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Bank Exam Syllabus 2021 SBI, IBPS, RRB and RBI

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Apr 17, 2021

The banking and finance industry of India has been playing a major role in developing the economy of the country. Every year, several banking exams are conducted to select personnel for multiple posts.

In India, three major banking exams are held by the State Bank of India (SBI), the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Before the aspirants apply for any of these exams, they should know the detailed banking exam syllabus:

  • RBI syllabus
  • SBI Syllabus
  • IBPS Syllabus

Also, Check Upcoming Bank Exams 2021: Exam dates, Salary, Vacancy Of SBI, RBI, IBPS, Private Banks

Since the exams are commenced for multiple positions, hence, bank exam patterns and syllabus are different for each designation.

PO Syllabus

Bank PO Syllabus

The Bank PO exam is held for recruiting the Probationary Officer in the SBI and the other participating banks. Over the years, lakhs of aspirants show their interest to appear for the Bank PO Exams, especially in the Officers’ category. The main reason is that it is a permanent job and the employees can receive a higher salary. Apart from the in-hand salary, the other perks and benefits are the other reasons of attraction to start the career as a probationary officer in the banks.

Bank PO Exam Syllabus Level of Exam Subjects
SBI PO Syllabus Preliminary Exam Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language
Mains Exam Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, General Awareness
Interview
IBPS PO Syllabus Preliminary Exam Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language
Mains Exam Reasoning Ability/ Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, General Awareness
Interview
IBPS RRB PO Preliminary Exam Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude
Mains Exam Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude English/Hindi Language, Computer Knowledge General Awareness
Interview

Go through the following content to know more about the section-wise Bank PO syllabus and the aspirants can start the preparation for the respective exam accordingly:

Section-Wise Bank PO Syllabus

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude Computer Knowledge English Language General Awareness
Coding & Decoding, Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Logical reasoning, Ranking and Order, Alphanumeric series, Data sufficiency Syllogism, Input and output, Statement, argument & assumption, Reasoning Analogy, Reasoning Inequality Simplification and Approximation, Profit & loss, Number Series, Quadratic equations, Problems on Ages, Boat and Stream, Data Interpretation, Speed, time & distance, Percentage, Ratio & proportion, Number system, Simple & compound interest, Probability, Mensuration, Mixture & allegations, Time and Work, Pipes and Cistern, Boat and Stream Problems on Trains Memory, Input & output devices Computer Fundamentals, Internet, Shortcut keys Computer-related terms, Computer abbreviations, Computer hardware and software, Operating system, Basic computer networking, Microsoft Windows Microsoft Office, Types of Computers Cloud Computing, High-Level Computer Languages, OSI Model, Database Management System (DBMS), TCP/IP Model Reading comprehension Cloze test, Fill in the blanks, Tenses rule, Sentence Rearrangement/ jumbled sentences, Error Detection, Preposition rules, Paragraph completion, Idioms & phrases, Essay & Letter Writing for Descriptive Exam Banking Awareness, Financial knowledge status, Current events across the world, Financial institutions and their headquarters, Static general knowledge

Also, Read IBPS Exam Calendar for 2021.

Clerk Syllabus

Bank Clerk Syllabus

The aspirants, who are willing to join the clerical posts, should appear for the bank clerk exam. The clerical exams are organized once a year. The exam pattern of the clerical exam is almost similar to the Bank PO Exam. Only no interview round is conducted in the Bank Clerk exam.

Bank Clerk Syllabus Level of Exam Subjects
SBI Clerk Syllabus Preliminary Exam Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language
Mains Exam Reasoning Ability & Computer Knowledge Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, General Awareness
IBPS Clerk Syllabus Preliminary Exam Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language
Mains Exam Reasoning Ability & Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, General Awareness
Interview
IBPS RRB Clerk Preliminary Exam Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude
Mains Exam Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Financial Awareness, Computer Knowledge, English/Hindi Language

All the aspirants are advised to check the official notification released by the exam conducting authority to find out the exact exam pattern and syllabus. Since the conducting authority has the right to change the exam pattern and syllabus at any point in time, hence, it will be better to keep your eyes on the official notification of the exams.

