IBPS PO Books 2021: Check Subject Wise Books for Prelims and Mains

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Apr 29, 2021

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the IBPS PO exam for selecting aspirants for the posts of Probationary officers (PO)/ Management Trainee (MT). The authority will soon release the IBPS PO Notification on the official website.

According to the exam calendar, the tentative prelims exam dates of IBPS PO 2021 are October 9, 10, 16, and 17, 2021. Hence, the aspirants will have 6 months’ time for preparation. While preparing for IBPS PO Exam, candidates can follow Kirtan Buhecha’s strategy to ace in 6 months.

Choosing the best subject-wise books and study materials will be highly effective for the IBPS PO Preparation. It will, in turn, help the aspirants to gain knowledge on all sections and topics of the IBPS PO Syllabus. Check the following content to know more about the subject-wise best books for the IBPS PO exam 2021.

English Books

IBPS PO Books for the English Language

This section is common for both Prelims and Mains exams. Go through the following table for IBPS PO English Language books:

Books Author Publishers
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis Penguin
English Grammar & Composition Wren and Martin S. Chand
Descriptive General English S P Bakshi and Richa Sharma Arihant
Objective English for Competitive Examinations Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha Mcgraw Hill Education
Objective General English R.S Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal S. Chand
Practise Papers Kiran Prakashan Kiran Prakashan

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English Grammar by Wren & Martin

This book explains several topics in a simple manner and covers all aspects of English Grammar for IBPS PO exam preparation in detail.

English Grammar by SP Bakshi

This book provides an insight into all key aspects of English Grammar to all the IBPS PO exam aspirants.

  • The aspirants will be capable of enriching the comprehensive study of grammar.
  • The candidates get the chance to practice questions for all topics as well as to solve examples.
  • This book covers approximately all topics such as identifying the subject, sentence formatting, predicate, voice change, parts of speech and narration, etc.
  • From this book, the candidates will get an idea about writing essays, letters, autobiographies, testimonials, and much more.

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

This book helps the aspirants to develop their Vocabulary Skills and how to use them in sentences along with pronunciations.

  • The book provides step by step process for increasing one’s knowledge of the English Language.
  • Once the aspirants will complete this book, they can easily point out the mistakes in spell and pronunciation of the words.

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Practice Papers by Kiran Prakashan

The Practice Papers by Kiran Prakashan will help you to complete your preparation for the English Language section before you appear for the IBPS PO exam 2021-22.

  • The aspirants can solve the chapter-wise questions along with the explanations.
  • The candidates can also solve the Previous years’ questions.
Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS PO Books for Quantitative Aptitude

This section is also common for both the Preliminary and Mains exams of the IBPS PO exam. Check the following content to know more about the best books on Quantitative Aptitude Preparation:

Books Author Publishers
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams R.S. Aggarwal S. Chand
Quantitative Aptitude Test N.K Singh Upkar Prakashan
Arithmetic for General Competitions Neetu Singh K.D. Publication
Guide to Quantitative Aptitude Dinesh Khattar Pearson
Data Interpretation Arun Sharma Mcgraw Hill Education
Data Interpretation K. Kundan BSC Publication
Objective Mathematics for Competitive Exams Tarun Goyal Arihant

Competitive Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (S. Chand) R.S. Agarwal

The aspirants will get a bulk of questions along with the understandable solutions for practice from this book.

  • The basic fundamental aspect of this book is to clear the knowledge of the candidates on an arithmetical ability such as Simplifications, Number System, Surds and Indices, Bar Graphs, etc.

Arithmetic for General Competitions by Neetu Singh

The aspirants will get a chance to build the basic concept of the Arithmetic section by following the simple and formative way as well as by practicing the quality questions:

  • This book provides a detailed insight on the following Arithmetic topics:
    • Work and wages
    • Time and Distance
    • Pipes and Cisterns
    • Simple Interest
    • Ratio and Proportion etc.

Also read IBPS PO 2021: How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude Section?

Reasoning Ability

IBPS PO Books for Reasoning Ability

Reasoning Ability is the common section of both Prelims and Mains exam. The best books for the IBPS PO Reasoning Ability section are listed in the following:

Books Author Publications
A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning BS Sijwali S. Chand
A New Approach to Reasoning B S Sijwali Arihant
Analytical Reasoning M.K.Pandey BSC Publishing
Logical Reasoning K Kundan BSC Publishing
Bank PO/ MT Examination Practice Workbook Experts Compilation Arihant

Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by R S Agarwal

This book is helpful for the IBPS PO exam aspirants to understand the Reasoning ABility questions with the utmost ease.

  • This book teaches the candidates the modern approach for gearing up their reasoning abilities and can set a benchmark for the section.

