IBPS PO Prelims Syllabus :

The preliminary examination of IBPS PO exam  comprises of Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.

Let’s have a look at the IBPS PO 2018 Preliminary Exam Pattern before looking at the Syllabus:

Sr. No. Subjects No. of questions Marks Time
1 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 1 hour
2 English Language 30 30
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
4 Total 100 100


The complete detail of heading and sub-heading of the sections asked in Preliminary Exam of IBPS PO 2018 exam is discussed below:

Reasoning Quantitative Ability English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Miscellaneous
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input Output Sequence & Series
Coding Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

IBPS PO Mains syllabus :

The Mains Examination of IBPS PO exam 2018 comprises of 4 + 1(Descriptive Paper) sections: Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Quantitative, Aptitude & General Awareness. Recently, IBPS has introduced a descriptive paper in its mains examfor selection of candidates to the post of Probationary officer. The complete syllabus is discussed below:

Let’s have a look at the IBPS PO 2018 Mains Exam Pattern before looking at the Syllabus:

Name of the Test
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
60 minutes
English Language
40 minutes
Data Analysis & Interpretation
45 minutes
General Economy & Banking Awareness
35 minutes
180 minutes
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)
30 minutes
The complete syllabus is discussed below:
Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning & Computer Aptitude English Language General Awareness
Simplification Verbal Reasoning Internet Reading Comprehension Financial Awareness
Average Syllogism Memory Grammar Current Affairs
Percentage Circular Seating Arrangement Keyboard Shortcuts Vocabulary General Knowledge
Ratio and Percentage Linear Seating Arrangement Computer Abbreviation Verbal Ability
Data Interpretation Double Lineup Microsoft Office
Mensuration and Geometry Scheduling Computer Hardware
Quadratic Equation Input Output Computer Software
Interest Blood Relations Operating System
Problems of Ages Directions and Distances Networking
Profit and Loss Ordering and Ranking Computer Fundamentals /Terminologies
Number Series Data Sufficiency
Speed, Distance and Time Coding and Decoding
Time and Work Code Inequalities
Number System
Data Sufficiency
Linear Equation
Permutation and Combination
And Probability
Mixture and Allegations

Apart from the preliminary exam and the mains exam, an interview process is also conducted for candidates who have qualified the first two phases of IBPS PO 2018 exam.

The final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks obtained by a candidate in his mains exam and his interview process.

Major changes are noticed in IBPS PO Mains Exam 2018. Let’s have a look at all the changes one by one.

IBPS Clerk

IBPS Clerk 2018 exam is going to be conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection to select candidates for the clerical cadre in multiple Government as well as Public Sector banks all over the country. The IBPS Clerk 2018 exam will be conducted on two levels- preliminary exam and mains. No interview process is required for the selection to the post of Clerk. Merit List is made based on the cumulative score of both Preliminary Examination as well as Mains Examination.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

IBPS conducts exams for post of Clerical Cadre in two different stages: Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam. The candidates are required to qualify both the stages to be listed in the merit list prepared after conduction of both the exams.

IBPS Clerk 2018 Preliminary Exam Pattern:

S.No Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS Clerk 2018 Mains Exam Pattern:

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/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

IBPS Clerk Syllabus

The basic subjects that a candidate needs to master are Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English Language. The syllabus for both Preliminary Exam and the Mains Exam are different. A candidate is also required to be proficient in Computer and must have General Awareness knowledge specifically in the field of Banking.

IBPS Clerk Preparation

Candidates are required to look into the latest pattern of the exam and must be acquainted with the updated syllabus before starting their preparation for IBPS Clerk CWE 2018. Candidates can learn through a range of course books provided on the They can assess themselves by giving the Online Mock Test Series for IBPS Clerk and they can also opt for Career Power Classroom Program to amplify their skills through our highly qualified faculty.

SBI CLERK Prelims Exam pattern
Objective Based Online exam –                              60 minutes
Negative marks –                                                      0.25 marks
Sectional Cutoff
Subject             No. of Qs.        Max. Marks         Allotted Time
English                    30                        30                            20 Minutes
Reasoning               35                        35                            20 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude

                                  35                         35                            20 Minutes
Total                       100                      100 marks       60 Minutes
SBI CLERK Prelims English Syllabus
English Language:
Reading comprehension
Cloze test
Spotting errors/spellings
Sentence Correction
Synonyms/ Homonyms/Antonyms
Idioms & Phrases,
Active/ Passive Voice
Direct and Indirect Speech,
Para jumbles and Para completion
One word Substitution
Fill in the Blanks
SBI Clerk Prelims –English Topic Weightage
Topic                                                                No. of Questions
Reading Comprehension                                                  8
Cloze test                                                                              7
Fill in the Blanks                                                                 5
Para jumbles                                                                        5
Error Spotting / Correction                                             5
SBI Clerk Prelims Reasoning Syllabus
Ranking/ordering Test
Alphanumeric series
Number Series
Critical Thinking
Coding and de-coding
Logical reasoning
Einstein’s Puzzle
Blood relations

Venn Diagrams
Seating Arrangement
Coded Inequalities
Data Sufficiency
SBI CLERRK 2018 Reasoning Topic wise syllabus
Topic                                                                                          Qs
Number Series/Alphabet test                                                 5
Arrangement                                                                        5-10
Coding / Decoding                                                                    5
Puzzles                                                                                  5-10
Syllogism                                                                                    5
Inequalities                                                                                5
Ranking test                                                                           1-3
Blood relationship                                                                    2
Directions                                                                                  2
SBI CLERK Prelims Quantitative Ability Syllabus
Number System
Ratio and Proportion
Simple and Compound Interest
Profit, loss and Discount
Mixture and Allegation
Time, Distance and Work
Algebra (Equations, Surds, Indices, Graphs)
Data Interpretation
Sequence and Series
Permutation and Combination
Simplification & approximation
Data Sufficiency
SBI Clerk Quant. Topic wise syllabus
Topic                                                                                  Qs
Number System                                                                    2-3
Simple & Compound Interest                                            1-2
Simplification                                                                     5-10
Probability                                                                             1-2
Ratio & Proportion                                                             2-3
Averages & Mixtures                                                          1-2
Time, Speed, Distance                                                       1-2
Profit & Loss                                                                        1-2
Geometry                                                                              1-2
Percentages                                                                          2-3
Data Interpretation                                                          6-10
Algebra                                                                                 0-3
Mains Exam pattern
Section name                No. of questions     Marks  Time(min)
Reasoning &                                  50                            60               45
Computer Aptitude
QuantitativeAptitude                  50                             50               45
General/ Economy/
Banking Awareness                     50                             50               35
English                                           40                             40              35
Total                                             190                    200          160
SBI Clerk Mains General Awareness Syllabus
History and Culture
General Policy
Budget –5 Year plans
Books and Authors
General Policy
Scientific Research
Banking Awareness
Financial Awareness
Current Affairs
Inventions & Discoveries
National & International Organizations
Important days
SBI CLERK mains Computer Aptitude Syllabus
Banking Computer Awareness Tests
Computers history
Input & output devices
Software & Hardware
Data base management systems
Internet related knowledge
Computer Abbreviations
Computer security (hacking, viruses)

The prelims score will not be considered, as prelims is only used to shortlist for mains.
The SBI Clerk mains exam, is only considered for the final result
The Candidates will have to qualify both in Preliminary-I and Manage -II
1.    Indian Citizen
2.    21-28 years (Both Inclusive) (Relaxation -SC/ST –5 years, OBC –3 years, PWD General –10)
3.   Graduates form any discipline