IBPS PO 2019 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - December 12 2017

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) announces the notification for the appointment of aspirants for the post of the Probationary officer. All interested aspirants can fill IBPS PO Application Form for appearing in the exam. IBPS PO exam is held in 3 stages i.e. Preliminary, Mains followed by a round of Individual Interview.

IBPS PO Preliminary examination will be organized in the month of October 2019 whereas, IBPS PO Mains exam will be held in November 2019. Both the papers will include multiple choice questions.

In Prelims exam, questions will be asked from three subjects namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English. The Mains exam will comprise questions from Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English, Computers and General Awareness. The total time allotted to the clear the exam is 1 hour. The paper will be organized in online method only and has to be finished in 2 hours period.

Students should attempt the questions very cautiously because, for every wrong response, marks will be deducted. Student’s final selection will be done on the basis of an interview which will be scheduled in the month of January 2020.

IBPS PO 2019 Exam Format Highlights

Exam MethodOnline
Number of Papers2 (Prelims and Mains)
Number of Sections in Prelims Exam3 (Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English)
Number of Sections in Mains Exam5 (Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English, Computers and General Awareness)
Question Paper TypeObjective
IBPS PO 2019 Total MarksPaper 1 – 100, Paper 2 - 200
Exam PeriodPaper 1 – 1 Hour, Paper 2 – 2 Hour
Exam LanguageEnglish or Hindi

IBPS PO 2019 Exam Format in Detail

IBPS PO Exam Format helps students to estimate the type of questions more frequently asked in the paper, marking scheme, examination difficulty level and many more. Both the papers i.e. Prelims and Mains have various examination format which is explained below:

Prelims Exam Pattern

  • The exam will be held via online method only.
  • Paper will be divided into three sections i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language.
  • The paper includes 100 multiple choice questions.
  • Time period to clear the exam will be 1 hour.
  • Paper will be bilingual i.e. English and Hindi.

The following table shows the Prelims Exam Pattern:

SectionNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Period
Quantitative Aptitude35351 Hour
Reasoning Ability3535
English Language3030

Mains Exam Pattern

  • The paper consists of 200 multiple choice questions.
  • The paper is divided into five sections i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge.
  • The paper will be in English or Hindi Language.
  • Examination will be organized in online method only.
  • Time given to clear the paper is 2 hours.

Subject-wise breakup of a number of questions with maximum marks is shown below:

SectionNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Period
Quantitative Aptitude505030 minutes
Reasoning505040 minutes
General Awareness404040 minutes
English Language404020 minutes
Computer Knowledge202010 minutes

IBPS PO 2019 Individual Interview Round

  • Those who have scored at least qualifying marks in IBPS PO Mains exam will only be applicable to take part in the interview round.
  • Individual Interview is the final stage of IBPS PO Appointment procedure.
  • This round carries a weightage of 100 marks
  • In this round, students will be evaluated on the basis of their general information, skills, abilities and communication skills.
  • In the selection procedure, 20% weightage is given to this round.

IBPS PO 2019 Marking scheme

Aspirants must check below IBPS PO Marking Scheme. They must take note that marking scheme for Prelims and Mains exam is the same.

  • For un-attempted questions, no marks will be given or deducted
  • For every wrongly attempts questions, 0.25 marks will be deducted
  • For completing an interview at least qualifying marks need by general category aspirants will not be less than 40% and 35% marks must be obtained by reserved category aspirants
  • For every accurate response, 1 mark will be honored

IBPS PO 2019 Syllabus

IBPS PO Syllabus covers all the important topics from which the questions will be asked in the paper. The following table shows the section wise important topics asked in the paper:

IBPS PO 2019 Prelims Exam Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeSimplification
Profit & Loss
Mixtures & Allegations
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
Work & Time
Time & Distance
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
Data Interpretation
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Number Systems
Sequence & Series
Permutation, Combination &Probability
ReasoningLogical Reasoning
Alphanumeric Series
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
Data Sufficiency
Coded Inequalities
Seating Arrangement
Blood Relations
Input Output
Coding Decoding
English LanguageReading Comprehension
Cloze Test 
Para jumbles
Fill in the blanks
Multiple Meaning/Mistake
Paragraph Completion

IBPS PO 2019 Mains Exam Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeRatio and proportion
Permutation and combinations
Simple and compound interest
Time and work
Quadratic Equations
Speed, Distance and time
Mixture and allegation
Profit, Loss and Discount
Volume and surface Area
Elements of Algebra
Height and Distances
Data Interpretation- Pie charts, Tables, Bar & Graphs and Line charts
General AwarenessFinancial Awareness
Present Affairs
General Knowledge
English LanguageHomonyms
Word Formation
Spotting Mistakes
Direct and Indirect Speech
Phrases and Idioms
Active/ Passive voice
Theme Detection
Passage Completion
Topic Rearrangement of Passage
Deriving Conclusion
ReasoningVerbal Reasoning
Circular Seating Arrangement
Linear Seating Arrangement
Double Line-up
Input Output
Blood Relations
Directions and Distances
Ordering and Ranking
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Computer KnowledgeInternet
Keyboard Shortcuts
Computer Abbrethroughtions
Microsoft Office
Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Operating System
Computer Fundamentals and Terminologies

IBPS PO 2019 Advisable Books

For successfully completing any exam, books play a very important role. The following table shows the advisable books for every subject along with the author’s name for the reference of the candidates.

SubjectBook NameAuthor Name
Quantitative AptitudeFast Track Objective ArithmeticRajesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR.S. Aggarwal
Advance Maths for General CompetitionsRakesh Yadav
ReasoningA modern approach to verbal & non-verbal reasoningR.S. Aggarwal
A new approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-VerbalB.S. Sijwali
Analytical ReasoningM.K. Pandey
EnglishWord Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
English (From Plinth to Paramount)Neetu Singh
Objective General EnglishSP Bakshi
High School English GrammarWren and Martin
General AwarenessBanking AwarenessArihant
Banking AwarenessDisha Publications
Banking Awareness (Objective with Subjective)Sangram Keshari Rout
Computer KnowledgeObjective Computer AwarenessR Pillai
ComputerRani Ahilya
Objective Computer AwarenessSomya Ranjan Behera
Objective Computer Knowledge & LiteracyKiran Publications

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