The IBPS PO Prelims exam 2022 is scheduled to be held on 15, 16 and 22 October, 2022. The Main examination will be conducted on 26 November, 2022. Given that the 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.
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|
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|
|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|
(Fill in the blanks)/Cloze Test
Multiple Meanings(Contextual Usage)
Paragraph and passage completion
|Simplification and Approximation
Profit and Loss
Simple and Compound Interest
Surds and Indices
Mensuration: Cylinder, Cone, Sphere and Cuboid
Ratio And Proportion
Series and Sequences
Permutation and Combination
Measures of Central Tendency and Variation
Picture Series Puzzles
Assertion and Reason
Statement, Argument and Assumption
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.
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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
Ordering and Ranking
Coding and Decoding
Sufficiency of Arguments and Data
Directions and Displacement
Microsoft Office and Related Word Processing and Spreadsheet Applications
Operating Systems and GUI Basics
Current Events of National and International Importance with focus on financial news
General Knowledge on various topics of importance to financial institutions
Usage of English in Business
Statistics (Averages, Mean, Median etc.)
Representational Statistics (Graphs and Charts)
Ratio and Proportion
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
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.
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?
Q 2. What is the scheme of selection for the IBPS PO exam?
Q 3. Is the level of IBPS PO exam difficult?
Q 4. Is it easy to crack the IBPS PO 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.