IBPS PO Pre Exam Pattern 2016 – Syllabus and Preparation Tips

IBPS Probationary Officer Examination 2016 is very near now. In this post I am going to explain about IBPS PO Pre Exam Pattern 2016 and syllabus of this examination.

Modification in IBPS PO Exam Pattern 2016: This year IBPS has made slight modification in the exam pattern. Earlier in the main examination there was composite time of 2 hours. However now IBPS has fixed section wise time limit in the main examination.

The exam pattern for the preliminary examination is however the same.

ibps po pre exam pattern 2016How many will appear in IBPS PO Exam 2016? In the IBPS PO Examination more than 20 lakhs students are likely to appear. Hence level of competition will be high as always. However well prepared students can easily qualify the preliminary examination. The reason is that in preliminary examination the competition will not be that high.

The real competition will begin in the main exam only. However you should not take your preliminary examination lightly.

You have to make best use of the opportunity. Even if you were an ordinary student earlier, it does not really matter. This is an open competitive exams and everybody has equal chances. Important is how you perform on the exam day.

Now I will explain you about the  IBPS PO Pre Exam Pattern 2016 and syllabus .

Here I will in detail explain about preliminary examination and its syllabus. We will discuss about main exam in the next post.

The IBPS PO selection Process consists of three phases. These three phases are:

Phase I: Preliminary Examination (Objective Test)

Phase II: Mains Examination (Objective Test)

& Phase III: Interview

Both preliminary and mains exams will be online exams. Preliminary exam will be of qualifying nature. Interview call will be based on the marks obtained in the mains examination only. The final merit list for selection will be based on the marks obtained in Mains exam and Interview.

The first phase is Preliminary Examination and it is very vital. It is the first hurdle and once you qualify it your chances will increase manifolds. The reason is that once you qualify the preliminary exam almost 90% competition will be wiped out. As almost 90% of the total candidates will be filtered through preliminary examination.

The purpose of the preliminary examination is to identify those students who are better prepared. Therefore you should take the preliminary examination very seriously. Once you get through, it will also boost your confidence and you can appear in the main exam with better frame of mind.

IBPS PO Pre Exam Pattern 2016

The exam pattern of Preliminary Exam is as under:

You can see that there will be three sections in the preliminary examination viz. English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. The number of questions and marks will be 30, 35 and 35 respectively.

Hence there will be a total of 100 questions. The composite time will be of one hour or 60 minutes.

There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in the preliminary as well as main examination.

In the preliminary exam there will be sectional as well as overall cut off. The same method will also be adopted for the mains examination.

IBPS PO Pre Exam Syllabus 2016

Syllabus of English Language Section: Normally the level of questions asked is of 10th and 12th standard. The questions are asked on the following topics.

General English: Fill in the blanks, one word substitution, idioms and phrase, spellings, vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms, word formation and sentence completion, arrangement of sentences etc.

Comprehension: Theme detection, deriving conclusions, passage completion, error detection and passage correction, sentence correction etc.

Spelling: Grammar, Idioms and Phrases.

Syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude Section: In quantitative aptitude normally the questions are asked from the following topics

  • Number system
  • HCF & LCM
  • Number series
  • Problems based on numbers
  • Decimal fractions
  • Square root and cube root
  • Simplifications
  • Partnerships
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and proportions
  • Average
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Profit and loss
  • Simple interest and compound interest
  • Time and work
  • Time and distance
  • Average
  • Mensuration
  • Permutation and combination
  • Data tables
  • Probability
  • Pie charts
  • Bar graphs
  • Line graphs
  • Mixed graphs

Syllabus of Reasoning Ability Section: Reasoning is a very important and normally considered the most difficult section of IBPS PO. It consists of verbal as well as non verbal reasoning questions. Here is the syllabus of reasoning section of IBPS PO.

  • Number series
  • Letter & symbol series
  • Statement and argument
  • Inference
  • Logical problems
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Blood relations reasoning
  • Coding – decoding
  • Number ranking
  • Judgment based reasoning etc.

IBPS PO Pre Exam Pattern 2016

How to Prepare for IBPS PO Pre Exam: Now not much time has left for the IBPS PO Exam. Hence the best strategy now is to focus on practice and on increasing your speed. In the last few days your focus should be to attempt as many practice sets and previous papers as you can. Always review after solving the practice set or previous paper. Check the practice set which you have attempted and re attempt all the questions which you could not solve correctly. This way you will cover all type of questions.

Another method of increasing your speed is to reduce the time. As you know that in IBPS PO Preliminary Exam 2016 you will get time of 60 minutes to solve the paper. During practice sessions try to attempt paper in 45 minutes or 50 minutes. This will help you a lot in the time management during actual exam.

During the actual exam never get nervous. I have seen many students who take time to organise and by the time they organise themselves crucial minutes get passed. Therefore remain very confident and attempt the paper with free mind. Even if the paper is tough it does not matter as it is same for everyone.


  1. Hi, I need your help to know that if I get started on preparing for PO, in approx what time nwil I get to appear for the next exam.


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