IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2019 and Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2019 and Exam Pattern


The first step for IBPS Clerk Exam 2019 Preparation is to understand the IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus 2019 completely and understand the IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2019.

What is IBPS Clerk Exam ?

IBPS Clerk Exam is one of the most competitive exam in India. Every year Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) holds the IBPS Clerk Exam for the Recruitment of clerical cadre in multiple Government as well as Public Sector banks all over the country. IBPS started Common Written Examination (CWE) in the year 2011 to recruit officers and clerks. It accepts online application through its official website for registration of the examination.

IBPS Clerk Exam 2019

IBPS Clerk Exam 2019

IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2019 Official Notification is expected to release soon. This year the officials are expected to announce 8000+ vacancies for IBPS Clerk Exam in various public sector banks in the country. The IBPS Clerk Exam 2019 will be conducted on two levels- preliminary exam and mains. No interview process is required for the selection to the post of Clerk. Merit List is made based on the cumulative score of both Preliminary Examination as well as Mains Examination.

Important Dates of IBPS Clerk Exam 2019 :

The important Dates for IBPS Clerk Exam 2019 are as follows

ActivityTentative Dates
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates17.09.2019 to 09.10.2019
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online)17.09.2019 to 09.10.2019
Download of call letters for Pre- Exam TrainingNovember 2019
Conduct of Pre-Exam Training25.11.2019 to 30.11.2019
Download of call letters for Online examination – PreliminaryNovember 2019
Online Examination – Preliminary07.12.2019, 08.12.2019,
14.12.2019 & 21.12.2019
Result of Online exam – PreliminaryDecember 2019/ January 2020
Download of Call letter for Online exam – MainJanuary 2020
Online Examination – Main19.01.2020
Provisional AllotmentApril 2020

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2019

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2019

For the post of Clerical cadre IBPS will conduct the exam in two different phases : Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam. Both the papers follow online method of conducting written examination. Candidates have to qualify to be listed in the merit list that is prepared after conduction of both the exam.

Phase-1: IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination

The duration of IBPS Clerk preliminary examination is One Hour. It is conducted Online. The exam testing a candidate on the basis of their aptitude, intellect and English. It has 3 sections with having 100 questions in total and the maximum score is 100 marks. Candidates are required to solve the question paper in the time frame of 20 minutes for each section. The section-wise details are given below:

Name of the TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration for each exam
English Language303020 minutes
Numerical Ability353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes


1001001 hour

There is negative marking in IBPS Clerk Pre Exam. 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Candidates must clear the sectional cut-off to qualify for the IBPS Clerk Main exam. The cut-off is decided by IBPS and it changes every year depending on the level of difficulty of the exam.

Phase-2: IBPS Clerk Mains Examination

The exam pattern of IBPS Clerk Mains is also changed. The duration of the exam is 160 minutes. The main exam is also held online. It has 4 sections and there are 190 Questions. The maximum score is 200 marks.

Previously, Computer Aptitude and Reasoning Ability Section used to be conducted separately. But, in the recent update by IBPS, both these sections are merged together and will consists of 50 questions. It needs to be solved in a time duration of 45 minutes.

The section-wise details are given below:

Name of the TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration for each exam
General/Financial Awareness505035 minutes
General English404035 minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes


190200160 minutes



The IBPS Clerk syllabus 2019 is no different from any other Bank Exam. The basic subjects that a candidate needs to master are Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English Language. The syllabus for both Pre and Mains Exam are different. A candidate is also required to be proficient in Computer and must have General Awareness knowledge specifically in the field of Banking.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus- Prelims :

The IBPS Clerk Prelims syllabus consists of three subjects making up the objective type paper. As per the IBPS Clerk Prelims syllabus. The paper is divided into three sections. The subjects are as follows:

  • English Language
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Numerical Ability

The IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2019 for Prelims is as follows:

English LanguageReasoning AbilityNumerical Ability
  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Cloze Test(Fill in the Blanks)
  3. Jumbled Paragraphs
  4. Multiple Meaning
  5. Error Spotting Correction
  6. Paragraph Comprehension
  1. Logical Reasoning
  2. Alphanumeric Series
  3. Alphabetic Series and Ranking
  4. Data Sufficiency Tests
  5. Coded Inequalities
  6. Direction Test,
  7. Seating Arrangements
  8. Puzzles
  9. Tabulation
  10. Syllogism
  11. Input/Output
  12. Coding and Decoding
  13. Blood Relations
  1. Profit, Loss and Discounts
  2. Mixtures and Alligations
  3. Simple and Compound Interest
  4. Surds and Indices
  5. Work and Time Equations
  6. Time and Distance Equations
  7. Mensuration: Cone, Sphere, Cylinder
  8. Data Interpretation
  9. Ratio, Proportion and Percentage
  10. Number Systems
  11. Sequences and Series
  12. Permutation, Combination and Probability
IBPS Clerk Syllabus- Mains :

