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IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018

Exam Structure Summary

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 post the Mains examination for CWE PO/MT-VII are called for an Interview that is conducted by the Participating Organisations with the help of IBPS and coordinated by the Nodal Bank of every State.

•Final Result:
Mains marks and interview marks will be added up to arrive at final score.
•Provisional Allotment:
The provisional allotment of the qualified candidate will be released on the official website. Shortlisted candidates are then provisionally allotted to one of the Participating Organisations, based on merit-cum-preference.

Detailed Exam Pattern

I] 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

II] 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

III] 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 

• The score obtained in Preliminary Exam 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 the final list
• 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.