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    Details of the IBPS PO Exam Pattern

    The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has changed the exam pattern of the Mains examination last year. This newly introduced exam pattern is similar to SBI PO exam pattern. IBPS conducts this exam every year to recruit Probationary Officers (Management Trainees) in various public sector banks in India (except State Bank of India and its associate banks). According to the IBPS PO 2019-20 notification, there have been changes done in Prelims exam also. So, let us now, discuss the changes that have taken place in this article, and the changes are:-
    As we know, the recruitment process for IBPS Probationary Officers takes place in three major stages- Preliminary Exams, Main Exams and Personal Interview round. Last year, the exam pattern for the Mains exam was changed but from this year the pattern for Prelims exam has also been changed.
    Phrases of IBPS PO Exam Pattern
    IBPS PO is an online examination
    Phase
    Mode
    Prelims
    Online
    Mains
    Online
    Personal Interview
    Face-to-Face
    IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Prelims
    The exam pattern for the IBPS PO Prelims exam is same as before and there are three sections which are shown below:
    Sections of the Examination
    Total Number Of Questions & Maximum Marks
    English Language
    30/30
    Quantitative Aptitude
    35/35
    Reasoning Ability
    35/35
    Total
    100/100

    IBPS PO Prelims exam will be of one hour duration (60 minutes). Until last year, all the three sections (English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability) were not separately timed. From this year onwards, all the three sections are allotted time duration of 20 minutes each and will have separate cut-off marks. The candidates who will clear the cut-off marks of all three sections as well as clear the overall cut-off marks will be permitted to appear in the Mains exam through Bank PO Coaching Durgapur. 
    IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains
    From 2017 onwards, the IBPS PO exam pattern for the Main exam has changed. The total number of the asked questions and the maximum marks for each section of IBPS PO Main exam are shown below:
    Sections of the Examination
    Total Number Of Questions & Maximum Marks
    English Language
    35/40
    Data Analysis and Interpretation
    35/60
    Reasoning and Computer Aptitude
    45/60
    General Awareness
    40/40
    Total in Objective Test
    155/200
    English Language (Letter Writing and Essay)
    2/25
    Grand Total
    157/225

    The sections of Mains Exam are separately timed. The total allotted time duration for the Main exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes. The time allotted for each section is shown below:-
    Sections of the Examination
    Maximum Time Allotted
    English Language
    40 minutes
    Data Analysis and Interpretation
    45 minutes
    Reasoning and Computer Aptitude
    60 minutes
    General Awareness
    35 minutes
    English Language (Letter Writing and Essay)
    30 minutes

    There will be negative marking both Prelims and Mains exams. For every wrong answer, there will be deduction of 25 percent of marks assigned to a question. There will be no deduction in marks for the un-attempted problems.

    Types of changes made in IBPS PO Exam Pattern
    Since 2017, there are five major changes which are done in the IBPS PO exam and these changes are:-
    ·      a) The sections of the Prelims exam have been separately timed. Each section will be of 20 minutes.
    ·      b) In IBPS PO Mains exam, the number of questions has been decreased.
    ·      c) The time duration of IBPS PO Mains exam has been increased.
    ·      d) In the IBPS PO Mains Exam; the sections of Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude have been merged into one section.
    ·      e) In the IBPS PO Mains Exam, a descriptive section (English Language – Letter Writing and Essay) has been added. 
    Reasons for the changes implemented in the IBPS PO Exam Pattern
    In order to follow the exam pattern of SBI PO, the new changes have been introduced. It implies that all the banking exams will be having the same exam pattern and this will make the preparation easier for the aspiring candidates through banking Exam preparation books.
    We want every aspirant to be well-aware of the recent changes done to the IBPS PO exam and therefore we advise you to read this article carefully.

    All the Best!!!

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