IBPS PO Syllabus 2020 for Prelims and Mains

IBPS PO Syllabus 2020 for Prelims and Mains: This year the exam pattern and syllabus for IBPS PO will see some changes from the previous year. Now, the IBPS PO exam will follow the same pattern as SBI PO exam. The Prelims will have 3 main sections- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English Language.

It is essential to be aware of the syllabus and Exam pattern before appearing for the exam.Candidates must solve IBPS PO Sample papers and previous years’ questions papers.

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IBPS PO Syllabus and Exam Pattern Changes

Certain changes were made in the IBPS PO Syllabus and Exam Pattern last year by the exam authorities. The new exam pattern will be modelled on the SBI PO exam. These changes are listed below:


  • A ‘Computer Aptitude’ Section has been clubbed with the Reasoning Ability section. Hence, there will be no separate section for ‘Computer Awareness’ as before.
  • ‘Quantitative Aptitude’ has been renamed as ‘Data Interpretation & Analysis
  • IBPS PO Syllabus 2020 for the Main Examination now includes an English descriptive paper which will assess the candidates’ writing skills. There will be 2 questions– Letter Writing and Essay Writing for a total of 25 marks. The time duration allotted would be 30 minutes.
  • The Main Examination will now have 155 questions instead of 200 questions.
  • The duration of the Main Examination has been increased to 3 hours which means that the difficulty level of the objective exam will be higher.  Check the previous year sample Papers for a better idea of the IBPS PO Syllabus and exam pattern.

IBPS PO 2020 Syllabus

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus

This is the first qualifying round in the Selection Process of IBPS PO. Marks scored in Prelims will not be taken into consideration while calculating the final merit of students. However, it is essential to clear this round to be eligible for the Main Exam.

The syllabus for this round includes three subjects- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning. The prelims have sectional cutoff which implies that candidates must obtain the minimum qualifying marks in each section to clear the exam. Candidates must also meet the cutoff to qualify for Mains and theinterview round.

The following table lays out the detailed IBPS PO Syllabus for Prelims.

English Language (30 marks)Quantitative Aptitude (35 marks)Reasoning (35 marks)
Reading ComprehensionSimplificationLogical Reasoning
Cloze TestProfit and LossAlphanumeric Series
Para JumblesMixtures and AllegationsRanking/Direction/Alphabet Test
MiscellaneousSimple Interest, Compound Interest, IndicesData Sufficiency
Fill in the blanksWork and TimeCoded Inequalities
Multiple Meaning/Error SpottingTime and DistanceSeating Arrangement
Paragraph CompletionMensuration- Cylinder, Cone, SpherePuzzle
Data InterpretationTabulation
Ratio & Proportion, PercentageSyllogism
Number SystemsBlood Relations
Sequence and SeriesInput Output
Permutation, Combination and ProbabilityCoding Decoding

IBPS PO Main Exam Syllabus

IBPS PO Main exam will be conducted on November 18, 2020. The exam includes 4 objective papers and 1 descriptive paper. Marks obtained in the Main Exam will be counted in the final IBPS PO Result.

The Syllabus for IBPS PO Main Exam includes 4 subjects- Reasoning and Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis and Interpretation, General Economy and Banking Awareness. Students must also check out these preparation tips for IBPS PO exam.

The table given below lists out the detailed IBPS PO syllabus for the Main examination.

Quantitative Aptitude (60 marks)General Awareness (40 marks)Reasoning & Computer Aptitude (60 marks)English Language (40 marks)
SimplificationFinancial AwarenessVerbal ReasoningInternetReading Comprehension
PercentageGeneral KnowledgeCircular Seating ArrangementKeyboard ShortcutsGrammar
Ratio and PercentageLinear Seating ArrangementComputer AbbreviationVerbal Ability
Data InterpretationDouble LineupMicrosoft Office
Mensuration and GeometrySchedulingComputer Hardware
Quadratic EquationInput OutputComputer Software
InterestBlood RelationsOperating System
AgeDirections and DistancesNetworking
Profit & LossOrdering & RankingComputer Fundamentals/ Technologies
Number SeriesData Sufficiency
Speed, Distance & TimeCoding & Decoding
Number System
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation
Permutation & Combination
Mixture and Allegations

Note– The Descriptive Paper will be of English Language where candidates will have to write a Letter and Essay. The exam duration will be 30 minutes and students will be graded out of 25 marks.

IBPS PO 2020 Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2020 Prelims

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Total no. of Questions: 100
  • Maximum Marks- 100
  • Negative marking: – 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

IBPS PO 2020 Main Exam

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Total no. of Questions: 155
  • Maximum Marks: 200
  • Negative marking: – 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer

Best Books for IBPS PO Exam Preparation

Candidates must refer to help books from different publications so that they are well versed with the IBPS PO syllabus and exam pattern.

Here is a list of best books for IBPS PO Exam Preparation.

Comprehensive Guide to IBPSDisha Publications
Quantitative AptitudeR.S. Aggarwal
Target IBPS PODisha Publications
Bank PO solved papers for PO & MTKiran Publication
The Complete Success Package- Bank Recruitment ExaminationArihant Publications
Computer KnowledgeKiran Publication
Objective English for Competitive Examinations 5th EditionR.S. Aggarwal
Banking AwarenessArihant Publications
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