IBPS PO Exam Pattern

By | October 24, 2016

Every year institute of banking and personal selection takes probationary officer examination.  Commonalty known as CWE PO (Common Written Examination Probationary Officer).  Main Aim of this examination is to fill the vacant post of government banks.  We have been asked by our hundreds of visitors to put IBPS PO Syllabus.  so finally we are here with the Details of Syllabus, exam pattern and other relevant details .

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

There is huge change in the exam pattern of IBPS, initially IBPS used to take only one exam and those who have passed the examination will be asked to face the interview but now there will two exams Prelims and Mains and those who will be able to clear the both will be called for interview.

IBPS PO prelims

 Now as we all know that there will be two written examination and first one is called Prelims. This pattern is very similar to IPS and IAS examination pattern. Applicant have to clear Prelims in order to move forward. Clearing PO Prelims is utterly important as without this you want be able to go into next examination. Examination of prelims will be easier if we compare with the mains but still don’t under estimate prelims exam. As number of students is increasing day by day and so does the level of competition. Which makes difficult to get good merit.


IBPS Prelims examination pattern

No. Name of the exam Number of Question Max marks
1 English 30 30
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100


Prelims examination will be just to get you in the IBPS mains examination . marks of IBPS Prelims will be not considered in the interview or final selection. But that doesn’t  mean this exam has no importance. This test will lead your path to the bank Po job.  To clear the prelims candidate will get total time of  60 Minutes that means in just one hour candidate have to clear all the section. At this point time management  plays main role in IBPS PO Exam.  Once you will be able to clear prelims you will be able to give mains examination.


Once you have cleared the prelims examination you will be invited for the IBPS mains examination.  Level of toughness will be high in the mains exam.  Main motive of IBPS is to shortlist all the candidates who are most deserving. They just want the best to do the complex task of banking.  So that literally means luck will play no part in clearing the examination.  If you go through the past years papers then you must have observed that IBPS is asking tough questions in the examination.  Also note that marks obtain in mains will be considered in the interview and final merit. To get bank job with IBPS one has to score higher marks in IBPS PO MAINS.

IBPS Mains examination pattern


No. Name of the exam Number of Question Max marks
1 Reasoning Ability 50 50
2 English 40 40
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50

General Awareness

(Banking Industry)

40 40
5 Computer knowledge 20 20
Total 200 200


IBPS PO Interview

 Only those candidate who has able to take more than cutoff marks will be called for interview. candidate will be informed about the date and time of interview along with the venue of the IBPS CWE PO/MT interview. candidate have to download the call letters before appearing the interview and this call letter will be having all the details about the interview.

Key points of IBPS Interview

There is one question in every body’s mind that how to crack ibps interview? or how to crack ibps po interview? well it is not difficult. In our next article we will write on how to clear ibps in first attempt?”

First note our Important points on IBPS Interview.

  • Only IBPS Mains marks will be considered in Interview and final merit
  • Candidate have to download IBPS call letter from authorized website.
  • There will be no change in interview and authorities will not listen any request.
  • However they have every right to change date, time and venue of the interview.
  • IBPS interview marks are 100
  • Out of which minimum marks to obtain is 40%
  • However for ST/SC/OBC/PWD have to obtain 35%
  • Marks weightage of mains and interview will be in the ration of 80:20
  • Candidate have to take documents along with them at the time of interview.

Documents Required for IBPS PO Interview

  • Interview call letter
  • Proof of Date of birth
  • Photo ID proof
  • Marks sheets (graduation, masters , board examination and achievements certification if any )
  • Caste certificate
  • For PWD candidate disability certificate
  • Experience certificates, if any
  • Any documents regarding your skill


IBPS Provisional allotment

On the successful passing of the interview IBPS prepares the ibps provisional allotment list. Which is for the total vacant seat which is going to be filled in the financial year 2016 – 2017. It is prepared under the guidelines of government of India. Those who are belonging to reserved category will be given preference as per their reservation rules of government of India. Candidate will be asked to appear for the job as per the vacancy of the recruiting bank vacant seat. It may be happen that you have clear the IBPS examination in 1st attempt but you may not get the job. Bank can put you on the hold as there is not enough vacancy to fill.

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