Since Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection (IBPS) took up the task of conducting Common Written Examination (CWE) for nearly 22 Public Sector Banks (except SBI and its Associate Banks) in the country, the banking recruitment process has evolved greatly and is still maturing with each passing year.
In line with their mission of continuous improvement, IBPS has changed its pattern for IBPS PO Exam from single CWE to Two Tier written exam since 2015. Now, the IBPS PO Exam is conducted in two rounds, consisting of Preliminary Test and Main Test, followed by the interview round. Those who qualify in all the three phases get placed for the most prestigious position of a Probationary Officer in Government banking sector.
This two-tiered approach affects students’ preparation and also the way they approach the exam. Let us look at some of those implications.
- The Two Tier examination process will end the randomness in the selection process i.e., aspirants will now have to qualify in both the stages to reach the interview phase.
- While Tier-I (Preliminary) Exam will be of qualifying nature and its score will not be added at the time of preparing the merit list, Tier-II (Main) Exam marks, and Interview score will be considered for the preparation of final merit list.
- Candidates will have to qualify in each of the three subjects i.e., English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability of Tier-I Exam by securing passing marks to be decided by the bank. The shortlisted candidates will then be eligible to give the Tier-II Exam and the candidates will need to obtain a minimum score in each of the subjects there as well, i.e., a minimum score in Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and Computer knowledge and also a minimum total score to be considered for the interview.
- While Tier-I Exam will be a relatively easier one and a number of candidates get qualified in this stage, the difficulty level of Tier-II Exam will be higher and only a few selected candidates would reach the next stage. So, by including both papers,this pattern will be ensured that only those candidates are selected who can handle both kinds of situations easily.
Thus, the whole process will clearly ensure that only the genuine and deserving candidates are selected for the bank jobs.
What aspirants should expect from two stage IBPS PO Exam format?
Candidates can expect the Tier-I Exam to be very easy and Tier-II Exam to be moderately or highly tough. While the syllabus would remain the same for the two phases, candidates would definitely need to adopt a more holistic approach while preparing for the IBPS PO Exam.
Now, knowing only the shortcuts would not be enough and candidates will have to have in-depth knowledge of all the subjects. They would also need to put in a lot of hard work and dedication to clear the two-stage IBPS PO Exam. So, what is needed is a thorough preparation as the two stages of the exam will definitely ensure that only the best candidates are selected.
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