IBPS Exam Pattern

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts multiple exams throughout the year to recruit employees for public sector banks in urban and rural areas. Each examination has its own exam pattern and syllabus. These examinations are designed based on the requirements given to the institute by participating banks and organisations. In this article, we will discuss in brief the IBPS exam pattern for officers and clerks recruited through IBPS SO, PO, Clerk and RRB Exams.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO Exam pattern is designed to test candidates in multiple stages. The following is the exam pattern for IBPS PO 2019:

  • IBPS PO Preliminary Examination Pattern: The IBPS PO Prelims consists of one objective type paper of 60 minutes duration, divided into three sections as follows:

Section

Number of Questions

Marks Allotted

Time Allotted

English Language

30

30

20 min

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 min

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 min

  • IBPS PO Main Examination Pattern: The IBPS PO Mains consists of an Objective Test and a Descriptive test of a total duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes as follows:

Paper

Section

Number of Questions

Marks Allotted

Time Allotted

Objective Test

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

45

60

60 min

English Language

35

40

40 min

Data Analysis & Interpretation

35

60

45 min

General Awareness, Economy & Banking Awareness

40

40

35 min

Descriptive Test

English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)

2

25

30 min

  • IBPS PO Interview Pattern: The IBPS PO Interview consists of a panel interview of 100 marks. The minimum score required to clear this interview is 40 marks.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

The IBPS Clerk Exam pattern consists of two stages, Prelims and mains. There is no interview for Clerk exam. The clerk exam is conducted in the following order:

  • IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination Pattern: The IBPS Clerk prelims pattern is of one objective type paper, divided into three sections. The total duration is of one hour and the exam is conducted as given below:

Section

Number of Questions

Marks Allotted

Time Allotted

English Language

30

30

20 min

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 min

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 min

  • IBPS Clerk Main Examination Pattern: The total duration for the IBPS PO mains is 2 hours and 40 minutes. The IBPS clerk preliminary exam pattern is as follows:

Section

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Allotted

General/Financial Awareness

50

50

35 min

General English

40

40

35 min

Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

50

60

45 min

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

45 min

Those who clear these stages of the exam are directly allotted banks based on their preference and position in the IBPS clerk merit list.

IBPS SO Exam Pattern

Like the PO exam, the IBPS SO exam pattern consists of a three stage exam. The prelims, mains and interview stages have significant differences in the pattern of questions and the subjects which are included in the IBPS SO syllabus. The format of the exam is discussed below:

  • IBPS SO Preliminary Examination Pattern: The IBPS SO Prelims exam consists of one objective type paper, divided into three sections. The third section is different for different specialisation. The format of the exam is given below:

Subject

Maximum Marks

Duration

English Language

25

40 minutes

Reasoning

50

40 minutes

General Awareness with Special Reference to the Banking Industry(For Law and Rajbhasha)

50

40 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude( For IBPS SO I.T officer, Agriculture, HR/Personnel and Marketing)

50

40 minutes

  • IBPS SO Main Examination Pattern: The IBPS SO Mains exam pattern consists of one objective type paper on professional knowledge. For the post of Rajbhasha Adhikari, the IBPS SO Mains format has an additional subjective test. The details of the exam are given below:

Subject

Maximum Marks

Duration

Professional Knowledge(Objective for Law, I.T, HR, Marketing, Agriculture)

60

45 minutes

Professional Knowledge(Objective for Rajbhasha)

60

30 minutes

Professional Knowledge(Descriptive for Rajbhasha)

30 minutes

  • IBPS SO Interview Pattern: Those who clear the written stages of the IBPS SO exam and score above the IBPS cut-off are called for an interview. The interview is allotted 100 marks, out of which candidates have to score at least 40 marks.

IBPS RRB Exam Pattern

The IBPS RRB Exam is conducted to recruit officers and assistants (clerks) for Regional Rural Banks. The exam is conducted differently for different posts. We will discuss the IBPS RRB exam pattern in the following paragraphs:

IBPS RRB Assistant Exam Pattern

The IBPS RRB Assistant Exam Pattern is as follows:

  • Preliminary Exam: This stage consists of one objective type paper with two sections. The Sections are listed below:

Section

Maximum Marks

Allotted Time

Reasoning

40

Total time of 45 minutes

Numerical Ability

40

  • Main Exam: The RRB Assistant main exam consists of one objective type paper divided into 5 sections. The structure of the paper is as follows:

Section

Maximum Marks

Allotted Time

Reasoning

40

Total time of 2 hours

Computer Knowledge

40

General Awareness

40

English Language or Hindi Language

40

Numerical Ability

40

IBPS RRB Officer Exam Pattern

The IBPS RRB exam pattern is different for different scales. These are described in the following paragraphs:

Officer Scale I Exam Pattern: This is a three-stage exam with prelims, mains and interview.

  • Preliminary Exam: The Scale I Officers prelims pattern is an objective type paper with two sections as follows:

Section

Maximum Marks

Allotted time

Reasoning

40

Total time of 45 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

40

Main Exam: The Scale I Officers Main Exam consists of an objective type paper with five sections. These are listed below:

Section

Maximum Marks

Allotted Time

Reasoning

40

Total time of 2 hours

Computer Knowledge

40

General Awareness

40

English or Hindi Language

40

Quantitative Aptitude

40

Candidates who clear the main exam will be called for the IBPS RRB interview in November 2019. The merit list for Scale I Officers are drawn up based on the total marks secured in the mains and interview.

Officers Scale II and III Exam Pattern: The Scale II and III officers have one single level written exam, which consists of five sections based on the portfolio.

  • General Banking Officer Scale-II: This exam consists of the following sections:

Section

Maximum Marks

Allotted Time

Reasoning

40

Total time of 2 hours

Computer Knowledge

40

Financial Awareness

40

English or Hindi Language

40

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

40

  • Specialist Cadre Officer Scale-II: This exam has the following five sections:

Section

Maximum Marks

Allotted Time

Professional Knowledge

40

Total time of 2 hours 30 minutes

Computer Knowledge

40

Financial Awareness

40

English or Hindi Language

40

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

40

  • Officer Scale-III: The following structure is followed for the IBPS RRB Scale III Officers single level examination:

Section

Maximum Marks

Allotted Time

Reasoning

40

Total time of 2 hours

Computer Knowledge

40

Financial Awareness

40

English or Hindi Language

40

Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation

40

IBPS RRB Interview: Officer candidates who clear the written exams and score above the IBPS RRB cut off are called to interview with a panel of RRB and NABARD officers. The interview is of 100 marks and candidates have to secure at least 40 marks to clear the interview.

A well structured preparation strategy and strong knowledge of the subjects that make up the IBPS syllabus are the keys to success in these examinations. The IBPS exams provide people many opportunities to embark on a bright career path and earn well while helping develop the financial industry in the country.

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