IBPS PO 2020 Exam Details: Syllabus and Book List

About Exam:

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS) PO Probationary Officer is the exam conducted for the recruitment of officers for official work of Banking Sector. IBPS shortlists deserving candidates for the post of PO for various nationalized banks listed under it. IBPS started holding CWE to recruit IBPS PO for various banks. The registration is done online. Prelims exam also conducted online


1.     Nationality / Citizenship: A candidate must be either –

a)     a Citizen of India or

b)     a subject of Nepal or

c)     a subject of Bhutan or

d)     a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or

e)     a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

2.     Age:

Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 30 years

Age Relaxation

·       Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe                                                      5 years

·       Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)                                                3 years

·       Persons With Benchmark Disabilities as defined under                                 10 years

·       Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers                                                          5 years

·       Persons affected by 1984 riots                                                                       5 years

·       Regardin UT Jammu and Kashmir                                                      declare later


3.     Educational Qualifications:

Ø  A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

Ø  The candidate must possess valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.


Exam is conducted in three Stage which are Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination and Interview

Preliminary Examination: Online MCQs

Total 100 marks for  100 questions. 0.25 marks deducted for every wrong answer.

·       There will be 30 questions from English language which contain 30 marks. These questions has to be completed in 20 minutes.

·       There will be 35 questions from Quantitative Aptitude which contain 35 marks. Time allotted for this section is 20 minutes. (Hindi/English)

·       There will be 35 questions from Reasoning Ability which contain 35 marks. Time allotted for this section is 20 minutes. (Hindi/English)

Main Examination

Total 200 marks for 155 questions.  0.25 marks deducted for every wrong answer.

·       There will be 45 questions from Reasoning & Computer Aptitude which contain 60 marks. Time allotted for this section is 60 minutes. (Hindi/English)

·       There will be 40 questions from General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness which contain 40 marks. Time allotted for this section is 35 minutes. (Hindi/English)

·       There will be 35 questions from English Language which contain 40 marks. Time allotted for this section is 40 minutes. (Hindi/English).

·       There will be 35 questions from Data Analysis & Interpretation which contain 60 marks. Time allotted for this section is 45 minutes. (Hindi/English).


NOTE- Marks obtained in the online main examination only will be considered for shortlisting for interview and also for final merit listing.



The IBPS PO syllabus covers the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Computer Knowledge
  • General Awareness, Economy and Banking

English Language:  Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para jumbles, Tenses Rules, Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting, Fill in the blanks, Paragraph Completion, Vocabulary ,Verbal Ability and Idioms & Phrases


Quantitative Aptitude: Simplification, Profit and Loss, Mixtures and Alligations, Simple and Compound Interest, Work and Time, Time and Distance, Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere, Data Interpretation, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Number Systems, Sequence and Series, Permutation, Combination and Probability, Quadratic Equation, Data Sufficiency, Linear Equation and Surds and Indices.


Reasoning Ability: Logical Reasoning, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test,Data Sufficiency, Coded Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle, Tabulation, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Input-Output and Coding-Decoding.


Computer Knowledge: Internet, Memory, Keyboard Shortcuts, Computer Abbreviation, Microsoft Office, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Operating System, Networking.


General Awareness: Financial Awareness, Current Affairs, Banking Awareness, General Knowledge, India’s Financial and Banking System, Budget and Monetary Plans of the Government, Key National Institutions and Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies.





High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin. 

How to Read Better and Faster by Norman Lewis Reading

Comprehension,Ordering of Sentences, Ordering of Words and Cloze Test by Dilip Khushwaha

Quantitive Aptitude

  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by R.S Agarwal
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude by Dinesh Khattar
  • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma
  • Objective Mathematics for Competitive Exams by Tarun Goya


  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S Agrawal
  • A New Approach to Reasoning by B.S Sijwali and Indu Sijwali
  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K.Pandey


IBPS PO Books Arihant – Computer Awareness


Finencial Awairness: -

  • India Year Book by Publications Division, Government of India
  • Banking Awareness by B.K Raut and S.R Behera
  • Apart from these books, The Hindu and Indian Express are good sources of information on the latest developments. The focus should be on the business and world news sections of these newspapers.
Pratiyogita Darpan (Monthly Edition)

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