IBPS PO Syllabus 2017 & New Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains

 IBPS PO Syllabus 2017 & New Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains

IBPS PO 2017 Exam Pattern Changed


Greetings IBPS PO Aspirants!


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


Here in this blog, Eduncle is providing complete Bank PO Syllabus and IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2017 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 CWE 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 2017


 IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2017
Note: IBPS PO Mains Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude has been changed by IBPS in 2017. This decision was taken by the recruiting agency to enhance the difficulty level of the Mains Exam .
From 2017 onward, IBPS PO Mains Quantitative Aptitude will be known as Data Interpretation & Analysis. The questions asked in this section will be directed towards the Problem Solving & Data analysis skills of the candidate.


IBPS PO Syllabus 2017



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!



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



#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 Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude


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

(i). Pie charts

(ii). Tables

(iii). Bar & Graphs

(iv). Line charts.




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IBPS PO Syllabus for Reasoning



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



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



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.



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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 2017



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 2017 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 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



# 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 2017 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 2017 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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10 thoughts on “IBPS PO Syllabus 2017 & New Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains

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