PO Examination Pattern 2019

PO Examination Pattern 2019 – PO Examination Pattern 2019 Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts a common written exam for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) in two phases:

1. IBPS Preliminary Exam

2. IBPS Main Exam

The structure of the examination which will be conducted online as follows:

1. IBPS Preliminary Exam

Sl.No Name of Test No of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Time Allowed for Each Test
1. English Language 30 30 English 20 Minutes
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 English & Hindi 20 Minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 English & Hindi 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 1 Hour


A candidate has to qualify in each of the three tests by securing a minimum cut-off mark to be decided by IBPS. The adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

2. IBPS Main Exam

Sl, No. Name of Test (Not by Sequence) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Time Allowed for Each Test
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60 Minutes
2. General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 35 Minutes
3. English Language 35 40 English 40 Minutes
4. Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 Minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours
5. English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 English 30 Minutes


Sometime the structure of the examination will be re-modified through IBPS official website. Other information regarding this examination will be given in an Infomation Handout, which will be made available for the candidates to download along with the admit card from the official website.

For both exams, candidates are advised to bring the following documents without fail. If any of the document is failing to bring by the candidate will not be permitted to attend the examination.

  • Valid Call Letter for the respective date and session of examination
  • Photo-identity proof (as specified) in original bearing the same name as it appears on the call letter/application form
  • Photocopy of photo-identity proof

There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each & every question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Cut-off Score (Online Main Examination):

A candidate should have to obtain a minimum score in each test of Online Main Examination and also a minimum total score to be considered to be shortlisted for interview.

Based on the number of vacancies available, cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Marks obtained in the Online Main Examination will not be shared with the candidates and it is only for shortlisting for the interview and final merit listing.

Interview (Total 100 Marks):

A candidate who has been shortlisted in the Online Main Examination for CRP- PO/MT-VIII will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS. Interviews will be conducted at select centers.

At the time of the interview, a candidate has to provide vail documents mentioned in the official notification of the IBPS.

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