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Find everything you need to know about IBPS PO Exam Syllabus, in this article. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is a government recruitment agency that aims to place job seekers in the reputable positions in the banking sectors.

This agency sets the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Syllabus as well as the IBPS PO Main Exam Syllabus. The IBPS Prelims Examination is the qualifying exam for the IBPS Mains Examination. The IBPS Examination provides the opportunity to aspiring candidates recruitment services to all Public Banks such as the State Bank of India, Associate Banks of State Bank of India, RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, LIC and other nationalized insurance companies.

IBPS PO Syllabus and Pattern

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the Common Written Examination (CWE PO/MT) to be able to recruit Probationary Officer in the Public Sector Banks. The examination is conducted online mostly. The Common Written Examination (CWE) is conducted online. The paper consists of objective questions with negative marking. The total marks for the examination are 200 and the given duration is 2 hours. There is Negative Marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. You are at liberty to leave a question if, in doubt, no marks will be deducted for that. All the tests except for the language exam will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

IBPS PO Syllabus

There are two exams to clear for the IBPS Probationary Officer examination, The Prelims and The Mains Exam. The syllabus for both is given herein.

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus 2018

The IBPS Prelims has objective questions worth 100 marks exam. The total time given to solve this paper is 1 hour. There are in total three subjects that one has to tackle in the prelims – Quantitative Aptitude, English and Reasoning.

IBPS PO Mains Syllabus 2018

The IBPS PO Main Examination is for a total of 200 marks and has a total of 200 questions that are asked in the paper. The total time duration of the exam is 2 hours. The IBPS PO Mains exam is based on the following subjects – Quantitative Aptitude, English, Reasoning, General Awareness, Computers.

The difficulty level of subjects Mathematics, Reasoning and English varies for the preliminary exam and the mains exam.

IBPS PO Subject Wise Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude one of the most important portions of the paper. Data interpretation is the main portion of this part. It is a time-consuming paper so one needs to have a good grip on time management. The topics to focus on while preparing for the Quantitative Aptitude paper are – ratio and proportion, average, time and work, speed, distance and time, percentages, partnership, volume and surface area, permutation and combinations, simple and compound interest, quadratic equations, probability, profit, loss and discount.

The books that are recommended for this topic are – Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal, Quantitative Aptitude Test by K. Singh, The Complete Success Package – Bank PO by Arihant Publications

English Language

As English is a global language, usually the examiner wishes to check the candidates English proficiency and how you perform on this subject. The candidate must have a good grip on the language. The topics to cover in this portion are – Error Correction, Sentence Rearrangement, Fill in the Blanks with Modals, Articles etc., Comprehension, Answering questions based on Unseen Passages, Vocabulary, Synonyms.

The books that are recommended are:

  • Essential English Grammar by Murphy
  • General English by S. Aggarwal


The section on Reasoning is very scoring and if the concepts of the candidate are clear and well-practised then they can pull up their marks in this portion of the paper. Here are few important topics that must be focused to score well – Syllogism, CCoding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Series Test, Number, Ranking and time sequence, Direction Sense Test, Decision-making test. Input/output, Sitting Arrangement, Puzzles

The recommended book is:

  • Verbal- Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal


General Awareness

To start off with to prepare for the general knowledge portion, read the current affairs, newspaper of the past six months at least. Keep abreast with the latest in the country as well as the world. The candidate shall be tested on their awareness of Indian Economy and knowledge about current financial affairs in India. Here are few important topics that must be focused to score well- Currency and capital, Banking Terms, Current Rates (Repo Rate, Reverse repo rate, Bank rate etc.), Important days/dates, Indian Economy, Abbreviations / full forms, Ministers and their departments, Books & Their Authors, International Economy, Finance, Shares, Various schemes of Government (MNREGA, Swabhiman, Swavlamban, Bharat Nirman etc.), Questions related to International Financial Institutions (IMF, UN, World bank, ADB-related – Members, recent development, functions) ,RBI, Fiscal-Monetary, Policies, GDP related., Types of Banks, Social Function of Banks, Agriculture, Current Affairs (last 6 months)


Recommended reading for G.K. apart from newspapers and general current affairs compendiums are:

  • Guide to Banking General Awareness by R.Gupta
  • Manohar Pandey Book by Arihant Publications


Computer Knowledge

This section is based on computer and the candidate’s basic knowledge of computers. One must have a functional idea of how computers work to be able to perform in their daily work life. Here are few important topics that must be focused to score well – Basic computer knowledge (MS Office), Number System, History of computers, Operating Systems, Software & Hardware questions (Database & communication), Computer abbreviation, Microsoft-office, Basic knowledge of Internet & Networking.

Some of the recommended books for computers are:

  • Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy by Kiran Publication
  • Computer Awareness by Arihant Publication


For the Interview

The Candidates should have enough confidence first and foremost to be able to face any question and tackle them tactfully. Apart from that, the candidate should be thorough with the following topics – Banking, Economics, Personal Background, General Knowledge

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