IBPS PO 2018 details

All you need to know: IBPS PO Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Important Dates, Study Materials & Books

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IBPS holds the IBPS PO Bank Exam for recruitment as a Probationary Officers in Public Sector banks, exam offers recruitment services to all Public-Sector Banks, SBI, Associate Banks – SBI, RBI, SIDBI, NABARD, LIC & Insurance companies and  Banks relating to the IBPS society.

Examination is conducted entirely online. In 2018, IBPS PO Pre-Exam is held on 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October 2018.  IBPS PO( Main) Examination will be held on 18th November 2018.

IBPS PO 2018 Important Dates

Important dates for IBPS PO  2018 are as follows:

Activity Date
IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Date 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st October 2018
IBPS PO Mains Exam Date 18th November 2018
Declaration of IB PS PO Mains Exam Result December 2018
Declaration and download of IBPS PO Interview Call Letter January 2019
Date of IBPS PO Interview January / February 2019
Allotment of Provisional Posting April 2019

IBPS PO Eligibility Criteria – 2018

Eligibility criteria for the exam is as follows:

Educational Qualification: Graduation Degree in any streams such as BA, B.Com, B.Tech, etc., from a Government University recognized by India. While registering for the exam, it is mandatory to mention percentage obtained in Graduation.

Computer Literacy: Since IBPS PO exam is conducted online, so computer operation knowledge is a must.

Language Proficiency: Candidates are required to have verbal and written proficiency in the State/UT official language. Candidates should be able to read, write and speak the language in order to be qualified enough for sitting for the exam.

Age Eligibility: 20 – 30 Years with relaxation in reserved quota.

Nationality / Citizenship – Applicants:

Candidates applying for IBPS PO Banking Examination should must fall under following categories:

  1. Should be an Indian Citizen.
  2. Subject of Nepal or Bhutan.
  3. Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement.
  4. Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam or East African countries consisting Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, having an intention of permanent settlement in India.
    Candidates belonging to categories 2, 3, 4 must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Govt. of India in their favor.

What’s after IBPS PO?

Selected candidates can be posted at any place in India. Provisional allotment of the eligible candidates with their banks is released on IBPS’s official website. IBPS allots Banks to each candidate on the basis of preferences made by them at the time of online registration.

a) Salary – IBPS PO after clearing both Prelims and Mains:

Revised basic pay of the Bank P.O is Rs. 23700 as applicable on 1st January 2016. Rs. 980 is the annual increment that a Bank PO will be paid for a period persisting to 7 years.

b) Career growth opportunities laid by IBPS PO examination:

Once candidates are selected through the recruitment process and, they will have plenty of opportunities to grow their career in any Public sector Bank. Growth chart for a banker begins from the post of Assistant Manager then follows as shown below:

Bank Po Career

How to prepare for IBPS PO?

Candidates must prepare in a systematic manner for IBPS PO exam. Candidates must have complete knowledge on the latest syllabus and exam pattern for both Prelims & Mains. Syllabus covers various topics, it is important to choose the right study material belonging to Prelims and Mains so that you can understand all the concepts completely and therefore practice a wide variety of questions as well.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Syllabus 2018

Prelims syllabus includes Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures &Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Miscellaneous
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

So, How’s syllabus? It’s quite difficult but not if you know the nooky Prelim Tips and Techniques to crack the IBPS PO Prelim examination.

IBPS PO – Mains Exam Syllabus 2018

From this year onward, exam pattern for MAINS has been changed. A descriptive paper has been added in mains exam syllabus consisting of 4 sections totaling 200 marks with duration of 180 minutes & descriptive paper having 1 section totaling 25 marks with duration of 30 minutes to attempt. IBPS PO Main consists of 5 sections i.e Reasoning & Computer, Data Analysis & Interpretation, English Language, General Awareness, and Descriptive Test (Letter Writing &Essay).

We know that the IBPS PO syllabus does make you nervous. Doesn’t it? But don’t worry, cracking IBPS PO is going to be a piece of cake after you know all the edgy Mains Tips and Techniques.

If you are wondering anything about the pattern concerning to the exam, it is right here!

IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2018

Examination is conducted online. The paper includes two parts: Tier 1 or IBPS Preliminary Exam and Tier 2 or IBPS Mains Exam. This examination is followed by an interview but this year there has been a major change in the Mains Exam – IBPS PO 2018. Paper is same like SBI PO 2018, but a descriptive paper has been added to the mains exam.

So, that’s the main change in Mains examination this year. But don’t be scared of it, it’s as easy as picking an apple from an apple tree.

IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern

IBPS PO preliminary examination is conducted online with time duration of one hour, it consists of three sections carrying 100 questions in total. IBPS PO pre has negative marking and 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Candidates are supposed to fulfill the sectional cut-off In order to qualify for the Mains examination. And that’s not all the most important thing is practice, so for that we’ve decided to provide you IBPS PO Prelim 2017 solved papers, reason behind giving you previous year paper is to provide you a better understanding related to level of difficulty of Questions, type of questions and the exam pattern. Distribution of marks for every section is given below:

S.No Name of Tests (Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30
2. Numerical Ability 35 35
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
100 100 One hour

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern 2018

Exam pattern of IBPS Mains has changed this year. A Descriptive paper has been added to the examination. Mains exam is conducted online as well. It has four sections having a total score of 200 marks and time duration of 180 minutes. Descriptive paper 1 sections have a total score of 25 marks and time duration of 30 minutes.

