IBPS PO Syllabus & Exam pattern 2018, New Pattern for IBPS PO Prelims & Main

Check IBPS PO Syllabus and Exam pattern 2018 details here. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is going to release the recruitment notification for the post of Probationary Officer (PO). This article is entirely dedicated to one of the most important aspects of IBPS PO, Exam pattern, and Syllabus. IBPS PO written exam is divided into three parts, Preliminary exam, Mains exam and descriptive exam. To know the exam pattern and syllabus, read this article carefully.

Check New IBPS PO Syllabus and Exam pattern 2018

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

The preliminary examination has three section Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, and Reasoning Ability. In this exam, students are supposed to attempt 100 questions in 1 hour. Each correct answer carries one mark.

Section Marks Number of Questions Time Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 1 hour
English Language 30 30
Reasoning Ability 35 35

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

Unlike Preliminary, Mains examination is divided into four sections. Refer to the table given to know the exact marks distribution, number of questions and the time duration of each section.

Section Marks Number of Questions Time Duration
English Language 40 35 40 min
General Awareness (with special reference to Banking) 40 40 35 min
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 60 45 60 min
Data Analysis & Interpretation 60 35 45 min

IBPS PO Descriptive Test

The descriptive paper consists of 25 marks in the English Language. Candidates will be asked to write Letter Writing & Essay. The time duration of this test would of 30 minutes.


  • IBPS PO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude is a section which is included in both the exams, Prelims & Mains. Students are advised to pay special attention and time on it as this particular section requires regular practice. Given below are some most common and equally important topics of Quantitative Aptitude.

In IBPS PO Mains Syllabus,  questions are based on Data Interpretation and Analysis.

  • Ratio and proportion
  • Averages
  • Time and work
  • Speed, Distance and time
  • Mixture and allegation
  • Stocks and shares
  • Percentages
  • Partnership
  • Clocks
  • Volume and Surface Area
  • Height and Distances
  • Logarithms
  • Permutation and combinations
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Equations
  • Probability
  • Trigonometry
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Mensuration
  • Elements of Algebra
  • Data Interpretation

(i). Pie charts

(ii). Tables

(iii). Bar & Graphs

(iv). Line charts.

  • IBPS PO Reasoning Syllabus

Students can divide Reasoning Aptitude section into two parts, Verbal and Non-Verbal. In IBPS Bank PO 2018, Reasoning section mostly consists of Verbal Reasoning topics only. Some of the important topics of this sections are given below.

Students are sincerely asked not to leave any topic and practice regularly.

  1. Verbal reasoning
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Word formation
  • Statement and conclusions
  • Syllogism
  • Statement and assumptions
  • Statement and arguments
  • Coding Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Passage and conclusions
  • Alphabet test
  • Series Test
  • Number, Ranking and time sequence
  • Direction Sense Test
  • Decision-making test
  • Figure series
  • Input/output, Assertion, and reasoning
  • Sitting Arrangement
  1. Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Series test
  • Odd figure out
  • Analogy
  • Miscellaneous Test etc.
  • IBPS PO Syllabus for the English Language

For most of the students, english can be a very tricky section. We are here to tell you there is nothing to be afraid of. In order to make the preparation strategy easier and simpler, start with focusing on Grammar and Error Detection. Since, the english speaking ability is not tested in IBPS PO, you need not to worry about your pronunciation. To improve your vocabulary and sentence formation, start reading the english newspaper and watch tv shows & movies.

Based on last year’s IBPS PO Paper Pattern, we are mentioning the syllabus topics for English as follows:

  1. Vocabulary
  • Homonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Word Formation
  • Spelling
  1. Grammar
  • Spotting Errors
  • Phrases and idioms
  • Direct and Indirect speech
  • Active/ Passive voice
  1. Reading Comprehension
  • Theme Detection
  • Passage completion
  • Topic rearrangement of passage
  • Deriving Conclusion.
  • IBPS PO Syllabus for General Awareness

There is never any defined syllabus for General Awareness in any exam. Most of the questions are related to the current events of the nation as well as the world. In IBPS PO, special attention is paid to banking related knowledge. To narrow it down, we are providing some important topics of this particular section:-

  • Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months.
  • Overview of Indian Financial System
  • History of Indian banking system.
  • Recent credit and monetary policies
  • National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc.
  • Abbreviations and Economic terminologies
  • Banking Terms
  • Important Government Schemes on capital & money market.
  • IBPS PO Syllabus for Computer Knowledge

As per the past years trends, it is noticed that the importance and marking weightage of Computer Section is decreasing by leaps and bounds. Unlike earlier trends,  this section has been merged with reasoning now. Some important topics are:-

  • Basics of Hardware and software
  • Windows operating system basics
  • Internet terms and services
  • Basic Functionalities of MS-Office (MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)
  • History of computers
  • Networking and communication
  • Database basics
  • Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses.

Topic-Wise Marks Distribution of English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.

English Language

Reading Comprehension 10
Cloze Test 10
Fill in the blanks 0-5
Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting 0-5
Paragraph Complete/ Sentence Correction 5
Para jumbles 5
Miscellaneous 5

Reasoning Ability

Logical Reasoning 5-10
Syllogism 5
Blood Relations 5
Input Output 0-5
Coding Decoding 5
Alphanumeric Series 0-5
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test 0-5
Data Sufficiency 0-5
Coded Inequalities 5
Seating Arrangement 10
Puzzle 5-7
Tabulation 5

Quantitative Aptitude

Simplification 5
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage 3
Number Systems 3
Profit & Loss 2
Mixtures & Alligations 1-2
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices 1-2
Work & Time 2
Time & Distance 2
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere 1-2
Sequence & Series 5
Permutation, Combination & Probability 5
Data Interpretation 15

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