After a brief lull IBPS is back in news as the institute has opened its gates for those who appeared in its 2nd PO common written exam to know their scores.Earlier they were only able to know their status (pass/fail).The institute also shares about the TWS calculation methods & cutoffs scores.
To apply for probationary officer jobs in public sector banks, IBPS had conducted a pan-India written test on June 17 that was attended by over 7.5 lakh aspirants.
The results announced few weeks back saw 61000 clear the exam which is just 8% of the total appearances.While the paper was said to be tough, the other reason is cutoff scores.
What's your mark?
The scores of all candidates are now published by IBPS which can be accessed by entering your roll/ registration no. & password/ date of birth from their website here
The facility to view your exam scores online, is not only available for pass class but unsuccessful ones could also check out their weak areas.
Here, we shall see some of the common scenarios that would have lead to your disqualification (screenshot of result page shown above).
Minimum qualifying scores
The process followed by IBPS for arriving at standard scores are complex as it involves equating, standardizing etc.,The detailed handout can be had from their site
On the other hand, calculating TWS (total scores) is easy & can be easily understood.
Now we shall look at how cutoffs are implemented.To qualify in the common test, you
- Must have secured minimum standard score in each test paper
- 24+ for general & 21+ for others
- Must have the required Total weighted standard score (TWS)
- Gen/OBC: 135, SC: 127, ST:106
A candidate is considered qualified only if he/she has scored equal to or above the fixed cutoffs mentioned overleaf.
|If the score is not above the required limit in any one section, you shall be considered as ‘FAIL’.In such cases, descriptive paper will not be taken for evaluation.|
Some are shocked to see 0 as score in certain papers & argue they have attended maximum no. of questions in those sections.But there are other ‘factors’ such as,
- Negative marks: This could have played a vital role in bringing down your score as each wrong answer reduces 0.25 marks.
What matters most is the no. of correct answers, than the the number of answered questions.
Lost in Descriptive
The descriptive test is taken up for evaluation only if you have minimum scores in all subjects.At the same time, it is necessary for you to qualify in this section also for being declared ‘PASS’
- Some have cleared all subjects but failed to get shortlisted as their score in descriptive test was below the specified cut-off.
This part contains writing long essays, comprehension etc., that test one`s english language skills.Infact many had complained about lack of time after the exam.
Many applicants who have lost their chance by just 1 or 2 marks are enquiring with us about re-checking & re-evaluation of answer sheets.
Unfortunately, there is NO PROVISION given by IBPS to apply for revaluations & hence it is not possible.
To improve your current scores – you will have to appear for the next PO common exam.