IBPS PO Syllabus : All You Need to Know!

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IBPS PO syllabus 2019

The syllabus is the first thing you need to know if you are preparing for the IBPS PO Exam this year. Here in this post, I am sharing IBPS PO syllabus in detail for your better preparation of exams.

The number of seats is 4336 whereas the number of applications will be in lakhs for this examination. This underlines the fact that IBPS PO is a highly competitive examination where there is cut-throat competition among the aspirants in order to bag a seat in one of the public sector banks in the country. In order to score well in this examination, you need to know the syllabus of the examination first. Then only you will be able to go on a hunt for marks :).

IBPS PO Exam - Selection Process

IBPS PO Examination is the biggest banking examination of the year. The Examination opens the door for a decent job in the banking sector that can give you the job security and stability that you will cherish for the rest of the life. Now, what to read for this examination? Do you need to be a master of all trades to crack this exam? Well, the good news is that you don’t need to be a magician to crack this examination but with proper planning and knowledge, you can do wonders in this examination. 

You should also check the complete IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2019.

The IBPS PO Examination is conducted in three phases:

  • Preliminary Examination 
  • Mains Examination 
  • Interview 

What is the Exam Pattern?

The Preliminary Examination is the screening test in order to eliminate candidates from the mains examination. The marks received in this exam are not added in the final merit list. The Prelims Examination has the following sections:

  • English Language 
  • Reasoning Ability 
  • Numerical Ability 

After the Prelims Examinations, the selected candidates have to take the Mains Examination which is the actual test, the marks of which are added in the final merit list. The Mains Exam consists of the following sections:

  • English Language 
  • Reasoning Ability and Computer Awareness 
  • Data Interpretation 
  • General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking and Economy 
  • Descriptive English 

Once you clear the mains examination, you have to appear in the Interview conducted by the IBPS. 

IBPS PO: What is the Syllabus of the Exam?

Now that we are aware of the exam pattern of the IBPS PO, let us understand the IBPS PO syllabus of the PO examination in detail so that you can prepare accordingly. The main topics in the examination are:

  • English Language 
  • Reasoning Ability 
  • Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Analysis 
  • Computer Awareness 
  • General Awareness with special focus on banking and economy 
  • Descriptive English 

English Language:

This is the trickiest section in the IBPS PO Examination since most of the candidates miss the bus because of this section. It is all the more important because it is there in both the prelims and the mains examination. There is also a descriptive test for English in this examination. The syllabus of this section includes the following:


  • Reading Comprehension 
  • Error Correction 
  • Cloze Test 
  • Para Jumbles 
  • Fill in the Blanks 
  • Synonyms and Antonyms 
  • Word usage 
  • Phrase replacement 
  • Idioms and phrases 
  • Sentence correction 
  • Sentence replacement 
  • Essay Writing 
  • Précis Writing 

Numerical Ability & Data Interpretation

This is one of the most time-consuming sections in the IBPS PO Examination. You need to solve the questions with speed along with accuracy in order to score well in this section. The syllabus of this section includes:


  • Data Interpretation (Histogram, Pie Charts, Bar- Graphs, etc.)
  • Simplification
  • Number Series
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Mensuration and Trigonometry
  • Profit & Loss
  • Speed, Time & Distance
  • Percentage
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Time & Work
  • Interest
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Probability
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Problems on Ages
  • Average
  • Number System
  • Linear Equations

Reasoning Ability

Reasoning is a very important section for IBPS PO Examination and it is there in both the Prelims and the Mains exam. This section demand rigorous practice since you will have to crack this section within the given time frame. It will require speed along with accuracy to score well in this section. The syllabus of this section includes:


  • Seating Arrangement (Circular and Linear)
  • Puzzles (Linear, Mixed, etc.)
  • Blood Relations 
  • Coding and Decoding 
  • Order and Ranking 
  • Syllogism 
  • Analytical Reasoning 
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning 
  • Input-Output 
  • Calendar and Clock-Based Problems (Though these problems are not that common in bank exams)
  • Data Sufficiency 
  • Alphanumeric Series 
  • Tabulation

Computer Awareness

The computer awareness section is mixed with the Reasoning section in the Mains examination. Nowadays, the questions from this chapter are also not only basic in nature but questions from complicated chapters are also asked in this section. Even calculation-based problems are asked these days in the exam. This section includes the following:


  • History of Computers 
  • Input and Output Devices of Computer 
  • Memory of Computer – Primary and Secondary Memory 
  • Computer Networking 
  • Database Management System 
  • Computer Software – System Software and Application Software 
  • Computer Hardware – Various Parts in The Computer 
  • Keyboard Shortcuts in Computers 
  • Computer Abbreviations 
  • Internet 
  • MS Office Package – MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and MS Access 
  • Important Computer Terms (Fundamentals of Computers)
  • Operating System Of the Computers 
  • The Logic Gates Such As AND, OR, XOR Etc. and related Calculations Involving the Logic Gates 

Banking & Economy

The syllabus of this section includes the following:


  • Current Affairs (Events of the national and international importance of the last six months)
  • General Knowledge (Static GK such as countries and currencies, capitals, temples and airports, international organizations etc.)
  • Banking Awareness (History of banking in India, the structure of banking in India, important milestones in banking in India, important banking terms etc.)

English Language (Descriptive Paper)

This section is there in the Mains Examination and there are 25 marks allotted to this section with 2 questions asked in this part of the examination. You need to be conversant with the following topics:

  • Essay writing 
  • Précis writing 

Bottom Line:

The IBPS PO syllabus is not such that you will not be able to finish the syllabus but more important is to revise the syllabus time and again before the actual exam so that you are well acquainted with the exam pattern and the topics that can be asked in the examination. The Examsbook team will come up with innovative and unique study materials to help you constantly in your efforts. 

I really hope that the detailed IBPS PO syllabus explained above will be of help to all of you. If you have any doubts, you can ask the same in the Comments section below. 

All the Best!!

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