IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021 & Exam Pattern: Subject-wise Syllabus

IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the most awaited IBPS exam schedule on its official website. Candidates are advised to boost their preparation with only a month left. But first, take a look at the IBPS clerk syllabus 2021. As per the official IBPS Calendar 2020, the preliminary exam will be conducted on 05.12.2020, 12.12.2020, and 13.12.2020, and IBPS Clerk Mains 2020 exam will be held on 24 January 2021.


Candidates aspiring to crack the IBPS Clerk Exam to fetch a job in public sector banks must go through the given IBPS Clerk syllabus and exam pattern. The IBPS Clerk Syllabus comprises of important topics for each subject or section. Go through the given IBPS Clerk Syllabus, Exam Pattern, and test your preparation level now. The IBPS clerk syllabus consists of important topics from which questions were asked from each section with the marking scheme.

IBPS Clerk Recruitment 


IBPS Clerk syllabus 2021: Exam Pattern

The recruitment for the clerical cadre by the IBPS is carried out in two phases- Preliminary and Mains Examinations.


Prelims Exam:

In the preliminary test, there will be 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 Questions Marks Duration
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 190 200 160 minutes


IBPS Clerk syllabus 2021

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

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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

Easy to Moderate difficulty level-high accuracy Difficulty Level–Moderate-high accuracy Moderate to Difficult level-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-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-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 of various topics covered in the IBPS PO syllabus for both Prelims and Mains exam.



Q: How many stages are there in the IBPS clerk exam?
A: The IBPS clerk exam is conducted in two stages i.e. prelims and mains.

Q: Is there any interview for the IBPS clerk exam?
A: No, there is no interview for the IBPS clerk selection.

Q: What is the application fee for the IBPS clerk?
A: For GEN/OBC: Rs. 850
All other candidates: Rs.175

Q: What are the subjects included in the IBPS clerk syllabus for prelims?
A: In IBPS clerk prelims the questions are asked from quantitative aptitude, reasoning ability, and English language.

All the Best!