IBPS PO Exam, Syllabus

08-08-2022 19:32:24 PendulumEdu

Basic Introduction

The banking job of the Probationary Officer or the Bank PO is one of the most prestigious jobs in the country, providing long-term job-security and growth opportunities. The most sought-after PO examinations are the IBPS PO, conducted by the IBPS or the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection annually.

The job of a PO can entail anything from taking care of the cash, managing loans, dealing with credit cards issuance to being a teller or assistant jobs. A Bank PO is exposed to all facets of banking, making the candidate ready to deal with all situations.

The IBPS PO examination is conducted in the following four stages over a period of approximately nine months:

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Mains Examination
  • Interview
  • Provisional Allotment

Once a candidate clears all four of the above stages, the candidate is allotted the post of a Probationary Officer in one of the twenty participating Public Sector Banks.

IBPS PO Notification 2022

The official notification of the IBPS PO Examination 2022 was released on 2nd August 2022.

Download official notification

The official notification for IBPS PO/MT 2022 was released for 6,932 vacancies in various participating banks. The Bank and Category wise bifurcation is as follows:

Name of the Bank

SC

ST

OBC

EWS

Unreserved

Total

Bank of Baroda

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

NR

Bank of India

80

40

144

53

218

535

Bank of Maharashtra

75

37

135

50

203

500

Canara Bank

375 187 675 250

1013

2500

Central Bank of India

NR NR NR NR NR NR

Indian Bank

NR NR NR NR NR NR

Indian Overseas Bank

NR NR NR NR NR NR

Punjab National Bank

75

37

135

50

203

500

Punjab & Sind Bank

38

23

66

24

102

253

UCO Bank

82

41

148

55

224

550

Union Bank of India

346

155

573

184

836

2094

Total

1071

520

1876

666

2799

6932

Important Dates

Event

Tentative Date

Official Notification

August, 2022

Online registration Process

2 August 2022 to 22 August 2022

Online Payment of fees

2 August 2022 to 22 August 2022

Download Admit Card for Preliminary Exam

September/ October 2022

Preliminary Examination

October 2022

Preliminary Examination Result

November 2022

Download Admit Card for Main Exam

November 2022

Main Examination

November 2022

Main Examination Result

December 2022

Admit Card for Interview

January/ February 2023

Interview

January/ February 2023

Provisional Allotment

April 2023

 

Exam Pattern:

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION:

The Prelims is an Online Exam, with multiple-choice questions.

Subject

Number of Questions

Marks

Duration (separate for each subject) in minutes

English Language

30

30

20

Quantitative Aptitude

35

35

20

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20

 

Some Important points regarding the Preliminary Examination:

  • Each section has a specific time duration. The candidates should keep a tab on the clock while attempting each section.
  • Each correctly answered question fetches one mark and every incorrect answer reduces the overall by 0.25 each, i.e., there is a negative marking of 0.25 for every incorrect answer.
  • An additional 20 minutes as advised for every hour of the examination, would be provided to the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities.

 

MAIN EXAMINATION:

The Mains examination is both Online and Descriptive. Details of both have been provided below.

a) Online Examination with Multiple Choice Questions

Subject

Number of Questions

Marks

Duration (separate for each subject) in minutes

Reasoning &Computer Aptitude

45

60

60

General/Economy/Banking Awareness

40

40

35

English Language

35

40

40

Data Analysis & Interpretation

35

60

45

Total:

155

200

180 minutes

 

Some Important points regarding the online examination:

  • There are 155 questions in the paper that need to be solved in the allotted time span.
  • Each correctly answered question fetches one mark and every incorrect answer reduces the overall by 0.25 each, i.e., there is a negative marking of 0.25 for every incorrect answer.
  • An additional 20 minutes as advised for every hour of the examination, would be provided to the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities.

 

b) Descriptive Examination

Subject

Number of Questions

Marks

Duration (separate for each subject) in minutes

English Language (Letter Writing and Essay)

2

25

30

 

PERSONAL INTERVIEW

Candidates shortlisted on the basis of cut-off (sectional as well as overall), will be called for a round of Interview conducted by the Participating Banks and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State or Union Territory with the help of IBPS.

The total marks for the Interview are 100. The candidates have to obtain a minimum of 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates) in the Interview to be eligible for Provisional Allotment. The relative weightage of the Online Main Examination and Interview would be 80:20. The final score of the candidate would be decided on the basis of marks obtained in the Online Main Examination and the Interview.

 

PROVISIONAL ALLOTMENT

After successful completion of the above three stages, the candidate would be provisionally allotted to one of the Participating Banks on the basis of merit-cum-preference and depending upon vacancies.

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IBPS PO SELECTION PROCEDURE:

 

The IBPS PO Examination process begins with Online Registration. Once the candidate has successfully registered, s/he is eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination. The candidate must obtain the required sectional cut-off in the Preliminary Examination, to be eligible for the Main Examination. The candidate must qualify in each of the sections of the Main Examination with a minimum score as decided by IBPS to be shortlisted for the Interview. On successful completion of the Interview, the candidate is provisionally allotted as a Probationary Officer in one of the participating banks on the basis of merit (decided on the basis of Mains Examination score and Interview in the ratio 80:20)-cum-preference.

