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Latest Change in the pattern of IBPS exmas

(A) Quantitative Aptitude subject has been renamed as Data Interpretation and Analysis.

(B) Computer Awareness has been renamed as Computer Aptitude and has been clubbed with Reasoning Ability Section.

(C) In Mains exam English Descriptive paper has been introduced to assess writing skills of the candidates. There will be two questions, Letter writing and Essay for 25 marks and for 30 minutes duration. 

(D) Mains Exam will have total 157 questions instead of 200 questions.

(E) Duration for mains exam paper along with English Descriptive Paper has been increased to 3 hours and 30 minutes.


The IBPS PO Online Exam Pattern is as follows. Candidates can go through the following tables to know about IBPS Probationary Officer Exam Patterns of Prelims and Mains. 

Over view of IBPS Exam Pattern

Parameters Preliminary  Mains 
Mode of exam  Online  Online 
Number of questions  100 155 + 2 Descriptive =157
Nature of questions  Objective type  Objective and Descriptive Type
Marks  100 225 
Negative marks  0.25 0.25
Sections  English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability

Objective test: English Language, Data Interpretation and Analysis, Reasoning and Computer Aptitude and General Awareness.

Descriptive Test: English (Essay and Letter Writing)


IBPS PO 2020 has 3  three major stages- Preliminary exam, Main exam, and an Interview Round

In Prelims exam there are 100 multiple choice questions from the  Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language.

In Main Exam there are 155 + 2 = 157 objective questions on Data Interpretation & Analysis, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, General/ Economy & Banking Awareness and English Language.

The main Exam also consists of a descriptive paper having 2 questions on Letter and Essay writing.  

Candidates who qualify prelims, appear in the main exam and similarly in interview round.


IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2020

The exam pattern of IBPS PO Prelims and Main exam varies in terms of the number of sections, mode of exam and duration. Candidates can check the basic exam pattern below:

Details IBPS PO Prelims  IBPS PO Main
Duration 1 hour 3 hours 30 minutes
Number of Questions 100 MCQs 155 MCQs, 2 Descriptive 
Maximum Marks 100 225
Mode of Exam Online Objective- Online, Descriptive- Offline


1) Section-wise weightage of Prelims Exam 2020

 Pattern of IBPS PO exam for more clarity:

No. Sections No. of Questions Marks Alloted Time
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes


Section-wise Weightage of Main Exam 2020

This exam will have both objective and descriptive questions.


Total no. of Questions

Total marks

Time Duration

English language




English (Essay & letter writing)




General Awareness




Reasoning & Computer Aptitude




Data Interpretation & Analysis







3 hours 30 minutes

Both the Prelims and Main Exams will be conducted online by the authority. Also, the applicants will have to attend the English language test which includes letter writing an essay as a part of the main exam. Hence start to download the Institute of Banking Personel Selection PO Old Papers from now itself, do not delay it. Furthermore, in the above table, we can come to the conclusion that the prelims will be conducted for 1 hour and the main exam will be conducted for a total of 3 hours. Most importantly, there is a 0.25 negative marking for each wrong answer so mark your answers carefully. Start your preparations by solving the IBPS PO Last Year Papers so that you can do well in your exams.)  Mains Exam Pattern

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus 2020

SBI PO Syllabus 2020 for Prelims: SBI PO prelims exam 2020 comprised 100 objective type questions for 100 marks that test the candidates' proficiency in English language, quantitative aptitude, and reasoning ability sections. The entire SBI PO 2020 exam is bilingual which means all questions will available in both the English and Hindi languages, except the English section.

SBI PO Prelims Syllabus 2020
SBI PO Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus SBI PO Reasoning Syllabus SBI PO English Syllabus
Simplification, Profit & Loss Alphanumeric Series Reading Comprehension
Mixtures & Alligations Logical Reasoning Fill in the blanks
Permutation, Combination & Probability Data Sufficiency Cloze Test
Work & Time, Sequence & Series Ranking/Directions/Alphabet Test Para jumbles
Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Seating Arrangement Vocabulary
Mensuration, Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Coded Inequalities Paragraph Completion
Time & Distance, Number Systems Puzzle, Coding-Decoding, Tabulation Multiple Meaning /Error Spotting
Data Interpretation Syllogism Sentence Completion
Ratio & Proportion, Percentage Blood Relations, Input-Output Miscellaneous

SBI PO Mains Syllabus 2020

SBI PO mains exam has an objective test for 200 marks and descriptive test for 50 marks. Syllabus of SBI PO mains exam consists of 4 sections – Reasoning + Computer Aptitude, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation and General/Economy/Banking Awareness.

Furthermore, the SBI PO mains exam has a descriptive test of one letter writing and one essay. Candidates need to score passing marks for qualifying the mains exam.

After qualifying the mains exam, an interview and group discussion round will be conducted by the state bank of India. The final selection will be done based on marks of the candidate in the main exam as well as the Interview.

Here’s the SBI PO 2020 syllabus for the mains exam.

