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IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2022: Section-wise Prelims & Mains Pattern, Marking Scheme & Syllabus


IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2022: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) released the IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2022 in its official notification on August 1, 2022. The Tier 1 or IBPS Preliminary Exam and Tier 2 or IBPS Mains Exam will be conducted to select candidates for the IBPS PO exam (CRP XI). After the Mains, there will be a face-to-face interview.

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Candidates must know the detailed exam pattern and IBPS PO Syllabus to prepare a strategic study plan and get their dream job. It will help them to get an idea about the type & number of questions, time duration, marking scheme, total marks, etc. IBPS PO Prelims Exam will be held on October 15, 16 & 22, 2022. Scroll down and understand the IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2022.

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2022 Overview

The IBPS PO Recruitment is conducted in three stages, i.e., Prelims, Mains and Interview. IBPS PO Prelims and Mains exams have different paper patterns. Both the exams are conducted in the computer-based test mode. There is separate sectional timing for each section in both preliminary and main exams.

Candidates need to clear all the stages in order to get selected for the post of Probationary Officer. Check the stage-wise selection process as mentioned below:

MainsObjective/ Descriptive 225
Personal InterviewFace-to-Face Interview 100

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IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2022

The IBPS PO Prelims exam is the first step of the selection procedure. The prelims exam is qualifying in nature and will be conducted to filter out the candidates for Mains Exam. The marks scored in the Prelims exam will not be considered to prepare for the final result.

The candidates can check the IBPS PO Paper Pattern for Prelims as given below:

SectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
English Language3030
Quantitative Aptitude3535
Reasoning Ability3535

Important Points:

  • The total time duration to complete the test is 1 hour. Also, 20 minutes are allocated to complete each section.
  • There are three sections in the prelims exam: English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability.
  • There are separate sectional timings for each section.
  • One mark will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted from the wrong answer for every incorrect answer.
  • The exam paper will be set in English and Hindi (Except for the English language).
  • All the questions are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).
  • Candidates will have to meet both sectional and overall cutoff to qualify for the Mains exam.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2022

The candidates who qualify for the sectional and overall cut-off for IBPS PO Prelims will be eligible to appear in the Mains exam for IBPS PO. The cut-off for the Mains will depend on the number of vacancies available.

Before the completion of the interview process, the scores obtained in the Mains exam will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for the personal interview process. The total number of questions and the maximum marks for each section of the Mains exam are given below:

SectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
English Language456040 Minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation454045 Minutes
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude356060 Minutes
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness354035 Minutes
Total in Objective Test1552003 Hours
English Language (Letter Writing and Essay)22530 Minutes
Grand Total1572253 Hour 30 Minutes

Important Points:

  • The maximum time to complete the test is 3 hours 30 minutes with a sectional time limit.
  • There are four sections in the main exam: English language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, and General Awareness.
  • For every incorrect answer, 1/4th of the marks will be deducted.
  • The Main exam comprises objective type and descriptive type of questions.
  • The objective type carries 200 marks, whereas the descriptive type is 25 marks.
  • The total time duration for the objective paper is 3 hours, and the descriptive paper is 30 minutes.
  • The number of questions asked in an objective paper is 155, whereas a descriptive paper comprises 2 questions (Letter writing and Essay Writing).

IBPS PO 2022 Interview Process

The candidates qualifying for the main exam will be called for the Interview rounds. The participating organisations will conduct the Personal Interview separately in coordination with the Nodal Bank of each state IBPS. A separate admit card will be issued to the eligible candidates for the interview. The Personal Interview will be conducted for 100 Marks. The qualifying marks for the PI are 35% for the reserved category and 40% for others.

Note that the final selection of the aspirants will be made on the basis of their performances in both Main and Personal Interviews. The ratio of qualifying marks for Online Main and the Interview is 80:20, respectively. The candidates must score as high as possible in both Main and Personal interviews to ensure provisional allotment.

Candidates can check the list of documents produced at the time of the interview as mentioned below:

  • Printout of the valid Interview Call Letter.
  • Proof of Date of Birth (Birth Certificate issued by the Competent Municipal Authorities or SSLC/ Std. X Certificate with DOB).
  • Photo ID proof
  • Marksheet or educational certificates.
  • Caste certificate, if applicable.
  • Income certificate, if applicable.

IBPS PO Marking Scheme

It is important to qualify for the cut-off in all three sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Mains exam. For every incorrect answer, there will be a deduction of 1/4th of the marks allotted to the questions. There is no penalty for unattempted questions.

The IBPS PO Mains exam has both objective and descriptive papers. Also, note that the negative marking scheme is only applicable to the objective questions.

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus 2022

Let’s have a look at the syllabus of IBPS PO Prelims 2022 exam:

Reasoning: Logical Reasoning, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test, Data Sufficiency, Coded Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle, Syllogism, Input-Output, etc.

Quantitative Aptitude: Simplification, Profit & Loss, Mixtures & Alligations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices, Work & Time, Time & Distance, Sphere, Data Interpretation, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Number Systems, etc.

English Language: Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para jumbles, Spotting Error, Fill in the blanks, etc.

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FAQs on IBPS PO 2022 Exam Pattern

Some frequently asked questions on the IBPS PO exam pattern are mentioned below:

Q.1: When was the IBPS PO Prelims exam conducted?
Ans: The IBPS PO Prelims exam will be conducted on October 15, 16 & 22, 2022.

Q.2: Is there any negative marking in the IBPS PO exam?
Ans: Yes, 1/4th of the marks are deducted for every wrong answer.

Q.3: Do I have to clear the cut-off marks of each section for both IBPS PO Prelims and Mains in order to qualify for the next round?
Ans: Yes, candidates must clear the cut-off marks of all the three sections of the Prelims to appear for the Main exam. Likewise, they have to clear the cut-off marks of all the five sections of the Main exam to appear for the Personal Interview.

Q.4: What is the duration of the IBPS PO Mains exam?
Ans: The duration of IBPS PO Mains is 3 hours and 30 minutes. Three hours is for objective-type questions and 30 minutes for English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Q.5: Is there any sectional cut-off in IBPS PO Mains?
Ans: Yes, similar to the IBPS PO Preliminary examination, Mains will also have a sectional cut-off.

Q.6: What are the total marks allotted for the IBPS PO interview?
The maximum mark allotted for IBPS PO Interview is 100 marks.

You have to be thorough with the IBPS PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus to finish all the topics properly. Solve as many IBPS PO practice questions as possible in a time-bound manner. Also, once you have finished the whole syllabus, take free IBPS PO Mock Tests on Embibe’s platform and learn from your mistakes to improve your score.

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