After a major change in the examination pattern from last year onwards, candidates who have cleared the Prelims will now be gearing up their preparing for the Mains followed by the final interview round. IBPS PO Mains exam is scheduled on 20 November2016 and hardly 10 days are left.

Earlier, we discussed the expected cut-off for IBPS PO 2016 Prelims  . In this post, we will discuss about the IBPS PO 2016 Mains expected cut–off.. IBPS PO cut off is the primary selection criterion applied to the Prelims score of a candidate which decides who will qualify for the next level. There will be no official declaration of Mains cut-off, but candidates wish to have a idea if they will clear the exam and go to the interview round or not.

 This post covers four things:

  • The basis on which the actual cut off is decided.
  • The basis on which PrepLadder will predict the cut – off for IBPS PO Mains 2016.
  • Estimates for IBPS PO Mains cut – off for year 2016
  • Your target score to get a Bank of your choice.

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The basis of cut-off decision for IBPS-PO Mains depends upon:

  • How many candidates need to be promoted to the next level?
  • The difficulty level of the exam.
  • The performance of students in the examination.

The most accurate estimates of IBPS-PO Mains cut-off are only possible once we have information about the above mentioned parameters. As no information is available as of now on 2 out of the 3 above written points for IBPS-PO Mains, we can provide you with estimates and guesses by experts about the expected cut – off.

Also Read: IBPS-PO Mains Strategy 2016 for all 5 sections


The basis on which PrepLadder will predict the cut – off for IBPS PO 2016 Mains

The experts at PrepLadder had predicted the cut off for IBPS PO Prelims 2016.Now we are going to predict the cut – off for IBPS PO Mains on the basis of:

  • Previous year’s cut - off trends in IBPS PO
  • Difficulty level of IBPS-PO Mains exam
  • Feedback of attempts of candidates who cleared SBI-PO Mains


Now let’s look at the Trends of cut offs of previous years in IBPS PO

Cut off IBPS PO 2015


Cut off IBPS PO 2014


Cut off IBPS PO 2013


Cut off IBPS PO 2012


As per the above mentioned cut off trend, we can see that the cut off initially increased in 2012, then decreased in 2013 and then increased in 2014 and finally decreased in 2015. Therefore, there is no stable pattern of the cut – off. The difficulty level of the exam varied each year and so did the cut–off.

It is predicted that IBPS-PO Mains exam will be of a similar difficulty level as SBI-PO Mains exam 2016.

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Expected cut – off for IBPS PO Mains 2016

If the exam is of similar difficulty level as SBI PO 2016, we can predict that the expected minimum qualifying marks would not be more than 90/200 for the general category.

The expected cut off for IBPS PO Mains is expected to be in the range of 80- 88 marks out of 200.

Please Note: A candidate is considered to be qualified if he scores marks equal to or more than the cut-off (minimum qualifying marks). To be on a safer side, you should target to achieve at least 115 marks out of 200 in IBPS PO Mains, with accuracy over 80% to clear the cut – off. Such a good attempt in limited time is going to be a tough battle.


Your target score to get a bank of your choice

For those of you who don’t just want to focus on clearing the cut-off but wish to get a bank of your choice, continue reading:

An aspirant would get a bank of his choice if he scores more than the cut – off marks and also qualifies the interview round with a decent score. If you score more than 105 marks out of 200 along with clearing the interview round with a score of minimum 60/100, to get a Bank of your choice.

With 20 lakh applicants for less than 10 thousand vacancies, you have a tough battle ahead. Only 1% will actually clear this selection process so it’s time to buck up. PrepLadder’s IBPS PO Mock test Series 2016 has helped a lot of students prepare for the Prelims and is equipped to help them with the Mains as well. Join now and check your level of performance against others preparing all over the country.

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