IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

For the post of Clerical cadre, IBPS will conduct the exam in two different phases: Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam. Both the papers follow the online method of conducting the written examination. Candidates have to qualify to be listed in the merit list that is prepared after the conduction of both the exam.

Phase-1: IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination

The duration of the IBPS Clerk preliminary examination is One Hour. It is conducted Online. The exam testing a candidate on the basis of their aptitude, intellect, and English. It has 3 sections with having 100 questions in total and the maximum score is 100 marks. Candidates are required to solve the question paper in the time frame of 20 minutes for each section. The section-wise details are given below:

Name of the TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration for each exam
English Language303020 minutes
Numerical Ability353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 hour

There is a negative marking in IBPS Clerk Pre Exam. 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Candidates must clear the sectional cut-off to qualify for the IBPS Clerk Main exam. The cut-off is decided by IBPS and it changes every year depending on the level of difficulty of the exam.

Phase-2: IBPS Clerk Mains Examination

The exam pattern of IBPS Clerk Mains is also changed. The duration of the exam is 160 minutes. The main exam is also held online. It has 4 sections and there are 190 Questions. The maximum score is 200 marks.

Previously, Computer Aptitude and Reasoning Ability Section used to be conducted separately. But, in the recent update by IBPS, both these sections are merged together and will consist of 50 questions. It needs to be solved in a time duration of 45 minutes.

The section-wise details are given below:

Name of the TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration for each exam
General/Financial Awareness505035 minutes
General English404035 minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
Total190200160 minutes



The IBPS Clerk syllabus 2023 is no different from any other Bank Exam. The basic subjects that a candidate needs to master are Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, and English Language. The syllabus for both Pre and Mains Exam is different. A candidate is also required to be proficient in computers and must have General Awareness knowledge specifically in the field of Banking.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus- Prelims :

The IBPS Clerk Prelims syllabus consists of three subjects making up the objective type paper. As per the IBPS Clerk Prelims syllabus. The paper is divided into three sections. The subjects are as follows:

  • English Language
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Numerical Ability

The IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2020 for Prelims is as follows:

English LanguageReasoning AbilityNumerical Ability
Reading ComprehensionCloze Test(Fill in the Blanks)Jumbled ParagraphsMultiple MeaningError Spotting CorrectionParagraph ComprehensionLogical ReasoningAlphanumeric SeriesAlphabetic Series and RankingData Sufficiency TestsCoded InequalitiesDirection Test,Seating ArrangementsPuzzlesTabulationSyllogismInput/OutputCoding and DecodingBlood RelationsProfit, Loss, and DiscountsMixtures and AlligationsSimple and Compound InterestSurds and IndicesWork and Time EquationsTime and Distance EquationsMensuration: Cone, Sphere, CylinderData InterpretationRatio, Proportion, and PercentageNumber SystemsSequences and SeriesPermutation, Combination, and Probability
IBPS Clerk Syllabus- Mains :

The IBPS Clerk Mains syllabus covers the topics from prelims in a detailed manner. As per the IBPS Clerk Mains syllabus. The paper is divided into four sections. The topics covered as follows:

  • General and Financial Awareness
  • General English
  • Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude

The IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2020 for Prelims is as follows:

General And Financial AwarenessGeneral EnglishReasoning Ability& Computer AptitudeQuantitative Aptitude
Current AffairsIndia’s Financial and Banking SystemBudget and Monetary Plans of the GovernmentKey National InstitutionsBasics of BankingVocabularyGrammarReading ComprehensionReasoning AbilityAnalogyAssumptions and StatementsSyllogismCoding and DecodingBlood RelationsSense of Direction and DistanceAlphanumeric SeriesNon-Verbal ReasoningComputer AptitudeBasics of Hardware and SoftwareOperating SystemsInternet and associated topicsMicrosoft Office and other word processing softwareHistory of ComputingBasic Computer NetworkingBasics of DatabasesBasics of Cyber Security Tools and ProcessesRatio and ProportionTime, Speed and DistanceWork and Time EquationsMixtures and AlligationsMeasures of Central Tendency and Basic Statistics( Mean, Average, Median and Variance etc.)Stocks, Shares and DebenturesPercentagesClock Ray QuestionsVolume and Surface AreaLogarithmsPermutation and CombinationPartnershipsHeights and DistancesProbabilitySimple and Compound InterestProfit, Loss and DiscountsBasic AlgebraBasic TrigonometryCharts, Bars and GraphsData Interpretation

IBPS Clerk Syllabus Topic Wise: Important Topics & Weightage

(1) For English Language Section (Prelims & Mains):
Important TopicsWeightage
Reading Comprehension10 Questions (1 Passage)
Grammar (Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks)5 Questions
Vocabulary (Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement)10 Questions
Verbal Ability (Para Jumbles)5 Questions
(2) For Reasoning Ability Section (Prelims):
Important TopicsWeightage
Arrangement & Pattern5-8 Questions
Analogy0-5 Questions
Classification0-4 Questions
Coded Inequalities or Mathematical Inequalities0-5 Questions (likely of Coded Inequalities)
Directions & Distances0-2 Questions
Coding-Decoding4-10 Questions
Blood Relations1-5 Questions
Order & Ranking0-5 Questions
Circular Seating Arrangement5 Questions
Linear Seating Arrangement5 Questions
Analytical Decision Making0-5 Questions
Syllogisms0-5 Questions
Data Sufficiency0-5 Questions
Double Line-Up0-5 Questions
Scheduling0-5 Questions
Grouping & Selection Problems on teams and committees asked.0-5 Questions
Series0-2 Questions
Verbal Reasoning0-5 Questions
Puzzles5-10 Questions
(3) For Numerical Ability Section (Prelims):
Important TopicsWeightage
Simplification10-15 Questions
Number Series3-5 Questions
Average1-3 Questions
Interest1-3 Questions
Mensuration2-4 Questions
Percentage1-2 Questions
Ratio & Proportion1-3 Questions
Algebra3-5 Questions
Profit & Loss1-3 Questions
Time, Speed & Distance1-4 Questions
Data Interpretation5-10 Questions (1-2 sets)
Time & Work1-2 Questions
Permutation & Combination / Probability0-1 Questions
Mixture Problems0-2 Questions
Number System0-1 Questions
Data Sufficiency0-5 Questions
(4) For Computer Aptitude Section (Main):
Important TopicsWeightage
MS Office6 Questions
Computer Hardware6 Questions
Computer Software5 Questions
Computer Memory5 Questions
Internet5 Questions
Networking3 Questions
Operating System2 Questions
Data representation1 Questions
Others9 Questions
(5) For Reasoning Ability (Mains):
Important TopicsWeightage
Linear Seating Arrangement5 Questions
Circular Seating Arrangement5 Questions
Number series5 Questions
Coding and Decoding5 Questions
Math Inequalities5 Questions
Syllogism5 Questions
Data Sufficiency3 Questions
Direction Sense2 Questions
Arrangement & Pattern5 Questions
(6) For Quantitative Aptitude (Mains):
Important TopicsWeightage
Simplification10-15 Questions
Arithmetic and Geometry15 Questions
Data Interpretation10-15 Questions
Series5 Questions
(7) For General Awareness Section (Mains):
Important Topics
General Knowledge
Current Affairs
Banking Awareness

Familiarity with the syllabus is an important aspect of success in the IBPS Clerk Exam. Aspirants should cover all topics thoroughly and practice previous years’ papers to be successful in the bank clerk exam and make it to the final merit list. A thorough IBPS Clerk Preparation will help them score well in the 2020 Exam.

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