IBPS PO (Probationary Officer)

IBPS PO Syllabus & Exam Pattern

1. IBPS PO (Probationary Officer) Exam:

IBPS will be conducted in three phases: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee posts.

(A). IBPS PO Preliminary Exam:

IBPS PO Preliminary examination is conducted online and candidates are allocated total duration of 1 hour to complete the Prelim examination. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 Questions and a maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in IBPS PO Preliminary exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer attempted by a candidate. It is necessary to clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam.
Note: Separate time limit is provided for each of the 3 sections. So the students appearing in the online exam once submit a section cannot come back to the same
Sr. No Name of Section No. Of Question Maximum Marks Duration
of time in each section
1 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
2 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 English Language 30 30 20 minutes

Total 100 100 60 minutes
The above tests (Prelim & Main) except the English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

(B). IBPS PO Main Exam:

The IBPS PO Mains exam consists of two papers, both of which are conducted online by the Institute. As per the IBPS PO Mains Pattern, the papers are an Objective Test and a Descriptive test.

IBPS PO Main Objective Based Test:

IBPS PO Main examination will be conducted online and candidates are allocated total duration of 3 hours to complete the Main exam. It consists of 4 sections with a total of 155 questions and a maximum score of 200 marks. There is negative marking in the Main exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer attempted by a candidate. It is necessary to clear the cut-off in all 4 sections to qualify for further process.
Note: Separate time limit is provided for each of the 3 sections. So the students appearing in the online exam once submit a section cannot come back to the same.

Exam Pattern:

The above tests (Prelim & Main) except the English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

IBPS PO Interview Process:

The IBPS interview is conducted for those who clear the bank PO mains exam. The Interview Process will constitute of 100 marks and the minimum marks for qualifying this round will be 40% which is reduced to 35% for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD categories.
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