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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection commonly known as IBPS has been formed under the Government of India to conduct recruitment exams and promotional tests for various government allied organizations. In 1984, when Personnel Staff Selection (PSS) under National Institute of Bank Management was converted into autonomous Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.

About IBPS

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection commonly known as IBPS has been formed under the Government of India to conduct recruitment exams and promotional tests for various government allied organizations. In 1984, when Personnel Staff Selection (PSS) under National Institute of Bank Management was converted into autonomous Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.
The services of IBPS exams are availed by public sector banks, RBI, Insurance bodies and development banks in rural areas like NABARD. There was an exam IBPS Combined Written Exams (IBPS CWE), a Common Written Examination conducted independently and separately for Clerical and Officer level jobs for different PSU Banks. In 2011, it was decided that a single exam will be conducted for all PSU banks. Then three major exams came into existence:
  1. IBPS PO (for Probationary Officer Jobs in PSU Banks)
  2. IBPS Clerk ( Clerical Jobs in PSU Banks)
  3. IBPS SO (Specialist Officer Jobs in PSU Banks).
The State Bank of India despite being a public-sector bank did not participate in the common exam conducted by IBPS because of different hiring needs and long term plans. Hence IBPS conducts a separate exam for SBI- PO, SBI- Clerical, and SBI- SO. Later IBPS RRB was added to the list for the combined exam for all Regional Rural Bank.

The IBPS exams span each year between August to January. The general sequence of IBPS notifications starts with IBPS – PO, followed by IBPS – Clerk and then IBPS – SO. Below is the list of all major IBPS exams in 2017-18:
  • IBPS PO
  • IBPS Clerk
  • IBPS RRB
  • IBPS SO (IT Officer, HR Officer, Marketing Officer, Agriculture Officer)
Speed, Accuracy and Confidentiality are the driving forces behind IBPS which amalgamate modern technology and academic acumen to help the government allied services achieve the common goal of recruiting the best of the best minds. The assessment techniques and selection process done for different client organizations have evolved over the years to global standards. Its main strength that helped it become the most robust testing module lies in its ability to design objective questions testing tools that can conduct a paper at more than 200 test centers across the globe. High level designations like AGM/DGM are filled with bona fide candidates who have proved their mettle in various group dynamics related personality assessments.
  1. IBPS- PO Prelims & IBPS- PO MAINS
Notification- IBPS POSCHEDULE
On-line registration14th-Aug-2018 to 4th-Sep-2018
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Date13th, 14th, 20th & 21th October 2018
IBPS PO Mains Exam Date18th November 2018
Declaration of IBPS PO Mains Exam ResultDec-18
Declaration and download of IBPS PO Interview Call LetterJan-19
Date of IBPS PO InterviewJanuary / February 2019
Allotment of Provisional PostingApr-19
  1. IBPS Clerk Prelims & IBPS- Clerk MAINS
Notification- IBPS ClerkSCHEDULE
Start Date Of Online Application12th September 2017
End Date Of Online Application03rd October 2017
Preliminary Exam Dates2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th December 2017
Mains Examination Dates21st January 2018
  1. IBPS RRB
Notification- IBPS RRB Dates
Start Date for Online RegistrationOfficer Scale-124.07.2017
Office Assistant
Last Date for Online RegistrationOfficer Scale-114.08.2017
Office Assistant
Preliminary ExaminationOfficer Scale-109th, 10th and 16th (if required) September 2017
Office Assistant17th, 23rd and 24th (if required) September 2017
Mains examOfficer Scale-105th November 2017
Office Assistant11th November 2017
Result of Preliminary ExaminationOfficer Scale-1Oct-17
Office Assistant
Result of Mains ExaminationOfficer Scale-1Nov-17
Office Assistant
Date for Provisional AllotementOfficer Scale-1Jan-18
Office Assistant
InterviewOfficer Scale-1Dec-17
Office AssistantNo Interview
  1. IBPS SO
Notification- IBPS SOSCHEDULE
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates07 November 2017- 27 November 2017
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online)07 November 2017- 27 November 2017
Download of call letters for Online examination – PreliminaryDec-17
Commencement of Preliminary Exam30th and 31st December 2017
Result of Online exam – PreliminaryJan-18
Download of Call letter for Online exam – MainJan-18
Online Examination – Main28th January 2018
Declaration of Result of Online Main ExaminationFeb-18
Download of call letters for interviewFeb-18
Conduct of InterviewFeb-18
Final AllotmentApr-18

Exam Dates

ActivityDate
Preliminary Exam13th, 14th, 20th & 21st October 2018
Main Exam18th November 2018

Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination:

Name of Tests (Objective)No. of QuestionsDuration (in min)
English Language3060
Numerical Ability35
Reasoning Ability35
Total100
Each correct answer carries 1 mark and each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 0.25 marks.

