IBPS PO Exam Pattern | IBPS PO 2018 | Things to know


The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has introduced a change in IBPS PO Exam Pattern. All the candidates who wish to crack IBPS PO Exam 2018 must be familiar with the latest IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern. Although there are no big changes in the marking scheme of the IBPS PO Preliminary and Main Examination. However, there are some changes in the number of questions and paper pattern. Read the article below to know the Information in IBPS PO 2018 exam pattern including the new update of a descriptive paper in IBPS PO Pre/Mains exam as well.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018 – Prelims

Let us take a look at IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018 for the prelims. The IBPS PO Preliminary Examination has three objective-type sections carrying a maximum of 100 marks. Aspirants for IBPS PO can know about IBPS PO prelims exam pattern in the below table. The total duration of the paper is 60 minutes. The table below gives information on questions asked in the preliminary exam:

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks
English Language 30 30
Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

What are the Total Marks of the Exam?

As you can see from the table above, the total marks are 100.

What is the Nature of the Exam?

The test would be an online one. All the questions would be of MCQ type. You would have a time of 1 hour to write the exam.

Is There Any Negative Marking?

Unfortunately, there would be negative marking for wrong answers. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks would be deducted from your score. In other words, you would lose one mark. However, if you leave a question blank, you would not lose your mark.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018 – Mains Exam Pattern in IBPS PO

In order to get screened for the mains exam, it is necessary for the candidate to score qualifying marks in each section and in total. The IBPS PO Mains Exam has five sections, each having a different time limit. It will have objective and descriptive questions, carrying a maximum of 200 marks and 50 marks respectively. IBPS PO mains exam pattern is given below.

Name of test No. of Question Maximum marks Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 mins
English Language 35 40 40 mins
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 min
General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35
Total 155 200 3 hours
English Language 2 25 30 mins
In each of the objective type test and the descriptive test, the candidates should score qualifying marks. However, the candidates scoring qualifying marks in objective tests and attaining sufficiently high marks in terms of the total will be evaluated in the descriptive paper.

Each objective type question in the preliminary and mains exams carries 1 mark and each wrong answer leads to a deduction of 0.25 marks. So, beware of negative marking while attempting the multiple choice questions in both the exams. You will not be penalized for not attempting a question. The candidates have to score the cutoff marks at least in each test and in total, otherwise, they will not be called for interview.

The Change in the Pattern in IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

As said before, there are a few changes in the IBPS PO exam pattern and IBPS PO new pattern have been released. This change would only be there in the mains stage i.e there are changes only in IBPS PO Mains pattern. A new descriptive paper would be added. English Descriptive paper for IBPS PO Mains 2018 includes 2 sections which have to be completed in 30 mins on the computer. These sections are Letter writing & Essay writing. An arbitrary topic is given to the applicants then and there where they need to be thought and written on the spot. Which has to be practiced and planned well so that the applicant can attempt these 2 sections in the best way possible. You can refer our tips for the Descriptive paper.

Descriptive Paper preparation for IBPS PO Mains 2018

IBPS PO 2018 Syllabus for Mains

The section-wise syllabus for mains exam stage is tabulated below:

Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English Language
Simplification Financial Awareness Verbal Reasoning Internet Reading Comprehension
Average Current Affairs Syllogism Memory Vocabulary
Percentage General Knowledge Circular Seating Arrangement Keyboard Shortcuts Grammar
Ratio and Percentage Linear Seating Arrangement Computer Abbreviation Verbal Ability
Data Interpretation Double Lineup Microsoft Office
Mensuration and Geometry Scheduling Computer Hardware
Quadratic Equation Input-Output Computer Software
Interest Blood Relations Operating System
Problems of Ages Directions and Distances Networking
Profit and Loss Ordering and Ranking Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Number Series Data Sufficiency
Speed, Distance and Time Coding and Decoding
Time and Work Code Inequalities
Number System
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation
Permutation and Combination
Mixture and Allegations

IBPS PO 2018 gives you a chance to take up a promising and flourishing career in the highly prosperous and lucrative field of banking. Successful candidates are offered stable jobs with certain incentives and bonus in salary and a perfect work-life balance. For more updates stay tuned to the official website as well.

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IBPS PO Recruitment Notification 2018
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IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern
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IBPS PO Expected Cut off 2018