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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.


1. IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

 2.IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

 3.IBPS PO Interview

 4.IBPS PO Exam Syllabus

 5.IBPS PO Selection Process

 6.IBPS PO Exam Cut-offs

 7.IBPS PO Exam Eligibility

 8.Participating Banks in IBPS PO Exam

1. IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern                           

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.noTest nameMax. questionsMax. marksTime duration
1Reasoning35351 hours
2Quantitative Aptitude3535
3English Language3030

Duration & Timings for General candidates: 1 hour

Total Duration/ Timing for Visually Handicapped candidates: 1 hour 20 mins

2. IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern                                     

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:

  1. It consists of 4 sections viz. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness .
  2. Each section is time bound and one cannot move from one section to another before completion the stipulated time specified for that section.
  3. 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.
  4. The marks obtained in this test along with interview will determine the merit list for the final selection.
S.noTest nameMax. questionsMax. marksTime duration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 minutes
3English Language354040 minutes
4Data Analysis & Interpretation354045 minutes
 Total1552003 hours
5English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)22530 mintues

Duration & Timings for General candidates: 3 hours 30 minutes

3. IBPS PO Interview                  100 Marks

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.

4 .Syllabus

Syllabus for Preliminary exam

S.No.Quantitative apptitudeReasoningEnglish
1Series completionCoding-decodingError locations
2Profit and lossDistance and directionClose test (Fill in the blanks)
3PercentageRanking and numberReading comprehension
4Ratio and proportionBlood relationRe arrangements
5AverageMathematical operationSentance improvement
6SimplificationSitting arrangementsSynonyms/Antonyms
7Problems on agesPuzzle test-
8Time and distance & TrainsSyllogism-
9Boat and streamsAlphabet test-
10Time and work--
 Quardratic equations --
11Permutaion & combination and probability--
12Data Interpretation--

Syllabus for Mains exam

S.noData Analysis & InterpretationReasoning & Computer AptitudeEnglish General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness
1Number systemSeries completionError locationsCurrent affairs
2HCF & LCMAnalogySynonymsInternational economy
3Decimal fractionClassificationAntonymsUNO
4Square root & cube rootCoding-decodingPhrasal verbsMarketing
5PercentageDistance and directionWords often confused & misusedAward & honors
6Ratio and proportionRanking and numberPrepositionSports
7AverageBlood relationPassage completionFinance
8SimplificationMathematical operationFill in the blanksAgriculture
9Quardratic equationsSitting arrangementsReading comprehensiveHistory of banking
10Problems on agesPuzzle testRe arrangementsCountry currency capital
11PartnershipsVenn diagramSentance improvementBooks & authors
12Profit and lossData sufficency-Banking terms
13Simple and compound interestInput and output-Dams/Rivers/Temples
14Alligation and mixtureEligibility test-Nuclear/thermal power plant
15Time and distanceStatement conclusion-Banking Instruments
16TrainsStatement course of action--
17Boat and streamsStatement assumptions--
18Pipe and cisternBasic computer knowledge--
19Mensuration 2D & 3DNumber system--
20Permutaion & combinationLogic gates--

5. IBPS PO Selection Process

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.

 6. IBPS PO Cut-offs (2016)

CategoryMains cutoff (out of 200)
Visually Impaired37.50
Scheduled tribe31.50
Scheduled caste41.75
Other backward classes52.50
Orthopadically challenged34.00
Hearing impaired37.00

 7. IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria

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.        

Sr.noCategoryAge relaxation
1Scheduled caste/Scheduled tribe5 years
2Other backward classes(Non-Creamy Layer)3 years
3Persons With Benchmark Disabilities as defined under “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”10 years
4Ex-service men5 years
5Persons ordinarly domiciled in state of Jammu and Kashmir during the period of 1-01-1980 to 3-12-19895 years
6Persons affected by 1984 riots5 yeas

8. Participating Banks in IBPS PO Exam Bank name
1Syndicate Bank
2Indian Bank
3Vijay Bank
4Punjab National Bank
5Punjab & Sind Bank
6Bank of Maharashtra
7Allahabad Bank
8Oriental Bank of Commece
9Central Bank of India
10Andhra Bank
11UCO Bank
12Indian Overseas Bank
13Canara Bank
14Bank of India
15United Bank of India
16Corporation Bank
17Bank of Baroda
18Union Bank of India
19Dena Bank
20IDBI Bank
21Indian Bank

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