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IBPS PO Syllabus - Prelims and Mains

Are you looking for a comprehensive IBPS PO syllabus to start with? Well, you have come to the right place then. This article will help you with complete details of the exam starting with the exam pattern and covering the detailed exam syllabus.

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IBPS PO Prelims & Mains Syllabus

IBPS PO Syllabus For Prelims Exam 2022 – Topics To Prepare

We have listed down all the IBPS PO Syllabus topics for each section separately.

IBPS PO Syllabus 2022 - English Language

Here is the topic-wise syllabus for IBPS PO Prelims- 2022 English Language.

Topic NameProbable Question Types
Reading ComprehensionEconomy, Social Science, Environment, Story, Essay, etc.
Error SpottingGrammar Based, Wrong Spelling, Incorrect Punctuation, etc.
Phrase ReplacementGrammar Based, Vocabulary Based
Cloze TestIdentify the missing word
Sentence Re-arrangementVerbal Ability questions
Fill in the BlanksSingle Filler, Double fillers, Grammar-based, Vocabulary based
VocabularySynonyms, Antonyms, Phrase replacement, one-word substitution.

 IBPS PO Syllabus 2022The easier– Reasoning Ability

Here is the topic-wise syllabus for IBPS PO Prelims- 2022 Reasoning Ability

Topic NameProbable Question Types
Coded Inequalities/ Mathematical InequalitiesProblems based on Letters, Numbers, Height, etc.
SyllogismsDirect Questions, Positive Info Questions, Negative Info Qs
Coding & DecodingLetter Shifting type, Analogy type, Made-up Language, Word-Letters type.
Circular Seating ArrangementEasier one is clock-wise or anti-clock-wise arrangement in/around a circle, square, rectangle, etc.
Problems with higher difficulty have blood relations, profession, etc combined
Linear Seating ArrangementSingle Row, Double Row, North Facing, Opposite facing, etc.
Blood RelationsFamily Tree Problems, Coded Blood Relations.
Direction SenseProblems based on age, height, weight, rank, order in a row, etc.
Order & RankingFloor Based Puzzles, Grid-Based, age-based, profession-based, etc.
Arrangement & PatternAlphabets based: Set of 5 or Set of 3, Number based: Set of 5 or Set of 3, Alphanumeric type, etc.
Double Lineup2 variables, 3 variables, 4 variables type conditions
SchedulingDay-wise, Week-wise, Month-wise, etc.
AnalogyMeaning-based, Letter based, Number based.
ClassificationLetter based, Meaningful Words based, GK based, Number based.
Data SufficiencyBased on other topics of the reasoning syllabus
SeriesAlphabet Series, Number Series, and Alphanumeric Series.

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IBPS PO Syllabus 2022 – Quantitative Aptitude

Here is the topic-wise syllabus for IBPS PO Prelims- 2022 Quantitative Aptitude

Topic NameProbable Question Types
AverageQuestions based on Weight, Height, Age, Marks, Expenditure, Temperature, etc.
Data InterpretationGraphs- Bar & Line, Pie-Charts, Tabular data, Caselets.
Data SufficiencyQuestions on this topic are based on the other topics of the syllabus.
InterestSimple Interest, Compound Interest, Mixed Interest, Installments.
Linear EquationsSingle Variable, Double Variable.
Mensurationcalculation of Area and Volume of geometrical figures like Square, Rectangle, Parallelogram, Rhombus, Circle, Semicircle, Triangle, Cone, Cylinder, Cube.
Mixtures & AlligationsMixing 2 or more solutions, Dishonest mixing
Number SeriesMissing number, Wrong Number, Next number
Number SystemDivisibility & Remainder, Multiples & Factors, Integers, LCM & HCF.
PercentageDirect questions
Permutation & Combination / ProbabilityBasic Problems – arrangement, selection.
Problems on AgesRatio, Average, Equation based
Profit and LossFind Selling Price, Cost Price, Profit/Loss, Discount, Dis-honest shopkeepers, etc.
Quadratic EquationsFind X or Y based on given equations
Ratio and ProportionSimple Ratios, Compound Ratios, Componendo and Dividendo, Direct & Indirect Proportions.
SimplificationBODMAS Rule, Approximation, Decimals, Fractions, Surds & Indices, Percentages, etc.
Speed, Time, and Distance.Trains, Boats, Streams, average speed, etc.
Time and WorkWork Efficiency, Work & Wages, Pipes & Cisterns, etc.

