Detailed IBPS Clerk Syllabus & Preparation Strategy

IBPS Clerk Exam is a two-stage exam consisting of IBPS Clerk Prelims and Mains Exam. Both the exams are computer-based-test. IBPS conducts this exam for the recruitment of clerical cadre across all public sector banks in India,

In order to ensure selection in the IBPS Clerk 2021 Exam, it is important to understand the IBPS Clerk Syllabus for each round. It is crucial to develop a basic conceptual understanding of all the topics mentioned underneath. Then, supplement it with excessive practice. Let us look at the section-wise syllabus for each round.

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IBPS Clerk Syllabus For Prelims

The IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam consists of three sections namely English Language, Numerical Ability (Maths) and Reasoning Ability. The topics that are frequently asked in the IBPS Clerk Exam are listed below:

Section Name

IBPS Clerk Syllabus

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Tenses Rules

  • Cloze Test(Fill in the Blanks)

  • Jumbled Paragraphs

  • Idioms and Phrases

  • Multiple Meaning

  • Error Spotting Correction

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Preposition Rules

Numerical Ability

  • Profit, Loss and Discounts

  • Quadratic Equations

  • Approximation and Simplification

  • Mixtures and Alligations

  • Simple and Compound Interest

  • Surds and Indices

  • Work and Time 

  • Speed, Time and Distance

  • Mensuration: Cone, Sphere, Cylinder

  • Data Interpretation

  • Ratio, Proportion and Percentage

  • Number System

  • Sequences and Series

  • Permutation, Combination and Probability

Reasoning Ability

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Alphanumeric Series

  • Alphabetic Series

  • Ranking

  • Data Sufficiency Tests

  • Coded Inequalities

  • Direction Test,

  • Seating Arrangements

  • Puzzles

  • Tabulation

  • Syllogism

  • Input/Output

  • Coding and Decoding

  • Blood Relations

IBPS Clerk Syllabus For Mains

There are four sections in the Main Examination namely Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and General/Financial Awareness. The section-wise syllabus for each of these sections are mentioned below:


IBPS Clerk Syllabus

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

  • Analogy

  • Assumptions and Statements

  • Syllogism

  • Coding and Decoding

  • Blood Relations

  • Sense of Direction and Distance

  • Alphanumeric Series

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

Computer Aptitude

  • Basics of Hardware and Software

  • Operating Systems

  • Internet and associated topics

  • Microsoft Office and other word processing software

  • History of Computing

  • Basic Computer Networking

  • Basics of Databases

  • Basics of Cyber Security Tools and Processes

English Language

  • Vocabulary

  • Tenses Rules

  • Grammar

  • Idioms & Phrases

  • Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Aptitude 

  • Ratio and Proportion

  • Time, Speed and Distance

  • Work and Time Equations

  • Mixtures and Alligations

  • Measures of Central Tendency and Basic Statistics( Mean, Average, Median and Variance etc.)

  • Stocks, Shares and Debentures

  • Percentages

  • Clock Ray Questions

  • Volume and Surface Area

  • Logarithms

  • Permutation and Combination

  • Partnerships

  • Heights and Distances

  • Probability

  • Simple and Compound Interest

  • Profit, Loss and Discounts

  • Basic Algebra

  • Basic Trigonometry

  • Charts, Bars and Graphs

  • Data Interpretation

General/Financial Awareness

  • Static GK – Static General Knowledge

  • Current Affairs

  • Banking Awareness

  • India’s Financial and Banking System

  • Budget and Monetary Plans of the Government

  • Key National Institutions

  • Basics of Banking

Important Books To Cover IBPS Clerk Syllabus

Now that you know the IBPS Clerk Syllabus, let us look at the subject-wise booklist to cover the IBPS Clerk Syllabus efficiently. 




English Language 

High School English Grammar and Composition 

Wren and Martin 

Objective General English 

SP Bakshi (Arihant Publications)

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis 


Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning 

R.S. Agarwal 

Analytical Reasoning 

M. K. Pandey 

A New Approach to Reasoning, Verbal and Non-Verbal 

B.S. Sijwali, Indu Sijwali 

Quantitative Aptitude 

Quantitative Aptitude 

R.S. Agarwal 

Data Interpretation 

Arun Sharma 

Objective Mathematics 

Tarun Goyal 

This is the complete overview of the IBPS Clerk Syllabus. Download the syllabus and keep it on your study table to stay focussed while preparing for the upcoming IBPS Clerk Exam.

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