IBPS PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus

IBPS PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The IBPS PO exam pattern is set by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) which is the conducting body for all IBPS exams. The IBPS PO exam is one of the most competitive examinations in India. Over the past few years, the number of applicants for the Probationary Officers exam have massively increased and it is important that the candidates have a clear idea of the latest IBPS PO exam pattern and syllabus to continue with their preparation.

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern:

The IBPS PO preliminary examination will be conducted online and candidates are allocated a total duration of 1 hour to complete the preliminary exam. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and a maximum score of 100 marks. There is negative marking in IBPS PO preliminary exam and 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer attempted by a candidate. It is necessary to clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam.

English Language
Numerical Ability
20 minutes
Reasoning Ability
20 minutes
60 minutes(1Hour)

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus:

Logical Reasoning
Reading Comprehension
Profit & Loss
Alpha Numeric Series
Para Jumbles
Mixtures & Allegations
Ranking, Direction, Alphabet Test
Word usage, Word-swap
Simple Interest & Compound Interest
Data Sufficiency
Fill in the blanks
Surds & Indices
Error detection
Work & Time
Seating arrangement
Paragraph Completion
Time & Distance
One word Substitution
Data Interpretation
Percentage, Ratio & Proportion
Blood Relations
Number System
Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding
Permutation, Combination & Probability

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2022:

  • Introduction of Descriptive Paper: Just like SBI PO Exam, IBPS introduced a Descriptive Paper in its Mains Examination where candidates will be judged on their written skills. An essay and a letter will be given to candidates to write that will constitute of 25 marks and that has to be completed in a time span of 30 minutes.

  • The overall time allotted for each section has also been changed.

  • No separate paper will be conducted for Computer Applications. Reasoning is teamed up with Computer Aptitude section and this entire section will contain 45 questions of a total of 60 marks.

  • There will be penalty of 0.25 marks for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests.

  • The overall time allotted for IBPS PO 2022 Mains Objective Exam has also been changed from 140 minutes to 180 minutes plus 30 minutes for the descriptive test. In total, the time for IBPS PO Mains is 3 hours 30 minutes.

  • The tests of Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, English Language and Data Analysis & Interpretation are divided into two parts: Section A and Section B. All questions in both sections (A & B) are compulsory. Some questions will be of 2 marks and some questions will be of 1 mark.

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude (Section A &B)
English & Hindi
60 minutes
English Language (Section A & B)
English & Hindi
40 minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation (section A & B)
English & Hindi
45 minutes
General Economy/ Banking Awareness
English & Hindi
35 minutes
English Language (Letter & Essay)
30 minutes
3 hours 30 minutes

IBPS PO Mains Exam Syllabus:

Quantitative Aptitude
Simplification, Average, Percentage, Mixture and Allegations, Ratio and Percentage, Data Interpretation, Mensuration and Geometry, Quadratic Equation, Interest, Problems of Ages Profit and Loss, Number Series Speed, Distance and Time, Time and Work, Number System, Data Sufficiency, Linear Equation, Permutation and Combination, Probability
General Awareness
Financial Awareness, Current Affairs, General Knowledge
Reasoning Aptitude
Verbal Reasoning, Syllogism, Circular, Seating Arrangement, Code Inequalities, Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Line-up, Scheduling, Input-Output, Blood Relations, Directions and Distances, Ordering and Ranking, Data Sufficiency, Coding and Decoding
Computer Aptitude
Internet, Memory, Keyboard Shortcuts, Computer Abbreviation, Microsoft Office, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Operating System, Networking Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, One word Substitution, Verbal Ability

IBPS PO 2022 Interview Process:

Candidates who qualify for the Mains Exam are finally called for the Interview Process by IBPS. The Interview Process will constitute of 100 marks and the minimum marks for qualifying this round will be 40% which is reduced to 35% for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD categories.

Final Selection:

The final selection of the candidate for the post of Probationary Officer will be made by taking into consideration the cumulative score of Mains Exam and the interview process. The weightage of both these phases of examination will be in the ratio 80:20 respectively. A merit list will be generated after the Interview Process of the IBPS PO 2022 Exam has been conducted. Candidates who make it to the list will be thus offered the joining letter by the Bank of their choice.