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IBPS PO 2019 Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains

Last Updated - September 28, 2018

IBPS PO 2019 Exam Pattern describes the nature of questions, marking scheme, section-wise marks distribution, total number of questions, etc. It is decided by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) each year. The exam will be scheduled for October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2019. The IBPS PO 2019 will be conducted in online mode only and has to be completed in 2 hours duration.

IBPS PO 2019 Application FormIBPS PO SyllabusIBPS PO Sample Papers
  • The Exam Pattern and syllabus is different for all the three stages viz. Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview. 
  • IBPS also conducts Pre-Examination Training before the exam for reserved category candidates to nurture their capabilities. Final selection is done on the basis of IBPS PO cutoff.
  • Candidates are advised to solve as many previous year question Papers as they can, for a better idea of the exam pattern and syllabus.
  • In Prelims exam, questions will be asked from three subjects namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English. The total time allotted to the complete the exam is 1 hour.
  • The Mains exam will include questions from Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English, Computers and General Awareness.
  • Students should attempt the questions very carefully because for every wrong answer, marks will be deducted.
  • Student’s final selection will be done on the basis of an interview which will be scheduled in the month of January 2020.

IBPS PO 2019 Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam ModeOnline
Number of Papers2 (Prelims and Mains)
Number of Sections in Prelims Exam3 (Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English)
Number of Sections in Mains Exam5 (Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English, Computers and General Awareness)
Question Paper TypeObjective
IBPS PO 2019 Total MarksPaper 1 – 100, Paper 2 - 200
Exam DurationPaper 1 – 1 Hour, Paper 2 – 2 Hour
Exam LanguageEnglish or Hindi

IBPS PO 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail

IBPS PO Exam Pattern helps students to estimate the type of questions more frequently asked in the paper, marking scheme, examination difficulty level and many more. Both the papers i.e. Prelims and Mains have different examination pattern which is explained below:

Prelims Exam Pattern

  • The paper comprises 100 multiple choice questions.
  • The exam will be held through online mode only.
  • Time duration to complete the exam will be 1 hour.
  • Paper will be divided into three sections i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language.
  • Paper will be bilingual i.e. English and Hindi.

The following table shows the Prelims Exam Pattern:

SectionNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Quantitative Aptitude35351 Hour
Reasoning Ability3535
English Language3030

Mains Exam Pattern

  • The paper consists of 200 multiple choice questions.
  • Examination will be conducted in online mode only.
  • Time given to complete the paper is 2 hours.
  • The paper is divided into five sections i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge.
  • The paper will be in English or Hindi Language.

Subject-wise breakup of number of questions with maximum marks is shown below:

SectionNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Quantitative Aptitude505030 minutes
Reasoning505040 minutes
General Awareness404040 minutes
English Language404020 minutes
Computer Knowledge202010 minutes

IBPS PO 2019 Personal Interview Round

  • Personal Interview is the final stage of IBPS PO Recruitment process.
  • Those who have scored minimum qualifying marks in IBPS PO Mains exam will only be eligible to take part in the interview round.
  • In this round, students will be evaluated on the basis of their general information, skills, abilities and communication skills.
  • This round carries a weightage of 100 marks
  • In the selection process, 20% weightage is given to this round.

IBPS PO 2019 Marking scheme

Candidates must check below IBPS PO Marking Scheme. They must take note that marking scheme for Prelims and Mains exam is the same.

  • For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded
  • For every wrongly attempt questions, 0.25 marks will be deducted
  • For un-attempted questions, no marks will be given or deducted
  • For clearing an interview minimum qualifying marks required by general category candidates will not be less than 40% and 35% marks must be obtained by reserved category candidates

IBPS PO 2019 Syllabus

IBPS PO Syllabus covers all the important topics from which the questions will be asked in the paper. The following table shows the section wise important topics asked in the paper:

IBPS PO 2019 Prelims Exam Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeSimplification
Profit & Loss
Mixtures & Allegations
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices
Work & Time
Time & Distance
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
Data Interpretation
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Number Systems
Sequence & Series
Permutation, Combination &Probability
ReasoningLogical Reasoning
Alphanumeric Series
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test
Data Sufficiency
Coded Inequalities
Seating Arrangement
Blood Relations
Input Output
Coding Decoding
English LanguageReading Comprehension
Cloze Test 
Para jumbles
Fill in the blanks
Multiple Meaning/Error
Paragraph Completion

IBPS PO 2019 Mains Exam Syllabus

Quantitative AptitudeRatio and proportion
Permutation and combinations
Simple and compound interest
Time and work
Quadratic Equations
Speed, Distance and time
Mixture and allegation
Profit, Loss and Discount
Volume and surface Area
Elements of Algebra
Height and Distances
Data Interpretation- Pie charts, Tables, Bar & Graphs and Line charts
General AwarenessFinancial Awareness
Current Affairs
General Knowledge
English LanguageHomonyms
Word Formation
Spotting Errors
Direct and Indirect Speech
Phrases and Idioms
Active/ Passive voice
Theme Detection
Passage Completion
Topic Rearrangement of Passage
Deriving Conclusion
ReasoningVerbal Reasoning
Circular Seating Arrangement
Linear Seating Arrangement
Double Line-up
Input Output
Blood Relations
Directions and Distances
Ordering and Ranking
Data Sufficiency
Coding and Decoding
Code Inequalities
Computer KnowledgeInternet
Keyboard Shortcuts
Computer Abbreviations
Microsoft Office
Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Operating System
Computer Fundamentals and Terminologies

For successfully clearing any exam, books play a very important role. The following table shows the recommended books for every subject along with the author’s name for the reference of the canddiates.

SubjectBook NameAuthor Name
Quantitative AptitudeFast Track Objective ArithmeticRajesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR.S. Aggarwal
Advance Maths for General CompetitionsRakesh Yadav
ReasoningA modern approach to verbal & non-verbal reasoningR.S. Aggarwal
A new approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-VerbalB.S. Sijwali
Analytical ReasoningM.K. Pandey
EnglishWord Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
English (From Plinth to Paramount)Neetu Singh
Objective General EnglishSP Bakshi
High School English GrammarWren and Martin
General AwarenessBanking AwarenessArihant
Banking AwarenessDisha Publications
Banking Awareness (Objective with Subjective)Sangram Keshari Rout
Computer KnowledgeObjective Computer AwarenessR Pillai
ComputerRani Ahilya
Objective Computer AwarenessSomya Ranjan Behera
Objective Computer Knowledge & LiteracyKiran Publications



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