IBPS PO Exam Model Question Papers

About Exam

“IBPS PO” stands for Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), Probationary Officer (PO) is a starting level post of any Officer in Bank and you have to work for approx 1–2 years of Probation Period.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), as part of the Common Recruitment Process (CRP), conducts online exams for selection of candidates for the post of Probationary Officer (PO)/ Management Trainee (MT) in participating banks/ organisations 
The online exams of IBPS PO are conducted in two phases – Preliminary and Main.
All candidates who clear Preliminary and Main online tests have to appear for the Common Interview round.
Basically this period is the training period in which you have to learn the basics & Essential duties of a PO in the bank

Exam Pattern

The IBPS PO 2019 exam is going to be conducted in three phases:

  • Preliminary examination,
  • Mains examination and
  • Interview Process
The Preliminary Exam has to be completed within a time frame of 1 hour. It is conducted in online mode in three sections namely Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.
Candidates must clear the cut-off in all 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam.
A candidate has to clear both preliminary and mains examination to be eligible for the interview process

IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

Name of the Test
of Questions
Maximum Marks
English Language
20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
20 minutes
Reasoning Ability
20 minutes

IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern:

Name of the Test
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
60 minutes
English Language
40 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation
45 minutes
General Economy & Banking Awareness
35 minutes
180 minutes
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)
30 minutes



  • A citizen of India or A subject of Nepal or A subject of Bhutan or A Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of settling permanently in India or A person of Indian origin who migrated to India from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, Vietnam and have the intention of settling permanently in India
  •  All these refugees or migrants must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India issued in their favour

Age Limit

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 20 years
  •  Maximum Age Requirement: 30 years
  •  A candidate must not have been born before 01.08.1989 and not after 01.08.1999 (both date inclusive)

Education Qualification

  • A candidate must possess a minimum qualification of Graduation from a recognized University/Institute in any discipline
  •  A candidate must possess valid marksheet/degree certificates that state that he/she is a graduate on the day he/she registers for the exam. It should also indicate the percentage of Marks obtained in Graduation while registering online


IBPS PO Mains Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude
  • Simplification
  • Average
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and Percentage
  • Data Interpretation
  • Mensuration and Geometry
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Interest
  • Problems of Ages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Number Series
  • Speed, Distance and Time
  • Time and Work
  • Number System
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Linear Equation
  • Permutation and Combination 
  • And Probability
  • Mixture and Allegations


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Circular Seating Arrangement
  • Linear Seating Arrangement
  • Double Lineup
  • Scheduling
  • Input Output
  • Blood Relations
  • Directions and Distances
  • Ordering and Ranking
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Code Inequalities

Computer Aptitude

  • Internet
  • Memory
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Computer Abbreviation
  • Microsoft Office
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Software
  • Operating System
  • Networking
  • Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Verbal Ability

General Awareness

  • Financial Awareness
  • Current Affairs
  • General Knowledge

Preparation Tips

Every section asked in IBPS PO Exam has its importance and weightage. So it’s really necessary for the candidates to prepare for each section separately and with extra care keeping in mind their strengths and weaknesses. This will help them to make less error in the exam and score more.

Quantitative Aptitude: If you know all the basics and formulae related to each chapter, then this section is a piece of cake for you. To score high in this section, you need to get your basics right. Practice questions on regular basis to increase you speed in this section. You can fetch marks really easily in this section if you solve more questions accurately in less time. Questions asked in this section are mostly direct and formulae based.

Important topics that are frequently asked in this section are: Time and Distance, Work and Time, Data Interpretation, Percentages, Ratio and Proportions, Allegations.

Reasoning: This is a tricky section, hence prepare accordingly. Time management and accuracy is really necessary in this section. This section can turn out to be a game changer for you if you score really well in this section as the questions asked in Reasoning are really challenging and surprising.

Important topics to keep in mind while preparing for this section are: Logical Reasoning, Syllogism, Blood Relation, Verbal Reasoning, Coding-Decoding, Puzzle etc.

English Language: This section has both easy as well as tricky sections. Questions are asked almost from each topics but the frequency of question might differ. It’s really necessary for the candidate to know which topic holds maximum marks and prepare accordingly.

Important topics to keep in mind while preparing for this section are: Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Fill in the blanks, paragraph completion.

General Awareness: This is one section that is asked without any implication of flashy and mind boggling questions. You are required to be aware of all the Current Affairs and Financial Awareness to scale high in this section.

Computer Aptitude: Very basic questions are asked in this section. Being an important section of the Mains Exam, it is necessary to prepare really well for this section. Candidates can expect expect questions from Computer Hardware and Software, History, Basic Terminologies, Operating System and Networking.

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