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Find all you need to know about IBPS PO Mains Pattern in this article. Bank exams are conducted by IBPS every year. All those who wish to secure a bank job must take this examination as it is assigned tremendous importance. The candidates are exposed to sectors like banks, insurance companies, NABARD, and the like. It is now known as Common Written Examination and helps recruit candidates to 27 public banks and RRBs. The registrations usually start in the month of August. More than 25 lakh candidates take this examination and only about 3500 are recruited.

This year will mark the eighth edition of this examination as it was first conducted in 2011. Students must note that application can only be done online. For the session 2017-18, the pre-exam is scheduled to take place on the 13th, 14th, 20th as well as 21st October 2018 whereas the main examination is to take place on the 18th of November 2018. However, the dates so mentioned are provisional and students must diligently check the official IBPS website to see a formal announcement.


Exam pattern

In the IBPS PO exam, there are three steps before a student gets their name on the merit list. The first examination is the preliminary examination that is conducted online. The total duration of this examination is 60 minutes and is done in order to eliminate candidates. The subjects included in this are the numerical ability (35 questions), reasoning (35 questions) and English (30 questions). Each correct answer adds 1 marks and each wrong answer reduces one-fourth of the assigned marks.

The second examination is the Mains and has two parts to it. The first part has subjects including reasoning and computer (45 questions), DI and analysis (35 questions), English (35 questions) and GK (40 questions). The duration of this section is 3 hours. The second part is a descriptive section with the total time of 20 minutes and full marks being 25 marks. The main body took a decision to call quantitative aptitude as DI and analysis in the Main Paper.

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The third step is the interview, which carries a total of 100 marks. The questions can be from the chapters included in the preliminary examination as well as the mains. They can also question the student in a manner to judge their aptitude and awareness of the relevant sector.


Syllabus for Mains:

Quantitative analysis and DI

  1. Ratio and proportion
  2. Average and percentages
  3. Time and work
  4. Time, distance and speed
  5. Mixture and allegations
  6. Stocks and shares
  7. Partnership
  8. Clocks
  9. Volume and surface area
  10. Height and distance
  11. Logarithms
  12. Permutation and combination
  13. Simple interest and compound interest
  14. Equations
  15. Probability
  16. Trigonometry
  17. Profit and loss
  18. Discount
  19. Mensuration
  20. Algebra
  21. Interpretation of pie chart
  22. Interpretation of table
  23. Interpretation of bars and graphs
  24. Interpretations of a line chart

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Reasoning and Computer aptitude

  1. Analogy
  2. Classification
  3. Word formation
  4. Statement and conclusion
  5. Syllogism
  6. Statement and assumption
  7. Statement and arguments
  8. Coding and decoding
  9. Blood relation
  10. Age problems
  11. Passage and conclusions
  12. Alphabet tests
  13. Series test
  14. Number, ranking and time sequence and series
  15. Direction sense test
  16. Decision making
  17. Figure series
  18. Input-output
  19. Assertion and reasoning
  20. Sitting arrangement in both linear and circular format
  21. Series test
  22. Odd figure
  23. Analogy
  24. Miscellaneous test
  25. Hardware and software
  26. OS
  27. Internet concept and basics
  28. MS Office
  29. History of computer
  30. Networking and connection
  31. Basics of database
  32. Hacking, security tool and virus concepts and basics.

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  1. Antonyms
  2. Synonyms
  3. Word formation
  4. Spellings
  5. Spotting errors
  6. Phrases
  7. Idioms
  8. Direct and indirect speech
  9. Active and passive voice
  10. Theme detection in comprehension
  11. Passage completion
  12. Rearrangement of passage
  13. Deriving conclusions of a passage

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General Knowledge

  1. Banking terms
  2. Indian financial system
  3. Indian banking system
  4. RBI, SEBI, FSDC, IMF, WB, ADB, UN etc.
  5. Abbreviations and economic terms
  6. Current affairs of both national and international significance.
  7. Credit and monetary policies

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That is the complete syllabus for the Main Examination. The list is exhaustive in totality. Students are advised to study and examine the complete syllabus in a manner that enables them to understand their strong and weak areas. Practice and reading can give the candidate an edge over other by not only increasing the speed but also the accuracy.

The paper is designed in a manner to pick a student who has knowledge of topics like quants, reasoning, English and computer. They also emphasize general knowledge. Hence, students selected are definitely the best in the group.

Students will be eligible to take the Main Examination only if they qualify for the preliminary examination. However, the merit list and final scorecard will take into consideration marks and scores of the interview and the main examination.

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