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August 20, 2019 • 5:29 pm

IBPS PO Syllabus 2019 & New Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains

IBPS PO Syllabus 2019 & Exam Pattern


Greetings IBPS PO Aspirants!

Kick-start your preparation with the two most essentials - IBPS PO Syllabus 2019 and IBPS PO Exam Pattern.


Here in this blog, Eduncle is providing complete Bank PO Syllabus and IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019 to make it convenient for eligible candidates to prepare for the exam in a right way.



Also check out the IBPS PO Free Downloads Section to get the ultimate preparation guide for free!



As you all know, Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection conducts a Common Written Examination (IBPS PO/MT) for highly talented and young job seekers.


The exam is conducted in two rounds followed by Interview and those who qualify all the three phases (which consists – Preliminary Test, Main Exam and Interview) get placed on the most prestigious position of Probationary Officer in government banking organizations.


So, don’t miss out any chance to take advantage of such wonderful opportunity! Go and prepare a smart study plan to actualize your dreams of becoming bank PO.


Let’s take an information gaining ride to –


IBPS PO Syllabus 2019

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019



IBPS PO Syllabus 2019


Exam Syllabus is a complete guide of course that covers all the important topics on which the IBPS PO question paper will be based.


At Eduncle, you can download the prescribed Bank PO Syllabus which may help you in knowing the topics that are expected to come in exam question paper.


Click on links given below to download the syllabus!



#Note: Although official website of IBPS does not provide the complete syllabus for exam but Eduncle has made it available for aspirants to focus only on the important topic given below.



IBPS PO 2019 Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude


Quantitative Aptitude section is in Prelims and Mains both exams. In IBPS PO Mains Syllabus, All the questions are based on Data Interpretation and Analysis.


Ratio and proportion


 Time and work

Speed, Distance and time

 Mixture and allegation

Stocks and shares




Volume and surface Area

Height and Distances


Permutation and combinations

Simple and compound interest




Profit, Loss and Discount


Elements of Algebra

Data Interpretation

Pie charts


Bar & Graphs

Line charts.


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IBPS PO Reasoning Syllabus


IBPS PO Syllabus for Reasoning can be divided into two parts: Verbal and Non Verbal. Unlike SSC Exams, IBPS Bank PO 2019 Syllabus is mostly about Verbal Reasoning topics. Around 80% of the questions are from seating arrangement, syllogism, series and alphabet test, blood relations, number ranking and sequence.


1. Verbal reasoning



Word formation

Statement and conclusions


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



2. Non-Verbal Reasoning

Series test

Odd figure out


Miscellaneous Test etc.



IBPS PO Syllabus for English Language


English is one of the scariest subject for most of the candidates. The fear of English speaking a prime reason behind poor performance in this section. However, in IBPS PO 2019 Syllabus for English, the focus is on Grammar and Error Detection. Your English-speaking abilities are not assessed in the written paper. Based on last year's IBPS PO Paper Pattern, we are mentioning the syllabus topics for English as follows:


1. Vocabulary




Word Formation



2. Grammar

Spotting Errors

Phrases and idioms

Direct and Indirect speech

Active/ Passive voice


3. Reading Comprehension

Theme Detection

Passage completion

Topic rearrangement of passage

Deriving Conclusion.



IBPS PO Syllabus for General Awareness


There is no defined exam syllabus for General and banking awareness. Most of the questions are geared towards testing a candidate's knowledge of what's happening around in Economics and Banking Sector. You can expect following topics:


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


With every passing year, the importance and marking weightage of Computer Section is decreasing by leaps and bounds. Earlier, there was a separate section for Computer Knowledge in Mains Exam. From 2017-18, this section is merged with Reasoning.


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 2019


The Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection (also known as IBPS) is a government recruitment agency which is fully dedicated to place job seekers on reputable positions in banking sectors.


Every year, IBPS conducts several exams for recruitment amongst which Probationary Officer (PO) is one of the main exams. The candidates who are seeking jobs in government banking sector must apply for IBPS PO Exam.


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, aspirants 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 2019 Exam Pattern to manage their preparation accordingly.


The examination will be administered in two phases – Preliminary and Main.


The candidates who qualify the Pre exam will be shortlisted for Main Exam and those who also qualify the main exam will have to clear Personal Interview round to be finalized for the post of PO in IBPS Associated Banks.


# The final score card will consider only the marks of Main Exam and Interview.


Pattern of Preliminary Exam


S.No. Name of Tests No. of Ques Maximum Marks Time Allotment(Separately timed)
1. English Language 30 30 20
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 20
  Total 100 100 1 hour


Note: Candidate have to qualify in each subject separartely. Qualified candidates will be eligible for the IBPS Mains exam.


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


# The above tests except for the Tests of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

# For each wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted.

# The exam will be conducted online and it will carry objective type questions.



Cut-Off Score

Mean – 3/4th of Standard Deviation for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD categories

Mean – 1/4th of Standard Deviation for General Category.

There will be a second level cutoff point on the total as per requirement.


Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test and also a minimum total score to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, cutoffs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for interview.



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


Candidates can check the complete marking scheme & analysis of IBPS PO 2019 Syllabus topic wise. Although every year there are some changes in marking weightage topics in Prelims & Mains Paper, most of the topics remain same with respect to the pattern of the questions asked.


Check the Expected IBPS PO Marks Distribution 2019 for all the sections below:




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


You can also check the cutoff marks declaration procedure here - IBPS PO Cut off Marks.


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You can also take help of these tips – ‘Best Study Plan to Crack IBPS PO in 3 Months’.



Thanks and All the Best!  



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  • Monica
    It is possible to clear the ibps po Or clerk exam in 1st attempt
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  • Pankaj
    Can you plse tell what is the age criteria for this post?
    Hello Pankaj,
    Greeting From Eduncle!
    To apply for IBPS PO Exam, the age should be between 20-30 years.
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    Hello sir my graduation will complete in june 2019. soo i want to know i eligible for the exam IBPS PO 2018?
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    This site is truly helpful...keep the good work.I want to confirm that is this the total topic included in IBPS exam?
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    and also is there any link available for the sample questions for each topic?
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    Is above syllabus and exam pattern is correct for IBPS PPO 2018
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