IBPS Clerk 2019 Syllabus and Exam Pattern

ibps clerk 2019 syllabus

This IBPS Clerk 2019 syllabus and exam pattern article is intended to give an idea about IBPS (particularly for clerical cadre) for banking job aspirants, who are planning to sit first time for clerical cadre posts and for those fresher who have just graduated out of their college. The Institute of Banking Personal Selection (IBPS) (ibps.in) is an autonomous body which is involved in the recruitment (screening, shortlisting, exam conduct) of eligible candidates for various posts in almost all nationalized banks of our country.

This year 2019, much to the delight of many bank/government job aspirants, though the exact number of vacancies are not provided officially it is believed that,similar to previous years the approximate vacancies will be around 7000. The preliminary exams are scheduled on  the following dates.

IBPS Clerks 2019 EventExam Date
Preliminary Exam (Week-1)7.12.19, 8.12.19
( Saturday, Sunday)
Preliminary Exam date
14.12.19, 15.12.19
( Saturday, Sunday)
Mains Exam date19.01.20 ( Sunday)

In the selection process, a candidate has to undergo both Preliminary examination (for screening purpose) followed by Main examination. In prelims, candidates who score the minimum cut-off and above alone (decided by the IBPS every year) are eligible and receive a call letter for the main examination.

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IBPS Clerk 2019 Syllabus

Now let us look at the ibps clerk 2019 syllabus we need to focus for preliminary examination. Before that, if you are a bank job aspirant hoping to do well this time, then you must keep in mind that you should improvise on your speed and accuracy, what I mean speed-as the ability to solve as much problems as possible in the given time and accuracy – you should good at arriving right answers.That’s very important! Right. Now coming back to prelims, exam duration is 60 minutes and maximum mark is 100. An aspirant has to score good marks in all the 3 sections -English, Numerical ability, and Reasoning ability.

Subjectquestion typeNo of questionMaximum marksalloted time
English LanguageObjective303020
Numerical AbilityObjective353520

All sections have separate session time of 20 minutes for each session. Keep in mind that, you cannot visit any session on your wish in the given 60 minutes. Definitely challenging isn’t it?. In mark allocation, you need be to fast enough to solve 35 question in 20 minutes,roughly  you have got 35 seconds for a question in numerical ability and reasoning sessions (for those  wish to attend all questions).if not, chill out no problem ;).

All questions carry 1 mark. Prelims do have negative marking !.For every wrong answer, ¼ mark (0.25) will be deduced. So nothing to worry about skipping questions which are difficult. It is always a good practice to give 10 correct answers than attending 12 questions in which 2 questions are guess work.As I mentioned earlier, accuracy plays a vital role and it also saves your time. Regarding prelims cut-off it varies with state and number of vacancies, in the last year IBPS, the cut off for southern states (Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Andrapradesh) were close to 55+5 for tamilnadu  and 72+5­ (Kerala, Karnataka and Andrapradesh) and for general category.Now coming to the syllabus to be covered for both Prelims and mains you can refer the table below.

EnglishQuantative AptitudeComputer AptitudeReasoning
VocabularyData Interpretation
(Charts, Bar and Graphs)
Basic of Hardware and SoftwareAnalogy
sentence Formation
(Grammatically )
Time, distance and speedWindows Operating SystemStatements and Assumption
Reading ComprehensionTime and workInternet TermsSyllogism
Cloze TestMixture and AllegationsMicrosoft –OfficeCoding and Decoding
Sentence CorrectionAveragesHistory of ComputersBlood Relations
Spot the errorStocks and SharesNetworking and CommunicationDirection Sense Test
Para jumblesRatio and ProportionDatabase BasicsSeries Test
 Fill in the blanksPercentageBasics of Hacking, Security Tools and VirusesMiscellaneous Test
ClocksSeating arrangement
Volume and Surface AreaMathematical Inequalities
LogarithmsArrangement and Pattern
Permutation and CombinationOrdering and ranking
Height and Distances
Simple Interest and Compound Interest
Profit and Loss
Number Series
Basic Algebra
Quadratic Equations

The best way to get gauge the question standards is referring to atleast last 5 years question papers and decide the your phase of study and then you make study plan accordingly.

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IBPS Mains Examination pattern and dates

Now coming to mains, it is conducted within a month duration after the announcement of prelims results(This time  you have around 34 days ) and at this stage, you may get to attempt relatively difficult questions (I mean to say quality questions) comparing prelims.The exam pattern and time allocation you can refer below.

No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
Total190200160 minutes
1Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
2English Language404035 minutes
3Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
4General/ Financial Awareness505035 minutes

So  during this period is to practice difficult question as many as possible.

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Going by above, an aspirant can  easily come to a decision about his preparation.One should ask themselves some basic questions as follows,

Am I good at these subject? If good then to what extend? Where do I stand in terms of my preparedness to the exam? What is the time available for my preparation? What are my study plans? by answering these basic questions to yourself and deciding to stand by them would certainly become a better aspirant than many others. Really,who know this time it might be your turn to reap success in the upcoming IBPS. Good luck and cheers.

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