Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is about to conduct the Mains examination on 30th November 2019. IBPS PO Recruitment 2019 is looking to fill 4336 vacancies. The IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis will provide a comprehensive review of both the online & descriptive exam, difficulty level & expected cut off for the mains test.

  • The IBPS PO Mains Admit Card can be downloaded on or before the exam date of 30th November.
  • The online objective test will be conducted for 3 hours while the offline Descriptive test will be conducted for 30 minutes. 
  • As per the previous year IBPS PO Paper Analysis for Mains test, the exam is expected to be Moderate to Tough in terms of difficulty.
  • IBPS PO Cut Off for mains exam is expected to be 77 for general category students only.

IBPS PO Exam Analysis

IBPS PO Exam Analysis

IBPS PO Mains Exam Analysis

The review for Mains test will be updated once the first shift is over. Keep tabs of this post to know more about the mains exam. 

  • Marks scored in the Mains test will be considered for final selection.
  • Candidates will have to clear the Sectional Cut Off as well as the overall cut off to enter the next stage of the exam. 
  • IBPS PO Mains Analysis will give an insight about the cut off marks. 
  • Go through the IBPS PO Preparation Tips for mains test to form the right strategy for the test. 

What is Next After IBPS PO Mains Exam?

  1. The Result for mains test will be declared in December 2019. 
  2. Selected candidates that clear the Mains exam will be called for a face to face interview in the month of February 2020.
  3. Final Appointment of candidates will be based on the marks achieved in the Mains Exam + Interview.
  4. The Provisional allotment for selected candidates will be done in April 2020. 

IBPS PO Shift Timings for Mains Exam

The Mains exam for Probationary officer recruitment will be conducted in 2 shifts on 30th November 2019. 

More information about the shift timings will be updated when the week before the mains test. 

IBPS PO Exam Analysis

IBPS PO Exam Analysis

Exam Pattern for IBPS PO Mains

The IBPS PO Mains Analysis will give an idea about the Good Attempts in each section of the exam. Mains exam will be conducted Onlne and Offline.

The exam pattern for the mains online test has been displayed in the table below:-

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

The exam pattern for the offline test will be based on the following pattern

Descriptive Test  No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 Minutes 

IBPS PO Exam Analysis for Prelims - 12th & 19th October 2019

IBPS PO Recruitment 2019 has officially commenced. The Prelims CWE (Common Written Exam) has been successfully conducted on 19th October & 12th October 2019. The IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2019 has provided the difficulty level, questions asked of the IBPS Prelims Exam.

As per the IBPS PO Prelims Analysis on 19th October, the reasoning & Quantitative aptitude section were a bit challenging in the 2nd & 3rd Shift of the exam. 

IBPS PO Shift 1 Exam Analysis IBPS PO Shift 2 Exam Analysis  IBPS PO Shift 3 Exam Analysis IBPS PO Shift 4 Exam Analysis
  • The IBPS PO Prelims Shift 4 Exam (Final Shift) has been successfully conducted on 19th October 2019.
  • Check the Questions asked, difficulty level and the complete IBPS PO Prelims Exam Review 2019.
  • The Probationary Officer Prelims was conducted in 4 shifts and on 2 days.
  • Expected IBPS PO Cut Off 2019 for the Prelims Exam is 64-68 for General Candidates.
  • As per the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Review, the exam was a bit more challenging on 19th October as compared to the 12th October Prelims Exam
  • The IBPS PO Marks Normalization will re-calculate candidates score to make the Result marks fair for all candidates

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Review for Shift 4 - 19th October 2019

The 4th and final shift of the exam was of Moderate level difficulty. The following table displays the Good Attempts in the IBPS PO Shift 4 prelims test.

Subject Good Attempts in IBPS PO Prelims Shift 4
English Language 28-29
Reasoning Ability 24-26
Quantitative Aptitude 17-19
Total 69-74

The IBPS PO Shift 4 Prelims Analysis 2019 will help in knowing the questions asked in the examination and the section-wise review of the paper.

