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IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern & Syllabus

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IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern & Syllabus
April 9, 2021
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The IBPS sets the IBPS Clerk exam pattern. In addition, it carries the entire process with participating public sector banks.

The exam pattern of IBPS Clerk consist of 2 papers:

  • Prelims
  • Mains

The exam pattern is different for each selection stage—candidates who qualify in the prelims go to the next round(mains). There is no interview process in the IBPS Clerk hiring process. 

The final selection of candidates is made based on their performance in the mains exam. Shortlisted candidates are posted in participating banks on the ranking they get after mains exams.  

IBPS Clerk exam pattern provides details regarding the exam’s overall structure. And which consists of marking scheme, total marks, number of sections, and time duration.

Therefore, before beginning with the preparation for the IBPS Clerk exam, it is advised that candidates must go through the exam pattern thoroughly. It will help candidates in understanding how they should utilize their time and secure a good ranking. 

Table of Contents

The structure of the Examination is as follows: 

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.

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.

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.

Find more information about IBPS Clerk Exam.

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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 Syllogism
Order and Ranking
Coding-Decoding, Machine Input-Output, Alphabet

Number Series and Chinese coding, Advance Puzzles, Seating Arrangements, Distance and Direction, Blood Relation

English Language Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para jumbles, Sentence Completion, Phrase Replacement, Error Detection, Fill in the blanks, Inference, Connectors, Vocabulary, Word Usage, etc
Numerical Ability Data Interpretation, Number Series, Percentages, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Distance and Time, Work, Time and Wages, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, 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, Para Jumbles, 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, Acronyms, terminologies, 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, Trigonometry and Mensuration, Data Interpretation, Charts, Mixture and Allegations, Profit, Loss and Discount, Percentages
Reasoning Ability Assertion and Reasoning, Ranking and Sequence, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Alphabet/ Numeric Series, Direction Sense, Figure Series, Input-output, Sitting Arrangement, Analogy, Syllogism, 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.

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