IBPS PO Syllabus – Latest Updates for Prelims and Mains, Books, Preparation

To perform well in any particular exam, one has to be well aware of the syllabus. In the IBPS PO examination, the syllabus differs for prelims and mains exams. Since the preliminary exam of IBPS PO is scheduled on 3rd, 4th and 10th October 2020 and the IBPS PO Mains exam is scheduled on 28th November 2020, the candidates are advised to already keep in mind certain parameters while preparing for the exam.

IBPS PO or IBPS CWE is conducted yearly by Institute of Banking Professional Selection to recruit probation officers in the banking institutions across India. The candidates will sit for the 10th edition of the exam this year.

In this article, you will become familiar with the syllabus for each IBPS PO exam section , get the latest updates on IBPS PO in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, and learn about the best preparation books. 

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IBPS PO Syllabus – Latest Updates

Lately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the banking jobs recruitment agency, Institute of Banking Professional Selection or IBPS, postponed various recruitment activities in regard to hiring of Probationary Officers (PO), Clerks and Specialist Officers (SO). IBPS PO (VIII) 2018 result of provisional allotment under reserve list has also been delayed because of the same reasons. 

On March 18, IBPS PO Main score card was released.

Schedule for IBPS PO 2020 Prelim and Main exam is shown in the table:

Application form August 2020Application form can be downloaded online
Application deadlineAugust 2020Submit the application form and pay the fees.
Last minute editing deadlineAugust 2020The facility to edit the application form will be available. 
Prelims admit card September 2020IBPS PO admit card for prelims will be released. 
Preliminary exam dates03-Oct-2020

04-Oct-2020

10-Oct-2020

The preliminary exam of IBPS PO will be conducted online across various cities of the country in multiple sessions.
Result of preliminary examsNovember 2020Results for the preliminary exam will be announced online.
Prelims scorecard November 2020IBPS PO prelims exam score can be accessed 
Mains admit cardNovember 2020Shortlisted candidates of prelims exam will be issued admit cards for appearing in mains
Mains exam 28-Nov-2020Mains exam will be conducted on this day.
Mains resultJanuary 2021The result of the mains exam will be announced for all candidates.
Mains scorecardJanuary 2021Scorecard is released a few days later to the release of the main result.
Interview call letterJanuary 2021Interview call letter is issued to the qualified candidates only.
Provisional allotmentApril 2021The provisional allotment is done based on candidates performance in both mains and interview.

IBPS PO Syllabus – Exam Pattern

Aspirants must also know the exam pattern along with the syllabus to prepare for the exam in a more conducive manner.

To know about each detail on IBPS probationary exam, read IBPS PO blog here.

Exam StagesThree stages – Prelims, Mains and Common Interview
Mode of examOnline
Duration of prelims exam1 hour 
Duration for Mains exam3 hours 30 minutes
Question typePrelims is an Objective Type exam

Mains consists of both Objective & Descriptive Type of questions.

Total questionsPrelims has 100 questions

Mains has 157 questions (which includes 155 objective types and 2 descriptive types)

Maximum MarksPrelims – 100

Mains –  225

Interview – 100

Language instructionsEnglish and Hindi
Negative marks for each question0.25 marks

To know how to register or fill an IBPS PO exam form, read IBPS PO Registration here.

IBPS PO Syllabus – Preliminary exam 

This is a primary selection round and once you qualify this, you can move to the main exam. The exam consists of Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English. The marks allotted to this exam is 100. The full detailed syllabus is given in the table below:

Syllabus of IBPS PO Prelims

EnglishQuantitative AbilityReasoning
Reading ComprehensionSimplificationLogical Reasoning
Cloze TestProfit & LossAlphanumeric Series
Paragraph jumblesMixtures 

Allegations

Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
MiscellaneousSimple Interest Compound Interest 

Surds Indices

Data Sufficiency
Fill in the blanksWork & TimeCoded Inequalities
Multiple Meaning or Error SpottingTime & DistanceSeating Arrangement
Paragraph CompletionMensuration 

Cylinder

Cone

Sphere

Puzzle

Other topics covered in the Quantitative Ability are:

  1. Data Interpretation
  2. Ration, Proportion, Percentage
  3. Number Systems
  4. Sequence and Series
  5. Permutation, Combination and Probability

Some other topics in the Logical Reasoning section of IBPS PO prelim exam are:

  1. Puzzle
  2. Tabulation
  3. Syllogism
  4. Blood Relations
  5. Input-Output
  6. Coding and Decoding

IBPS PO Syllabus – Mains Exam

In the mains exam, the candidates are assessed on the following topics:

  1. Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude
  2. Computer Aptitude
  3. English Language
  4. General Awareness. 

Also, apart from the objective part, there is a subjective section in the exam. Letter writing and essay along with the objective questions carries 225 marks in the main exam.

You are expected to get the questions from the following topics in Data Interpretation & Analysis (Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude):

  1. Simplification
  2. Percentage
  3. Data Interpretation
  4. Quadratic Equation
  5. Problems of Ages
  6. Number of Series
  7. Speed, distance and time
  8. Number system
  9. Linear equations
  10. Probability
  11. Average, ratio and percentage
  12. Profit and loss
  13. Mensuration and Geometry
  14. Time and work
  15. Data sufficiency
  16. Permutation and combination
  17. Mixture and allegations
  18. Interest

In the General Awareness type of questions, you must practice general knowledge, financial awareness and current affairs. 

In the Computer aptitude sections, the following is expected:

  1. Verbal
  2. Syllogism
  3. Circular seating arrangements
  4. Double lineup
  5. Scheduling
  6. Input-output
  7. Blood donations
  8. Directions and distances
  9. Ordering and ranking
  10. Data sufficiency
  11. Code inequalities
  12. Computer hardware
  13. Operating system
  14. Networking
  15. Computer fundamentals
  16. Internet and keyboard
  17. Microsoft office

In English language, you have to be familiar with the Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Verbal Ability and Fill in the blanks.

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IBPS PO Syllabus – Books

Candidates/aspirants who wish to crack the IBPS PO exam with ease can get guidance from the following books:

English LanguageWord Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin

Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative Aptitude by RS Agarwal
Reasoning AbilityModern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal

A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal (Arihant) by BS Sijwali

Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey

General AwarenessBanking and Economic Awareness by Rakesh Kumar

Banking, Financial & General Awareness by I K Pavel

IBPS PO Syllabus – FAQs

Q. What are the total number of questions in prelims and mains exam?

Prelims has 100 marks and mains exam has 157 marks.

Q. What are the scoring areas in the English section?

We recommend you to prepare the following topics in the best possible way to get good scores. Topics are fill in the blanks, rearrangement, spotting errors, reading comprehension and vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms).

Q. What are the topics generally asked in the data interpretation part?

Graphs and pie charts are the common topics asked in data interpretation.

Q. How to better prepare the GK section in the exam?

Reading newspapers and online portals helps you to get a better understanding of general knowledge areas.

Q. Are mock up tests best for preparing for IBPS PO syllabus?

Yes, they do help you to understand the problems areas and so that you can concentrate on them to perfect them.

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