IBPS PO Mains Syllabus 2022 – Topics To Prepare

With the completion of the IBPS PO Prelims exam, the mains exam will be conducted. So it is always better to be clear about the syllabus before starting your preparation for IBPS PO Mains. Check the table below for the IBPS PO Mains syllabus 2022.

Quantitative Aptitude SyllabusGeneral/ Economy/ Banking Awareness SyllabusReasoningComputer Aptitude Syllabus English Language Syllabus
SimplificationFinancial AwarenessVerbal ReasoningInternetReading Comprehension
AverageCurrent AffairsSyllogismMemoryVocabulary
PercentageGeneral KnowledgeCircular Seating ArrangementKeyboard ShortcutsGrammar
Ratio and PercentageStatic AwarenessLinear Seating ArrangementComputer AbbreviationVerbal Ability
Data InterpretationSports NewsDouble LineupMicrosoft OfficeError Spotting
Mensuration and GeometrySuperlatives – India & WorldSchedulingComputer HardwarePhase Replacement
Quadratic EquationScience and Tech related to current eventsInput-OutputComputer SoftwareFill In The Blanks
InterestImportant DaysBlood RelationsOperating System 
Problems of AgesGovt. SchemesDirections and DistancesNetworking 
Profit and LossImportant Appointments Ordering and RankingComputer Fundamentals /Terminologies 
Number SeriesEconomic current affairsData SufficiencyFlow Charts 
Speed, Distance and TimeImportant BankCoding and DecodingBinary to Numbers conversion 
Time and WorkEconomic and Corporate AppointmentsCode InequalitiesNumbers to Binary Conversion 
Number SystemBank names, headquarters, and Chairpersons   
Data SufficiencyAnnual Budget   
Linear EquationEconomic Survey   
Permutation and CombinationImportant Awards & Honours   
And ProbabilityImportant Days   
Mixture and Allegations    

IBPS PO Preparation Strategy For Prelims & Mains

Here I will be sharing, what should be your approach and plan to tackle the IBPS PO Exam. This preparation Strategy will effectively help you devise your plan study to prepare for IBPS PO. The strategy will be section-wise for clarity. 

Although when preparing for prelims, be in touch with the high-level questions for the mains exam as well. This will boost your confidence.

IBPS PO English Section-Preparation Strategy

  • Three very basic things form the base of the English section, grammar, vocabulary & Reading Comprehension. Each has its unique way of preparation and approach. Let's discuss this in detail.
  • Make reading your priority. Vocabulary is not built overnight. It takes time and perseverance to master. Regularly follow the newspaper for your choice and read editorial articles religiously.
  • Make a list of important words, their meanings, and antonyms that you come across while reading.
  • Follow basic grammar rules from a book of your choice or you can follow video lectures.
  • Practice Reading Comprehension from different sources and do not categorize. Attempt all possible RC to get a wide idea.
  • Practice Questions and brush up your preparations with a free mock test.

IBPS PO- Reasoning Section Preparation Strategy

  • This section requires you to think logically and out of the box. Approaches can be basic but interpretations have to be accurate.
  • Practice as many questions as possible. Pay special inference to Puzzles and Syllogism.
  • Get a Complete Set of questions for all reasoning topics.
  • Practice puzzle and DI simultaneously as these are among the favorite topics for the exam authorities.

IBPS PO- Quant Section Preparation Strategy

  • Take IBPS PO Mock Tests regularly to understand which section needs more attention.
  • Prepare for topics that pose challenges for you with the free sectional mock test. Watch Youtube videos from experts to get the most effective and fast techniques.
  • Download the maths short tricks calculation pdf here to help you with the calculations.
  • Practice types of questions by taking a complete free mock test. It will give you a real-time experience of the exam before the actual exam.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

There are three stages of examination for the candidates in the recruitment process for IBPS PO. The following table shows the examination pattern.

