IBPS PO Exam Pattern: Understanding the Approach

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IBPS PO Exam Feature

This article consists everything about the current IBPS PO exam pattern and IBPS PO/ MT (Management Trainee) exam syllabus that any aspirant would have ever wanted to know. It describes each and every phase of the exam and also mentions the IBPS PO 2018 Exam dates.

IBPS PO Exam 2018

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the IBPS PO Bank Exam which is your gateway to the much sought after bank jobs. IBPS provides its services to all Public-Sector Banks, SBI, Associate Banks of SBI, RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, LIC & Insurance companies and other Banks which are regular members of the IBPS society.

IBPS PO Exam Dates 2018

The IBPS PO exam activity begins in the month of August and culminates in April month of the next year. The important dates for IBPS PO/MT (Management Trainee) CWE VIII 2018 are as follows:

Activity Date
On-line registration To be updated soon
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Date 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October 2018
IBPS PO Mains Exam Date 18th November 2018
Declaration of IBPS PO Mains Exam Result To be declared soon
Declaration and download of IBPS PO Interview Call Letter
Date of IBPS PO Interview

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IBPS PO Exam Notification 2018

IBPS PO 2018 Official Notification will be released by IBPS shortly. With the release of official notification, IBPS PO Recruitment 2018 will start. The Online Registration for IBPS PO 2018 will start after the official notification has been released by IBPS.

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IBPS PO Recruitment Procedure 2018

Probationary Officers (PO) and Management Trainees (MT) are recruited every year through a Common Written Examination (CWE), commonly known as the IBPS PO exam. The CWE was started in 2011 and is being conducted for the eighth time this year and hence is officially called IBPS PO /MT CWE VIII 2018.

Phase I

Online Preliminary Examination: This is the first phase of IBPS PO Exam. The adequate number of candidates are shortlisted by IBPS from this phase depending upon requirements for Online Main Examination

Phase II

Online Mains Examination: Candidates must qualify the sectional as well as the overall cutoff in the main exam to be eligible for interview.

Phase III

Interview: The interview will be conducted by the Participating Organizations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS

NOTE: The Final result is declared on the basis of candidates combined performance in IBPS PO Mains and Interview Rounds.

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern

As in the previous years, the IBPS exam (CWE 8) for hiring candidates will be based on an online written exam in two parts: Tier 1 or IBPS Preliminary Exam and Tier 2 or IBPS Mains Exam. This examination is followed by a face-to-face interview process.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO preliminary examination has a total duration of 1 hour and is conducted in online mode. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in IBPS PO pre-exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer. Candidates must clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam. The 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

The IBPO PO Main exam is also conducted online, it has 5(4+1) sections with a total score of 200+25 marks and total duration of 180+30 minutes. Just like IBPS PO 2017, IBPS will be conducting a descriptive paper in its mains exam for selection of candidates to the post of Probationary officer. The sections must be attempted in the same order and the allotted time as mandated at the time of the exam.

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


IBPS PO Interview

The candidates who have qualified the mains exam are called for a face to face interview which carries a maximum of 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview are 40% for general candidates (35% for other caste candidates).

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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 marks given to the main examination and interview in the ratio of 80:20 respectively.

IBPS PO Exam Syllabus

IBPS exam syllabus is no different from any other bank exam. While IBPS issues only the broad subjects, they can be further subdivided into individual topics, based on the questions that have appeared in the exams over the past few years. The IBPS syllabus is divided into two parts:

IBPS PO 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 &Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest and 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 Mains Exam Syllabus

The Mains Examination of IBPS PO exam consists of 4 + 1 sections: Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude & General Awareness.

Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English Language
Simplification Financial Awareness Verbal Reasoning Internet Reading Comprehension
Average Current Affairs Syllogism Memory Vocabulary
Percentage General Knowledge 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
Problems of Ages 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
And Probability
Mixture and Allegations


IBPS PO Exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. Being one of the premier examinations of Indian Banking sector (after SBI PO Exam), the candidates appearing in IBPS PO Exam may face a huge competition. And since nowadays the even engineering candidates have started appearing in IBPS PO exam, the number of applicants growing like it never did. Since the competition is heavy, candidates should be focused on increasing the level of awareness and accuracy in the exam.