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IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2022

Updated By Deepansh Sharma on 02 Aug, 2022 12:45

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IBPS PO 2022 Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO 2022 Exam Pattern is announced by the exam conducting authority. Candidates preparing for the IBPS PO 2022 can check the detailed information on examination patterns for Preliminary as well as Main examinations on the official website of the 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 2022 will also help candidates in preparation for the examination. As it defines the mode of examination, a number of 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. Since the Preliminary of IBPS PO 2022 is about to be conducted in Dec 2022, candidates must start their preparation by understanding the exam pattern prescribed for the Mains. A few important pointers must be kept in mind while preparing for the examination. Enlisted below are these pointers that must not be missed by the Mains applicants. 

  • There will be two online exams, Preliminary and Mains. A candidate has to pass the Prelims to take the Main Examination.
  • The IBPS PO Mains Result determines the participant’s eligibility for attending interviews and later stages of the recruitment.
  • Both Preliminary and Main Exams are in objective mode except the English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) in the Mains of IBPS PO 2022, which is to be answered subjectively.
  • All tests except the part 'English Language both Objective and Subjective' can be attempted in Hindi medium.

IBPS PO 2022 Pattern Highlights



Mode of Examination


Test Duration for Prelims

1 hour

Test Duration for Mains

3 hours + 30 minutes

Number of Sections in Prelims


Number of Sections in Mains

4 + 1

Total number of questions in the exam in Prelims


Total number of questions in the exam in Mains

155 + 2

Question Type

MCQ + 1 Descriptive Type in Mains

Each question carries

1 mark

Marks deducted for each incorrect question


    Details of IBPS PO Exam Pattern

    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



    Quantitative Aptitude



    Reasoning Ability





    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 the 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



    English & Hindi

    60 Minutes

    Data Analysis and Interpretation



    English & Hindi

    45 Minutes

    General / Economy / Banking Awareness



    English & Hindi

    35 Minutes

    English Language




    40 Minutes




    • English Language (Letter Writing & Essay):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.

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      Penalty for a wrong answer

      There will be a penalty for every wrong answer given and ¼ th of the total marks of a question will be deducted. In easy words for each of the wrong answers, there will be a deduction of 0.25 marks. If a question is left blank, i.e. an answer is not marked, then there will be no penalty.  

      IBPS PO Scoring Mechanism

      Marks till two decimal points will be considered. 

      The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) will be normalized using the equi-percentile method.

      IBPS PO 2022 Pre Exam training

      Along with the IBPS PO official notification, the exam conducting authority also released the guidelines for IBPS PO 2022 Pre exam training. The Pre exam training is basically prescribed for the reserved classes. IBPS arranges Pre exam training for SC/ ST/ Religious Minority Community applicants at various training centers across the country. But, this year, the exam conducting authority has also mentioned that it will hold the IBPS PO PET only if the situation allows it to be executed. That means if the situations are sensitive due to Covid, the PET will not be conducted. 

      How To Download PET Training Admit Card for IBPS PO

      • Visit the official IBPS website at

      • Log in to your account by filling the registration number and password.

      • Now click on the download PET traing call letter option provided on the home page.

      • In this way, one can download the pre-exam training call letter

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      Related Questions

      Is not genearal awareness include in IBPS po preliminary examination?

      -AnonymousUpdated on July 24, 2020 04:43 PM
      • 1 Answer
      Diksha Nautiyal, Student / Alumni

      Dear student, 

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