Exam TypeMaximum MarksQuestion Details
Prelims100Objective (MCQ)
Final225Objective (MCQ) and Descriptive Paper for English 
Interview100Verbal

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2022

The IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern has remained constant since the start of the exam. The IBPS preliminary examination for the post of Probationary Officer will be conducted online. The duration of the examination will be an hour. The IBPS PO Prelims examination will be of 3 sections, with 100 questions and a maximum score of 100 marks.  This examination will have negative marking, and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. The IBPS PO Prelims exam consists of three sections:

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning Ability
  • English Language

The Preliminary examination pattern is given below:

Sl. No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
 Total10010060 minutes

IBPS PO Mains Examination Pattern

The IBPS PO Mains exam consists of two papers, both conducted online by the IBPS itself. As per the IBPS PO Mains Pattern, there will be two papers i.e. Objective Test and a Descriptive test. IBPS has introduced Descriptive type answer writing in its Mains Examination. The candidate will be asked to write an essay and a letter to judge their writing skills. The descriptive test will be of 25 marks and should be completed within half an hour. The objective test will consist of four sections that are mentioned below in the table. The candidates who clear the prelims cut-off marks set by the IBPS are eligible to write the Mains exam. Following is the examination pattern for Main Examination. 

Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksVersion of TestsTimeType of Test
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 
Section A
Section B
4560English & Hindi60 minutes        Objective
General/ Economy / Banking Awareness4040English & Hindi35 minutes 
English Language 
Section A
Section B
3540English40 minutes 
Data Analysis & Interpretation 
Section A
Section B
3560English & Hindi45 minutes 
TOTAL155200 3 Hours 
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)225English30 minutesDescriptive
GRAND TOTAL 225 3 Hours 30 minutes 

Important points regarding IBPS PO Prelims and Mains Exam Pattern:

  1. The IBPS PO descriptive paper will be on 30 minutes consisting of 25 marks.
  2. Marks are awarded on the basis of grammar, flow of content, and structure of the sentences.
  3. There is no separate section for Computer Knowledge as it has been combined with the Reasoning Section.
  4. The candidates who clear the mains exam will be eligible for the interview round.
  5. There will be sectional cutoff and overall cutoff.
  6. A specified sectional time limit is allocated to attempt each section in the Main exam.
  7. The final selection of candidates is made based on their performance in the main exam and interview.

IBPS PO Interview Process 

The candidates who clear the main examination will appear for the interview.  The interview process will be of 100 marks. The minimum mark to qualify will be 40%. For candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC, PwD it will be further reduced to 25%. IBPS will make the final selection based on the cumulative score of the Mains examination and the interview. A merit list will be released after the interview process is over. The Bank will offer the successful candidates the joining letter.

FAQs

What is the Preliminary Examination date for the IBPS PO Exam?

The IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2022 will be conducted on the 15th, 16th October 2022.

What are the various stages of the IBPS PO selection procedure? +

There 3 stages in the IBPS PO selection procedure: Preliminary Examination, Main Exam, and Interview. The candidate has to qualify in each stage for becoming eligible for an appointment to IBPS PO.

I have obtained only 40% marks in my graduation. Can I apply for the IBPS PO Exam? +

Yes, you can apply. The criteria are that you must be a graduate from a recognised university.

When will I receive my Admit Card for the IBPS PO Exam? +

The IBPS PO Admit Card for Prelims Exam will be released soon. The admit cards are available for download on official website of IBPS.

What is there in Oliveboard IBPS PO Mock Test Series? +

Oliveboard provides 20 IBPS PO Prelims Mock Tests, 10 Mains Mock Tests, and 100+ Sectional & Topic Tests. Solving these mock tests and analyzing your performance after each mock test is the best way to clear the IBPS PO Prelims Exams.

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