The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts multiple bank exams throughout the year. One of these examinations is the IBPS PO exam for selection of Probationary Officers for public sector banks.

These probationary officers form the managerial core of the PSBs and go on to become the top bankers in the country. In this article, we will discuss the best IBPS PO books. We will also look at sources to find IBPS PO study material to help aspirants succeed in the exam.

Along with the best books and study material, practising will help you score more.

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Also, refer to the links given below and ace the upcoming Probationary Officer exam:

To know more about the other IBPS exams conducted in the country, candidates can visit the linked article.

IBPS PO Subjects

The bank PO examination is conducted in two stages, the prelims and mains. The syllabus and subjects have considerable overlap between the two. This means that preparation for the prelims and mains can be combined. The following subjects are covered in the IBPS PO exam:

  1. IBPS PO Prelims:
    • English Language: 30 Questions
    • Quantitative Aptitude: 35 Questions
    • Reasoning Ability: 35 Questions
  2. IBPS PO Mains:
    • English Language: 35 Objective and 2 Descriptive questions
    • Quantitative Aptitude: 35 objective type questions
    • Reasoning and Computer Aptitude: 45 objective type questions
    • General Awareness, Economy and Banking: 40 objective type questions

The syllabus for both the examinations is mainly common for English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning.

Best Books for IBPS PO

The best books for IBPS PO cover the syllabus of the exam thoroughly. They are easy to understand and present material relevant to the IBPS PO syllabus and also give ample practice questions. Here is a subject-wise list of the best IBPS PO preparation books:

  1. English Language: Though no books apart from the traditional IBPS guides seem relevant to the PO exam at first glance, almost all the concepts covered in both stages of the examination are from these books:
    • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin. Reading this book will also improve the knowledge level and proficiency in the English language. This book is also relevant for the English descriptive test in the IBPS Probationary Officer main exam.
    • How to Read Better and Faster by Norman Lewis
    • Reading Comprehension, Ordering of Sentences, Ordering of Words and Cloze Test by Dilip Khushwaha
  2. Quantitative Aptitude: There is a multitude of books available for the Quantitative Aptitude section of the syllabus as it is common to PO and management entrance exams. However, the best books for this subject are
    • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by R.S Agarwal
    • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude by Dinesh Khattar
    • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma
    • Objective Mathematics for Competitive Exams by Tarun Goyal
  3. Reasoning Ability: Even though this subject is combined with Computer Aptitude in the Mains exam, it should be prepared separately. The best books for this subject are:
    • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S Agrawal
    • A New Approach to Reasoning by B.S Sijwali and Indu Sijwali
    • Analytical Reasoning by M.K.Pandey
  4. Computer Aptitude: The Computer Aptitude Syllabus for IBPS is not very large. This subject is included in the mains exam. Primarily composed of activities and tools we use every day in modern offices, the following book is sufficient for the subject:
    • Objective Computer Awareness by Arihant
  5. General Awareness, Economy and Banking: This subject has comparatively broad coverage. For this reason, preparation should be done through newspapers, weekly current affairs magazines and books. The questions on current affairs are mostly asked from events within 3-4 months before the examination. Some useful books for this subject are:
    • India Year Book by Publications Division, Government of India
    • Banking Awareness by B.K Raut and S.R Behera
    • Apart from these books, The Hindu and Indian Express are good sources of information on the latest developments. The focus should be on the business and world news sections of these newspapers.
    • Pratiyogita Darpan (Monthly Edition)
Related Links:
Logical Reasoning Logical Reasoning Questions and Answers
Computer Knowledge Banking Awareness
General English for Competitive Exams Verbal Ability

Candidates can know the detailed section-wise bank exam syllabus at the linked article.

The books listed above are more than sufficient to crack the public sector bank PO exam. Aspirants should read these IBPS PO books thoroughly and practice solving MCQs. Once the whole syllabus has been covered, it is advisable to solve a few previous years’ IBPS question papers. The revision should focus on weak areas identified while solving those papers.

To understand the exam even better, candidates can refer to the links given below and review the previous year question papers:

BYJU’S has developed excellent material for bank examinations. Previous years’ IBPS PO papers can be downloaded here.


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