IBPS Bank PO 2020: Details on Scores vs Bank Preferences

Updated Wed, 19 Aug 2020 04:21 PM IST

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The IBPS PO exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel selection every year to recruit probationary officers for public sector banks as well as few public sector insurance companies. This year’s application process for the exam has been started from 5th August 2020 and will continue till 26th August 2020. Hence it's very important for an aspirant to look at the score pattern as well to select the correct bank preference in the IBPS PO application process. So here are few tips on score pattern and how to select bank preference for an exam that a candidate should definitely look upon before the exam.

Details on Scores

IBPS PO 2020 Result scores 
The result scores for IBPS PO exams will be released separately for prelims, mains, and interview round for the exam. So here is information about scores of every round of exam:-

Prelims Round     

It is a qualifying round for the exam and used to shortlist candidates for the mains round.

Source: Safalta

The scores of this round are not calculated for the final merit list.
Maximum Marks – 100
Marking scheme – 1 for the correct answer, 0.25 negative marking for the wrong answer

Mains exam round 

It is the 2nd stage of the IBPS exam. It comprises of a descriptive paper and an objective paper. The candidate first needs to qualify the objective paper so that their descriptive paper is examined. To qualify this round the candidate needs to qualify all the papers of the mains exam and also needs to clear the cutoff of the overall mains exam. Then only the candidate will qualify for the interview round.80% weightage is provided to the mains exam in the merit list and the cut off list is based on vacancies and difficulty of the exam.
Maximum Marks – 225 (200 for Objective paper and 25 for Descriptive paper)

Interview round 

The interview round is of 100 marks. The qualifying marks for the interview rounds are already defined for reserved category and unreserved category candidates.
Reserved category candidates need to score 40% while the unreserved category candidate needs to score 35% in the interview round.20% weightage is provided to this round in the final result.

Normalization of scores

The normalization of scores process take place in the IBPS PO exam so that unbiased decision is made for every candidate as exams take place in different states at different times and different shifts.

The question papers of various venues and shifts are also different and the difficulty level of the paper too, hence for the exam to be fair normalization of scores is required.

For normalizing scores that candidates get in each stage of the exam an equi-percentile method is used.

Selecting Bank Preferences for IBPS PO 2020

Selecting bank preferences for the IBPS PO exam in your application form is a very crucial part of the exam and sometimes it’s quite confusing of the candidates. So here are the criteria’s on the basis of which the candidate can select preference order.

Before looking at the criteria’s important to look at the banks that are participating in the exam. This year 17 banks are participating for the exam – Andhra Bank,  Canara Bank, Indian Bank, Syndicate Bank, Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce, UCO Bank, Bank of Baroda, Corporation Bank, Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India and United Bank of India.

Number of Vacancies 

The candidate should choose the bank first which has more job opportunities as it would improve chances of selection and should ignore the ones with fewer opportunities.

Based on Headquarters and Work Culture

The candidate should select banks according to their ease and headquarter preference. They should also look upon the employee's review and work culture of banks. 

Based on Region

If a candidate is interested to work in his/her own district, state, etc it’s important to collect every information about headquarter proximity and branches of the bank and should take transfer accordingly as PO is a transferable job.

Female candidates 

The female candidates can select banks with more number of branches in their city if they want. They can also consider factors of security, work culture, office atmosphere, and headcount while choosing banks.

Personal Choice 

At last, the most important factor is the personal choice of candidate. The candidates must choose the banks in which they think they will be able to work properly and efficiently. Its possible banks with maximum opportunities could have bad work culture and strict transfer policy. It’s also possible the candidates want to work in urban areas for better opportunities. Hence candidates should also select the preference order according to personal choice. 

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