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IBPS PO Syllabus 2018 for Prelims and Mains

Updated On - February 19th 2018 by PRAKRITI BHAT

This year the exam pattern and syllabus for IBPS PO will see some changes from the previous year. Now, the IBPS PO exam will follow the same pattern as SBI PO exam. The Prelims will have 3 main sections- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English Language.

The Prelims are scheduled for October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018 and it will be a 1 hour exam comprising of 100 questions. The Main exam will be conducted on November 18, 2018 where candidates will have to complete 155 questions in 3 hours. Final selection will be done in adherence with IBPS PO Cutoff

It is essential to be aware of the syllabus and Exam pattern for IBPS PO before appearing for the exam.Candidates must solve IBPS PO Sample papers and previous years’ questions papers. Here’s the Answer Key and Paper Analysis for IBPS PO 2017

Latest Updates

  • Call Letter for IBPS PO 2017 Interview is available on the official website till February 5, 2018​.
  • IBPS PO 2017 Result for Main Examination was uploaded on the official website on December 28, 2017.
  • As per IBPS Calendar 2018-19, the Prelims will be held on- October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018 
  • IBPS PO 2018 Main Exam will be conducted on November 18, 2018

IBPS PO Syllabus and Exam Pattern Changes

Certain changes were made in the IBPS PO Syllabus and Exam Pattern last year by the exam authorities. The new exam pattern will be modelled on the SBI PO exam. These changes are listed below:

  • A ‘Computer Aptitude’ Section has been clubbed with the Reasoning Ability section. Hence, there will be no separate section for ‘Computer Awareness’ as before.
  • ‘Quantitative Aptitude’ has been renamed as ‘Data Interpretation & Analysis
  • IBPS PO Syllabus 2018 for the Main Examination now includes an English descriptive paper which will assess the candidates’ writing skills. There will be 2 questions- Letter Writing and Essay Writing for a total of 25 marks. The time duration allotted would be 30 minutes.
  • The Main Examination will now have 155 questions instead of 200 questions.
  • The duration of the Main Examination has been increased to 3 hours which means that the difficulty level of the objective exam will be higher. Download IBPS PO Sample Papers for a better idea of the IBPS PO Syllabus and exam pattern.

IBPS PO 2018 Syllabus

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus

This is the first qualifying round in the Selection Process of IBPS PO. Marks scored in Prelims will not be taken into consideration while calculating the final merit of students. However, it is essential to clear this round to be eligible for the Main Exam.

The syllabus for this round includes three subjects- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. The prelims have sectional cutoff which implies that candidates must obtain the minimum qualifying marks in each section to clear the exam. Candidates must also meet the cutoff to qualify for Mains and theinterview round.

The following table lays out the detailed IBPS PO Syllabus for Prelims.

English Language (30 marks)Quantitative Aptitude (35 marks)Reasoning (35 marks)
Reading ComprehensionSimplificationLogical Reasoning
Cloze TestProfit and LossAlphanumeric Series
Para JumblesMixtures and AllegationsRanking/Direction/Alphabet Test
MiscellaneousSimple Interest, Compound Interest, IndicesData Sufficiency
Fill in the blanksWork and TimeCoded Inequalities
Multiple Meaning/Error SpottingTime and DistanceSeating Arrangement
Paragraph CompletionMensuration- Cylinder, Cone, SpherePuzzle
-Data InterpretationTabulation
-Ratio & Proportion, PercentageSyllogism
-Number SystemsBlood Relations
-Sequence and SeriesInput Output
-Permutation, Combination and ProbabilityCoding Decoding

IBPS PO Main Exam Syllabus

IBPS PO Main exam will be conducted on November 18, 2018. The exam includes 4 objective papers and 1 descriptive paper. Marks obtained in the Main Exam will be counted in the final IBPS PO Result.

The Syllabus for IBPS PO Main Exam includes 4 subjects- Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General Economy and Banking Awareness. Students must also check out these preparation tips for IBPS PO exam.

