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IBPS Clerk: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips

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IBPS Clerk: Latest Exam Syllabus, Pattern, Books & Preparation Tips
April 9, 2021
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About IBPS Clerk 

IBPS conducts IBPS Clerk ( Syllabus) exam. In addition, it conducts examinations through standard written tests for all Public Sector Banks except the SBI.

There are two stages in the Clerk exam.

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Mains Exam

 

There is a single IBPS clerk ( Syllabus) application for all two stages. However, there are separate admit cards for each exam.

Candidates who qualify Preliminary Exam will appear for mains exam. Therefore, candidates who successfully clear the mains exam selected as clerical staff in participating banks.

IBPS Clerk recruitment is conducted IBPS for 11 public sector banks. The recruitment process through Common Recruitment Process (CRP) is conducted by IBPS every year.

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IBPS Clerk Examination Pattern

Preliminary Examination Pattern

  • In IBPS Clerk Prelims exam has 100 multiple-choice questions.
  • The candidate needs to qualify in each section of the exam as per the minimum cut-off list.

The total maximum mark for the exam is 100. And the total time duration is 1 hour.

  • English Language: In English, a test of 30 questions and the maximum marks for the same is 30 marks. The total time allotted for this exam is 20 minutes.
  • Reasoning Ability: It contains an examination of 35 questions, and the maximum marks for the same are 35 marks. But, the time duration of this exam is 20 minutes.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: It also includes the same marking as Reasoning.

 

In the below-mentioned table, we have mentioned the preliminary examination details for your better understanding.

 

S.No.

Subject

Number of Questions

Number Of Marks

Duration

1

English

30

30

20 minutes

2

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 minutes

3

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 minutes

 

  • The total number of questions asked in the IBPS Clerk Exam is 100.
  • The maximum mark allotted for the preliminary examination is 100.
  • The mark allotted for every correct answer is 1 mark.
  • A Negative Marking of 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer
  • The time duration of the preliminary examination is 60 minutes.

 

Exam Pattern for Mains

  • In IBPS Clerk mains exam has 200 multiple-choice questions.
  • The candidate needs to qualify in each section of the exam as per the minimum cut-off list.

 

The total maximum mark for the exam is 190. And the total time duration is 2 hours 40 minutes or 160 minutes.

 

  • English Language: In English, a test of 40 questions and the maximum marks for the same is 40 marks. The total time allotted for this exam is 35 minutes.
  • Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude: It contains an examination of 50 questions, and the maximum marks for the same are 60 marks. But, the time duration of this exam is 45 minutes.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: In Quantitative, the total number of questions is 50, and the marks are the same as 50, but the time durations are 45 minutes.
  • General/ Financial Awareness: In this paper, the total number of questions is 50, and the marks are the same as 50. but the time durations are 35 minutes.

 

In the below-mentioned table, we have mentioned the mains examination details for your better understanding.

 

S.No.

Subject

Number of Questions

Number Of Marks

Duration

1

General/Finance Awareness

50

50

35 minutes

2

General English

40

40

35 minutes

3

Reasoning Ability and computer aptitude

50

60

45 minutes

4

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

45 minutes

 

For each correct answer, the candidate will be awarded one mark.

For any incorrect answer, the candidate will be penalized with 0.25 marks.

If the candidate chooses not to answer (left blank) any particular question, no positive or negative mark will be given.

 

IBPS Clerk Syllabus

Let’s take a look at the IBPS Clerk 2021 exam’s section-by-section syllabus. The exam is for all courses, and candidates can check the subject-wise syllabus, depending on whether they are taking the prelims or mains test.

Prelims Exam

It contains the three segments of the clerk syllabus. The mains sections are English Language, Reasoning & Numerical Ability.

 

Sections

IBPS Clerk Syllabus 

Reasoning Ability

Order and Ranking
Coding-Decoding, Machine Input-Output, AlphabetNumber Series and Chinese coding, Advance Puzzles, Seating Arrangements, Distance and Direction, Blood Relation

English Language

Reading Comprehension, Para jumbles, Sentence Completion, Phrase Replacement, Error Detection, Fill in the blanks, Inference, Connectors, Word Usage, etc

Numerical Ability

Data Interpretation, Number Series, Percentages, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Distance and Time, Work, Time and Wages, Probability, Profit and Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Problem on Ages, Speed, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains

 

Mains Exam

It contains the five segments of the clerk syllabus. The mains sections are English Language, Reasoning & Numerical Ability, General and Financial awareness & Computer Aptitude.

