Descriptive Syllabus & Exam Pattern for IBPS PO Examination 2023

The (IBPS) Institute of Banking Personnel Selection will conduct the IBPS PO Exam 2023 to select qualified aspirants for the post of PO in different public sector govt banks in India. This exam has been administered annually since the year 2011, and the 12th version will take place in the year 2023. The 11 public sector government banks will select candidates for the IBPS MT CRP-XII/ CRP PO 2023. The Prelims exam of IBPS PO will be held on 15th Oct, 16th Oct, and 22nd Oct 2023.

IBPS serves all government public-sector government banks (BOB, PNB, and so on), RBI, SBI, NABARD, LIC & Insurance companies, SIDBI, and many other govt banks that are permanent members of the IBPS. To recruit clerks and officers for Indian government banks, IBPS announced a special recruitment process known as the Common Recruitment Process. The CRP takes online registration through its authorised website. The IBPS PO Examination is only available through online medium and is administered in different locations all over India.

Official Recruitment Advertisement for IBPS PO 2023

On August 1, 2023, IBPS released the comprehensive IBPS PO Notification 2023 PDF on the IBPS website,,  for the hiring of 6932 Probability Officers (PO) in various public sector banks. The IBPS Calendar 2023 and IBPS PO 2023 (CRP-XII PO/MT) exam dates have already been released. Click on the link below to read the comprehensive IBPS PO 2023 Notification for reference.

Summary of IBPS PO 2023 Exam

The IBPS has already posted a detailed advertisement for the active positions on its website. The last date of the application is also over for this year. However, the purpose of this article is to make you familiar with the exam dates, syllabus, exam pattern for the IBPS PO Exam & more.

IBPS PO 2023- Exam Summary

Name of the Agency Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Profile (PO) Probationary Officer
No. of Openings 6932
Participating Banks 11
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Online
Selection Criteria  Prelims Test- Mains Test- Interview 
Education Requirements Graduation
Age Restriction 20 to 30 years 
Pay Scale Rs. 52,000/- to 55,000/-
Authorised website 

Exam Date of IBPS PO 2023

According to the IBPS calendar for 2023, the IBPS PO Preliminaries Exam will be held on October 15, 16, and 22. (tentatively). The table below has been updated with the prospective IBPS PO/MT CRP XII 2023 important dates.

IBPS PO 2023 Exam Dates

Events Important Date
Released Date of IBPS PO Authorised Advertisement  August 1st, 2023
Online Registration Starting Date 02nd August 2023
Online Registration End Date 22nd August 2023
Admit Card for Prelims Exam for IBPS PO October 2023
Preliminary Exam Date 15th Oct, 16th Oct, 22nd October 2023
Result of Prelims Exam of IBPS PO November 2023
Score Card of Prelims Exam of IBPS PO November 2023
Admit Card Release Date for Mains Exam of IBPS PO 2023 November 2023
Exam Date Mains Exam for IBPS PO 2023 26th November 2023
Result Announcement of Mains Exam of IBPS PO December 2023
Score Card of Mains Exam of IBPS PO December 2023
Call letter Release Date for IBPS PO January/February 2023
Schedule of Interview January/February 2023
Provisional Period Allotment Time for IBPS PO 2023 April 2023


Exam Pattern for IBPS PO 2023

IBPS changed the preliminary exam’s sectional timing to separate timing for each section. The IBPS Probationary Officer Exam (CRP XI) consists of a two-part online written examination: Tier 1 or the Preliminary Test and Tier 2 or the Mains Test. A personal interview process follows this examination.

Preliminary IBPS PO Exam-Pattern 2023

Each section of the IBPS PO preliminary examination, which will be delivered online, will last 1 hour and 20 minutes in total. There are three sections, a total of 100 questions of 100 points. The IBPS PO pre-exam has a negative marking, and 0.25 points are deducted for each incorrect response. To become eligible for the IBPS PO mains exam, aspirants must clear the cut-off in each of the three sections. Here are the details, divided by section: 

Exam Pattern of IBPS PO Prelim 2023

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


Exam Pattern of IBPS PO Mains 2023 

  • Introduction of Descriptive Paper: Like the SBI PO examination, IBPS added Descriptive Paper to the main exam where writing ability will be tested. Aspirants will be required to write an essay and a letter will be worth 25 points and will be completed in 30 minutes. 
  • There are also changes in the total time allotted for each section.
  • There will be no separate exam for computers. This section, which combines reasoning and computer skills, has 45 questions worth a total of 60 points.
  • In addition, the total time allotted for the first objective test of IBPS PO 2023 has been increased from 140 minutes to 180 minutes, plus an additional 30 minutes for the descriptive test. IBPS PO Main takes a total of 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete


