IBPS PO Syllabus 2023

The IBPS PO Prelims exam 2022 were held on 15, 16 and 22 October, 2022. The Main examination was conducted on 26 November, 2022. Given that the 2023 exam is around the corner, aspirants should start their preparation. They should go through the previous years’ question papers for the IBPS PO examination. The IBPS has not prescribed a syllabus for the PO examination. However, the subject experts at BYJU’S  have compiled a list of important topics that come up frequently in the IBPS PO exam.

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.

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

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

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 get an idea of the topics covered in the exam.

The IBPS PO Exam Pattern for the Prelims and Main exam 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 exam format, which was adopted in 2019, has added a few topics to each subject that weren’t previously part of the IBPS PO syllabus.

The IBPS does not specify a list of topics in their notification; hence the syllabus is drawn up by analysing the 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


Number Series

Boat Stream

Series and Sequences

Permutation and Combination

Measures of Central Tendency and Variation


Logical Reasoning

Alphanumeric Series


Reasoning Puzzles

Order and Ranking

Alphabet Combination

Data Sufficiency Tests

Coded Inequalities

Seating Arrangements

Picture Series Puzzles





Coding and Decoding

Assertion and Reason

Statement, Argument and Assumption

Word Formation

In order to solve questions from the quantitative aptitude section quickly and efficiently, candidates can refer to some simple maths shortcuts and tricks given in the linked page.

The IBPS PO syllabus for the Prelims exam covers a large number of topics. Candidates can refer to the page on IBPS PO preparation  to cover these topics effectively.

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

To understand exam pattern and the type of questions asked, aspirants can refer to the page on IBPS PO Prelims exam Analysis.

Related Links
IBPS PO Eligibility IBPS PO Application Form IBPS Online Registration
IBPS PO Admit Card IBPS Mock Tests IBPS Previous Year Paper

IBPS PO Syllabus for Mains

The IBPS PO Main exam syllabus has topics similar to the Prelims phase, but the level of difficulty is higher.

Recently, computer knowledge, banking awareness and a descriptive paper were added to the IBPS PO phase II examination.

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

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

Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning


Seating Arrangements (Circular and Linear)

Double and Triple Lineups



Blood Relations

Ordering and Ranking

Coding and Decoding

Sufficiency of Arguments and Data

Directions and Displacement

Code Inequalities

Alphanumeric Series

Computer Aptitude:



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



Usage of English in Business

Letter Writing

Essay Writing

Verbal Ability


Statistics (Averages, Mean, Median etc.)

Representational Statistics (Graphs and Charts)

Ratio and Proportion


Data Interpretation

Data Sufficiency



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 in the linked article.

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

Having a strong conceptual understanding 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 in the linked article.

Given below are a few other related links which will help candidates in preparing well for the IBPS PO exam:

Logical Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude
Verbal Ability Static GK
Banking Awareness Computer Knowledge

IBPS PO Interview

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

The interview will be for 100 marks, and a minimum of 40% marks (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD) is necessary to qualify for the interview phase. The final result is based on the marks obtained in the Interview and Main exam, which will be calculated in a 20:80 ratio, respectively.

The IBPS PO exam process is relatively short when compared to other competitive exams.  Therefore, candidates should make the best use of the time available and stay focused during their preparation.

To get last minute IBPS PO Interview Tips, candidates can visit the linked page.

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

Frequently Asked Questions on IBPS PO Syllabus


Q 1. What is the IBPS PO Syllabus?

Ans. The Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Reasoning Ability are the three common subjects which are included in the IBPS PO syllabus for the prelims and mains examination. Computer Aptitude and General/Banking/Financial awareness and static GK are included in the IBPS PO mains syllabus.

Q 2. What is the scheme of selection for the IBPS PO exam?

Ans. The IBPS PO exam pattern comprises three stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview. The prelims exam is only qualifying in nature and the final merit is based on the marks scored in the Mains and Interview phase.

Q 3. Is the level of IBPS PO exam difficult?

Ans. The overall level of IBPS PO exam is moderately difficult. However, the number of applicants is very high in comparison to the number of vacancies released, this makes qualifying the exam even more difficult due to the tough competition.

Q 4. Is it easy to crack the IBPS PO exam?

Ans. The IBPS PO syllabus is similar to the syllabus of other bank exams. Thus, thorough preparation and solving mock tests and previous year questions papers on a regular basis can help candidates crack the Probationary Officer exam.

Q 5. Which are the best books to cover the IBPS PO Syllabus?

Ans. Given below is a list of books that candidates can consider to prepare for the IBPS PO exam:

  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S Agrawal
  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by R.S Agarwal
  • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma
  • Banking Awareness by B.K Raut and S.R Behera
  • Pratiyogita Darpan (Monthly Edition)
  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin

Apart from the above-mentioned booklist, to ace the General Awareness part of the IBPS PO Syllabus, candidates must read the newspaper on a daily basis and keep themselves updated with events of national and international importance.


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