IBPS Clerk 2019 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

To crack IBPS Clerk it is very important for all candidates to become well-versed with the IBPS Clerk Syllabus & Exam Pattern. Here we provide detailed information about the syllabus & exam pattern. Starting with IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern:

Phase 1: IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam

The preliminary exam of IBPS Clerk CWE is an online exam that test a candidate on the basis of their aptitude, intellect and English. There are three sections in total and the candidate must clear the cut off of each section to proceed to the mains exam round. Candidates are required to solve the question paper in the time frame of 1 hour. The composite mark of the paper is 100 and the passing marks is decided by IBPS that is likely to change every year depending on the level of difficulty of the exam.


Serial No. Sections No. of Questions Total Marks per section Duration
1. English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 hour
2. Numerical Ability 35 35
3. Reasoning 35 35
Total 100 100

Phase 2: IBPS Clerk Mains Exam

Major changes were observed in the Exam Pattern of previous years' IBPS Clerk Exam. The changes will sustain in IBPS Clerk 2019 as well. IBPS Clerk Mains Exam will constitute of 190 questions that needs to be completed in a time frame of 160 minutes. Both Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam will be conducted bilingually, i.e. both in English and in Hindi. Let’s have a look at the Exam Pattern for IBPS Clerk CWE VIII.

Serial No. Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
2. English Language 40 40 35 minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
4. General Awareness (with special reference to banking industry) 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

Penalty for wrong answers:

There is a penalty for wrong answers marked in both preliminary examination as well as mains examination. A wrong answer to an objective question will lead to a penalty of one-fourth of the total mark assigned to that question. There will be no penalty for the question left blank or unanswered.

Final Score for selection:

The score of the preliminary exam is only a tool to grade up to the mains examination. The marks in the mains examination is taken into consideration to draw out the final result of IBPS Clerk CWE. The students making up to the merit list generated by IBPS are further considered for the clerk cadre.

IBPS Clerk 2019 Syllabus

The IBPS Clerk 2019 syllabus is no different from any other Bank Exam. The major three sections on which a candidate needs complete command are:

These three broad subjects are further sub divided into multiple subheadings. A candidate must look into the previous years’ papers to know the weightage of the sub-topics in each section. The IBPS Clerk 2019 Exam will be conducted in 2 phase:

The section of English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning is same in both Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam. The only difference is that the Mains Exam of IBPS Clerk Exam has an additional section of Computer Knowledge and General Awareness.

The detailed syllabus of all these sections is discussed below:

Exam Section Syllabus
English Language



Reading Comprehension



Statements and Assumption


Coding and Decoding

Blood Relations

Direction Sense Test

Series Test

Miscellaneous Test

Quantitative Aptitude

Ratio and Proportion

Time, distance and speed

Time and work

Mixture and Allegations


Stocks and Shares

Ratio and Proportion



Volume and Surface Area


Permutation and Combination


Height and Distances


Simple Interest and Compound Interest

Profit and Loss



Data Interpretation

Charts, Bar and Graphs

General Awareness

Current Affairs

Indian Financial System

Indian Banking System

Monetary Plans

Introduction to National Institutions

Banking Terms

Computer Aptitude

Basic of Hardware and Software

Windows Operating System

Internet Terms

Microsoft –Office

History of Computers

Networking and Communication

Database Basics

Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses

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