IBPS PO 2016 – Prelims Detailed Syllabus and Explanation

Dear Readers,

IBPS PO 2016 Prelims Exam is going to be held on 16.10.2016, 22.10.2016 & 23.10.2016. To get selected for the next phase i.e. IBPS PO Mains (Tier II) exam, you have to qualify all the three sections (English, Reasoning and Quant) individually and also score well in the exam in IBPS PO Prelims 2016 Exam.

Sr No. Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability Paper 35 35 01 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude Paper 35 35
3 English Language Paper 30 30
 Total 100 100


View the Detailed Syllabus for the Prelims in the below links

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude  English Language

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IBPS PO Prelims 2016 English Section Detailed Syllabus & Pattern

Dear Readers,

IBPS PO 2016 Prelims Exam is going to be held on 16.10.2016, 22.10.2016 & 23.10.2016. To get selected for the next phase i.e. IBPS PO Mains (Tier II) exam, you have to qualify all the three sections (English, Reasoning and Quant) individually and also score well in the exam in IBPS PO Prelims 2016 Exam.

Sr No. Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability Paper 35 35 01 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude Paper 35 35
3 English Language Paper 30 30
 Total 100 100

The English section can be divided into two parts: 

1. Grammar

  • Common Errors
  • Sentence Correction/Improvement

2. Vocabulary 

  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Double Fillers
  • Reading Comprehension

1. Cloze Test –

  • First of all go through the complete passage and get a rough idea about the content and the message it conveys. Also note down the unknown words.
  • In a passage mostly all the sentences are logically related to each other. These logic’s will give you an idea about the appropriate word for the blank space.
  • Sometimes you can easily spot the correct answer. If not,then eliminate the improbable options one by one and get the right answer.
  • Find a logical relation between all the provided options.
  • Practice at least 4-5 cloze tests to check your performance.

2. Sentence Rearrangement/ Para Jumbles – 

  • Read complete passage properly to find out the theme of the passage
  • Find out the Independent sentence, it’ll give you the lead (most of the time it’s 1stsentence)
  • Find out the connecting sentences ( looking carefully for the repetition of noun with pronoun)
  • Identify the pair while looking for some cause, effect, problem then its solution.
  • At last, find the message, result and conclusion mainly representing the purpose of the passage. (special words – thus, therefore, hence, however, so etc.)

3. Double Fillers – 

  • Read the whole sentence to get the message and go with the flow.
  • Go with the second part first to get the proper sequence or meaning of the sentence while keeping the grammar rules in mind (especially tense.)
  • Think of the logic behind the option, you can also go with Odd one out strategy.
  • Accuracy is the key, so better be sure before marking your answer.

4. Reading Comprehension –

Reading Comprehension is the ability to read text, process it and understand its meaning. In addition, RCs are aimed at testing a candidates Knowledge of two elements i.e. Vocabulary and Text Comprehension.

And it is interesting to note that both these elements play a crucial role in better understanding of the passage i.e. for understanding a text, one must have better knowledge of Vocabulary. But what is more complex and varied out of the above two elements is the Text Comprehension.

The current trend of questions that come in the RC are inference based i.e. the questions are not direct but one has to infer from the given passage. Also there can be one or more conclusions given in the question which are true/false depending on what is asked in the question.

Now let’s move towards the Approach that one should follow while performing a RC in the exam.

The most common suggestion and approach is first read the entire passage and then answer the question that follows. Firstly let’s discuss this approach in detail.

Try to make notes while solving/ reading RCs. It is crucial for locating the appropriate information and also acts as a mental bookmark, thus helping in better understanding of the topic.

  • It is expected that RC passage will be based on Socio-economic issue comes in RC. So to handle either one must regularly read newspapers.
  • Don’t spend much time on single question.
  • Skip those questions which ask you to find out the correct or incorrect from the passage or have multiple options to look for.
  • Keeping time factor in mind, it’s better to attempt only Antonyms and Synonyms.

 5. Sentence Correction –

  • Read the original sentence carefully and try to spot grammatical errors by identifying whether something “sounds” wrong.
  • Always look at every choice.
  • Even when the original sentence seems fine, pay attention to the grammar that it tests and look through the choices systematically to see if any provides a better option.
  • As you locate each error, eliminate all of the choices that contain that error.
  • Do not read each answer choice back into the sentence individually; that wastes time and invites inaccuracy.
  • Instead, identify the differences among the choices and eliminate those that offer less effective or grammatically incorrect alternatives.

6. Spotting Error –

  • In order to solve questions on spotting errors, the first step you should take is to read the complete sentence carefully. In most of the cases, you will be able to detect the error in the first go itself.
  • While reading the entire sentence, you must carefully check the subject-verb agreement.
  • If you can still not detect the error or you are still unsure of the correct answer, then you must read each individual part of the sentence and closely examine which part consists of an error.

Expected Topic wise Questions

  • Reading Comprehension –10 Questions
  • Cloze Test – 5 Questions
  • Para-jumbles – 5 Questions
  • Spotting Error – 5 Questions
  • Fill in the blanks / Sentence Correction – 5 Questions

Now lets come to strategies for attempting English section

1)  Always start answering with small questions like spotting errors,  fillers,  sentence rearrangement etc.  and keep the comprehension for last as its time consuming.
2) No one can answer all the questions in English with hundred percent accuracy so attempt only those questions which you are sure about instead of making wild guesses.
3) Most of us are weak in vocabulary so don’t worry much about it,  because there will be hardly 2-4 questions of that kind. You can even skip those questions.
4) While attempting fillers with two blank,  there will be one blank which will be easy to identify and you can relate the second one accordingly.
5) Sometimes we face problem with sentence rearrangement also,  so it’s better to identify the first and last sentence first and then arrange the remaining if you can.
6) For comprehension,  go through the passage and questions simultaneously.  This will help you in answering the question quickly without wasting time.

