IBPS Clerk Syllabus and Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Syllabus and Exam Pattern


The first step for IBPS Clerk Exam 2020 Preparation is to understand the IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus 2020 completely and understand the IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2020.

What is IBPS Clerk Exam?

IBPS Clerk Exam is one of the most competitive exams 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 the 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

IBPS Clerk Exam

IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2020 Official Notification is expected to release soon. This year the officials are expected to announce 1500+ vacancies for IBPS Clerk Exam in various public sector banks in the country. The IBPS Clerk Exam 2020 will be conducted on two levels- preliminary exams and mains. No interview process is required for the selection of the post of Clerk. Merit List is made based on the cumulative score of both the Preliminary Examination as well as the Mains Examination.

Important Dates of IBPS Clerk Exam 2020 :

The Important Dates for IBPS Clerk Exam 2020 are as follows

Activity Tentative Dates
On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates 02/09/2020to 23/09/2020
Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) 02/09/2020to 23/09/2020
Download of call letters for Pre- Exam Training 17/11/2020
Conduct of Pre-Exam Training 23 to 28/11/2020
Download of call letters for Online examination – Preliminary 18/11/2020
Online Examination – Preliminary 05, 12 % 13/12/2020
Result of Online exam – Preliminary 31/12/2020
Download of Call letter for Online exam – Main 12/01/2021
Online Examination – Main 21/04/2021
Provisional Allotment 01/04/2020

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

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

Phase-1: IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination

The duration of the 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 Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration for each exam
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes


100 100 1 hour

There is a 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 consist 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 Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration for each exam
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


190 200 160 minutes



The IBPS Clerk syllabus 2020 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 is different. A candidate is also required to be proficient in computers 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 2020 for Prelims is as follows:

English Language Reasoning Ability Numerical 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 follows:

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

The IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2020 for Prelims is as follows:

General And Financial Awareness General English Reasoning 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 Topic Wise: Important Topics & Weightage

(1) For English Language Section (Prelims & Mains):
Important Topics Weightage
Reading Comprehension 10 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 Topics Weightage
Arrangement & Pattern 5-8 Questions
Analogy 0-5 Questions
Classification 0-4 Questions
Coded Inequalities or Mathematical Inequalities 0-5 Questions (likely of Coded Inequalities)
Directions & Distances 0-2 Questions
Coding-Decoding 4-10 Questions
Blood Relations 1-5 Questions
Order & Ranking 0-5 Questions
Circular Seating Arrangement 5 Questions
Linear Seating Arrangement 5 Questions
Analytical Decision Making 0-5 Questions
Syllogisms 0-5 Questions
Data Sufficiency 0-5 Questions
Double Line-Up 0-5 Questions
Scheduling 0-5 Questions
Grouping & Selection Problems on teams and committees asked. 0-5 Questions
Series 0-2 Questions
Verbal Reasoning 0-5 Questions
Puzzles 5-10 Questions
(3) For Numerical Ability Section (Prelims):
Important Topics Weightage
Simplification 10-15 Questions
Number Series 3-5 Questions
Average 1-3 Questions
Interest 1-3 Questions
Mensuration 2-4 Questions
Percentage 1-2 Questions
Ratio & Proportion 1-3 Questions
Algebra 3-5 Questions
Profit & Loss 1-3 Questions
Time, Speed & Distance 1-4 Questions
Data Interpretation 5-10 Questions (1-2 sets)
Time & Work 1-2 Questions
Permutation & Combination / Probability 0-1 Questions
Mixture Problems 0-2 Questions
Number System 0-1 Questions
Data Sufficiency 0-5 Questions
(4) For Computer Aptitude Section (Main):
Important Topics Weightage
MS Office 6 Questions
Computer Hardware 6 Questions
Computer Software 5 Questions
Computer Memory 5 Questions
Internet 5 Questions
Networking 3 Questions
Operating System 2 Questions
Data representation 1 Questions
Others 9 Questions
(5) For Reasoning Ability (Mains):
Important Topics Weightage
Linear Seating Arrangement 5 Questions
Circular Seating Arrangement 5 Questions
Number series 5 Questions
Coding and Decoding 5 Questions
Math Inequalities 5 Questions
Syllogism 5 Questions
Data Sufficiency 3 Questions
Direction Sense 2 Questions
Arrangement & Pattern 5 Questions
(6) For Quantitative Aptitude (Mains):
Important Topics Weightage
Simplification 10-15 Questions
Arithmetic and Geometry 15 Questions
Data Interpretation 10-15 Questions
Series 5 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 2020 Exam.

You can check here the Official Notification.