Best Books For IBPS PO Preparation

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the recruitment notification in August for over 4,000 probationary officer (PO) vacancies. With the end of the online application process, it is now time for aspirants to focus on their preparation. The online preliminary examination for the IBPS PO is scheduled to take place in the third week of October.

The selection of the candidates for PO will be based on three phases, namely, preliminary, main examination and a personality round. Both the preliminary and main examination will be a computer-based examination. The candidates will be tested on their knowledge of quantitative aptitude, reasoning ability alongside English language. The banking and general awareness section will be added in the main examination.


Hence, picking the right books and study materials is the most important part in the preparation. Here are the section-wise books for IBPS PO examination that have been deemed as best.

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General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness

  • Banking Awareness by Arihant Publication: This is the most reliable book that helps in providing all the useful information for financial and banking awareness.
  • Lucent's General Knowledge: This book carries all the basic information about history, geography, economics, science and Indian polity.
English Language

English Language

  • Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi: This is the best book to kick-start the English language preparation that consists of many concepts and helps aspirants to prepare the English language in a constructive manner.
  • High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren & Martin: One has to keep in mind that grammar and vocabulary are the most important parts to crack when appearing for the exam of probationary officer. Aspirants will find a lot of grammar rules and application in this unique book.
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis: This is also one amongst the best sources to increase your vocabulary and usage of words. This book even helps in polishing and practising the comprehension section.
Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Quantitative Aptitude by Dr. R. S. Aggarwal: This book will provide clarity over the concepts besides displaying shortcuts to get good marks.
  • Magical Book on Quicker Maths by M. Tyra: The book will teach all the easy steps to solve the questions in less time.
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Varma: Candidates will find endless shortcuts and tips to solve the problems in lesser time. They can also access numerous practise papers which are present in the book.
Reasoning Ability

Reasoning Ability

  • Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by Dr. R.S. Aggarwal: This is the best source for the candidates to get clarity over all the basic concepts. They can even access hundreds of practise questions.
  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey: The practise papers in this book will help a lot during preparations. One will also learn about the non-verbal reasoning concepts in this book.
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal Analytical by B.S. Sijwalii and Indu Sijwali: This is best for practising the previous year's question papers. Reasoning Ability
Computer Aptitude

Computer Aptitude

  • Objective Computer Awareness by Arihant Publication: This is a book that explains basic computer knowledge in the simplest of language. It briefly describes all the generations in computers which can be easily understood and grasped while prepation.
  • Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy by Kiran's Publication: Aspirants will find a range of question papers and practise papers in this book. One can also access the basic concepts related to computers via this book.

It is important to note that along with the books, candidates have to keep practising mock papers and previous year question papers. The more the candidate can understand a concept and write about the same in points it will be better than just mugging-up the entire books. Candidates have to remember that their knowledge will be tested and they need to portray the same in the best way possible.

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