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IBPS PO 2017 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2017 Syllabus is not different from any other bank exams. IBPS exam is conducted in 3 phases:

  1.       Preliminary Exams
  2.       Mains Exams
  3.       Interview Process

The major three sections to be commanded to get qualified for the Mains Examination are Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language. These three subjects are subcategorised into different multiple headings.

To know the pattern of questions asked in the preliminary examination candidate need to analyse the previous year papers. As we can also see that the IBPS has changed the pattern of paper from this year.

Let’s have a look at the IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern before going through the syllabus.

Sr. No. Subjects No. Of Questions Marks Time
1. English Language 30 30 60 Minutes Composite Time
2. Reasoning Ability 35 35
3. Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Total 100 100

The complete details of topics and sub-topics asked in Preliminary Exams of IBPS PO are as follows:

English Language

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Cloze Test
  3. Para—Jumbles
  4. Phrasal Replacement
  5. Single Filler
  6. Double Fillers
  7. Error Spotting
  8. Paragraph Completion

Reasoning Ability

  1. Logical Reasoning
  2. Alphanumeric Series
  3. Ranking/Direction Sensing/Alphabet Test
  4. Data Sufficiency
  5. Coding-Decoding
  6. Inequality
  7. Seating Arrangements
  8. Puzzles
  9. Tabulation
  10. Syllogisms
  11. Input-Output
  12. Coded Inequality
  13. Blood Relation

Quantitative Aptitude

  1. Simplifications
  2. Approximations
  3. Profit & Loss
  4. Percentage
  5. Mixture & Alligations
  6. Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  7. Time & Work
  8. Time & Distance
  9. Mensurations
  10. Ratio & Proportions
  11. Sequence & Series
  12. Permutation & Combination
  13. Probability
  14. Partnership
  15. Data Interpretations

IBPS PO Mains 2017 Syllabus

The Mains Examination Of IBPS PO 2017 comprises of total 5 papers. This year IBPS has followed SBI PO Mains Examination Pattern by introducing Descriptive Paper. The sections which are to be in the mains examination are: English Language, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness (With Special Reference To Banking Industry).

Let’s have a look  at the IBPS PO MAINS 2017 Examination Pattern.

Sr.No. Name of the Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 180 minutes
5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 30 minutes


The complete syllabus for IBPS PO MAINS 2017 is as follows:

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English Language General Awareness
Simplification Verbal Reasoning Internet Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness
Average Syllogism Memory Grammar Current Affairs
Percentage Circular Seating Arrangement Keyboard Shortcuts Vocabulary General Knowledge
Ratio and Percentage Linear Seating Arrangement Computer Abbreviation Verbal Ability
Data Interpretation Double Lineup Microsoft Office
Mensuration and Geometry Scheduling Computer Hardware
Quadratic Equation Input Output Computer Software
Interest Blood Relations Operating System
Problems of Ages Directions and Distances Networking
Profit and Loss Ordering and Ranking Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Number Series Data Sufficiency
Speed, Distance and Time Coding and Decoding
Time and Work Code Inequalities
Number System
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation
Permutation and CombinationAnd Probability
Mixture and Allegations

Apart from the Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam, Interview is also conducted for the candidates who qualify the Mains Exam. The final list of selected candidates is based on the marks obtained in the Mains Exam & the Interview.

Let’s have a look at the major changes which we can observe in the IBPS PO MAINS 2017 Exam are:

  • The IBPS PO Mains Exam has 4 Sections with the total marks of 200 and that has to be completed within the time frame of 180 minutes.
  • The number of questions has been reduced to 155 from 200.
  • Just like SBI PO Mains, IBPS has introduced Descriptive Paper in its mains exams for the selection of candidates.
  • The time duration for completing the multiple sections has also been altered. The number of questions as well as the maximum marks of each sections has also  been altered.
  • There will be no separate section for Computer Applications. Reasoning section has been clubbed with Computer that will comprise 45 questions carrying a total of 60 marks which has to be completed within 60 minutes.
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