IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018

Juhee Prasad Updated On: 08 Oct, 2018 17:10 IST

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IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern has been announced by the exam conducting authority. Candidates preparing for the IBPS PO 2018 can check the detailed information on examination pattern for Preliminary as well as Main Examination on the official website of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The exam pattern will help candidates to understand the style and structure of the question paper that they are about to face.

Checking the Exam Pattern of IBPS PO 2018 will also help candidates in preparation of the examination. As it defines the mode of examination, number questions, marks allotted to each question and total marks along with the duration of the examination, it helps candidates to frame their preparation based on these parameters.

  • There will be two online exams, Preliminary and Mains. A candidate has to pass the Prelims to take the Main Examination.
  • The result of the Main examination determines the participant’s eligibility for attending interviews and later stages of the recruitment.
  • Both Preliminary and Main Exams are in objective mode.
  • All tests except the part 'English Language' can be attempted in Hindi medium.

Preliminary Examination:

This test would be of one-hour duration consisting of three sections as follows:

Name of Section/Subject

Number of Questions

Number of Marks(per section)

English Language

30

30

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

Reasoning Ability

35

35

Total

100 100

Note: Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

Main Examination:

Main Examination will have 200 marks for Objective Tests and 25 marks for Descriptive Test. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive Test by typing on the computer. Immediately after the completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be conducted.

  • Objective Test: The Objective Test is of 3 hours duration. The Objective Test will have different times for every section. The candidates need to qualify for each of the tests by obtaining the passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Name of Section/Subject 

Number of Questions

Marks (per section)

Medium of Exam

Total Duration (Separately timed)

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

45

60

English & Hindi

60 Minutes

Data Analysis and Interpretation

35

60

English & Hindi

45 Minutes

General / Economy / Banking Awareness

40

40

English & Hindi

35 Minutes

English Language

35

40

English 

40 Minutes

Total

155

200

 

 

  • Descriptive Test: The Duration of Descriptive Test is 30 minutes (25 marks) and it will be a test of English Language such as Letter Writing and  Essay writing. The candidates need to qualify for the Descriptive Test by obtaining passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

Note:  Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main examination will be considered for shortlisting for Interview and preparation of final merit list.

IBPS PO Marking Scheme:

  • There will be negative marks for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests.  
  • For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one-fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score.  
  • If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no negative marking for that question. 

The latest data for IBPS PO 2018 is not yet & will be updated as soon as it is out. Stay tuned!

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