Banking-Exam pattern

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BANKING – PATTERN OF EXAMINATIONS
PROBATIONARY OFFICER
IBPS PO SBI PO
Subject No. of Qns Marks Duration Subject No. of Qns Marks Duration
Preliminary Preliminary
English language 30 30 60 min. English language 30 30 60 min.
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100 Total 100 100
Main       Main
Reasoning 50 50 120 min. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 min.
English Language 40 40 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 min.
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 General / Economy / Banking awareness 40 40 35 min.
General Awareness
(with special reference to Banking industry)
40 40 English Language 35 40 40 min.
Computer knowledge 20 20
Total 200 200 Total 200 200 180 min.
Penalty for wrong answer 0.25 Penalty for wrong answer 0.25
Interview 100 Group Discussion 20
Interview 30
CLERICAL
IBPS Clerical SBI Clerical
Subject No. of Qns Marks Duration Subject No. of Qns Marks Duration
Preliminary       Preliminary
English language 30 30 60 min. English language 30 30 60 min.
Numerical Ability 35 35 Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100 Total 100 100
Main       Main
Reasoning 40 40 120 min. General / Financial awareness 50 50 35 min.
English Language 40 40 General English 40 40 35 min.
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 min.
General Awareness
(with special reference to Banking industry)
40 40 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 min.
Computer knowledge 40 40
Total 200 200 Total 190 200 160 min.
Penalty for wrong answer 0.25 Penalty for wrong answer 0.25
Interview 100 Interview
(Subject to GOI approval)
IBPS – Regional Rural Banks
Office Assistant (Multipurpose) Officer Scale-I
Subject No. of Qns Marks Duration Subject No. of Qns Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 50 120 min. Reasoning 40 50 120 min.
Numerical Ability 40 50 Quantitative Aptitude 40 50
General Awareness 40 40 General Awareness 40 40
English language 40 40 English language 40 40
Computer knowledge 40 20 Computer knowledge 40 20
Total 200 200 Total 200 200
Penalty for wrong answer 0.25 Penalty for wrong answer 0.25
Interview 100 Interview 100
Officer Scale-II (General Banking Officer) Officer Scale-II (Specialist Cadre)
Subject No. of Qns Marks Duration Subject No. of Qns Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 50 120 min. Reasoning 40 50 150 min.
Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation 40 50 Quantitative Aptitude 40 50
Financial Awareness 40 40 General Awareness 40 40
English language 40 40 English language 40 20
Computer knowledge 40 20 Computer knowledge 40 20
Professional knowledge 40 40
Total 200 200 Total 240 200
Penalty for wrong answer 0.25 Penalty for wrong answer 0.25
Interview 100 Interview 100
Officer Scale-III
Subject No. of Qns Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 50 120 min.
Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation 40 50
Financial Awareness 40 40
English language 40 40
Computer knowledge 40 20
Total 200 200
Penalty for wrong answer 0.25
Interview 100