Section-wise details and distribution of marks is given below:

S. No. Section (Objective type)


No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 mins
2 General/Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 35 mins
3 English Language 35 40 40 mins
4 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 mins
Total 155 200 180 mins

English Language

(Essay/ Letter writing)





30 mins

* Candidates cannot move on to next section before current section is completed. There is a negative marking with a deduction of 0.25 marks.

If you are wondering about how to prepare for Quant, Reasoning and Computer Knowledge, find videos with expert tips to prepare well for these sections.

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IBPS PO Study material: 

IBPS PO 2016 left everyone worried with the surprising change in the exam pattern. This is the reason we have decided to provide you with the relevant new pattern questions that were asked in the last year banking exams.

New pattern questions are simply based on application of concepts in a new form. You just need to practice them a lot so that you don’t face issue in this year examination. Candidates must go through previous year IBPS questions and study material so that they are able to set their expectation as per the pattern and style of paper.

We are providing you all required study material, mock test, and Video lectures for how you can prepare in the best possible manner. To prepare for IBPS PO Exam 2018 latest Pattern, It is advisable to download following.

S.No. IBPS PO Study Material 2018 Download
1 Cloze Test
2 Data Analysis
3 IBPS PO Prelim Exams 2017
4 IBPS PO Mains Exams 2017
5 Latest Pattern Questions English Language
6 Mains Exam Practice Set 1
7 Mains Exam Practice Set 2
8 Passage Completion
9 Preliminary Exam Practice Set – 1
10 Preliminary Exam Practice Set-2

*Note – Practice papers are prepared keeping in the mind the last year’s exam pattern and expected changed in the pattern and level of questions this time.

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Trend Analysis of Prelim & Main 2015-17

IBPS PO Analysis (2015-2017):

We bring you trend analysis of IBPS PO exam from 2015 to 2017 to help you further in your exam preparation.

       Section Analysis -2015 Analysis -2016 Analysis -2017
 1 Quantitative Aptitude Prelims Main Prelims Main Prelims Main
 a) D.I 10 15 10 20 12 15
 b) Series 5 5 5 5 5 5
 c) Simplification 5 5 5 6
 d) Average 1 1 1 1 1
 e) Profit and Loss 2 2 2 1 2 1
 f) S.I and C.I 1 2 1 1 1
 g) Discount 1 2 1 2 2
 h) Ratio Proportion 1 2 1 2 1
 i) Time and Work 2 3 2 2 1 1
 j) Age 1 1 1 1 1
k) Boat and Stream 1 1 1 1
 l) Mensuration 1 1 1
 m) Quadratic Equation 5 5 5 5
 n) Probability and Permutation & Combination 3 3 1
 o) Data Sufficiency 5 5
 p) Case-let 5
 r) Data Analysis 5
 2 English Language
 a) Reading Comprehension 10 20 8 15 10 10
 b) Error Detection 5 5 10 10 4
 c) Sentence Improvement 2
 d) Fillers 5 5 5 10 3
 e) Sentence Arrangement 5 5 5 5 3
 f) Idioms Phrase
 g) Cloze Test 5 5 7 6
 h) Word replacement 5
 i) Synonym & Antonym 5 4
 3 Reasoning Ability
 a) Puzzle and Sitting Arrangement 15 25 20 20 20 15
 b) Inequalities 5 5 5
 c) Direction 2 2 1 2 2
 d) Blood Relation 1 1 2 1 4
 e) Syllogism 5 5 5 5 5
 f) Order and Ranking 2 1 2 2
 g) Input and Output 5 5 5
 h) Coding –Decoding 5 5 4-5
 i) Critical Reasoning 10 10 10
 j) Data Sufficiency 5 5
 4 Computer Awareness 20 20
 5 General Awareness
 a) Current Updates 20-25 20-25 20-25
 b) Financial and Banking 15-20 15-20 15-20

Level of difficulty Analysis IBPS PO PRELIMS 2017

Level of difficulty Analysis IBPS PO PRELIMS 2017
Difficulty level of IBPS PO Prelims 2017 was from moderate to difficult. It was not an easy paper. We are discussing here the detailed analysis of IBPS PO Prelims 2017 so that aspirants can make their attempt strategy accordingly.  This analysis will be of great help to the aspirants. It will help you strategize your attempting techniques effectively. But even if you do not see the above pattern in your exam, do not panic, cause questions are going to be from syllabus laid down by IBPS. Just focus on what you know best. You would have mastered the subjects and topics by then. So, begin to meet the end. Otherwise, the only thing you will be left to do is regret. Always remember, the best preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today!!!

All the Best!!!

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