Know & Plan - IBPS PO Exam Syllabus

Posted by GuduruKarthik on December 26th, 2014

Most of today’s youngsters are aspiring to be bank employees and IBPS PO is the most attempted bank exam. IBPS PO Exam Syllabus is considered one of the most difficult among all the bank exams. With the increase in the competition everyone is vying to succeed.

As the IBPS PO exam is scheduled this year in the coming months of October and November (tentatively), students are barely breathing. IBPS PO exam though considered tough, is easy to solve with proper insight into its Syllabus and sufficient practice.

The paper setters of IBPS PO exam certainly have some favorite topics in the entire syllabus. With analysis of previous years’ papers, it is observed that these favorites are changing every year. It is advised for the aspirants to have a general idea on all the topics at the same time have proficiency in certain categories of questions.

With the IBPS PO exam being conducted online from last year, there have been certain changes in mark allocation, but however most of the IBPS PO exam syllabus remains almost the same. While the marks in English language and General Awareness are reduced by 10 marks each, descriptive paper on English is completely removed. The maximum marks allocated for Computer Knowledge came down from 50 to 20. This only clarifies that basic information is looked for in the attempting candidates.

IBPS PO Examination Syllabus and Structure and is as follows:


Maximum Marks



Overall time - 2 hours

English Language


Quantitative Aptitude


General Awareness

(with special importance to Banking Industry)


Computer Knowledge




  1. Reasoning:  

This section of the IBPS PO Syllabus tests the candidate’s analytical thinking and mental aptitude. There are two types of questions: Verbal and Non-verbal. The questions under each are mentioned below:   

Tips: All the questions in the section carry equal marks and hence solving simple questions and saving the lengthy ones for later could save good number of minutes. Most of the achievers have shared their opinion of solving this difficult section in the end.

  1. English:

The questions in IBPO exam syllabus have 40 marks based on English section. This section mainly aims to analyze the language and grammatical abilities of the candidate. More emphasis is on topics Grammar, comprehension and sentence arrangement.



Error Correction


Sentence Rearrangements


Questions based on unseen passages

Fill in the blanks in a paragraph



Sentence completion

English Section is the biggest winner of marks and also the time saver in the entire IBPS PO syllabus. It can make up your shortcomings in harder sections like Reasoning and Quantitative Ability.

Tips: Allocate as less time as possible to this section, skipping the doubtful questions. Most the times there is never a need to revise this section because known answers are marked as soon as they are read.

  1. Quantitative Aptitude:

This section is considered the toughest in the entire IBPS PO syllabus. Among all the topics qualified in the syllabus, the maximum weightage is carried by Data Interpretations and simplifications. However, lengthy calculations in DI can be time consuming. Same is the case with simplification. Some students instead follow a strategy by preparing only in selected topics and attempt the same. But the result however is ambiguous.

1: Data Interpretation (DI)

2: BODMAS/Simplification

3: Number sequence-series

4: Linear Equations

5: Permutation-Combination-Probability

6: Average

7: Ratio-Proportion-variations

8: Percentages, profit-loss, Simple Interest-Compound Interest

9: Number theory and Remainders

10: Geometry (Area-Volume-Perimeter)

11: Time-Speed-Work-Distance

Tips: It is suggested to take up this section before the Reasoning section. It is tougher than other sections but easier than Reasoning. The time saved in sections like English and General Awareness can come in handy here.

  1. General Awareness:

This section is all about how much time you spent on keeping yourself updated about the current happenings around you.  The difficulty level in this section is independent of the IBPS PO syllabus and depends on your preparation on the subject.  Competitive magazines, newspapers, selected chapters from Economy Survey, and current affairs from 2-3 months before the exam are good sources for this section of IBPS PO exam Syllabus.

Tips: The only tip that helps to clear this section is Memorize, Be updated.

  1. Computer Knowledge:

Computer Knowledge is considered one of the easiest sections in IBPS PO exam Syllabus.

The topics that come in the purview of IBPS PO syllabus for Computer Knowledge are:

IBPS PO Syllabus Maximum number of questions come from the top 3 topics.

For all the sections, the thumb rules remain the same. With the section-wise cutoff and the intensity of IBPS PO syllabus, there is a pressure to clear all the sections and also make the overall marks in the top.

Here are a few tips to solve a section successfully:

  1. Time Management

  2. Concentration

  3. Grip over formulae

  4. Speed

With the IBPS PO Syllabus handy, start your practice!!

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