After reading about the complete change in IBPS-PO exam pattern from the year 2015, it is important to get a reality check of what exactly is the level of competition that you have to face!

IBPS-PO exam gets tougher with the introduction of IAS style, Preliminary and Mains exam. Here are some statistics to illustrate that Bank-PO is no piece of cake!


Growing number of IBPS-PO Exam Applicants:

In 2014 around 14.65 lakhs candidate registrations were received by IBPS for the post of Probationary Officer (PO); out of which 10.42 lakhs of candidates took the common PO test.

It is to be noted that More than 1.5 crore candidates have appeared for bank exams in last 3 years and 60,000 vacancies are being filled (tentatively) in Government owned banks by IBPS every year. The number of applicants is increasing year by year.

The success ratio is less than 10% in Bank-PO exam!

Increasing Exam Cut-Off:

The Cut –Offs have been increasing as per the trend from 2013. The candidates not only have to clear the overall cut – offs but it is mandatory to score more than the sectional cut – offs declared as passing in the exam.

In 2012, the cut-off was high because the level of questions asked in the exam was comparatively simpler. For reserved categories the cut - off is slightly lower than the cut offs for General Category.

Rising Exam Difficulty Level:

The difficulty level of exam has increased from 2013. This is clearly evident from the level of questions asked and from the rising cut offs from year 2013. The difficulty level has increased over the years to choose the most suitable candidates from the total exam applicants and in 2015, it is expected to rise even more.

Tips on preparing for various sections to crack the exam.

1. Data Interpretation:

In DI section you need to mark 9 to 10 questions correctly to clear the sectional cut – off marks. There are 3-4 Data Interpretation blocks (set of questions) in the IBPS-PO online test every year. Suppose, if you are solving 2 sets/blocks, it wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes of your time. Always attempt all the questions in a single set.

2. English:

English is a part of both the Prelims and the Mains of SBI-PO and the same is expected for IBPS-PO. Reading comprehension is the most time consuming yet scoring part of English. Always read the comprehension very carefully, underline important lines/words side by side and if you don’t understand anything in the passage, make notes just where a particular line ends. If somehow you don’t find time to read the comprehension, do attempt its word meaning section. Words are given in bold letters in the paragraph and you just have to read the line to answer the question.

Go through Word Power Made Easy to improve your vocabulary. This is not something you can improve in a week’s time.

Then there are question pertaining to finding Grammar mistakes and you can go through a few practice questions to master this section.

Also Read: How to score well in Reading Comprehension section?

3. Reasoning:

This section is a part of both the Prelims and Mains of IBPS-PO exam. It consumes the maximum of the total time a candidate has to solve the paper. Reasoning section consists of Syllogisms, Coding questions, Data Sufficiency questions, etc. With enough practice, you can get familiar with the types of questions that can be asked in the exam and this helps reduce answering time.

In Data Sufficiency questions, candidate has to find if the information provided is sufficient to answer the question. There were total 5 questions asked in data sufficiency in IBPS PO 2013. These questions take 3 to 4 minutes of the total time. Never skip such kind of questions. It is a very scoring section.

Questions on seating arrangement, blood relations, etc, are very scoring once you are comfortable with the question format.

Also Read: How to accurately solve questions on Data Sufficiency?


The growing interest of youth for the Banking jobs is evident from the ever increasing registrations for the exam. The increase in the cut – offs, despite improvement in difficulty level of the exam denote the rising competition for every vacancy. Well, in year 2015 too, the exam is expected to be difficult as compared to the previous years. So stay focused and prepare hard! You can like PrepLadder on Facebook for latest updates on the exam, preparation tips and daily exam questions.

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