2018 to 07.10.2018
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary October 2018
Online Examination – Preliminary 13.10.2018, 14.10.2018, 20.10.2018 and 21.10.2018
Result of Online exam – Preliminary October/ November 2018
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main November 2018
Online Examination – Main 18.11.2018
Declaration of Result – Main December 2018
Download of call letters for interview January 2019
Conduct of interview January / February 2019
Provisional Allotment April 2019

Refer to Official IBPS Notice: Tentative Calendar of Online CWE for RRBs & PSBs 

C] IBPS PO Notification 2018

IBPS PO Notification 2018 Out – View Here

Application and Registration
IBPS CWE PO/MT 2018 Official Notification has been released. The registration process starts on 14th August 2018. Registration will be through online mode only and there will be a single registration for both Preliminary and Main examination


Eligibility (as per 2017 notification)

I. Nationality / Citizenship:

A candidate must be either –
(i) a Citizen of India or
(ii) a subject of Nepal or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan or
(iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

II. Age (As on 01.08.2018)

Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 30 years i.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1988 and not later than 01.08.1998 (both dates inclusive)

Relaxation of Upper age limit:

Sr. No. Category Relaxation 
1. Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe* 5 years
2. Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)* 3 years
3. Persons With Benchmark Disabilities as defined under “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”* 10 years
4. Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment.** 5 years
5. Persons ordinarily domiciled in the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 5 years
6. Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years

*Form of Certificate for SC/ST/OBC Claim will be updated here
**Please refer to exact details in the official notification which will be updated here

III. Educational Qualifications (As on 05.09.2017):

A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
(Candidate must possess valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.)

D] IBPS PO Exam Structure

The IBPS PO exam is conducted in 3 stages i.e. preliminary, mains and interview. Each stage must be qualified to proceed to the next. Here are some details about each stage:

1) IBPS PO Preliminary Examination:
Mode: Online
Type: Objective

Certain number of candidates are shortlisted based on cutoff which depends on requirements of participating organisations.

2) IBPS PO Mains Examination:
Mode: Online
Type: Objective + Descriptive

Note: Sectional cutoff as well as overall cutoff must be cleared to qualify for interview.

3) IBPS PO Interview:
Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Main examination for CWE PO/MT-VII will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS.

•Final Result:
Mains score and interview score will be added up to arrive at final score which will determine the result
•Provisional Allotment:
The provisional allotment of the qualified candidate is released on the official website. Candidates shortlisted will be provisionally allotted to one of the Participating Organisations, based on merit-cum-preference.

E] IBPS PO/MT Application

Application Link will be updated here

Documents Required for Bank PO Application with Guidelines

Document Dimensions (2017) File Size Specifications (2018) Other Information
Photograph of the Applicant (4.5cm × 3.5cm) 200 x 230 pixels (preferred) 20kb–50 kb Image file should be JPG or JPEG format
Signature of the Applicant 140 x 60 pixels (preferred) 10kb – 20kb CAPITAL LETTERS  NOT accepted
Thumb impression of the Applicant New – To be updated 10kb – 20kb
Scanned copy of handwritten declaration New – To be updated 10kb – 20kb Exact text will be updated

It would be useful to keep the above documents scanned and handy when applying online.

Scanning the photograph & signature:

  • Set the scanner resolution to a minimum of 200 dpi (dots per inch)
  • Set Color to True Color
  • File Size as specified above
  • Crop the image in the scanner to the edge of the photograph/signature, then use the upload editor to crop the image to the
    final size (as specified above).
  • Candidates using MS Windows/MSOffice can easily obtain photo and signature in .jpeg format not exceeding 50kb & 20kb respectively by using MS Paint or MSOffice Picture Manager.
  • Scanned photograph and signature in any format can be saved in .jpg format by using ‘Save As’ option in the File menu and size can be reduced below 50 kb (photograph) & 20 kb(signature) by using crop and then resize option (Please see point (i) & (ii) above for the pixel size) in the ‘Image’ menu. Similar options are available in other photo editor.

F]  IBPS PO Examination and Preparatory Information

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

Duration: 1 hour
Mode: Online
Sections: 3
Total marks: 100 marks.
Negative marking: Yes, 0.25 marks deducted for each wrong answer.
Cutoff: Sectional as well as Overall cutoff needs to be cleared.

Prelim section-wise details are given below:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 Hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

Duration: 180+30 minutes (Total 3 and 1/2 hrs)
Mode: Online
Type: Objective + Descriptive
Total Marks: 200+25 marks (Total marks 225)
Negative Marking: Yes, 0.25 marks deducted for each wrong answer in objective questions.

Detailed breakdown of Mains Examination is as follows:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 minutes

IBPS PO Interview

The candidates qualifying the mains exam are called for an in-person interview. The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).

Interview Duration: ~ 20 mins.
Conducted by: Panel consisting bank officials
Area of focus: Questions about candidate, banking sector, current affairs, general awareness, etc.

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained in mains examination and interview. The final score is calculated by IBPS with weightage of main examination and interview in the ratio of 80:20 respectively.

Final Score Calculation 

•  Preliminary Exam score is only qualifying in nature and will not be considered in the final score.
• Candidates must qualify Phase-2 and Interview separately to be eligible for final merit.
• The weightage (ratio) of CWE Main exam and interview for final merit list will be 80:20 respectively.
• The aggregate score out of 100 is used for the final merit list for each category.

IBPS Pre-Exam Training

Pre-Examination Training may be arranged by the Nodal Banks/ Participating Organisations to a limited number of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes/ Minority Communities at certain centres. All eligible candidates who opt for and wish to avail of Pre-Examination Training should fill in the relevant column in the ON-LINE APPLICATION.

Training will be free of cost. All other expenses regarding travelling, boarding, lodging etc. will have to be borne by the candidate for attending the pre-examination training programme at the designated Centres.

G] IBPS PO Syllabus 2018

The exam syllabus for IBPS PO is no different from any other bank exam. Here, the broad subjects which have been subdivided into individual topics, based on the questions that have appeared in the exams over the past few years.

IBPS PO/MT Prelims Exam Syllabus 2018

This comprises of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

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

IBPS PO/MT Mains Exam Syllabus 2018

This comprises of 5 sections: Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude, General Awareness, Computer Aptitude.

Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English Language
Simplification Financial Awareness Verbal Reasoning Internet Reading Comprehension
Average Current Affairs Syllogism Memory Vocabulary – Homonyms, Synonyms, Antonyms
Percentage General Awareness 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
Age Problems 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

The cutoff for IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2017-18 is shown below for reference:

Subjects English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability Total
Maximum Score 30 35 35 100
Cutoff Score 05.00 07.75 10.00 42.75

IBPS PO Prelims 2017-18 Category-wise Cut-Off

Category Cut off
Scheduled Caste (SC) 36.00
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 28.50
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 42.25
General (Gen) 42.75
Hearing Impaired 15.75
Orthopaedically Challenged 28.75
Visually Impaired 23.25
Intellectual Disability 17.75

IBPS PO Questions Asked in 2017 Prelim

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