IBPS PO Prelims Exam

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will conduct the Probation Officer(PO) Prelims exam in the second and third week of October 2019.

The IBPS Exam is conducted every year to recruit candidates into the banking sector.

The IBPS PO Prelims examination is used to shortlist candidates for the Main examination for the selection of distinguished Probationary Officers in public sector banks.

Candidates can check important updates on other Bank exams, by referring to the linked article.

This article is about the IBPS PO Prelims exam regarding the exam pattern and syllabus along with important dates for the exam.

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Event

IBPS PO Prelims Exam date

IBPS PO Prelims Exam 2019

12th, 13th, 19th & 20th October 2019

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO exam pattern for Prelims exam consists of one objective-type paper that is divided into three sections. The IBPS PO Prelims exam is completely online.

This examination tests the ability of candidates in the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude(Numerical Ability)
  • Reasoning Ability(Verbal and Non-Verbal)

Each section has to be solved in 20 minutes at the end of which, the timer runs out and the next section appears.

The following is the IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Prelims exam:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam pattern -Section

Number of Questions

Marks Allotted

Time Allotted

English Language

30

30

20 min

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 min

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 min

The total marks for this paper are 100. The IBPS PO Prelims cut off marks are announced by the institute along with the result.

Candidates can check the IBPS PO Exam Pattern for more details on the same.

Candidates should visit the official website to track any updates on the IBPS upcoming notification.

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus

The main source of the Prelims syllabus is through IBPS PO Prelims exam analysis. The institute does not publish an official IBPS PO Prelims syllabus in the notification but specifies the subjects that will be tested and the level of knowledge that should be possessed by the candidate.

The level of the exam is generally of an undergraduate degree standard.

The following topics are included in the IBPS PO Prelims syllabus:

Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude

English Language

Logical Reasoning

Simplification

Reading Comprehension

Alphanumeric Series

Profit & Loss

Cloze Test

Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test

Mixtures & Alligations

Para jumbles

Data Sufficiency

Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices

Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting

Coded Inequalities

Work & Time

Fill in the blanks

Seating Arrangement

Time & Distance

Miscellaneous

Puzzle

Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

Paragraph Completion

Tabulation

Data Interpretation

Syllogism

Ratio & Proportion, Percentage

Blood Relations

Number Systems

Input-Output

Sequence & Series

Coding-Decoding

Permutation, Combination & Probability

The exam analysis for the IBPS PO Prelims exam is given in brief:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis 2018: Section-wise Analysis

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis- Subject

Good Attempt

Time

English Language

19-23

20

Reasoning Ability

23-26

20

Quantitative Aptitude

18-21

20

Total

57-62

60

Quantitative Aptitude (Moderate)

As per the IBPS PO Prelims exam analysis, Quantitative section was of moderate level. A little practice on this section can fetch great marks.

The IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis for the Quantitative section is as follows:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis- Topic

No. of Questions

Level

Data Interpretation

16

Moderate-Calculative

Missing Number Series

05

Moderate

Approximation

05

Easy-Moderate

Data Sufficiency

03

Moderate

Arithmetic Word Problems (Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages, SI & CI etc)

06

Moderate

Total

35

Moderate

English Language (Easy-Moderate)

The English section in the IBPS PO Prelims exam was in the range of easy to moderate.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis-Topic

No. of Questions

Level

Reading Comprehension

06

Moderate

Error Detection

04

Easy-Moderate

Filler

05

Moderate

Sentence Rearrangement

04

Moderate

Math the Column

03

Easy-Moderate

Sentence Correction

04

Moderate

Word Replacement

04

Easy-Moderate

Total

30

Moderate

Reasoning (Moderate)

The level of reasoning in the IBPS PO Prelims exam was in the Easy to Moderate range.

The IBPS PO Prelims exam analysis for Reasoning section is given below:

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Analysis-Topics

No. of Questions

Level

Puzzles and Seating Arrangement

21

Moderate

Syllogism

03

Easy-Moderate

Direction Sense

04

Moderate

Blood Relation

02

Easy-Moderate

Alphabets

02

Easy-Moderate

Data Sufficiency

03

Moderate

Total

35

Moderate

IBPS PO Prelims Result

The IBPS PO Prelims results are generally declared one month after the examination.

The IBPS PO Prelims result is used to shortlist candidates for the main examination. There is very little gap between the Prelims and Mains exam which is generally about two months.

Event

IBPS PO Prelims Result date

IBPS PO Prelims Result

November 2019 (Tentative)

IBPS PO Prelims Exam- Important Pointers

  • Preparation strategy for this exam should be well crafted and focused.
  • IBPS PO Prelims mock tests from the official website as well as books should be attempted regularly.
  • One should focus on weak areas of the syllabus and develop the ability to intelligently answer MCQs.
  • IBPS PO Preparation should be done thoroughly to score well in the exam.

BYJU’S website can be used for accessing study material, IBPS books and IBPS PO Prelims question papers to streamline preparation and succeed in the exam.

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