IBPS PO Syllabus 2020-2021: Check Exam Pattern & Syllabus for Prelims & Mains Exams-Download PDF

IBPS PO Syllabus 2020-2021: Have a look at the latest Exam Pattern and detailed syllabus for IBPS PO Prelims & Mains exams for all sections - Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude & English Language. Know important topics and syllabus of IBPS PO/MT Recruitment 2020 here. Download PDF IBPS PO Syllabus 2020.

Created On: Jan 27, 2021 13:42 IST
IBPS PO Syllabus 2020
IBPS PO Syllabus 2020

IBPS PO Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2020: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will be conducting the IBPS PO Mains 2020 exam on 4th February 2021 to fill 3517 Vacancies to the posts of Probationary Officers/Management Trainees. The IBPS PO Prelims Result has already been declared. IBPS PO Recruitment 2020 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 2020 exam in detail for 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 2020 below:

IBPS PO 2020 Exam Updates

IBPS PO Important Dates 2020



Online Application Process Start Date

5 August 2020

Last Date for Online application

26 August 2020 

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Date

3 October, 10 & 11 October 2020 (Old)

5th January 2021/ 6th January 2021 (New)

IBPS PO Mains Exam Date

4th February 2021

IBPS PO Interview Date


IBPS PO Provisional Allotment

April 2021

Let’s now have a look at the Exam Pattern and Syllabus of IBPS PO 2020 Prelims and Mains in detail below along with the marking scheme and number of questions asked:

Download PDF IBPS PO Syllabus 2020

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020: Prelims & Mains

The selection process of IBPS PO Recruitment 2020 consists of - Online Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview round. The selection of candidates for the IBPS PO Recruitment 2020 will be done through  this three-tiered process.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2020

IBPS PO Prelims 2020 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 prelims exam here:


Total Ques.


Sectional Timing

Reasoning Ability



20 Minutes

English Language



20 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude



20 Minutes


100 MCQs

100 Marks

1 Hour

The medium of language for Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude will be Hindi and English.

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

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

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2020

IBPS PO 2020 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 Mains exam here:


Total Ques.


Sectional Timing

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude



60 Minutes

General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness



35 Minutes

English Language                                             



40 Minutes

Data Analysis & Interpretation



45 Minutes


155 MCQs

200 Marks

3 Hours

English Language (Letter & Essay Writing)



30 Minutes

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

There will be negative marking of 1/4th or 0.25 marks for each wrong answer marked in Objective tests.

IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus 2020

English Language

Reading Comprehension



Para Jumbles

Fill in Blanks

Fill in blanks

Cloze Test

Spotting Errors

Rearrangement of Sentences

Reasoning Ability

Puzzle Test

Circular Arrangement

Linear Arrangement



Blood Relation


Direction Sense


Data Sufficiency

Figure Series

Alphanumeric Series

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation-Table, Bar, Pie Chart Number Series

Number System


Ratio & Proportion


Profit & Loss

Time & Distance

Time & Work




Permutation & Combination



IBPS PO Mains Syllabus 2020

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



Input- Output

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

Data Sufficiency


Permutation & Combination

Number system



Problems based on age


Ratio & proportion


Mixture & Allegations

Time & work

Pipe & Cistern

Speed, Distance & time


Simple & compound interest

Permutation & Combination

Profit, Loss & Discount


Data Sufficiency

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 2020

Candidates who will qualify 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 interview round is:

Minimum 40% for General/EWS

Minimum 35% for SC/ST/OBC/PwBD

IBPS PO Merit List or Provisional Allotment 2020

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 Mains Exam and interview will be 80:20 respectively.


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 the recruitment process get posted in public sector banks which have 51% government stake in it.

What is selection process for IBPS PO Recruitment 2020?

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 difficulty level of 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 2020 Exam Date?

IBPS will conduct the online prelims exam on 3rd October, 10th October and 11th October 2020.