To appear an exam a candidate must know what to read, a better preparation strategy helps you to score more in any exam. A candidate must know his area of strength and weakness, so he must go through the syllabus and expected number of questions in every section and divide his time to study accordingly.
The preliminary examination of IBPS PO exam consists of three sections namely English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. Remember sectional timings have been introduced this time by IBPS. Means you have 20min to solve each section.
Sr. No 
Subjects 
No. of questions 
Marks 
Time 
1 
English Language 
30 
30 
20 min 
2 
Quantitative Aptitude 
35 
35 
20 min 
3 
Reasoning Ability 
35 
35 
20 min 

Total 
100 
100 
60 min(1 hr) 
Now we will have a look on the expected number of questions from each section one by one. First of all we will discuss the quantitative aptitude section.
Quantitative Aptitude
Sr. No 
Topic 
Expected No. of Questions 
1 
Number Series 
35 Questions 
2 
Simplification / Approximation 
35 Questions 
3 
Quadratic Equations 
35 Questions 
4 
Data Interpretation 
510 Questions 
5 
Miscellaneous Arithmetic( Percentage, Profit & loss, SI, Compound Interest, Average, Ratio & Proportion, Age based problems, speed time & distance, Boat & Streams, Probability, Time and work etc ) 
810 Questions 
6 
Data Sufficiency 
35 Questions 
Reasoning ability section will include the following topics
Reasoning Ability
Sr. No 
Topic 
Expected No. of Questions 
1 
Seating Arrangement and Puzzles 
34 sets (1520questions) 
2 
Inequality 
35 questions 
3 
Syllogism / Reverse Syllogism 
35 questions 
4 
Coding  Decoding 
34 questions 
5 
InputOutput 
5 questions 
6 
Miscellaneous Problems (Direction sense, Order and Ranking, Blood Relations, Alphanumeric Series etc.) 
810 questions 
You may encounter the following topics in the PO Prelims exams
English Language
Sr. No 
Topic 
Expected No. of Questions 
1 
Reading Comprehension 
12 sets (710questions) 
2 
Cloze Test 
510 questions 
3 
Spotting Errors 
5 questions 
4 
Para Jumbles 
5 questions 
5 
Sentence Improvement 
5 questions 
6 
Fill in the blanks 
5 questions 
We suggest to the students if you are preparing for the bank exams then stick to these topics and practice more and more. Make a focused strategy and go ahead for the exams, we wish you a good luck for your upcoming exams.
Note: There will be negative marking of 1/4^{th} for each wrong answer