IBPS Bank Probationary Officer Examination Syllabus and Pattern

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Banking is among the fastest growing industry in India and they are considered like sunrise segment of Indian Economy. More so, the government is concentrating on offering banking services in every village and town, through its Financial Inclusion scheme. And so, more and more branches of the banks are getting opened in each and every part of the country.

As the sector is expandingrapidly, it also needsmanpower at numerous levels. Most importantly the recruitment in bank sector occurs at the following levels:

Bank Probationary Officer (Bank PO): It is a managerial position in a bank. After the necessary 1 to 2-year training, applicants are designated as Deputy Managers (DM) or Assistant Managers (AM). Starting Salary of a Bank PO varies from Rs. 30,000 - Rs. 40,000, liable upon bank to bank and place of posting.

Bank Clerks: As the name implies, it is a clerical position in the bank and this can be seen as entry level position in a bank. Salary of a Bank Clerk is usually in the range of Rs. 20,000-25,000 liable on bank to bank and posting place.

Specialist Officers (SO): Banks also hire aspirants for specialist profiles such as –HR Officer,IT Officer, Marketing Officer, Law Officer, Finance Officer, Agriculture Officer etc. Typically, the grade and the first salary of Specialist Officer is in the similar range as Probationary Officers.

Every year, government banks select more than 1,00,000 candidates for numerous roles. So, in the terms of the occupation in government sector, Banking is the most productive sector to grasp a government job.

Following banks are the chief banks which are enlisting frequently over the years –Reserve Bank of India, State Bank of India, NABARD, SIDBI PSU Bank: Andhra Bank, Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Canara Bank, Bank of Maharashtra, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, Central Bank of India, Indian Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Indian Overseas Bank, Punjab & Sindh Bank, Syndicate Bank, Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India, UCO Bank, Vijaya Bank, IDBI Bank, United Bank of India, Bharatiya Mahila Bank.

IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2018 Exam is conducted in three phases: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Process. It is obligatory for anapplicant to crackeach level of examination to get recruited to the post of Probationary Officer in many Public Sector Banks.

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern 2018

The IBPS PO preliminary examination is organized online and contenders are allocated total duration of 1 hour to finish the preliminary exam. It contains3 sections, which have total 100 questions and the maximum score of 100 marks. There is also negative marking of 0.25 marks as a penalty against every wrong answer. It is essential to clear the cut-off in all 3 segments to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam.

IBPS Prelims Exam Pattern

Sr. No.SubjectsNo. of questionsMarksTime
1 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 1 hour total
2 English Language 30 30
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
  Total 100 100

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2019

IBPS PO Mains Exam has undergone several changes. Below we are discussing those changes in detail:

Introduction of Descriptive Paper: Similar to SBI PO 2018 Exam, IBPS presented Descriptive Paper in its Mains Examination where applicants will be judged on the basis of their written skills. Candidates are required to write an essay and letter which comprise 25 marks and have to be completed in 30 minutes.
• The overall time given for each segment has also been changed.
• No separate paper will be organized for Computer Applications. Reasoning is now merged up with Computer Aptitude segment and this whole section will comprise 45 questions of a total of 60 marks.
• The overall time given for IBPS PO 2018 Mains Exam has also been altered from 140 minutes to 180 minutes.

IBPS PO Examination Pattern 2018

Sr. No.Name of testNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksMedium of ExaminationTime Allotted
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 English & Hindi 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 English only 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
4 General, Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 English & Hindi English & Hindi
  Total 155 200   180 minutes
  English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 25 English 30 minutes

IBPS PO 2018 Interview Process

Candidates who clear the Mains Exam are ultimately called for the Interview Process by IBPS. The IBPS PO Interview Process will comprise of 100 marks and the least marks for clearing this round will be 40% which is diminished to 35% for applicants belonging to ST/SC/OBC/PWD categories.

Penalty for Wrong Answers:

0.25 marks will be deducted for each question wrong question attempted by a candidate in both IBPS PO 2018 Preliminary Examination& IBPS PO 2018 Mains Examination. There will be no deduction of numbers for a question left blank/left unattempted by a candidate.

Final Selection

The final selection of the applicant to the post of Probationary Officer will be done by taking into consideration the collective score of Mains Exam and the Interview Process. The marks obtained in these phases of examination will be considered in the ratio 80:20 correspondingly. A merit list will be created after the Interview Procedure of IBPS PO 2018 Exam has been organized. Applicants who make it to the list will be thereforepresented the joining letter by the Bank of their preference.

IBPS PO Syllabus 2018

To be successful in IBPS PO 2018 exam, it is really necessary to know the thorough IBPS PO 2018 Syllabus. The syllabus is a quite different for IBPS PO 2018 Preliminary Exam and IBPS PO 2018 Mains Examination.

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Syllabus

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam is the main selection round of IBPS PO 2018 Exam. Applicants who clear the preliminary exam are qualified to appear for the mains examination. The Preliminary Exam of IBPS PO 2018includes three major sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and English Language.

English LanguageQuantitative AbilityReasoning
Reading Comprehension Simplification Logical Reasoning
Cloze Test Profit & Loss Alphanumeric Series
Para jumbles Mixtures & Allegations Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
Miscellaneous Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Data Sufficiency
Fill in the blanks Work & Time Coded Inequalities
Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting Time & Distance Seating Arrangement
Paragraph Completion Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Puzzle
  Data Interpretation Tabulation
  Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Syllogism
  Number Systems Number Systems
  Sequence & Series Input Output
  Permutation, Combination & Probability Coding Decoding

IBPS PO Mains Exam Syllabus

The IBPS PO mains examination is the essential phase of IBPS PO 2018 Examination. Maximum weightage is given to marksacquired by candidates in IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018in the final recruitement to the post of Probationary Officer. The IBPO Mains Examination 2018 consists of 4 + 1 sections: English Language, Quantitative, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, Aptitude & General Awareness.

Quantitative AptitudeGeneral AwarenessReasoning & Computer AptitudeEnglish Language
Simplification Financial Awareness Verbal Reasoning Internet Reading Comprehension
Average Current Affairs Syllogism Memory Vocabulary
Percentage General Knowledge Circular Seating Arrangement Keyboard Shortcuts Grammar
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 Combination And Probability        
Mixture and Allegations