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IBPS PO 2017 PATTERN & SYLLABUS

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern is defined by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The pattern is similar to that of IBPS PO 2016. The bank exam is conducted in 3 phases namely Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview. This article will help candidates understand various important elements related to the exam pattern of IBPS viz. nature of questions, marking scheme, section-wise marks distribution, total number of questions, etc. For this year, the official dates for IBPS Prelims have been released online at ibps.in. It is scheduled for October 07, 08, 14 and 15, 2017. Official dates for mains and interview round will be released shortly by IBPS.

Listed below are some quick facts about IBPS Exam Pattern:

  • IBPS Prelims and Mains will be in online mode.
  • The questions in both the papers will be objective in nature i.e. MCQs. 
  • There is a provision of negative marking in IBPS PO as well. For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded 1 mark while for every wrong answer ¼ mark will be deducted.
  • For IBPS PO Prelims exam, a total of 100 questions will be asked. The questions are divided into 3 sections namely English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning.
  • Whereas, for IBPS PO Mains, a total of 200 questions will be asked. Again, these questions are divided into 5 sections namely English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge. CheckIBPS PO Syllabus

There are 3 phases that need to be cracked before a candidate gets recruited for the post of Probationary Officer-

  1. IBPS PO Preliminary
  2. IBPS PO Mains
  3. Personal Interview

IBPS conducts Pre-Examination Training before the conduction of entrance exam. The training is held especially for reserved category candidates. It is a special program to nurture the capabilities of candidates appearing in the exam. The training is provided by IFBI (Institute of Finance, Banking & Insurance).


Pre-Examination Training

Candidates belonging to SC/ST & Minority communities are eligible to avail Pre-Examination Training.Candidates who are willing to opt for the IBPS Pre-Exam Training have to check mark the option while filling IBPS PO Application Form. This training is provided free of cost.Traveling and other expenses have to be borne by the applicant. The administrative authority has right to cancel or addIBPS Pre-Examination Training Center.

Note:Candidates should note that, by just attending the IBPS Pre-Examination Training, no candidate acquires any right to be selected in any of the Participating Organizations mentioned.


IBPS PO Prelims Exam

IBPS PO Preliminary examis the first stage for the recruitment of PO/MT 2017. IBPS PO 2017 Prelims is scheduled on October 7, 8, 14 and 15. The test is conducted in online mode and consists of 3 sections- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.  

Listed below are some quick facts about IBPS PO Prelims:

  • It is considered as the qualifying examination.
  • Candidates clearing this paper will then be eligible to appear for IBPS Mains.
  • The marks secured in this Phase will not be considered or counted for the purpose of final selection.

IBPS pattern

The following table represents the IBPS PO Pre exam pattern.

IBPS PO Section Name Total QuestionsTotal Marks 
English30 30 
Quantitative Aptitude35 35 
Reasoning35 35 
Total100 Questions100 Marks

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern 2017 Highlights

  • Mode of Examination: – IBPS PO Prelims will be conducted in online mode. Candidates appearing for IBPS will be allotted a desktop, here they will be first shown all the instructions and guidelines that need to be followed by them. Post that, questions will appear and needs to be answered one by one.
  • Number of Sections: - There are 3 sections in IBPS PO Prelims
  • Duration of Exam: - The bank exam will be of 1 hour (60 minutes)
  • Nature of Questions: -  Questions that will be asked in the exam will be of objective type. Each question will have 4 options wherein only 1 option will be correct.
  • Number of Questions: – In IBPS Prelims, there will be a total of 100 questions. These questions are further divided into 3 sections i.e. English section will have 30 questions, Quantitative Aptitude section and Reasoning section will have 35 questions each. 
  • Marking Scheme: – IBPS has defined a proper marking scheme for its bank exam. For this paper, each question will carry 1 mark. Also, there is a provision of negative marking as well i.e. for every wrong answer, ¼ mark would be deducted.
  • For English section, candidates have to answer in English Language only, whereas, for Quants and Reasoning Section, English and Hindi language can be used.
  • There will also be sectional wise cutoff as well as the overall cutoff to appear for IBPS PO Mains exam.
  • No time limit is allotted in IBPS PO Prelims exam sections.

IBPS PO Mains Exam

IBPS PO Mains schedule will be released shortly by IBPS. IBPS PO Main consists of 5 sections- English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge. As some modifications were made in IBPS PO 2016, the same changes are there for the current year as well.

Listed below are some quick facts about IBPS Mains:

  • IBPS, conducting body of IBPS PO has specified a time to attempt each section in Mains exam.
  • After IBPS PO Mains concludes, a Merit List is prepared by IBPS.
  • The order of the list is, candidates, having a higher score/marks in IBPS will have their names on top of the list.
  • It is obvious that candidates with a higher score will be given priority for Interview Round.

The following table gives the details about the exam. 

