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IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021: Topic-Wise Syllabus for Prelims & Mains, Exam Pattern & Books

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May 3, 2021

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IBPS Clerk Syllabus is released by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for both Preliminary and Main exam. The topics included are English language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning ability for the Prelims. To understand the weightage of each topic, candidates must study the previous question papers

In the Mains exam, there are four sections- General English, Financial Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning and Computer Ability. Also, check the IBPS Exam Calendar for 2021-22 


IBPS Clerk Syllabus in Detail

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Preliminary exam and Main exam vary as the exam pattern is different for both the stages. The exam pattern differentiates on the basis of the number of sections, questions, maximum marks, and sectional duration. Hence, we have described IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Prelims and Main along with their exam pattern below:

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Preliminary exam includes English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability sections. The sectional pattern is tabulated below:

Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks Sectional Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 questions 100 marks 60 minutes

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IBPS Clerk Prelims Syllabus

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Prelims Exam

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Preliminary exam is described below in detail:

Sections IBPS Clerk Syllabus 
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 (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Pie Chart), Inequalities/ Quadratic Equations, Number Series, Simplification and Approximation, Percentages, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Profit and Loss, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Problem on Ages, Data Sufficiency, Speed, Distance and Time, Work, Time and Wages, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns.
Reasoning Ability Advance Puzzles, Seating Arrangements, Distance and Direction, Blood Relations, Syllogism, Order and Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Machine Input-Output, Inequalities, Alphabet and Number Series and Chinese coding 

IBPS Clerk Main Exam Pattern ​

IBPS Clerk Main Exam includes General/ Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude, and Quantitative Aptitude. Subject – wise pattern is tabulated below:

Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks Sectional Duration
General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Total 190 Questions 200 Marks 160 minutes

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IBPS Clerk Mains Syllabus

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Main Exam

IBPS Clerk Main Syllabus for Reasoning Ability, General English and Quantitative Aptitude is quite similar to the prelims syllabus, however, the difficulty level is much higher in this stage. 

Sections IBPS Clerk Syllabus
General/ Financial Awareness Current Affairs and Static Gk related to banking, economic and financial sector, Latest Reports and Data such as Budget, GDP, Repo rate, Interest rate, tax rate, etc, Basics of Financial Institutions such as RBI, SEBI, IRDA, World Bank and IMF, their headquarters location, name of their head/ chief/ chairman, etc, Financial and Banking Abbreviations, Acronyms, terminologies, Government Schemes and Policies
 
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
Reasoning Ability Analogy, Syllogism, Passage and Conclusions, Statement and Conclusion, Statement and Assumptions, Statement and Arguments, Decision Making, Assertion and Reasoning, Ranking and Sequence, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Alphabet/ Numeric Series, Direction Sense, Figure Series, Input-output, Sitting Arrangement
Computer Aptitude History of computers, Basics of computer’s hardware and software, Short Cut Keys, Windows operating system, Internet, Networking, Basics of MS-Office: MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint, Database, Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses
Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretation, Pie charts, Bar graphs, Line charts, Tables, Mixture and Allegations, Profit, Loss and Discount, Percentages, Partnership, 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

IBPS Clerk Books

IBPS Clerk- Best Reference Books for 2021

Without the right books and study material, one cannot prepare for any competitive exam. Hence, we have enlisted below the most recommended books for each section of the IBPS Clerk 2020 Examination.

IBPS Clerk Books for English Language 

IBPS Clerk English Books IBPS Clerk English Book 2019 IBPS Clerk English
Name of IBPS Clerk English Books Publisher
English Language for SBI/ IBPS Bank PO/ SO/ Clerk/ RRB Exams Disha 
English Language Topic-wise Solved Papers (2010-2020) Disha
English for Bank Exams S. Chand

IBPS Clerk Quantitative Aptitude/ Numerical Ability Books

IBPS Clerk Quants Books IBPS Clerk Quantitative Aptitude book IBPS Clerk Numerical Ability Book
Name of IBPS Clerk Numerical Ability Books Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude Topic-wise Solved Papers (2010 – 2018) Disha
Bank PO Quantitative Aptitude Chapterwise Solved Papers (2000 – 2017) Arihant
Numerical Ability 18 Days Wonder S.Chand

IBPS Clerk Books for Reasoning Ability 2020

IBPS Clerk Reasoning books IBPS Clerk 2019 Reasoning Book IBPS Clerk Reasoning Ability Book
Name of IBPS Clerk Reasoning Ability Books Publisher
Reasoning Ability Topic-wise Solved Papers (2010 – 2020) Disha
The reasoning for Competitive Examinations Pearson
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning S. Chand

