What are the ‘Best Books’ for IBPS PO 2019?


IBPS PO 2019 Exam

IBPS or Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is an independent recruitment body which recruits eligible candidates in various banks that are specified under its list. It covers all public sector banks including the regional rural banks (RRBs), that are operational all over India. IBPS conducts different examinations every year to recruit candidates as PO (Probationary Officer) and Clerks in various banks throughout India. A huge number of candidates await this golden opportunity that comes their way every year. IBPS mainly conducts the following examinations every year:

  • IBPS PO (Probationary Officer)
  • IBPS RRB PO (Officer Scale I, II & III)
  • IBPS SO (Specialist Officer)
  • IBPS Clerk
  • IBPS RRB Office Assistant (Clerk)

IBPS had released its exam calendar for the year 2019-20 in the month of January. The wait of a large number of aspirants ended as soon as IBPS released its calendar of tentative dates. IBPS is known to stick to its timetable and the dates mentioned can be considered as final as there are seldom any changes in the examination schedule of IBPS. Now, as the dates have been released, the candidates have a visible timeline in front of them which will enable the candidates to make a long term, comprehensive plan for themselves, which will give them a fair chance to succeed. One of the major examinations conducted by IBPS is for the post of IBPS PO which is the most popular among all banking exams.

IBPS PO 2019 Exam Pattern

IBPS PO 2019: Exam Pattern
IBPS PO 2019: Exam Pattern

IBPS PO is conducted in three phases:

  • Phase I: Preliminary Examination
  • Phase II: Mains Examination
  • Phase III: Personal Interview

 IBPS PO Prelims (Phase I) Examination consists of three sections:

  • English Language – 30 Questions – 30 Marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 35 Questions – 35 Marks
  • Reasoning Ability – 35 Questions – 35 Marks

All the sections have separate sectional timing of 20 minutes each.

IBPS PO Mains (Phase II) Examination consists of four sections:

  • Reasoning & Computer Aptitude – 45 Questions – 60 Marks – 60 minutes
  • General / Economy/ Banking Awareness – 40 Questions – 40 Marks – 35 minutes
  • Data Analysis & Interpretation – 35 Questions – 60 Marks – 40 minutes
  • English Language – 35 Questions – 40 Marks – 45 minutes

The IBPS PO Mains Examination also consists of an additional ‘ English Descriptive Test’ ( Letter & Essay Writing) which consists of 2 Questions worth 25 marks.

  • Both the IBPS PO Prelims & Mains Examinations contain negative marking of 0.25 marks.

IBPS PO Interview (Phase III) – After the candidates qualify in both the phases, they are supposed to appear for the ‘Personal Interview’, in front of an interview panel. The total marks allotted for this phase will be 100. IBPS  fixes the minimum qualifying marks of the interview phase more than 40% and 35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates.

IBPS PO 2019: Study Material

Before you plan to start your preparation, it is important to know that study material forms the major part of your preparation strategy. Without a good preparation plan, it is almost impossible to move ahead with your strategy. Thus, we have listed down some important books for IBPS PO Prelims and Mains Examination, which will help you in planning your studies in the right direction that will provide correct guidance. Both the Prelims & Mains Exams of IBPS have three common sections and one additional section of General Awareness. Thus, the books will remain common for all other sections for both phases.

IBPS PO Study Material Prelims & Mains
IBPS PO Best Books for Pre & Mains

IBPS PO 2019: Best Books for English Language

Book Author Publisher
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis Penguin
Objective General English R.S.Aggarwal

Vikas Aggarwal

Essential Grammar in Use (3rd Edition) Raymond Murphy Cambridge University Press- New Delhi
Objective English for Competitive Examinations Hari Mohan Prasad

Uma Rani Sinha

McGraw Hill Education
High School Grammar & Composition Wren & Martin S.Chand
  • Apart from reading these books, reading English newspaper religiously will contribute majorly in improving your English.

IBPS PO 2019: Best Books for Quantitative Aptitude

Book Author Publisher
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Verma Arihant
Quantitative Aptitude Test N.K.Singh Upkar Prakashan
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (17th Edition) R.S.Aggarwal S.Chand
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma McGraw Hill Education

IBPS PO 2019: Best Books for Reasoning Ability

Book Author Publisher
Analytical Reasoning M.K.Pandey BSC
Test of Reasoning Edgar Thorpe Pearson
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R.S.Aggarwal S.Chand
Bank PO / MT Examination Practice Workbook Experts Compilation Arihant

IBPS PO 2019: Best Books for General Awareness

Book Author Publisher
Banking Awareness Arihant Experts Arihant
Objective Banking and Economic Awareness BSC
General Knowledge Renu Sinha


Vinay Karna

Manvendra Mukul


Apart from opting for an offline mode of study, there are a number of options available online these days. You can stay updated on a regular basis with all recent exam-related news, updates, changes in the pattern, study material and much more. To get more information about IBPS PO 2019 and IBPS Exams, read the following informative blogs:

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Vishwas Kumbhar
4 years ago

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4 years ago

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3 years ago

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