IBPS PO Exam Pattern

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Exam Pattern 2021


IBPS PO has been one of the most sought-after jobs and thus can be expected to be one of the toughest ones too. Looking over the IBPS PO exam pattern for recent years, it has been quite a bumpy ride as IBPS has left no stone unturned in increasing the difficulty level of the IBPS PO exam. So, to ensure your full-proof success, it is necessary that you are aware of the IBPS PO exam pattern 2021 and other related details. There will be three phases in the IBPS PO 2021 exam. 

  • IBPS PO Prelims
  • IBPS PO Mains
  • IBPS PO Interview

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern 

IBPS PO Prelims is the first phase of the IBPS PO recruitment 2021 process. All the questions in the IBPS PO Prelims exam will be ‘objective type’. You need to secure sectional as well as the overall cut-off to reach IBPS PO Mains 2021. The details of the IBPS PO  exam pattern for Prelims is as follows:

S. No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMarksTime AllottedMedium
1. English Language 30 30 20 Minutes English
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 Minutes English & Hindi
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes English & Hindi
Total 100 100 60  

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 

After IBPS PO Prelims is over, you will be shortlisted for the next stage according to the announced cut-off. The IBPS PO exam pattern 2021 for Mains will consist of four objective tests along with one English descriptive test which will be evaluated only if you secure the expected cut-off marks in the other four objective tests. The cumulative score (Objective tests marks + Descriptive test marks) obtained in IBPS PO Mains exam 2021 will further go on to decide your selection for the third ie. IBPS PO Interview stage.

S. No.Test NameNo. of QuestionsMarksMedium  of ExamTime  Allotted
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60 minutes
2. General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 35 minutes
3. English Language 35 40 English 40 minutes
4. Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
Total 155 200   3 hours
5. English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 English 30 minutes


If you clear your IBPS PO Mains exam 2021, you will be called for a Personal Interview. The scores of the IBPS PO Mains exam will ensure a seat for you in the final Interview stage. You will be asked questions on various topics, personal and professional. So, it is advised to prepare yourself well before you appear for the IBPS PO Interview 2021.

 Final Selection

After the IBPS PO interview process is over, a final merit list will be declared with the final cut-off. This merit will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained by you in the online IBPS PO Mains exam and Interview. If you are able to qualify in the interview stage, you will be appointed as a PO in various Public Sector Banks.

 Marking Scheme

IBPS follows certain criteria when it comes to the marks allotment. This particular marking scheme can also be considered as a part of the difficulty level of the IBPS PO exam. Every incorrect answer would cost 1/4th of the original marks allotted to the particular question. There will not be any deduction for an unattempted answer in IBPS PO 2021 exam.

IBPS PO Marking Scheme

IBPS PO  Marking SchemeConsidered Marks
For correct answers 1 mark
For wrong answers -0.25 marks
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

Exam Language

The IBPS PO (Prelims + Mains) exam 2021 give you the facility to choose your medium of the exam between English and Hindi language. Except for the test of the English Language, all the other tests can be given in your desired language. Also, the IBPS PO exam interface gives you an option to view any particular question in a different language apart from the one that has been selected in the starting. 

Free Mock Test

After completing the IBPS PO syllabus, it is very important to practice what you have studied. You can do that by attempting online mock tests. Practicing IBPS PO Pre mock test will give you a real-time environment of the exam. By doing so, you can improve your speed and score in the exam. If you wish to improve the level and want to attempt different set of questions with higher difficulty level, you can also attempt IBPS PO Mains mock tests.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Can I choose Hindi language as the exam language in IBPS PO exam?


Yes, IBPS PO exam is bilingual i.e, Hindi & English. You can choose your preferred language for any question that you want to read.


Is there any negative marking for unattempted questions?


Yes, 0.25 marks will be deducted as a penalty for every wrong answer that you attempt. For unattempted questions no marks will be given.


Will there be any sectional timings in IBPS PO Prelims 2021?


Yes, there will be a sectional timing of 20 minutes in each section of IBPS PO Prelims 2021.


Will equal time be allotted to every section in IBPS PO Mains 2021-22?


No. Every section in IBPS PO Mains will be allotted different sectional timings depending on the section.