About IBPS PO Test
The competitive exam comprises two successive exam; IBPS-Pre & IBPS-Mains. After clearing these two tests, the candidate will move to the interview for the final selection.
It consists of a paper of objective type (multiple choice questions) and carries 100 questions(max. 100 marks) to be solved in the duration of 1 hour.
This is a screening test only to qualify for the next step and its marks will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
The scheme of this test is given below in a table.
|S.no||Test name||Max. questions||Max. marks||Time duration|
Duration & Timings for General candidates: 1 hour
Total Duration/ Timing for Visually Handicapped candidates: 1 hour 20 mins
It will also consist of a paper of objective type (multiple choice questions) like IBPS Pre test but carry a maximum of 200 marks to be solved in the duration of 2 hrs.
Its salient features:
- It consists of 4 sections viz. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness .
- Each section is time bound and one cannot move from one section to another before completion the stipulated time specified for that section.
- Each section has to be attempted in the order given at the time of Mains Exam and descriptive test.The candidates who cleared the cut-off both overall and section-wise for this exam will move to interview.
- The marks obtained in this test along with interview will determine the merit list for the final selection.
|S.no||Test name||Max. questions||Max. marks||Time duration|
|1||Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||45||60||60 minutes|
|2||General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness||40||40||35 minutes|
|3||English Language||35||40||40 minutes|
|4||Data Analysis & Interpretation||35||40||45 minutes|
|5||English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)||2||25||30 mintues|
Duration & Timings for General candidates: 3 hours 30 minutes
Shortisted Candidates in the main examination for IBPS-PO subsequently called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS. Interviews to be conducted at select centres. The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview must not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). However, like most interviews for various examinations, IBPS-PO interview does not have defined syllabus but candidates need to be articulate about his/her knowledge in General Awareness with special emphasis on Banking, Finance and Economics along with his/her own qualification and work experience (if any) related questions.
Syllabus for Preliminary exam
|1||Series completion||Coding-decoding||Error locations|
|2||Profit and loss||Distance and direction||Close test (Fill in the blanks)|
|3||Percentage||Ranking and number||Reading comprehension|
|4||Ratio and proportion||Blood relation||Re arrangements|
|5||Average||Mathematical operation||Sentance improvement|
|7||Problems on ages||Puzzle test||-|
|8||Time and distance & Trains||Syllogism||-|
|9||Boat and streams||Alphabet test||-|
|10||Time and work||-||-|
|11||Permutaion & combination and probability||-||-|
Syllabus for Mains exam
|S.no||Data Analysis & Interpretation||Reasoning & Computer Aptitude||English||General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness|
|1||Number system||Series completion||Error locations||Current affairs|
|2||HCF & LCM||Analogy||Synonyms||International economy|
|4||Square root & cube root||Coding-decoding||Phrasal verbs||Marketing|
|5||Percentage||Distance and direction||Words often confused & misused||Award & honors|
|6||Ratio and proportion||Ranking and number||Preposition||Sports|
|7||Average||Blood relation||Passage completion||Finance|
|8||Simplification||Mathematical operation||Fill in the blanks||Agriculture|
|9||Quardratic equations||Sitting arrangements||Reading comprehensive||History of banking|
|10||Problems on ages||Puzzle test||Re arrangements||Country currency capital|
|11||Partnerships||Venn diagram||Sentance improvement||Books & authors|
|12||Profit and loss||Data sufficency||-||Banking terms|
|13||Simple and compound interest||Input and output||-||Dams/Rivers/Temples|
|14||Alligation and mixture||Eligibility test||-||Nuclear/thermal power plant|
|15||Time and distance||Statement conclusion||-||Banking Instruments|
|16||Trains||Statement course of action||-||-|
|17||Boat and streams||Statement assumptions||-||-|
|18||Pipe and cistern||Basic computer knowledge||-||-|
|19||Mensuration 2D & 3D||Number system||-||-|
|20||Permutaion & combination||Logic gates||-||-|
The candidate gets selected for the Mains examination after clearing the Preliminary test. After securing the marks equal to or more than the cut-off marks in Mains, he/she will be called for an interview. Then the merit list is produced on the basis of aggregate marks with of both mains and interview. The weightage (ratio) of Mains and interview would be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination of CWE PO/MT-VI and Interview. A candidate should qualify both in the CWE (Main) and interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process, details of which will be made available subsequently on IBPS website.
|Category||Mains cutoff (out of 200)|
|Other backward classes||52.50|
Education Qualification – Under IBPS PO Recruitment Eligibility Criteria 2017 Candidates must have completed their Graduation Degree from any recognized university or institution. Participants also required their mark sheet numbers while they submit IBPS PO online form 2017.
Nationality / Citizenship – Participants must have this citizenship which is given below.
- Citizen of Indian
- Citizen of Nepal
- Citizen of Bhutan
- A Tibetan refugee
- Migrated Peoples from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Age Limit – Interested candidates must have age between 20 – 30 years.
|1||Scheduled caste/Scheduled tribe||5 years|
|2||Other backward classes(Non-Creamy Layer)||3 years|
|3||Persons With Benchmark Disabilities as defined under “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”||10 years|
|4||Ex-service men||5 years|
|5||Persons ordinarly domiciled in state of Jammu and Kashmir during the period of 1-01-1980 to 3-12-1989||5 years|
|6||Persons affected by 1984 riots||5 yeas|
|4||Punjab National Bank|
|5||Punjab & Sind Bank|
|6||Bank of Maharashtra|
|8||Oriental Bank of Commece|
|9||Central Bank of India|
|12||Indian Overseas Bank|
|14||Bank of India|
|15||United Bank of India|
|17||Bank of Baroda|
|18||Union Bank of India|