A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal by B S Sijwali

The revised version of this book is classified into three sub-sections, Analytical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

  • The Analytical section covers real-time problems such as syllogism, cause, and effect, etc.
  • The Non-Verbal section highlights the questions on Mentally Imaginative such as figuring out patterns to complete figures. Also, check the IBPS PO exam Pattern.
  • The Verbal section discusses the quizzical questions like the analogy, puzzles, coding, etc.

Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey

This book is helpful to uplift the knowledge on reasoning and logical skills of the candidates.

  • Especially this book helps the aspirants to keep them updated with the basic ethics and requirements of the IBPS PO exam.
  • This book is good for practicing the following sections:
    • Data Sufficiency
    • Strengthening and Weakening Arguments
    • Coded Relationships etc.

Check IBPS PO 2021: How to Prepare for Reasoning Section?

Computer Aptitude

IBPS PO Books for Computer Aptitude

The aspirants, who will be shortlisted for the Mains exam, will appear for the Computer Aptitude Test. Some of the best books for preparing the Computer Aptitude section are:

Books Author/ Publishing
Computer Rani Ahilya
Objective Computer Awareness Somya Ranjan Behera

Computer by Rani Ahilya

This book highlights the basic concepts of Computer Hardware and Software, which should be known to beginners. This book has full coverage for IBPS PO preparation.

Objective Computer Awareness by Somya Ranjan Behera

Objective Computer Awareness book covers both the Objective and Subjective topics, from Introduction to Data Representation, Computer Languages (Programming Languages) and Microsoft Access to Internet, etc.

  • The candidates will have the opportunity of solving chapter-wise descriptions with 3500+ MCQs.

Read IBPS PO 2021: How to prepare for Computer Knowledge Section?

General Awareness

IBPS PO Books for General Awareness

To prepare for the General Awareness section, the candidates are required to read newspapers daily for keeping themselves updated with current affairs and current events. Apart from that, some of the best books are:

Books Author/Publisher
India Year Book Publications Division, Government of India
Banking Awareness B.K Raut and S.R Behera
Guide to Banking General Awareness R Gupta
Manorama Pandey Book Arihant Publications
Manorama Yearbook 2020 ( English) Paperback Philip Mathew
Banking and Economic Awareness Rakesh Kumar

Apart from reading the above-mentioned books, the candidates should improve their General Awareness knowledge by reading the newspapers daily and weekly current affairs.

  • Indian Express and The Hindu can be a good source of newspapers for gaining knowledge on the latest news.
  • The aspirants should have more focus on the Business and World news sections of the newspapers.

Banking and Economic Awareness by Rakesh Kumar

The book comprises all the general questions on the banking and economic scenario of the nation.

Banking, Financial and General Awareness by I K Pavel

This book is able to increase the general knowledge of the candidates on the banking and economic state of the places.

Check IBPS PO 2021: How to prepare for General Awareness Section?

Data Analysis&Interpretation

IBPS PO Books for Data Analysis and Interpretation

The good preparation of the Quantitative Aptitude section for the IBPS PO prelims exam is enough to obtain a good score in the Data Analysis and Interpretation Section in the IBPS PO Mains exam. Nonetheless, if the candidates are looking for solving some specific problems related to Data Analysis and Interpretation such as Pie Charts, Bar Graphs, etc, then the following books will be helpful:

Books Authors Publications
Data Interpretation Arun Sharma Mc Graw Hill Education
Data Interpretation K. Kundan BSC Publication
Data Analysis & Interpretation Data Sufficiency Kiran Prakashan Kiran Prakashan

The Descriptive Test of the IBPS PO Exam Mains comprises Essay and Letter Writing. Hence, the qualified aspirants should practice this section more and read more newspapers, general communication, practice writing, general communication in reading books and English.

Also check Preparation Tips to Crack IBPS PO 2021 Exam at one go


Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. How can I choose IBPS PO Books?

Ans. The candidates should choose those books, which have covered the overall syllabus of the IBPS PO exam and the books should be easy to learn and understand.

Ques. Do IBPS PO books contain sample papers?

Ans. Some books of IBPS PO contain sample papers.

Ques. IS six months of preparation enough for the IBPS PO exam?

Ans. If the aspirants follow the strategy wisely, then six-month of preparation is enough to crack the IBPS PO exam at one go.

Ques. How to prepare the Seating Arrangement questions?

Ans. Try to solve puzzles for improving the knowledge of seating arrangement.

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rohan bharti
I heard that English Grammar by SP Bakshi is a good book, is that so?
jaya garg

Hi. Yes, this book provides an insight into all key aspects of English Grammar to all the IBPS PO exam aspirants. Candidates can improve their comprehensive study of grammar and can practice more questions for different kinds of topics.

lakshay kakkar
Can you tell me the IBPS PO Books that help prepare for the English Language?
jaya garg

Hi. Some of the books that can be referred while preparing for the exam include Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis, English Grammar & Composition by Wren and Martin, Descriptive General English by S P Bakshi and Richa Sharma.