IBPS PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2018

Last Updated - February 12 2018

IBPS PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus 2018

IBPS PO Exam Format 2018- IBPS PO 2018 will be conducted by IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection). It is a government appointment agency which is fully dedicated to placing job seekers on reputable positions in banking sectors.

IBPS Prelims 2018 is the qualifying exam to appear for IBPS Mains. IBPS Mains will be organizeed in the month of November 2018. The final selection of the aspirant will be done on the basis of the Interview which is scheduled in January 2019. IBPS Prelims is expected to be organizeed in October 2018.

The format of IBPS PO which is nearly same from the last year that is selected is done on the basis of Prelims test, Mains and the interview.

IBPS Prelims will have 100 questions which are of objective nature. The total period of the exam is 100 marks total with the time period of 1 hour. Prelims will comprise 3 subjects, namely:

  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning
  • English

The time period of IBPS Mains will be 2 hours in which aspirants have to solve 200 questions. The Mains will comprise: The total weightage of the exam will be 200 marks.

  • English
  • Computers
  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Awareness

The syllabus of both the papers i.e. Prelims and Mains for subjects Mathematics, Reasoning and English will be same the difference will be just the level of difficulty as per the marks allotted to that particular subject. Aspirants required to prepare for General Awareness and Computers once they complete the Prelims paper for the Mains Exam.

Exam Format for Prelims of IBPS PO 2018

The initial stage of IBPS PO exam is a Preliminary exam. It is organizeed in the computer-based method at the allotted centre. There are 100 questions divided into 3 sections- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning (Verbal and Non-verbal) and English Language.

The clear period of the exam is 1 hour. Here is the weight of various sections in the IBPS Prelims exam: The question paper for IBPS Prelims 2018 will be English or Hindi.

Here are the important highlights of IBPS PO Prelims Exam Format 2018:

Total questions100
Total Marks100
Time Duration1 hour
Method of ExamOnline
Exam LanguageEnglish/Hindi
Negative MarkingFor each wrong response 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Exam Format for Mains of IBPS PO 2018

IBPS PO Mains is organizeed in online method with 200 questions objective type in nature. The questions are divided in five sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge.

The weightage of each section is given below:

There is a separate time limit for each section while the overall time period for the exam is 2 hours. Here are the details of the IBPS PO Exam Format for Mains: One Mark will be honoured for every right response. Negative marking prevails in the exam so attempt questions cautiously. The questions are in English or Hindi.

Total questions200
Total Marks200
Time Duration2 hours
Method of ExamOnline
Exam LanguageEnglish/Hindi
Negative MarkingFor each wrong response 0.25 marks will be deducted

IBPS PO Mains Schedule: Section wise

There is a separate time period for each section of IBPS Mains. Given below is the schedule for each section in the exam:

SectionTime Duration
English Language30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude40 minutes
Reasoning40 minutes
General Awareness20 minutes
Computer Knowledge10 minutes 

Preparation of IBPS PO 2018

Each subject has a various format based on the syllabus and the topics that subject comprise.

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 Present Affairs.

The aspirants who are wishing to appear in the exam should check the IBPS PO 2018 Exam Format to manage their preparation accordingly.

  • Increase Speed and Accuracy

The aspirants who are preparing for IBPS PO should have very good speed while solving question paper as they have to solve many questions in limited time duration.

To score well in the exam, accuracy is also important with speed. To increase the speed and accuracy, aspirants can solve IBPS PO Earlier Years Question Papers and Mock Test Papers.

  • Attempt Easy Questions First

In order to utilize the time in an efficient way, the aspirants are advised to solve the easier questions first as these questions won’t take much time to be responded.

Focus on Important Sections 

The aspirants need to set their command on all the sections in the IBPS PO Exam. Here are few tips to aid the preparation of each section:

  • The Computer section is based on basic computer knowledge so students can easily score in this section.
  • The Quantitative Aptitude Section consists most of the questions of 10th Level Mathematics, so aspirants who have a great interest in mathematics can easily score in this section. The main key to scoring maximum marks in this section is exercise. So, practising Math on daily basis can lead you to gain a good score in this section.
  • The Reasoning Section is quite easy if it is prepared wisely. This section doesn’t take much time to solve the questions.
  • English is another section which should be set on priority as many aspirants who belong to Hindi Medium face problems in response the question asked in English Paper.
  • The General Awareness section is the most important section for candidates to focus on. The aspirants should keep themselves updated with Present Affairs and Static General Knowledge Questions.

