Exam Structure and Syllabus

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts examination for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) in three levels - Preliminary exam, Main Exam and Interview. All registered participants have to first clear preliminary exam and those who clear it will be called for Mains Exam. Marks scored in mains exam will decide shortlisting for interview.

I. Preliminary Examination (1 hour duration)

Subject Questions Marks
1. English Language 30 30
2. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35

II. Main Exam / Written test (200 Marks; 2 hours duration)

Subject Questions Marks
Reasoning 50 50
English Language 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
General Awareness 40 40
Computer Knowledge 20 20

III: Interview (100 marks)

The interview process is attended by the candidates who have achieved the minimum cut off score in the Main Examination. The Interview is held at selected centres and will be conducted by participating banks and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS.

Final Selection

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination will not be added for the selection and only the marks obtained in Written Examination will be added to the marks obtained in Interview for the final merit list. The candidates will have to qualify both II and III examinations separately.

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria


General category candidates must have scored a minimum aggregate of 60% in any stream from any recognized state or central university. This percentile is reduced to 55% for candidates belonging to SC/ST category.


Candidate’s age must be between 21 years and 30 years (as on 1 July 2015). Age of proof will be calculated from class X passing certificate.


Candidate must have an Indian Nationality or the person should be a Nepalese or Bhutani or a Tibetan refugee migrated to India before 1 January 1962 to settle permanently in India OR a candidate of Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, United Republic Of Tanzania, Zaire, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, Vietnam to settle permanently in India.

IBPS PO Syllabus

Syllabus for English language section

Spotting the errors, phrase substitution, ordering of sentences or jumbled up sentences, double blanks in a sentence, fill in the blanks, cloze Test, Idioms & phrases, choosing the appropriate filler, synonyms and antonyms, reconstruction of sentence and passage, one word substitution, commonly misspelled words, comprehensions.

Syllabus for reasoning section

Verbal reasoning: alphabet test, mathematical operations test, series test, analogy, odd Man out, classification, Syllogism, Coding-decoding, blood relations, number, ranking and time sequence, causes and effects, analytic reasoning, direction sense test. Sitting arrangement, decision making, Input output, puzzle, statement and conclusions, statement and assumptions, statement and arguments, statement and action’s courses, passage and conclusions, assertion and reasoning, figure Series, word formation, series

Syllabus for quantitative aptitude

Number system, HCF & LCM, number series, problems based on numbers. approximation Wrong number, decimal fractions, square root and cube root, simplifications, partnerships, percentage, ratio and proportions, average & ages - ratio & proportion, profit and loss, simple interest and compound interest, time and work, Time and distance, Mensuration, permutation and combination, probability, data interpretation, pie charts, bar graphs, line graphs, mixed graphs

Syllabus for General awareness:

Banking terms, current rates (bank rate, repo rate, reverse repo rate etc.), abbreviations, indian economy, international economy, questions related to international financial institutions (world bank, imf, un, adb related - members, recent development, functions), finance, shares, various schemes of government (mnrega, swabhiman, swavlamban, bharat nirman etc.), types of banks, gdp related, rbi, fiscal-monetary policies etc., social function of banks, uno, awards & honors, sports, budget, current affairs etc.

Syllabus for computer knowledge:

basic computer knowledge (MS office), operating systems, number system, software & hardware, history of computers, computer abbreviation, basic knowledge of internet & networking etc.

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