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IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2021- Prelims, Mains, Interview and Marking Scheme

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Apr 14, 2021

The Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) sets the IBPS PO Exam Pattern. IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2021 comprises three stages viz. Preliminary exam, Main Exam, and Interview Round. English, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability sections are found in both prelims and main exams but the level of difficulty varies. In addition to the mentioned sections, the Main exam also has General Awareness and computer aptitude sections. Read IBPS PO Syllabus

IBPS PO 2021 exam will be organized in online mode. Prelims are just a qualifying exam, it is not counted in the final result. The selection of candidates depends upon the score obtained in the Main exam and Interview. Also, check the IBPS Exam Calendar for 2021-22

  • The duration for IBPS PO Mains has been increased to 3 hours 30 minutes.
  • The ‘Computer Awareness’ section has been scrapped and re-introduced as ‘Computer Aptitude’ which is merged with the Reasoning Ability section in Prelims Exam.
  • The Quantitative Aptitude section has been renamed as ‘Data Interpretation and Analysis’ in the Mains exam. It will now include questions from Data Interpretation as well.
PO Highlights

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2021 Highlights

Number of Stages 3 (Prelims, Main and Interview Round)
Conducting Authority IBPS
Exam Duration for Preliminary Round 1 hour (60 minutes)
Exam Duration for Main Round 3 hours 30 minutes (210 minutes)
Type of Questions MCQs (Additional Descriptive paper in Main Paper)
Exam Mode Prelims- Online,
Main Exam- Both Online and Offline
IBPS PO 2021 Interview Maximum Marks 100
Minimum Qualifying Marks for the Interview 40% (35% for Reserved Classes)
Prelims Pattern

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2021 for Prelims

  • Mode of Examination– Preliminary Exam of IBPS PO will be conducted in online mode.
  • Number of Sections- There are 3 sections in IBPS PO Prelims viz. English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning.
  • Duration of Exam- The exam will be for 1 hour (60 minutes).
  • Nature of Questions- Questions in the exam will be objective type (MCQs). Each question will have 5 options wherein only 1 option will be correct.
  • Marking Scheme– Each question will carry 1 mark. Also, there is a provision of negative marking i.e. for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks would be deducted.
  • Language of Exam- For the English section, the questions will be set in English Language only, the rest of the sections will be offered in English and Hindi languages.

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Key Points for IBPS PO Prelims Exam 2021

  • IBPS PO Prelims is a qualifying paper.
  • Candidates qualifying for this paper will be eligible to appear for IBPS PO Main Exam. Check IBPS PO Eligibility 2021
  • The marks secured in this exam will not be considered while compiling the final result.
  • There will be a sectional cutoff and overall cutoff to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam.

Section-wise Weightage of Prelims Exam

Section Name Total Questions Total Marks Duration Medium of Exam
English Language 30 questions 30 marks 20 minutes English
Quantitative Aptitude 35 questions 35 marks 20 minutes English and Hindi
Reasoning Ability 35 questions 35 marks 20 minutes English and Hindi
Total 100 Questions 100 Marks 60 minutes -
Mains Pattern

IBPS PO 2021 Exam Pattern for Mains

  • Mode of Examination– IBPS PO Main will be conducted in both online and offline mode.
  • Number of Sections– There are 4 sections in the IBPS PO Main exam viz. English, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, and General Awareness. IBPS PO Main Exam will have a Descriptive Paper having 2 questions- Letter Writing and Essay writing.
  • Duration of Exam: - The exam will be of 3 hours 30 minutes (3 hours for objective paper and 30 minutes for descriptive paper).
  • Nature of Questions– There will be 155 multiple choice questions and 2 written questions. Each question will have 5 options wherein only 1 option will be correct.

Also, check the IBPS PO Previous Years’ Question Papers

IBPS PO Main 2021 Exam Key Points

  • There will be sectional cutoff and overall cutoff.
  • A specified sectional time limit will be allocated to attempt each section in the Main exam.
  • An IBPS PO cutoff list will be prepared where candidates having higher scores/marks will have their names on top of the list.
  • Candidates with a higher score will be given priority for the interview.

