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IBPS Clerk Syllabus

IBPS conducts a Common written examination (CWE) for the recruitment of clerks in nationalized Indian banks. IBPS CWE is now mandatory for anyone who is interested in the banking sector. The exams are organized at various locations in the country in online mode. Aspirants have to go through an interview process after passing the online test. On the basis of the interview, candidates are placed in various regional banks.

Aspiring candidates who are appearing for Common Recruitment Process by IBPS and wants to know the syllabus, well you are at a right place.

The IBPS Clerk exam pattern is given in a detailed format. The IBPS exam syllabus for prelims as well as the mains exam. In order to crack IBPS, one must ensure the proper pattern of the syllabus and prepare in accordance with the latest syllabus announced by IBPS in 2017 is known. The IBPS syllabus pattern for 2017 is hence subdivided into two phases.

Details of IBPS clerk exam syllabus as in 2017

The exam will be conducted online in two phases:

  • Prelims
  • Mains

IBPS Clerk Type of Examination: Prelims

The IBPS exam syllabus for 2017 prelims consists of the following sections:

Name of subject Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
English Language 30 30

1 hour

Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

IBPS clerk 2017 syllabus: preliminary examinations

The IBPS Clerk syllabus for prelims exams includes:

English language:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Para Jumbles
  • Spotting Error

Numerical Ability:

  • Simplification
  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  • Mensuration
  • Time, Speed & Distance
  • Time & Work and Boats & Streams
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Ratio and proportions
  • Percentages
  • Mixtures & Alligations
  • Ages
  • Averages
  • Quadratic Equation

Reasoning  Ability:

  • Circular Seating Arrangement
  • Linear Seating Arrangement
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Number series
  • Maths Inequalities
  • Blood Relations
  • Arrangement & Pattern
  • Data sufficiency
  • Ordering & Ranking

IBPS clerk type of examination: Mains

The IBPS Clerk Mains exam syllabus for 2017 mains consists of the following sections:

Name of the Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
Reasoning 40 40 2 Hours
English Language 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
General Awareness

(With special reference to banking)

40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 40
Total 200 200

 IBPS clerk syllabus: Mains examination

The IBPS pattern for mains exam includes:


  • Symbols and their relationships
  • Arithmetical computation
  • Decision making
  • Verbal and figure classification
  • Verbal and nonverbal
  • Analytical functions
  • Space visualization
  • Judgment
  • Problem solving
  • Discrimination
  • Arithmetical number series
  • Visual memory
  • Observation
  • Arithmetical reasoning
  • Relationship concepts
  • Differences
  • Analysis
  • Similarities
  • Analogies

English language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Error Spotting
  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumbles
  • Synonyms/Antonyms

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Simplification/Approximation
  • Data Interpretation
  • Number Series
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Problem on Ages
  • Percentages
  • Partnerships
  • Profit & Loss
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Time, Work & Wages
  • Time, Speed & Distance
  • Boats and streams
  • Problem on trains
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Permutation, Combination & Probability

General Awareness

  • Banking & Financial Awareness
  • Current Affairs
  • Static GK (Few questions)

Computer Knowledge

  • Fundamentals of Computer
  • History of Computer
  • Internet
  • MS Office – Word, PowerPoint, Excel & Access
  • Memory
  • Input Output devices
  • Computer Shortcuts

The aspirants are expected to have a clear idea about the IBPS clerk exams to strategize a proper preparation schedule before the exams. Byju’s not only provide all the details about the IBPS exams but also help the aspirants by giving proper preparation tips and detailed explanations of the topics included in the IBPS Clerk syllabus.