View the Detailed Syllabus for the Prelims in the below links  for other sections

Reasoning Ability

Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS PO 2016 Reasoning Syllabus for Prelims

  • Consists of 35 questions.
  • 1 mark will be awarded for every right answer.
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Total 35 marks.

Expected number of questions from various topics of Reasoning is as follows –

  1. Inequality –5 questions
  2. Syllogism –5 questions
  3. Coding Decoding –5 questions
  4. Puzzle / Seating Arrangement –15 questions
  5. Miscellaneous –5 questions (Blood Relation, Direction, Ranking etc)
  6. Inequality:

In this type of questions, some statements followed by conclusions are given. In the statement, relationship between some variables is given and in the conclusion, the relationship between some other variables is asked.

  1. Syllogism:

In syllogism questions, some statements followed by some conclusions is given. We have to decide which of the conclusions follow with the help of the given statements.

  1. Coding – Decoding:

In coding – decoding, actual words are coded in some other words (usually smaller). Few coded sentences give us the idea of respected coded words for each of the actual words. Once all the words are decoded, answer of any related question can be given in seconds.

4.(i) Puzzle:

These may be individual or group questions from a large (almost infinite) number of areas.

  • Sometimes the questions asked from the puzzle are based on floor. We have to follow the instructions to locate the persons on different floors.
  • The questions can have 2 variables ( i.e. Different liking, profession)
  • The questions can have 3 variables ( i.e. Different liking, Profession, favorite color)

4(ii) Linear seating arrangement:

This category is most likely to be asked in the prelims paper and at least 5 questions will be there from a complete paragraph and we will have to follow the instructions given in the paragraph to properly arrange the persons/ things given.

We should be very focused in arranging the things/persons because if any sentence is skipped then we can’t do the arrangement.

4(c) Circular seating arrangement:

In circular arrangement, persons sit round a circular table. One difficulty that is generally found while solving these questions is that students find it difficult to decide which is the left side and which is the right side of a person. For resolving this hurdle, one can quickly assume oneself to be at that particular person’s place.

  • For making circular arrangement hard, some persons are facing inward while others are facing outward type of questions can be asked in circular arrangement.
  • Blood relation is another way to make the question tough.
  • Apart from these, people can have different profession or likings.


Apart from above mentioned topics, the questions can be asked from ranking, blood relation and direction etc. So don’t forget to cover these topics. These questions are generally asked individually so these questions are not too much challenging.

View the Detailed Syllabus for the other sections in the prelims

Quantitative Aptitude  English Language

IBPS PO 2016 Quantitative Aptitude Detailed Syllabus for Prelims

Quantitative Aptitude Section

  • Consists 35 questions
  • 1 mark will be awarded for every right answer
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer
  • Total 35 marks

Expected number of questions from various topics of Quantitative Aptitude is as follows –

  • Simplification/Approximation – 5 questions
  • Number Series – 5 questions
  • Quadratic Equation – 5 questions
  • Data Interpretation – 10 questions (Tabular/Bar Graph/Pie Chart/Missing DI/Line Graph)
  • Miscellaneous – 10 questions (Profit loss, Average, SI & CI, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Time, Speed & Distance, Boats & Streams, and Probability etc.)
  1. Simplification/Approximation –Simplification means to find out a final answer for a complex calculation. Simplification questions are asked to check the ability of a student to deal with numbers. Questions from this topic can be asked in one of the following two types-
  • Sometimes, a calculation is given and one of the numbers is missing from the calculation. To find out the missing number, we have to approximate the given numbers or do the basic operations.
  1. Number Series –As the name suggests that we have numbers which are written in a sequence thus making a ‘Number Series’. These numbers are written in a sequence because they follow a specific pattern. So we have to observe the pattern.

Generally two types of questions can be asked from number series:

  • Sometimes, a series is given and one of the numbers is missing from the series. To find out the missing number, we have to observe the pattern followed by given numbers in series. This pattern is followed by the missing number as well which helps us in identifying the missing number.
  1. Quadratic Equation –The questions from this topic consist of a single variety of questions generally. One quadratic equation in variable x and another quadratic equation in variable y is given. We have to solve the equations individually to find out the value of x and y both. After finding the values, we have to choose one option out of given options which consist of relation between both variables i.e. x>y, y>x, x≥y, y≥x or relation can’t be established.
  2. Data Interpretation –This is one of the parts of Quant section which needs proper time. The most important thing that one should realize is that these questions are in the paper tocheck our observation and calculation both. Firstly, look at the data carefully, understand the small specifications and then look at the type of questions asked and It can be done within a minute. Now we have an idea of the complete data and the related questions so now it’s the time for some calculations.

So we can say that a set of data interpretation questions are basically the normal questions using the huge amount of data given in the form of pie chart/ bar chart/ line chart/ tabular form etc.

  1. Miscellaneous –This part of Quantitative Aptitude section has a variety of questions from various topics. So students must be well aware of the basic concepts of each of the topics given below:
  • Work & Time
  • Speed, Time & Distance
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Profit & Loss
  • Ratio & Proportion (Problems on Partnership, Ages)
  • Permutation & Combination
  • Probability
  • Percentage & Averages
  • Mixture & Allegations

So, this is the detailed syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude section for IBPS PO 2016 Prelims Exam. One thing to keep in mind is that marks of prelims won’t be added for the final selection. So attempt the questions smartly.

All the best

View the Detailed Syllabus for the Prelims in the below links for other sections

Reasoning Ability   English Language