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IBPS PO Syllabus 2022, Download Free Syllabus PDF Here!

safalta expert Published by: Deepesh Mehra Updated Sat, 06 Aug 2022 04:24 AM IST


Check out the IBPS PO syllabus as set by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. here with Safalta. Get all the details on the syllabus and exam pattern here.

Are you aware of the IBPS PO Syllabus? The Institute Of Banking Personnel Conduts IBPS PO Exam in order to recruit candidates in the various public sector and private sectors banks as Probationary Officers. The exam is one of the most sought-after exams in India, and each year lakhs of candidates apply for this examination.  As per the latest notification by IBPS, the exam notification for IBPS PO 2022 has been released. The exam is set to be held on 15, 16, and 22 Oct 2022. The official notification has all the relevant details related to the examination like - Eligibility, syllabus, exam, pattern and salary details. The IBPS PO Syllabus must be known to all the candidates from now onwards so that they can utilize the time available in the best possible way. The syllabus and exam pattern for IBPS PO is released along with the official notification. The space below has details related to the IBPS PO Syllabus and exam pattern.  If you are preparing for the IBPS PO  then you can check out - Our Test Series Here.

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Table of Content

IBPS PO Exam Pattern
     IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Prelims
     IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains
IBPS PO Syllabus 
IBPS PO Syllabus - Prelims
IBPS PO Syllabus for Mains
IBPS PO Syllabus of Descriptive Test
IBPS PO Syllabus Preparation Tips 
IBPS PO Syllabus - List Of Subjects 

IBPS PO Exam Pattern

Before knowing the syllabus candidates must be aware of the exam pattern for the examination. IBPS PO Exam Pattern will help to get an idea of the topics to be covered for the exam. The IBPS PO Exam Pattern consists of Prelims, Mains, and an Interview.

Check the details regarding the IBPS PO Syllabus 2022 from the table given below.

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Exam Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, IBPS
Name of Exam IBPS PO 2022
Post Probationary Officer (PO)
Selection Process
  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview
Marks Segregation
  1. Prelims: 100 Marks
  2. Mains: 200 Marks
  3. Descriptive Test: 25 Marks
  4. Interview: 100 Marks
Duration of Exam
  1. IBPS PO Prelims: 1 Hour
  2. IBPS PO Mains: 3 Hours + 30 Min
Marking scheme 1 mark each for every correct answer in Online Test
Negative marking 1/4th of the marks assigned to the question in MCQ
Mode of Examination Online For Prelims & Mains
Language of examination English OR  Hindi
English Language paper has to be attempted in English.

The  Exam Pattern is given below:

IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Prelims

Sr. No. Name of the Test No. of Questions & Maximum Marks Language of the exam Duration of each IBPS PO Prelims exam
1 English Language 30 English 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 English & Hindi 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 English & Hindi 20 minutes
  Total 100   1 hour
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IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains

  • Introduction of Descriptive Paper: Similar to the SBI PO Exam, the IBPS Mains Examination now includes a descriptive paper that will assess applicants' writing abilities. Candidates will be required to prepare an essay and a letter that will each be worth 25 marks and need to be finished in 30 minutes.
  • The total amount of time given for each section has also been altered.
  • There won't be a separate paper for computer applications. This subject, which combines reasoning and computer aptitude, consists of 45 questions worth a total of 60 marks.
  • Additionally, the total time allocated for the IBPS PO 2022 Mains Objective Exam has increased from 140 minutes to 180 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes for the descriptive exam. IBPS PO Mains takes 3 hours 30 minutes to complete in total.
Sr. No. Name of the Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Language of the exam Duration of each IBPS PO Prelims exam
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English 60 minutes
2 General/Economy/Banking Awareness 35 40 English & Hindi 35 minutes
3 English Language 35 40 English & Hindi 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
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Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test  (Pre and Mains) of the Online Main examination and also a minimum total score to be considered to be shortlisted for the interview. Before the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the online Main examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for the interview. A candidate should qualify both in the Online Main Exam and interview and be sufficiently high to be considered for the final appointment. Thus,  the final selection is made on the marks scored by the candidate in the IBPS PO Mains Exam and Interview (Mains+ Interview).

IBPS PO Syllabus 

IBPS has released the IBPS PO 2022 official notification for the recruitment of 6432 posts of Probationary Officers. IBPS PO 2022 Exam will be conducted in three phases: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Process.  The detailed syllabus for all the stages must be known to the candidates. The details of the syllabus for the IBPS Examination are mentioned below:

IBPS PO Syllabus for Prelims

The preliminary exam consists of one paper of 100 marks divided into three sections.
The IBPS PO Prelims syllabus covers the following subjects:
  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Reasoning Ability
The new exam pattern adopted in 2019 has included a few topics to each subject that were previously not part of the IBPS PO syllabus.
Because the IBPS does not include a topic list in their notification, the curriculum is created by analyzing the previous year's examinations.
The IBPS PO Prelims syllabus is broken into subjects as follows:

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The following is the IBPS PO Prelims Exam Syllabus:

