IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2021: Check Prelims and Mains IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus

Exam Date

Aug 28, 2021

Apr 7, 2021


Details regarding IBPS Clerk syllabus is provided below in this section. IBPS Clerk exam has two different syllabus, one for the Prelims exam and the other for the Mains exam.

IBPS Clerk 2021 Syllabus

Information regarding IBPS Clerk 2021 Syllabus is important and it helps a student to strategize well for the exam. Along with this students must know IBPS Clerk exam pattern, which will give a clear picture of the exam. 

IBPS Clerk Syllabus - Prelims

The prelims exam has 3 sections namely English Language, Reasoning Ability, and Numerical Ability. This section has a total of 100 questions. Each question carries one mark.

Topic Number Of Questions
English Language 30
Reasoning Ability 35
Numerical Ability 35

One can study from the best reference books available to cover the syllabus during preparation and score well above cutoff. Before applying and preparing for the exam, one must satisfy all the eligibility criteria framed by IBPS Clerk exam authorities.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus - Mains

Mains syllabus, unlike prelims, has 5 sections namely Reasoning, English language, Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability. A total of 200 questions will be present in this section.

Each question carries one mark. The reasoning and quant section will carry 50 questions each and they have the maximum share of questions.

English Language

English section is common for both the prelims and mains exam. This section is used to test the vocabulary and the English knowledge of the candidate. In the Prelims exam, the English section contains 30 questions and in the Mains exam, it comes with a total of 40 questions.

  • Vocabulary: Homonyms, Antonyms, Speech, Synonyms, Word Formation, and Spelling.
  • Grammar: Phrases, Idioms, Spotting Errors, Active & Passive voice, Direct & Indirect speech
  • Reading Comprehension: Passage Completion, Theme Detection, Sense Deriving Conclusion. 

Quantitative Aptitude

The quantitative aptitude section has questions from topics that are a part of class 6 to 10 syllabus. The Mains exam has a total of 50 questions and the Prelims exam has 35 questions in total for this section. Major topics in the Quantitative Aptitude syllabus are listed below:

  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Time and Work
  • Speed, Distance and Time
  • Mixture and Allegation
  • Stocks and Shares
  • Percentages
  • Partnership Clocks
  • Volume and Surface Area
  • Height and Distances
  • Logarithms, Permutation and Combinations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Probability
  • Trigonometry
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Mensuration
  • Elements of Algebra
  • Data Interpretation, Pie Charts, Tables, Bar & Graph, Line charts.


It has two major classifications, namely verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Questions are based on deducing conclusions and making judgments. One has to practice several questions from all the varieties to ace this section.

Verbal Reasoning

  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Word Formation
  • Statement and Conclusions, Statement and Assumptions, Statement and Arguments
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Blood Relations & Syllogism
  • Passage and Conclusions
  • Alphabet Test, Series Test, Number, Ranking and Time sequence
  • Direct Sense Test, Decision-Making Test
  • Figure Series, Input/Output, Assertion and Reasoning, Sitting Arrangement.

 Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Series Test
  • Odd Figure Out
  • Analogy
  • Miscellaneous Test
  • Finding Pattern

For details about the syllabus for other Government Exams, go to the Sarkari Exams Syllabus section.

General Awareness

The General Awareness section will contain questions based on the current happening in the world as well as in the country. Candidates can easily prepare for this section by taking the help of newspapers, magazines, online magazine, and the internet. Reading newspapers like the Economic Times, The Telegraph, Indian Express will be effective when preparing for the General Awareness section. Candidates should study the current affairs related to National and International issues including recent credit and monetary policy of the Indian banking system of the last 6 months (following good newspapers is sufficient to cover the current events). The main topics for the General Awareness section are given below.

  • Overview of the Indian Financial System
  • History of Indian Banking System.
  • An overview of National Financial Institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC, etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN, etc.
  • Banking Terminologies and Important Government Schemes on the capital & money market
  • History of India
  • Art and Culture
  • Science and Technology
  • Finance and Budget
  • Sports
  • Awards and Honours
  • States of India

Computer Knowledge Syllabus

When comparing with other sections this section is easier as most of the candidates appearing for the test know primary concepts of computer as well as how to operate it. Basic level questions are asked and it is meant to test the level of computer knowledge of the candidate. Generally, nothing out of syllabus is asked. The computer knowledge topics are given in the below table.

  • Security Aspects for PC
  • Names & Innovations
  • History of Computer & its Recent Developments 
  • Computer Network
  • Operating System
  • DOS
  • Recent Inventions in Related Technology
  • Computer Languages
  • Internet
  • Types of Computers

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