IBPS PO Exam Pattern

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2021

IBPS conducts an online exam every year to recruit candidates to the post of PO. IBPS PO is one of the most important and sought-after jobs which gives job security. It is a lucrative career option. You should have complete information about the IBPS PO exam 2021. Apart from the IBPS PO syllabus, it is extremely important that you are aware of the IBPS PO exam pattern 2021.

IBPS conducts online examination in two phases which is further followed by the final stage of the Interview. The first stage is qualifying but you should have complete information of the IBPS PO exam pattern. The complete recruitment process for IBPS PO exam 2021 is as follows:

  • Phase 1 - Prelims Exam 
  • Phase 2 - Mains Exam
  • Phase 3 - Interview

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern 

The IBPS PO Prelims Exam is an online objective test consisting of three tests, carrying 100 marks and separate sectional timings for each test. The sections are English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude, which will be bilingual except the test for English Language. You have to secure sectional cut-offs along with the overall cut-off in IBPS PO Prelims exam 2021. The details of the exam pattern of IBPS PO Prelims 2021 are as follows:

S. No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMarksTime Allotted (Separately timed for each section)Medium
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

Once IBPS PO Prelims 2021 is over, you will be called for Mains Exam. IBPS PO exam for Mains will also be an objective test with four sections which are allotted varied marks and the number of questions also differ in all sections. Depending on the time that a section consumes and the estimated difficulty level, all sections are allotted different timings. You cannot shift to any other section by your choice until the time allotted to that section gets exhausted. The IBPS PO Mains exam also consist of a descriptive test held immediately after the objective test. The only purpose of the Descriptive test is testing your writing skills. The exam pattern of IBPS PO Mains 2021 is mentioned below

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

IBPS PO 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.

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)

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IBPS PO Interview

If you qualify IBPS PO Mains Exam 2021, you will be called for 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.

IBPS PO 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.

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