IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019 | Exam structure for all 3 stages

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018 | Check complete Selection Process

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019 will help understand the structure of the CWE (Common Written Exam) & Interview process. IBPS PO Recruitment 2019 is looking to hire 4336 vacancies. The Prelims exam is to be conducted on 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th October 2019.

  • Preliminary Exam is expected to be conducted in 3 shifts throughout the 4 days. The Shift timings will be updated soon.
  • IBPS PO Exam Pattern describes the marks segregation in all 3 sections: English Language, Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability. 
  • Preparing candidates can go through the IBPS PO Preparation Tips for all stages of the IBPS Bank PO Exam.
  • The IBPS PO Prelims exam is qualifying in nature & sectional timing is applicable.
  • IBPS PO Paper Pattern for Mains has changed over the years. Along with a Descriptive test, the overall time limit has been revised.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern Highlights

Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
Selection Process Prelims, Mains & Interview
IBPS Exam Pattern for Prelims  Duration: 1 Hour

Number of Questions: 100

IBPS Exam Pattern for Mains Duration: 3 Hours & 30 minutes

Number of Questions: 157

Exam Mode Prelims: Online

Mains: Online + Offline

Exam Dates for Preliminary Exam 12th, 13th, 19th & 20th October 2019
Exam Dates for Mains Exam 30th November 2019
  1. IBPS PO Selection Process consists of 3 stages: Prelims, Mains & Interview. 
  2. Sectional timing is applicable in the Bank PO Prelims exam.
  3. The IBPS PO Prelims exam is qualifying in nature.
  4. IBPS PO Paper Pattern for Mains has changed over the years. Along with a Descriptive test, the overall time limit has been revised.

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern 2019

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

This is an Online exam conducted in a span of 1 hour. The following table explains the IBPS PO Paper Pattern for Prelims –

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
TOTAL 100 100 60
  • IBPS Prelims Exam Duration- The exam is conducted for 60 Minutes.
  • Total Questions: A total of 100 questions are asked in this phase.
  • IBPS Bank PO Negative Marking- For each incorrect answer there is a markdown of 0.25 marks.
  • Sectional Cut Off– Candidates must clear the sectional cut off in the preliminary exam to be eligible for Mains CWE.

*Please Note the Prelims exam is qualifying in nature & the marks scored in this section are not considered in the Final Selection.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains 2019

Candidates who clear the Sectional & the Overall Cut off in the Preliminary IBPS Exam are eligible to appear for the Mains exam. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has introduced Major changes in the paper pattern for IBPS Bank PO Mains Exam. Changes introduced in the IBPS Bank PO Exam Pattern for Mains has been mentioned below

1) New Descriptive Paper Added: Similar to the SBI PO examination, candidates will be required to give a descriptive paper to judge the writing skills of the students. In this section, students will be asked to write a Letter & an essay on any given topic.

This section will carry a total of 25 marks & the total time allotted is 30 minutes. 

2) No separate Computer Application paper will be conducted: The Computer Application has been merged with Reasoning and this section will have 45 Questions and a total of 60 marks.

3)Sectional Timing & Overall Time has changed: The IBPS Mains exam will be conducted for 180 minutes + 30 minutes for the descriptive test.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The Following tables will explain the IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains including marks segregation & the time allotted for each section-

Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
Descriptive Test  No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 Minutes 
  • Mains Exam Duration- 3 Hours & 30 minutes.
  • Negative Marking in IBPS PO Exam Pattern – For each incorrect answer there is a markdown of 0.25 marks.
  • Marks scored in the Mains examination will be considered in the final selection.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Interview 2019

Candidates who clear the Mains Exam are called for a face to face interview session with Banking officials. IBPS conducts the interview to test candidates on their presentation, knowledge about Banking, Current Affairs & more.

  1. The Interview session generally lasts for 15-20 minutes.
  2. The exam will be graded out of 100 marks.
  3. Qualifying marks for the IBPS Bank PO Interview is 40% ( General Candidate)
  4. Qualifying Marks for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates is 35%. 

