IBPS PO Exam Pattern and Syllabus

IBPS PO 2020 Exam Pattern and Syllabus:

IBPS PO Notification 2020 will be soon released by The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. The Official Notification will be updated on this page as soon as IBPS releases it. The preliminary exam of IBPS PO 2020 is scheduled on 3rd, 4th & 10th October 2020 and IBPS PO Mains Exam 2020 is scheduled on 28th November 2020.A detailed insight into IBPS PO 2020 Vacancy, Exam dates & Pattern will be available only after the release of IBPS PO 2020 Official Notification.

♦IBPS PO 2020 Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2020 Exam will be conducted in 3 phases. There is separate sectional timing for each sections in exam. The written exam is – Prelims & Mains which are conducted online, followed by an interview round. The structure of exams is as follows:

Stage-1: IBPS PO Preliminary Examination:

This is an online exam where candidates have to solve the question paper in 1 hour for 100 marks. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate.The test comprises of 3 sections. The section-wise distribution of the marks & sectional timing of 20 minutes to each section is given below:

Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

Stage-2: IBPS PO Mains Exam:

This test has 155 questions that have to be answered in 3 hours. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate.The paper is divided into 4 sections – Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Data Analysis & Interpretation, General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness and English Language.IBPS also introduced Descriptive Paper in its Mains Examination to Write essay and a letter in 30 minutes with constitute of 25 marks.

Name of test No. of Questions Max. Marks Medium of Exam Time Allotted
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60 minutes
English Language 35 40 English only 40 minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
General, Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi 35 minutes
Total 155 200 180 minutes
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 English 30 minutes

Stage-3: Interview Process:

Candidates called for Interview after qualify the mains exam.Interview Process has 100 marks.and the minimum marks for qualifying will be 40% & 35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD categories.

♦IBPS PO 2020 Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for IBPS PO preliminary exam and mains exam is different . IBPS PO Mains exam has 2 additional sections to be prepared – Computer Aptitude and General Awareness apart from the basic three sections of Quants, Reasoning & english Language having in preliminary exam.Here’s the detailed IBPS PO 2020 syllabus for both the exams:

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam syllabus:

The preliminary examination of IBPS PO exam 2020 constitutes of three sections: Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

English Language Syllabus Quantitative Ability Syllabus Reasoning Syllabus
Reading Comprehension Simplification Alphanumeric Series
Cloze Test Sequence & Series Coded Inequalities
Para jumbles Profit & Loss Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
Paragraph Completion Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Data Sufficiency
Fill in the blanks Work & Time Logical Reasoning
Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Time & Distance Seating Arrangement
Miscellaneous Mixtures & Allegations Puzzle
Data Interpretation Syllogism
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Input Output
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Blood Relations
Number Systems & Boat and stream Tabulation
Permutation, Combination &Probability Coding Decoding

IBPS PO Mains Exam syllabus:

The Mains examination of IBPS PO exam 2020 constitutes of four sections: Reasoning Ability&Computer Aptitude, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Banking&General Awareness. with a section of descriptive Writing.

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus English Language Syllabus Reasoning & Computer Aptitude Syllabus General Awareness Syllabus
Simplification Reading Comprehension Verbal Reasoning Internet Financial Awareness
Average Vocabulary Syllogism Networking Current affairs(Last 6 Month)
Percentage Fill in the blanks Circular Seating Arrangement Keyboard Shortcuts General Knowledge
Ratio and Percentage Verbal Ability Linear Seating Arrangement Computer Abbreviation Static GK
Data Interpretation Para jumbles Double Lineup Microsoft Office
Mensuration and Geometry Error Spotting Scheduling Computer Hardware
Quadratic Equation Miscellaneous Input Output Computer Software
Interest Blood Relations Operating System
Problems of Ages Directions and Distances Memory
Profit and Loss Ordering and Ranking Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Number Series Data Sufficiency
Speed, Distance and Time Coding and Decoding
Time and Work Code Inequalities
Number System Logical Reasoning
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation & Boat and stream
Permutation and Combination
And Probability
Mixture and Allegations


The descriptive section of IBPS PO Mains is as follows:

  • Total Marks: 25
  • Total Time: 30
  • Number of Questions: 2
  • Question Type: Essay + Letter Writing (formal / informal)

Note: Preparation of recent trending topics

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