IBPS PO Syllabus 2019

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the IBPS PO exam every year. Lakhs of candidates appear for the exam in the hopes of becoming a banker. Only the best make it to the top and land the premium post of Probationary Officer in public sector banks. One aspect of preparation that every successful candidate has is familiarity with IBPS PO syllabus. The exam pattern of IBPS PO consists of Prelims, Mains and an interview. In this article, we will discuss the bank PO syllabus in detail.

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus

The preliminary exam consists of one paper of 100 marks divided into three sections. The IBPS PO Prelims syllabus covers the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning Ability

The new pattern of exam introduced in 2019 has added a few topics to each subject which were not included in the syllabus earlier. The IBPS does not specify a list of topics in their notification, hence the syllabus is drawn up by analysing past years’ papers. The following is the subjectwise breakdown of the bank PO prelims syllabus:

English Language: The English language section covers the following topics:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test(Fill in the blanks)
  • Paragraph Jumbles
  • Error Detection
  • Multiple Meanings(Contextual Usage)
  • Paragraph Completion

Quantitative Aptitude: The Quantitative section covers a wide variety of topics which are:

  • Simplification
  • Profit and Loss
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Surds and Indices
  • Work and Time Equations
  • Time and Distance Equations
  • Mensuration: Cylinder, Cone, Sphere and Cuboid
  • Data Interpretation
  • Ratio And Proportion
  • Percentages
  • Number Systems
  • Series and Sequences
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Variation
  • Probability

Reasoning Ability: The Reasoning Ability section as a number of topics covered and shows the widest variation with some new topics included every year:

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Directions
  • Ranking
  • Alphabet Combination
  • Data Sufficiency Tests
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Picture Series Puzzles
  • Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Relationships
  • Input/Output
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Assertion and Reason
  • Statement, Argument and Assumption
  • Word Formation

As we can see, the Prelims syllabus covers a large number of topics. Next, we would discuss the syllabus of IBPS PO Mains.

IBPS PO Mains Syllabus

The IBPS PO Mains syllabus covers all the above topics in detail. In addition to this, it is divided into four sections and includes current affairs. It also includes written English as a separate paper. The following are the subjects it covers:

  • Quantitative Aptitude(Referred to as Data Interpretation and Analysis since IBPS PO 2018)
  • English Language
  • Reasoning and Computer Knowledge
  • General Awareness, Economy and Banking

The following is the subject-wise breakup of topics:

Data Interpretation and Analysis: Includes all the topics covered in prelims as well as the following:

  • Simplification
  • Statistics(Averages, Mean, Median etc.)
  • Representational Statistics(Graphs and Charts)
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Percentages
  • Data Interpretation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Speed, Distance and Time
  • Profit, Loss and Discounts
  • Time and Work Equations
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Age Calculation Equations
  • Systems of Equation in Two Variables
  • Number Systems
  • Mixtures and Alligations

English Language: It covers two papers in the mains exam. The topics that questions are asked from are:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Usage of English in Business
  • Letter Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Verbal Ability

Reasoning and Computer Knowledge: These two subjects have been tested together in one section since 2017. The following topics are covered:


  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Seating Arrangements(Circular and Linear)
  • Double and Triple Lineups
  • Scheduling
  • Input/Output
  • Blood Relations
  • Ordering and Ranking
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Sufficiency of Arguments and Data
  • Directions and Displacement
  • Code Inequalities
  • Alphanumeric Series

Computer Knowledge:

  • Internet
  • Memory
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Computer Related Terms, Abbreviations and Computer Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Office and Related Word Processing and Spreadsheet Applications
  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Operating Systems and GUI Basics
  • Basic Computer Networking

General Awareness, Economy and Banking Knowledge: This section covers current affairs, financial knowledge and functional business skills by covering the following topics:

  • Financial Knowledge
  • Basic Economics
  • Current Events of National and International Importance with focus on financial news
  • General Knowledge on various topics of importance to financial institutions

IBPS PO Interview

The IBPS PO Interview does not cover any specific topic. It is advisable to prepare well on general knowledge and awareness, current affairs and some basic topics in finance. It is more important to display good interpersonal skills and business acumen.

The bank PO exam process is relatively short when compared to other competitive exams. It makes it very important that candidates do not get distracted during preparation. To help candidates become successful bankers, BYJU’S has developed state of the art courses which can be accessed online. We also provide free study material which candidates can use for their benefit. It should be kept in mind that the competition level in the IBPS PO exam is very high, hence aspirants should familiarise themselves with the syllabus and also solve past years’ PO papers for effective preparation.

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