IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2020 & Exam Pattern: Check Subject-wise Syllabus for Prelims & Mains

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the exam schedule of IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2020 on its official website ibps.in. As per the IBPS Calendar 2020, the IBPS Clerk Prelims 2020 exam will be held on 12 – 13 December 2020 and 19 December 2020, and IBPS Clerk Mains 2020 exam will be held on 24 January 2021. The IBPS Clerk Notification 2020 is highly expected to be released in the month of October. 

Candidates who look forward to appearing for the IBPS Clerk Exam to fetch a job in public sector banks should go through the given IBPS Clerk syllabus and exam pattern. The given IBPS Clerk Syllabus contains important topics of each subject or section. Go through the given IBPS Clerk Syllabus & Exam Pattern and test your preparation level now. The syllabus contains important topics from which questions are asked from each section and their marking scheme.

IBPS Clerk Recruitment is carried out in two phases – Preliminary and Mains Examinations. Here is the topic-wise and section-wise IBPS Clerk syllabus that contains the important topics from which the questions could be asked in the IBPS Clerk Exam. With just a few days left for the Mains examination, it is suggested that candidates should devote this time for preparations as per the latest syllabus. 

Though many of the candidates might be aware of the exam pattern and syllabus of the IBPS Clerk Prelims & Mains 2020, there might be many who would be appearing for the IBPS Clerk Recruitment Exam for the first time.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2020

Prelims Exam: In IBPS Clerk Prelims 2020, candidates will be asked Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) from three sections- English Language, Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability. The exam will be conducted online. Have a look at the exam pattern of the IBPS Clerk Prelims:

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern
Section No. of MCQs Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 Hour


Mains Exam: In IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2020, candidates are asked Multiple Choice Questions from four sections – General/ Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude, and Quantitative Aptitude. There is a sectional timing for each section. Candidates need to attempt each section in the given time frame. Have a look at the exam pattern:

Section No.of  MCQs Marks Sectional Timing
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Computer Knowledge & Reasoning Ability 50 60 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Total 190 MCQs 200 Marks 160 minutes

IBPS Clerk Prelims 2020: Syllabus – Questions Asked, Topics & Difficulty Level

Get detailed IBPS Clerk syllabus in the linked article.

English Language Reasoning Ability Numerical Ability
Reading Comprehensions


Fill in the blanks

Antonym & Synonym

Sentence Completion

Cloze Test

Error Detection

Para jumbles

Phrase Replacement



Puzzles – Seating Arrangements, Directions, Box-based, Month-Based, Days-Based, Row-based

Distance and Direction

Blood Relations


Order and Ranking




Alphanumeric Series

Figure Series

Verbal Reasoning

Data Interpretation – Tabular, Bar Graph, Line Chart & Pie Chart

Number Series

Quadratic Equations




Simple Interest & Compound Interest

Profit and Loss


Speed, Distance and Time

Ratio and Proportion

Problem on Ages

Data Sufficiency

Work, Time and Wages

Boats and Stream

Pipes and Cisterns



Permutation and Combination

Difficulty Level – Easy to Moderate OR Moderate

– Possibility of high accuracy

Difficulty Level – Moderate

– Possibility of high accuracy

Difficulty Level – Moderate to Difficult

– Possibility of high accuracy


Marking Scheme: In IBPS Clerk Prelims 2020 Exam, 100 MCQs will be asked. Each question will be of 1 mark. There would be a penalty for the wrong answer marked by the candidate. Every wrong answer costs 0.25 mark. 

IBPS Clerk Mains 2020: Syllabus – Questions Asked, Topics & Difficulty Level

Quantitative Aptitude

(Difficulty Level – Moderate to Difficult

– Possibility of high accuracy)

Number Series, Quadratic Equations, Data Interpretation – Pie Chart, Bar Graph, Tabular & Line Chart, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Approximation, Simplification, Profit and Loss, Percentages, Averages, Data Sufficiency, Mensuration, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Ratio and Proportion, Problem on Ages, Speed, Distance and Time, Work, Time and Wages, Boats and Stream, Pipes and Cisterns
English Language

(Difficulty Level – Easy to Moderate OR Moderate

– Possibility of high accuracy)

Reading Comprehensions, Vocabulary, Fill in the blanks, Antonym & Synonym, Sentence Completion, Cloze Test, Error Detection, Para jumbles, Phrase Replacement, Inference, Connectors
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude

(Difficulty Level – Moderate

– Possibility of high accuracy)

Alphanumeric Series, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Distance and Direction, Verbal Reasoning, Figure Series, Seating Arrangements, Box-based Puzzle,

Month-Based puzzle, Days-Based puzzle,

Row-based puzzle, Order and Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Input-Output, Inequalities, Basic Computer Knowledge, Microsoft Office, Computer Hardware & Software, Internet & Networking, Keyboard shortcuts, Abbreviations

General/Financial Awareness

(Difficulty Level – Moderate

– Possibility of high accuracy)

Static GK – Country, Currency & Capital, Firsts in the world and India, Indian Constitution, Indian Culture, Airports & Railways, History, Geography

Financial Awareness – Indian Banking, important terms, Bank Headquarters, Regulatory Bodies, Functions of RBI, Indian Financial System, Fiscal & Monetary Policy, International Organisations – IMF, WB, ADB, UNO, SWIFT, BBB, BIS & UFBU

Current Affairs – Government schemes, National & International Days/weeks, Awards, Sports & other happenings


To understand the Exam topics in-depth and the level of difficulty, IBPS Guide can be referred.

Candidates should have a clear concept on various topics covered in the IBPS PO syllabus for both Prelims and Mains exam.

All the Best!

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