IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020 | Prelims, Mains & Interview

IBPS PO Exam Pattern
IBPS PO Exam Pattern

Hello Future Bankers. If you are about to start the preparation for IBPS PO exam, then this article is a must read for you. It is generally seen that aspirants start IBPS PO Preparation without even knowing all aspects of the exam. So, I have written this article on IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020 so that all your doubts related to IBPS Exam Pattern for PO will be cleared in just few minutes.

First step of clearing IBPS PO exam is to understand the IBPS PO Pattern thoroughly. Because your preparation strategy must be designed considering the pattern, stages of exam, weightage and many more things that matters a lot at the time of exam. So, without wasting any time, let us begin with step by step approach to understand IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020

IBPS PO exam is conducted once in a year and is conducted into 3 Main Stages:

3 Stages of IBPS PO Exam:

  1. IBPS PO Preliminary Exam (Prelims)
  2. IBPS PO Mains Exam 
  3. IBPS PO Exam Personal Interview

IBPS PO Exam Pattern is divided into 3 stages. Preliminary exam is stage 1 which contains all objective type questions on different sections. It is a “Screening Test” to select only the desiring aspirants from lakhs of aspirants who apply for the exam.

This can be confirmed with the fact that IBPS PO Prelims exam is Qualifying in Nature. Its marks are not calculated in Final Merit List!



Aspirants who have cleared the IBPS PO exam Prelims Cutoff will qualify for the stage 2, that is, IBPS PO Mains Examination. Your final selection in IBPS PO exam is directly proportional to Mains Score. So, your score must be as high as possible in Mains Examination.



IBPS PO Final Merit List= 80% Weightage to Mains + 20% Weightage to PI

It means that your IBPS PO Prelims exam is just qualifying in Nature to be eligible for IBPS PO Mains (Stage 2). IBPS PO Final Merit list is calculated considering your Mains and Personal Interview score (By Normalization Method).

  • SBI PO Mains Paper=225 Marks (Score calculated out of 80 for Final Merit List)
  • SBI PO Personal Interview=100 Marks (Score calculated out of 20 for Final Merit List)
Stages of IBPS PO Exam Nature and Importance in Selection
IBPS PO Prelims Exam Qualifying in Nature (Marks not considered in Merit List)
IBPS PO Mains Exam 80% Weightage in Final Merit List
IBPS PO Exam Personal Interview 20% Weightage in Final Merit List
IBPS PO Final Merit List Score out of 100 is calculated by Normalization Method

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Prelims 2020

Before analysing the Exam pattern of IBPS PO, let us see section-wise weightage of IBPS PO Prelims Exam.

No. Sections Number of Questions Marks Alloted Time
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Prelims 2020:

Exam Pattern of IBPS PO Exam Prelims Answer
Mode of IBPS PO Prelims Online
Number of Questions in Prelims 100
IBPS PO Prelims Total Marks 100
IBPS PO Prelims Cut Off 66 to 70 Marks (for General Category)
Sections of IBPS PO Prelims 3 Sections (English,Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability)
Time Limit for Each Section 20 Minutes
Nature of IBPS PO Prelims Only Qualifying in Nature
Language of Examination English + Hindi
IBPS PO Prelims Conducted in: Month of October
Difficulty Level of IBPS PO Moderate Level

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains 2020

Before analysing the Exam pattern for IBPS PO, let us see section-wise weightage of IBPS PO Mains Exam.


No Sections Number of Questions Marks Medium of Exam Time
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 English only 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
4 General, Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 35 minutes
Total 155 200 180 minutes
Descriptive (Letter & Essay) 2 25 English 30 minutes

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains 2020:

Exam Pattern of IBPS PO Exam (Mains) Answer
Mode of IBPS PO Prelims
  • Level 1- Objective test 
  • Level 2- Descriptive test
Marks for Each Level:
  • Objective Test=200 Marks
  • Descriptive Test=25 Marks
Number of Questions in IBPS PO Mains: 155 Objective Questions + Essay/Letter
IBPS PO Mains Total Time: 3.5 Hours
IBPS PO Mains Total Marks: 225 Marks
IBPS PO Mains Cut Off: 88 to 95 Marks out of 225 (for General Category)
Sections of IBPS PO Mains Exam: 5 Sections (English,Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, Computer Aptitude)
Time Limit for Each Section: Mentioned in Table Above
Nature of IBPS PO Mains Exam: Its marks considered in calculating Final Merit (80%)
Language of Examination: English
IBPS PO Mains Exam Conducted in: Month of November
Difficulty Level of IBPS PO Mains: Moderate to Difficult

Important Dates of IBPS PO Exam 2020

  • IBPS PO 2020 Notification Release Date: August 2020
  • IBPS PO 2020 Form Filling Date: 7th August 2020
  • Last Date to fill IBPS PO 2020 Form: 28th August 2020
  • IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Date: 3rd, 4th and 10th October 2020
  • IBPS PO 2020 Admit Card Release Date: 30th September 2020
  • IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Result Date: 1st November 2020
  • IBPS PO 2020 Mains Admit Card:November 2020
  • IBPS PO 2020 Mains Date: 28 November 2020
  • IBPS PO Personal Interview Date: Not yet Announced

We have discussed about the IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020 in detail. Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview were explained independently for more clarity. If you still have any doubts related to exam pattern of IBPS PO, do let Sarkaari Service team know about it. Your doubts will be cleared within 24 hours.

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