IBPS Clerk Books for General/ Financial Awareness 2020

IBPS Clerk Gk Books IBPS Clerk 2019 General Awareness Books IBPS Clerk 2019 GK Books
Name of IBPS Clerk GK Books Publisher
General Awareness/ Banking/ Economy Topic-wise Solved Papers (2010- 2020) Disha
Banking and Financial Awareness Kiran’s
Banking Awareness Arihant

IBPS Clerk Books for Computer Aptitude 2020

IBPS Clerk Computer Books IBPS Clerk 2019 Computer books IBPS Clerk 2019 Computer Awareness books
Name of IBPS Clerk Computer Knowledge Books Publisher/ Writer
 Computer Knowledge Disha
Computer Awareness Arihant
Objective  Computer Knowledge and Literacy Kiran

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IBPS Clerk FAQ

IBPS Clerk 2020 Syllabus FAQs

Ques. How many sections are there in the IBPS Clerk Prelims exam?

Ans. IBPS Clerk Preliminary exam will have 3 sections – Reasoning Ability, Numerical Ability, and English Language.

Ques. How many sections are there in the IBPS Clerk Main exam?

Ans. IBPS Clerk Main exam will have 4 sections – General/ Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, and Computer Aptitude.

Ques. What are the most asked topics in Numerical Ability/ Quantitative Aptitude?

Ans. The highest weightage is given to Data Interpretation, Quadratic Equation, Simplification, and Number Series.

Ques. What are the most important topics for the English Language?

Ans. Reading Comprehension, Para jumbles and Error detection are the most important topics for the English Language.

Ques. What topics are given the highest weightage in the Reasoning Ability section?

Ans. In the Reasoning Ability section, Puzzles, Seating Arrangements, Syllogism, and Inequalities topics are given the highest weightage.

Ques. How to study for the Computer Aptitude section?

Ans. Learn the basics of Computer Hardware and Softwares, MS Office, History of Computers and Shortcut Keys.

Ques. How to prepare for General and Financial Awareness for IBPS Clerk 2020 exam?

Ans. Read Business newspapers daily to stay updated with current affairs and read general knowledge books for Static Gk.

Ques. What are some of the suggested books for General English?

Ans. English Language for SBI/ IBPS Bank PO/ SO/ Clerk/ RRB Exams and English Language Topic-wise Solved Papers (2010-2020) by Disha Publications and S.chand’s English for Bank Exams are some of the suggested books for the English Language.

Ques. What are some of the most recommended books for Reasoning Ability?

Ans. For the Reasoning Ability section, one can follow S.Chand’s A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning and Reasoning for Competitive Examinations by Pearson.

Ques. Can you name some helpful books for Quantitative Aptitude/ Numerical Ability section?

Ans. S. Chand’s Numerical Ability 18 Days Wonder and Disha publication’s Quantitative Aptitude Topic-wise Solved Papers (2010 – 2018) are some of the helpful books for Quantitative Aptitude section.

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Comments


29 Comments
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gouri kumari
Can you tell me some important topics for the English Language, so that I can prepare them?
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jaya garg

Hi. Try to focus more on topics like Reading Comprehension, Para jumbles and Error detection as they are the most important topics for the English Language.

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devisingh
Can you tell some important topics asked in IBPS Clerk Numerical Ability section?
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jaya garg

Hi. Some of the important topics include Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Pie Chart), Inequalities/ Quadratic Equations, Number Series, Simplification and Approximation, Percentages, Average, etc.
You need to prepare all these topics.

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avinash sahu
Can you tell me the topics asked in IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021?
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jaya garg

Hi. IBPS Clerk Syllabus recently has announced the syllabus for both Preliminary and Main exam. The topics included are English language, Numerical ability and Reasoning ability for the Prelims. In the Mains exam, there are four sections- General English, Financial Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning and Computer Ability. Check IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021 here.

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shruti verma
I am in the final year of my Graduation. I am not good in English, can you tell me some important topics asked in the exam?
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jaya garg

Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Para jumbles, Sentence Completion, Phrase Replacement, Error Detection, Fill in the blanks, Inference, Connectors, Vocabulary, Word Usage, etc. are some of the important topics asked in the exam. Other details are here.
 

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puja sao
How do I utilize my time for the IBPS clerk exam 2020 and how should I read parallel for the Prelims and Mains?
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jaya garg

Hi Puja. You must understand that the clerical exam preparation is more or less based on the Basic Vocabulary, Matriculation and Reasoning while the level of CSAT and English is much higher as compared to other. In case you are preparing for Clerical exam, it will cover only a small part of the UPSC Prelims and the Mains, but in case you aim for the UPSC exam, the preparation for Clerical Exam only will not make a huge difference. You need to study harder.