 

Sections

IBPS Clerk Syllabus

General English

Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Paraphrase, Sentence Improvement, Formation and Reconstruction, One-word substitution, Match-ups, Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary, etc

General/ Financial Awareness

Current Affairs and Static Gk, Budget, GDP, Repo rate, Interest rate, tax rate, etc, Basics of Financial Institutions such as RBI, SEBI, IRDA, World Bank and IMF, Financial and Banking Abbreviations, Government Schemes and Policies

Computer Aptitude

Networking, Basics of MS-Office: MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint, Database, Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses, History of computers, Basics of computer’s hardware and software, Windows operating system & Internet

Quantitative Aptitude

Ratio and Proportion, Averages, Simple and compound interest, Equations, Time and Work, Speed, Distance and Time, Clocks, Volume and Surface Area, Permutation and combinations, Probability, Data Interpretation, Charts, Profit, Loss and Discount, Percentages

Reasoning Ability

Reasoning, Ranking and Sequence, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Alphabet/ Numeric Series, Direction Sense, Figure Series, Input-output, Sitting Arrangement, Analogy, Passage and Conclusions, Statement and Conclusion, Arguments & Decision Making

 

Important Points –

A thorough understanding of the subject is important for success in the IBPS Clerk test.
To be successful in the bank clerk exam and make it to the final merit list, candidate should completely cover all practice previous years’ papers. Therefore, before taking the final exams in 2021, candidates should review the IBPS Clerk Previous Year Papers.

 

IBPS Clerk Books

Apart from strategy and preparation tips, a serious applicant will also need decent study material to perform well in the upcoming IBPS Clerk Computer Based Test.

 

Sr. No.

Subjects

IBPS Clerk Books and Authors / Publications

Description of the Book

1.

Maths

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by R. S. Aggarwal

This book covers all the basic mathematical concepts in a very fluent way.

2.

Maths

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma The content of this book is high level. It is helpful for those candidates who already have some basic knowledge of the subject.
3. Maths Fast Track Objective Mathematics by Arihant’s Publication

 

This book is for those aspirants who want to revisit all the mathematical concepts and understand each topic from the basics.

 

General Intelligence & Reasoning

 

Sr. No.

Subjects

RRB ASM Books and Authors / Publications

Description of the Book

2.

General Intelligence & Reasoning

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal

This book can help applicants understand all concepts of logical reasoning in an understandable way.

3.

General Intelligence & Reasoning

How to Crack Test of Reasoning by Arihant Experts

This book covers each chapter of logical reasoning in two sections, that is, basic and expert level.

4.

General Intelligence & Reasoning

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma

This book is helpful for those applicants who already have some basic knowledge of logical reasoning and are looking for higher-level questions.

 

The topic-wise IBPS Clerk Best Books for better preparation of the candidates have been given below. The books mentioned below are according to the latest exam pattern and exam trend.

 

Subject

Book

Author

Reasoning Ability

A modern approach to verbal and non-verbal

RS Aggarwal

Numerical Ability

Smart Book

RS Aggarwal

General Awareness

Banking Awareness

English/ Hindi Language

Objective General English

R.S. Aggarwal

 

Preparation Tips For IBPS Clerk

The first and foremost thing that a candidate must do is to go through the RRB Exam Pattern & Syllabus. The candidates applying for IBPS Clerk Exam 2021 must prepare well for the examination. As the competition for the exam is quite high, therefore the candidates should be well prepared for the examination.

Here are a few preparation tips shared for candidates aspiring to crack the IBPS Clerk Exam:

 

  • Have a good understanding of the syllabus and exam pattern.
  • Prepare all the topics and regular revision is necessary.
  • Attempt Mock tests regularly and analyze your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Work on topics which appear to be weaknesses in the mock tests.
  • Time management is the key to success in any competitive exam.

 

After understanding the requirements of examination the candidate must start the preparation section-wise

 

  • For reasoning, the presence of the mind works more often. The candidates must understand what is asked in the question and proceed accordingly.
  • For quantitative aptitude, one should practice a lot of questions on a regular basis. This will increase the speed and time management skills of the candidate. Candidates can always refer to the quantitative aptitude for getting new types of questions for practice.

 

FAQ’s

Q.1 What is the probation period for IBPS Clerk?

A: Successful candidate needs to spend six months on probation.

 

Q.2 How many vacancies have been released?

A: The total number of vacancies in IBPS Clerk 2021 is yet to release.

 

Q.3 Can a final year graduation student apply for IBPS Clerk?

A: Yes, the final-year student can apply for IBPS Clerk, but the candidate needs to complete and needs to produce the graduation completion document at the time of interview.

 

Q.4 What are the age criteria to apply for IBPS Clerk?

A: Minimum: 21 years and Maximum: 28 years with the age benefit to reserved categories.

 

Q.5 What is the salary of the IBPS Clerk?

A: IBPS Clerk salary varies from state to state. The basic salary of an IBPS Clerk is Rs 11765 with an increment of Rs 655 for three years..

 

Q.6 What is the Application fee for IBPS Clerk?

A: The application fee for IBPS Clerk is Rs. 175 for SC/ST/PWBD candidates and Rs. 800 for all others.

 

Q.7 On what basis will the final merit list be prepared?

A: The final merit list will be prepared based on the candidate’s performance in the mains examination.

 

Q.8 What are some important books to refer to for the IBPS PO Exam 2021?

A: The candidates can refer to A modern approach to verbal and non-verbal by RS Aggarwal, Objective General English by RS Agarwal.

 

Q.9 For how many marks will the Prelims exam be conducted?

A: The prelims exam will be conducted for a total of 100 marks.

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