Important Topics for IBPS PO Prelims 2017

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Probationary Officer exam will be conducted in two phases – Preliminary and Mains. IBPS PO Prelims Exam will be conducted on 7th, 8th, 14th & 15th October 2017 and the IBPS PO Mains exam will be conducted on 26th November 2017.The two objective tests will be followed by an interview. Online application for IBPS PO 2017 started on 16th August 2017 and the closing date for applications are 5th September 2017. The objective of the exam is to fill in around 3562 vacancies for the post of Probationary Officers at 20 participating banks.

IBPS PO Prelim Exam 2017 Pattern

IBPS PO preliminary examination 2017 is an objective type test conducted online for a duration of 1 hour. There are total 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. Applicants who qualify the prelims exam will be eligible for the main exam. Paper will be available in Hindi as well as in English. There is negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer and each section has an individual cut-off. It is necessary to clear the cut-off in all the 3 sections to qualify for the IBPS PO Main exam. The syllabus for IBPS PO 2017 Preliminary Exam is different from the IBPS PO 2017 Mains Exam.There will be three sections in IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2017- English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.

Sr.No Name of the Test No. of Qs Maximum Marks
1 English language 30 30
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

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Here is a list of all important topics to prepare for IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2017

Quantitative Aptitude Section

A total of 35 questions will be asked in Quantitative Aptitudesection and the total weightage would be 35 marks out of the total 100. Focus and practice the following topics.

  1. Simplification: Approximation, Long multiplications, Square cubes/roots & Cube roots, BODMAS Rule, Decimals, Fractions, Surds & Indices, Percentages etc. Practice IBPS PO Mock Test papers for improving accuracy and speed.The mock tests will also help in analyzing strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Quadratic Equations: Solve as many questions as possible and learn to find the roots in less time.
  3. Percentages: Percentage change/ increase and decrease.Calculation-oriented basic percentage.
  4. Data Interpretation: Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables.
  5. Data Sufficiency: Number System, Averages, Percentages, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Time Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Problems on Age, Mensuration, Mixtures &Alligations, Time and Work
  6. Permutation and Combination: Arrangements, Ranking
  7. Probability: Balls, Deck of cards, Dice. Solve the problems on events, differentiate favourable and unfavourable events.
  8. Interest: Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Mixed Interest, Installments
  9. Miscellaneous topics: Ratios & Proportions, Profit & Loss, Partnerships, Problems on ages, Linear Equation, Number series, Combination of Operations,

Reasoning Ability Section

There will be 35 questions in the Reasoning Ability Section with a total of 35 marks.
Try to focus more on the below-mentioned topics.

  1. Data Arrangements: Linear Arrangements, Circular Arrangements, Tabular column.
  2. Inequalities: Rules and Concepts.
  3. Blood Relations: Family tree/Relationship representation.
  4. Puzzles: Arrangements, North South arrangements, Logical reasoning, Critical thinking.
  5. Direction sense: Drawing and analyzing directions
  6. Coding & Decoding: Coding by Letter Shifting, Coding by Analogy, Coding in Fictitious Language, Coding Letters of a Word.
  7. Miscellaneous topics: Double Lineup, Scheduling, Classification,  Series

English Language Section

IBPS PO English Section for the prelims exam will comprise of 30 questions and they carry a total marks of 30. Following topics are important for this section.

  1. Reading Comprehension: Topics related to Banking & Economy, Business, Social Issues etc.
  2. Grammar: Tenses, Articles, Prepositions, Subject Verb Agreement, Parallelism, Degrees of Comparison, Sentence Construction, Phrasal Verbs, Pronouns, Adverbs, Non-Finite Verbs, Common Errors etc.
  3. Vocabulary (Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement)
  4. Verbal Ability (Para Jumbles) Rearrangement & Anchored paragraphs


The final selection of the candidate for the post of Probationary Officer will be made by taking into consideration the cumulative score of both the exam and the interview. A merit list will be generated after the Interview Process of IBPS PO 2017 Exam has been concluded.


IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) Preparation Tips

  1. Make a time table: Not a fool proof one. Time tables are not meant to follow them strictly and tightly specially for exams like SO. Following more than 80% of the schedule works well.
  2. Make strategy: Do not read/learn all the subjects in a single day. Make a proper strategy which suits your environment and follow it accordingly.
  3. Know your Strong section: Some students have leaning towards General Awareness other are good at Maths and Reasoning. Some are from convent and so are good in English. You can be strong in your professional course too. Just know your strength by solving previous year question paper or sample papers and polish your strength.
  4. Know your weaker section: Everyone has their own weakness and they have a unique way to counter it. Some know it, some are still struggling with their weakness. Remember, no strategy can help you in the path of  success if do not know your weakness. Your weakness can be found by the same way you find your strength. By practice! Here comes one more confusion. Weaker section vs Less-prepared section. There may be few sections(for example probability) which you think you are weak in it but in reality, you lack the logic and formula. This can be strengthened with dedicating more time in practice. On the other hand there can be few sections (like statistics: few people can’t understand the stats naturally and it is okay) with can not be strengthened even if practice for lifetime. The only way here is to leave later type of section and give more time of practice to previous type.
  5. Revise everything: It is human nature to forget. The information you store in your mind fades with time. So to keep it green, keep revising.

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Section wise preparation tips for IBPS SO Exam:


Reasoning would consist of topics like Blood Relation, Round Table, Sitting Plan, Syllogism, Mirror Images. To prepare for this section, one must develop logical skills and sharpen one’s mental alertness. This can be done by practicing and solving past question papers and model question papers.


This test usually comprises word meanings, spotting common errors, comprehension, synonyms and antonyms, grammar tests, etc. This is supposed to be a scoring section and to prepare for this, one can begin by regularly reading English newspaper and magazines, watching English news daily, learning few new English words daily, accompanied with their antonyms and synonyms. Do strengthen your grammar by solving online grammar tests and reading basic grammar books.

Quantitative Aptitude

This test will have questions from topics like Data Interpretation, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Simplification, Discount, Average, Probability with Sets theory, Number System, Series, etc. To prepare for this section, go back to the basics and clear your concepts. Ensure that you learn to manage time in an efficient manner such that you are able to attempt and answer all the questions. In the process, also try also to learn small tricks and short-cuts that will help you solve the sums easily. The bottom line to score well in this section is practice, practice and practice as many sums as possible from model question papers and past question papers. Try to take mock online test also if possible.


All the best for the exam.