IBPS Clerk Exam 2022 Subjects

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS) conducts IBPS Clerk Exam every year to recruit clerical cadres in multiple banks across the country.IBPS exams are an excellent opportunity for aspirants trying to get into the banking sector in India. 

IBPS Clerk prelims exam for vacancies of 2022-23 was conducted on 12th, 18th and 19th December 2021. Candidates who are interested in this examination should be aware of the syllabus of the examination and subjects to focus on.

IBPS clerk exam pattern and the subjects to focus on will be discussed in this article. For more details about the IBPS Clerk Exam, please check the linked article.

List of Subjects for IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam

The candidates have to qualify in all three tests by securing cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. The three subjects at the prelims stage are:

  • English Language
  • Numerical Ability 
  • Reasoning Ability

The total time allotted for the preliminary exam is 60 minutes. Out of which each subject will be allotted a maximum of 20 minutes. The English Language will have 30 questions, Numerical Ability and Reasoning ability will have 35 questions each.

Topics to focus on from the above three subjects are mentioned in the below table:

IBPS Clerk Prelims Subjects
English Language Numerical Ability Reasoning Ability
Reading Comprehension Logical Reasoning Profit, Loss and Discounts
Tenses rule Alphanumeric Series Quadratic Equations
Cloze Test(Fill in the Blanks) Alphabetic Series Approximation and Simplification
Jumbled Paragraphs Ranking Mixtures and Alligations
Idioms and Phrases Data Sufficiency Tests Simple and Compound Interest
Error Spotting Correction Coded Inequalities Surds and Indices
Reading Comprehension Direction Test Work and Time
Preposition Rules Seating Arrangements Speed, Time and Distance
_ Puzzles Mensuration: Cone, Sphere, Cylinder
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio, Proportion and Percentage
Input/Output Number Systems
Coding and Decoding Sequences and Series
Blood Relations Permutation, Combination and Probability

List of Subjects for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam

The mains stage of IBPS Clerk consists of four main stages. The maximum marks and time allotted to each exam at the mains stage is given in the below table

IBPS Clerk Mains Subjects
Name of the subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks  Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

Topics to focus on from the above 4 subjects are mentioned in the below table:

General/ Financial Awareness General English  Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude  Quantitative Aptitude
Static GK – Static Vocabulary Reasoning Ability


Ratio and Proportion
General Knowledge Tenses Rules Assumptions and Statements Time, Speed and Distance
Current Affairs Grammar Coding and Decoding Work and Time Equations
Banking Awareness Idioms & Phrases Blood Relations Mixtures and Alligations
India’s Financial and Banking System Reading Comprehension Sense of Direction and Distance Measures of Central Tendency and Basic Statistics( Mean, Average, Median and Variance etc.)
Budget and Monetary Plans of the Government Alphanumeric Series Stocks, Shares and Debentures
Important National Institutions Non-Verbal Reasoning Percentages
Basics of Banking Computer Aptitude Clock Ray Questions
Basics of Hardware and Software Volume and Surface Area
Operating Systems Logarithms
Internet and associated topics Permutation and Combination
Microsoft Office and other word processing software Partnerships
History of Computing Heights and Distances
Basic Computer Networking Probability
Basics of Databases Simple and Compound Interest
Basics of Cyber Security Tools and Processes Profit, Loss and Discounts
Syllogism Basic Algebra
Basic Trigonometry
Charts, Bars and Graphs
Data Interpretation

To understand the difficulty level and learn time management during the exam, candidates can go through IBPS Clerk Mock Test Series.

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