IBPS PO Exam Pattern

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts a common written examination (CWE) on behalf of multiple nationalized banks. The form submission and the examination will be in the online mode only. There is no offline process for form submission. The exam is conducted in 3 phases and in this article we aim to discuss them in detail:
  • Online Objective Type Preliminary Examination- 100 Marks
  • Online Objective Type Main Examination- 100 Marks
  • Personal Interview- 100 Marks
The detailed exam pattern of the three phases will help you plan your preparation for the exam in the right way.
Phase 1: Preliminary Exam
Conducted online, the phase 1 of the IBPS PO entrance exam contains a total of 100 objective type questions across 3 sections. Each question carries 1 mark and 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. Candidates have to clear the sectional as well as the overall cutoff to qualify for the mains examination.
Section No. of Questions Duration
English Language 30 1 Hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35
Reasoning Ability 35
Phase 2: Mains Exam
Only the candidates qualifying the preliminary examination can appear for the phase 2, which is also conducted online. The exam consists of 200 questions over 5 sections. A total of 140 minutes i.e. 2 hour 20 minutes are given for this exam. Each question carries 1 mark and 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. Candidates have to clear the sectional as well as the overall cutoff to qualify for the interview.
Section No. of Questions Duration
English Language 40 30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 40 minutes
Reasoning Ability 50 40 minutes
General Awareness 40 20 minutes
Computer Knowledge 20 10 minutes
Phase 3: Interview
Candidates who clear the cutoffs for the mains exam and fulfill all the qualification requirements are shortlisted for the interview round. This round carries 100 marks. The final merit list is prepared considering the cumulative marks obtained in mains examination (80%) and interview (20%). The job offer is made on the basis of this final list.
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