IBPS PO Recruitment 2018: Changes in Exam Pattern

Dear Aspirants,


The notification of IBPS PO 2018 is already out and all that we need to do now is to prepare for it with our heart and soul. The first step in one's preparation is always an adequate knowledge of the syllabus and pattern of the exam. The pattern and new changes introduced by IBPS are as given below. 

Phase-IPreliminary Examination


S.No.Name of Tests(ObjectiveNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total10010060 minutes

This year IBPS has introduced one new change in IBPS PO Prelims exam. This year sectional timing of 20 minutes  has been introduced for each of the three sections in prelims examination. Also, sectional cutoff will be there for each section. Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. 

Phase – IIMain Examination
Main Examination consists of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 25 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests is online. 


S.No.Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
2English Language354040 minutes
3Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
4General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness404035 minutes
Total1552003 Hours
Descriptive Writing Test22530 minutes

1. Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test has separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to qualify in each of the Tests by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

2. Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 25 marks is a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

With the knowledge of the pattern, you can plan a strategy as to how to prepare for the exam. The competition is not going to be easy this time, so students its time to dedicate yourself to your preparations and we, the team of Bankersadda will be there to guide and help you throughout your journey. 

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