A comprehensive guide of IBPS PO - Study24x7
Social learning Network

Default error msg


New to Study24x7 ? Join Now
Already have an account? Login

A comprehensive guide of IBPS PO

Updated on 03 June 2020
Bank Po 24X7
6 min read 3 views
Updated on 03 June 2020

The IBPS PO exam is seen as a beneficial test for candidates who want to become members of the banking sector. Over eight lakh applicants apply for the examination each year. The competition is challenging, as the number of openings is small and the number of applicants is high. IBPS PO 2020 is scheduled to take place on 3, 4, and 10 October, and the key review will take place on 28 November. The candidates must also train concurrently for both exams. A good plan and simple definitions help candidates distinguish them from the crowd.



       Notification             Eligibility            Exam Pattern  


        Preparation                Important Books         


Notification of IBPS PO 2020 is still not published. It is anticipated that 1st week of August 2020 will publish the official notification for an IBPS PO 2020 exam to recruit over 4,500 Probability Officers (PO) positions. IBPS PO Recruitment 2020 is, to begin with, the publication of the official notification. The Official Notification PDF link will be available here once the IBPS has been released.

IBPS has released IBPS PO 2020 Exam Dates along with its 2020-21 Exam Calendar. As for the latest IBPS calendar, the IBPS PO Preliminary Exam is scheduled to take place on 03.10.2020, 04.10.2020, and 10.10.2020, while the Mains Exam is scheduled to take place on 28 November 2020. The important dates for IBPS PO / MT CFE X 2020 are as follows:

Expected IBPS PO Notification Date
1st week of August 2020
Start Date Of Online registration (Modification, Online Payment)
August 2020
Online registration (Modification, Online Payment) Ends on
August 2020
Pre-Exam Training
September 2020
Admit Card for Prelims
September 2020
Preliminary Exam Date
3rd, 4th & 10th October 2020
Preliminary Result Date
October 2020
Mains Exam
28th November 2020
Mains Result Date
December 2020
January / February 2020


Before applying for the IBPS PO 2020 exam, take a look at the Eligibility Criteria, Age Limit & Educational Qualifications. Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the IBPS PO 2020 exam. Have a look at this:


The candidate has to be either- 

  1. The Indian Citizen or 
  2. The subject of the case of Nepal or 
  3. The subject of Bhutan 
  4. A Tibetan refugee who had come to India before 1 January 1962 in order to settle permanently in India or India. 
  5. Person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam in order to settle permanently in India.

Age Limit:

Applicants must be between 20 and 30 years of age as of 1 August 2020. However, age relaxation is provided to candidates in the reserved categories as indicated below:

Age Relaxation
5 years
3 years
10 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots
5 years
Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers, Persons domiciled in J&K from January 1980 to December 1989
5 years

Education Qualification:

Graduation from a recognized university 

** Candidates must indicate the percentage obtained in Graduation while registering for IBPS PO 2020. Candidates must have an authentic mark sheet or graduation certificate validating their completion of graduation.

Exam Pattern

IBPS released a new test pattern for IBPS PO Exam. The test pattern for IBPS PO 2020 will also be similar. There is a separate sectional timing for each section. The IBPS PO 2020 Review will be conducted in three phases: the Preliminary Exam, the Mains Exam, and the Interview Process. It is mandatory for a candidate to clear each level of examination so that he or she can be selected as a probationary officer in multiple public sector banks.

Preliminary Exam Pattern 2020

Name of Tests
No. of Question
Maximum Marks
English Language
20 minutes
Quantitative Ability
20 minutes
Reasoning Ability
20 minutes
60 minutes

Main Examination Pattern 2020

Introduction of the Descriptive Paper: Like the SBI PO 2020 Exam, IBPS introduced the Descriptive Paper in its Mains Examination, where candidates will be judged on their written skills. An essay and a letter will be sent to the candidates for writing, which will be 25 marks and will have to be completed within 30 minutes.

Sr. No.
Name of test
No. of Questions
Max. Marks
Time Allotted
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
60 minutes
English Language
40 minutes
Data Analysis and Interpretation
45 minutes
General, Economy/Banking Awareness
35 minutes
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)
30 minutes
210 minutes

Section Wise Preparation

English Language: 

For pre- and main exams, the English language section is almost the same. Candidates will read newspapers and magazines to mark good marks in this section. They should also brush up their grammar and vocabulary.

Reasoning Ability: 

Reasoning Ability is a score section. Applicants can prepare this section by completing previous years' question papers and mock tests. Practice jigsaw puzzles and seating arrangements as they cover a large portion of the topics. In addition, increase your command on other topics such as Coding-Decoding, Inequality, Syllogism.

General Awareness and Description Section: 

Read newspapers, magazines, and books to prepare both sections, as well as to help candidates navigate current affairs and grammatical knowledge

Quantitative Aptitude:


Applicants should clarify their basic concepts. They should carry out quizzes on a daily basis. The majority of questions are asked from the Data Interpretation, therefore, the candidates should give special attention to this subject. Revise short tricks on a regular basis and try sectional tests to improve performance. They should learn short cut tricks for calculations such as squares, cubes, percentage values, etc. 

Descriptive Writing: 

It is another section in IBPS PO Mains consisting of 25 marks where the student is to write an article and a letter. Reading the newspaper will help you get to grips with this section. You can practice writing letters to the editor, the branch manager, and the informal letter. Try writing essays on topics related to current affairs.

Important Books & Previous year Papers

When it comes to preparations, books, practice papers, previous years papers and mock tests prove to be the best way out. Candidates will prepare themselves for the IBPS PO 2020 exam through the books such as:

English Language
Quantitative Aptitude
Reasoning Ability
Word Power Made Easy(Norman Lewis)
Quantitative Aptitude(R.S Aggarwal)
Test Of Reasoning(Edgar Thorpe)
High School English Grammar & Composition(Wren & Martin )
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic(Rajesh Verma)
A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning(R.S Aggarwal)
Objective English(Edgar Thorpe)
Quantitative Aptitude Test(N.K Singh)
Bank Po Practice Workbook(Arihant)

Few more books you should follow up

  1. Arihant Expert - IBPS and SBI Bank PO Solved Papers Pre and Main
  2. Kiran Prakashan - Banking and Financial Awareness
  3. M K Panday - Analytical Reasoning
  4. Rani Ahilya - Lucents Computer

These books will help candidates clear their doubts and concepts for topics asked in the IBPS PO 2020 Exam.

Write a comment...
Related Posts