IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS PO Exam Pattern & Selection Process 2020, View complete detail about IBPS PO (Probationary Officer) Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains Exam 2020.



IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020 – Detail Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains Exam

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020: IBPS PO Exam Pattern describes the nature of questions, marking scheme, section-wise marks distribution, total number of questions, etc. It is decided by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) each year. Exam Dates for IBPS PO 2020 has been released by IBPS. The preliminary exam of IBPS PO 2019 is scheduled on 03.10.2020, 10.10.2020 and 11.10.2020 and IBPS PO Mains Exam 2020 is scheduled on 28.11.2020. To ace IBPS PO Exam 2020, it is necessary to the Exam pattern and detailed syllabus of this exam. This will help you to prepare judiciously for IBPS PO Exam 2020. Let’s understand the IBPS PO Exam Pattern and Selection Process 2020 one by one.

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IBPS PO Selection Procedure

The IBPS PO/MT selection process will be carried out in three stages, the first one is Preliminary Examination, second stage is Main Examination & third stage is Common Interview conducted by IBPS.

  1. Phase I – Preliminary Exam
  2. Phase II – Main Exam
  3. Phase II – Personal Interview

IBPS PO Exam Pattern At a Glance

Number of Rounds 3 (Prelims, Mains, Interview)
Number of Questions in Prelims 100
Number of Questions in Main Exam 155
Total Marks for Prelims 100
Total Marks for Mains 200
Marking Scheme +1 for correct answer

-0.25 for incorrect answer

Exam Duration for Prelims 1 hour (60 minutes)
Exam Duration for Mains 3 hours (180 minutes)
Type of Questions MCQs (Additional Descriptive paper in Mains)
Exam Mode Online
Conducting Authority IBPS (ibps.in)

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020

IBPS has released exam pattern for IBPS PO 2020-21 Exam. Now IBPS introduced separate sectional timing for each section in preliminary exam. IBPS PO Exam 2020 will be conducted in three phases: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Process. It is mandatory for a candidate to clear each level of examination to get selected to the post of Probationary Officer in multiple Public Sector Banks.

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern 2020 

The IBPS PO preliminary examination is conducted online and candidates are allocated total duration of 1 hour to complete the preliminary exam. 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.

Name of Tests (Objective) No. of Questions/ Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 30/ 30 20 minutes
2. Numerical Ability 35/ 35 20 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 35/ 35 20 minutes
Total 100/ 100 60 minutes

Key Points for IBPS PO Prelims

  • Prelims is considered as the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates qualifying this paper will be eligible to appear for IBPS PO Mains. Check IBPS PO 2019 Eligibility
  • The marks secured in this exam will not be considered while compiling the final result.
  • There will be a sectional cutoff and overall cutoff to qualify for IBPS PO Mains exam.

Previous Years Papers for IBPS PO Exam

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2020

IBPS PO Mains Exam encountered quite a number of changes last year. Let’s have a look at all these changes in detail.

Introduction of Descriptive Paper: Just like SBI PO 2020 Exam, IBPS introduced Descriptive Paper in its Mains Examination where candidates will be judged on their written skills. An essay and a letter will be given to candidates to write that will constitute of 25 marks and that has to be completed in a time span of 30 minutes.

• The overall time allotted for each section has also been changed.

No separate paper will be conducted for Computer Applications. Reasoning is teamed up with Computer Aptitude section and this entire section will contain 45 questions of a total of 60 marks.

• The overall time allotted for IBPS PO 2020 Mains Exam has also been changed from 140 minutes to 180 minutes.


IBPS PO Mains – Objective Test

Name of test No. of Questions/ Maximum Marks Time Allotted / Medium of Examination
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45/ 60 60 minutes / English & Hindi
2. English Language 35/ 40 40 minutes / English & Hindi
3. Data Analysis and Interpretation 35/ 60 45 minutes / English & Hindi
4. General, Economy/Banking Awareness 40/ 40 35 minutes / English & Hindi
Total 155/ 200 180 minutes

IBPS PO Mains  – Descriptive Test

The descriptive paper will be of 30 minutes duration with 25 marks assigned to the test of English Language. You will be tested on Letter Writing & Essay. You will be needed to secure passing marks to qualify the Descriptive Test, to be decided by the Bank.

IBPS PO Mains Key Points

  • There will be a sectional cutoff and overall cutoff.
  • A specified sectional time limit has been allocated to attempt each section in Mains exam.
  • An IBPS PO cutoff list will be prepared where candidates having higher score/marks will have their names on top of the list.
  • Candidates with a higher score will be given priority for the interview.

IBPS PO Exam 2020 Interview Process

  • Candidates who have secured the minimum qualifying marks in IBPS PO Mains will be eligible to take part in the interview round.
  • The interview round will carry 100 marks.
  • This is the final stage in the selection process of IBPS PO exam.
  • This round carries 20% weightage in the final result.
  • Through this round, a candidate’s communication skills and personality is examined. 