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rashmi
Where I can find IBPS & SBI clerk & PO previous year question paper with solutions?
J
jaya garg

Hi Rashmi. Practicing SBI PO previous year question papers or sample papers helps a lot while evaluating the performance. You can get FREE SBI PO 2021 Mock Tests, Sectional Quiz, Previous Years Papers by downloading the link here.
 

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arushi thankur
What is the ideal score to crack IBPS Clerk exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Arushi. You must try to get a score 80+ marks in IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam.

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yash raj singh
Which books is the best and easy study for banking Clark and PO exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Yash Raj. Some of the books that can be referred include Quantitative Aptitude Book by Wiley's Publication, Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examination by The Pearson Guide, Teach Yourself Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma.

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sheetal chib
Do I need to prepare seperately for Canara Bank PO exam despite preparing for IBPS Clerk exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Sheetal. In case you are preparing for the IBPS clerk exam, it will help you a lot while preparing for the Canara bank exam as well. But make sure you follow the latest exam pattern and include all the important topics in your preparation.

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divakar sharma
What are the common topics between IBPS clerk and SSC CGL syllabus?
J
jaya garg

Hi Divakar. Some of the common topics in both, SSC CGL and IBPS Clerk Exam are from General Intelligence & Reasoning. Some common topics include Analogy, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Directions, Coding-Decoding, Statement and Assumption, etc.

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sunny pandey
Is SBI Clerk exam more difficult than IBPS Clerk?
J
jaya garg

Hi Sunny. In case we talk about the Mains exam pattern, just like the Prelims exam pattern, there is no difference between the SBI Clerk Mains & IBPS Clerk Mains. But from the difficulty point of view, IBPS Clerk is difficult exam as compared to SBI Clerk as moreover, IBPS Clerk has sectional as well as overall cut-offs as well.

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ibashisha mukhim
How much similar are the SBI and IBPS exams (both PO & clerk) in terms of syllabus, type of questions, and difficulty level?
J
jaya garg

Hi Ibashisha. The difficulty level of both SBI and IBPS (PO and Clerk) are different and SBI exam is considered a bit tougher than IBPS Exams. However, Syllabus, mode of exam, Timing and format, are almost the same. So study accordingly for these exams.

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surabhi s
What is the best website to prepare for the IBPS PO aptitude from home?
J
jaya garg

Hi Surabhi. Some websites that can be referred include Bankers Daily, Bank PO ORG, Gradestack Gradeup and AffairsCloud, Tamil Cube Bankers Daily, etc.

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laxmi mishra
Where can I take free online mock test for IBPS PO and clerk?
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devnath tiwary

Dear Laxmi Mishra

Greetings from Collegedunia. You can take Free Online Mock Test for IBPS PO and Clerk with our Practice Papers and Mock Tests. For more details, kindly go through this link – IBPS Clerk Practice Papers

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kunal thakrar
Where can I take free online mock test for IBPS PO and clerk?
J
jaya garg

Hi Kunal. IBPS is a national-level recruitment exam taken by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection to select eligible candidates for the post of clerk and PO. You can refer here to get the latest and updated test series and mock tests that help prepare for the exam.

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vikram dewan
What is the best coaching institute in Delhi for IBPS bank PO preparation?
J
jaya garg

Hi Vikram. Career Power, Tara Institute, Koncept Academy, Delhi Achievers, etc. are some of the good institutes for IBPS PO preparation.

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shruti verma
What will be the best mock test series for the upcoming IBPS RRB and IBPS PO?
J
jaya garg

Hi Shruti. While preparing for the IBPS PO and RRB exams, you must focus on two important things including Speed and Accuracy. So do more mock tests as it will help you get more skills. You can refer here to get mock tests.
 

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devisingh
How should a beginner with a weak foundation in mathematics start preparing for the IBPS Clerk/PO exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Devisingh, To begin with your preparation, first of all, you need to make a list of all the topics based on your sections from which the questions are mostly asked. You can start with those topics, that you found difficulty so that you can become familiar with difficult topics as well.
Refer here to check other details.
 

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vipasha
What is the difference between the syllabus for an IBPS clerk and the RRB NTPC exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Vipasha. The topics remain almost the same in both these exams, the major difference lies in the difficulty level of the questions that are being asked in the exam.

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shaik kabeer
What are some of the best online resources to take a mock test for the SBI or IBPS bank PO exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Shaik. There are lots of banking videos posted by Talent Sprint, Super Profs., Bank Guru, etc. which can be referred by the students preparing for the banking exams. You can refer here to get SBI PO mock test.