IBPS PO Pattern

IBPS PO Section Name Total QuestionsAllotted TimeTotal Marks 
English40 30 minutes40 
Quantitative Aptitude50 40 minutes50 
Reasoning50 40 minutes50 
General Awareness4020 minutes40
Computer Knowledge2010 minutes20
Total200 Questions2 hours 20 minutes200 Marks

Highlights of IBPS PO Main Exam Pattern 2017 

  • Mode of Examination: – IBPS PO Mains will be conducted in online mode. Candidates appearing for IBPS will be allotted a desktop, here they will be first shown all the instructions and guidelines that need to be followed by them. Post that, questions will appear and needs to be answered one by one.
  • Number of Sections: - There are 5 sections in IBPS PO Mains
  • Duration of Exam: - The bank exam will be of 2 hours 20 minutes (140 minutes)
  • Nature of Questions: -  Questions that will be asked in the exam will be of objective type. Each question will have 4 options wherein only 1 option will be correct.
  • Number of Questions: – In IBPS Mains, there will be a total of 200 questions. These questions are further divided into 5 sections i.e. English and general Awareness section will have 40 questions each, Quantitative Aptitude section and Reasoning section will have 30 questions each. Also, there will be only 20 questions in Computer Knowledge section.
  • Marking Scheme: – IBPS has defined a proper marking scheme for the PO/ MT exam. For this paper, each question will carry 1 mark.There is a provision of negative marking as well. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  • There will also be sectional wise cutoff and overall cutoff. For English- 13 marks; for Quants- 12 marks, Reasoning- 15 marks, General Awareness- 15 marks and Computer Knowledge is 14 marks. 

The following infographic explains the distribution of questions as per the sections as well as with Cut Off for IBPS PO exam set by IBPS.

IBPS PO Mains Pattern


IBPS PO Interview

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

Listed below are some highlights of IBPS PO Interview Round:

  • Minimum qualifying marks for General Category candidates is 40%. Whereas, for candidates belonging to reserved category, they should score a minimum of 35% marks.
  • Final Merit List is prepared on the basis of IBPS Mains and Interview round.
  • The weightage ratio for selection process would be considered as 80:20 (Mains Exam: Interview Round). IBPS PO Combined Score would be declared on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination of CWE PO/MT-VI and Interview.
  • A candidate should score the minimum qualifying marks in each section and score well in both IBPS PO Main and interview in order to get shortlisted for provisional allotment process.
  • After the interview round concludes, allotment will be done as per the vacancies and availability of post.

IBPS PO 2017 Time Duration

IBPS PO Pre exam is scheduled to be conducted on October 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2017.The pre-exam will be conducted in multiple time slots. IBPS PO Pre exam is an hour duration test. There is no sectional time frame in IBPS PO Pre exam 2017. No extra time will be provided to the candidates to complete the IBPS PO Pre 2017 exam.

Candidates are requested to report on the time mentioned on the IBPS PO Pre Exam call letter. The defined time on the call letter is the time prior to the start time and candidates should reach at the time mentioned in the call letter.

IBPS PO Pre is the first level, only after clearing it, candidates are eligible to appear for IBPS PO Mains exam. The duration of the IBPS PO 2017 Mains is 2 hours 20 minutes (140 minutes). The Mains would be conducted in multiple time slots on November 26, 2017. From this year, sectional time limit has been introduced.

IBPS PO 2017 Marking Scheme

IBPS PO Pre exam paper consists of 3 sections- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. A total of 100 questions are asked and each question carries 1 mark. There is negative marking scheme too. For each wrong marked answer, ¼ marks would be deducted.

Candidates should score well in each of the section as there is sectional cut off in the exam. The following table represents the marking scheme of IBPS PO Pre 2017 exam.

IBPS PO Pre-SectionTotal MarksMarks Allotted To Each QuestionNegative Marking
English Language30 Marks1 Mark-¼ mark
Quantitative Aptitude35 Marks1 Mark-¼ mark
Reasoning Ability35 Marks1 Mark-¼ mark

IBPS PO Mains exam paper has 5 sections- General Knowledge, Computer Knowledge, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. A total of 200 questions are asked and 1 mark is awarded for each correct marked answer. For each wrong marked answer, ¼ marks would be deducted.

There is sectional cut off in the IBPS PO exam. The following table represents the marking scheme of IBPS PO Mains 2017 exam-

IBPS PO Mains SectionTotal MarksMarks Allotted To Each QuestionNegative Marking
English Language40 Marks1 Mark-¼ mark
Quantitative Aptitude50 Marks1 Mark-¼ mark
Reasoning Ability50 Marks1 Mark-¼ mark
General Awareness40 Marks1 Mark-¼ mark
Computer Knowledge20 Marks1 Mark-¼ mark A

Also Read About IBPS CutOff

Note: No mark would be deducted for the un-attempted question.

IBPS PO Interview Round: The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (for general category candidates) and 35% (for reserved category candidates). The weightage ratio of marks for selection process would be considered as 80:20 (Main exam: Interview).

