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IBPS Clerk Syllabus – Prelims & Mains Topics, Weightage, Exam Pattern

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection prescribes IBPS Clerk syllabus 2022 for Prelims and Mains exam separately. Aspirants must be aware of the exam pattern and syllabus to prepare well for this competitive bank recruitment examination. Knowing about IBPS Clerk syllabus and exam pattern will help candidates understand the type and number of questions, marking scheme, subjects, and topics. 

The IBPS Clerk exam will be conducted through online mode in two phases – Prelims and Mains. IBPS Clerk Prelims exam syllabus encompasses three subjects – English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude. The Mains exam syllabus for IBPS Clerk recruitment exam includes two additional subjects i.e. Computer Knowledge and General Awareness

Go through this article to gain detailed insights into IBPS Clerk 2022 syllabus.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Syllabus 2022 – Subject-wise Topics

The sections covered in IBPS Clerk 2022 Prelims exam include English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability. 

Point to Note: As far as the most important topics in IBPS Clerk syllabus 2022 are concerned, Simplification, Arithmetic & Geometry in Quantitative Aptitude and Reading Comprehension and Para Jumbles in English Language are on top in the list. Most topics in Reasoning Ability hold the same weightage, and the section is therefore important as a whole. 

The subject-wise topics included in IBPS Clerk Prelims syllabus are mentioned below:

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Syllabus for English Language

Topics Weightage
Reading Comprehension 10 Questions (1 Passage)
Grammar (Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks) 5 Questions
Verbal Ability (Para Jumbles) 10 Questions
Vocabulary (Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement) 5 Questions


IBPS Clerk Preliminary Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

Topics Weightage
Simplification 15 Questions
Arithmetic and Geometry 15 Questions
Data Interpretation 5 Questions
Series 5 Questions


IBPS Clerk Preliminary Syllabus for Reasoning Ability

Topics Weightage
Arrangement & Pattern 5 Questions
Circular Seating Arrangement 5 Questions
Coding and Decoding 5 Questions
Data Sufficiency 3 Questions
Direction Sense 2 Questions
Linear Seating Arrangement 5 Questions
Math Inequalities 5 Questions
Number series 5 Questions
Syllogism 5 Questions

IBPS Clerk Main Exam Syllabus 2022 – Subject-wise Topics

IBPS Clerk syllabus for Mains exam contains two additional subjects namely ‘General Awareness’ and ‘Computer Aptitude’. Other than this, the rest of the syllabus is similar to that of Prelims. Candidates must note that the IBPS Clerk Mains exam is way tougher than the Prelims. 

IBPS Clerk Main Syllabus

Subjects Topics
Computer Aptitude Introduction to Computer Organisation, Computer Memory, Computer Hardware and I/O Devices, Computer Software, Operating System, Computer Network, Internet, MS Office Suit and Shortcut Keys, Basics of DBMS, Computer and Network Security
General Awareness Current affairs related to National and International Issues of the last 6 Months, Overview of the Indian Financial System, History of the Indian Banking System, Recent Credit and Monetary Policies, Introduction to National Financial Institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC, etc., International Organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN, etc., Economic Terminologies, Banking Terms, Important Government Schemes on Capital & Money Market
Reasoning Ability Seating Arrangements, Puzzles, Inequalities, syllogism, Input-Output, Data Sufficiency, Blood , Relations, Order and Ranking, Alphanumeric Series, Distance and Direction, Verbal Reasoning
English Language Cloze Test, Reading Comprehension, Spotting Errors,
Sentence Improvement, Sentence Correction, Para Jumbles, Fill in the Blanks, Para/Sentence Completion
Quantitative Aptitude Number Series, Data Interpretation, Simplification/ Approximation, Quadratic Equation, Data Sufficiency, Mensuration, Average, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Work, Time, and Energy, Time and Distance, Probability, Relations, Simple and Compound Interest, Permutation and Combination


Weightage for each topic in Computer Aptitude for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam

S.No Topics Weightage
1 MS Office 6 Questions
2 Computer Hardware 6 Questions
3 Computer Software 5 Questions
4 Computer Memory 5 Questions
5 Internet 5 Questions
6 Networking 3 Questions

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2022

Through the exam pattern of IBPS Clerk Prelims and Mains exam, candidates will get to know about the type and number of questions, sections, total marks, time duration, marking scheme, etc. The preliminary exam is held online. The paper consists of three sections with a total of 100 questions. 

