IBPS PO Exam- How will you crack?

It is a cherished dream for thousands of Indian youths to join as probationary officers in banks. However, it takes a lot of dedication and strategic planning to join in a capacity as important as this. The Institute of Banking Personnel or the IBPS releases its press notification every year, citing the vacancy and recruitment details. So if you are interested in a career in different public sector banks, then this is where you have to keep a note on.

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The Exam Overview

The IBPS is yet to produce an official statement regarding the application procedure, as well as for the tentative dates of Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Last year, the notification for IBPS PO Exam was released in October. The final results would be out by April 2022. The total vacancy for last year was 4135. So it is important that you start preparing yourself beforehand. 

There is hardly any time to prepare after the notification comes out. It is also important to check the important criteria, such as nationality, age limit and education qualification, to apply and appear. Of course, there is relaxation for the exempted categories such as SC/ ST/ OBC, PWD, ex-servicemen and others.

Online Application

Going online is the sole way to apply for this recruitment exam. It is imperative that no candidate makes any mistake while filling up the online application forms. Before you apply, ensure that you read between the lines of the website. Follow the instructions closely. First of all, set the user name as well as the password by entering your registered email and mobile number. It is also important that you keep the scanned copies of your signature, photograph, left thumb impression, handwritten declaration and other important documents handy while registering. Also, keep the online documents in the mentioned format, pixel and size. A number of online tutorials offering help in studies for different recruitment exams can offer help in this regard.

Patterns of Exam-Prelims

Both preliminary and main entrances for IBPS PO Exam are conducted online. To appear for the computer-based prelims, you have to appear for subjects like Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability and English Language. On a total basis, you will have to appear for 100 questions. 30 questions relate to your knowledge of the English language, while the total marks for Numerical ability and Reasoning ability are 35 for each discipline. You will get 20 minutes to complete each of the subject questions. 

Patterns of Exam-Mains

For the Main section, you have to appear for four different disciplines. In the multiple-choice questions or MCQ section, there would be separate question sets for English language, Reasoning ability, General/Financial Awareness and Quantitative Aptitude. For each subject, the sectional timing is different. There is also a separate descriptive test section. There you will have to appear to prove your competency in letter and essay writing. There will be 25 marks for each question. The time limit is 30 minutes. You have to type your answers on the computer. You might want to enroll yourself in an online tutorial to evaluate your overall preparation for the exams. It can also help improve your competency.