IBPS Clerk Syllabus and Examination Pattern

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IBPS Clerk is an important examination conducted in India for the recruitment of candidates for the clerical cadre in several Public-Sector Banks except SBI. It is conducted twice in a year by the Institute of Personnel Banking across the country through different examination centers. Every year lakhs of candidates appear for this examination because of the job-security, decent salary package and perks this job offers to them. Another reason behind it is that the banking sector is on boom for the last few years and is attracting the career-oriented people towards it.

Selection Procedure:

Selection of the candidates for the posts of Clerk is done through two phase Written Online Examination i.e. Preliminary Written Examination and Mains Written Examination. No interview is required for the recruitment of the candidates for this position. Final selection is made on the basis of merit list, which is prepared on the basis of cumulative score of Preliminary and Mains Examination.

IBPS Clerk Examination Pattern:

Phase I: IBPS Preliminary Written Examination

Preliminary Examination or IBPS Clerk CWE is the first step of the selection process and is an online examination. It is conducted to test the intellect, aptitude and English. The paper comprises three sections namely English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning. The paper is of total 100 marks and has to be completed in 1 hour. English language section contains 30 questions of 30 marks, Numerical Ability Sections has 35 questions of 35 marks and Reasoning Section also has 35 questions of 35 marks. Passing marks in the paper are decided by the IBPS. All the questions are of objective type in nature and for each question 4 or 5 options are provided.

Sl. No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsTotal Marks per sectionDuration
1. English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 hour
2. Numerical Ability 35 35
3. Reasoning 35 35
  Total 100 100

Phase 2: IBPS Clerk Mains Written Examination

IBPS Mains Written Examination is attended by those candidates only, who have cleared the Preliminary examination or IBPS Clerk CWE. It is the second and the final step of the selection procedure for the post of Clerk. It is also an objective type online examination containing multiple choice questions. The paper is divided into four sections namely Computer Aptitude and Reasoning Ability, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness/ Financial Awareness.

Several changes have been made by IBPS in the Mains Examination Pattern of 2017. It has revised the total number of questions and time duration of the exam. In the latest notification issued by IBPS, it has revealed that now there will be total 190 questions in the paper which will have to be attempted in the time duration of 160 minutes.

Previously, the Reasoning and Computer Aptitude sections were given separately in the paper but now they have been merged together. This section will now constitute 50 questions, which have to be attempted in 45 minutes.

Now both the Preliminary and Mains Examination will be organized bilingually in English and Hindi both. Examination Pattern of Mains is given below:

Sl. No.SectionsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
2. English Language 40 40 35 minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
4. General Awareness (with special reference to banking industry) 50 50 35 minutes
  Total 190 200 160 minutes

Negative Marking: For every wrong answer marked by the candidate there will be a negative marking of ┬╝marks or 0.25 marks. However, there will no penalty against the questions left un-attempted by the candidates.

As we are now aware about the examination pattern and selection procedure of IBPS Clerk, now we will discuss the detailed syllabus of the paper.

IBPS Clerk Examination Syllabus 2018

English Language

Vocabulary: Antonyms, Synonyms, Homonyms, Word Formation, Spelling

Grammar: Phrases and idioms, Spotting Errors, Active/ Passive voice, Direct and Indirect speech

Reading Comprehension: Passage completion, Theme Detection, Deriving Conclusion, Topic rearrangement of passage.


Verbal Reasoning: Analogy, Classification, Word formation, Statement and conclusions Syllogism, Statement and assumptions, Statement and arguments, Coding Decoding, Blood Relations, Passage and conclusions, Alphabet test, Series Test, Number, Ranking and time sequence, Direction sense Test, Decision making test, Figure series, Input/output, Assertion and reasoning, Sitting Arrangement

Non-Verbal Reasoning: Series test, Odd figure Out, Analogy, Miscellaneous Test

Quantitative Aptitude: Ratio and proportion, Averages, Time and work, Speed, Distance and time, Mixture and allegation Stocks and shares, Percentages, Partnership, Clocks, Volume and surface Area, Bar & Graphs, Line charts, Tables Height and Distances, Logarithms, Permutation and combinations, Simple and compound interest, Equations, Probability, Trigonometry, Profit, Loss and Discount, Mensuration, Elements of Algebra, Data Interpretation, Pie charts

Computer Knowledge: Basics of Hardware and software, Windows operating system basics, Internet terms and services, Basic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint) History of computers, Networking and communication, Database basics, Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses

General Awareness: Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months, Overview of Indian Financial System, History of Indian banking system, Recent credit and monetary policies Introduction to National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc,

Abbreviations and Economic terminologies, Banking Terms, Important Government Schemes on capital & money market.