IBPS Clerk Exam 2020 Preliminary Syllabus & Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Syllabus
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Hello Aspirants, Hope you all have started preparing for the IBPS Clerk CWE VII 2020 Examination. If you haven’t then don’t worry, it’s never too late to start something. If you have applied for the job and searching for IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2020 (Preliminary Exam) to have a better preparation strategy, then you are in the right place. This post will let you know about the IBPS Clerk Preliminary syllabus 2020.

In our previous article, we have discussed the Exam Pattern of IBPS Clerk and IBPS Clerk Cut off score (Expected and Previous Year) to understand the toughness of the exam. In this article, we will discuss the complete IBPS Clerk Preliminary syllabus and Exam Pattern for IBPS Clerk CWE VII 2020 Exam.

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Aspirants May Also Check these Important links related to IBPS Clerk Recruitment  Notification.

IBPS Clerk Recruitment Notification (CWE VIII 2020)


Before we go deep with the information let us first have a look at the Major Features of the IBPS CWE Clerk VIII 2020 recruitment notification. 

Brief Description of the Job

Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Name of the Exam IBPS CWE Clerk VIII 2020
IBPS Clerk Notification 2020 Release Date September 2020
IBPS Clerk Online Application Starts From September 2020
IBPS Clerk Online Application Ends On October 2020
Download of call letters for IBPS Clerk Pre- Exam Training November 2020
IBPS Clerk Online Pre-Exam Training November 2020
Conduct of Online Examination – Preliminary 12th, 13th & 19th December 2020
Result of IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam January 2021
Download of Call letter for Online Exam – Main January 2021
Conduct of Online Examination – Main 24th January 2021
Declaration of Final Result 1st April 2021
Application Fee Rs.100/- for SC/ ST/ PWD/ EXSM candidates and
Rs.600/- for others.
How to apply Online
Mode of Exam Online
Number of Vacancies 12,075
Job Posting Anywhere in India
Job Profile Clerical Cadre

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Syllabus 2020


Before we talk about the Syllabus for IBPS Preliminary Exam 2020, let us first have a look at the pattern of the Exam.

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern


The very first stage of your dream job is to score great in the Preliminary examination. Here aspirants must keep in mind that the written examination will be online in nature and will consist of the following parameters.

S.NoSubjectsNo of Questions.MarksDuration
1Reasoning Ability353560 Minutes (1 Hr)
2Numerical Ability3535
3English Language3030
 Total100100

Basic Guidelines

  • Total Question: 100
  • Maximum Marks: 100
  • Time Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Marking scheme: 1(one) mark for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: 1/4th marks will be deducted for incorrect answer.
  • The medium of Instruction: Hindi/English

IBPS Clerk Syllabus (Preliminary Exam)


As mentioned above, the Preliminary exam will consist of total 100 questions divided into three segments. The Reasoning  & Numerical ability segment will consist of total 35-35 questions each carrying 1 marks. Whereas the English segment will consist of a total of 30 questions of one marks each. Let us now have a look at the detailed IBPS Clerk syllabus for the Preliminary exam.

English Language Syllabus for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam (30 marks)


The English language segment will consist of Reading comprehension, Basics of Grammar and Vocabulary. Let us see the Topics to be covered and weightage of each topic asked in the English language of Preliminary Exam.

S.NoTopicsWeightageTypes of Questions to be asked
1.Reading Comprehension10 Questions (1 Passage)The passage will be focussed on topics like Banking & Economy, Business, Social Issues etc.
2.Grammar (Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks)5 QuestionsError Spotting, Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks
3.Vocabulary (Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement)10 QuestionsError Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Cloze Test (single passage with 5-10 questions), Fill in the Blanks (Double Blanks).
4.Verbal Ability (Para Jumbles)5 QuestionsPara Jumbles

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Syllabus for Numerical Ability (35 Marks)


The Numerical Ability is often considered as the most difficult but scoring topic in any exam. In IBPS Clerk exam a total of 35 questions is asked and the toughness level is up to the intermediate level of Math. All you need is speed and accuracy to score great in the Numerical Ability Segment of IBPS Preliminary Exam.

