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Syllabus & Pattern – IBPS Clerk

IBPS Clerk exam is an exam conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) to hire clerks in various banks through a common exam which takes place across the country to fill clerk vacancies in various banks that participate in this exam. Once you qualify this exam, you are hired as a Clerk in one of the participating banks as per your preference, merit and IBPS Clerk cut off. Computer Literacy i.e. operating and working knowledge in computer systems is mandatory. Banks may also use LPT or Language Proficiency Test to check your language proficiency after your final selection, therefore, you are expected to know the official language of the state from which you apply.

The IBPS Clerk Selection Process is comprised of 2 stages:
1. Prelims
2. Mains
You need to qualify both these exams to get selected as an IBPS Clerk. There will no Interview round for the final selection of candidate after the mains exam. 100% weightage is given to the marks of Mains exam for the final selection. Score of the Prelims exam is considered only for selecting candidates for Mains exam.

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern
The IBPS Clerk preliminary examination is conducted online and candidates are allocated total duration of 1 hour to complete the preliminary exam. It consists of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions and maximum score of 100 marks. The detailed pattern is given below:

Sn. Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

Note:

  • There is negative marking in IBPS Clerk preliminary exam and 1/4th marks are deducted for each wrong answer for questions attempted by a candidate.
  • There is no penalty for unanswered questions.
  • All the tests in both the exams will be available bilingually (in English & Hindi) except for English Language.
  • The Preliminary exam is just a qualifying exam and the marks that you score in the Prelims are not counted towards final merit list preparation.
  • Sectional Timings have been introduced in Prelims.
  • It is necessary to clear the minimum cut-off in all 3 sections as well as minimum overall cut off to qualify for the IBPS Clerk Mains exam.

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IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Syllabus

English Language:Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Cloze Test, Para jumbles, Miscellaneous, Fill in the blanks, Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting, Paragraph Completion.
Quantitative Ability:
Number Systems, Simplification, Surds & Indices, Average, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, Mixtures & Allegations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Data Sufficiency, Data Interpretation, Sequence & Series, Permutation, Combination & Probability
Reasoning Ability:
Logical Reasoning, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test, Data Sufficiency, Coded Inequalities, Seating Arrangement, Puzzle, Tabulation, Syllogisms, Blood Relations, Input Output, Coding Decoding, Double Line Up, Grouping and Selection, Scheduling etc.

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern
IBPS Clerk Mains Exam is conducted online and comprises of 4 sections. The detailed The detailed pattern for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam is given below:

Sn. Section No. of Questions Max. Marks Time Allotted
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 35 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude
50 50 45 minutes
4 General & Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

Note:

  • There is negative marking in IBPS Clerk preliminary exam and 1/4th marks are deducted for each wrong answer for questions attempted by a candidate.
  • There is no penalty for unanswered questions.
  • The test paper will be available bilingually (in English & Hindi) except for English Language Section.
  • You have to score minimum cut off scores in each of the sections as well as a minimum overall cut off  Mains examination.
  • The scores will be normalized to equate the difficulty level of the papers in different slots.
  • Only the score of the Main examination will be considered for Final Merit Listing.
  • The final score will be normalized to a maximum of 100.
  • Language Proficiency Test (LPT): If you have a certificate as proof of the knowledge of official (state/local) language, you will not be subject to an additional Language Test otherwise you are required to take a language test which will be conducted after provisional selection but before joining the branch.

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Final Selection
Final merit list will be prepared based on the marks obtained in the SBI Clerk Main exam. The marks obtained in prelims exam will not be added towards the final selection. Merit List will be drawn state wise & category wise

IBPS Clerk Mains Syllabus
Quantitative Aptitude: Number System, Simplification, Average, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Partnerships, Mixture and Allegations, Simple & Compound Interest, Problems of Ages, Profit and Loss, Number Series, Speed, Distance and Time, Time and Work, Stocks & Shares, Calendar, Clocks, Data Sufficiency, Data Interpretation, Quadratic Equation, Linear Equation, Mensuration and Geometry, Permutation and Combination, Probability.
Reasoning Ability: Verbal Reasoning, Syllogism, Circular Seating Arrangement, Linear Seating Arrangement, Double Lineup, Scheduling, Machine Input Output, Blood Relations, Directions and Distances, Ordering and Ranking, Data Sufficiency, Coding and Decoding, Coded Inequalities.
Computer Aptitude: Computer Fundamentals, Computer Terminologies, Internet, Memory, Keyboard Shortcuts, Computer Abbreviation, Microsoft Office, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Operating System, Networking.
General Awareness: Static GK (History, Geography, Country, Capital, Ministers, Social, Cultural, National and International Organizations, Famous Personalities, Entertainment etc.),  Banking & Financial Awareness, Current Affairs, Indian Banking System, Government policies and schemes related to Banking, Finance and Economy etc.
English Language: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Verbal Ability.

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