The IBPS PO Combined Score would be declared on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination of CWE PO/MT-VII and Interview. A candidate should score the minimum qualifying marks in each section and score well in both IBPS PO Main and interview in order to get shortlisted for the IBPS PO provisional allotment process.


IBPS PO Sample Papers

Every year, lacs of candidates participate in the IBPS PO race and thus it makes very difficult to select the perfect candidates for the post of Probationary Officer. Candidates preparing for the tough competition should try smarter techniques to get qualified for the provisional allotment process. To be thorough with the preparation, candidates should seek for sample papers as it gives the real feel of the entrance examination.  

Solving IBPS PO sample papers have now become a mandatory part of practice. Solving mock papers boost up the confidence and increase the accuracy of solving a maximum number of questions. It helps in understanding the IBPS PO exam pattern and managing time during the exam. The IBPS PO mock tests and sample papers maintain the same level of difficulty as it comes in the actual exam.

How Solving Previous papers of IBPS PO Can Help You? 

  • The exam pattern of IBPS PO doesn’t change much and thus solvingIBPS PO 2017 Sample Paperswill give the advantage to the candidates in knowing the format of the exam.
  • Sample papers or mock tests are made by experts and it gives the clear level of difficulty of questions. So that the candidates can prepare accordingly and work hard on the topics that are difficult to them.
  • Questions in the exam may be asked from the previous years’ too. Sample papers are designed in a manner that they also include some previous years’ questions.  
  • Candidates can track their performance level while solving sample papers online.
  • Most importantly, it helps in time management.

IBPS PO  Question Papers

As candidates get into the final stages of preparation, they must go for the test booklets rather than solving the topic wise questions. The Sample Papers for IBPS PO 2017 will be more than helpful if solved either in online or offline mode.

Always try to solve IBPS PO Sample Papers from good publishers. As this will keep you focused and will avoid confusion in almost all candidates.


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. The candidates who clear the IBPS PO Pre would be eligible for IBPS PO Mains exam and successful candidates in the main exam will be called for PI. Here below are the preparation tips for the candidates appearing in IBPS PO.

Reasoning Ability

It is the section that doesn't need much attention once the practice is done perfectly and it is a very scoring section. 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 section among all the sections. Candidates should be updated with the current affairs in order to score high marks. Most of the questions in this section are asked on current affairs. Having a habit of reading the newspaper daily, adds the value of fetching more marks. 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 ae based on grade 10. To score well in this section, candidates should practice hard from reference books. This section cannot be prepared in a day practice, it requires very hard practice. 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. Given below are the topics on which questions in exam are asked-

Fill in the Blanks, Comprehension Passage, phrases, and idioms, Spotting Error Questions, Preposition, and Sentence Improvement etc.

Read More IBPS PO English Language Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

This section is considered as the toughest of all the sections though a good practice makes it easy. Quant section tests the candidate's ability in aptitude. Most of the questions in this section can be solved by using short-tricks. This section needs lots of focused mind and hard practice to be thorough with it.

Following are the topics on which most of the questions are asked-

Data Interpretation (DI), Sequence & Series, Number System, Quadratic Equations, Sequence & Series, Ratio, Proportion Percentage & Averages, Simplification etc.

Computer Knowledge

Computer Knowledge section tests the ability of candidates’ knowledge and it is very important in today’s life. It is a very easy section and candidates can even score full marks in this section. This subject can even be prepared in one day. Candidates can download pdf from internet and they are very good for the preparation.

Following are the topics that can be prepared well to score high marks-

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.

Some General IBPS PO Preparation Tips 2017

Given below is a set of preparation tips and candidates appearing should be aware of it-

  • Candidates should have proper planning as it helps in succeeding schedule accurately.
  • Be updated with the latest happenings around the country such as summits, new launchings and etc. Most of the questions are from current affairs.
  • Completing all the sections are mandatory because to get qualified for the post of PO/MT, candidates should have a good score in all the sections.
  • Try practicing mock test as much as one can. It increases the accuracy in marking, analyzing and understanding the questions.
  • Revision- it should be done on the daily basis because things like formulae, shortcut tricks, and knowledge capsules are easily forgettable.
  • Make out some time for physical activities too to fresh your mind and stress-free. Drink plenty of water and eat healthily and stay healthy.

IBPS PO Preparation Tips 2017 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 exam would be called for the personal interview. We have brought absolutely amazing Preparation Tips for the IBPS PO 2017 Interview.

IBPS PO Interview Preparation Tips

  • Greet your interviewers. After all, they are going to set your job.
  • 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 a proper eye contact during interview.
  • If you don’t know the answer, simply say NO and there is no need be panic. It’s alright, no one knows all the answers. Be smart while answering the questions as the next question can be from your last answer.
  • They can even check your patience level so be cool.
  • When you are done with the interview, stand up politely and shake your hands with the interview panel and leave the room quietly.

Read About  IBPS PO Selection Process


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