Section-Wise Weightage of IBPS PO Mains Exam

IBPS PO Mains Pattern Paper Section Name Total Questions Allotted Time Total Marks Medium of Exam
Objective Test English Language 35 Questions 40 minutes 40 English
Data Interpretation and Analysis 35 Questions 45 minutes 60 English & Hindi
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 Questions 60 minutes 60 English & Hindi
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 Questions 35 minutes 40 English & Hindi
Descriptive Test English (Essay and Letter Writing) 2 Questions 30 minutes 25 Marks English
Total 157 Questions 3 hours 30 minutes 225 Marks -
PO Interview

IBPS PO 2021 Exam Pattern 2021 for Interview

  • Candidates who qualify for the Main exam are eligible for the interview round.
  • The interview round will carry 100 marks.
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  • This is the final stage in the selection process of IBPS PO Selection Process.
  • This round carries a 20% weightage in the final result.
  • Through this round, a candidate's communication skills and personality are examined.

Highlights of IBPS PO Interview

  • The minimum mark to qualify for the Interview round is 40% for General Category candidates. Candidates belonging to the reserved category must score at least 35% marks.
  • The final Merit List is prepared based on the score in the Main exam and Interview performance.
  • IBPS PO combined score would be declared based on scores obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination and Interview in the ratio of 80:20
  • After the interview round concludes, provisional allotment will be done as per the vacancies in different banks.
PO FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. What are the minimum marks the aspirants have to get for qualifying for the IBPS PO Prelims exam 2021?

Ans. The exam conducting authority every year releases the IBPS Cutoff for prelims, which is varied from year to year. The prelims cutoff score is varied based on the performance of the candidates and also on the number of vacancies released. Thus, to qualify for the next round, the candidates require to achieve the minimum cutoff score in the prelims exam.

Ques. What is the minimum education qualification for applying for the IBPS PO exam?

Ans. The aspirants require to complete their graduation in any subject to apply for the IBPS PO exam.

Ques. Is the IBPS PO exam pattern different from the IBPS Clerk exam?

Ans. Yes, the IBPS PO exam pattern is slightly different from the IBPS clerk exam. There is no descriptive exam in the IBPS Clerk mains exam, whereas the aspirants do not need to appear to the interview phase.

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Comments


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bhagyashri kene
Is the level of quant and reasoning in the SEBI more or less difficult than the bank PO exams?
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kavita rani

Hi Bhagyashri. The difficulty level of SEBI will be at least in IBPS PO. Candidates need to prepare themselves as per the latest IBPS PO for SEBI assistant manager prelims exam. Candidates are advised to prepare with full concentration so that they can get a good score in the exam.

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divya jain
Are the papers of Reasoning and Quantity in Hindi medium
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surendra

HI Divya

The english section will be help in english language rest the exam will held in both english and hindi medium. You can visit on our official website of IBPS Po Exam Pattern and Syllabus to get the whole exam details

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divakar sharma
Can someone prepare for IBPS - PO (Bank Exams) and CAT simultaneously at the same time?
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kavita rani

Hi Divakar. Yes, you can prepare for both exams in case you are eligible for the same. As few of the sections like quant, reasoning and english, you will be preparing for both the exams, simultaneous study will assist you. But make sure that you are well-versed with the latest exam pattern and syllabus so that you can prepare for both exams.

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utkarsha khatri
What is the best way to prepare for bank PO while working as an IT employee?
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kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. Prepare a timetable. Focus on your weaker subjects and topics and try to clear all the concepts of the full syllabus. Also do enough practice questions that help you clear the concepts, so that they can get a good score.

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pradeepraje
What is the syllabus for IBPS PO 2020 (English)?
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kavita rani

Hi Pradeepraj. Some of the important topics in the English section include Fill in the blanks, Multiple Meaning/Error, paragraph Completion, etc. Detailed syllabus for IBPS PO is mentioned here.
 

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pradeepraje
What is the syllabus for IBPS PO 2020 (Prelims & Mains)?
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prahasti
How do I get a government job with a B.Tech in CSE?
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kavita rani

Hi Prahasti. Some of the central government jobs include ISRO - Indian Space Research Organization, DRDO - Defence Research and Development Organisation, BARC - Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, etc. You can refer to the official websites of these companies to know the detailed procedure to apply.

