The IBPS PO prelims exam is one of the most competitive banking exams in India, with lakhs of candidates applying every year. The number of applicants has been increasing steadily in recent years, reflecting the growing popularity of banking jobs. In 2022, over 5.74 lakh candidates registered for the exam, and over 4.37 lakh candidates appeared. Here is a low-down on essential documents to carry on the exam day and other guidelines.
Essential documents for the day of IBPS PO Prelims Exam
Candidates must carry essential documents to the examination centre for verification.
These documents are mandatory:
- Call Letter or Admit Card issued by the IBPS: Original Government ID card and a photocopy of it (this can be Voter-ID card, Aadhaar card or any other govt provided ID card)
- At least three passport-sized photos: Ensure that your call letter or admit card has your photo printed on it, if not, you should ensure that you carry the passport-sized photos to be pasted on the admit card in the presence of the invigilator.
- Rough sheets will be provided at each candidate’s desk; no extra rough sheets will be given.
- After completing the examination, candidates are required to deposit their IBPS PO call letter, photocopy of the Identity Proof, and worksheets in a designated collection box.
- Candidates may be required to provide their clear left thumb impression and signature in designated spaces on their IBPS PO call letter in the presence of the exam invigilator.
Remember these key points during the exam
- Try arriving at the exam centre early. This will give you time to relax and settle in before the examination.
- Review your study notes and essential formulas for important topics that you’ve studied.
- Before your exam, it can prove helpful to go through the analysis of previous years’ IBPS PO examination to understand the question paper pattern, and understand what might come and where you should focus on.
- When you start attempting the questions, read the instructions carefully. Make sure you understand the exam pattern and instructions thoroughly before you start answering the questions.
- Stay calm and composed in the examination hall; don’t let stress overwhelm you.
- If you feel tense or nervous, take a sip of water to relax.
- Make sure you fully comprehend the questions before providing your answers.
- Take your time to carefully read the question paper; avoid rushing.