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IBPS PO Exam 2022: Latest Pattern for Pre, Mains, Interview

Swati Mahendras


The IBPS or Institute of Banking Personnel Selection releases vacancies every year for the post of Probationary Officer (PO).

The lucrative salary, work-life balance, job security, and amazing perks attract candidates to join the banking sector. The quick execution in the recruitment process also draws the attention of government job aspirants.

If you want to prepare for IBPS PO 2022, knowledge about exam pattern is necessary. This exam consists of three stages. Here is the complete IBPS PO exam pattern:
  • Preliminary exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview

It is a computer-based test of 100 questions that need to be solved within an hour. One-fourth mark is deducted for each wrong answer.

There is a sectional time limit for each section. Additional time is given to PwD candidates, which is 20 minutes of an hour.

Question paper can be attempted in either Hindi or English language. The English comprehension section is available in the English language only.

It consists of three sections:


Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

English Comprehension

Maximum Marks




Number of Questions




Time in Minutes




Candidates require to clear the basic sectional cutoff of each section along with an overall cutoff of IBPS PO Prelims to qualify for the Mains exam.

This test is a game of speed because you get only 60 minutes to answer 100 questions.

The preliminary exam is qualifying in nature, and the final merit is not made on the basis of the marks scored in this test.

IBPS PO Mains Exam

The time duration for the Mains Exam is 210 minutes (3 hours 30 minutes). This exam is MCQ-based. One-fourth mark is deducted for each wrong answer. There is a particular time limit for each section. Additional time is allocated to the candidates with physical disabilities.

The pattern of the exam is shown in the table:

Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Version of Tests Time Type of Test
1 Reasoning & Computer   Aptitude
     Section A
     Section B
45 60 English & Hindi 60 minutes Objective
2 General/ Economy / Banking   Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 35 minutes
3 English Language Section A Section B 35 40 English 40 minutes
4 Data Analysis &   Interpretation
     Section A Section B
35 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
TOTAL 155 200 3 Hours
5 English Language (Letter   Writing & Essay) 2 25 English 30 minutes Descriptive
GRAND TOTAL 225 3 Hours 30 minutes

The tests of Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, English Language and Data Analysis & Interpretation are divided into two parts: Section A and Section B. All questions in both the sections (A & B) are compulsory. Some questions will be of 2 marks and some questions will be of 1 mark.

There will be penalty 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
penalty for that question.

Question paper can be attempted in either Hindi or English language. The English comprehension section is available in the English language only.

The marks of the MCQ-based test and descriptive test are added to decide the final cutoff for the interview process.

IBPS PO Interview:-

After clearing the Mains exam, candidates are called for the interview. IBPS PO interview questions are majorly focused on the banking and economy sector. The interview is of 100 marks, and the minimum marks required are 40%. The minimum marks for reserved categories are 35%.

The final selection, merit list, and provisional bank allocation for the POs are based on the marks of the Mains and the interview, in the ratio of 80:20.

IBPS PO marking scheme is simple as it does not include marks from pre-exam. IBPS selects POs on the basis of marks obtained in the Mains exam and interview.

Start Your Preparation!

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The Probationary Officer (PO) job is one of the best public sector banking jobs with immense growth and a lot of opportunities. You can also choose the offline preparation mode for IBPS PO. We are operating in more than 160+ cities currently with plenty of success stories.


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