The Institute for Banking Personnel Selection or the IBPS recruits Probation Officers in public sector banks, based on the IBPO-PO exam. The IBPS-PO exam is conducted to recruit personnel to all public sector banks except SBI. As per the notification, the prelim and main exams will be held in October 2018 and November 2018, respectively.
The IBPS PO exam takes place in online mode only. Moreover, the application process is also online through the official website of IBPS.

The selection process consists of three phases- Prelims, Mains and Interview. While the candidates are required to clear the cutoffs in Prelims, the Mains exam requires a much higher score as the final recruitment is based on marks in the Mains and Interview.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern:

The IBPS PO preliminary examination is of one-hour duration and. It has 3 sections with 100 questions in total with a maximum of 100 marks.

Each correct answer is awarded with 1 mark, whereas each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 1/4th of marks allotted to the question.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern:

The pattern of the Mains is as follows:

Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 1/4th of marks allotted to the question. Here are some of preparation tips for the exam:

Sort your topics:

The first thing to do while preparing for IBPS-PO is to list down the topics based on their difficulty levels. This helps in building efficient exam strategy. Focus on each section separately. Mastering relevant concepts and learning short-cuts of solving questions comes very handy in scoring good marks in the Prelim as well as the Mains. Many relevant short-cut tips/trick videos can be found on EduThrill.

Prepare early for Mains:

The aspirant needs to start preparation for the Mains in advance as there are hardly any significant time between the Prelim and the Mains.


Practice mock papers, previous year questions and from other relevant resources to attain clarity on learnt concpets. The aspirant can also practice through the EduThrill app in a gaming way.

Revisit weak topics:

Once the aspirant gets insights of his/her performance, he/she can revisit notes and practice more on weak topics. Given the competition at play and rigor involved in preparation, the aspirant needs to start early and prepare in sincere and smart way to ace the exam.