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern 2022

Sections No. of Questions Marks Test Duration
English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 Minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
Total 100 100 60 Minutes


As per the pattern of IBPS Clerk Mains exam, candidates will have to face a total of 190 questions of 200 marks in 160 minutes. Reasoning and Computer Aptitude are considered as one section. 

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern 2022

Sections No. of Questions Marks Test Duration
General  Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
General English 40 40 35 Minutes
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 Minutes
Total 190 200 160 Minutes

Most Recommended Books for Preparation of IBPS Clerk 2022

Experts recommend certain books to the aspirants preparing for IBPS Clerk recruitment exam. Candidates will find the complete IBPS Clerk syllabus in the books suggested below:

List of Helpful Books for IBPS Clerk Preparation 

Subject Name of Books
English Language
  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
Reasoning Ability
  • Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S Agarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Agarwal
  • Objective Mathematics for Competitive Exams by Tarun Goyal
General Awareness
  • India Year Book (Publications Division)
  • Banking Awareness (Arihant Publications)
Computer Aptitude
  • Objective Computer Knowledge (Kiran Prakashan)

Preparation Tips for IBPS Clerk Recruitment Exam

Experts suggest some vital tricks and tips to prepare well for IBPS Clerk exam. Read the below-given exam preparation advices to know more:

  • Get a good grasp of the IBPS Clerk syllabus and exam pattern as this will help you form a clear picture of the IBPS Clerk question paper
  • A proper strategy and procrastination-proof study plan is recommended to perform well in IBPS Clerk exam
  • Be ready to invest time in each and every section with a special emphasis on your weaker areas
  • Make regular notes while studying. These notes will assist you during the final revisions.
  • Read the recommended books for a holistic exam preparation
  • Solve IBPS Clerk mock test series while keeping a time check to analyze difficulty level of the exam
  • Sample papers and previous years’ IBPS Clerk exam papers will also give you a fair idea of type of questions, marking pattern, time management, etc.

IBPS Clerk Previous Years’ Question Papers

In an effort to enable the candidates to channelize their preparation for the highly competitive IBPS Clerk recruitment exam, we have provided below the direct PDF download links of IBPS Clerk question papers:

IBPS Clerk Previous Year Paper 2017
IBPS Clerk Previous Year Paper 2016

Year General English Quantitative Ability Reasoning Ability Computer Aptitude General Knowledge
2014 Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here
2015 Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here

IBPS Clerk Syllabus – FAQs

✔️ What subjects are covered in IBPS Clerk preliminary exam syllabus?

IBPS Clerk 2022 syllabus for preliminary exam will contain three sections - English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.

✔️ How can I get the exact idea of IBPS Clerk question paper pattern?

To get the clear idea of IBPS Clerk paper pattern, candidates must solve sample papers, previous years’ question papers and mock test series online.

✔️ What are the additional subjects in IBPS Clerk Mains syllabus 2022?

IBPS Clerk Mains syllabus has two additional sections - General Awareness and Computer Aptitude. The syllabus of the other three sections i.e. English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning remains the same as the syllabus of Prelims.

✔️ Is IBPS Clerk syllabus tougher than the syllabus of other clerk recruitment exams conducted by banks individually?

No. The syllabus for all the bank exams is almost similar. The only difference is the difficulty level of questions in the Clerical and Officer grade exam.

✔️ What is the duration of IBPS Clerk Mains examination?

Candidates will get 160 minutes to complete the Mains exam of IBPS Clerk 2022. There will be 200 questions in the exams, segregated in five different sections.

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