Institute Of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is all set to conduct the exam for the post of Probationary Officer’s (PO). The exam is scheduled to be conducted on December 4 and 11, 2021 in various centres across the country, admit cards for the same were released on November 20, 2021. But the candidates, whose centres are across the state of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are demanding a change in the schedule of the exam amid the cyclone warning.
According to the warning of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the cyclone is going to skirt the coast of Andhra Pradesh on December 4 in the morning and will reach Puri in Odisha by December 5 at noon. IMD has issued red and orange alerts for various districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Candidates are concerned about their examination, as the examination is scheduled for the day when the cyclone is going to make landfall, and they are seeking help from the concerned authorities. Some candidates have reached to twitter asking the authorities to reschedule the examination for other dates but until now, no response is seen from the authorities.
As of now, IBPS is going to conduct the examination and has also released the schedule for the same. According to the schedule, the examination is going to be conducted in four shifts: Shift 1 is from 9 am to 10 am, shift 2 is from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, shift 3 is from 2 pm to 3 pm, and shift 4 is going to be from 4 pm to 5 pm. Looking at the schedule and cyclone warning candidates are saying that they will not be able to attend the exam because of the cyclonic storm in the districts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
As far as the exam is concerned, IBPS PO is a three-stage examination. First is Prelims, then Mains, followed by an Interview round. Candidates have to qualify for each round in order to proceed to the next step. On December 4 and 11 is the preliminary examination which consists of one paper with objective-type questions comprising 100 questions and the time allotted is one hour. A negative marking of 0.25 marks is done for each wrong answer.