IBPS PO Syllabus

The examination conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for the selection of Probationary Officers (PO). The IBPS PO examination is conducted in 3 stages – Preliminary exam, Mains exam, and Interview round. The patterns for each of the exams vary in different stages.

Syllabus break-up for IBPS PO 2020 Examination

The syllabus can the three different stages of the exam can be summed up as follows:

IBPS PO Syllabus for Preliminary Examination

This part of the exam mainly consists of 3 subjects – Quantitative aptitude, English language, and Reasoning ability.

The marks distribution is as follows:

  • English Language – 30 marks
  • Reasoning Ability – 35 marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 35 marks

The subject-specific syllabus is listed below:

English Language Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude
Reading comprehension Alphanumeric series Profit and loss
Para jumbles Data sufficiency Simplification
Cloze test Ranking, alphabet test, direction Simple interest, compound interest, and indices
Fill in the blanks Logical reasoning Mixtures and allegations
Miscellaneous Input and output Time and distance
Paragraph Completion Seating arrangement Work and time
Spot the error and multiple meaning Tabulation Data interpretation
Coded inequalities Mensuration, cone, cylinder, sphere
Puzzle Ratio and proportion, percentage
Syllogism Number system
Tabulation Percentages
Analogy Sequence and series
Coding Decoding Quadratic equations
Statement and argument Permutation, combination, and probability

IBPS PO Syllabus for Mains Examination

This part of the exam mainly consists of 4 subjects – Reasoning and computer aptitude, English language, Data analysis and interpretation, and General economy and banking awareness.

The marks distribution is as follows:

  • Reasoning and computer aptitude – 60 marks
  • English language – 40 marks
  • Data analysis and interpretation – 60 marks
  • General economy and banking awareness – 40 marks

The subject-specific syllabus is listed below:

Data Interpretation & Analysis General economy and banking awareness Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English Language
Simplification Financial Awareness Verbal Reasoning Internet Reading Comprehension
Average Current Syllogism Memory Vocabulary
Percentage General Knowledge Circular Seating Arrangement Keyboard Shortcuts Grammar
Ratio and Percentage Linear Seating Arrangement Computer Abbreviation Verbal Ability
Data Interpretation Double Lineup Microsoft Office Editing
Mensuration and Geometry Scheduling Computer Hardware Fill in the blanks
Quadratic Equation Input Output Computer Software
Interest Blood Relations Operating System
Age Directions and Distances Networking
Profit & Loss Ordering & Ranking Computer Fundamentals/ Technologies
Number Series Data Sufficiency
Speed, Distance & Time Coding & Decoding
Number System
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation
Permutation & Combination
Mixture and Allegations

2020 IBPS PO Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO Preliminary Exam is an online exam wherein the duration of the exam is 1 hour, and the number of questions is 100. All the questions are multiple choice questions (MCQs) and marks allotted for each question is 1 mark.

The IBPS PO Mains Exam, on the other hand, is a mixture of online and offline modes. There is a total of 157 questions for this exam. Out of these, 2 questions are descriptive type and the mode of exam is offline. The other 155 questions are MCQs and the mode of exam is online. The total marks allotted for the exam is 225 marks and the duration of the exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Latest changes in the exam for IBPS PO exam for 2020

As per the directives of the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), there are some changes which have been introduced for the IBPS PO exams. They are as follows:

  1. The Computer Awareness section, which was a separate section earlier, has now been clubbed with the Reasoning Ability section.
  2. The number of questions for the mains exam has now been reduced to 157 questions instead of 200 questions.
  3. The duration of the mains exam has been increased to 3 hours and 30 minutes now.
  4. The section of the question set which was earlier referred to as the ‘Quantitative Aptitude’ has now been renamed to ‘Data Interpretation and Analysis’.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on IBPS PO Exams

  1. When will the IBPS PO Exam conducted for the year 2020?
  2. The IBPS PO exam for 2020 are set to be conducted in the last quarter of the calendar year. The preliminary exam will be conducted during the month of October 2020. The mains exam will be held during the month of November.

  3. Is there any negative marking for the IBPS PO examination?
  4. Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. Hence, if you get wrong answers to 4 questions, you will lose 1 mark.

  5. What all languages can I opt for when I write the IBPS PO examination?
  6. The IBPS PO examination is bilingual. You can choose between English and Hindi for your question paper. However, the English Language papers will be available in English only.

  7. What is the difference between the IBPS PO exam pattern and the SBI PO exam pattern?
  8. The SBI PO exam pattern and the IBPS PO exam pattern are on the same line as per the latest IBPS notification. However, it is mostly similar in the mains exam pattern.

  9. What is the cut-off score for IBPS PO exam?
  10. There is no fixed cut-off score for the IBPS PO exam. The cut-off score changes on the basis of the overall performance of all the candidates who have applied for the exam during the said session. However, to be on the safer side, it is recommended that a candidate should attempt at least 50% to 60% of all the questions in each section to hit the overall cut-off marks as well as the sectional cut-off marks.

News About IBPS PO Syllabus

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  • IBPS RRB PO Mains Result 2020-21 announced

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