IBPS Clerk Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2018

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is conducting IBPS Clerk 2018 exam to select candidates for the clerical cadre in multiple Government as well as Public Sector banks all over the country. IBPS Clerk exam 2018 begins tomorrow across the country. The examination will be conducted on December 8,9,15 and 16 2018. IBPS Clerk Exam 2018 is conducted to fill up 7275 Clerk posts across the nation. Candidates who have applied and shortlisted for the post can appear for the examination at various centres across the nation. Before appearing for the examination, candidates need to take up few important tips to crack the exam. Entri provides you with study tips and important resources that will help you score higher in examination. Detailed Syllabus and Exam Pattern is given below.

IBPS Clerk 2018 Exam Pattern.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2018 is very much same as any other Bank Exam, with a preliminary exam and a mains examination. Both these examinations will be conducted bilingually i.e, in both English and in Hindi.

IBPS Prelims 2018 Exam Pattern

As usual, the prelims exam will have three sections. The sections you  need to be an expert on to ace IBPS Clerk 2018 Preliminary Exam are:

  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • English Language

The IBPS Clerk preliminary examination will be conducted online for a duration of 1 hour.

SectionNo: of questionsMaximum marksDuration
English Language303020 minutes
Numerical Ability353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
total1001001 hour

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam will constitute of 190 questions that need to be completed in a time frame of 160 minutes.  

Name of testNo of questionsMaximum marksDuration
General/ Financial Awareness505035 minutes
General English404035 minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer
506045 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
Total190200160 minutes

Penalty for wrong answers:

There will be negative marking in both prelims and mains examination. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. There will not be any penalty for unattended or unanswered questions.

IBPS Clerk 2018 Syllabus

Exam SectionSyllabus
English LanguageVocabulary:

Homonyms, Antonyms, Synonyms, Word Formation, Spelling.


Spotting Errors, Phrases and idioms, Direct and Indirect speech, Active/ Passive voice.

Reading comprehension:

Theme Detection, Passage completion, Topic rearrangement of passage, Deriving Conclusion.
ReasoningVerbal Reasoning:

Analogy, Classification, Word formation, Statement and conclusions Syllogism, Statement and assumptions, Statement and arguments, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Passage and conclusions, Alphabet test, Series Test, Number, Ranking and time sequence, Direction 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
Quantitative AptitudeRatio and proportion, Averages, Time and work, Speed, Distance and time, Mixture and allegation Stocks and shares, Percentages, Partnership, Clocks, Volume and Surface Area, Bar & Graphs, Line charts, Tables

Height and Distances, Logarithms, Permutation and combinations, Simple and compound interest, Equations, Probability, Trigonometry, Profit, Loss and Discount, Mensuration, Elements of Algebra, Data Interpretation, Pie charts

Computer KnowledgeBasics of Hardware and software, Windows operating system basics, Internet terms and services, Basic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)

History of computers, Networking and communication, Database basics, Basics of Hacking, Security Tools, and Viruses
General AwarenessCurrent affairs related to national and international issues of the last 6 months,
Overview of the Indian Financial System,
History of the Indian banking system, Recent credit, and monetary policies

Introduction to National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc,
Abbreviations and Economic terminologies, Banking Terms,
Important Government Schemes on capital & money market.

The marks obtained for mains alone will be the criteria for the selection process.

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