To know the level of examination, the aspirants should check the previous years’ questions papers. Go through the following table to get an idea about the previous years’ question papers:

Section-Wise Clerk Syllabus

Check the following table to understand the section-wise Bank Clerk Syllabus:

English Language Reading comprehension, cloze test, fill in the blanks, match the columns, phase replacement, error detection, jumbled sentences, rearrangement
Quantitative Aptitude Profit and loss, permutation and combination, percentage, mixtures and allegations, probability, mensuration, data interpretation, upstream and downstream, quadratic equations, approximation, simplification, age problems, number system, speed, distance, and time
Reasoning Ability Puzzles, seating arrangement, alphanumeric series, data sufficiency, coding and decoding, blood relations, logical reasoning, directions and displacement, order and ranking
Computer Knowledge Internet, memory, software and hardware, input and output devices, computer fundamentals, computer abbreviations and terms, basic computer networking, shortcut keys
General Awareness Static GK, current events across the world, International and National organizations, and their headquarters
Financial Awareness Financial knowledge, economic terms, financial institutions, financial news, economic growth and development

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SO Syllabus

Bank SO Syllabus

Bank SO (Specialist Officer) recruitment is conducted for selecting aspirants in law, IT, Agriculture, Chartered Accountant, Rajbhasha, Human Resources, and Marketing domain.

Check the following table to get an idea about the bank SO syllabus:

Bank SO Syllabus Level of Exam Subjects
SBI SO Syllabus Preliminary Exam English Language Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude
Mains Exam Professional Knowledge
Interview
IBPS SO Syllabus Preliminary Exam English Language Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude or General Awareness
Mains Exam Professional Knowledge
Interview

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The Bank SO Syllabus is different than the Bank PO Syllabus and Bank Clerk Syllabus. Since the aspirants have to answer questions on the specializations, hence, they need to fill the application form based on their strengths. The educational qualification is also different for the position of Bank PO and Bank Clerk. Before you apply the application form for the Bank SO, go through the eligibility criteria for this position:

Other Banks

Exam Syllabus of Other Bank

Apart from IBPS, SBI, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) also conducts exams for recruiting employees for RBI Grade B and RBI Assistant positions.

The syllabus of RBI is highlighted in the following table:

RBI Syllabus Level of Exam Subjects
RBI Grade B Syllabus
Phase I
Phase II
Preliminary Exam General Awareness Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability English Language
Mains Exam Economic and Social Issues English (Writing Skills) Finance and Management
Interview
RBI Assistant Syllabus Preliminary Exam Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Mains Exam Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English Language Computer Knowledge General Awareness
Language Proficiency Test

RBI Bank Syllabus is slightly different from the other Banking exam syllabus. The syllabus of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language is almost similar to the PO and Clerk exam.

Check the following table to know more about the bank syllabus for RBI Grade B Officer Phase II examination:

Subjects Syllabus
Economic and Social Issues Growth and development, economic reforms in India, Rise in inequality, human resource development, the social structure in India, Sustainable Development, employment generation, insurance and capital marketing, globalization, government debt
Finance and Management Union Budget, Risk management, inflation, monetary policy, the role of information technology, career planning, the role of incentives nature and scope management, corporate governance
Bank FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Which subjects are included in the banking exam syllabus?

Ans. The common subjects of the bank exams are:

  • Reasoning Ability
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Computer Knowledge
  • English Knowledge
  • General Awareness

Ques. Which are the most recommended books for bank exam preparation?

Ans. The most recommended books for the banking exams are:

Quantitative Aptitude R. S Agarwal
Objective General English S.P Bakshi
Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning R. S Agarwal
Data Interpretation Arun Sharma
Computer Awareness Arihant

Ques. Is the syllabus for all the bank exams different?

Ans. The major syllabus is almost similar for all the banking exams, irrespective of slight changes. Nonetheless, the exam pattern and the selection process are different for the exams. More specifically, the selection process of RBI Grade B and RBI assistant is different than the other exams.

Ques. What is the salary of a probationary officer in the banking sector?

Ans. The basic pay of the Bank PO is INR 27, 000 (Approximately). In addition, the employees will receive additional perks and benefits along with basic pay.

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

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