IBPS PO Syllabus 2021: Check Exam Pattern & Syllabus for Prelims & Mains Exams-Download PDF

IBPS PO Syllabus 2021: Check the detailed syllabus and latest exam pattern for IBPS PO Prelims & Mains exams for all sections - Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English Language. Know important topics and syllabus of IBPS PO/MT Recruitment 2021 here. Download PDF IBPS PO Syllabus 2021.

IBPS PO 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus
IBPS PO 2021 Exam Pattern and Syllabus

IBPS PO 2021 Syllabus & Exam Pattern: The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will be conducting the IBPS PO 2021 Prelims exams will be held on December 4th and 11th, 2021. The IBPS PO 2021 Mains exam will be held in January 2022 (tentative) to fill 4,135 vacancies for the posts of Probationary Officers/Management Trainees during the IBPS PO XI Recruitment Drive. The  IBPS PO Recruitment 2021 for the post of Probationary Officers will be carried out on the basis of candidates' performance in the Prelims and Mains exams. Here we have shared the latest exam pattern and syllabus of the IBPS PO 2021 exam in detail for the Prelims & Mains examination. Candidates who want to appear for IBPS PO Exam this year can check below the syllabus and start their preparations now. Let's first look at some Important Dates of the IBPS PO Recruitment 2021 below:

IBPS PO 2021 Exam Updates

IBPS PO 2021 Recruitment Process

Important Dates

Online Application Registration Date

October 20, 2021 to November 11, 2021

Last Date for Online application

November 10, 2021

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Date

December 4, 2021 and December 11, 2021

IBPS PO Mains Exam Date

January 2022 (Tentative)

IBPS PO Interview Date

February 2022/ March 2022 (Tentative)

IBPS PO Provisional Allotment

April 2022 (Tentative)

Let’s now have a look at the Exam Pattern and Syllabus of IBPS PO 2021 Prelims and Mains in detail below along with the marking scheme and number of questions asked:

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IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2021: Prelims & Mains

The selection process of IBPS PO Recruitment 2021 consists of - Online Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam, and Interview round. The selection of candidates for the IBPS PO Recruitment 2021 will be done through this three-tiered process.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

IBPS PO Prelims 2021 Exam will be conducted online in Objective Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) format. The exam will contain questions from three subjects and there will be separate sectional timing for each section. Have a look at the exam pattern for the prelims exam here:


Total Questions


Sectional Timing

Medium of Exam

Reasoning Ability



20 Minutes

English and Hindi

English Language



20 Minutes


Quantitative Aptitude



20 Minutes

English and Hindi


100 MCQs

100 Marks

1 Hour


Candidates need to qualify in all three sections by obtaining minimum cut-off marks that will be decided by the IBPS.

There will be a negative marking of 1/4th or 0.25 marks for each wrong answer and there will be no penalty for questions left unanswered.

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2021

IBPS PO 2021 Mains Exam contains objective multiple-choice questions (MCQs) of 300 marks and a descriptive test of English Language of 25 marks. Both the objective and descriptive tests will be held online. There will be separate sectional timing for each section. Candidates need to attempt the descriptive paper online by typing answers on the computer. Have a look at the exam pattern for the Mains exam here:


Total Questions


Sectional Timing

Medium of Exam

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude



60 Minutes

English & Hindi

General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness



35 Minutes

English & Hindi

English Language                                             



40 Minutes


Data Analysis & Interpretation



45 Minutes

English & Hindi


155 MCQs

200 Marks

3 Hours


English Language (Letter & Essay Writing)



30 Minutes


Candidates need to qualify in all the sections by obtaining cut off marks that will be decided by the IBPS after the exam

There will be a negative marking of 1/4th or 0.25 marks for each wrong answer and there will be no penalty for questions left unanswered.

