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IBPS PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2018

Last Updated - April 20, 2017

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018- IBPS PO 2018 will be organized by IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection). It is a government recruitment agency which is fully dedicated to place job seekers on reputable positions in banking sectors.

IBPS Prelims 2018 is the qualifying exam to appear for IBPS Mains. IBPS Prelims is expected to be conducted in October 2018. IBPS Mains will be conducted in the month of November 2018. The final selection of the candidate will be done on the basis of the Interview which is scheduled in January 2019.

The pattern of IBPS PO which is almost same from the last year that is selection is done on the basis of Prelims test, Mains and the interview.

IBPS Prelims will have 100 questions which are of objective nature. The total duration of the exam is 100 marks total with time duration of 1 hour. Prelims will include 3 subjects, namely:

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning
  • English

The time duration of IBPS Mains will be 2 hours in which candidates have to solve 200 questions. The total weightage of the exam will be 200 marks. The Mains will include:

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning
  • English
  • Computers
  • General Awareness

The syllabus of both the papers i.e. Prelims and Mains for subjects Mathematics, Reasoning and English will be same the difference will be just the level of difficulty as per the marks allotted to that particular subject. Candidates need to prepare for General Awareness and Computers once they clear the Prelims paper for the Mains Exam.

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern for Prelims

The initial stage of IBPS PO exam is Preliminary exam. It is conducted in computer based mode at the allotted center. There are 100 questions divided into 3 sections- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning (Verbal and Non-verbal) and English Language.

The complete duration of the exam is 1 hour. The question paper for IBPS Prelims 2018 will be English or Hindi. Here is the weightage of different sections in the IBPS Prelims exam:

IBPS PO 2018

Here are the important highlights of IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2018:

Total questions100
Total Marks100
Time Duration1 hour
Mode of ExamOnline
Exam LanguageEnglish/Hindi
Negative MarkingFor each wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted.

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern for Mains

IBPS PO Mains is conducted in online mode with 200 questions objective type in nature. The questions are divided in five sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge.

The weightage of each section is given below:

IBPS PO 2018

There is separate time limit for each section while the overall time duration for the exam is 2 hours. The questions are in English or Hindi. One Mark will be awarded for every right answer. Negative marking prevails in the exam so attempt questions carefully. Here are the details of the IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains:

Total questions200
Total Marks200
Time Duration2 hours
Mode of ExamOnline
Exam LanguageEnglish/Hindi
Negative MarkingFor each wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted

IBPS PO Mains Schedule: Section wise

There is separate time duration for each section of IBPS Mains. Given below is the schedule for each section in the exam:

SectionTime Duration
English Language30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude40 minutes
Reasoning40 minutes
General Awareness20 minutes
Computer Knowledge10 minutes

IBPS PO Preparation

Each subject has different pattern based on the syllabus and the topics that subject include.

The question papers for IBPS exams are designed in such a way that it filters out brilliant students having excellent knowledge of Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English and Computers. Along with the Excellency in these subjects, candidates must also be well updated with General Knowledge and Current Affairs.

The candidates who are wishing to appear in the exam should check the IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern to manage their preparation accordingly.

  • Increase Speed and Accuracy

The candidates who are preparing for IBPS PO should have very good speed while solving question paper as they have to solve many questions in limited time duration.

To score well in exam, accuracy is also important with speed. To increase the speed and accuracy, candidates can solve IBPS PO Previous Years Question Papers and Mock Test Papers.

  • Attempt Easy Questions First

In order to utilize the time in an efficient way, the candidates are advised to solve the easier questions first as these questions won’t take much time to be answered.

Focus on Important Sections 

The candidates are required to set their command on all the sections in the IBPS PO Exam. Here are few tips to aid the preparation of each section:

  • The General Awareness section is the most important section for aspirants to focus on. The candidates should keep themselves updated with Current Affairs and Static General Knowledge Questions.
  • English is another section which should be set on priority as many candidates who belong to Hindi Medium face problems in answering the question asked in English Paper.
  • The Quantitative Aptitude Section consists most of the questions of 10th Level Mathematics, so candidates who have great interest in mathematics can easily score in this section. Main key to score maximum marks in this section is practice. So, practicing Math on daily basis can lead you to gain good score in this section.
  • The Reasoning Section is quite easy if it is prepared wisely. This section doesn’t take much time to solve the questions.
  • The Computer section is based on basic computer knowledge so students can easily score in this section.

