IBPS PO 2018 will be organized by IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection). It is a government recruitment agency which is fully dedicated to place job seekers on reputable positions in banking sectors.
IBPS Prelims 2018 is the qualifying exam to appear for IBPS PO Mains. IBPS PO Prelims will be conducted on October 13, 14, 20 and 21, 2018. IBPS PO Mains is scheduled for November 18, 2018. The final selection of the candidate will be done on the basis of the Interview which is scheduled in January 2019.
The pattern of IBPS PO which is almost same from the last year that is selection is done on the basis of Prelims test, Mains and the interview.
IBPS Prelims will have 100 questions which are of objective nature. The total duration of the exam is 100 marks total with time duration of 1 hour. Prelims will include 3 subjects, namely:
The time duration of IBPS Mains will be 2 hours in which candidates have to solve 200 questions. The total weightage of the exam will be 200 marks. The Mains will include:
The syllabus of both the papers i.e. Prelims and Mains for subjects Mathematics, Reasoning and English will be the same. However, the level of difficulty will vary as per the marks allotted to that particular subject. Candidates need to prepare for General Awareness and Computers once they clear the Prelims paper, for the Mains Exam. Candidates are advised to solve Practice Papers for IBPS PO Exam for a better grip over the exam pattern
The initial stage of IBPS PO exam is Preliminary exam. It is conducted in computer based mode at the allotted exam center. There are 100 questions divided into 3 sections- Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning (Verbal and Non-verbal) and English Language.
The complete duration of the exam is 1 hour. The question paper for IBPS Prelims 2018 will be English or Hindi. Here is the weightage of different sections in the IBPS Prelims exam:
Here are the important highlights of IBPS PO Prelims Exam Pattern 2018:
|Time Duration||1 hour|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Negative Marking||For each wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted.|
IBPS PO Mains is conducted in online mode with 200 questions objective type in nature. The questions are divided in five sections namely Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge.
The weightage of each section is given below:
There is separate time limit for each section while the overall time duration for the exam is 2 hours. The questions are in English or Hindi. One Mark will be awarded for every right answer. Negative marking prevails in the exam so attempt questions carefully. Here are the details of the IBPS PO Exam Pattern for Mains:
|Time Duration||2 hours|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Negative Marking||For each wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted|
IBPS PO Mains Schedule: Section wise
There is separate time duration for each section of IBPS Mains. Given below is the schedule for each section in the exam:
|English Language||30 minutes|
|Quantitative Aptitude||40 minutes|
|General Awareness||20 minutes|
|Computer Knowledge||10 minutes|
Each subject has different pattern based on the syllabus and the topics that subject include.
The question papers for IBPS exams are designed in such a way that it filters out brilliant students having excellent knowledge of Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English and Computers. Along with the Excellency in these subjects, candidates must also be well updated with General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
The candidates who are wishing to appear in the exam should check the IBPS PO 2018 Exam Pattern to manage their preparation accordingly.
The candidates who are preparing for IBPS PO should have very good speed while solving question paper as they have to solve many questions in limited time duration.
To score well in exam, accuracy is also important with speed. To increase the speed and accuracy, candidates can solve IBPS PO Previous Years Question Papers and Mock Test Papers.
In order to utilize the time in an efficient way, the candidates are advised to solve the easier questions first as these questions won’t take much time to be answered.
Focus on Important Sections
The candidates are required to set their command on all the sections in the IBPS PO Exam. Here are few tips to aid the preparation of each section:
IBPS PO Exam Syllabus is a complete guide of course that covers all the important topics on which the IBPS PO question paper will be based. Here we provide you with the topic wise syllabus with preparation books of each:
This section includes questions from basic mathematical topics. Here are the important topics to be focused on while preparing for Quantitative Aptitude:
The complete syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude is tabulated below:
|Ratio and proportion||Permutation and combinations|
|Averages||Simple and compound interest|
|Time and work||Quadratic Equations|
|Speed, Distance and time||Probability|
|Mixture and allegation||Trigonometry|
|Percentages||Profit, Loss and Discount|
|Volume and surface Area||Elements of Algebra|
|Height and Distances||Data Interpretation- Pie charts, Tables, Bar & Graphs and Line charts|
This section of IBPS PO is scoring if the concepts are clear and well-practiced. Here are few important topics that must be focused to score well:
|Analogy||Passage and conclusions|
|Word formation||Series Test|
|Statement and conclusions||Number, Ranking and time sequence|
|Syllogism||Direction sense Test|
|Statement and assumptions||Decision making test|
|Statement and arguments||Figure series|
|Coding Decoding||Input/output, Assertion and reasoning|
|Blood Relations||Sitting Arrangement|
This section is further classified into sub-sections. Here are few important topics to be covered and practiced in IBPS PO 2018:
The detailed syllabus for English is tabulated below:
|Spotting Errors||Phrases and idioms|
|Direct and Indirect speech||Active/ Passive voice|
|Theme Detection||Passage completion|
|Topic rearrangement of passage||Deriving Conclusion|
Given below are the topics from which the questions of General Awareness section are made:
|Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months||Overview of Indian Financial System|
|History of Indian banking system||Recent credit and monetary policies|
|Introduction to National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc.||Abbreviations and Economic terminologies|
|Banking Terms||Important Government Schemes on capital & money market|
The table given below gives the detailed syllabus for Computer Knowledge section in IBPS PO Mains:
|Basics of Hardware and software||Windows operating system basics|
|Internet terms and services||Basic Functionalities of MS-Office (MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)|
|History of computers||Networking and communication|
|Database basics||Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses|
Selecting the right books is very important for sure success in any exam. It reduces the efforts. Selecting the best books simplify your learning process and enhances your chances of doing best in the Exam.
Books that the candidates need to refer for the exam are very important as it helps to make your speed as well as concepts clear. If you go for easy books all through the preparation it will not help in solving the toughest questions, though knowing the formulae can make you solve even the toughest questions but practicing beforehand with the difficult questions and that too with the time management will save your time in exam.
Here are the list books that the candidate must refer for best results:
|Quantitative Aptitude||Quantitative Aptitude||R.S.Aggarwal|
|Quantitative Aptitude||Quantitative Aptitude Test||N.K.Singh|
|Quantitative Aptitude||The Complete Success Package – Bank PO||Arihant Publications|
|General Awareness||Guide to Banking General Awareness||R.Gupta|
|General Awareness||Manohar Pandey Book||Arihant Publications|
|Computer Knowledge||Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy||Kiran Publication|
|Computer Knowledge||Computer Awareness||Arihant Publication|
|English||Essential English Grammar||Murphy|
|Reasoning||Verbal- Non Verbal Reasoning||R.S.Aggrawal|
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.