IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2021:Check section-wise paper pattern and marking scheme

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Do you know the exam pattern for IBPS PO Mains Exam? Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts IBPS PO Exam to recruit eligible and interested candidates to the post of probationary officer. Candidates who are aspiring to appear for this exam should know all the details about the exam pattern.  Knowing exam patterns can help in utilizing the available time before the examination process begins. Exam pattern is also crucial for familiarizing with the exam. The prelims for IBPS PO Exam was held in the first week of December.
  • The prelims result will be declared soon.
  • The candidates who qualify the prelims stage are called for the mains examination.
  • The mains is expected to be held in January 2022.
  • The IBPS PO Exam consists of three stages prelims, mains, and interviews.
  • Mains exam is conducted for a total of 200 marks and 25 marks for the English Language Section.
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IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2021

The mains exam pattern as per the official notification is as follows:
  • The exam is conducted in online mode.
  • The English Language section is pen and paper-based.
  • Questions are objective type.
  • The exam is bilingual - Questions are framed in English and Hind.
  • There is negative marking and a 1/4 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • The total time duration of the exam is 3 hours.
The section-wise exam pattern is illustrated below:
S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation(numerical ability) 35 60 45 minutes
4 General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 minutes

Based on the performance in the mains exam candidates are called for the interview round.

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IBPS PO Syllabus

IBPS PO Syllabus: Mains

The syllabus for the  mains exam is as follows:
Section  Topics 

 English Language 

  1. Reading Comprehensions
  2. Grammar / Vyakaran
  3. Spotting Errors
  4. Fill in the Blanks
  5. Misspelled Words
  6. Jumbled Words
  7. Rearrangement of Sentence
  8. Jumbled up sentences
  9. Idioms and Phrases
  10. Cloze Tests
  11. One word Substitution
  12. Antonyms and Synonyms

Basic computer

  1. Fundamentals of Computer
  2. History of Computers
  3. Future of Computers
  4. Basic Knowledge of the Internet
  5. Networking Software & Hardware
  6. Abbreviations Shortcut Keys
  7. MS Office
  8. Database
  9. Security Tools
  10. Virus
  11. Hacking

General Economy and Banking Awareness Syllabus

  1. Current AffairsNational & International
  2. Sports Abbreviations
  3. Currencies & Capitals
  4. General Science
  5. Government Schemes & Policies
  6. Banking Awareness
  7. RBI
  8. National Parks & Sanctuaries

Numerical Ability

  1. Number System
  2. Data Interpretation - Bar Graph, Line Graph & Pie chart
  3. HCF & LCM
  4. Profit & Loss
  5. Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  6. Time & Work
  7. Time & Distance
  8. Decimal & Fraction
  9. Averages
  10. Simplification
  11. Partnership
  12. Percentages
  13. Ratio & Proportion
  14. Averages
  15. Case Studies Charts and Graphs
  16. Permutation & Combination
  17. Probability

Reasoning Syllabus 

  1. Puzzles - Seating Arrangement: Circular/Direction-based/MISC
  2. Number Series
  3. Odd man out
  4. Coding-Decoding
  5. Blood Relation
  6. Analogy
  7. Syllogism
  8. Alphabet Test
  9. Ranking and Time
  10. Causes and Effects
  11. Direction Sense
  12. Figure Series
  13. Word Formation
  14. Statement and Assumption
  15. Assertion and Reason
  16. Statement and Conclusion
  17. Statement and Arguments
  18. Statements and Action Courses

IBPS PO Mains Exam Tips

There is still time for the examination to begin. Candidates must not wait for the official notification. Keeping IBPS PO Syllabus in mind they must begin their preparation. The preparation related tips are as follows:
  • Understand the weightage of each section and plan a schedule for yourself to cover all the topics.
  • Clear your concepts and basics for all the subjects.
  • Practice as many mock tests as possible and analyze them as well.
  • Revise everything that you study on a weekly basis,
  • Solve the previous year's question papers.
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IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern FAQs

Q. What is the exam date for the IBPS PO Mains exam?

A.  The exam date for the IBPS PO Mains exam is 27 Nov 2021.

Q. What are the number of vacancies in the IBPS PO Exam?

A. The number of vacancies for the IBPS PO exam is yet to be released.

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

A. Yes, there is negative marking in IBPS PO Exam and 1/4 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.

Q. What is the total time duration of the IBPS PO Mains Exam?

A. The total time duration of the IBPS PO Mains Exam is 3 hours and additional 25 Minutes for English Section.

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