IBPS PO 2018 Exam Details

IBPS PO 2018:

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts various examinations every year, one of which Probationary Officer. A large number of the candidate appears for this exam in order to get placed in various public sector banks like Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Etc. IBPS don’t cover SBI under it as SBI has its own board which handles the hiring of employees only for State Bank of India.

We will let you know the entire details of the IBPS PO in this article. Hence let’s start digging the details below:

A.) Common Written Exam(CWE):

Common Written Examination is the process of conducting an online test in which you would be logging in to your account with the provided username and password of yours. In the Test module, you will have the option to attempt the question then and there and go to the next question by clicking on “Save & Next” button or you can mark it for review and correct it later and after you finish the test you can submit the answers and move ahead for the next section. You can attempt for the Online Mock Test here. ONLINE MOCK TEST.


Common Written Examination for Probationary Officer is conducted in two steps:

i.) IBPS PO Preliminary Exam:

Prelims Examination is conducted for 100 marks with 100 questions.

  1. English Language – 30 Marks – 30 Questions 
  2. Quantitative Aptitude – 35 Marks – 35 Questions (Take Online Mock Test)
  3. Reasoning Ability – 35 Marks – 35 Questions          

 Take IBPS Preliminary Mock Test

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 To be changed this year, will update soon.

Before it used to be of 1 hour.

2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 1
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 1
Total 100 100 Will update soon

Note: Those who qualify preliminary exam, they are called for the mains exam.


ii.) IBPS PO Mains Exam:

Mains Examination has two tests.

  1. Objective Type Test is conducted for 200 marks for the duration of 140 Minutes.

Each section’s got the specific time, you have to attempt all questions within the given time. Be Quick and Accurate
1. Reasoning  50 Questions – 50 marks – 40 minutes

  1. Quantitative Aptitude 50 Questions – 50 marks – 40 minutes (Take Online Mock Test)
  2. General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 Questions –  40 marks – 20 minutes  
  3. English Language 40 Questions – 40 marks – 30 minutes 
  4. Computer Knowledge 20 Question – 20 Marks – 10 minutes 

 Take IBPS Mains Mock Test

The 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

Note: Only After you qualify the Mains exam, you will be called for Interview which is the last phase of getting hired as a Probationary Officier. Let’s get an idea about it below.


B.) Common Interview

For Interview, you need to be very active and presentable.

Undergoing Interview process has various things to be kept in the mind such as your way of sitting, your way of talking, Your communication skill, your way of putting and carrying yourself with the statements you make in front of them.

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 scrutinized before preparing a list of shortlisted candidates for the subsequent provisional allotment process.


CWE Probationary Officer Vacancy in IBPS – 2018 – 2019

Post Name: Probationary Officer/Management Trainee

  • Available Posts for IBPS PO 2018: Yet to declare

  • Names of Vacant Positions: Probationary Officers/Management Trainee (PO/MT)


Important Dates:

Activity Date
On-line registration (Modification, Online Payment) by candidates Updated Soon
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Date 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October 2018
IBPS PO Mains Exam Date 18th November 2018
Declaration of IBPS PO Mains Exam Result Declared Soon
Declaration and download of IBPS PO Interview Call Letter
Date of IBPS PO Interview
Allotment of Provisional Posting

Age Limit:

Candidates who are applying for the IBPS CWE examination should not be less than 20 years old and not more than 30 years old at the time of registration. In addition to this, there is an age relaxation applicable to category wise candidates as per the government rules:

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10 years
Ex-Servicemen (Army personnel) 5 years
Widows/Divorced Women 9 years
Persons with Domicile of Jammu &Kashmir during the period of 1-1-1980 to 31-12-1989 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
Regular Employees of Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal
retrenched from service(for MP state Only) 5 years

Exam Fee:

  • General Category – Rs 600.
  • SC ST candidates – Rs 100.

Note: The fee can be paid either through online or offline via bank challan

Q&A: What has been the new change in 2018 PO/MT exams?

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Details tells, From this year, there will be fixed timings for different sections in the prelims as well, before the time limitations for each section were only applied in the Mains.


How to Apply for IBPS PO 2018:

Candidates can go to the official website of the IBPS to fill up the form of IBPS CWE PO Exam 2016 VI.

The instruction for filling up the application form and guidelines are given on their website. It can be downloaded from the link given below.

Above article gives you complete IBPS PO 2018 Exam Details, for any query, write in the comment section below and we’ll get back to you with the solution in no time.

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