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Exam Pattern of theIBPS Bank PO CWE :

IBPS PO exam pattern


Max Marks




2 hours

English Language


Quantitative Aptitude


General Awareness( with special ref to Banking Industry)


Computer Knowledge




The above mentioned sections except the Test of English Language is available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi

  • There are total 5 sections given in the exam.
  • Each section carries 40 marks.
  • For each correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded.
  • For every wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted. That means one right and four wrong = Net score 0.
  • After adding up all the marks obtained by the candidate in all sections, final marks will be determined.
  • Cutoff marks will be decided at the time of declaration of SBI PO results and  it will be based on the highest mark obtained in the exam by the candidate. Candidates are advised not to attempt the question for which they don't know the answer as it will lead to negative marks.

Interview : Candidates who have been shortlisted CWE PO/MT will subsequently be called for an Interview. Candidates are required to download their interview call letters from .

The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview is 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). The weightage of Common Written Exam and Personal Interview will be 80:20.

Final Selection of the candidate will be based on the combined final scores obtained by the candidates in CWE PO/MT and Interview.


Pattern of SBI/SBI Associate Banks PO Exam :

The SBI and Associate Banks of SBI conduct separate written test for the selection process and will not consider the CWE score. The details of the written test are as follows

 The written test consists of Objective Paper and Descriptive Paper

Objective Paper : 200 Questions to be answered in 120 Minutes; Maximum Marks: 200

Descriptive Paper (Essay, Precis, Letter Writing etc) : Duration - 60 Minutes; Maximum Marks: 50

Negative Marking : There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Test.

The following is the break up of the test areas that are asked in SBI / Associate Banks of SBI PO examination

1. Reasoning Ability – 50 Questions

2. Data Analysis and Interpretation – 50 Questions

3.General English – 50 Questions

4.General Awareness/Marketing/Computers – 50 Questions

Final Selection will be made based on the performance in the written test, Group Discussion and Interview.


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