IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2023

Learn about the exam pattern of IBPS-PO examination. Read below for more information!

IBPS-PO examination will be conducted in two phases – Online (Preliminary & Main) and Common Interview. Applicants must note that the mains examination will be conducted in online mode only.
The structure for the preliminary examination is given below:

Name of testNo. of questionsMaximum marks Medium of exam Time allotted for each test [separately timed]
English language3030English20 minutes
Quantitative aptitude3535English and Hindi20 minutes
Reasoning Ability3535English and Hindi20 minutes

Note: Applicants must qualify for each of the tests by securing the minimum marks as decided by the IBPS. After qualifying in the preliminary examination the shortlisted candidates can give the main examination.

The structure for the mains examination is mentioned below:

Name of test [NOT BY SEQUENCE]No. of questions Maximum marks Medium of exam Time allotted for each test [separately timed]
Reasoning and computer aptitude4560English & Hindi60 minutes
English language4040English & Hindi35 minutes
General/economy/banking awareness3540English40 minutes
Data analysis and interpretation3560English & Hindi45 minutes
Total155200 3 hours
English language [letter writing and essay]225English30 minutes


  • The English language descriptive paper [letter writing and essay] may be evaluated according to the automated scoring mechanism for identifying features related to writing proficiency
  • The duration of the preliminary examination is 1 hour
  • The duration of the online mains examination is 3 hours and 30 minutes

Penalty for Wrong Answers ( Online Main and Preliminary Exam)

There is a penalty for wrong answers that are marked incorrectly in the objective-type questions. For each wrong answer, one-fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty. However, if no answer is chosen, there will be no penalty for that question.