IBPS PO 2020 Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (Probationary Officer)
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IBPS PO 2020 Exam Pattern

By: Archana on February 25, 2019

Exam pattern is one of the most important aspects of a competitive examination. To clear the exam, the candidate must be well aware of the features of the IBPS Po Exam pattern. Without a clear insight of Exam pattern, the direction of preparation may get distorted.

IBPS PO is an online examination and is conducted in three parts-

  • IBPS Preliminary Examination
  • IBPS Main Examination
  • Interview

Here are the detailed provisions of the IBPS PO 2019. The candidate will be provided with the information about the topics that are asked in the IBPS Po prelims and mains exam. The candidates will also be acquainted with the number of questions and marks of each section that comes in the IBPS PO exam paper.

IBPS PO  will be conducted in two levels Tier 1 and 2 (Preliminary & Mains). There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer. However, no marks will be awarded or deducted for unattempted questions.

IBPS PO Prelims

Topic No. of Questions Total Marks
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Numerical Ability 35 35
English Language 30 30
Total 100 100

The total duration of the test is 1 hour. The candidates must clear the cut off in each section individually.


Topic No. of Questions Total Marks
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40
Quantitative Ability & DI 35 60
English Language  35 40
Total 155 200
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25

The total duration of the test is 3 hours +  30 minutes (Note:- 30 minutes for the subjective part). There has been a slight change in the pattern of the Mains exam this year. A time limit has been imposed for each section. The candidate will not be able to move on to the next section until the time limit for that section has elapsed. Also, Computer knowledge section is merged with Reasoning Ability and a subjective paper of Letter Writing and Essay in the English language of 25 marks has been added.


Candidates who have cleared the cut-off for the Mains exam have to appear for a face to face interview. The candidates need a minimum of 40% to qualify for the interview. The interview will test the candidate's general knowledge, awareness, and confidence. They must carry themselves to prove themselves worthy of this job.

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of the candidate's performance in the IBPS PO Mains exam and the interview.

IBPS PO 2020 Syllabus

The syllabus is the most important part of any competitive exam. In IBPS exam also, IBPS PO Syllabus plays a vital role. For an aspirant preparing for the IBPS exam, getting stick to the syllabus is very important otherwise the direction of the preparation may get distorted and the candidate may end up wasting a lot of time on the unproductive topics.

Find the IBPS PO Syllabus 2019 for both Prelims and Main exam:

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus 2019-


  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Course of Action and Arguments
  • Puzzles
  • Visual reasoning
  • Arrangement, pie charts, grids
  • Blood Relations and Family Tree
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Calendars
  • Statement Conclusions
  • Different types of Graphs
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Input-output
  • Blood relations


  •  Basic Geometry
  • Ratios and Proportion
  • HCF & LCM
  • Algebra
  • Profit & Loss
  • In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
  • Geometric Progression
  • Percentages and Averages
  • Time-Speed-Distance
  • Number system
  • Mensuration
  • Permutation and combinations
  • Mixtures and Alligations



  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Syllogisms
  • Fill In the Blanks
  • Contextual usage
  • Antonyms, Synonyms
  • Sentence completion and Jumbled paragraphs
  • Foreign language words used in English
  • Sentence correction
  • Spotting the error
  • Unjumbling the sentence
  • Paragraph Completion

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