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This article will provide information about IBPS PO Prelims Pattern. The IBPS also was known as the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is responsible for conducting the written examination for the recruitment of personnel’s for the post of Probationary Officer in Public Sector Banks. The IBPS has released an official circular regarding IBPS CWE PO/ MT Recruitment 2018. Find everything about the exam here.

This year  the dates for the IBPS PO examination are  13.10.2018,14.10.2018,20.10.2018 and 21.10.2018

Since there is some time till the examination, it is recommended that the candidates start preparing for the examination. This year, IBPS PO examination is conducted online and follows a 3 Tier Process of selection. First, there is the preliminary examination, then the main examination followed by an interview. If the candidate qualifies at the first stage they can then move on to the next round.

IBPS PO Prelims

The IBPS PO Prelims Examination is an Objective exam with Multiple Choice Questions that are bifurcated into 3 sections – Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

Name of the Section  No. of Questions  Max. Marks
 English Language  30  30
 Quantitative Aptitude  35  35
 Reasoning Ability  35  25
 Total  100  100

The IBPS SO Prelims Paper Pattern is different for the post of Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari

Name of the Section  No. of Questions  Max. Marks
 English Language  30  30
 General Awareness  35  35
 Reasoning Ability  35  25
 Total  100  100

IBPS RRB Preliminary Office Assistant (Multipurpose) Pattern

Name of the Section  No. of Questions  Max. Marks
 IBPS RRB Reasoning Syllabus Paper 40 40
IBPS RRB Numerical Ability Syllabus Paper 40 40
 Total 80 80

IBPS RRB Preliminary Officer Scale-I Pattern

Name of the Section  No. of Questions  Max. Marks
Reasoning 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
 Total 80 80


IBPS RRB Preliminary examination pattern for Office Assistant (Multipurpose) post consists of only two subjects-  Reasoning and Numerical Ability And IBPS RRB Prelims exam pattern for Officer Scale I post (Reasoning + Quantitative Aptitude) The paper is also a short one with 40 questions of 40 mark with a time duration of 45 minutes.

The total time to complete the paper is 1 hour. The appearing candidates have to qualify in each of the three given categories by securing the minimum cut-off marks which are to be decided by the IBPS. Those candidates who are shortlisted for each category and are meeting the specified requirements which are set by the IBPS shall be the ones to appear for the IBPS PO mains examination and thereafter the interview.

Both the preliminary as well as the main examinations have a negative marking so the candidate needs to be careful about answering their questions. It is better to leave a question unanswered in case one is unsure. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted. The examination is conducted bilingually in English and Hindi.

The IBPS department has scheduled the PO/MT VII & Clerk VII exam in a manner of two levels-  Tier 1 and Tier 2. The set of Tier 1 examinations are a preliminary exam and tier 2 are the mains examinations. The IBPS Pre Exam Pattern consists of lesser objective type questions and with a with shorter duration.

The Pre-Examination or the preliminary examination of IBPS has some quick and multiple choice questions (MCQ) from the topics of reasoning, English, quantitative aptitude.

Find the complete syllabus here.

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus 2018

There are in total three subjects that one has to tackle in the prelims – Quantitative Aptitude, English and Reasoning. The IBPS Prelims has objective questions worth 100 marks exam. The total time given to solve this paper is 1 hour. These subjects are repeated in the mains but the level of difficulty varies from the prelims to the mains.


Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude one a critical topic in the paper and needs to be studied in detail and carefully. One of the most important topics that one would need to cover in Quantitative Aptitude is Data interpretation. This topic is quite time-consuming so one needs to have a good grip on time management. The topics to focus on while preparing for the Quantitative Aptitude paper are – ratio and proportion, average, time and work, speed, distance and time, percentages, partnership, volume and surface area, permutation and combinations, simple and compound interest, quadratic equations, probability, profit, loss and discount.


English Language

The candidate needs to be well versed and proficient in English since English is a global language. The Examiners at IBPS are required to and wish to check the applying candidate’s English proficiency and how they perform on this subject. The candidate must have a good grip on the language. The topics that one needs to prepare on and cover in this portion are – Error Correction, Sentence Rearrangement, Fill in the Blanks with Modals, Articles etc., Comprehension, Answering questions based on Unseen Passages, Vocabulary, Synonyms.



The reasoning is a very scoring section and if the concepts of the candidate are clear and well-practised then they can pull up their marks in this portion of the paper. This paper allows for a candidate to attain marks, but one needs to be careful as not to commit any silly mistakes.  Here are few important topics that must be focused to score well – Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Series Test, Number, Ranking and time sequence, Direction Sense Test, Decision-making test. Input/output, Sitting Arrangement, Puzzles.

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