IBPS Clerk Syllabus

Every year IBPS conducts exam for the post of Clerk. The exam is divided into two stages: Prelims and Mains.

Prelims: In IBPS Clerk Prelims exam, following three subjects are tested.

  1. English Language
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Reasoning Ability

Generally, questions from the following topics are asked in both the prelims and the mains examination.

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning English
Ratio and Proportions Blood Relation Paragraph Completion
Shares and Partners Direction Fill in the blanks with a word
Percentage Alphanumeric Series Sentence Improvement/Word replacement
Profit and Loss/Discount Ranking Para jumbles
Time & distance Coded Inequalities Reading Comprehension
Boat and Stream Coding Decoding Cloze Test
Average Input Output Synonym/Antonym
Alligation and Mixture Tabulation Error Spotting
Pipe & Cistern Puzzle
Time and Work Seating Arrangement
Simple and Compound Interest Syllogism
Problems on Ages Critical Reasoning
Probability/Permutation Data Sufficiency
Mensuration – Cylinder, cone and sphere
Number Series
Simplification
Inequality/Quadratic
Data Sufficiency
Data Interpretation

Let’s look at the topics asked in the previous exams to get an idea about the importance of individual topics in the prelims.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topics 2015 2016
Ratio and Proportions 1 0
Partnership 1 0
Percentage 1 1
Profit and Loss/Discount 2 1
Time & distance 1 1
Boat and Stream 1 0
Average 1 1
Alligation and Mixture 1 0
Pipe & Cistern 0 1
Time and Work 1 1
Simple and Compound Interest 1 1
Problems on Ages 1 1
Geometry 1 0
Mensuration – Cylinder, cone and sphere 1 0
Number Series 5 5
Simplification 10 15
Data Interpretation 5 5
Numbers 1 2
Total 35 35

Reasoning:

Topics 2015 2016
Seating Arrangement 11 15
Alphanumeric Series 5 5
Inequality 5 5
Alphabet Test/Ranking 2 5
Blood Relation 2 0
Miscellaneous 8 5
Syllogism 0 0
Coding Decoding 2 0
Total  35 35

English:

Topics 2015 2016
Reading Comprehension 10 10
Cloze Test 5 10
Parajumbles 5 0
Sentence Improvement 5 0
Error Detection 5 10
Fill in the blanks 0 0
Total  30 30

Mains: In IBPS Clerk Mains exam, following five subjects are tested.

  1. English Language
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Reasoning Ability
  4. General Awareness with special reference of banking
  5. Computer Knowledge

In Mains exam, the syllabus of English, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning is same as that of Prelims. The syllabus for General Awareness and Computer is as follows:

General Awareness Computer Knowledge
Banking & Financial Awareness Number System
Major Financial/Economic News History of Computers
New Schemes of State and Central Govt. Hardware
RBI and its new policies Software
Budget and Five Year Plans Database (Introduction)
Latest Appointments Communication (Basic Introduction)
Questions related to UN Headquarters Networking (LAN, WAN)
Who’s Who Internet (Concept, History, Working environment, Application)
Sports Security Tools, Virus, Hacker
Books and Authors MS Windows & MS Office
Awards and Honours
Science – Inventions and Discoveries
Abbreviations
Important Days
International and National Organizations

Let’s look at the topics asked in the previous exams to get an idea about the importance of individual topics in the mains.

Quantitative Aptitude:

Topics 2015 2016
Ratio and Proportions 1 0
Partnership 1 1
Percentage 1 1
Profit and Loss/Discount 1 2
Time & distance 1 3
Boat and Stream 1 0
Average 1 0
Alligation and Mixture 1 1
Pipe & Cistern 0 1
Time and Work 1 1
Simple and Compound Interest 2 3
Problems on Ages 1 0
Geometry 1 1
Mensuration – Cylinder, cone and sphere 1 0
Number Series 5 5
Simplification 15 0
Data Interpretation 5 10
Data Sufficiency 0 5
Inequality/Quadratic 0 5
Numbers 1 1
Total 40 40

Reasoning:

Topics 2015 2016
Seating Arrangement 5 5
Puzzle 5 5
Inequality 5 5
Direction 2 3
Blood Relation 0 3
Miscellaneous 5 10
Syllogism 5 0
Coding Decoding 5 5
Data Sufficiency 3 4
Alpha Numerics Series 5 0
Total  40 40

English: 

Topics 2015 2016
Reading Comprehension 10 16
Cloze Test 10 0
Parajumbles 5 2
Error Detection 5 4
Sentence Improvement 5 9
Fill in the blanks 5 5
Odd Sentence Out 0 4
Total  40 40