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About IBPS PO

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS PO) or a Probationary Officer is basically an Assistant Manager of Scale I in a bank. He is a Junior Manager of Grade I scale and hence called Scale I Officer. After the selection criteria is completed, a Probationary Officer has to go through an intensive training program at Institute of Banking Management where they are trained. The probation period of a PO may last for 2 years. This again differs from bank to bank.

Probationary Officers (PO) and Management Trainees (MT) are recruited every year through a Common Written Examination (CWE), commonly known as the IBPS PO exam. The CWE was started in 2011 and is being conducted for the eighth time this year and hence is officially called IBPS PO /MT CWE VIII 2018.The IBPS PO selection process consists of 3 phases (preliminary, mains and interview) and the candidate must qualify each of them to proceed to the next phase.

PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS

  • Allahabad Bank
  • Canara Bank
  • Indian Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Corporation Bank
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • Union Bank of India
  • Bank of India
  • Dena Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • United Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • IDBI Bank
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • Vijaya Ban

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

  • Online Preliminary Examination:

An adequate number of candidates in each category are shortlisted by IBPS depending upon requirements for Online Main Examination

  • Online Mains Examination:

Candidates must qualify the sectional as well as overall cutoff in the main exam to be eligible for interview.

  • Interview:

Interview will be conducted by the Participating Organizations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS

  • Final Result:

The Final result is declared on the basis of candidates combined performance in IBPS PO Mains and Interview Rounds.

  • Provisional Allotment:

The provisional allotment of the qualified candidate is released on the official website. The IBPS Banks are allotted based on candidates’ preferences which are made at the time of online application.

IBPS plays its part in the selection process only till the provisional allotment to different banks. After that, the responsibility to intimate the qualified candidates about their joining dates and procedure lies with the respective banks.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO preliminary examination has a total duration of 1 hour and is conducted in online mode. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in IBPS PO pre exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer. Candidates must clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam. The section-wise details are given below:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 Hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

 IBPS POMains Exam Pattern

This The IBPS PO Mains 2018 will be consist of 2 parts – Objective Test (200 marks) and Descriptive Test (50 marks). Both the parts will take place online.

IBPS PO Mains – Objective Test

Section No. of Qs Marks Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 min
English Language 35 40 40 min
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 min
General Awareness (with special reference to Banking) 40 40 35 min
TOTAL 155 200 3 Hour

NOTE: There will be negative marking of one-fourth of the marks assigned to that question. There will be no negative marking for unattempted questions.

IBPS PO Mains  – Descriptive Test

The descriptive paper will be of 30 minutes duration with 25 marks assigned to the test of English Language. You will be tested on Letter Writing & Essay. You will be needed to secure passing marks to qualify the Descriptive Test, to be decided by the Bank.

NOTE: The Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in Objective Test.

IBPS PO InterviewExam Pattern

The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). The weightage (ratio) of CWE (Main exam) and interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination and Interview.

A candidate should qualify both in the CWE (Main) and interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process, details of which will be made available subsequently on IBPS website.

Final Score Calculation for IBPS PO Exam:

The final score for the IBPS PO exam is calculated keeping the following points in mind:

  • Marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam (Tier-1) will not be considered in the final score and are only for qualifying to Mains Exam (Tier-2).
  • Candidates must qualify Phase-2 and Interview separately to be eligible for final merit.
  • The weightage (ratio) of CWE Main exam and interview for final merit list will be 80:20 respectively.
  • The aggregate score out of 100 is used for the final merit list for each category.Candidates with top merit rank in each category are finally selected.

IBPS PO Syllabus

IBPS exam syllabus is no different from any other bank exam. While IBPS issues only the broad subjects, they can be further subdivided into individual topics, based on the questions that have appeared in the exams over the past few years. The IBPS syllabus is divided into two parts:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Syllabus

This comprises of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures &Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Miscellaneous
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

BPS PO Mains Exam Syllabus

The mains exam is the important phase of IBPS PO  Exam. Maximum weightage is given to score obtained by candidate in IBPS PO Mains Exam in the final selection to the post of Probationary Officer. The Mains Examination of IBPS PO exam  consists of 4 + 1 sections: Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude & General Awareness. Just like SBI PO 2017, IBPS has introduced a descriptive paper in its mains exam for selection of candidates to the post of Probationary officer.

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
And Probability
Mixture and Allegations

To know the details about IBPS PO exam please visit official website of IBPS