IBPS Clerk Mains Examination:

Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
English Language404035 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
General/ Financial Awareness505035 minutes
Total190200160 minutes
Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 1/4th of marks allotted to the question.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsDuration (in min)
English Language3060
Numerical Ability35
Reasoning Ability35
Total100
Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 1/4th of marks allotted to the question.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060 minutes
English Language354040 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation356045 minutes
General Economy & Banking Awareness404035 minutes
Total1552003 Hours
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)22530 minutes
Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 1/4th of marks allotted to the question.

IBPS Assistant Preliminary Exam Pattern:

SectionQuestionDuration (in min)
Reasoning4045
Numerical Ability40
Total80
Each correct answer carries 1 mark and each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 0.25 marks.

IBPS Assistant Mains Exam Pattern:

SectionQuestionMarksDuration (in min)
Reasoning4050120
Numerical Ability4050
General Awareness4040
English/Hindi Language4040
Computer Knowledge4040
Total200200
Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 1/4th of marks allotted to the question.

IBPS SO 2017 Preliminary Exam Pattern:

For Rajyasabha Adhikari and Law Scale-I officer
S. NoSectionNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration (in min)
1.Reasoning5050120 minutes
2.English Language5025
3.General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry5050
Total150125
Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 1/4th of marks allotted to the question.

For other Specialist Officers (Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer, IT Officer Scale I
Serial NoSectionNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration (in min)
1.Reasoning5050120 minutes
2.English Language5025
3.Quantitative Aptitude5050
Total150125
Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 1/4th of marks allotted to the question.

IBPS SO 2017 Mains Exam Pattern:

For the Post of Law, IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer
SectionNumber of QuestionsMarksMediumDuration
Professional Knowledge6060English & Hindi45 Minutes
For the Post of Rajbhasha Adhikari
SectionNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksMedium of ExamDuration
Professional Knowledge(Objective)4560English & Hindi30 minutes
Professional Knowledge(Descriptive)2English & Hindi30 minutes

IBPS EXAM SYLLABUS

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Syllabus & IBPS Clerk Mains Syllabus:

S. noVerbalQuantReasoningGKComputer Aptitude
1Reading ComprehensionData Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)PuzzlesBanking and Insurance AwarenessHistory and Generation of Computers
2Cloze TestInequalities (Quadratic Equations)Seating ArrangementsFinancial AwarenessIntroduction to Computer Organisation
3FillersNumber SeriesDirection SenseGovt. Schemes and PoliciesComputer Memory
4Sentence ErrorsApproximation and SimplificationBlood RelationCurrent AffairsComputer Hardware and I/O Devices
5Vocabulary based questionsData SufficiencySyllogismStatic AwarenessComputer Software
6Sentence ImprovementMiscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)Order and RankingComputer Languages
7Jumbled ParagraphCoding-DecodingOperating System
8Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)Machine Input-Output Computer Network
9 InequalitiesInternet
10Alpha-Numeric-Symbol SeriesMS Office Suit and Short cut keys
11 Data SufficiencyBasics of DBMS
12Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)Number System and Conversions
13Computer and Network Security

IBPS PO Preliminary Syllabus & IBPS PO Mains Syllabus:

S. noVerbalQuantReasoningGKComputer Aptitude
1Reading ComprehensionData Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)PuzzlesBanking and Insurance AwarenessHistory and Generation of Computers
2Cloze TestInequalities (Quadratic Equations)Seating ArrangementsFinancial AwarenessIntroduction to Computer Organisation
3FillersNumber SeriesDirection SenseGovt. Schemes and PoliciesComputer Memory
4Sentence ErrorsApproximation and SimplificationBlood RelationCurrent AffairsComputer Hardware and I/O Devices
5Vocabulary based questionsData SufficiencySyllogismStatic AwarenessComputer Software
6Sentence ImprovementMiscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)Order and RankingComputer Languages
7Jumbled ParagraphCoding-DecodingOperating System
8Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)Machine Input-Output Computer Network
9 InequalitiesInternet
10Alpha-Numeric-Symbol SeriesMS Office Suit and Short cut keys
11 Data SufficiencyBasics of DBMS
12Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)Number System and Conversions
13Computer and Network Security

IBPS RRB Assistant Preliminary Syllabus & IBPS RRB Assistant Mains Syllabus:

