IBPS PO 2019 Syllabus and Exam Pattern

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The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection ( IBPS) conducts exam every year for selecting Probationary Officer (PO) for various banks associated with it  . A career in Public Sector banking is something that everyone looks forward to (IBPS PO 2019). IBPS PO is a lucrative career option because it offers good salary and other perks. A definite  study plan gears yourself up for the exam. 

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A structured and systematic preparation is required for cracking the exam and to ultimately fulfill your dream to be called as a IBPS Probationary Officer.   Read the full article to get the better understanding in IBPS PO examination.

IBPS PO Recruitment 2019  Exam Pattern

The exam pattern was recently updated by IBPS and the preliminary examination is divided into  three sections namely  English Language , Numerical Ability and Reasoning ability .

Each section is now timed separately and there is separate cut off for each section, so it is important to know each section.

Total duration of the exam will be 1 hour and will have 100 questions with each question carrying 1 mark and every wrong answer having a penalty of 0.25 marks. Section wise details are mentioned in the table below:

SectionTypeNo of questionsMarksDuration (minutes)
English LanguageObjective303020
Numerical AbilityObjective353520

Unlike the preliminary exam , the mains exam contains 5 sections and a candidate can score upto 225 marks . The mains exam is also conducted online . Section wise details are provided in the table below :

SectionTypeNo of questionsMarksDuration (minutes)
Reasoning & Computer AptitudeObjective456060
English languageObjective354040
Data Analysis & InterpretationObjective356045
General Econonmy & Banking AwarenessObjective404035
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)Subjective22530

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IBPS PO Syllabus 2019

IBPS PO Prelims syllabus is similar to all other banking exams. IBPS only provides broad topics but based on previous exams the topics can be divided into specific topics as mentioned below :

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Profit and Loss
  • Number Series
  • Time and Work
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Time and Distance
  • Mensuration
  • Data Interpretation
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Number Systems
  • Sequence and Series
  • Permutation &  Combination
  • Probability


  • Logical Reasoning
  • Ranking
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangment
  • Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Puzzle
  • Blood Relations
  • Input Output Machine
  • Coding Decoding
  • Alphabet Test

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Miscellaneous
  • Paragraph Completion

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IBPS PO 2019 Exam Dates

The preliminary exams will be conducted on 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st October 2018.

The mains will be on 18th November 2018.


The IBPS syllabus  2019 mentioned above are not all inclusive , IBPS PO 2019 exam is similar to any other banking exam in terms of syllabus and pattern . Thorough knowledge of syllabus and pattern will help you a lot in time management and creating an effective study plan

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