English Language Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability
Reading Comprehension
Idioms & Phrases
Paragraph Jumbles
Tenses Rules
(Fill in the blanks)/Cloze Test
Error Detection
Multiple Meanings(Contextual Usage)
Paragraph and passage completion
Simplification and Approximation
Quadratic Equations
Profit and Loss
Mixtures and Allegations
Simple and Compound Interest
Surds and Indices
Work and Time 
Speed, Time, and Distance 
Mensuration: Cylinder, Cone, Sphere, and Cuboid
Data Interpretation
Ratio And Proportion
Number Series
Boat Stream
Series and Sequences
Permutation and Combination
Measures of Central Tendency and Variation
Logical Reasoning
Alphanumeric Series
Reasoning Puzzles
Order and Ranking
Alphabet Combination
Data Sufficiency Tests
Coded Inequalities
Seating Arrangements
Picture Series Puzzles
Coding and Decoding
Assertion and Reason
The statement, Argument, and Assumption
Word Formation
The IBPS PO Prelims test syllabus covers a wide range of topics. To cover these concepts as thoroughly as possible before the Prelims exam, extensive practice and adequate IBPS PO preparation are required.

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IBPS PO Syllabus for Mains

The IBPS PO Mains syllabus covers topics that are comparable to those covered in the preliminary exam, but the level of difficulty of the questions is higher.
For the phase II test, two new courses have been introduced to the syllabus. Computer and banking awareness are two of them. This part of the examination also includes a descriptive paper.

Refer to the table below for the detailed Probationary Officer Mains test syllabus:
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude General/Economy/Banking Awareness English Language Data Analysis & Interpretation
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
Seating Arrangements (Circular and Linear)
Double and Triple Lineups
Blood Relations
Ordering and Ranking
Coding and Decoding
Sufficiency of Arguments and Data
Directions and Displacement
Code Inequalities
Alphanumeric Series
Computer Aptitude:
Keyboard Shortcuts
Computer Related Terms Abbreviations
Computer Fundamentals
Microsoft Office and Related Word Processing and Spreadsheet Applications
Computer Hardware and Software
Operating Systems and GUI Basics
Computer Network
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Windows
Banking Awareness
Financial Knowledge
Basic Economics
Current Affairs
Current Events of National and International Importance with a focus on financial news
Static GK
General Knowledge of various topics of importance to financial institutions
Reading Comprehension
Usage of English in Business
Letter Writing
Essay Writing
Verbal Ability
Statistics (Averages, Mean, Median, etc.)
Representational Statistics (Graphs and Charts)
Ratio and Proportion
Data Interpretation
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equations
Quadratic Equations
Simple and Compound Interest
Speed, Distance and Time
Profit, Loss, and Discounts
Time and Work Equations
Permutations and Combinations
Age Calculation Equations
Systems of Equation in Two Variables
Number Systems
Mixtures and Allegations


IBPS PO Syllabus of Descriptive Test

The Descriptive section of the IBPS PO Syllabus will comprise 2 parts: essay writing and letter writing. The applicants are expected to attain proficiency in letter writing and essay writing on a computer. They will have to attempt this section by typing on the computer.

Preparation Tips for IBPS PO Syllabus 2022

  • Get equipped with the IBPS PO syllabus and exam pattern. 
  • Solve numerous test series to analyze the performance. 
  • Focus on your strengths and weaknesses. Brace up the strengths and improve upon the weaknesses. 
  • Try to solve the question papers in the specified time frame to get acquainted with the ambience of the exam hall and to perform well in the exam. 
  • Check out the previous years’ cutoffs, this will also aid in carving and strengthening your preparation strategy. 
  • Strengthen the concepts and build the foundations of the subjects. 
  • Don’t miss out on practising and revising the subjects.

Important Subjects of the IBPS PO Syllabus 

The list of the important subjects is facilitated herewith. Don’t forget to brace the concepts of the under-noted subjects and practise them regularly. The list of the important subjects of the  IBPS PO syllabus is mentioned here. These questions carry the maximum weightage of the IBPS PO syllabus.

  • English: Reading Comprehension, cloze test, spotting errors, new pattern questions etc. 
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Data interpretation, arithmetic problems, number series etc. 
  • Reasoning Ability: Seating arrangement, syllogism, data sufficiency,

IBPS PO: Interview Process

IBPS will subsequently contact candidates who pass the Main Exam to schedule an interview. The minimum score needed to advance to the interview process, which carries 100 points, is 40 percent for general candidates and 35 percent for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates.

How many stages are there in IBPS PO Exam?

There are three stages in IBPS PO Exam- Preliminary Exam, Mains and Interview.

How many questions are asked in IBPS PO Preliminary Exam?

 A total of 100 questions are asked in IBPS  PO Preliminary Exam.

What is the duration of the IBPS PO Mains Exam?

The duration of the IBPS  PO Mains Exam is 3 hours.

Is there a negative marking in IBPS PO Exam?

 Yes, there is a negative marking in IBPS PO Exam. 1/4 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.

What Sections/Topics are there for IBPS PO Exam 2022?

The IBPS PO Prelims Exam consists of Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language whereas the Mains Exam comprises of Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation, English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

I have less than 60% marks in Graduation. Can I apply for IBPS PO?

 Yes, you can apply. There are no criteria for the % secured in Graduation.

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