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus 2021


English Language

Reading Comprehension

Synonyms and Antonyms

Sentence/Paragraph Completion

Para Jumbles/ Sentences Rearrangement

Fill in the Blanks

Cloze Test

Sentence Improvement/Error Spotting

Vocabulary, Word Usage, Grammar Usage

Tense, Active & Passive, Substitution

Articles, Adjectives, Preposition

Idioms & Phrases

Rearrangement of Sentences

Reasoning Ability

Alphanumeric Series



Puzzle/Seating Arrangement

Circular & Linear Arrangement

Direction Sense

Symbol Sequence Series


Blood Relations


Order & Ranking

Inequalities (Coded, Direct)

Data Sufficiency

Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation-Table, Bar, Pie Chart Number Series

Simplification and Approximation

Quadratic Equations

Speed, Distance & Time, Work

Mixtures & Allegations


Ratio & proportion

Algebra Equations

Permutations & Combinations


Simple & Compound Interest

Pipes and Cistern & Boat & Stream

Clocks, Age Problems

Profit, Loss & Discount

Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere

Number Systems

Sequence & Series


IBPS PO Mains Syllabus 2021

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

Alphanumeric Series


Blood Relation



Seating arrangement (Circular seating arrangement, Floor based seating arrangement, Square seating arrangement)


Time and Sequence Test

Analytical Reasoning

Data Sufficiency




Ranking and Arrangement

Direction and Sense

Basic Computer Knowledge

Microsoft Office


Keyboard Shortcuts

Computer Abbreviation

Computer Hardware

Computer Software

Operating System



Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies

Data Analysis and Interpretation

Tabular DI

Line Graph DI

Pie Chart DI

Bar Graph DI

Mixed Graph DI

Caselet DI

Missing Case DI


Permutation & Combination

Number system



Age Problems


Ratio & proportion


Mixture & Allegations

Time & work

Pipe & Cistern

Speed, Distance & time

Simple & compound interest

Permutation & Combination

Profit, Loss & Discount


English Language

Reading Comprehension

Fill in the blanks

Error Spotting

Cloze Test

Para Jumbles

Sentence Improvement

Word Association



Error Detection

Sentence Rearrangement

General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

Current affairs

Banking awareness

Static GK

Topics in Static GK

Countries & capitals


Ports in India

Tallest and biggest in India & the world

First in the world as well as in India

Indian Constitution

Culture of India


Banking in India

Banking terminology

Bank headquarters

Slogans of banks,

Regulatory bodies in India

Main function of RBI etc

Overview of Indian Financial System

History of Indian banking system

Fiscal and Monetary policy

Work and responsibilities of National financial institutions like –

RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC (Financial Stability and Development Council) etc

International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UNO, SWIFT (The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), IBA, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), Bank Board Bureau (BBB)  Bank for International Settlements (BIS) etc.


Banking Terms like NPA, CASA, Capital to risk (Weighted) asset ratio (CRAR)

IBPS PO Interview 2021

Candidates who will qualify in both Prelims and Mains examination will be called for the IBPS PO Interview Round. However, IBPS will only consider the marks obtained by candidates in the Mains exam.

The IBPS PO Interview is of 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks for the interview round is:

Minimum 40% for General/EWS

Minimum 35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWBD

IBPS PO Merit List or Provisional Allotment 2021

For the final merit list or the IBPS PO Provisional Allotment, the marks obtained in IBPS PO Mains and Interview will be considered. The weightage of the marks of the Mains Exam and Interview will be 80:20 respectively.

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IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Cut-Off

IBPS PO Prelims English Language

IBPS PO Prelims Section-wise Important Topics

IBPS PO Prelims Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS PO Prelims COVID-19 Guidelines


Is IBPS PO Mains exam conducted offline?

No, IBPS PO Mains exam is also conducted online on the lines of Prelims exam. The descriptive paper of English Languages need to attempted on computer itself.

Is IBPS PO a Government Job?

Yes, IBPS PO is a sort of a government job. Candidates who qualify for the IBPS PO recruitment process get posted in public sector banks that have a 51 per cent government stake in it.

What is the selection process for IBPS PO Recruitment 2021?

Candidates need to qualify three stages to get recruited as probationary officers. These 3 stages are: Prelims, Mains and Interview.

Is IBPS PO Exam Difficult?

No, IBPS PO is not a too difficult exam to qualify. If you have good preparations and have practiced well, you can clear the exam easily. Have a look at the difficulty level of the IBPS PO 2019 exam here - https://www.jagranjosh.com/articles/ibps-po-prelims-2019-exam-analysis-review-questions-asked-difficulty-level-good-attempts-1570854906-1

What is IBPS PO Prelims 2021 Exam Date?

IBPS will conduct IBPS PO 2021 Prelims exam in online mode on December 4, 2021 and December 11, 2021.

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