IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern (Prelims & Mains) – IBPS PO Syllabus 2018

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2018 –  IBPS PO Mains 2018 Exam Pattern :

These days, banking job aspirants are busy in doing preparation for IBPS PO 2018 exam. Because very soon, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will conduct a national level recruitment event for 4252 vacancies of Probationary Officers / Management Trainees available in several organizations.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

If you are also a banking job aspirant but not aware of IBPS PO 2018 exam pattern then you have landed on the right page because this post is only about IBPS PO 2018 exam pattern. After going through this post, you will have enough information on IBPS PO 2018 exam pattern, selection procedure and scheme of examination.

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern Overview

IBPS PO exam will be conducted in 3 stages

  • Preliminary exam
  • Main exam
  • Interview

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018 Detailed View

Preliminary Exam

Firstly, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will organize and conduct a preliminary exam on 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st of Oct, 2018 at several examination centres across the India. It will have 100 MCQs distributed among 3 sections-

  • Reasoning Ability (35 MCQs)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (35 MCQs)
  • English Language (35 MCQs)

Each MCQ will be of 1 mark. For each section, 20 minutes will be allotted separately.

Syllabus for IBPS PO 2018 Preliminary Exam

  • Reasoning Ability– Making series/ analogy, Coded Inequalities, Data Sufficiency, Coding & Decoding, Problem Solving, Number Series, Syllogism, Puzzle, Passage & conclusions type questions, Blood Relations, Comprehension Reasoning, Input Output etc. 
  • Quantitative Aptitude– Permutation, Mixtures & Alligations, Time & Distance, Combination &Probability, Sequence & Series, Number Systems, Ratio & Proportion, Work & Time, Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices, Percentage, Data Interpretation, Profit & Loss, Simplification, Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere etc.
  • English Language– Paragraph Completion, Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting, Fill in the blanks, Miscellaneous, Para jumbles, Cloze test, Reading comprehension etc.

Points To Be Remembered About Online Preliminary Exam

Scoring minimum marks in each section will be necessary to qualify online preliminary exam
Minimum-cut off marks for each section will be decided by IBPS on the basis of several factors like category wise no. of candidates and so on.
Penalty for wrong answers will be applicable. 0.25 marks will be deducted from final scores for each wrong answer.
IBPS will decide sectional as well as overall cut off in IBPS PO 2018 preliminary exam.

Examination Centres

IBPS PO 2018 preliminary examination will be conducted at the following centres but the exact address of the venue will be given in the call letters.

Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Port Blair, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Silchar, Tezpur, Naharlagun, Surat, Jamnagar, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Hassan, Hubli, Mandya, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nanded, Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fategarh Sahib, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli, Vellore, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal, Durgapur, Greater Kolkata, Dehradun, Haldwani,  Roorkee, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Aligarh, Allahabad, Banda etc.

Main Examination

Candidates who secure minimum cut-off marks in Preliminary exam will be shortlisted and called for main examination. It will be held on 18th Nov 2018 at few centres only. IBPS PO 2018 Main exam will have 4 objective type tests along with one descriptive test. Though out the main examination, there will be 157 questions. Out of which, 155 will be of objective type and 2 descriptive type questions. 155 MCQs will be of 200 marks and 2 descriptive questions will be of 25 marks. For further details, please go through below provided table

Name of testsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allotted for each test (Separately timed) (in minutes)Syllabus / topics covered
General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035Banking & financial awareness, general knowledge, static awareness, national / international current affairs etc.
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060Basics of Computer along with terminologies, computer hardware, keyboard shortcuts, internet, networking, operating system, Microsoft office, computer abbreviation etc.

