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IBPS Clerk Exam: Syllabus and Pattern

October 31st, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

For all those who are interested in a career in banking, IBPS Clerk Written Exam is an important exam. 19 national banks in the country recruit candidates for clerical positions based IBPS Clerk Written Exam. The exam has been conducted successfully once last year. Registration for IBPS Clerk Written exam 2013 is open till 5th November, 2012. You can find further details about registering for IBPS Clerk Written Exam 2013 here.

Like most other competitive exams in the country, IBPS Clerk Written Exam too is a tough nut to crack. Lakhs of candidates appear for the exam every year in the hope to get placed at a reputed national bank in the country.

It has become even tougher this year since IBPS Clerk Exam 2013 will be conducted online. If you want to crack the exam, it is important that you are aware of the syllabus and pattern of the exam to start off with.

Syllabus and pattern for IBPS Clerk Written Exam 2013

Although the exam will be conducted online this year, the pattern and syllabus for the exam have remained unchanged over the last year. The test is largely an aptitude and reasoning test. It is divided into 5 sections, viz.;

  • Reasoning
  • English language
  • Numerical ability
  • General awareness
  • Computer knowledge

Each section has 50 questions, with each question of 1 mark. Thus, the IBPS Clerk Written exam is a 250 mark test.

Syllabus for IBPS Clerk Written Exam

Since it is a aptitude and reasoning test, the level of question asked is very basic in nature. While there is no defined syllabus for the test, here is an overview of the different topics you can expect in each section:


The reasoning section has verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions. Generally, the type of questions can be divided into analogy, sitting arrangement, decision making, blood relations, syllogism, series completion and statement reasoning.

English language

Your English language skills are tested in the exam under the following fields:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Error detection
  • Passage correction
  • Rearrangement
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Active and passive voice

Numerical ability

You won’t be asked graduate or post-graduate level questions in the numerical ability section. You are tested on your general aptitude. Thus, getting your basics right upto standard 10th should suffice while preparing for IBPS Clerk Written Exam. In general, questions in this section can be divided into:

  • Arithmetic, which includes numbers, percentage, time and distance, logs, permutation and combination, probability etc.
  • Data interpretation, which involves interpreting charts and tables.

General awareness

This section tests your general awareness levels. The questions in this section are a blend of banking knowledge and current events. Usually, the weightage of banking related questions is higher than that of current event questions.

Computer knowledge

Questions in this section are related to basic hardware and software related questions. You don’t need to be a computer geek to crack this section.

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