The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, in short, known as the IBPS, conducts the recruitment functions to select new employees for the vacant posts in government banks, public sector organisations, public sector insurance companies, and many other institutions that are reputable throughout India. It recruits eligible candidates for various positions like clerical positions, probationary officers, rural regional bank positions and specialist officers.

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The IBPS conducts the Common Written Exam Probationary Officers/Management Trainees VI, in short, known as the CEW PO/MT VI in order to fill in the vacant positions for Probationary Officers or Management Trainees in numerous government banks every year. Some of the banks that the IBPS will be recruiting for this year are Allahabad Bank, Canara Bank, IDBI Bank, Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India, and many other.

Pattern & Selection Process for IBPS PO

The pattern for the CWE PO/MT VI is more or less the same as the pattern for most other government competitive exams. It has three phases, which are conducted in the form of a Preliminary Exam, a Main Exam and an Interview.

Here is the link to the official IBPS PO Notification 2016.

The Preliminary Examination or the Prelims

The Preliminary Exam which is commonly referred to as the Prelims Exam or the Prelims is the first exam that is conducted for the candidates who are interested in becoming an IBPS PO. This exam comprises of a total of 100 questions and carries a total of 100 marks. It has three sections, they are, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The exam has a comprehensive time duration of 1 hour. The exam will be conducted online.

Pattern for the IBPS PO Prelims Exam

Sl. no Names of Tests Total no. of Questions Total no. of Marks Marks per Question Duration
1 English Language 30 30 1 1 Hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 1
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 1
Total 100 100 1 Hour

The Prelims exam has negative marking, for every wrong answer the candidate will lose 0.25 marks.

The Main Examination or the Mains

The Main Examination which is commonly referred to as the Mains Exam or the Mains is the second exam that is conducted in the IBPS PO selection process. Only those candidates who have scored above the Prelim Exam’s cut-offs will be called for the Mains Exam. This exam comprises of a total of 200 questions and carries a total of 200 marks. The duration of the exam is 2 hours and 20 minutes. It consists of 5 separate tests which have their own sectional time durations. Three out of the five sections of the Mains Exam are included in the Prelims exam. The two new sections of this exam are General Awareness on Banking, and Computer Knowledge. Like the Prelims exam, even this exam will be conducted online.

Pattern for the IBPS PO Mains Exam

Sl. no Name of Tests Total no. of Questions Total no. of Marks Marks per Question Duration
1 Reasoning 50 50 1 40 Minutes
2 English Language 40 40 1 30 Minutes
3 Quantitative Ability 50 50 1 40 Minutes
4 General Awareness (related to banking) 40 40 1 20 Minutes
5 Computer Knowledge 20 20 1 10 Minutes
Total 200 200 2 Hours 20 Minutes

The Mains exam as well has negative marking. The candidate will lose 0.25 marks for every wrong answer that he/she attempts.

The IBPS PO Interview

The IBPS PO Interview is the last phase of the IBPS PO selection process. The candidates who have been shortlisted in IBPS PO Mains exam will be called for an Interview. This interview is conducted by the banks that are interested in recruiting Probationary Officers for the year. The respective Nodal Bank for each State or Union Territory, with the help of the IBPS, coordinates the Interview Phase. On the day of the interview, the candidates who qualify the Mains Exam will have to download and carry a print out of the Interview Call Letter. The cut-offs for each category for the IBPS PO Interview are mentioned in the table below.

Category Wise Cut-offs for IBPS PO Interview

Category Total no. of Marks Qualifying Marks (in percentage)
General Category 100 40%
SC/ST/OBC/PWD 35%

Only those candidates who have qualified the Mains Exam and the Interview individually will be taken into consideration to prepare the list of candidates who qualify for the final selection process.

Final Selection Procedure

The IBPS PO Mains Exam scores along with the scores from the interview are taken into consideration in an 80:20 ratio to prepare the list of candidates who qualify for the final selection process. This list is further scrutinised before preparing a list of shortlisted candidates for the subsequent provisional allotment process.

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