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neha
How I prepare to IBPS PO Exam 2021, best way?
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kavita rani

Hi Neha. For any competitive exam, Mock Tests, Sectional Quiz, and Previous Years Papers play an important role to ace up the preparations. In addition to getting detailed understanding about the latest exam pattern and preparing adhering to the time table, do more mock tests as they help boost your preparation level. Get mock tests from here.
 

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puja sao
What is your review of IBPS Po 2020 Mains?
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kavita rani

Hi Puja. IBPS PO 2020 review for both the prelims as well as mains stage helps a lot in knowing more about the exam. There are a total of three sections including English language, numerical ability, and reasoning ability asked in the exam. Some students found this exam easy, while for others, it was quite difficult.

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bhagyashri kene
Is writing IBPS PO mocks enough for cracking both IBPS PO and RRB PO 2020?
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kavita rani

Hi Bhagyashri. Taking mock tests will help analyze your performance and you will learn from your mistakes. But along with that you need to refer to the right kind of study as well and study harder to get a good score. For GA and computer awareness section, it would be unwise to just rely on the mock tests so invest your time to ace those sections as well.

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divakar sharma
What is the changed pattern for IBPS Exams?
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kavita rani

Hi Divakar. One of the key changes introduced in the exam is change in the exam duration. The exam duration for IBPS PO Main has been increased to 3 hours 30 minutes. You can check out the latest IBPS exam pattern here.
 

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abhilasha sharma
does the syllabus of crp po and ibps po same?
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yash raj singh
In which mode will the IBPS PO 2019 exam be conducted – Online or Offline?
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kavita rani

Hi Yash. IBPS PO exam is conducted in both online and offline mode. Mode of prelims examination is online while IBPS PO Main will be taken in both online and offline mode. Check detailed IBPS PO exam pattern here.
 

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neha
Is the level of NIACL AO exam difficult as compared to IBPS or SBI PO exams?
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kavita rani

Hi Neha. The level of questions asked in the NIACL AO exam is almost the same as compared to the banking exams. However, in terms of general knowledge the preference is given to insurance static and current news as compared to the banking news. So prepare accordingly for the exam.

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pradeepraje
Does online coaching have better insight of the online exam of IPBS PO?
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kavita rani

Hi Pradeepraj. I don't think whether a coaching is online or offline, will definitely help a lot in preparing for the IBPS PO. You can get assistance from your teachers while preparing for the exam.

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sadim ansari
Which online test series is best for bank po exam?
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kavita rani

Hi Sadim. Prepare for IBPS PO bank exam with India's Best Online Test Series based on latest pattern. You can get Free Mock Tests, Sample Papers, and previous year papers here.
 

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neha
Where can I take free online mock test for IBPS PO and clerk?
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kavita rani

Hi Neha. One can prepare for IBPS PO and clerk exam by checking the latest online Mock Tests, Sample Papers and Study Materials here.
 

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neha
Is CAT and IBPS/SBI PO exam paper pattern similar. If yes, then can a BSc graduate can clear these exams?
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kavita rani

Hi Neha. Many CAT aspirants prepare for the CAT and bank exams together and cleared the exam. It is interesting to note that preparing for both, bank and CAT exams is possible. But there is some difference in both these exams, candidates must have a detailed understanding about the kind of questions asked in the exam. For more details, you can refer here.
 

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sadim ansari
According to the latest exam/question pattern for SBI/IBPS PO-(2020), does CAT books (ARUN SHARMA/NISHIT SINHA etc.) will play more vital role over conventional Arihant, R.S Agarwal, BSC books ?
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kavita rani

Hi Sadim. All these books are good. While choosing the books, your concepts matter a lot and thus you need to choose that book or study material which is readable and include all the latest syllabus and important topics.

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sourajit mukherjee
How should I prepare SBI-PO exams?What are the Popular websites for preparing for Exams like SBI PO?
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kavita rani

Hi Sourajit. Bankers Daily, Bank PO ORG, All India Exams, etc. are some of the popular websites that can be referred while preparing for SBI PO exams.