IBPS PO Exam Analysis for Shift 3 - 19th October 2019

The Good Attempts in the Third Shift of IBPS PO Prelims exam has been mentioned in the table below

Subject Good Attempts in IBPS PO Prelims Shift 3
English Language 28-29
Reasoning Ability 22-24
Quantitative Aptitude 15-16
Total 65-69

Go through the Complete IBPS PO Shift 3 Prelims Analysis to know about the questions asked in the shift 3 exam.

IBPS PO Exam Analysis for Shift 2 - 19th October 2019

The Shift 2 Exam was a bit challenging when compared to First Shift of the exam on 19th October 2019. Following are the good attempts in the Shift 2 exam

Subject Good Attempts in IBPS PO Prelims Shift 2 
English Language 25-28
Reasoning Ability 20-21
Quantitative Aptitude 15-18
Total 60-67

The Complete IBPS PO Shift 2 Analysis will provide the topics and questions asked in the Prelims examination. Candidates appearing in the upcoming shifts must go through the analysis for tips.

IBPS PO Exam Review for Shift 1 - 19th October 2019 

Our experts visited the exam center today and got the review of candidates who appeared for the Shift 2 exam. Candidates felt that the Shift 1 Paper was of Easy to Moderate level difficulty. The following table displays the Good Attempts in the Shift 1 

Subject Good Attempts in IBPS PO Prelims Shift 1 
English Language 25-28
Reasoning Ability 27-30
Quantitative Aptitude 18-19
Total 70-77

The IBPS PO Shift 1 Review on 19th October will help candidates with questions asked in the examination.

IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2019 for Prelims

  • The IBPS PO Exam Analysis 2019 for Prelims exam has concluded that the exam is easier than the last year.
  • IBPS Prelims exam tests candidates on the English Language, Numerical/Quantitative Ability & Reasoning Ability.
  • IBPS PO 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 Prelims exam to be eligible for Mains CWE (Common Written Examination).
  • Aspirants appearing for the exam in upcoming shifts should make use of the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis to know the expected questions in the paper.
  • The English Section on 19th October 2019 was "Easy to Moderate".
  • Reasoning Section was the most scoring section in the Shift 1 Paper. With the right preparation, Reasoning ability section can be very scoring.
  • Quantitative Aptitude was the most challenging section of the exam.

IBPS PO Prelims Analysis Review for Shift 3 - 12th October 2019 

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has conducted the Shift 3 exam on 12th October 2019. 

  • As per the IBPS PO Pre Exam Review, the shift 3 paper was more difficult than the Shift 1 & 2 Exam. 
  • Quantitative aptitude continues to be a bit challenging in the prelims examination. 

IBPS PO Prelims Good Attempts for Shift 3 Exam has been mentioned in the table below-

Subject IBPS PO Good Attempt 
English Language 26-28
Reasoning Ability 21-23
Quantitative Aptitude 17-20
Total 64-71

The IBPS PO Shift 3 Exam Analysis will provide a detailed review of the prelims examination along with the Questions asked and the difficulty level of the paper.

IBPS PO Good Attempts for 2nd Shift on 12th October 2019

Following table displays the IBPS PO Prelims Good Attempts 

Subject IBPS PO Good Attempt 
English Language 25-27
Reasoning Ability 28-32
Quantitative Aptitude 18-20
Total 71-79

The IBPS PO Shift 2 Exam Analysis will provide all questions asked in the Prelims Exam Today.

IBPS PO Good Attempt for 1st Shift on 12th October 2019

As per the IBPS PO Pre-Exam Review, the following are the Good Attempts in the examination. 

Subject Good Attempt
English Language 23-25
Reasoning Ability 27-31
Quantitative Aptitude 19-22
Total 69-78

The complete IBPS PO Prelims Shift 1 Analysis will help with the Questions asked and the important topics to prepare for the exam in upcoming shifts and days. 

