IBPS Clerk Prelims Syllabus | IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern | IBPS Clerk Mains & Prelims Syllabus


IBPS Clerk Mains & Prelims Syllabus

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), Mumbai wiil conduct Preliminary and Mains Examinations for Clerk Positions 2019. Get information on IBPS Clerk Syllabus and Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains exam. The IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2019 is provided hereafter going through the IBPS Clerk previous years papers and latest notification regarding IBPS Clerk Common Recruitment Process (CRP IX). IBPS Clerk Recruitment is carried out in two phases – Preliminary and Mains Examinations.

The topic-wise and section-wise IBPS Clerk syllabus contains the important topics from which the questions could be asked in the IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2019 which is scheduled to be held on 7th, 8th, 14th and 21st December 2019. With just a few days left for the Preliminary examination, it is suggested that candidates should devote this time for preparations as per the latest syllabus. Though many of the candidates might be aware of the exam pattern and syllabus of the IBPS Clerk Prelims & Mains 2019.

Preliminary Exam: In IBPS Clerk Prelims 2019, candidates will be asked Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) from three sections- English Language, Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability. The exam will be conducted online.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern
Section No. of MCQs Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 Hour


Mains Exam: In IBPS Mains Exam 2019, candidates are asked Multiple Choice Questions from four sections – General/ Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude and Quantitative Aptitude.

Section No.of  MCQs Marks Sectional Timing
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Computer Knowledge & Reasoning Ability 50 60 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Total 190 MCQs 200 Marks 160 minutes


IBPS Clerk Prelims Syllabus: Questions Asked, Topics & Difficulty Level

English Language Reasoning Ability Numerical Ability
Reading Comprehensions
Fill in the blanks
Antonym & Synonym
Sentence Completion
Cloze Test
Error Detection
Para jumbles
Phrase Replacement
Puzzles – Seating Arrangements, Directions, Box-based, Month-Based, Days-Based, Row-based
Distance and Direction
Blood Relations
Order and Ranking
Alphanumeric Series
Figure Series
Verbal Reasoning
Data Interpretation – Tabular, Bar Graph, Line Chart & Pie Chart
Number Series
Quadratic Equations
Simple Interest & Compound Interest
Profit and Loss
Speed, Distance and Time
Ratio and Proportion
Problem on Ages
Data Sufficiency
Work, Time and Wages
Boats and Stream
Pipes and Cisterns
Permutation and Combination
Difficulty Level – Easy to Moderate OR Moderate

– Possibility of high accuracy

Difficulty Level – Moderate

– Possibility of high accuracy

Difficulty Level – Moderate to Difficult

– Possibility of high accuracy


Marking Scheme: In IBPS Clerk Prelims 2019 Exam, 100 MCQs will be asked. Each question will be of 1 mark. There would be a penalty for the wrong answer marked by the candidate. Every wrong answer costs 0.25 mark.

Quantitative Aptitude

(Difficulty Level – Moderate to Difficult

– Possibility of high accuracy)

Number Series, Quadratic Equations, Data Interpretation – Pie Chart, Bar Graph, Tabular & Line Chart, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Approximation, Simplification, Profit and Loss, Percentages, Average, Data Sufficiency, Mensuration, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Ratio and Proportion, Problem on Ages, Speed, Distance and Time, Work, Time and Wages, Boats and Stream, Pipes and Cisterns
English Language

(Difficulty Level – Easy to Moderate OR Moderate

– Possibility of high accuracy)

Reading Comprehensions, Vocabulary, Fill in the blanks, Antonym & Synonym, Sentence Completion, Cloze Test, Error Detection, Para jumbles, Phrase Replacement, Inference, Connectors
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

(Difficulty Level – Moderate

– Possibility of high accuracy)

Alphanumeric Series, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Distance and Direction, Verbal Reasoning, Figure Series, Seating Arrangements, Box-based Puzzle,

Month-Based puzzle, Days-Based puzzle,

Row-based puzzle, Order and Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Input-Output, Inequalities, Basic Computer Knowledge, Microsoft Office, Computer Hardware & Software, Internet & Networking, Keyboard shortcuts, Abbreviations

General/Financial Awareness

(Difficulty Level – Moderate

– Possibility of high accuracy)

Static GK – Country, Currency & Capital, Firsts in the world and India, Indian Constitution, Indian Culture, Airports & Railways, History, Geography

Financial Awareness – Indian Banking, important terms, Bank Headquarters, Regulatory Bodies, Functions of RBI, Indian Financial System, Fiscal & Monetary Policy, International Organisations – IMF, WB, ADB, UNO, SWIFT, BBB, BIS & UFBU

Current Affairs – Government schemes, National & International Days/weeks, Awards, Sports & other happenings

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