The table given below lists out the detailed IBPS PO syllabus for the Main examination.

Quantitative Aptitude (60 marks)General Awareness (40 marks)Reasoning & Computer Aptitude (60 marks)English Language (40 marks)
SimplificationFinancial AwarenessVerbal ReasoningInternetReading Comprehension
PercentageGeneral KnowledgeCircular Seating ArrangementKeyboard ShortcutsGrammar
Ratio and Percentage Linear Seating ArrangementComputer AbbreviationVerbal Ability
Data Interpretation Double LineupMicrosoft Office 
Mensuration and Geometry SchedulingComputer Hardware 
Quadratic Equation Input OutputComputer Software 
Interest Blood RelationsOperating System 
Age Directions and DistancesNetworking 
Profit & Loss Ordering & RankingComputer Fundamentals/ Technologies 
Number Series Data Sufficiency  
Speed, Distance & Time Coding & Decoding  
Number System    
Data Sufficiency    
Linear Equation    
Permutation & Combination    
Mixture and Allegations    

Note- The Descriptive Paper will be of English Language where candidates will have to write a Letter and Essay. The exam duration will be 30 minutes and students will be graded out of 25 marks.

    IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern

    IBPS PO 2018 Prelims

    • Duration: 1 hour
    • Total no. of Questions: 100
    • Maximum Marks- 100
    • Negative marking: - 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

    IBPS PO 2018 Main Exam

    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Total no. of Questions: 155
    • Maximum Marks: 200
    • Negative marking: - 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

    Best Books for IBPS PO Exam Preparation

    Candidates must refer to help books from different publications so that they are well versed with the IBPS PO syllabus and exam pattern.

    Here is a list of best books for IBPS PO Exam Preparation.

    Comprehensive Guide to IBPSDisha Publications
    Quantitative AptitudeR.S. Aggarwal
    Target IBPS PODisha Publications
    Bank PO solved papers for PO & MTKiran Publication
    The Complete Success Package- Bank Recruitment ExaminationArihant Publications
    Computer KnowledgeKiran Publication
    Objective English for Competitive Examinations 5th EditionR.S. Aggarwal
    Banking AwarenessArihant Publications

    Check  Easy Preparation Tips for IBPS PO Exam

    IBPS PO Syllabus FAQs

    Ques. What is new in IBPS PO exam pattern? Is it similar to SBI PO exam pattern?

    Ans. As per the IBPS notification, the new exam pattern would be like SBI PO pattern. However, this change would only be observed in the main examination. The time duration of the main exam will be increased, and a descriptive section will be added.

    Ques. What would be the total number of questions in prelims and mains examination?

    Ans. Prelims would be consisting of 100 questions and the Mains would comprise of 155 questions.

    Ques. What are the different sections in IBPS PO exam?

    Ans. Prelims consist of three sections namely, English language, Quantitative aptitude and Logical Reasoning. For the Main examination, there would be four sections namely, English, Data Analysis & Interpretation, Reasoning & Computer aptitude and General Awareness. A Descriptive section has also been added recently to the Main exam.

    Ques. What are the best books or websites for preparation of IBPS PO?

    Ans. For quantitative aptitude some of the best books are Arihant and S.Chand For logical reasoning, R.S Agarwal is one of the best authors one can refer to. For general awareness and banking knowledge, apps like bankersadda and books like “GENERAL STUDIES 2018” by B. Singh are recommended. For English, one can refer to basic grammar books or N.K Aggarwala.

    Ques. What are the most important or scoring areas in reasoning?

    Ans. Reasoning is subdivided into two parts- logical and verbal reasoning. Some of the most scoring topics are number series, coding decoding, blood relation, direction and distance, sitting arrangements, syllogism, cause and effect and data sufficiency.

    Ques. What are the most important and scoring areas in English?

