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December 17, 2021 • 6:20 pm

IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021 & Exam Pattern (Prelims | Mains)

IBPS Clerk Syllabus & Exam Pattern


Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is an autonomous agency in India that aims to employ young, talented, and self-confident job seekers.

IBPS Clerk Exam 2021 will be conducted to recruit the Bank clerks in the nationalized banks or PSB’s of India. Last year, 17 nationalized banks took part in the IBPS Clerk Recruitment exam. This year 11 nationalized banks will be participating in the recruitment.

So, if you wish to achieve the IBPS exam, you must prepare well for the exam. For this, you should have complete knowledge of IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021 and Exam Pattern.

To keep yourself updated, Eduncle has come up with the prescribed IBPS Clerk Syllabus and Paper Pattern 2021, which covers all the important topics.


IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2021



IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus


This year, IBPS hasn’t made any changes to the IBPS Clerk Exam syllabus. If you have applied for the exam, start preparing with the updated IBPS Clerk Syllabus.

The exam consists of the following sections:


Quantitative Aptitude


General Awareness

Computer Knowledge

Check the syllabus of all the above sections in the following paragraphs:



IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus for English


English is one of the most important section in IBPS Clerk Exam. So, you got to have good command over it.

Below, we have mentioned the complete Syllabus of the English section:





Word Formation




Spotting Errors

Phrases and idioms

Direct and Indirect speech

Active/ Passive voice


Reading Comprehension

Theme Detection

Passage completion

Topic rearrangement of passage

Deriving Conclusion.



IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude


In the Quantitative Aptitude section, you can score maximum marks by understanding all the concepts and learning formulas.
But before starting your preparation, you must check the entire syllabus for the Quantitative Aptitude section as given below:


Ratio and proportion


Time and work

Speed, Distance and time

Mixture and allegation

Stocks and shares




Volume and surface Area

Height and Distances


Permutation and combinations

Simple and compound interest




Profit, Loss and Discount


Elements of Algebra

Data Interpretation

Pie charts


Bar & Graphs

Line charts.



IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus for Reasoning


The trickiest part of all the IBPS Clerk sections is reasoning. It is divided into two parts: Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Below, you can check the IBPS Clerk Reasoning Syllabus for both parts:

Verbal Reasoning



Word formation

Statement and conclusions


Statement and assumptions

Statement and arguments

Coding Decoding

Blood Relations

Passage and conclusions

Alphabet test

Series Test

Number, Ranking and time sequence

Direction sense Test

Decision making test

Figure series

Input/output, Assertion and reasoning

Sitting Arrangement


Non-Verbal Reasoning

Series test

Odd figure Out


Miscellaneous Test etc.



IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus for General Awareness


While preparing for other sections, you should prepare well for this section of the IBPS Clerk Exam. It will help you in improving your overall marks in the exam.

Check the complete IBPS Clerk Syllabus for General Awareness here:

Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months

Overview of Indian Financial System

History of Indian banking system

Recent credit and monetary policies

Introduction to National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc.

Abbreviations and Economic Terminologies

Banking Terms

Important Government Schemes on Capital & Money Market



IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus for Computer Knowledge


Checkout the latest and complete IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Computer Knowledge section below and plan your preparations accordingly:

Basics of Hardware and Software

Windows Operating System basics

Internet Terms and Services

Basic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)

History of Computers

Networking and Communication

Database basics

Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses.



IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2021


As per the new IBPS Clerk exam Pattern, the exam follows a two-tier pattern – Preliminary and Mains. Both the exams are conducted separately and contain different paper patterns. To understand it completely, please check below-



IBPS Clerk Pattern for Prelims Exam


The exam pattern for the IBPS Clerk Prelims 2021 is expected to have no change. Check the table below for section-wise breakage of the Clerk prelims exam. Candidates appearing in the IBPS Clerk Exam 2021 are supposed to clear sectional & overall cutoff for these three sections.


S.No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
1 English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
  Total 100 100 60 Minutes


IBPS Clerk Main Paper Pattern


In 2017, there was a significant change in the IBPS Clerk Main Pattern. There are fewer chances that the exam pattern for IBPS Clerk 2021 to be changed. We will update you if there will be any change in the exam pattern. Stay connected with us to keep yourself updated.

In the year 2017, following changes were made from the 2016 exam pattern:

1. There will be only 4 sections in IBPS Clerk Mains Exam. Computers knowledge & Reasoning are no longer separate sections. Instead, these will be considered as a single section namely - Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude.

2. The marking weight-age of these 4 sections was updated.

3. The time duration was changed from 135 minutes to 160 minutes for the Mains Paper of IBPS Clerk Exam.


S.No. Name of the Tests No. of Questions Max Marks Time Allotted to Section
1. General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
2. General English 40 40 35 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
4. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
  Total 190 200 160 minutes


After knowing the above useful information, candidates may proceed to further preparation plan that may also include the suitable IBPS Clerk Preparation Books!

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    Thanks for the information
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  • Padma
    thank you
    clear information about exam dates
  • Abinaya
    sir, both prelim&main exam are conducted in same day or different days
    Hello Abinaya,   Greetings from Eduncle!   The Prelims & Mains are conducted separately on different days. IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam will be conducted on one of the fol...
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  • Amrita Soni
    sir i want to know as i am week in maths which topic should i prepare for clearing ibps clerk 2017 exam
    Hello Amrita,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Sectional cut off is considered crucial in IBPS Clerk Exam, So you should start wor...
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  • Kirankumar
    it means sir we ll face 2 exams prelims and main exam
    Hello KiranKumar,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Yes! To qualify the IBPS Clerk Exam, you need to qualify both the exams - Prelims & Mains. And your final selection will be ...
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  • Saumya Awasthi
    Thank you for this information. It will really help me in doing preparations for exam. May i get some help in english notes?
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    sir, Is there any changes in syllogism for clerk like po?
    Hello Vicithra,   Greetings from Eduncle!   No, there are no major changes in IBPS Clerk Syllabus.   Hope the above information will be helpful to you. For mor...
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  • Anil gond
    Sir, Kya IBPS ka exam kewal English mein hi hota hai ya Hindi mein bhi?
    Hello Anil,   Greetings from Eduncle!   IBPS exam is conducted in Hindi & English for Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness & Computer Knowledge. Yo...
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  • Vicithra
    Is there any changes in syllogism for clerk like po?
    Hello Vicithra,   Greetings from Eduncle!   No changes were made in IBPS Clerk Syllabus this year. If we find any changes, we'll updated in the blog. Kindly Stay Tuned! &...
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