IBPS PO Syllabus

IBPS PO Syllabus is decided by IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) each year. Candidates should familiarize themselves with the syllabus so as to prepare for IBPS PO in a systematic and comprehensive manner.

ibps po syllabus

  • IBPS PO Syllabus for Preliminary stage will contain 3 sections viz. General English, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.
  • IBPS PO Syllabus for Mains stage will contain 5 sections viz. General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, General Awareness and Computer Awareness.
  • All questions CWE VII Prelims must be completed in 1 hour, while questions in CWE VII Mains must be completed in 2 hours 20 minutes.
  • All questions will be objective in nature.
  • The total number of questions in Prelims will be 100 and 200 in Mains.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks in both the papers. 

IBPS PO (Prelims 2017) is scheduled for October 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2017, while IBPS PO (Mains 2017) will be held on November 26. Getting thorough with IBPS PO Exam Pattern and syllabus will help you fetch better marks. So, we suggest you to practice the important topics as much as possible. 


IBPS PO Syllabus for Logical Reasoning 

  • Reasoning Ability section in IBPS PO will consist of 35 questions that will test a candidate’s calculation, accuracy and speed.
  • A candidate must complete these questions in 20 minutes.
  • The Reasoning Section of IBPS PO covers all logical Reasoning questions comprising of judgments, conclusions from premises or facts.
  • It is divided into Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. 
  • Reasoning section is considered to be very scoring, and most of the questions are easy to solve and they aren’t time consuming. More questions can be solved by the candidates and that too with great accuracy.

Here is IBPS PO Syllabus for Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning sections that must be prepared thoroughly before the exam:

Verbal Reasoning Syllabus
Analogy Statement & Assumptions Alphabet Test Figure Series Statement & Conclusions
Odd Man Out Statement & Arguments Series Test, Number Assertion & Reasoning Blood Relations
Syllogism Passage & Conclusions Ranking & Time Sequence Decision Making Sitting Arrangement
Word Formation Coding-Decoding Direction and Distance Input Output --
Non-Verbal Reasoning Syllabus
Series Test Analogy
Odd Figures Miscellaneous Test

IBPS PO 2017 Expected Number of Questions

Topic Expected number of questions
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

Read more about  Reasong Section in IBPS PO

Suggested Books for Reasoning in IBPS PO

IBPS-PO reasoning
Name of Book Author/Publisher
A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition R. S. Aggarwal
14 Kiran’s Tricky Approach To Competitive Reasoning Verbal & NonVerbal (Fully Solved) 7000+objective Question Kiran’s

IBPS PO Syllabus for English Language 

  • The English section in IBPS PO will test a candidates ability on English skills.
  • This section has to be completed within 15 minutes only.
  • Any candidate who has a good command over the language will have an edge over the others. His chances of scoring better will definitely increase.

Questions in this section will be asked from the following topics:

  • Completion of sentence- this section has medium accuracy as per the previous analysis. The questions can be tricky and time-consuming
  • Reading Comprehension- the questions asked in this section are usually easy and this section is highly scoring. High accuracy is possible in this section because this doesn’t need much prior knowledge as compared to the other sections. Sometimes, questions can be time consuming and tricky but it depends on the nature of passage and questions.
  • Cloze Test, Para Jumbles and Error Spotting- most of the questions from this section are tricky and they are time consuming too. The accuracy of the questions and time taken in solving the questions are usually correlated.
  • Synonyms & Antonyms and Tenses- It is usually easy and much marks can be fetched. Candidates should be attentive while marking the answers because it has medium accuracy.

IBPS PO 2017 Expected Number of Questions

Topic Expected number of questions
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

Read more about  English Section in IBPS PO 

Suggested Books for English in IBPS PO

IBPS PO English
Name of Book Author/Publisher
Objective English for Competitive Examinations 5th Edition R. S. Aggarwal
Comprehensive English Grammar, Composition – Arihant Publication Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha

IBPS PO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude 

  • The Quantitative Aptitude section in IBPS PO evaluates a candidate’s mathematical calibre.
  • A total of 25 minutes are allotted to this section.
  • We suggest the examinees to attempt this section in the end, since it consumes the maximum time.
  • Some topics in this section are scoring, less time consuming, easy to solve, highly accuracy based while some of the topics might take more time than the usual and the questions are tricky too. Candidates should be focused while solving the questions.

Given below table consists the topics, from which questions are asked.