IBPS PO Shift Timings 

The Institute of Banking & Personnel Selection will conduct the prelims exam in 4 shifts. We will cover the complete IBPS PO Pre Exam Review for all shifts in the examination. The following table shows the shift timings for the exam

Exam Schedule 2019

Shift 1 Shift 2 Shift 3 Shift 4
Exam Time  9:00 A.M to 10:00 A.M 11:30 A.M to 12:30 P.M 02:00 P.M to 03:00 P.M 4:30 P.M to 05:30 P.M

Know the complete IBPS PO Shift Timings & reporting time at the exam center. 

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis: Important Topics 

By reviewing the IBPS PO Prelims Analysis of the past few years, we have come up with some important topics for the examination. Candidates should practice these scoring topics before the Prelims Exam as these topics are frequently asked in the IBPS CWE (Common Written Examination). 

Important Topics for 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

Data Interpretation

Simplification, Age Problems

Ratio & Proportion

Important Topics for English Section

Most important topics for English section are-

Vocabulary

Reading Comprehension

Para Jumbles

IBPS PO Exam Day Instructions

Candidates must follow these 7 IBPS PO Exam Day Guidelines while appearing for the CWE (Common Written Examination).

  1. Take all requested documents including the IBPS PO Hall Ticket, Photo identification proof (Original+ photocopy).
  2. Candidates should check their allotted system thoroughly before appearing for the exam.
  3. Any Bluetooth devices/chargers/microphone/pager/earphones are strictly prohibited.
  4. No stationary items are allowed inside the Exam Center.
  5. A rough paper is provided to all candidates inside the exam hall.
  6. The candidates will be asked to log in to their allotted system with their Registration Id & Password provided by the IBPS.
  7. Once the time limit is completed, answers will get submitted automatically & no change could be made to any answers.

Expected IBPS PO Cut Off 2019

 Category IBPS PO Expected Prelims Cut Off 2019 
 General  62
 OBC  57
 SC  53
 ST  45
 Hearing Impaired (HI)  21
 Orthopaedically Challenged (OC)  45
 Visually Impaired (VI)  42
 Intellectual Disability (ID)  20

*The candidates will also have to clear the sectional cut off along with the Overall Prelims Cut off. This Expected Cut Off Marks have been deduced by taking a look at the Previous Year IBPS PO Prelims Analysis and the number of vacancies announced this time.

*The IBPS PO Result for the prelims exam is expected to be released on November 2019.

IBPS PO Exam Analysis

IBPS PO Exam Analysis

IBPS PO Exam Analysis for Prelims 2018

The previous year IBPS PO Analysis can help in understanding which sections are asked most & what was the exam's level of difficulty last year. 

The Overall Good attempts and IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018 has been mentioned in the following table 

Sections Good Attempts Difficulty Level
Reasoning Aptitude 19-23 Easy to Moderate
English Language 17-21 Easy to Moderate
Quantitative Aptitude 16-18 Moderate
Total Marks: 100 52-62 Moderate

IBPS PO Exam Analysis for Reasoning 

Reasoning section during 2018 Prelims exam was of Moderate level difficulty.

Most Questions were asked from Puzzles and Seating Arrangement, Coding-Decoding & Direction Sense.

Topics No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 15 Moderate
Coding-Decoding 5 Easy-Moderate
Direction sense 3 Moderate
Inequality 5 Easy-Moderate
Alphabet 1 Easy-Moderate
Comparison Based Questions 2 Moderate
Miscellaneous 4 Moderate
Total 35 Moderate

Quantitative/Numerical Ability Analysis 

As per the IBPS PO Prelims Analysis, this section was of Medium level difficulty for many students however some students felt it difficult & time-consuming. 

Following table displays, the number of questions asked in each section

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Data Interpretation (Line Graph, Bar Graph) 11 Moderate
Quadratic Equation 6 Easy-Moderate
Wrong Number Series 6 Moderate
Miscellaneous (Profit and Loss, SI & CI etc) 12 Moderate
Total 35 Moderate

IBPS PO English Language Analysis 

This section was of Easy to Medium Level difficulty. Reading Comprehension & Error detection was the most asked topics in the exam. 