Serial No. Section Questions Marks Language of Examination Duration Time Allotted
1 English Language 35 40 English only 40 minutes 60 minutes
2 General, Economy/Banking Awareness 40 40 Hindi & English 35 minutes 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 Hindi & English 45 minutes 45 minutes
4 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 Hindi & English 60 minutes 35 minutes
Total 155 200   180 minutes
English (Essay & Letter Writing) 2 25 English 30 minutes


Interview Round for the IBPS PO 2023 

Finally, IBPS invites applicants who pass the Main Exam for an interview. The minimum score required to clear the interview process, which carries 100 points, is 40% for general candidates and 35% for ST/ SC/ PWD/ OBC applicants.

For each incorrect answer in the IBPS PO 2023 Preliminary Exam and IBPS PO 2023 Mains Exam, applicants will lose 0.25 marks. No points will be deducted if an applicant leaves a question unanswered or incomplete.

Last Decision

The applicants’ final selection for the position of the probationary officer will be based on their overall performance in the main exam and during the interview process. Both of these examination phases will carry equal weight in the ratio of 80:20. After the IBPS PO 2023 Exam Interview Process is completed, a merit list will be created. The joining letter will thus be made available to applicants who make the list by the Bank of their choice.

Complete Syllabus for IBPS Prelims 2023

Knowing the complete IBPS PO Syllabus is crucial for passing the IBPS PO 2023 exam. The IBPS PO Prelim Exam & Mains Exam have a bit different syllabuses. Let’s look at the course materials for these two IBPS PO Exam phases:

The first round of the IBPS PO 2023 Exam’s selection process is the IBPS PO Preliminary Exam. Applicants may sit for the main exam if they pass the preliminary exam. There are three main sections in the IBPS PO preliminary exam: Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, and Reasoning.

Latest Syllabus for IBPS PO Prelim Examination 2023

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


Latest Syllabus for IBPS PO Mains Examination 2023

A very important part of the IBPS PO Exam 2023 is the main exam. In the final selection process for the post of PO, the aspirant’s performance in the main IBPS PO exam is given. English Language, Statistics, General Ability and Awareness, Reasoning and Computer Ability, and Main Exam for IBPS PO Exam 2023 each has 4+1 sections. To select candidates for the post of PO, IBPS has added a descriptive test to its main examination section.


Syllabus of Mains Exam for IBPS PO 2023

Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude  Syllabus for General Awareness  Syllabus for Computer Aptitude & Reasoning  Syllabus for English English Language Syllabus
Percentage Current Affairs Circular Seating Arrangement Keyboard Shortcuts One word substitution Reading Comprehension
Average Static Awareness Syllogism Memory Reading comprehension Vocabulary
Ratio and Percentage General Knowledge Double Lineup Microsoft Office Grammar Grammar
Mixture and Allegations Financial Awareness Code Inequalities Computer Abbreviation Vocabulary One word Substitution
Mensuration and Geometry  












Input-Output Computer Software One word substitution Verbal Ability
Data Interpretation Linear Seating Arrangement Computer Hardware  
Problems of Ages Scheduling Networking
Quadratic Equation Directions and Distances Operating System
Profit and Loss Blood Relations Internet
Interest Data Sufficiency Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Speed, Distance, and Time Ordering and Ranking  
Number Series Verbal Reasoning  
Number System Coding and Decoding
Time and Work  
Linear Equation
Data Sufficiency
Permutation and Combination

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What is the mode of the Mains Exam for IBPS PO in 2023?

The Mains Exam of IBPS PO is administered online, and each subject must be passed or qualified for separately.

What is the English Language Descriptive test for the post of PO?

The applicant will have to appear for a separate, recently introduced English descriptive test on the same day as the IBPS PO mains exam. There will be letter & essay writing. The test lasts 30 minutes and is worth a total of 25 marks. This English language descriptive test is conducted to evaluate the applicants’ writing abilities.

Does the IBPS PO Exam have any negative marking scheme?

For IBPS PO Exam 2023, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for a single wrong answer.

What are the IBPS PO selection criteria?

Three stages—Preliminary, Main, and Personal Interviews—are the three main stages of the selection process of IBPS PO.

What is the total number of sections in the IBPS PO mains exam syllabus for 2023?

Quantitative Aptitude, English language, General/Banking Awareness, Reasoning & Computer Aptitude make up the four sections of the IBPS PO Mains 2023 syllabus. The IBPS Mains exam has a total of 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and the candidates will have to complete it within 3 hours.

When will the IBPS PO Prelims be held?

The IBPS PO 2023 Preliminary Exam is scheduled for October 15th, 16th, and 22nd.