IBPS PO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude
Bar Graphs Average Quadratic Equations Problems on Ages
Simplification Mensuration Number Series Linear equations
Pie-Charts Ratio Probability Mixture & Allegation
Line Graphs & Tabulation Time & Distance Time & Work Simple and Compound Interest
Fractions Percentage Profit & Loss Data Sufficiency
Permutation & Combination Numbers -- --

IBPS PO 2017 Expected Number of Questions

Quantitative Aptitude Test TOPICS Expected no of questions
Simplification 05
Profit & Loss 02
Mixtures &Alligations 01-2
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices 1-2
Work & Time 02
Time & Distance 02
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere 1-2
Data Interpretation 15
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage 03
Number Systems 03
Sequence & Series 05
Permutation, Combination &Probability 05

Read more about  Quantitative Ability Section in IBPS PO

Suggested Books for Quantitative Aptitude in IBPS PO

IBPS PO Quantitative
Name of Book Author/Publisher
Quantitative Ability R. S. Aggarwal
Quicker Mathematics Tyra and Kundan

IBPS PO Syllabus for General Awareness 

  • The General Awareness section is part of the CWE Mains.
  • This section comprises of 50 questions and accounts for 25% overall weightage.
  • Candidates can score well in this section by keeping themselves updated with the current happenings around the globe. This section will primarily focus on all news based items from various fields like sports, awards, summits, new appointments, obituaries, Indian Defense, etc.
  • We suggest you to attempt this section first as it is relatively easier than the others.

The questions in this section will be asked from the following topics with a special reference to the banking awareness:

IBPS PO Syllabus for General Awareness
Abbreviations / full forms Important days / dates Currency and capital Indian Economy
International Economy Finance, Shares, Various schemes of Government Questions related to International Financial Institutions Banking Terms, Current Rates
Types of Banks Ministers and their departments Books & Their Authors GDP related, RBI, Fiscal-Monetary Policies
Marketing Budget Sports Social Function of Banks
UNO Awards & Honors Agriculture Current Affairs (last 6 months)

IBPS PO Syllabus for Banking Awareness

Under this section, the topics that will be covered are as follows:

Indian Financial System – Portfolio managers, mutual funds, primary dealers, Authorised dealers, Financial Intermediaries involved such as investment bankers, underwriters, stock exchanges, registrars, Overview of Financial Markets (Money Market, Capital Market, Forex Market, Credit Market), depositories, custodians, self-regulatory organizations, etc. Also, read some important committees and its recommendations.

History of Indian Banking Industry – Pre-Independence, Post Independence, Nationalisation, Structure of Indian Banking, Types of Banks- Scheduled, Co-operatives, categorisation of Bank (Pvt, PSU, Foreign), EXIM, NABARD, NHB, SIDBI, IDBI its role etc and concepts of NBFC.

Regulatory Bodies – RBI, (RBI History/ Functions/ Roles/) IRDA, PFRDA, FSDC, FMC, SEBI, its role functions and the fact-based details.

Monetary & Credit Policies which decides, basis of change and its relation with Inflation and other related issues & Inflation (Types) CRR/ SLR/ Repo/ Re-Repo/ Bank Rate etc.

Budget Basics and Current Union Budget – Discussion of Budget related terminologies like GDP, Fiscal Deficit, Various kinds of taxes, Government revenue model and spending etc. and discussion on Union Budget. Some major pointers for Rail Budget and Economic Survey.

International Organisations/ Financial Institutions – ADB, UN related agencies, IMF, World Bank, recent developments, member heads, functions, recent loans given by the world bank to India or any country in the world where Crisis is going on.

Capital Market & Money Market – Basic Concepts, Types of Instruments they deal such as Notice Money, Call Money, Term Money, treasury bills, certificate of deposit, commercial papers, capital market instruments such as equity Shares, preference shares, or Debt segment like Debentures etc also talk about Stock Exchanges in India and the world.

Government Schemes – All important schemes for e.g. Bharat Nirman, Swavlamban, Swabhiman, Jandhan, All schemes discussed in the budget – the details like when was it introduced, important facts related to same, budgetary allocation and etc.

Abbreviations and Economic terminologies – These are frequently discussed in the newspapers.

Other important concepts – Base Rate, Negotiable Instruments, Credit Rating Agencies, BASEL Norms, Micro Finance, Financial Inclusions, Teaser Rates, GAAR, Priority Sector Lending and all the other important concepts.

Read more about  General Awareness Section in IBPS PO 

Suggested Books for General Awareness in IBPS PO

IBPS PO General Awareness
Name of Book Author/Publisher
Banking Awareness Arihant Publications
Objective General Knowledge Lucent
6250+ Objective General Knowledge Arihant

IBPS PO Syllabus for Computer Knowledge 

  • This section has 20 questions with each question carrYING 1 mark.
  • With good practice, you can easily solve these within 5 minutes and score over 15 marks.

This section will consist of basic computer question to check the knowledge on topics as given under:

IBPS PO Syllabus for Computer Knowledge
Fundamentals of computers Number System

Software & Hardware 

Basic knowledge of Internet 
Operating Systems History of computers Computer shortcuts Microsoft-office
Security Tools Communication Networking Logic Gates

Read more about  Computer Knowledge Section in IBPS PO

Suggested Books for Computer Knowledge in IBPS PO

IBPS PO Computer
Name of Book Author/Publisher
Practice Workbook: Dsssb Tgt/Pgt Computer Science Paperback, SH. S.N Prasad
Objective Computer Knowledge Kiran Publication