IBPS PO Exam Pattern: Understanding the Approach
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:
|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.
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
Online Mains Examination: Candidates must qualify the sectional as well as the overall cutoff in the main exam to be eligible for interview.
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|
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Permutation and Combination|
|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.