IBPS PO 2020 Exam Pattern


IBPS PO 2020 Exam Pattern

IBPS introduced separate sectional timing for each sections in preliminary exam. The IBPS hiring candidates will be based on an online written exam in two parts: Preliminary Exam and IBPS Mains Exam. This examination is followed by a face-to-face interview process.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO preliminary examination has a total duration of 1 hour and 20 mintues for each sections, which will be conducted in online mode. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in IBPS PO pre exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer. Candidates must clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam. The section-wise details are given below:

Max. Marks
English Language
20 minutes
Numerical Ability
20 minutes
Reasoning Ability
20 minutes

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

The IBPO PO Main exam is also conducted online, it has 5 (4+1) sections with a total score of 200+25 marks and total duration of 180+30 minutes. IBPS will be conducting a descriptive paper in its mains exam for selection of candidates to the post of Probationary officer. The sections must be attempted in the same order and the allotted time as mandated at the time of the exam. A candidate has to clear both preliminary and mains examination to be eligible for the interview process.

Name of Tests
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
60 minutes
English Language
40 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation
45 minutes
General Economy & Banking Awareness
35 minutes
3 Hours
English Language
(Letter Writing & Essay)
30 minutes

IBPS PO Interview

The candidates who have qualified the mains exam are called for a face to face interview which carries a maximum of 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks in the interview is 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates).

The interview round is generally 15-20 minutes long, where a panel of bank officials ask questions to the candidates about themselves, banking sector, current affairs, general awareness, etc. The candidates must be well dressed, confident and carry all required documents to the interview.

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained in mains examination and interview. The final scoreis calculated by IBPS with weightage of marks given to the main examination and interviewin the ratio of 80:20 respectively.

Penalty for Wrong Answers

There is a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests of both Preliminary and Mains exams. A wrong answer to an objective question by the candidate will lead to a penalty of one fourth of the marks assigned to that question. For example, 0.25 marks will be deducted as penalty for wrong answer to a question that carries 1 mark. There will be no penalty for leaving a question blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by the candidate.

IBPS PO 2020 Exam Syllabus

IBPS exam syllabus is no different from any other bank exam. While IBPS issues only the broad subjects, they can be further subdivided into individual topics, based on the questions that have appeared in the exams over the past few years. The IBPS syllabus is divided into two parts:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Syllabus

This comprises of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

Reasoning Ability:

Alphanumeric Series,Ranking/Direction/,Alphabet Test,Data Sufficiency,Coded, Inequalities, Seating Arrangement,
Puzzle, Tabulation, Syllogism, Blood, Relations, Input Output, Coding Decoding,logical reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude:

Simplification, Percentage, Ratio and, proportion, Average, Problems on ages, Profit and loss,Simple Interest &
Compound Interest, Time and distance, & Trains, Boat and streams,Data Sufficiency,  Time and work, Quadratic equations ,Permutation & combination,and probability ,Data Interpretation, Alligation and Mixture and D.I.

English Language :

Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test,Para jumbles, Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting, Fill in the blanks,  Miscellaneous, Paragraph Completion

 IBPS PO Mains Exam Syllabus

This comprises of 4 sections: Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude, General Awareness, Computer Aptitude.

Data Analysis & Interpretation:
Number system, HCF & LCM, Decimal fraction, Square root
& cube Root, Percentage, Ratio and proportion, Average,
Simplification & Approximation, Quadratic equations,
Problem on ages,Partnership, Profit and loss, Simple and
compound interest,  Allegation and mixture, Time and distance, Trains, Boat and streams, Pipe and cistern, Mensuration 2D & 3D, Permutation & combination, Probability
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude:
Series completion, Analogy, Classification, Coding-decoding, Distance and direction, Ranking and number, Blood relation, Mathematical operation , Sitting arrangements, Puzzle test ,Venn diagram, Data sufficiency, Input and output, Eligibility test , Statement conclusion, Statement course of action, Statement assumptions,
Basic computer knowledge, Number system, Logic gates, Network & DBMS
English Language:
Grammar, Sentence Improvement, Error Detection, Para Jumbles,  Paragraph Completion, Fill in the blanks, Reading Comprehension , Rearrangements, Antonyms, Synonyms.
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness
Current affairs, International economy, UNO, Marketing,
Award & honors, Sports, Finance, Agriculture, History of banking, Country currency capital, Books & authors, Banking terms, Dams/Rivers/Temples, Nuclear/thermal power plant, Banking Instruments

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