IBPS PO Exam Pattern


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. Apart from the IBPS PO syllabus, it is extremely important that you are aware of the IBPS PO exam pattern. IBPS conducts online examination in two phases which is further followed by the final stage of Interview. The first stage is qualifying but you should have complete information of the exam pattern of IBPS PO Prelims and Mains 2020. The complete recruitment process for IBPS PO exam 2020 is as follows:

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


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 2020. The details of the exam pattern of IBPS PO Prelims 2020 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  


Once IBPS PO Prelims 2020 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 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


If you qualify IBPS PO Mains Exam 2020, 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 from various topics, personal and professional. So, it is advised to prepare yourself well before you appear for the IBPS PO Interview 2020.


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 the interview stage, you will be appointed as a PO in various Public Sector Banks.


No, there is no specific requirement. You should just have a good working internet for attending IBPS SO AFO Live classes and watching the Video Lessons.

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