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IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021: Download subject-wise free syllabus PDF here!

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Tue, 13 Jul 2021 09:42 AM IST


Get to know the IBPS Clerk Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Check the Marking Scheme, Duration, the subject asked in the IBPS Clerk entrance examination.

IBPS has released the IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021 on the official website of the board. The candidates can download the PDF of the syllabus of the IBPS Clerk 2021 Exam. The IBPS Clerk recruitment examination comprises 3 sections Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English for the preliminary examination. General Awareness and Computer Ability will be added in the mains examination besides the subjects from the Preliminary examination.

The candidates who are aspiring for the job in any of the PSBs have to clear the exam pattern with marks equivalent to the cut off marks. In this article, we have discussed the IBPS Clerk Syllabus and Exam Pattern in detail for all the candidates.

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IBPS Clerk Syllabus 

The candidates willing to appear for the IBPS Clerk exam can check out the subject wise syllabus for all the sections in the space below:



Reasoning Ability

  • Logical Reasoning, 

  • Verbal and non-verbal reasoning, alphanumeric series, 

  • alphabet series, ranking, data sufficiency, 

  • coding and decoding,

  • Coded inequalities, 

  • direction test, 

  • seating arrangements, 

  • puzzles, jumbles, 

  • Syllogism,

  • input and output, 

  • blood relations, 

  • Advanced puzzles, 

  • Chinese coding, 

  • Distance and direction, 

  • Figure series.

General Awareness

  • Current Events, national and international importance

  • History

  • Polity

  • Constitution

  • Sports

  • Art & Culture

  • Geography

  • Economics

  • Everyday Science

  • Scientific Research

  • National/International Organizations /Institutions etc

Numerical Ability

  • Number System

  • Simplification

  • Decimal & Fraction


  • Ratio & Proportion

  • Percentage

  • Profit & Loss

  • Discount

  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest

  • Partnership

  • Time & Work

  • Distance

  • Use of Table & Graph

  • Mensuration

English Language

  • Title of the Passage

  • Letter Writing

  • Word Knowledge

  • Use of Words

  • Antonym

  • Synonym

  • One Word Substitutions

  • Sentence Correction

  • Idioms Phrases

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IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

Preliminary Examination

  • The exam will be held online with multiple choice questions of a total of 100 questions, 35 questions will be Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability each and 30 questions will be from the English section. 

  • The exam will have sectional timing where 20 minutes will be allotted for each section. 

  • Each correct answer will fetch a candidate with 1 mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.


Maximum  Questions

Maximum Marks

Exam Duration

Quantitative Aptitude



20 minutes

Reasoning Ability



20 minutes




20 minutes




60 minutes

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Mains Exam

  • A total of 190 questions will be asked in the mains examination with a maximum of 200 marks.

  • Questions from Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude will carry 1.20 marks.

  • The rest sections i.e. Numerical Ability, English Language and General Awareness will carry 1 mark for each correct answer.

  • The candidates will get 1 mark for each correct answer while 0.25 marks will be deducted as negative marking

  • The exam will be held for 2 hours and 40 minutes.

  • The candidates will have to clear both the sections to secure a seat in the IBPS Clerk.

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Maximum  Questions

Maximum Marks

Exam Duration

Quantitative Aptitude



45 minutes

Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude



45 minutes




35 minutes

General Awareness



35 minutes




160 minutes

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IBPS Clerk Syllabus FAQs

Q1 What is the IBPS Clerk Selection Process?

A1 The IBPS Clerk Selection Process comprise a preliminary, mains exam, document verification and medical test. 


Q2 Is there any negative marking in the IBPS Clerk Exam?

A2 There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks in the IBPS Clerk Exam.


Q3 How many Subjects are asked in the IBPS Clerk Mains exam?

A3 A total of 4 Subjects are asked in the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam i.e Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language and General Awareness.


Q4 What is the duration of the IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam?

A4 The duration of the IBPS Clerk preliminary Exam is 20 minutes for each section while 60 minutes overall.


Q5 What is the marking scheme of the IBPS Clerk?

A5 The marking scheme of the IBPS Clerk comprise 1 mark for each correct answer while there are negative marks of 0.25 marks for the wrong answer.


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