S. noVerbalQuantReasoningGKComputer Aptitude
1Reading ComprehensionData Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)PuzzlesBanking and Insurance AwarenessHistory and Generation of Computers
2Cloze TestInequalities (Quadratic Equations)Seating ArrangementsFinancial AwarenessIntroduction to Computer Organisation
3FillersNumber SeriesDirection SenseGovt. Schemes and PoliciesComputer Memory
4Sentence ErrorsApproximation and SimplificationBlood RelationCurrent AffairsComputer Hardware and I/O Devices
5Vocabulary based questionsData SufficiencySyllogismStatic AwarenessComputer Software
6Sentence ImprovementMiscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)Order and RankingComputer Languages
7Jumbled ParagraphCoding-DecodingOperating System
8Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)Machine Input-Output Computer Network
9 InequalitiesInternet
10Alpha-Numeric-Symbol SeriesMS Office Suit and Short cut keys
11 Data SufficiencyBasics of DBMS
12Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)Number System and Conversions
13Computer and Network Security

IBPS SO Preliminary Syllabus & IBPS SO Mains Syllabus:

S. noVerbalQuantReasoningMarketing Officer Syllabus
1Reading ComprehensionData Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)PuzzlesMarketing Overview and Marketing Process and Marketing Planning
2Cloze TestInequalities (Quadratic Equations)Seating Arrangements Concept, Nature
3FillersNumber SeriesDirection SenseScope and Importance of Marketing
4Sentence ErrorsApproximation and SimplificationBlood RelationFunctions and Importance of Marketing Management
5Vocabulary based questionsData SufficiencySyllogismConsumer/ Buyer Behavior
6Sentence ImprovementMiscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)Order and RankingMarket Segmentation
7Jumbled ParagraphCoding-DecodingImportance of Market Segmentation
8Paragraph Based Questions ( Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)Machine Input-OutputMarketing Research
9InequalitiesProduct Planning and Development Sales Promotion and its Objectives
10 Alpha-Numeric-Symbol SeriesBranding
11 Data SufficiencyPackaging, and Labeling
12Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement, and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument) Pricing Decisions
13Pricing
14Pricing Decision Strategies
15 Wholesale and Retail Trade
16Services Marketing
17Bank and Insurance Marketing
18Consumer Protection in India: List of Consumer Rights
19Consumer Protection Act
20 Marketing Organization
21 Marketing Program
22Marketing Decision-Making; Sales Forecasting
23 Social Responsibility and Business Ethics
24Product Distribution: Definition
25Channels of Distribution
26Advertisement
27Sales Management
28Marketing Environment
29 Rural Marketing
30International Marketing

Sample IBPS Entrance Exam Questions

Q1

If 12% of a = 20% of b,
then b% of 12
is same as

Q2

The HCF of two numbers 795 and 1296 is 3. Find their LCM.

Q3

In how many ways can one or more books be chosen out of 5 different books?

Q4

Find the next term of the series: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, …..

Q5

Choose the Odd One Out from the given options.

Q6


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Frequently Asked Questions About IBPS

  1. Q1. What is IBPS-PO?
  2. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection commonly known as IBPS has been formed under the Government of India to conduct recruitment exams and promotional tests for various government allied organizations. In 1984, Personnel Staff Selection (PSS) under National Institute of Bank Management was converted into autonomous Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. IBPS-PO exam is conducted to recruit personnel for 20 Public Sector Banks. This is one of the most sought-after exams as all PO level recruitment in Public Sector Banks, except SBI, are done through this exam.

  3. Q2. When notification for IBSP-PO registration is released?
  4. The notification for IBPS-PO is usually released in August.

  5. Q3. When Preliminary exam of IBPS-PO is conducted?
  6. Preliminary exam of IBPS-PO is usually conducted in the month of October.

  7. Q4. When main exam of IBPS-PO is conducted?
  8. Main exam of IBPS-PO is usually conducted in the month of November.

  9. Q5. When results of IBPS-PO are released?
  10. The results of preliminary exam are usually announced in October and that of Main in December.

  11. Q6. What are eligibility criteria for appearing for IBPS-PO?
  12. The following are eligibility criteria for IBPS-PO:

    • Not below 20 years and not above 30 years.
    • A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. The candidate must possess valid Mark-sheet/Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.
  13. Q7. When results of IBPS-PO are released?
  14. IBPS-PO exam comprises two phases. A. Phase I: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted online. The test will have of 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows:

    SectionNumber of questionsDuration (in min)
    English Language3060
    Quantitative Aptitude35
    Reasoning Ability35
    Total100

    Each correct answer carries 1 mark and each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 0.25 marks.
    B. Phase- II: Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 25 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online.
    (i). Objective Tests (200 marks): The objective test of 3 hours duration consist of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test has a separate timing for every section as follows:

    SectionNumber of questionsMarksDuration (in min)
    Reasoning & Computer Aptitude456060
    Data Analysis & Interpretation356045
    General/Economy/Banking Awareness404035
    English Language354040
    Total155200180
    English Language (Letter writing22530

    Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 1/4th of marks assigned to the question.