IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019

The IBPS PO exam is one of the most competitive examinations in India. Though the syllabus is not as hard as some other examinations, the number of applicants and the extremely limited time allowed for the exam play a major role in raising the overall difficulty level. In view of the above, it is imperative that aspirants familiarise themselves with the pattern of the exam. This would enable them to develop an effective preparation strategy. In this article, we will discuss the IBPS PO Exam pattern in brief.

IBPS PO Prelims Pattern

The IBPS PO Prelims pattern has remained constant since the inception of the exam. It consists of one paper with objective type questions. The paper is divided into three sections 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

The total time allotted for the paper is 1 hour. An extra 5 minutes are allowed for candidates to fill their details in the attendance sheet and the online portal. The paper is conducted online at designated IBPS PO centres across the country.

IBPS PO Mains Pattern

The IBPS PO Mains exam consists of two papers, both of which are conducted online by the institute. The papers are an Objective Test and a Descriptive test. The objective test is divided into four sections. Only those who clear the cut off marks in prelims are invited for the mains exam. The IBPS PO Mains pattern is 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

The total time allotted for the objective paper is 3 hours and the Descriptive test is for 30 minutes. Though the descriptive paper is a test of the English language, the questions are asked based on current affairs. Marks are awarded based on the correct usage of grammar as well as the relevance of the content. The following are the recent changes in the bank PO Paper pattern for mains:

  • Duration of the paper has increased from 2 hours and 20 minutes to 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  • The earlier duration was solely for the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test was introduced recently. With this, the time available for the Objective Test has gone up by 40 minutes.
  • The number of questions in the Objective Test has gone up by 60 questions. Also, there is no longer a separate section for Computer Knowledge as it has been combined with the Reasoning Section.

IBPS PO Interview Pattern

The IBPS interview is conducted for those who clear the bank PO mains exam. The interview carries 100 marks. The candidates have to secure at least 40 marks in the interview to be considered for the merit list, irrespective of their score in other stages of the exam. For candidates from the weaker sections of society, a concession of 5 marks is allowed. The interview usually lasts 15-20 minutes, though associated procedures such as document verification and background checks take up to 8 hours on the day of the interview.

Candidates successfully clearing these stages are selected as bankers and are invited to join one of the Public Sector Banks based on their preference and position in the merit list.

Negative Marking in IBPS PO Exam

Penalty for wrong answers has been a constant feature of the bank PO exam pattern since its inception in 2011. The level of negative marking in IBPS PO exam has remained constant and no new changes are expected in 2019. The scheme of the penalty for incorrect answers in IBPS PO is as follows:

  • Every incorrect answer attracts a penalty of one fourth(25%) of the marks allotted to that question.
  • Marking two answers simultaneously is not possible in the online format of the exam since 2013.
  • If an answer is left blank, it attracts no negative marking.

Banking aspirants should study previous years bank papers as well as the IBPS PO Syllabus to be successful in the exam. One of the common factors in the strategy of bank PO toppers has been their familiarity with the exam pattern, exhaustive preparation and coverage of the syllabus. We at BYJU’S have well-researched study material and mock tests for candidates which they can access anytime. Aspirants would find this material useful in their quest to land prestigious bank officer jobs.

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