IBPS PO Syllabus 2020

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection sets the IBPS PO syllabus.

Lakhs of candidates appear for the IBPS exam in the hope of becoming a banker. Only the best make it to the top and land the premium post of Probationary Officer in public sector banks.

Latest Update: On August 4, 2020, the official Probationary Officer notification has been released by the conducting body, and no change in the IBPS PO exam pattern or syllabus for either Prelims or Mains exam has been made for the upcoming recruitment. 

In this article, candidates shall find the detailed section-wise syllabus for the upcoming Bank PO exam.

The competition level in the IBPS PO exam is very high. Hence aspirants should familiarise themselves with the IBPS PO syllabus to have a clear concept of the various topics covered in the exam.

For details on upcoming bank exams, refer to the linked article.

One aspect of preparation that every successful candidate has is familiarity with IBPS PO syllabus.

Candidates trying for other bank exams can refer to the linked article to get a list of various other posts in the banking sector.

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For any latest notification regarding the IBPS PO exam or any other Government exams, candidates can visit the linked article.

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern

Candidates need to understand the IBPS PO Exam Pattern to have an idea of the topics covered in the exam.

The IBPS PO Exam Pattern consists of Prelims, Mains and an Interview.

The IBPS PO Exam Pattern is given below:

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Prelims

Sr. No. Name of the Test No. of Questions & Maximum Marks Language of the exam Duration of each IBPS PO Prelims exam
1 English Language 30 English 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 English & Hindi 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 English & Hindi 20 minutes
Total 100 1 hour

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains

Sr. No. Name of the Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Language of the exam Duration of each IBPS PO Prelims exam
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English 60 minutes
2 General/Economy/Banking Awareness 35 40 English & Hindi 35 minutes
3 English Language 35 40 English & Hindi 40 minutes
4 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours
5 English Language( Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 English 30 minutes

IBPS PO Syllabus for Prelims

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 IBPS PO 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.

Candidates can also check the best IBPS PO books which may help them ace the upcoming Probationary Officer exam at the linked article.

The following is the subject wise breakdown of the IBPS PO Prelims syllabus:

IBPS PO Syllabus for Prelims exam is given below:

English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability
Reading Comprehension

Idioms & Phrases

Paragraph Jumbles

Tenses Rules

(Fill in the blanks)/Cloze Test

Error Detection

Multiple Meanings(Contextual Usage)

Paragraph and passage completion

Simplification and Approximation

Quadratic Equations

Profit and Loss

Mixtures and Alligations

Simple and Compound Interest

Surds and Indices

Work and Time 

Speed, Time and Distance 

Mensuration: Cylinder, Cone, Sphere and Cuboid

Data Interpretation

Ratio And Proportion

Percentages

Number Series

Boat Stream

Series and Sequences

Permutation and Combination

Measures of Central Tendency and Variation

Probability

Logical Reasoning

Alphanumeric Series

Directions

Reasoning Puzzles

Order and 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

To get some simple maths shortcuts and tricks to solve the questions from the quantitative aptitude section quicker and more efficiently, candidates can check the linked article.

The IBPS PO syllabus for the Prelims exam covers a large number of topics. Thorough practice and proper IBPS PO preparation need to be done to cover these topics before the Prelims exam in the best possible way.

Candidates can check IBPS PO Mock Tests for performance review and revision.

To understand the Exam topics in-depth, and the level of difficulty, IBPS PO Prelims exam Analysis can be beneficial.

IBPS PO Syllabus for Mains

The IBPS PO Mains syllabus has topics similar to the Prelims phase, but the standard of questions is a bit complex.

Two new subjects are added in the syllabus for phase II exam. These are Computer Knowledge and Banking Awareness. Also, a descriptive paper is included in this stage of the examination.

To get the detailed Probationary Officer Mains exam syllabus, refer to the table below:

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude General/Economy/Banking Awareness English Language Data Analysis & Interpretation
Reasoning:

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 Aptitude:

Internet

Memory

Keyboard Shortcuts

Computer Related Terms Abbreviations

Computer Fundamentals

Microsoft Office and Related Word Processing and Spreadsheet Applications

Computer Hardware and Software

Operating Systems and GUI Basics

Computer Network

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Windows

Banking Awareness

Financial Knowledge

Basic Economics

Current Affairs

Current Events of National and International Importance with focus on financial news

Static GK

General Knowledge on various topics of importance to financial institutions

Reading Comprehension

Vocabulary

Grammar

Usage of English in Business

Letter Writing

Essay Writing

Verbal Ability

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

The IBPS PO syllabus for both the Prelims and Mains exam is almost similar except for a few differences in subjects and topics.

Aspirants can know more about General English for Competitive exams at the linked article.

To understand the Exam topics in-depth and the level of difficulty, IBPS PO Mains exam Analysis can be of great help.

Having a strong conceptual knowledge of all the major topics included in the IBPS PO syllabus is the key to ace the upcoming Probationary Officer exam.

Aspirants can get the detailed bank exam syllabus at the linked article.

Given below are a few other related links which shall help candidates know more and prepare well for the IBPS PO exam:

IBPS PO Interview

The IBPS PO Interview does not cover any specific topic. It is advisable to focus on general knowledge and awareness, current affairs and some essential matters under finance while preparing for the Probationary Officer Interview.

The Interview will be for 100 marks, and minimum 40% marks (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD) are necessary to qualify the Interview phase. Also, the final result is according to the marks scored in Interview+ Mains, and they shall be calculated in a 20:80 ratio, respectively.

It is more important to display excellent interpersonal skills and business acumen during the IBPS PO Interview.

The IBPS 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.

For tips for performing better in the IBPS PO Interview, candidates can visit the last minute IBPS PO Interview Tips page and prepare themselves even better.

IBPS PO syllabus 2020: –Download PDF Here

To help candidates successfully qualify the bank exams, BYJU’S has a comprehensive and detailed preparation strategy and study material to assist aspirants with their preparation.

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