IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2021: Check detailed exam pattern, marking scheme and other details

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Do you know IBPS PO Exam Pattern? Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts IBPS PO Exam to recruit eligible and interested candidates to the post of Probationary Officers. Candidates who are aspiring to appear for IBPS PO Exam should know all the details such as eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus and so on. Candidates who want to crack this exam must begin their preparation by familiarizing themselves with the IBPS PO exam pattern and syllabus to plan a strategy for themselves.
  • IBPS PO Exam has three stages- prelims, mains and interview.
  • The preliminary exam of IBPS PO 2021 is was held on 04th & 11th December 2021 and Mains Exam is scheduled for January 2022
  • Candidates should ensure that they know all the details about the IBPS PO exam pattern so that they know about the subjects from which questions are asked, the marking scheme, duration of the exam, and so on.
  • Check out the syllabus of another major examination-  SBI PO Syllabus here.
It is very crucial to know IBPS PO Exam Pattern to be able to understand the weightage of different subjects in this exam. In this article, we have described IBPS PO Exam Pattern in detail for the benefit of the candidates. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our daily FREE Current Affairs.  

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2021

IBPS PO selection procedure comprises of three stages:
  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview
The details regarding each of these stages is given below.

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern: Prelims

IBPS PO Prelims exam is conducted online and questions are asked from three subjects- English language, logical reasoning, and quantitative aptitude. The questions are objective in nature. A total of 100 questions are asked in this exam. Each question carries one mark. There is negative marking and 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. The duration of the exam is 1 hour. The details of IBPS PO prelims exam pattern is as given below:


Total no. of Questions

Total marks

Time Duration

English language



20 Minutes

Logical reasoning



20 Minutes

Quantitative aptitude



20 Minutes




60 Minutes

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern: Mains

Candidates who qualify for the prelims exam appear for IBPS PO Mains Exam. This exam has questions that are objective in nature. The objective questions are asked from sections such as Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General Awareness, Economy & Banking Awareness. Candidates also have to answer descriptive questions in the English Language section where there have to write letters and an essay. In the objective questions section, each question carries one mark. There is negative marking and 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. The details are as follows:
Part Section Number of Questions Marks Allotted Time Allotted
Objective Test Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 min
English Language 35 40 40 min
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 min
General Awareness, Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 min
Descriptive Test English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 min

IBPS PO Exam Pattern: Interview

Candidates who clear the mains exam appear for the interview. The date for the interview is released after the main exam is over. The interview carries a total of 100 marks. Candidates have to score at least 40% marks to qualify for the interview. After the interview round, IBPS releases the merit list of the candidates.

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IBPS RRB PO Exam Pattern IBPS PO Syllabus IBPS PO Eligibility
IBPS PO Salary IBPS PO Vacancy Details 2021 IBPS RRB Office Assistant Salary

IBPS PO Exam Pattern FAQs

Q. How many stages does the IBPS PO selection process comprise of?

A. IBPS PO selection process comprises three stages- prelims, mains, and interview.

Q. How many questions are asked in IBPS PO Prelims Exam?

A. A total of 100 questions are asked in IBPS PO Prelims Exam.

Q. What is the duration of the IBPS PO Prelims Exam?

A. The duration of IBPS PO Prelims Exam is one hour.

Q. Is there a negative marking in IBPS PO Exam?

A. Yes, there is a negative marking in IBPS PO Exam. 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.

Q. How many marks does IBPS PO Interview comprise of?

A. IBPS PO Interview comprises of 100 marks out of which candidates have to atleast score 40% marks.

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