IBPS PO Syllabus in Brief

The official notification of IBPS PO-VI 2016 examination has been announced. We will take a look at IBPS PO 2016 syllabus to get started for preparations.

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As per the notification there are around 8800 vacancies for 2017 – 18 recruitment. There has been no change in the exam pattern of Prelims Exam but IBPS has introduced fixed time for each section in IBPS PO Mains Exam, inline with SBI Clerk & PO Mains Exam.

IBPS PO 2016 syllabus

About 20 lakh candidates are expected to appear for the IBPS PO VI Exam. All those aspirants who couldn’t be able to clear the SBI Clerk & SBI PO Prelims Exam can prepare well and hit the exam this time without wasting time anymore. There is no better day than TODAY.


Before looking at the syllabus, let us check out the eligibility criteria, important dates & exam pattern.
Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Age limit:Minimum 20 years & Maximum 30 years as on 01.07.2016
  • Educational Qualifications: Should be Graduate from a recognised university/ Institution. No minimum % required.

Important Dates:                                                                                              

  • Date of online registration– 26th July 2016 to 13th August 2016
  • Date of Prelims Exam– 16th, 22nd and 23rd October 2016
  • Date of Mains Exam– 20th November 2016

As per IBPS PO 2016 syllabus The Selection Process of the Exam consists of 3 phases which are given below:

i)Phase I:Online Preliminary Examination (Objective Test)

ii)Phase II:Online Mains Examination (Objective Test)

iii) Phase III: Interview


  • Prelims Exam is of qualifying nature. Marks obtained in mains examination only will be counted for interview call. Final merit list will be made on the basis of total marks obtained in Mains exam & Interview.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in prelims & mains.
  • There will be sectional as well as over-all cut off in prelims & mains both.

Prelims Exam Pattern

As per IBPS PO 2016 syllabus The marks secured in the Phase I (Prelim Exam) will not be counted for the purpose of Final Selection. This is a qualifying round similar to SBI PO prelim exam.

The prelims exam of IBPS PO will have the following pattern:

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

Mains Exam Pattern

The mains exam of IBPS PO is divided into 5 sections similar to last year but this year, in IBPS PO 2016 syllabus it has specified the time to attempt each of the five sections. Sections have to be attempted in the same order as specified at the time of mains exam. We can’t move to next section before the specified time for the current section.

The mains exam of IBPS PO will have the following pattern:

Test Name Qns Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 140 Mins
General Awareness Paper 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Language 40 40
Computer Knowledge 20 20
 Total 200 200

Expected sectionwise IBPS PO 2016 syllabus

The questions that will be asked can be from any of the following mentioned topics. So go through the syllabus thoroughly which will give you a proper idea of the expected questions from each of the sections.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Simplification
  • Number Series
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Percentage & Averages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Work & Time
  • Time & Distance
  • Sequence & Series
  • Permutation, Combination & Probability
  • Data Interpretation


  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Input Output
  • Coding Decoding
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Ranking/Direction/Alphabet test
  • Data sufficiency
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Puzzle
  • Logical Reasoning

English language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Error Spotting
  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumbles

General Awareness

  • Banking & Financial Awareness
  • Current Affairs
  • Static GK (Few questions)

Computer Knowledge

  • Fundamentals of Computer
  • History of Computer
  • Internet
  • MS Office – Word, Power point, Excel & Access
  • Memory
  • Input Output devices
  • Computer Shortcuts

New apps and services by Indian Banks

1) Airtel money – AXIS BANK+AIRTEL
2) Asha Home loan – AXIS BANK
4) Branch on Wheel – ICICI Bank in Odisha
5) Chillar – Hdfc Bank
6) China’s first online Banking “webank” – Tancet Holdings
7) DDA Housing Scheme 2014 – HDFC Bank
8) Digital Banking “POCKET” – ICICI
9) Digital Village Project in Akodara Village of Gujarat – ICICI
10) eforex – SBI
11) E-KYC – SBI
13) E-Wallet – IRCTC
14) Facebook-based funds transfer platform “KayPay” – Kotak Mahindra Bank
15) First home grown INDEX “COMPOSITE INDEX” – SBI
16) I-Mobile app for windows phone – ICICI
17) India’s first” transparent credit card “in association with American Express – ICICI
18) ICICI Apathon App – ICICI Bank launches ‘ICICI Appathon’, a Mobile App Development Challenge
19) India’s first credit card exclusively for GOLF LOVERS – RBL Bank
20) Instant money transfer – BOI
21) Instant Money Transfer (IMT) – Bank of India
22) Kisan card – AXIS BANK
23) Maha Millionaire”, “Maha Lakhpati” – Bank of Maharashtra
24) M-Pesa – ICICI+Vodafone
25) M-Wallet – Canara Bank
26) State Bank Freedom App – State Bank of India
27) Student Travel Card – ICICI
29) Tap and pay – ICICI
30) Twitter Handle account – SBI
31) Video conferencing – Indusuld & federal bank
32) Youth for India – SBI
33) First home grown INDEX “COMPOSITE INDEX” – SBI
34) I­Mobile app for windows phone – ICICI
35) India’s first” transparent credit card “in association with American Express – ICICI
36) India’s first credit card exclusively for GOLF – RBL Bank
37) Instant money transfer – BOI
38) Kotak Bharat’ mobile banking app – Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB)
39) ‘Saral­ Rural Housing Loan’ Scheme – ICICI Bank
40) Awareness initiative ‘Dhanchayat – HDFC Bank