SBI PO Mains Syllabus 2020
Data Analysis & Interpretation Reasoning Computer Aptitude General/Economy/Banking Awareness English Language
Tabular Graph Syllogism Internet Current Affairs Reading Comprehension
Line Graph Verbal Reasoning Memory Financial Awareness Grammar
Bar Graph Circular Seating Arrangement Computer Abbreviation General Knowledge Verbal Ability
Charts & Tables Linear Seating Arrangement Keyboard Shortcuts Static Awareness Vocabulary
Missing Case DI Double Lineup Computer Hardware Banking Terminologies Knowledge Sentence Improvement
Radar Graph Caselet Scheduling Microsoft Office Banking Awareness Word Association
Probability Blood Relations, Critical Reasoning Computer Software   Para Jumbles
Data Sufficiency Input-Output, Analytical and Decision Making Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies   Error Spotting
Let it Case DI Directions and Distances Networking   Cloze Test
Permutation and Combination Ordering and Ranking, Code Inequalities Number System   Fill in the blanks
Pie Charts Data Sufficiency Operating System    
  Coding-Decoding, Course of Action Basic of Logic Gates    

SBI PO 2020 Exam Pattern – Prelims

Section Questions Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
TOTAL 100 100 1 Hour

SBI PO preliminary exam contains various sub-sections such as English language, quantitative aptitude, and reasoning to test the abilities required for the exam. The duration of the exam is 1 hour and has a total of 100 questions bifurcated into sub-sections for 100 marks.

Various sub-sections include:

  • English Language: This has 30 questions in total and has a time duration of 20 minutes. Each correct answer will give 1 mark while a wrong answer will incur (-) 0.25 mark.
  • Reasoning ability: This section has 35 questions and has a time duration of 20 minutes. This also has 1 mark of each correct answer and a negative 0.25 mark for the wrong answer.
  • Quantitative ability: This section also has 35 questions and time duration of 20 minutes. Negative marks (1/4th) apply to this section as well.

SBI PO Exam Pattern 2020 – Mains

Section Questions Marks Duration
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 Min
Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 Min
General Awareness about Economy/Banking 40 40 35 Min
English Language 35 40 40 Min
TOTAL 155 200 3 Hours

The candidates will be selected for the SBI PO mains exam in the ratio of 1:10. The biggest surprise is There is no sectional cut off marks in both the prelims and mains exams. on the other hand, the candidates will be given 20 minutes to attempt each section in the preliminary exam.

The test is completely online, thus it would be great if the candidate is well versed with online test procedures. All the candidates who have qualified in the preliminary exam would be allowed to sit for the main exam.

Find below the details of each and every sub-section of the exam:

  • Reasoning and computer aptitude: This has a total of 45 questions and a total of 60 marks and a duration of 60 minutes.
  • Data analysis & Interpretation: This has a total of 35 marks and maximum marks of 60, time duration for this is 45 minutes.
  • General/Economy and banking awareness: this section has 40 questions in total for 40 marks each and a duration of 35 minutes.
  • English language: This has around 35 questions for 40 marks and time duration of 40 minutes.

Thus the test overall has 155 questions with a total of 200 questions and 180 minutes of total duration.

Descriptive Test: This test is conducted to test the command of the candidate for the English language. To test this the candidate will be provided with two questions on letter and essay writing. There is no negative marking in the descriptive test.

SBI PO Mains Exam Pattern 2020

  • The main exam for SBI PO is conducted on a separate day to qualified candidates in the prelims exam.
  • The exam contains both objective and descriptive questions on various topics
  • This is also conducted through online procedure.
  • For the main exam, the duration of the objective exam is 3 hrs while for the descriptive exam it is 30 minutes.
  • The objective exam would contain four sections which include General knowledge, reasoning & computer aptitude, Data analysis & interpretation, Economy/banking awareness and English language.
  • Similar to the preliminary exam, the main exam also has negative marking for the objective questions.
  • Overall in the main exam, the objective exam is of 200 marks while the descriptive exam is of 50 marks.

Topic Wise SBI PO Syllabus 2020 for Prelims and Mains

SBI PO has both the preliminary as well as the main exam, and the range of topics is very high. There is a slight difference in the topics for both the preliminary and main exam.

Preliminary exam Syllabus: find below the syllabus for the 3 sections in detail.

Reasoning: This section covers various topics to test the reasoning ability of the person, Topics include Logical reasoning, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/direction, data sufficiency, coded inequalities, seating arrangement, puzzle, tabulation, Syllogism, Relations, coding recoding etc.

Quantitative ability: This section includes various topics like Simplification, profit & loss, Mixtures & allegations, Simple and compound interest, Surds & indices, Work & time, Speed, time & distance, Mensuration, data interpretation, ratio & proportion, number system, sequence and series, Permutation and combination, probability etc.

English language: This includes various sub-topics such as Reading comprehension, cloze test, Para jumbles, fill in the blanks, paragraph completion etc.

Main Exam syllabus: The main exam has the number of sections and the topics are also diversified. The various sub-topics for the main exam include:

Data Analysis: This includes topics such as a tabular graph, Line graph, bar chart, data sufficiency, Probability, permutation, and combination etc.

Reasoning: This includes sub-topics such as verbal reasoning, syllogism, seating arrangement, Double line up, Scheduling, input-output, directions, ordering, data sufficiency, coding-decoding etc.

English Language: Sub-topics in this include Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, verbal ability, word association, para jumbles, error spotting, fill in the blanks etc.

General/Economy and banking services: This includes topics such as Current affairs, financial awareness, General knowledge, banking and financial awareness etc.

Computer Awareness: This includes topics such as the Internet, memory, Keyboard shortcuts, Computer abbreviation, Microsoft office, computer hardware, software, operating system, networking, computer fundamentals etc.