S.NoTopicsWeightageTypes of Question to be asked
1.Simplification10-15 QuestionsBODMAS Rule, Approximation, Decimals, Fractions, Surds & Indices, Percentages etc.
2.Number Series3-5 QuestionsComplete the Series, Find the Missing Term, Find the Wrong Term etc.
3.Average1-3 QuestionsAverage Weight/Height/Age/Marks, Average Money Expenditure, Average Temperature etc. But the concept remains simple. We have to use a single formula i.e. Average = Sum of Quantities/Number of Quantities
4.Interest1-3 QuestionsSimple Interest, Compound Interest, Mixed Interest, Installments.
5.Mensuration 2-4 QuestionsArea/Volume of Square, Rectangle, Trapezium, Parallelogram, Rhombus, Circle, Semicircle, Triangle, Cone, Cylinder, Cube, Cuboid. Also, Moulding from one shape to another etc.
6.Percentage1-2 QuestionsCalculation-oriented basic percentage.
7.Ratio & Proportion1-3 QuestionsSimple Ratios, Compound Ratios, Componendo and Dividendo, Direct & Indirect Proportions.
8.Algebra3-5 QuestionsProblems with 2-3 statements and 2-3 conclusions. Questions could be asked on whether the conclusions follow or not.
9.Profit & Loss1-3 QuestionsSuccessive Selling type questions, Partnerships, Discount & MP, Dishonest Dealings
10.Time, Speed & Distance1-4 QuestionsRelative Speed, Average Speed, Problems on Train, Boat & Stream.
11.Data Interpretation5-10 Questions (1-2 sets)Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables, Miscellaneous Infographics, Missing Data Type Caselets.
12.Time & Work1-2 QuestionsWork Efficiency, Work & Wages, Pipes & Cisterns etc.
13.Permutation & Combination / Probability0-1 QuestionsBasic Selection & Arrangement Problems, Very basic problems on Probability
14.Mixture Problems0-2 QuestionsProblems on making a mixture of two or more entities/mixture.
15.Number System0-1 QuestionsDivisibility & Remainder, Multiples & Factors, Integers, LCM & HCF
16.Data Sufficiency0-5 QuestionsDS questions based on Number System, Averages, Percentages, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Time Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Problems on Age, Mensuration, Mixtures & Allegations.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Reasoning Ability (Preliminary Exam)


The Reasoning is one of the most confusing and time taking segments in any exam. If you have practised a lot and possess a strong command over the tips and tricks used in Reasoning then you can surely score high in the Reasoning. A total of 35 questions each carrying 1 marks is being asked in the Reasoning segment of IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam.

S.NoTopicsWeightageTypes of Questions to be asked
1.Arrangement & Pattern5-8 QuestionsRandom Sequence of Alphabets (based on a group of 5 terms each of 3 alphabets OR series of alphabets), Number Arrangements (based on a group of 5 terms each of 3 digits OR series of numbers), Mixed Series Dictionary or Alphabet based Arrangements etc.
2.Analogy0-5 QuestionsMeaning based, Letter based, Number based.
3.Classification0-4 QuestionsLetter based, Meaningful Words based, GK based, Number based.
4.Coded Inequalities or Mathematical Inequalities0-5 QuestionsCoded relations between letters to be decoded and solved.
5.Directions & Distances0-2 QuestionsArranging by age, height, weight, rank, order in row etc.
6.Coding-Decoding4-10 QuestionsCoding by Letter Shifting, Coding by Analogy, Coding in Fictitious Language, Coding Letters of a Word.
7.Blood Relations1-5 QuestionsFamily Tree Problems, Coded Blood Relations.
8.Order & Ranking0-5 QuestionsFloor Based Puzzles, Arranging by age, height, weight, rank, the order in a row etc.
9.Circular Seating Arrangement5 QuestionsUni- & Bi-directional problems on circular, square, rectangular, hexagonal tables.
10.Linear Seating Arrangement5 QuestionsSingle or Double rows facing each other/ away from each other/ in the same direction.
11.Analytical Decision Making0-5 Questions—–
12.Syllogisms0-5 QuestionsDirect questions with 2-3 statements & 2-3 conclusions, possibility based questions, negative information-based questions
13.Data Sufficiency0-5 QuestionsOrdering & Ranking, Blood Relations, Coding in Fictitious Language, Circular Arrangements, Directions & Distances, Ages & Birthdates.
14.Double Line-Up0-5 Questions
15.Scheduling0-5 Questions
16.Grouping & Selection Problems0-5 QuestionsProblems on teams and committees asked
17.Series0-2 QuestionsComplete the Alphabet Series, Number Series and Mixed Series
18.Verbal Reasoning0-5 QuestionsComplete the Alphabet Series, Number Series and Mixed Series.

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