    Ans. English is one of the easiest sections in the exam as most of the question you would come across here are all of secondary and high school level. Some of the easy and scoring areas in this section are fill in the blanks, rearrangement, spotting errors, reading comprehension and vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms).

    Ques. What are the most important and scoring areas in Quantitative aptitude/ Data Analysis and Interpretation?

    Ans. Since Quant is one of the toughest sections, it requires constant practice. Some of the scoring topics are number systems, ratio and proportion, profit and loss, simple and compound interest, sequence and series, simplification questions. For data interpretation, questions are based on graphs and pie charts majorly for which you should be fast with calculations.

    Ques. What are the easy and scoring areas in General awareness?

    Ans. For scoring good marks in this section, you should be updated with the current affairs going on at national and international level. Apart from this, some of the important topics include awards and honours, books and their authors, Banking terms, RBI guidelines and policies, sports news, etc.

    Ques. What are the important topics to cover in Computer Aptitude?

    Ans. This section does not require any special preparation and is the easiest in the exam. Some of the easy and scoring areas are Basics of computers, basic terminologies of internet, networking basics like LAN and wan, Input and output devices, shortcut keys, latest technologies etc.

    Ques. How many stages will be there in IBPS PO exam?

    Ans. There would be three stages- preliminary examination, mains examination and personal interview.

    Ques. Will the previous year’s question papers be useful for preparation?

    Ans. Yes, it will help you get a hands-on experience of how the actual paper will be and if you are lucky enough, you may even expect a repetition of questions in the exam.

    Ques. What kind of materials should be used for GK? Are newspapers enough?

    Ans. While newspapers keep you updated with the current affairs going around in the country along with it there are other major areas also from which you can expect questions in the exam. For static gk, you can read books like Manorama and Competition Success review and also keep yourself updated with latest trends in banking industry like RBI policies, Budget and other banking related terminologies.

    Ques. How much time do I need to prepare for this examination?

    Ans. There is no stipulated time as to how much time one needs to prepare for this exam as it all depends upon the individual. However, it ideally requires a preparation time of 6-8 months and extensive practice to crack the exam.

    Ques. Is there a negative marking for wrongly attempted questions?

    Ans. Yes, you will be penalized for each incorrect answer marked by you. 1/4th of the marks would be deducted for incorrect answers.

    Ques. Do I need to qualify in both, Prelims and Mains to be eligible for interview?

    Ans. Marks of Prelims will only be considered for qualifying to the Main exam. However, for the final list marks of prelims will not be added. For the interview you only need to clear the main examination.

    Ques. Is it an online, computer based or an offline, pen-paper based examination?

    Ans. The mode of examination is purely online and will be conducted on a computer in the designated test center.

    Ques. Which categories can apply for pre-exam training? I am from general category can I undergo this training?

    Ans. No. Candidates from general category are not allowed for this training as it is only for SC/ST/Religious minorities candidates as issued by Government of India. This a free training provided five days prior to the examination across various centres.

    Ques. What mode of preparation should I opt for? Online or offline?

    Ans. Choose a mode that best suits your needs. If you are someone who is comfortable with regular classes and needs a traditional classroom environment, you can opt for offline classes. If you are tech-savvy and don’t want a typical time bound class then opt for online preparation.

    Ques. What will be the exam duration for the preliminary and main examination?

    Ans. The IBPS prelims exam would consist of 100 questions and the total duration of the exam will be 1 hour. For the main examination, total duration of the exam will be 3 hours and 30 minutes out of which 3 hours will be for the objective exam and rest of the 30 minutes will be for the descriptive exam consisting of letter writing and essay.

    Ques. What is the ideal number of attempts in the exam to clear the cut-off?

    Ans. While cut-off scores are totally relative in nature, they depend hugely on performances of all the candidates that appeared in the exam. However, one should aim at attempting 50-60% of questions in each section to reach the overall cut-off and the sectional cut-offs.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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