IBPS Clerk Syllabus CWE 2016-2017


The IBPS Clerk Pattern 2016-2017 consists of 2 phases online exams( Prelims exam and the Mains exam). IBPS Clerk Syllabus is comprises of English language, Numerical Ability, Reasoning, General Ability and Computer knowledge. The IBPS Prelims exam has three sections i.e, English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability.The exam has a total of 100 questions and each question carries 1 mark.

The IBPS Mains Exam has 5 sections. The two new sections of the Mains exam are General Awareness and Computer Knowledge. The Mains exam consists of 200 questions, each section containing 40 questions. Each section is allotted a separate time frame within which the questions need to be answered. Both these exams have negative marking. For every wrong answer, the candidate will lose 0.25 marks.

Structure Of IBPS Clerk Examination

IBPS Clerk Syllabus: Preliminary Examination Structure.

Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of

1 hour

2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
TOTAL 100 100

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for online main examination.


IBPS Clerk Syllabus: Main Examination Structure

Sr. No. Name of Tests (NOT BY SEQUENCE) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
1 Reasoning 40 50 30 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 30 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 40 50 30 minutes
4 General Awareness (with special reference to Banking) 40 40 25 minutes
5 Computer Knowledge 40 20 20 minutes
Total 200 200 135 minutes

To Keep In Mind 

  • Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary and Main examination)
    There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.
  • The above tests except the Tests of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.
  • IBPS reserves the right to modify the structure of the examination which will be intimated through its website.
  • Scores
    — The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) will be normalized using equi-percentile method.
    — Scores up to two decimal points shall be taken for the purpose of calculations

IBPS Clerk Syllabus In Detailed  (Topic Wise)

A.) English Language – 

  • Vocabulary which includes homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, sentence completion, word formation.
  • Comprehension which involves deriving conclusion, theme detection, passage completion 
  • Rearrangement of passage, spelling, sentence
  • Active passive voice, indirect direct speech
  • Phrases and idioms

B). Numerical Ability – Arithmetic and Data Interpretation

(1) Arithmetic Topics

Numbers, Roots, Average, Ratio, Time & work, Time & separation, Rate, Profit & loss, Mixture, Stocks & shares, Partnership, Clocks, Volume & surface area, Height & distances, Logarithms, Permutation & combination, Simple & compound interest, Probability

(2) Data Interpretation Topics

Visual diagrams, Pie outlines, Line charts

C). Reasoning – VERBAL  and Non- Verbal Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning Topics – Analogy, Odd Man out, Syllogism, word formation, Statement and conclusions, Statement and assumptions, Statement and arguments, Passage and conclusions, Coding decoding, Blood relations, Alphabet test, Series test, Number, ranking and time sequence , Direction sense test, Sitting arrangement, Decision making, Input output, Assertion and reasoning, Figure Series etc.

Non Verbal Reasoning :- Series test, Analogy, Odd figures, Miscellaneous test.

D). General Awareness – This section  covers Current Affairs with special reference to the banking Industry.  Topics include Indian Economy, International Economy, UNO, Marketing, Awards & Honors, Sport, Finance,Agriculture etc. History of Banking, current affairs of last 6 months, countries / currencies, Books & Their Authors, Banking Terms, RBI, Fiscal Monetary Policies, banking functions etc.

E). Computer – This section has two subparts – Hardware and Software. Candidates are required to possess basic knowledge and computer operating skills.

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