The IBPS Clerk Mains syllabus covers the topics from prelims in a detailed manner. As per the IBPS Clerk Mains syllabus. The paper is divided into four sections. The topics covered as as follows:

  • General and Financial Awareness
  • General English
  • Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude

The IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2019 for Prelims is as follows:

General And Financial AwarenessGeneral EnglishReasoning Ability

& Computer Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude
  1. Current Affairs
  2. India’s Financial and Banking System
  3. Budget and Monetary Plans of the Government
  4. Key National Institutions
  5. Basics of Banking
  1. Vocabulary
  2. Grammar
  3. Reading Comprehension
Reasoning Ability

  1. Analogy
  2. Assumptions and Statements
  3. Syllogism
  4. Coding and Decoding
  5. Blood Relations
  6. Sense of Direction and Distance
  7. Alphanumeric Series
  8. Non-Verbal Reasoning

Computer Aptitude

  1. Basics of Hardware and Software
  2. Operating Systems
  3. Internet and associated topics
  4. Microsoft Office and other word processing software
  5. History of Computing
  6. Basic Computer Networking
  7. Basics of Databases
  8. Basics of Cyber Security Tools and Processes
  1. Ratio and Proportion
  2. Time, Speed and Distance
  3. Work and Time Equations
  4. Mixtures and Alligations
  5. Measures of Central Tendency and Basic Statistics( Mean, Average, Median and Variance etc.)
  6. Stocks, Shares and Debentures
  7. Percentages
  8. Clock Ray Questions
  9. Volume and Surface Area
  10. Logarithms
  11. Permutation and Combination
  12. Partnerships
  13. Heights and Distances
  14. Probability
  15. Simple and Compound Interest
  16. Profit, Loss and Discounts
  17. Basic Algebra
  18. Basic Trigonometry
  19. Charts, Bars and Graphs
  20. Data Interpretation

IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2019 Topic Wise: Important Topics & Weightage

(1) For English Language Section (Prelims & Mains):
Important TopicsWeightage
Reading Comprehension10 Questions (1 Passage)
Grammar (Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks)5 Questions
Vocabulary (Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement)10 Questions
Verbal Ability (Para Jumbles)5 Questions
(2) For Reasoning Ability Section (Prelims):
Important TopicsWeightage
Arrangement & Pattern5-8 Questions
Analogy0-5 Questions
Classification0-4 Questions
Coded Inequalities or Mathematical Inequalities0-5 Questions (likely of Coded Inequalities)
Directions & Distances0-2 Questions
Coding-Decoding4-10 Questions
Blood Relations1-5 Questions
Order & Ranking0-5 Questions
Circular Seating Arrangement5 Questions
Linear Seating Arrangement5 Questions
Analytical Decision Making0-5 Questions
Syllogisms0-5 Questions
Data Sufficiency0-5 Questions
Double Line-Up0-5 Questions
Scheduling0-5 Questions
Grouping & Selection Problems on teams and committees asked.0-5 Questions
Series0-2 Questions
Verbal Reasoning0-5 Questions
Puzzles5-10 Questions
(3) For Numerical Ability Section (Prelims):
Important TopicsWeightage
Simplification10-15 Questions
Number Series3-5 Questions
Average1-3 Questions
Interest1-3 Questions
Mensuration2-4 Questions
Percentage1-2 Questions
Ratio & Proportion1-3 Questions
Algebra3-5 Questions
Profit & Loss1-3 Questions
Time, Speed & Distance1-4 Questions
Data Interpretation5-10 Questions (1-2 sets)
Time & Work1-2 Questions
Permutation & Combination / Probability0-1 Questions
Mixture Problems0-2 Questions
Number System0-1 Questions
Data Sufficiency0-5 Questions
(4) For Computer Aptitude Section (Main):
Important TopicsWeightage
MS Office6 Questions
Computer Hardware6 Questions
Computer Software5 Questions
Computer Memory5 Questions
Internet5 Questions
Networking3 Questions
Operating System2 Questions
Data representation1 Questions
Others9 Questions
(5) For Reasoning Ability (Mains):
Important TopicsWeightage
Linear Seating Arrangement5 Questions
Circular Seating Arrangement5 Questions
Number series5 Questions
Coding and Decoding5 Questions
Math Inequalities5 Questions
Syllogism5 Questions
Data Sufficiency3 Questions
Direction Sense2 Questions
Arrangement & Pattern5 Questions
(6) For Quantitative Aptitude (Mains):
Important TopicsWeightage
Simplification10-15 Questions
Arithmetic and Geometry15 Questions
Data Interpretation10-15 Questions
Series5 Questions
(7) For General Awareness Section (Mains):
Important Topics
  • General Knowledge
  • Current Affairs
  • Banking Awareness
  • Miscellaneous

Familiarity with the syllabus is an important aspect of success in the IBPS Clerk exam. Aspirants should cover all topics thoroughly and practice previous years’ papers to be successful in the bank clerk exam and make it to the final merit list. A thorough IBPS Clerk Preparation will help them score well in the 2019 exam.

You can check here the Official Notification.

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