IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019
Updated on Nov 30, 2019 - 12:16 p.m. IST by Shristi Kirti
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IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019 - Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) prescribes the exam pattern of IBPS PO 2019. The examination authority releases IBPS PO 2019 exam pattern along with the notification. It is important for the candidates to go through IBPS PO exam pattern before they start preparing for the exam. IBPS PO exam pattern 2019 contains various sections from where the questions are expected to be asked, marks distribution, time allotment etc. By going through IBPS PO 2019 exam pattern, candidate will also be able to know the various stages in which the exam will be held. As per the IBPS PO exam pattern 2019 , the test will be held in three stages - prelims, mains and interview. Candidates who pass in prelims will have to appear for the mains exam of IBPS PO while mains qualified candidates will have to appear for the interview round.
As per IBPS PO 2019 exam pattern, the test of each stage is to be held in online mode. In the prelims exam of IBPS PO 2019, there will be questions from three sections - Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English containing a total of 100 marks. However, the mains exam will be conducted for a total of 200 marks containing questions from five sections - Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, General/Economy/Banking Awareness, English Language, Data Analysis and Interpretation. In the mains exam of IBPS PO, a descriptive test for Letter writing and Essay writing of 25 marks will also be conducted. To know more about IBPS PO exam pattern 2019, read the article below.
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IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019 - Phases of Exam

As per the exam pattern of IBPS PO 2019, the exam is held in the following three stages:

  • IBPS PO Prelims Exam

  • IBPS PO Mains Exam

  • Interview of IBPS PO

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019 for Mains Exam

Only those candidates will be able to appear for the mains exam who will qualify in the prelims phase. According to the IBPS PO 2019 exam pattern, candidates qualifying in the mains exam will have to appear for the Interview round. The table below contains the exam pattern of IBPS PO 2019 for both objective and descriptive test.

IBPS PO 2019 Exam Pattern for Mains

Sections

No. of Questions

No. of Marks

Duration

Reasoning and Computer Aptitude

45

60

60 minutes

General/Economy/Banking Awareness

40

40

35 minutes

English Language

35

40

40 minutes

Data Analysis and Interpretation

35

60

45 minutes

Total

155

200

180 minutes

English Language (Letter writing and Essay writing)

2

25

30 minutes

  • The mains exam will be held in online mode
  • Duration allotted for the mains exam is 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • Medium of the exam will be both Hindi and English except for English.
  • For each wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted. However, no marks will be deducted in case the answer is left unanswered.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019 for Interview

All those candidates who will pass the mains exam will be called for the interview round. For the interview round, 100 marks is allotted. The interview is conducted to test the candidate's personality and knowledge of the banking sector, current affairs etc.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019 for Prelims Exam

The prelims exam of IBPS PO is the first stage in the selection process of the examination. As per the exam pattern of IBPS PO, all those candidates who qualify in the prelims exam will qualify for the mains exam. The table below contains the sections from where the questions will be asked in the prelims exam, number of questions asked from each section, mark allotted for the section, mode of the test, allotted time etc.

Exam Pattern of IBPS PO 2019 Prelims Exam

Sections

No. of questions

Marks allotted

Medium of exam

Duration

Reasoning Ability

35

35

English and Hindi

20 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

English and Hindi

20 minutes

English Language

30

30

English

20 minutes

Total

100

100

-

60 minutes


  • The prelims exam has questions from three sections - Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language.

  • English Language sections have 30 questions of 1 mark each while the Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude have 35 questions carrying 1 mark each.

  • The test is held in both Hindi and English except of English which is held in only English.

  • Each of the three section is allotted 20 minutes within which candidates must complete each section which means the test is conducted for a total of 100 marks.

  • For each wrong response given by the candidate, 0.25 marks will be deducted. No marks will be deducted in case the answer is left unanswered.

IBPS PO Syllabus 2019

Before the candidates start off their preparation, they must go through the syllabus of IBPS PO. By going through the IBPS 2019 syllabus, candidates will be able to know which all topics they have to study. IBPS PO syllabus will contain all the topics from all sections at one place only.

