IBPS PO Exam Syllabus

In this article, we shall discuss the complete IBPS PO syllabus. The IBPS PO exam is one of the most sought after exams in the country and lakhs of candidates appear for the exam each year.

The IBPS PO Exam is considered to be a coveted job opportunity by banking aspirants across India. The State Bank of India conducts the IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) exam annually to recruit new entrants for managerial cadre positions.


The selection for Probationary Officers will be done through a three-Phase process.

    1. Prelims (Online Written Exam)
    2. Main (Online Written Exam)
    3. Interview


The minimum age limit to appear for the IBPS PO exam is 20 years and the maximum limit is 30 years of age. For reserved categories the upper age limit relaxation is as follows

(Relaxation of Upper age limit)

Sr. No. Category Age Relaxation
1 Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
2 Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
3 Persons With Benchmark Disabilities as defined under “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016” 10 years
4 Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers 5 years
5 Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years


A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. The candidate must possess valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.

(The fraction of percentage so arrived will be ignored i.e. 59.99% will be treated as less than 60% and 54.99% will be treated as less than 55%.)

Phase-I: Preliminary Examination

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted online. The test will have of 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows:

1 English Language 30 20 minutes Total maximum mark 100
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 20 minutes
TOTAL 100 1 hours

NOTE -Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

Selection criteria for Main Examination

Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Examination. There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering 10 times (approx.) the numbers of vacancies in each category will be short listed for Main Examination from the top of above merit list.

Phase-II ( Main Examination)

Main Examination will be conducted online and will consist of (i) Objective Tests for 200 marks and (ii) Descriptive Test for 50 marks. The Descriptive Test will be administered immediately after conclusion of the Objective Test and candidates will have to type their Descriptive Test answers on the computer.

(i) Objective Test

The duration of objective test is 3 hours, and it consists of 4 Sections of total 200 marks. There will be separate timing for every section.

Test Name of the test No. of Qs. Max. Marks Duration
I Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
II Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
III General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
IV English Language 35 40 40 minutes
Total 155 200 3 hours

(ii) Descriptive Paper

Name of the test No. of Qs. Max. Marks Duration
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) 2 50 30 minutes
Grand Total 250

Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both - Preliminary & Main Examination)

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, 1/4th of marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. if no answer is marked by candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Sectional Marks will not be maintained for both Preliminary & Main Examinations.

Selection criteria for Phase-III

Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in Phase-II (Main Exam). There will be no sectional cut-off. Candidates numbering up to 3 times (approx.) of the category wise vacancies will be shortlisted for Phase-III from the top of the category wise merit list subject to a candidate scoring the minimum aggregate qualifying score, as decided by the Bank.

Phase-III Comprise of (i) Interview

The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWBD candidates). The weightage (ratio) of Online Main Exam and interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Online Main Examination of CRP- PO/MT-XIII and Interview

IBPS PO Prelims Cut Off for last 6 years

2018 56.75 49.25 41.75 55.5
2019 59.75 53.5 46.25 59.75 59.75
2020 58.75 51 43.5 58.5 57.75
2021 50.5 44.5 38 50.5 50.5
2022 49.75 46.75 40.75 49.75 49.75
2023 54.25 49.5 43 54.25 54.25

IBPS PO Mains Cut Off for last 6 years

2018 74.5 56.38 35.75 68.38
2019 71.25 55.63 38.13 70.25 65.88
2020 83.50 66.38 52.25 78.63 75.75
2021 80.75 65.5 57.75 75.75 77.25
2022 71.25 59.25 53.25 69.75 70.50