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IBPS PO Syllabus 2018 & New Exam Pattern

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IBPS PO Syllabus 2018 & New Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains

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IBPS  PO Exam Vacancy Details:

The IBPS PO 2017 exam will take place on 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th October 2017. This is one of the most awaited exam for all banking aspirants. The difficulty level of banking exams has increased & changes have been reflected in all the exam after SBI PO 2017 exam. So to stand out in the crowd you must begin your preparation at the earliest. Equip yourself with the best strategy so that you prepare yourself for the surprises if asked in the exam. To begin your preparation, use this Detailed Syllabus for IBPS PO Prelims as a guide to help you crack the first stage of this year’s examination! Get info about weightage and marks distribution for each topic and chapter in the Syllabus for IBPS PO Prelims.

IBPS PO Syllabus 2018

Exam Syllabus is a complete guide of course that covers all the important topics on which the IBPS PO question paper will be based.


S.No. Subject
1. Quantitative Aptitude
2. Reasoning
3. English Language
4. General Awareness
5. Computer Knowledge


IBPS PO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude section is in Prelims and Mains both exams. In IBPS PO Mains Syllabus, All the questions are based on Data Interpretation and Analysis.

  •  Ratio and proportion
  •  Averages
  •  Time and work
  •  Speed, Distance and time
  •  Mixture and allegation
  •  Stocks and shares
  •  Percentages
  •  Partnership
  •  Clocks
  •  Volume and surface Area
  •  Height and Distances
  •  Logarithms
  •  Permutation and combinations
  •  Simple and compound interest
  •  Equations
  •  Probability
  •  Trigonometry
  •  Profit, Loss and Discount
  •  Mensuration
  •  Elements of Algebra
  •  Data Interpretation

(i). Pie charts

(ii). Tables

(iii). Bar & Graphs

(iv). Line charts.


IBPS PO Reasoning Syllabus

IBPS PO Syllabus for Reasoning can be divided into two parts: Verbal and Non Verbal. Unlike SSC Exams, IBPS Bank PO 2018 Syllabus is mostly about Verbal Reasoning topics. Around 80% of the questions are from seating arrangement, syllogism, series and alphabet test, blood relations, number ranking and sequence.

Verbal reasoning


  •  Analogy
  •  Classification
  •  Word formation
  •  Statement and conclusions
  •  Syllogism
  •  Statement and assumptions
  •  Statement and arguments
  •  Coding Decoding
  •  Blood Relations
  •  Passage and conclusions
  •  Alphabet test
  •  Series Test
  •  Number, Ranking and time sequence
  •  Direction sense Test
  •  Decision making test
  •  Figure series
  •  Input/output, Assertion and reasoning
  •  Sitting Arrangement

Non-Verbal Reasoning


  •  Series test
  •  Odd figure out
  •  Analogy
  •  Miscellaneous Test etc.

IBPS PO Syllabus for English Language

English is one of the scariest subject for most of the candidates. The fear of English speaking a prime reason behind poor performance in this section. However, in IBPS PO 2018 Syllabus for English, the focus is on Grammar and Error Detection. Your English-speaking abilities are not assessed in the written paper. Based on last year’s IBPS PO Paper Pattern, we are mentioning the syllabus topics for English as follows:


  • Homonyms
  •  Antonyms
  •  Synonyms
  •  Word Formation
  •  Spelling


  •  Spotting Errors
  •  Phrases and idioms
  •  Direct and Indirect speech
  •  Active/ Passive voice

Reading Comprehension

  • Theme Detection
  •  Passage completion
  •  Topic rearrangement of passage
  •  Deriving Conclusion.

IBPS PO Syllabus for General Awareness

There is no defined exam syllabus for General and banking awareness. Most of the questions are geared towards testing a candidate’s knowledge of what’s happening around in Economics and Banking Sector. You can expect following topics:

  • Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months.
  • Overview of Indian Financial System
  • History of Indian banking system.
  • Recent 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 Terms
  • Important Government Schemes on capital & money market.

IBPS PO Syllabus for Computer Knowledge

With every passing year, the importance and marking weightage of Computer Section is decreasing by leaps and bounds. Earlier, there was a separate section for Computer Knowledge in Mains Exam. From 2017-18, this section is merged with Reasoning.

  • Basics of Hardware and software
  • Windows operating system basics
  • Internet terms and services
  • Basic Functionalities of MS-Office (MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)
  • History of computers
  • Networking and communication
  • Database basics
  • Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses.

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018

 The Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection (also known as IBPS) is a government recruitment agency which is fully dedicated to place job seekers on reputable positions in banking sectors.


 Every year, IBPS conducts several exams for recruitment amongst which Probationary Officer (PO) is one of the main exams. The candidates who are seeking jobs in government banking sector must apply for IBPS PO Exam.


 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 Current Affairs.


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


 The examination will be administered in two phases – Preliminary and Main.


 The candidates who qualify the Pre exam will be shortlisted for Main Exam and those who also qualify the main exam will have to clear Personal Interview round to be finalized for the post of PO in IBPS Associated Banks.


  The final score card will consider only the marks of Main Exam and Interview.


 Pattern of Preliminary Exam 


S.No. Name of Tests No. of Ques Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 1 Hour
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
  Total 100 100


Pattern of Main Exam



S.No. Name of Tests No. of Ques. Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Time Allotted for Each Test
1. Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60 Minutes
2. General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 35 Minutes
3. English Language 35 40 English 40 Minutes
4. Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 Minutes
  Total 155 200   3 Hours
5. English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 English 30 Minutes


  •  The above tests except for the Tests of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.
  • For each wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  •  The exam will be conducted online and it will carry objective type questions.


Cut-Off Score

Mean – 3/4th of Standard Deviation for SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD categories

Mean – 1/4th of Standard Deviation for General Category.

There will be a second level cutoff point on the total as per requirement.

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test and also a minimum total score to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, cutoffs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for interview.


IBPS PO Exam Paper Marks Analysis – Reasoning, English and Quantitative Aptitude


Candidates can check the complete marking scheme & analysis of IBPS PO 2018 Syllabus topic wise. Although every year there are some changes in marking weightage topics in Prelims & Mains Paper, most of the topics remain same with respect to the pattern of the questions asked.


Check the Expected IBPS PO Marks Distribution 2018 for all the sections below:




Logical Reasoning 5-10
Syllogism 5
Blood Relations 5
Input Output 0-5
Coding Decoding 5
Alphanumeric Series 0-5
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test 0-5
Data Sufficiency 0-5
Coded Inequalities 5
Seating Arrangement 10
Puzzle 5-7
Tabulation 5



 English Language


Reading Comprehension 10
Cloze Test 10
Fill in the blanks 0-5
Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting 0-5
Paragraph Complete/ Sentence Correction 5
Para jumbles 5
Miscellaneous 5



 Quantitative Aptitude


Simplification 5
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage 3
Number Systems 3
Profit & Loss 2
Mixtures & Alligations 1-2
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices 1-2
Work & Time 2
Time & Distance 2
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere 1-2
Sequence & Series 5
Permutation, Combination & Probability 5
Data Interpretation 15


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