IBPS Clerk 2020 Institute of Banking Personnel Selection - Clerk
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IBPS Clerk 2020 Syllabus

By: Archana on February 19, 2019

The syllabus is the crucial part of any competitive exam. In IBPS exam also, IBPS Clerk Syllabus plays a vital role. For an aspirant preparing for the IBPS exam, getting stick to the prescribed syllabus is very important otherwise, the direction of the preparation may get diverted and the candidate may end up wasting a lot of energy and time.



  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Course of Action and Arguments
  • Puzzles
  • Visual reasoning
  • Arrangement, pie charts, grids
  • Blood Relations and Family Tree
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Calendars
  • Statement Conclusions
  • Different types of Graphs
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Input-output
  • Blood relations


  •  Basic Geometry
  • Ratios and Proportion
  • HCF & LCM
  • Algebra
  • Profit & Loss
  • In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
  • Geometric Progression
  • Percentages and Averages
  • Time-Speed-Distance
  • Number system
  • Mensuration
  • Permutation and combinations
  • Mixtures and Alligations


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Syllogisms
  • Fill In the Blanks
  • Contextual usage
  • Antonyms, Synonyms
  • Sentence completion and Jumbled paragraphs
  • Foreign language words used in English
  • Sentence correction
  • Spotting the error
  • Unjumbling the sentence
  • Paragraph Completion



  • Puzzles (High level with at least 2 parameters, especially floor based puzzles)
  • Syllogism (Try to go through the new syllogism pattern as asked in IBPS PO Mains as well)
  • Inequality (Both Direct and Coded)
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Input - Output
  • Blood Relations (Coded as well as Direct)
  • Order and Ranking
  • Direction based problems
  • Seating Arrangement (Both Circular and Linear, in combination with other parameters)
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Coding - Decoding
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • English Language
  • Reading Comprehension ( at least 2 sets)
  • Spelling Correction
  • Spotting Errors
  • Fill in the Blanks / Double Fillers
  • Cloze Test
  • Para Jumbles
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Data Interpretation (Try to have a thorough practice of calculative sets)
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Simplification / Approximation
  • Number Series
  • Data Sufficiency 
  • Arithmetic Topics including following -
  1. Problem on Ages
  2. Profit, Loss, and Discount
  3. Ratio and Proportion
  4. Averages
  5. Time & Work
  6. Mixture and Allegations
  7. Geometry
  8. Pipes and Cisterns
  9. Time, Speed and Distance
  10. Boats & Streams
  11. Probability
  12. Simple and Compound Interest
Have a thorough practice of these topics in order to score well.
  • Questions asked in the paper will be from the topics of Current Affairs & Banking Awareness (For instance, questions related to RBI Annual Report)
  • The questions may also come on Books & authors, Currencies, Prime Ministers Schemes, Important Places, Important Days, Awards, Headquarters, etc.
  • It would be advisable to read the daily newspaper.
  • Do not forget to prepare the countries, their currencies, and capitals (the countries visited by our Prime Minister and major MoU signed).
  • Fundamentals of Computer
  • Computer Shortcuts
  • Internet
  • Important Abbreviations
  • MS Office – Word, Powerpoint, Excel & Access
  • History of Computer
  • Memory
  • Input-Output devices

IBPS Clerk 2020 Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern is not complex to understand. IBPS has made a very clear distinction between the topics asked in both prelims and main exam. IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern is extremely crucial for an aspirant to understand as it is the first step of the preparation. To crack the IBPS exam, the structure of an exam must be well known to the candidate. 

IBPS Clerk is an online examination and is conducted in two parts-

  • IBPS Preliminary Examination
  • IBPS Main Examination

Facts on IBPS Clerk 2019 exam:

  • IBPS Clerk 2019 will be conducted in two levels Tier 1 & 2 (Preliminary & Mains). 
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer. 
  • No marks will be awarded or deducted for unattempted questions in the IBPS clerk exam.

IBPS Clerk Prelims:

Topic No. of Questions Total Marks
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Numerical Ability 35 35
English Language 30 30
Total 100 100

The total duration of the test is 1 hour. The candidates must clear the cut off in each section individually.

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