Blood relations problems, coded inequalities, logical reasoning, syllogism, data sufficiency, tabulation, alphanumeric series, coding / decoding, input / output, ranking / direction / alphabet test, seating arrangement etc.
Data Analysis & Interpretation356045Permutation & combination, radar graph caselet, bar / tabular / line graph, pie chart, probability, data sufficiency, let it case DI, missing case DI etc.
English Language354040Fill in the blanks, grammar, vocabulary, error spotting, cloze test, reading comprehension, verbal ability, para jumbles, sentence improvement, word association etc.
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)22530There will be one Essay and one letter on the provided topics

IBPS PO Pre Admit Card 2018

IBPS PO Mains Admit Card 2018

IBPS PO 2018 Apply Online

Points To Be Remembered About Online Main Exam

Time allotted for each section has been changed.
There will be a combined test for Reasoning & Computer Aptitude.
Overall time allotted for main examination has also been changed from 140 minutes to 180 minutes.
In objective type tests, penalty for wrong answers will be applicable. 0.25 marks will be deducted from final scores for each wrong answer. There will be no negative marking in descriptive type test.
IBPS will decide sectional as well as overall cut off in IBPS PO 2018 main exam

Examination Centres

IBPS PO 2018 main exam will be conducted at only few centres such as Asansol, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Greater Kolkata, Kalyani, Siliguri, Madurai, Kurnool, Bhagalpur, Tirunelveli, Bardang / Gangtok, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai/ Thane/  Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru, Shimla, Ambala, Hissar, Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Jammu, Srinagar, Hamirpur, Jalandhar, Hubli, Mangalore, Dhanbad, Meerut, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala, Puducherry, Bhubaneshwar, Kohima, Aizawl, Shillong, Imphal, Aurangabad, Vadodra, Panji, Delhi/New Delhi, Gurugram, Surat, Raipur, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Pune, Bhopal, Indore, Kavaratti, Greater Noida, Chandigarh / Mohali, Muzzafarpur, Patna, Darbhanga, Vishakhapatnam, Vijaywada, Guwahati, Silchar, Naharlagun, Guntur and Port Blair.

IBPS PO 2018 Interview

On the basis of marks scored in IBPS PO 2018 online main exam, candidates will be shortlisted and called for an interview. With the help of IBPS, interview will be conducted by the participating banks as well as coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each UT / State. Date, time, centre name with address will be informed to the selected aspirants through the call letters.

Interview will be for 100 marks and minimum qualifying marks for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates will be 35% and 40% for others. At the time of interview, applicants must bring the following documents otherwise they may not be allowed to appear for the interview.

  • Hard copy of valid interview call letter
  • Hard copy of system generated application form for IBPS PO 2018
  • Class X certificate / marksheet or birth certificate issued by the respective authority
  • Photo ID
  • Graduation mark sheets / certificates
  • Category certificate (only for SC / ST / OBC category aspirants)
  • Disability certificate (if applicable)
  • Work experience documents / certificates, if any
  • Other relative certificates / documents in support of eligibility

Points To Be Remembered About Interview

Producing original documents at the time of interview is mandatory
Submitting self-attested photocopies of original documents at the time of interview is mandatory
Qualifying interview is mandatory to be for provisional allotment
Candidates shortlisted for interview do not send any document directly to Nodal Banks / IBPS before or after the interview

Interview Date and Centres

Interview will be conducted in either January or February of 2019. Interviews will be conducted at few selected centres only. Name & venue of centre, date and time of interview date will be informed to the shortlisted candidates through the call letters to be issued by IBPS. For more details, you should go through official notification or click here.

Final Selection

Scores obtained by candidates in the online main exam and interview will be taken into consideration for final selection. The weightage will be in the ratio 80:20. A final merit list will be generated by IBPS after the interview process. The banks will offer joining letter to the candidates on the basis of order of merit.

Quick look of IBPS PO 2018

Official notification was released on9th Aug 2018
No. of vacancies4252
Online registration can be done between14th Aug to 4th Sept 2018
Preliminary exam will be on13th, 14th, 20th & 21st of Oct, 2018
Main examination will be on18th Nov 2018
Date of InterviewJan / Feb 2019
Provisional AllotmentApril 2019
Official websitewww.ibps.in

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