Syllabus of IBPS PO 2018

IBPS PO Exam Syllabus is a clear guide of course that covers all the important topics on which the IBPS PO question paper will be based. Here we offer you with the topic wise syllabus with preparation books of each:

IBPS PO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

This section comprises questions from basic mathematical topics. Here are the important topics to be focused on while preparing for Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Percentages
  • Time and work
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Volume and Surface Area
  • Speed, Distance and time
  • Permutation and combinations
  • Probability
  • Averages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Partnership

The clear syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude is tabulated below:

Ratio and proportionPermutation and combinations
AveragesSimple and compound interest
Time and workQuadratic Equations
Speed, Distance and timeProbability
Mixture and allegationTrigonometry
PercentagesProfit, Loss and Discount
Volume and surface AreaElements of Algebra
Height and DistancesData Interpretation- Pie charts, Tables, Bar & Graphs and Line charts
Logarithms -

IBPS PO Syllabus for Reasoning

This section of IBPS PO is scoring if the concepts are complete and well-exercised. Here are few important topics that must be focused to score well:

  • Series Test
  • Coding Decoding
  • Input/output
  • Direction Sense Test
  • Judgement making test
  • Blood Relations
  • Syllogism
  • Puzzles
  • Number, Ranking and time sequence
  • Sitting Arrangement
AnalogyPassage and conclusions
ClassificationAlphabet test
Word patternSeries Test
Statement and conclusionsNumber, Ranking and time sequence
SyllogismDirection sense Test
 Statement and assumptionsJudgement making test
 Statement and argumentsFigure series
Coding DecodingInput/output, Assertion and reasoning
Blood RelationsSitting Arrangement

IBPS PO Syllabus for the English Language

This section is further classified into sub-sections. Here are few important topics to be covered and exercised in IBPS PO 2018:

  • Fill in the Blanks with Modals, Articles etc.
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Responding questions based on Unseen Passages
  • Mistake Correction
  • Comprehension

The detailed syllabus for English is tabulated below:


SynonymsWord Pattern


Spotting MistakesPhrases and idioms
Direct and Indirect speechActive/ Passive voice

Reading Comprehension

Theme DetectionPassage completion
Topic rearrangement of passageDeriving Conclusion


IBPS PO Syllabus for General Awareness

Given below are the topics from which the questions of General Awareness section are made:

Present affairs concerned to national and international issues of last 6 monthsOverview of Indian Financial System
History of Indian banking systemRecent 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 TermsImportant Government Schemes on capital & money market

IBPS PO Syllabus for Computer Knowledge

The table given below gives the detailed syllabus for Computer Knowledge section in IBPS PO Mains:

Basics of Hardware and softwareWindows operating system basics
Internet terms and servicesBasic Functionalities of MS-Office (MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)
History of computersNetworking and communication
Database basicsBasics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses

Advisable Books for IBPS PO 2018

Selecting the right books is very important for sure success in any exam. It reduces the efforts. Selecting the best books to simplify your learning procedure and enhance your chances of doing best in the Exam.

Books that the aspirants required to refer for the exam are very important as it helps to make your speed as well as concepts complete. If you go for easy books all via the preparation it will not help in solving the toughest questions, though knowing the formulae can make you solve even the toughest questions practice beforehand with the difficult questions and that too with the time management will save your time in the exam.

Here are the list books that the aspirant must refer for best results:

Books for Quantitative Aptitude

SubjectBook NameAuthor
Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative AptitudeR.S.Aggarwal
Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative Aptitude TestN.K.Singh
Quantitative AptitudeThe Clear Success Package – Bank POArihant Publications

Books for General Awareness

SubjectBook NameAuthor
General AwarenessGuide to Banking General AwarenessR.Gupta
General AwarenessManohar Pandey BookArihant Publications

Books for Computer Knowledge

SubjectBook NameAuthor
Computer KnowledgeObjective Computer Knowledge & LiteracyKiran Publication
Computer KnowledgeComputer AwarenessArihant Publication

Books for the English Language

SubjectBook NameAuthor
EnglishEssential English GrammarMurphy
EnglishGeneral EnglishR.S.Aggarwal

Books for Reasoning

SubjectBook NameAuthor
ReasoningVerbal- Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S.Aggrawal

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