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Are you all geared up for the upcoming IBPS PO Prelims 2020 exam?

As per the IBPS PO notification 2020, the prelims examination is scheduled for October 3, 2020 leaving around 2 months for the aspirants to prepare well. By this time candidates must be on their toes and figuring out ways to ace this particular exam. The competition has always been tough for IBPS PO and this time it is no different. According to the IBPS PO 2020 notification earlier the vacancies were 1167, however it was increased to 1417. Candidates will have to strive hard as there are less number of vacancies, thus the competition is going to be tough. In this article we will help the candidates by knowing them how to clear the sectional cut offs for IBPS PO Prelims 2020.

Before starting with the tips as how to clear the sectional cut-offs, lets get aware of the nitty-gritties of the IBPS PO 2020 exam like the exam pattern, important dates, previous year cut-offs and sectional timings etc.

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IBPS PO Prelims 2020 Important Dates

ActivityTentative Dates
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application bycandidates05.08.2020 to 26.08.2020
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online)05.08.2020 to 26.08.2020
Download of call letters for Pre- Exam TraininglSeptember 2020
Conduct of Pre-Exam Training l21.09.2020 to 26.09.2020
Download of call letters for Online examination – PreliminaryOctober 2020
Online Examination – Preliminary03.10.2020, 10.10.2020 and11.10.2020
Result of Online exam – PreliminaryOctober/ November 2020
Download of Call letter for Online exam – MainNovember 2020
Online Examination – Main28.11.2020
Declaration of Result – MainDecember 2020
Download of call letters for interviewJanuary 2021
Conduct of interviewJanuary / February 2021
Provisional AllotmentApril 2021

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IBPS PO Prelims 2020 Exam Pattern

S.NoSectionNos of QuestionsMaximum MarksMediumSectional Timing
1English Language3030English20 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude3535English/Hindi20 minutes
3Reasoning Ability3535English/Hindi20 minutes
TOTAL10010060 minutes


  • Negative Marking of 0.25 per incorrect answer is applicable.
  • Aspirants need to clear the Overall & Sectional Cut-offs to qualify for the Mains exam

For those who have applied for the IBPS PO recruitment 2020 must take a Free Mock Test in order to assess the basic preparation levels. We are now giving a glimpse of the previous year cutoffs of IBPS PO Prelims in order to give an idea to the aspirants as how they should go about preparing for this particular exam.

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IBPS PO Prelims 2019 Cut-Offs

Candidates need to clear the sectional as well as overall cut-offs to qualify for the Mains stage. Below mentioned previous year cutoffs shall give you an idea as how to go about it. This is categorized into both sectional and overall cutoffs:

IBPS PO 2019- Prelims Category-wise Cut-offs

CategoryCut-off Marks

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IBPS PO 2019- Prelims Cut-offs (Gen)

SubjectsEnglish LanguageQuantitative AptitudeReasoning AbilityTotal
Maximum Score303535100
Cut-Off Score
Cut-Off Score

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IBPS PO 2018- Prelims Sectional Cut-offs

Quantitative Aptitude7.754.75

IBPS PO Prelims Overall Cut Off 2018

General 56.75
OBC 55.50
SC 49.25
ST 41.75

Note: These cutoffs are of 2018 and are only used for reference and understanding. This year’s cut-offs, depending on several parameters may change.

The IBPS PO Prelims 2020 is scheduled for Oct 3, 2020 and is just 2 months away. Its time that your preparation should be in full swing. When it comes to clearing sectional cutoffs in IBPS PO Prelims, mock tests play a vital role. Practice more and more mock tests not only give you an edge over other aspirants, but even helps you to derive your own success strategy.

Importance of Mock Tests in Clearing Sectional Cut-offs

The primary benefit of giving a mock test is that it gives you the opportunity of taking the test which is more or less similar to the actual test. Same environment is being given with the same sectional time limits etc. IBPS PO 2020 Prelims mock test is similar to the actual test in parameters including number of questions and their difficulty levels, interface and sectional time limits etc.

While giving a mock test one can always try out different strategies as these are just practice tests before the actual exam. By the time the actual exam comes candidates will be well prepared with that one strategy which fetched them maximum marks and it can be applied then. Another benefit is that when you have already taken so many mocks of IBPS PO Prelims then in the actual exam you feel comfortable with everything as nothing will be new to you.

Mock Test Analysis

Have you ever given a mock test without analyzing it at the end? If you have been doing so till now then you are missing out on a lot of fronts. Analyzing a mock test is equally important as attempting a mock test is. It gives candidates a chance to know that where exactly their preparation is lacking and how it can be improved further. A detailed explanation is being given of all questions answered incorrectly. Moreover, an aspirant get to know where he stand among other test takers for this particular exam. By analyzing a mock test well, a candidate can not only clear the sectional cutoffs but can achieve a good overall score as well.

Practice as much as you can

When it comes to clearing IBPS PO Prelims 2020 everything boils down to practice. At the end what matters is practice. A comprehensive study plan can be built following which aspirants can practice as many mock tests as possible. Check IBPS PO 2020 Prelims Study Plan here. Doing this will surely help you in achieving success by clearing both the sectional and overall cutoffs.

Last but not the least, bank employees may face surprises from time to time by different RBI policies. This is the reason that such bank exams may even surprise you as they might want to check your willingness to handle new things and your readiness to change. Candidates may encounter some changes in the style of questions in the exam, however don’t panic if any such situation arrives and remember that whatever the form of question is it will be related to the basic concept. Stay calm and try to go back to the basics. However, for this your concepts should be crystal clear.

Its time to pull up your socks and start working towards acing the IBPS PO 2020 recruitment.


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