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension  7 Easy to Moderate
Error Detection  7 Moderate
Filler 5 Easy to Moderate
Cloze Test 6 Easy to Moderate
Sentence Improvement 5 Easy to Moderate
Total 30 Moderate

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

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
  • Prelims Exam Duration- The exam to be conducted for 60 Minutes.
  • Total Questions: A total of 100 questions are asked in this phase.
  • IBPS PO Negative Marking in Prelims Exam- For each incorrect answer there is a markdown of 0.25 marks.
  • Sectional Cut Off– Candidates must clear the cut off for each section in order to clear the prelims exam and be eligible for Mains CWE (Common Written Examination).

The IBPS PO Exam Analysis for Prelims will provide Good Attempts based on the above-mentioned Paper pattern.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

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 

  • IBPS PO Mains Duration- 3 Hours & 30 minutes.
  • Negative Marking in the Mains Exam– For each incorrect answer there is a markdown of 0.25 marks.

FAQ's

What is the difficulty level of IBPS PO exam?

The IBPS Bank PO Exam is of Moderate level difficulty with high competition.

How much time does it take for the IBPS PO Exam?

IBPS PO Prelims exam is conducted for 1 Hour and the Mains Exam is conducted for 3 Hours & 30 minutes.

What is the Salary for IBPS PO?

The basic salary for IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) is Rs 23,700, this is not including the allowances and other perks that a PO enjoys in working for public sector banks.

Is IBPS PO Exam tougher than SBI PO?

The Difficulty level of SBI PO Exam is a bit more than that of IBPS PO as more number of students appear for the SBI PO paper hence the competition is higher.

What is the expected IBPS PO Prelims Cut Off 2019?

The Expected cut off for the ibps po prelims exam is 62 for General Category. The Cut Off marks are calculated on the basis of number of vacancies, number of students appearing for the exam and the difficulty level of the paper.

How do I prepare for IBPS PO Exam?

You can go through this post to know the important topics in the examination. Follow these 4 preparation points - 

1) Practice with as many Mock Tests as possible.

2) Make use of the previous Year Question Papers to understand the difficulty level of the paper.

3) Go through the Important topics for the IBPS PO Exam mentioned in this post.

4) Remember all banking/finance related information in the country and learn all the finance related revisions made in the country in recent times.

Does the IBPS PO Mains Exam have a descriptive paper?

Yes, along with the Online Objective Test, the IBPS PO Mains examination also tests candidates in their Letter/Essay Writing skills through the Offline Descriptive test which is conducted for a duration of 30 minutes. 

Does IBPS PO Exam have an Interview round?

Yes, the final stage in the IBPS PO Examination is Interview where candidates are tested on their general presentation and banking knowledge. 

Is there Sectional Cut Off in the IBPS PO Prelims Exam?

Yes, there is sectional cut off in the IBPS PO Preliminary Examination. Candidates will have to clear the sectional as well as the overall cut off in the IBPS PO Prelims examination. 

When is the IBPS PO Exam 2019 being conducted?

The Prelims IBPS PO Exam will be conducted on 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th October 2019, the mains exam will be conducted on 30th November 2019.

What will the IBPS PO Exam Analysis cover?

The IBPS PO Analysis for Prelims & Mains Exam will cover the difficulty level of the paper, good attempts in all shifts and the expected questions/topics in the upcoming shifts and days of the exam. 

When will the Result for IBPS PO Prelims Exam be declared?

The IBPS PO Result 2019 for Prelims is expected to be declared in November 2019.

What is the expected Sectional Cut Off for IBPS PO Prelims exam?

As per the IBPS PO Exam Analysis, the sectional cut off for prelims will be as follows - 

1) English - 10 Marks

2) Logical Reasoning - 11.50 

3) Quantitative Aptitude/Math - 9

What Documents need to be taken to the IBPS PO Exam Center?

Candidates must take the following documents to the examination center during the day of the exam-

1) Admit Card

2) Photo id proof - Original & photocopy (Licence/Aadhar Card/Passport/Voter id Card e.t.c)

3) Passport sized photograph  

Which section is the most difficult in the IBPS PO Prelims test?

Quantitative Aptitude section usually has the lowest Cut Off in the IBPS PO Prelims Paper and is considered to be the most challenging in the examination.

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