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IBPS Exam Syllabus:

This article will provide all the information needed for IBPS Exam Syllabus. IBPS is one of the most important exams for those looking for a job in the banking sector. There are important notifications regarding this particular examination and students are advised to look into the official website for the same.

This year, the total duration of the examination will be 3 hours with a total of 155 questions. The selection process is divided into 3 phases, two out of which are online papers while one is an interview round. The first examination that students have to appear for is the preliminary examination, the second is the main examination and the third is the online examination. 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 interview round.

The main examination will have a duration of 3 hours with questions on the English language (40 marks), reasoning and computer (60 marks), DI and analysis (60 marks and General knowledge (40 marks). This will be objective in nature. However, there will be a descriptive test, which, will be assigned 25 marks and will have a duration of 30 minutes.

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.


The syllabus for the preliminary examination has been mentioned below:

IBPS Exam Syllabus for English:

This seems to be basic in nature but for students to clear this section with ease, they must be well read. Students must spend some time reading the newspaper and novels. This will help them read between the lines and understand comprehensions and sentences quickly.

  • Reading comprehension
  • Para jumbles
  • Cloze test
  • Tenses
  • Odd one out
  • Error spotting
  • Multiple meaning
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Paragraph completion

IBPS Exam Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude:

The chapters here though are from your higher secondary books; the level of complexity increases manifolds. These questions can be calculation intensive and time-consuming making it important for the student to manage time and focus.

  • Simplification
  • Permutation
  • Combination
  • Probability
  • Number system
  • Sequence
  • Series
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Data interpretation in terms of bar, line and pie chart, case, 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

IBPS Exam Syllabus for 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 and acing it.

  • Logical reasoning
  • Alphanumeric series
  • Data sufficiency
  • Alphabet test
  • Alphabet ranking
  • Alphabet direction
  • Seating arrangement
  • Coding and decoding
  • Coded inequalities
  • Input and output
  • Syllogism
  • Blood relation
  • Puzzles
  • Tabulation

The syllabus for the main examination has been mentioned below

Data analysis and interpretation

  • 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
  • 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

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 as the mains is for the purpose of shortlisting whereas the preliminary exams are conducted for the purpose of elimination. Also, whatever has been included in the main examination and preliminary examination, can be brushed upon during the interview to check whether you have the capability to apply the theoretical knowledge in a given practical situation. Hence, it is important for the students not just to solve the sums and the data interpretation questions, but also to understand the rationale behind it.

The students are advised to devote enough time to garner confidence in each chapter of each subject because it is the level of preparation that has the capability to set you apart from the others in the competition.

None of the chapters should be taken for granted and should be given the necessary attention to ace in this examination.

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