IBPS Clerk Prelims 2018 – Exam Pattern & Syllabus

IBPS Clerk 2018 Official Notification arrives as an enchantment to the banking candidates who have a great passion to work in public sector banks of India. Sectional Timing is introduced this year for IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam especially leaves you, people, in astonish as like SBI and IBPS PO exams.

As an aspirant, it is vital to analyze the exam pattern and syllabus of IBPS Clerk 2018 before starting the exam preparation. The introduction of sectional timings i.e., 20 minutes for each section is considered to be the foremost transform in this recruitment. The Prelims Exam will take place on 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th December 2018.

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IBPS Clerk-VIII Prelims Exam Pattern:

S. No. Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2. Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour (60 minutes)

The sectional timings illustrate that the aspirants need to focus on each section during the exam preparation. Earlier, most of the students will spend hardly 10 to 15 minutes for the English Section and they will spend the remaining time on the aptitude and reasoning topics.

But now, you have to spend 20 minutes on each section and so you have to clear on your strategy and attempts. A well-planned approach helps you to perform well and score better in this clerk exam.

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IBPS Clerk Prelims Syllabus 2018:

English Language:

 Topics  Level  Type of Questions
Reading Comprehension Easy to Moderate One or two passages can be asked with synonyms, antonyms, and title based questions.
Error Spotting Easy to Moderate Aspirants need to find out the errors in the given sentences.
Cloze Test Easy to Moderate A passage will be given with a number of blanks and so students choose the right option for each blank.
Para Jumbles Easy to Moderate 4 to 5 sentences of a paragraph will be given. Rearrange it in a correct sequence to make a meaningful paragraph.
Fill in the blanks Easy to Moderate Questions will be asked in single or double fillers.
Phrase replacement Moderate In these questions, a certain word will be highlighted. Students have to replace the word with an exact phrase.
Sentence Improvement Easy to Moderate Highlighted sentences need to be improved as per the grammatical rules or else no improvement required.

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Reasoning Ability Topics:

 Topics Level  Type of Questions
Inequality Easy Questions will be in based on either coded or direct inequality.

Number Series

Easy A series of numbers, symbols and alphabets are combined in these questions.
Syllogism Easy Aspirants can expect 4 to 5 questions in this topic.
Coding -Decoding Easy to Moderate Old or new pattern questions will be asked. You can expect word or sentence based coded questions.
Data Sufficiency Moderate Questions with statements will be given. Students need to choose which statement will be sufficient to answer the question.
Miscellaneous Moderate This section includes the question from topics like direction, blood relations, order and ranking, etc.,
Seating Arrangement and Puzzle Easy to Moderate Questions will be based on linear, circular, square arrangement. Puzzles will be mostly on floor, box, month, etc.
Input and Output Moderate Students need to find the pattern of given example and it need to be applied on the question to find the output steps.

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Quantitative Aptitude Topics:

 Topics  Level  Type of Questions
Number Series Easy to Moderate Questions will be asked in missing or wrong terms.


Easy to Moderate Aspirants need to be well-versed in squares, cubes, tables and fast calculations.


Easy Solve the equations to find the values of the given variables.
Data Interpretation Easy to Moderate 1 or 2 sets of DI questions will be asked based on bar, line, table, pie, missing or caselet types.
Quantity based Moderate Two quantities will be given and the students need to find the relation between them.
Data Sufficiency Moderate Questions followed by two statements will be given. Students need to find the statement which can be used to find the answer.

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