IBPS PO Syllabus 2019

The Syllabus for both Prelims & Mains exam differs slightly. Aspirants who are hoping to apply for the IBPS Exam this year are advised to start their preparation & not miss out on any of the important topics mentioned below.

Download the Detailed IBPS PO Syllabus for the Prelims & Mains Exam.

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus

The Prelims examination tests candidates in Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English Language. Go through the important topics in the Prelims exam- 

Important Topics for Logical Reasoning

Puzzles Seating Arrangement Analogy Coding-Decoding Series

Important Topics for Quantitative Aptitude 

Practice is the key to success in this section. Go through the following topics thoroughly.

Percentage Profit & Loss Speed, Distance & Time Simplification, Age Problems Ratio & Proportion

Important Topics for English Section

Most important topics for English section are-

Vocabulary Reading Comprehension Para Jumbles

IBPS PO Mains Syllabus

The important topics in IBPS Mains Exam are given below-

Important Topics for Reasoning and Computer Knowledge

The important topics for this section have been mentioned in the following table

Syllogism Blood Relations Internet Computer Networking Hardware & Software

Important Topics for General Awareness Tier 1

Financial Knowledge  Current Affairs India +World with focus on financial news Financial Institutions

*Read the Newspaper regularly, keep tabs of the current affairs & Financial News in the country & across the globe.
Important Topics for Quantitative Aptitude 

Go through the important topics of the Quantitative Aptitude section

Simplification Data Interpretation Profit Loss & Discounts Speed, Distance & Time SI/CI

Important Topics for English Section

Most important topics for English section are-

Reading Comprehension Letter/Essay Writing Grammar Vocabulary/Grammar

IBPS PO Preparation Tips

Here are some important pointers that will assist in IBPS Preparation for the upcoming exam.

  • Attempt IBPS PO Reasoning Questions to practice for logical and reasoning ability section in the prelims exam.
  • Make sure to be updated about all banking terms, banking related events and updates in the country.
  • Read an English Newspaper to brush up on current events and build on your vocabulary.
  • IBPS PO English Questions with Answers will help in knowing what kind of topics are commonly asked in the exam & also help in practicing fill in the blanks, error detection/sentences, passage, and other important topics.
How many are selected for IBPS PO mains?
The Total number of candidates who qualify for IBPS PO Mains Exam is approximately 20 times of declared vacancies in particular year. Total IBPS PO 2019 Vacancy is 4336, around 86,720 candidates are expected to make it to the mains.
How many vacancies are there in IBPS PO 2019?
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has announced 4336 vacancies in Recruitment 2019.
How is IBPS PO cut off calculated?
The Overall cut off is calculated on the basis of the marks obtained in the mains + the marks obtained in the interview. The ratio to calculate the overall marks is 80:20 respectively. The overall cut off is released on the basis of this score.
What is the IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Prelims?
IBPS PO Prelims Exam tests candidates on 3 sections: English, Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning. The Test is conducted for 1 Hour & contains 60 questions for 1 mark each.
Does the IBPS PO Prelims Pattern have Negative Marking?
Yes, for each incorrect answer there is a markdown of 1/4th of the marks allotted to the question i.e 0.25 is subtracted for every incorrect answer.
What is the selection process of IBPS PO?
IBPS recruits for Probationary Officer in 3 stages: Prelims Online Test, Mains Online Test followed by Interview.
Does IBPS PO have Gd (Group Discussion Round?
No, there is no group discussion round in IBPS PO Exam. After the Prelims & Mains exam, selected candidates go through face to face Interview.
How many sections are there in IBPS PO Mains Pattern?
There are 4 sections in the IBPS PO Mains examination: 1) Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 2) English Language Online + Descriptive 3) Quantitative Aptitude 4) General Awareness which includes Economic and Banking Awareness
How many attempts can I make in IBPS PO Exam?
There is no limit to the number of attempts in the IBPS PO Exam. You can appear for the exam as many times as you want as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.
What is the Time limit for IBPS PO Exam?
IBPS PO Prelims exam is conducted in 1 Hour and the Mains examination is conducted in 3 Hours 30 minutes.
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