IBPS PO Syllabus 2018 & New Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains


So this article is dedicated to the students who are going for the prepare for the IBPS PO Exam 2018. So here we are going to tell you all the details of the same.

IBPS Probationary Officer Syllabus Topic Wise

IBPS conducts this exam for the post of PO & MT for the various candidates. The exam is conducted in the three phases i.e. Preliminary Test, Main Exam and Interview. You will be placed in the most reputed banks in the country.

IBPS Probationary Officer Syllabus Topic Wise

So let’s start the exam pattern description for you.IBPS PO Mains Syllabus has been changed in 2017. The decision was taken by the recruitment cell to increase the dufficulty level of the Mains Exam.

Now IBPS PO Mains Quantitative Aptitude will be known as Data Interpretation & Analysis. The questions will check the problem solving & data analysis of the candidate.

IBPS PO Syllabus 2018

IBPS PO question paper is based on the various important topics in the written exam. The subject must be seen in the following section.

S.No. Subject
1. Quantitative Aptitude
2. Reasoning
3. English Language
4. General Awareness
5. Computer Knowledge

IBPS PO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

The section of Quantitative Aptitude is present in both the exams i.e. Prelims and Mains. In the mains, the questions are based on the 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

Pie charts , Tables, Bar & Graphs , Line charts.

IBPS PO Reasoning Syllabus

IBPS PO Syllabus 2018 is divided into two parts i.e. Verbal and Non Verbal sections. The eight percent question belongs to the alphabet test, blood relations, number ranking and sequence and seating arrangement, syllogism, series.

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

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Series test , Odd figure out , Analogy , Miscellaneous Test etc.

IBPS PO Syllabus for English Language

English is the popular subject in the exam. The question asked in the exam are Grammer and Error Detection.


Homonyms , Antonyms , Synonyms , Word Formation , Spelling.


Spotting Errors , Phrases and idioms , Direct and Indirect speech , Active/ Passive voice.

Reading Comprehension

Theme Detection , Passage completion ,Topic rearrangement of passage , Deriving Conclusion.

IBPS PO Syllabus for General Awareness

General Awareness is based on the various topics and is very varied out of this. The questions are based on the Economics and Banking Sector.

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 , 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 Terms , Important Government Schemes on capital & money market.

IBPS PO Syllabus for Computer Knowledge

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.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018

The exam pattern of IBPS PO is simple . Let’s see how it goes. The question paper is based on the various subjects i.e. Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English and Computers. Along with the Excellency in these subjects, aspirants must also be well updated with General Knowledge and Current Affairs.

The exam is divided into two parts i.e. Preliminary and Main.

The candidates who want to qualify for the exam will be shortlisted for the Mains Exam will be send for the Personal Interview. The final score for the candidate is total of Mains and Interview.

Pattern of Preliminary Exam

S.No. Name of Tests No. of Ques Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 1 Hour
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100


Pattern of Main Exam

S.No. Name of Tests No. of Ques. Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Time Allotted for Each Test
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60 Minutes
2. General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 35 Minutes
3. English Language 35 40 English 40 Minutes
4. Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 Minutes
  Total 155 200   3 Hours
5. English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 English 30 Minutes


  1.  The exam is conducted in two parts i.e. English and Hindi.
  2. The negative marking is applied on each wrong attempt for 0.25 marks.
  3. The exam is cndcuted online, so you can scroll through the questions easily.
  4. The exam will be of objective type questions.

Cut-Off Score

  1. Mean – 3/4th of Standard Deviation for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD categories
  2. Mean – 1/4th of Standard Deviation for General Category.

The second cut off for the total exam is based on the requirement given. The candidate must obtain the minimum score in each test and is shortlisted for the Interview. The number of vacancies and cut off is also depending on the candidates who are shortlisted for the interview.

IBPS PO Exam Paper Marks Analysis – Reasoning, English and Quantitative Aptitude


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

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

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


That’s it for now. If you want more information or you have any doubts, then you can see the details for the same.

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