IBPS PO Main Exam 2015: Previous & Expected Cutoffs [A Detailed Analysis]

Did you qualify in IBPS Prelims 2015? Then the real recruitment starts only from now as the IBPS PO Main exam is scheduled on conducted on October 31st.There is no difference in the exam pattern compared to last year but candidates have to be careful as the competition is going to be less at this stage.Hence you need to make sure of not losing the josh at the last minute.


Every year, approx. 10 lakh candidates appear for IBPS PO exams.To bring this number down & also to make it easy for the banks to select the brightest, a two tier exam process was conducted.


3 Lakh Expected in Mains

Just like previous years 15000 - 18000 PO jobs may be announced by banks through this year `s recruitment as well.

So, after the IBPS PO prelims results one can hope that expect atleast 2 - 3 lakh candidates could appear for the main examination.

We arrived at this figure by taking into account the ratio of 1:20 – which is 20 times the total no. of vacancies.


Candidates must not only successfully pass in this main online test BUT should also secure high marks so that their total final score enables them to get allotment in preferred govt. banks.


LATEST UPDATE: IBPS PO Mains 2015 Scores & Cutoffs Released


Pattern & Previous Cutoffs

As said earlier, IBPS PO main exam pattern is exactly the same like last year (2014) with no change in scores or test sections.The real structure of PO mains 2015 is shown in the image below:




To talk more about the mains, here are some important points that you must know:

  • There is NO descriptive paper.
  • All questions are objective type & should be answered on a computer (online)
  • All the sections (expect english) will be available in English & Hindi language.
  • Negative mark of 0.25 will be reduced for each wrong answer.

Your score in main exam will determine whether you get shortlisted for the common interview or not.It will then be added to your interview score for final selection.


Previous Year PO Cutoffs: Last year there was no preliminary test & all applicants had to appear for just 1 exam & those cutoff scores is shown below (see previous year ibps po cutoff marks)








English language



Quantitative aptitude



General Awareness



Computer knowledge




There was a cutoff on the total weighted score which you can see from the table here:


ibps po previous year cutoffs


IBPS PO 2015 – Will Cutoffs be Same?

Having seen the previous year cutoffs, the million dollar question would be – What will be the cutoffs for this year?


Since IBPS has already filtered many candidates through the prelims, the competition is NOT going to be high like in previous examinations.So we strongly believe the IBPS PO 2015 sectional & total score cutoffs could go up moderately.


Even many bank coaches/ institutes strongly believe to see an increase in qualifying scores this year, primarily due to limited availability of talent pool.


You can expect atleast 5 - 8 mark increase in sectional cutoff & 15 – 20 mark increase on TWS scores compared to 2014.


Going by the above range, here are category-wise cutoff ranges:

ibps PO mains 2015 expected cutoffs

* computer cutoffs were modified on Oct 23 in accordance to its total marks.


Note: Do not prepare keeping these scores only in mind.The expected cutoff scores are provided as a starting point or guide to help candidates understand the weightage of each paper.


Aim at posting a higher score than the above to increase your chances of getting selected.


Checkout the IBPS PO Mains Study Plan article if you are preparing for future IBPS PO exams in 2016 – 17.

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