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IBPS Clerk Syllabus:

Find all the necessary information about IBPS Clerk Syllabus in this article. IBPS Clerk Exam is one of the most important exams for those looking for a job in the banking sector. It is for the clerical posts in both private and public sector banks throughout the country. The final merit list is based on both, the results of the preliminary examination and the main examination. There are important notifications regarding this particular examination and students are advised to look into the official website for the same.

The complete examination is divided into two phases. The first phase is the preliminary examination while the second one is the main examination. Both main and preliminary exams are online. One has to pass the preliminary examination in order to qualify for the mains and has to pass the mains in order to be selected for the posts.

The main examination will have a duration of 160 minutes with questions on the English language (40 marks), reasoning and computer (60 marks), Quantitative Aptitude (50 marks and General knowledge (50 marks).

The preliminary examination will have a duration of 1 hour with questions on the English language (30 marks), quantitative aptitude (35 marks) and reasoning ability (35 marks).

For the objective questions, one-fourth of the allotted marks will be deducted for the wrong answer. Further, those questions left unattended will neither lead to an increase or decrease in marks.

It is to be noted that the preliminary exam will be conducted on the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of December ’18 whereas the main examination will be conducted on 20th January 2019.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for the Exam:

The IBPS Clerk syllabus for the preliminary examination has been mentioned below:

English: Extremely basic topics are included in this section. Students are required to pay attention to the passages and questions intricately so that they can understand the tone, tense and other details to answer accurately. Many times, the questions are slightly twisted and hence need to be read carefully.

  • Reading comprehension
  • Antonym
  • Synonym
  • Tenses
  • Homonym
  • Sentence completion
  • Multiple meaning
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Paragraph completion
  • Spotting errors
  • Direct/indirect speech
  • Theme detection
  • Deriving conclusion

Quantitative Aptitude:

The chapters here aim to understand the math foundation a candidate has. The questions are formatted in a manner that is simple and easy to understand hence paying maximum emphasis on the student’s aptitude. The chapters included here are:

  • Simplification
  • Permutation
  • Combination
  • Probability
  • Number system
  • Sequence
  • Series
  • Partnership
  • Clocks
  • Logarithms
  • Trigonometry
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Data interpretation in terms of bar, line and pie chart, tables etc.
  • Profit and loss
  • Mixture and allegation
  • Surds and indices
  • Mensuration for the sphere, cylinder and cone
  • Work and time
  • Time, speed and distance
  • Simple interest and compound interest

Reasoning ability

This is an important part of the paper and is a section that one should not ignore. Though the terms look easy, the level of complexity can be surprising. It should be noted that ignoring this section and banking on the others is not a good option and students should spend some time practising it.

  • Logical reasoning
  • Alphanumeric series
  • Data sufficiency
  • Alphabet test
  • Assertion and reasoning
  • Alphabet ranking
  • Alphabet direction
  • Seating arrangement
  • Coding and decoding
  • Coded inequalities
  • Input and output
  • Syllogism
  • Blood relation
  • Puzzles
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Statement and conclusion/argument
  • Odd figure out
  • Tabulation

The syllabus for the main examination has been mentioned below

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Simplification
  • Mixture and allegation
  • Permutation
  • Combination
  • Average and percentage
  • Probability
  • Linear equation
  • Data sufficiency
  • Data interpretation
  • Ratio
  • Mensuration and geometry
  • Quadratic equation
  • Age and problems related to it
  • Compound interest and simple interest
  • Profit and loss
  • Number series and sequence
  • Speed, distance and time
  • Time and work
  • Number system

Reasoning and computer aptitude

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Circular seating arrangement
  • Fundamental of computer and terminologies
  • Networking and its concepts
  • Operating system
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Double line up
  • Microsoft office
  • Linear seating arrangement
  • Scheduling
  • Input and output
  • Blood relation
  • Database basics
  • Basics of hacking, virus and security tools
  • Direction and distance
  • Data sufficiency
  • Rank and order
  • Code inequalities
  • Coding and decoding
  • Internet and its concepts
  • Computer abbreviations
  • Memory
  • Keyboard shortcuts

English language

  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Verbal ability
  • Grammar

General Knowledge

  • Current affairs
  • Sports
  • Finance
  • Economy
  • History
  • Books and authors
  • Awards and recognition
  • Global news
  • Monetary plans

This syllabus is exhaustive in nature.  It is to be noted that even though the syllabus assigned for preliminary and main are overlapping, they are not the same. The students must expect a simpler paper in the preliminary round as compared to the mains. It is important for the students not just to solve the sums and read the concepts but also to understand the rationale behind it.

Both, the preliminary and the main examination are crucial, as the marks of both will be considered in the merit list formation process. Hence, students must aim to do well in both as a significant amount of weight to both.

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