Bank PO

About IBPS PO (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Probationary Officers):

IBPS conducts a common IBPS PO Exam every year to recruit Probationary Officers in various banks that participate in this exam. The Prelims exam is conducted generally in the month of October and the mains was conducted in November. Once you qualify the whole exam (prelims, mains and interview), you are hired as a Probationary Officer in one of the participating banks as per your preference and merit.

IBPS PO Selection Process

The selection process will be completed in three phases:

Phase I – Prelims

Phase II – Mains

Phase III – GD & Interview

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

Section No. of Qs Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 1 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
TOTAL 100 100

IBPS PO Mains Exam

Upon clearing the prelims exam, you will be eligible for mains exam. The marks of mains exam are added towards final merit list.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

Section No. of Qs Marks Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 min
English Language 35 40 40 min
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 min
General Awareness (with special reference to Banking) 40 40 35 min
TOTAL 155 200 3 Hours

There is one-fourth negative marking in both Prelims & Mains for each question wrongly marked.

About SBI PO

SBI PO Exam Pattern

State Bank of India conducts SBI PO Exam in three phases: Online Prelims Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Process.

SBI PO Prelims Exam Pattern

SBI PO Preliminary Exam will be conducted online and will comprise of 3 sections namely Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English Language. The entire paper is to be completed in a time span of 1 hour.

Sr. No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour

Penalty for wrong answer: 0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate. No deduction will be there in marks if a question is left blank by a candidate.

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern

SBI PO Mains Exam will be conducted online and will comprise of 4 sections namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation & General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness, English Language. The entire paper is to be completed in a time span of 3 hours. A descriptive paper will be conducted along with the above mentioned online test. It needs to be completed in a time span of 30 minutes and the maximum marks allotted to this test is 50.

Sr. No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
3 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
4 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

Penalty for wrong answer: 0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate in SBI PO Mains Exam. No deduction will be made in marks if a question is left unattempted or blank by a candidate in the exam.

Interview Process

A candidate who clears both the Prelims & Mains Exam of SBI PO 2018 will be further called for a GD-PI session wherein they will face a panel of selectors discussing on their past experience and questions related to General Knowledge and of the Banking Sector. It is essential for a candidate to clear the Interview Process in order to ensure their final selection in the SBI PO 2018 Exam. The qualifying marks for this round will be decided by the Bank and the marks allotted to these rounds are: Group Discussion – 20 marks, Interview – 30 marks.

Final Selection

After a candidate has gone through Personal Interviews, a merit list will be prepared by State Bank of India wherein the candidate’s score of Mains Exam and Interview Round will be taken into account. Based on the score obtained by candidates and the available vacancies, final cut-off marks will be declared. All candidates who clear the cut-off range will be granted the Appointment Letter by State Bank of India for the post of Probationary Officer.