Highlights of IBPS PO Interview Process

  • Minimum qualifying marks for General Category candidates is 40%. Candidates belonging to reserved category should score a minimum of 35% marks.
  • Final Merit List is prepared on the basis of IBPS Mains and Interview round.
  • IBPS PO Combined Score would be declared on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination and Interview in the ratio of 80:20
  • After the interview round concludes, provisional allotment will be done as per the vacancies in different banks.

Previous Years IBPS PO Cut Off 

Important Dates For IBPS PO Exam 2020

IBPS has released IBPS PO 2019 Exam Dates along with its Official Calendar. The important dates for IBPS PO /MT CWE IX 2020 are as follows:

Events Dates
IBPS PO Online Registration 05th August, 2020 to 26th August, 2020
Payment of IBPS PO Application Fees 05th August, 2020 to 26th August, 2020
Release of Call Letters for Pre-Exam Training September 2020
Pre-Examination Training 21st September, 2020 to 26th September, 2020
Release of IBPS PO Prelims Admit Card October 2020
IBPS PO Prelims Exam 03rd, 10th, 11th, October 2020
IBPS PO Prelims Result October/November 2020
Release of IBPS PO Mains Admit Card November 2020
IBPS PO Main Exam 28th November, 2020
IBPS PO Main Result December 2020
Release of IBPS PO Interview Call Letter January 2021
IBPS PO Interview January / February 2021
Provisional Allotment April 2021

IBPS PO Preparation Tips

IBPS PO is a highly competitive entrance exam. Both the exams- preliminary and mains, have the same syllabus but the difference lies in the level of difficulty of the questions. Here are a few preparation tips for the applicants.

Reasoning Ability

It is a section that doesn’t need much attention and is very scoring if you practice regularly. Candidates should focus more on the analytical part. Given below are the topics which can fetch you more marks.

  • Making series/ analogy
  • Number Series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Problem Solving
  • Passage and conclusions type questions
  • Comprehension Reasoning etc.

Read More: IBPS PO Preparation Tips

General Ability Section

  • GA is the easiest among all sections.
  • Candidates should be updated with current affairs in order to score well.
  • Most of the questions in this section are asked from current affairs. Having the habit of reading newspapers daily will help a lot.
  • Along with the general awareness, candidates should be aware of the banking terms and its updates.
  • GA is a very scoring section and it is less time-consuming. Following are the topics which are to be focused to fetch good marks- Current Affairs of last 6 months, Indian Economy Questions, Marketing, Awards & Honors Sports, Books & Authors, Finance, Agriculture, Banking History, Banking Terms, RBI Functions and Fiscal-Monetary Policies.

English Language Section

  • The questions in this section are based on grade 10.
  • To score well in this section, candidates should practice hard from reference books.
  • This section tests the grammatical skills in the candidates appearing for IBPS PO exam.
  • This section is less time consuming and it is a scoring section too.
  • Candidates should be thorough with the rules of grammar in order to score well in the exam.
  • Some of the most important topics include- Fill in the Blanks, Comprehension Passage, phrases, and idioms, Spotting Error Questions, Preposition, and Sentence Improvement etc.

Read More IBPS PO English Language

Quantitative Aptitude

  • This section is considered as the toughest of all the sections though a rigorous practice makes it easy.
  • Most of the questions in this section can be solved by using short-tricks.
  • This section needs a focused mind and regular practice.
  • The topics on which most of the questions are asked include Data Interpretation (DI), Sequence & Series, Number System, Quadratic Equations, Sequence & Series, Ratio, Proportion Percentage & Averages, Simplification etc.

Read More IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude

Computer Knowledge

  • It is a very easy section and candidates can even score full marks in it.
  • The topics that can be prepared well to score high marks include Basics of Computers, Basic internet knowledge and protocols, Network basics (LAN & WAN), Generations of computer, Input & Output Device, Shortcuts & Basic knowledge MS Word, MS Excel, MS power point, and Computer Shortcuts etc.

IBPS PO Preparation Tips for Interview

The very last hurdle to get selected for the post of PO/MT is clearing the Interview. Candidates who clear all the written exams would be called for the personal interview. Here are some Preparation Tips for IBPS PO Interview.

  • Greet your interviewers.
  • If you are not offered your seat, ask them for it. And sit comfortably.
  • Forward your CV to the interviewer and wait till they ask you questions.
  • Candidates should bear a smile and maintain proper eye contact during the interview.
  • If you don’t know the answer, simply say NO and there is no need be panic. Be smart while answering the questions as the next question can be connected to your previous answer.
  • They can even check your patience level so be cool.
  • When you are done with the interview, stand up politely, shake hands with the interview panel and leave the room quietly.