Every year IBPS conducts exam for the post of probationary officer. The exam is divided into two stages: Prelims and Mains.

Prelims: In IBPS PO Prelims exam, following three subjects are tested.

  1. English Language
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Reasoning Ability

Generally, questions from the following topics are asked in both the prelims and the mains examination.

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning English
Ratio and Proportions Blood Relation Paragraph Completion
Shares and Partners Direction Fill in the blanks with a word
Percentage Alphanumeric Series Sentence Correction/Word replacement
Profit and Loss/Discount Ranking Para jumbles
Time & distance Coded Inequalities Reading Comprehension
Boat and Stream Coding Decoding Cloze Test
Average Input Output Synonym/Antonym
Alligation and Mixture Tabulation Error Spotting
Pipe & Cistern Puzzle
Time and Work Seating Arrangement
Simple and Compound Interest Syllogism
Problems on Ages Critical Reasoning
Probability/Permutation Data Sufficiency
Mensuration – Cylinder, cone and sphere
Number Series
Simplification
Inequality/Quadratic
Data Sufficiency
Data Interpretation

Let’s look at the topics asked in the previous exams to get an idea about the importance of individual topics in the prelims.

Quantitative Aptitude:

TOPIC 2015 2016
Ratio and Proportions 1 0
Shares and Partners 1 0
Percentage 1 1
Profit and Loss/Discount 1 1
Time & distance 1 1
Boat and Stream 0 1
Average 0 1
Alligation and Mixture 1 1
Pipe & Cistern 0 0
Time and Work 1 1
Simple and Compound Interest 1 1
Problems on Ages 0 1
Probability/Permutation 1 1
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone and Sphere 1 0
Number Series 5 5
Simplification 5 5
Inequality/Quadratic 5 5
Data Sufficiency 0 0
Data Interpretation 10 10
Total  35 35

Reasoning:

TOPIC 2015 2016
Seating Arrangement 10 10
Puzzle 5 5
Inequality 5 5
Direction 2 2
Blood Relation 3 3
Miscellaneous 0 5
Syllogism 5 5
Coding Decoding 5 0
Total  35 35

English: 

TOPIC 2015 2016
Reading Comprehension (Based on economy) 10 8
Cloze Test (Based on work situation) 5 7
Sentence Re-arrangement 5 5
Error Detection 5 10
Fill in the blanks 5 0
Total  30 30

 

Mains: In IBPS PO Mains exam, following five subjects are tested.

  1. English Language
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Reasoning Ability
  4. General Awareness with special reference of banking
  5. Computer Knowledge

In Mains exam, the syllabus of English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning is same as that of Prelims. The syllabus for General Awareness and Computer is as follows:

General Awareness Computer Knowledge
Banking & Financial Awareness Number System
Major Financial/Economic News History of Computers
New Schemes of State and Central Govt. Hardware
RBI and its new policies Software
Budget and Five Year Plans Database (Introduction)
Latest Appointments Communication (Basic Introduction)
Questions related to UN Headquarters Networking (LAN, WAN)
Who’s Who Internet (Concept, History, Working environment, Application)
Sports Security Tools, Virus, Hacker
Books and Authors MS Windows & MS Office
Awards and Honours
Science – Inventions and Discoveries
Abbreviations
Important Days
International and National Organizations

Let’s look at the topics asked in the previous exams to get an idea about the importance of individual topics in the mains.

Quantitative Aptitude:

TOPIC 2015 2016
Ratio and Proportions 0 0
Shares and Partners 1 1
Percentage 0 1
Profit and Loss/Discount 1 1
Time & distance 1 1
Boat and Stream 1 0
Average 1 1
Alligation and Mixture 1 1
Pipe & Cistern 0 0
Time and Work 1 1
Simple and Compound Interest 1 1
Problems on Ages 0 1
Probability/Permutation 1 1
Mensuration – Cylinder, cone and sphere 1 0
Number Series 5 5
Simplification 5 5
Inequality/Quadratic 5 5
Data Sufficiency 5 5
Data Interpretation 20 20
Total  50 50

Reasoning:

TOPIC 2015 2016
Input Output 5 0
Alphanumeric Series 0 0
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test 0 5
Data Sufficiency 5 5
Coded Inequalities 0 0
Coding Decoding 0 5
Blood Relations 0 0
Syllogism 5 5
Tabulation 0 0
Puzzle 10 10
Seating Arrangement 10 10
Critical Reasoning 15 10
Total  50 50

English: 

TOPIC 2015 2016
Paragraph Complete 5 5
Fill in the blanks with word 0 0
Sentence Correction/Word replacement 0 5
Para jumbles 5 5
Reading Comprehension 20 15
Cloze Test 5 0
Synonym/Antonym 0 5
Error Spotting 5 5
Total  40 40