IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2020, Exam Pattern and Books

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Apr 8, 2020

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IBPS Clerk Syllabus is released by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for both Preliminary and Main exam. Candidates must be thorough with IBPS Clerk Syllabus and exam pattern before applying for the exam. 

Here are some key points about IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2020:

  • IBPS Clerk Syllabus (Prelims) will have three sections- English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability. There will be a total of 100 questions, each carrying one mark. Maximum weightage is given to Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability (35 marks each).
  • IBPS Clerk Syllabus (Main) will have four sections- General/ Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude. There will be a total of 200 questions, maximum weightage is given to Reasoning and Computer section with 60 marks.
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IBPS Clerk 2020 Preliminary exam will be is conducted on December 12, 13 and 19, 2020. IBPS Clerk Admit Card for the same will be issued in the last week of November 2020.

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 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. 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 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 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/ cheif/ chairman etc, Financial and Banking Abbreviations, Acronyms, teminologies, 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 hardwares and softwares, 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 2020

Without 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 IBPS Clerk 2020 Examination.

IBPS Clerk Books for English Language 2020

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
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 2020 Syllabus FAQs

Ques. How many sections are there in 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 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 English Language?

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

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

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

Ques. How to study for Computer Aptitude section?

Ans. Learn the basics of Computer Hardwares 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 Newspaper 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 English Language.

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

Ans. For 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.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


mamta prasad
brief syllabus of ibps
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Mamta, kindly go through the article above to know about the syllabus in detail for this exam.
namdeep kaur
kalpana sharma expert

Hi Namdeep, You can appear for IBPS Clerk exam, please check these following Eligibility Criteria for this exam:

1 Graduation in any discipline.

2 The candidate must be a citizen of India.

3 The candidate must be minimum 20 years old.