Sections

Topics

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Approximation & Simplification

  • Quadratic equations

  • Data interpretation

  • Number series

  • Data sufficiency

  • Arithmetic questions (Percentage, Profit & Loss, Time & work etc )

Reasoning

  • Coding & Decoding

  • Syllogisms

  • Blood Relations

  • Directions senses

  • Conditional Statements

English

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Para Jumble

  • Phrase Replacement or Word Replacement

  • Grammar Based etc


How to Prepare for IBPS PO 2019

To prepare for IBPS PO exam, candidates must follow some tips and tricks that will help them to crack the exam. Some of the tips to crack IBPS PO 2019 exam has been mentioned below:

  1. Know the syllabus and exam pattern of IBPS PO thoroughly before you start preparing.

  2. Pick the best books to prepare for IBPS PO exam

  3. Prepare and maintain a time table

  4. Solve previous years question papers

  5. Take as many mock tests as possible

  6. Spare ample time for quick revision.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019

Question: In case the Quantitative Aptitude Section appears first on the screen but I wish to attempt the Reasoning part first, can I skip the section which I want to attempt at last?

Answer:

No you will not be able to skip the section which your screen will display. You will have to complete the particular section in the allotted tim frame and only then you will proceed to the next section.

Question: What is the difference between tier I exam of IBPS PO and Prelims exam of IBPS PO?

Answer:

Both Tier I and Prelims exam of IBPS PO means the same. It is the first stage of IBPS PO examination.

Question: Can I appear for IBPS PO exam in pen and paper mode if I find it difficult to take online test?

Answer:

No you must be proficient in computer language since the exam will be conducted in online mode only. IBPS PO exam will be conducted in no other mode.

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My dob is 7/8/1999 can give ibps po exam

Malini S N 19th Jan, 2020

The age limit for IBPS PO exam is that the candidate must have been born on or later than August 02, 1989 and on or earlier than August 1, 1999.So unfortunately,you will not be eligible for the exam.Take it light and try for other exams.

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i was born in 26 February 2001 can i eligible for ibps po

Indrajit Gupta 11th Jan, 2020
Hello parul,
No, you are not eligible for apply IBPS PO. According to the rules, The minimum age of candidate should be 20 and maximum age should be 30. The candidate who born earlier than 1 august 2000 then He/ she can apply for IBPS PO 2020.
I hope this helpful for you.
Best wishes!!
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Can we apply for IBPS PO..at 8th sem.. ?.. and i am afraiding that my university SDS is declaring result at mid of july

Parvathi Ramachandran 19th Dec, 2019

Greetings !!

Yes , you can definitely apply for both IBPS PO. The eligibility criteria for IBPS PO  with respect to educational qualification is that, a candidate must have done graduation in any discipline or equivalent qualification from a recognized university. Final year or final semester candidates are also eligible to apply, however, they can only apply provisionally. Candidate if called for interview, have to produce their passing mark sheet or proof of passing the graduation exam or the provisional certificate.  If any doubts, pls feel free to ask.

Wish You Good Luck !

Thank You !!

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expected cutoff of IBPS PO mains

Ruchika Chauhan Expert 5th Dec, 2019

Hello

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will release the cutoff of IBPS PO 2019 mains exam along wth its scorecard.

Go through the link below and check the previous year cutoff for reference

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/ibps-po-cut-off

Good Luck!


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Expected cutoff for IBPS PO MAINS 2019

Abhishek Kumar 5th Dec, 2019

Hi Uday,

This year IBPS has announced that there are 4336 vacancies in total for the post of Probationary Officers (PO). The original cut-off for the IBPS PO Mains 2019 exam will be announced soon but the expected cut-off for the exam is mentioned below that are based on various factors:

General - 57 to 62

OBC - 56 to 60

SC/ST - 52 to 55

PwD - 48 to 52

Please note that these are only expected cut-offs and are likely to change. The original cut-off will be nearby this range.

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