 

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Syllabus:

English

Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

Reading Comprehension

Simplification and Approximation

Syllogism

Grammar

  • Phrase Replacement
  • Error Spotting
  • Fill in the Blanks

Sequence and Series(missing/wrong)

Inequality

Vocabulary

  • Cloze test
  • Antonym/Synonym
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Phrase Replacement

Quadratic equations

Puzzle on Seating arrangement (linear /circular/square/parallel row)

Verbal Ability

  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Jumble
  •  Central Theme Spotting
  •  Column Matching

Time and Work

Day/Month/Time based puzzle

 

Time and Distance

Puzzle (building/employee/anniversary etc.)

 

Ratio, Proportion and Percentage

Puzzle based on Blood Relation

 

SI and CI

Puzzle on Distance and Direction

 

Mixtures and Allegations

Miscellaneous puzzle

 

Profit and Loss

Coding and Decoding

 

Number System

odd one out

 

Mensuration

Analogy

 

Problem on Ages

Analytical Reasoning

 

PnC and Probability

Data Sufficiency

 

Data Interpretation

 

 

IBPS PO Preliminary Examination Detailed Analysis:

Analysis of the IBPS PO Prelims English Language Section

Topic

Average Number of Questions Asked

Difficulty Level

Phrase Replacement (Grammar)

5 to 7

Moderate to Difficult

Fill in the Blanks (Grammar)

5 to 7

Easy to Difficult

Grammar Error Spotting

5 to 7

Moderate to Difficult

Reading Comprehension

7 to 10

Moderate to Difficult

Fill in the Blanks

5 to 7

Easy to Difficult

Phrase Replacement

5 to 7

Moderate to Difficult

Cloze Test

5 to 7

Moderate to Difficult

Antonym/ Synonym

3 to 5

Easy to Moderate

Word Interchange

0 to 2

Easy to Moderate

Word Usage

0 to 2

Easy to Moderate

Central Theme Spotting

0 to 2

Moderate to Difficult

Column Matching

3 to 5

Moderate to Difficult

Sentence Jumble

3 to 5

Moderate to Difficult

Para Jumble

5 to 7

Moderate to Difficult

 

Analysis of the IBPS PO Prelims Quantitative Aptitude Section

Topic

Average number of questions asked

Difficulty Level

Simplification and Approximation

4 to 5

Moderate

Sequence and Series(missing/wrong)

4 to 5

Easy to Moderate

Quadratic equations

5

Easy to Moderate

Time and Work

1

Easy to Moderate

Time and Distance

1 to 2

Easy to Moderate

Ratio, Proportion and Percentage

1 to 2

Easy to Moderate

SI and CI

0 to 1

Moderate to Difficult

Mixtures and Allegations

0 to 1

Easy to Moderate

Profit and Loss

1 to 2

Easy to Moderate

Number System

0 to 1

Easy

Surds and Indices

0 to 1

Easy

Mensuration

1 to 2

Easy

Problem on Ages

0 to 1

Easy to Moderate

Algebra

0 to 1

Easy

PnC and Probability

0 to 1

Easy to Moderate

Data Interpretation

10 to 12

Moderate

 

Analysis of the IBPS PO Prelims Reasoning Ability Section

Topic

Average number of questions asked

Difficulty Level

Syllogism

3 to 5

Easy to Moderate

Inequality

5

Easy to Moderate

Puzzle on circular seating arrangement

0 to 5

Moderate to Difficult

Puzzle on linear/Parallel row seating arrangement

5

Easy to Moderate

Day/month/time based puzzle

0 to 5

Moderate to Difficult

Puzzle (building/employee/anniversary etc.)

3 to 7

Easy to Moderate

Puzzle based on Blood Relation

2 to 5

Easy to Moderate

Puzzle on Distance and Direction

3 to 4

Easy to Moderate

Miscellaneous puzzle

3 to 5

Moderate to Difficult

Coding and Decoding

4 to 5

Easy to Moderate

odd one out

0 to 1

Easy

Analogy

0 to 1

Easy

Analytical Reasoning

0 to 1

Easy to Moderate

Data sufficiency

0 to 3

Easy

 

CAREER TRAJECTORY OF A BANK PO:

Once appointed as a Probationary Officer, a Bank PO can be asked to do any job in the bank, be it clerical or assistant. The job responsibilities include:

  • Front-Desk Management: Dealing with customers on a daily basis, getting their queries resolved and/ or acting as Relationship Manager.
  • Loan Management: Keeping a track of loans, mortgages etc. and their management as well as recovery.
  • Treasurer: Taking care of the treasury, maintaining logs.
  • Cashier/Teller: Handling the cash/cheque transactions of the customers.
  • Manager: Keeping a tab on the latest developments, suggest ideas and plans to improve business.

The Bank PO is a lucrative career and has an upward trajectory. With hard work, a PO can achieve great success. The career progression of a PO is as follows:

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