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IBPS PO 2017 Syllabus & New Exam Pattern

As we all know can that the notification of IBPS PO 2017 is already out, all that we need to do now is to prepare for it with our heart and soul. The first step in one’s preparation is always an adequate knowledge of the IBPS syllabus that is actually very vast and arduous. So, here is the IBPS PO 2017 Syllabus.

Students, as we all know that the pattern of all the banking examinations, especially SBI PO Examination 2017, have been showing extreme modifications when compared to previous year’s examinations. So, all that you need to do is to be ready for all kinds of surprises and to tackle them with ease. The IBPS PO Syllabus always remains the same, only the questions based on those topics are molded in a completely different way that many students break out in a cold sweat. Do refer to the pattern asked in the previous years as topics remain the same but do not completely rely on them. So students, here is the complete syllabus of IBPS PO 2017.


IBPS has introduced some major changes this year in its Mains Exam Pattern. However, the examination pattern for the preliminary exam is still the same. This year IBPS will also conduct a descriptive test of English Language (Letter and Essay Writing) along with the mains exam. Now the structure is very similar to the mains pattern of SBI Exams. Reasoning and Computer sections are clubbed and there are changes in the name of subjects as well as the number of questions and weightage of each section.

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 Hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General Economy & Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours


Descriptive Test: 

English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) for 25 marks, time limit 30 minutes.


Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

Reasoning Ability is going to be a difficult section as reasoning section of banking exams has always been difficult as compared to other examinations. The pattern is getting complex day by day and most of the topics of this section are now being asked in the form of puzzles only. Also, IBPS has included Computer Aptitude in this very section only. So prepare in a way that you are not bundle of nerves while attempting the IBPS PO Examination. The only way to ace the scores in the section is strenuous practice. Here is the IBPS PO Syllabus for Reasoning Ability Section and Computer Aptitude.

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relation
  • Syllogism
  • Order and Ranking
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Machine Input-Output
  • Inequalities
  • Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument)

Computer Aptitude

  • History and Generation of Computers
  • Introduction to Computer Organisation
  • Computer Memory
  • Computer Hardware and I/O Devices
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Languages
  • Operating System
  • Computer Network
  • Internet
  • MS Office Suit and Short cut keys
  • Basics of DBMS
  • Number System and Conversions
  • Computer and Network Security

Quantitative Aptitude | Data Analysis & Interpretation

The level of every other section has only turned more complex and convoluted, there is no doubt that this section too will be making your blood run cold. If we talk about previous years examinations, this section consumes a lot of time so what one needs to do is an efficient time management that can only be achieved through practice. Data Interpretation and topics from arithmetic section make it hard for one to deal with the section as easily as any other section. Practice continuously, it will pay big time. Here is the IBPS PO Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude Section.

  • Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart)
  • Inequalities (Quadratic Equations)
  • Number Series
  • Approximation and Simplification
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns)

English Language

This topic can be easy as pie if your basics are clear. Sometimes, even those who can communicate very well in English, fail to perform to the best of their ability in competitive exams. A habit of reading an English Newspaper can actually do a good turn because it helps to build up a strong vocabulary, effective knowledge of grammar, and efficient comprehension skills. Rest depends on how hard you practice. Here is the complete IBPS PO English Syllabus for English Section.

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Fillers
  • Sentence Errors
  • Vocabulary based questions
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Paragraph Based Questions (Paragraph Fillers, Paragraph Conclusion, Paragraph /Sentences Restatement)

General Awareness 

The questions asked in IBPS PO General Awareness Section are usually based on Banking Awareness, Static Awareness, and Current Affairs. This year we observed a change in the pattern of GA Section of banking examinations as well. Most of the questions are now being asked from Banking Awareness so this section too is going to be very challenging. Batten down the hatches!

  • Banking and Insurance Awareness
  • Financial Awareness
  • Govt. Schemes and Policies
  • Current Affairs
  • Static Awareness


IBPS PO Salary, Job Profile & Career Growth


After selection for the post of Probationary, a candidate will serve 2 years (may vary from one bank to another) of Probation Period after which you will be Assistant Manager in the assigned Public Sector Bank. And after the completion of the Probation Period, the banks usually conduct an internal examination. Few rules and structures may vary from bank to bank and after the exam, if a candidate fails to pass, his/her probation period is extended and upon successfully passing the exam he/she is assigned the post of Assistant Manager.
  • Probationary Officers and Managers in banks are into customer dealing and maintenance and supervising regular branch activities.
  • The Job Role or Work responsibilities of a Probationary Officer of a public sector bank will include to look after public relations, monitor and regulate branch activities and tasks, address customer related issues and grievances, approving and monitoring daily branch and customer transactions and handling loan processing.
  • An assistant manager is expected to multitask and verify the work done by clerks whenever required. Also, to be always aware of the policies and decisions made by the management and to implement those in the functioning of his branch.

Growth Opportunity: Once you are selected through this recruitment process and you are working as Assistant Manager you’ll have plenty of opportunities to grow your career in any Public sector Bank. You may have a chance to get promoted to Manager after completion of the 2 years’ Probation Period and banks conduct exams on a regular interval for the promotion of employees. Apart from promotion through examination, at times banks may also promote an employee on the seniority basis.

The growth chart for a banker begins from this post of Assistant Manager then follows as :
☛ Deputy Manager
☛ Branch Manager
☛ Senior Branch Manager-
☛ Chief Manager
☛ Assistant General Manager
☛ General Manager.

After starting your career as Officer in Public Sector Bank you can also appear for Associate Exams: JAIIB and CAIIB certification exam which is bright opportunity to get an edge over others. 


A Scale in any Public Sector Bank can get a basic salary of Rs. 23,000 to Rs. 27000. Various allowances are also added onto as the salary components after which the salary may range from Rs. 39,000 to Rs. 42,000. The salary can also vary according to the place of posting and from one bank to another.
Planning to start your Career in Banking Sector, Start you preparation Now!!


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