The IBPS exam is a recruitment exam for almost all public sector banks in India. It is usually held from the months of September-December. So do look out for actual notifications. There are three types of exams held by IBPS.
The exam for the PO and SO which is held in October is an online exam and is conducted at 3 levels of preliminary and mains.
In the preliminary, there are 3 papers. Candidates qualifying for the preliminary can only appear for the mains. Numeric ability, reasoning and English language are the papers for preliminary. These are multiple choice questions and also have a negative marking system. For each wrong answer you lose 0.25 marks. The total duration of the exam is for 1 hour in which you have to give all 3 papers.
In the mains there are 4 Papers which include Numerical Ability, Reasoning, English Language and General Affairs. These contain multiple choice questions and also have a negative marking system. For example, each wrong answer a candidate loses 0.25 marks. The total duration of the exam is for 2 hours in which candidates must give all 4 papers. One can notice that both mains and prelims exams appear to be similar. However, mains exam is more difficult than preliminary.
Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Mains examination will be called for an Interview. The interview consists of general questions and does not need any subject preparation.
For the Clerical exam held by IBPS the pattern is the same as for the PO exams. The only difference is that there is no Interview for the Clerical Exam. You are selected on the basis of your mains marks. However, these are separate exams usually held around December and therefore have a different set of question papers. One can expect an easier set of papers for the clerical grade exam.
For the RRB exam there is no preliminary examination. It contains only mains exam and interview. Candidates are selected on the basis of combined marks of both the mains and interview. 80% weightage is given to the mains marks and 20% of the interview score.
There are 5 Papers namely Numerical Ability, Reasoning, English Language, General Affairs and Computer. These are once again multiple choice questions and also have a negative marking system. For each wrong answer candidate loses 0.25 marks. The total duration of the exam is for 2.5 hours in which candidate has to give all 5 papers.
Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Mains examination will be called for an Interview.
Here is great news for all those candidates waiting for next IBPS Exam in 2017 - 18; IBPS has released the exam notification dates (calendar) for the current year. The candidate can now start planning and preparing for the upcoming exams.