IBPS PO Syllabus 2020: Prelims, Mains Exam Pattern and Syllabus Download here


IBPS PO Syllabus 2020 and Exam Pattern: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has invited online applications from qualified candidates to fill 1417 vacancies. IBPS will recruit candidates on the basis of their performance in IBPS PO Prelims and Mains Exam.

Here we are giving information about the latest pattern and syllabus of the prelims and mains exam in this article. Candidates who want to appear in the IBPS PO Exam this year can check IBPS PO Syllabus 2020 in this article and start their preparation from now. Let us first look at some important dates related to IBPS PO Recruitment 2020 below:

IBPS PO 2020 Important Dates
Event The date
Online application start date 5 August 2020
Last date for online application 26 August 2020
IBPS PO Prelims Exam Date 3 October 10 & 11 October 2020
IBPS PO Main Exam Date 28 November 2020
IBPS PO Interview Date January 2021
IBPS PO Provisional Allotment April 2021

Now let’s take a look at the IBPS PO 2020 exam pattern and syllabus. IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020: Prelims and Mains
The selection process of IBPS PO Recruitment 2020 includes – Online Prelims Exam, Mains Exam and Interview Round. Candidates for IBPS PO Recruitment 2020 will be selected through this three-tier process.

Download PDF IBPS PO Syllabus 2020

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2020 Pattern:
The IBPS PO Preliminary 2020 Examination will be conducted online in objective type multiple choice questions (MCQs) format. There will be questions from three subjects in the exam and there will be different sectional timings for each section. Take a look at the exam pattern of Prelims Exam:

Section Total questions Marx Sectional timing
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
English language 30 30 20 minutes
Quantitative aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
The total 100 MCQs 100 marks 1 Hour

Hindi and English will be the medium of language for Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude. Candidates are required to pass all three sections by obtaining the cut off marks fixed by IBPS in the examination.
There will be negative marking of 1 / 4th or 0.25 marks for each wrong answer and there will be no penalty for the questions left unanswered.

IBPS PO Mains Exam 2020 Pattern:
The IBPS PO 2020 Mains Exam consists of 300 marks objective type multiple choice questions (MCQs) and 25 marks English Language Descriptive Type test. Both objective and descriptive type exam will be conducted online. There will be different sectional timing for each section. Candidates will have to take the Descriptive Type Mains Exam by writing answers on the computer. Let’s have a look at the Descriptive Type Mains Examination-

Section Total questions Marx Sectional timing
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
General / Economy / Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
English language 35 40 40 minutes
Data analysis and interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
The total 155 MCQs 200 digits 3 hours
English Language (Letter & Essay Writing) 2 25 30 minutes

Candidates are required to pass all sections by obtaining cut off marks which will be decided by IBPS after the examination. There will be negative marking of 1 / 4th or 0.25 marks for each wrong answer solved in objective test.

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IBPS PO Syllabus 2020: Prelims & Mains:

English language Reading Comprehension



Para Jumbles

Fill in the blanks

Fill in the 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 Data Interpretation-Table, Bar, Pie Chart Number Series

Number System


Ratio & Proportion


Profit & Loss

Time & Distance

Time & Work



SI and CI

Permutation & Combination



IBPS PO 2020 Interview:
Candidates who pass both prelims and mains exam will be called for IBPS PO interview round. However, IBPS will only consider the marks obtained by the candidates in the Mains exam.

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

  • Minimum 40% for General / EWS
  • Minimum 35% for SC / ST / OBC / PwBD

For IBPS PO 2020 Merit List or Provisional Allocation Final Merit List or IBPS PO Provisional Allotment, marks obtained in IBPS PO Mains and Interview will be considered. Weightage of Mains exam and interview marks will be 80:20 respectively.


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