IBPS PO 2018 Syllabus

IBPS PO Exam Syllabus is a complete guide of course that covers all the important topics on which the IBPS PO question paper will be based. Here we provide you with the topic wise syllabus with preparation books of each:

IBPS PO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

This section includes questions from basic mathematical topics. Here are the important topics to be focused on while preparing for Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Ratio and proportion
  • Averages
  • Time and work
  • Speed, Distance and time
  • Percentages
  • Partnership
  • Volume and surface Area
  • Permutation and combinations
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Probability
  • Profit, Loss and Discount

The complete syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude is tabulated below:

Ratio and proportionPermutation and combinations
AveragesSimple and compound interest
Time and workQuadratic Equations
Speed, Distance and timeProbability
Mixture and allegationTrigonometry
PercentagesProfit, Loss and Discount
Volume and surface AreaElements of Algebra
Height and DistancesData Interpretation- Pie charts, Tables, Bar & Graphs and Line charts
Logarithms -

IBPS PO Syllabus for Reasoning

This section of IBPS PO is scoring if the concepts are clear and well-practiced. Here are few important topics that must be focused to score well:

  • Syllogism
  • Coding Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Series Test
  • Number, Ranking and time sequence
  • Direction sense Test
  • Decision making test
  • Input/output
  • Sitting Arrangement
  • Puzzles
AnalogyPassage and conclusions
ClassificationAlphabet test
Word formationSeries Test
Statement and conclusionsNumber, Ranking and time sequence
SyllogismDirection sense Test
 Statement and assumptionsDecision making test
 Statement and argumentsFigure series
Coding DecodingInput/output, Assertion and reasoning
Blood RelationsSitting Arrangement

IBPS PO Syllabus for English Language

This section is further classified into sub-sections. Here are few important topics to be covered and practiced in IBPS PO 2018:

  • Error Correction
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Fill in the Blanks with Modals, Articles etc.
  • Comprehension
  • Answering questions based on Unseen Passages
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms

The detailed syllabus for English is tabulated below:


SynonymsWord Formation


Spotting ErrorsPhrases and idioms
Direct and Indirect speechActive/ Passive voice

Reading Comprehension

Theme DetectionPassage completion
Topic rearrangement of passageDeriving Conclusion


IBPS PO Syllabus for General Awareness

Given below are the topics from which the questions of General Awareness section are made:

Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 monthsOverview of Indian Financial System
History of Indian banking systemRecent credit and monetary policies
Introduction to 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 TermsImportant Government Schemes on capital & money market

IBPS PO Syllabus for Computer Knowledge

The table given below gives the detailed syllabus for Computer Knowledge section in IBPS PO Mains:

Basics of Hardware and softwareWindows operating system basics
Internet terms and servicesBasic Functionalities of MS-Office (MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)
History of computersNetworking and communication
Database basicsBasics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses

Selecting the right books is very important for sure success in any exam. It reduces the efforts. Selecting the best books simplify your learning process and enhances your chances of doing best in the Exam.

Books that the candidates need to refer for the exam are very important as it helps to make your speed as well as concepts clear. If you go for easy books all through the preparation it will not help in solving the toughest questions, though knowing the formulae can make you solve even the toughest questions but practicing beforehand with the difficult questions and that too with the time management will save your time in exam.

Here are the list books that the candidate must refer for best results:

Books for Quantitative Aptitude

SubjectBook NameAuthor
Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative AptitudeR.S.Aggarwal
Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative Aptitude TestN.K.Singh
Quantitative AptitudeThe Complete Success Package – Bank POArihant Publications

Books for General Awareness

SubjectBook NameAuthor
General AwarenessGuide to Banking General AwarenessR.Gupta
General AwarenessManohar Pandey BookArihant Publications

Books for Computer Knowledge

SubjectBook NameAuthor
Computer KnowledgeObjective Computer Knowledge & LiteracyKiran Publication
Computer KnowledgeComputer AwarenessArihant Publication

Books for English Language

SubjectBook NameAuthor
EnglishEssential English GrammarMurphy
EnglishGeneral EnglishR.S.Aggarwal

Books for Reasoning

SubjectBook NameAuthor
ReasoningVerbal- Non Verbal ReasoningR.S.Aggrawal



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