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In 2011, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) introduced a Common Written Examination (CWE) for officers and clerks in Indian banks. Anyone applying for a job in one of 29 public sector or regional rural banks must now take the IBPS CWE.

Every year, IBPS publishes job openings for clerical, PO, and SO jobs at nationalised banks, state banks, and RRBs. Those who satisfy the eligibility requirements must apply online, register, pay the application fee, acquire an admit card, and sit for the preliminary and final common written tests (mains), followed by an interview (in the case of IBPS PO and IBPS SO) in front of a selection panel. IBPS publishes application deadlines, exam dates, and interview dates, as well as notifies individuals who have been chosen.

Exam Patterns For IBPS PO Prelims

Name of the exam No. of questions Language of the exam Duration
English Language 30 English 20 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 35 English and Hindi 20 mins
Reasoning Ability 35 English and Hindi 20 mins
Total 100   1 hour

Syllabus For IBPS PO Prelims

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English language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Paragraph Jumbles
  • Tenses Rules
  • (Fill in the blanks) / Cloze Test
  • Error Detection
  • Multiple Meanings(Contextual Usage)
  • Paragraph and passage completion
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Quantitative Aptitude

  • Simplification and Approximation
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Profit and Loss
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Surds and Indices
  • Work and Time
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Mensuration: Cylinder, Cone, Sphere and Cuboid
  • Data Interpretation
  • Ratio And Proportion
  • Percentages
  • Number Series
  • Boat Stream
  • Series and Sequences
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Variation
  • Probability
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Reasoning Ability

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Directions
  • Reasoning Puzzles
  • Order and Ranking
  • Alphabet Combination
  • Data Sufficiency Tests
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Picture Series Puzzles
  • Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Relationships
  • Input / Output
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Assertion and Reason
  • Statement, Argument and Assumption
  • Word Formation

Exam Patterns For IBPS PO Mains

Name of the exam No. of questions Maximum marks Language of the exam Duration
Reasonning and Computer Aptitude 45 60 English 60 mins
General/Economy/Banking Awareness 35 40 English and Hindi 35 mins
English Language 35 40 English and Hindi 40 mins
Data Analysis and Interpretation 35 60 English and Hindi 45 mins
Total 155 200   3 hours
English Language (Letter writing and Essay) 2 25 English 30 mins

Syllabus For IBPS PO Mains

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Reasoning

  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Seating Arrangements (Circular and Linear)
  • Double and Triple Lineups
  • Scheduling
  • Input / Output
  • Blood Relations
  • Ordering and Ranking
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Sufficiency of Arguments and Data
  • Directions and Displacement
  • Code Inequalities
  • Alphanumeric Series
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Computer Aptitude

  • Internet
  • Memory
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Computer Related Terms Abbreviations
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Office and Related Word Processing and Spreadsheet Applications
  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Operating Systems and GUI Basics
  • Computer Network
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Windows
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General/Economy/Banking Awareness

  • Banking Awareness
  • Financial Knowledge
  • Basic Economics
  • Current Affairs
  • Current Events of National and International Importance with a focus on financial news
  • Static GK
  • General Knowledge of various topics of importance to financial institutions
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English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Usage of English in Business
  • Letter Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Verbal Ability
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IBPS PO Data Analysis & Interpretation Syllabus

  • Simplification
  • Statistics (Averages, Mean, Median etc.)
  • Representational Statistics (Graphs and Charts)
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Percentages
  • Data Interpretation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Mensuration
  • Geometry
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Speed, Distance and Time
  • Profit, Loss and Discounts
  • Time and Work Equations
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Age Calculation Equations
  • Systems of Equation in Two Variables
  • Number Systems
  • Mixtures and Alligations

Exam Patterns For IBPS Clerk Prelims

Name of the exam No. of questions Maximum marks Duration
English Language 30 30 20 mins
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 mins
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 mins
Total 100 100 1 hour

Syllabus For IBPS Clerk Prelims

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English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Tenses Rules
  • Cloze Test(Fill in the Blanks)
  • Jumbled Paragraphs
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Multiple Meaning
  • Error Spotting Correction
  • Preposition Rules
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Reasoning Ability

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Alphabetic Series
  • Ranking
  • Data Sufficiency Tests
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Direction Test
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Puzzles
  • Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Input/Output
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Blood Relations
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Numerical Ability

  • Profit, Loss and Discounts
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Approximation and Simplification
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Surds and Indices
  • Work and Time
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Mensuration: Cone, Sphere, Cylinder
  • Data Interpretation
  • Ratio, Proportion and Percentage
  • Number Systems
  • Sequences and Series
  • Permutation, Combination and Probability

Exam Patterns For IBPS Clerk Mains

Name of the exam No. of questions Maximum marks Duration
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 mins
General English 40 40 35 mins
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 mins
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 mins
Total 190 200 160 mins

Syllabus for IBPS Clerk Mains

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General/Financial Awareness

  • Static GK – Static General Knowledge
  • Current Affairs
  • Banking Awareness
  • India’s Financial and Banking System
  • Budget and Monetary Plans of the Government
  • Key National Institutions
  • Basics of Banking
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General English

  • Vocabulary
  • Tenses Rules
  • Grammar
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Reading Comprehension
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Reasoning Ability

  • Analogy
  • Assumptions and Statements
  • Syllogism
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Sense of Direction and Distance
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
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Computer Aptitude

  • Basics of Hardware and Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Internet and associated topics
  • Microsoft Office and other word processing software
  • History of Computing
  • Basic Computer Networking
  • Basics of Databases
  • Basics of Cyber Security Tools and Processes
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Quantitative Aptitude

  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Work and Time Equations
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Basic Statistics( Mean, Average, Median and Variance etc.)
  • Stocks, Shares and Debentures
  • Percentages
  • Clock Ray Questions
  • Volume and Surface Area
  • Logarithms
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Partnerships
  • Heights and Distances
  • Probability
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Profit, Loss and Discounts
  • Basic Algebra
  • Basic Trigonometry
  • Charts, Bars and Graphs
  • Data Interpretation

Exam Patterns For IBPS SO Prelims

Subjects Maximum marks Duration
English Language 25 40 mins
Reasoning 50 40 mins
General Awareness with Special Reference to the Banking Industry (For Law and Rajbhasha) 50 40 mins
Quantitative Aptitude( For IBPS SO I.T officer, Agriculture, HR/Personnel and Marketing) 50 40 mins

Syllabus for IBPS SO Prelims

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English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Tenses Rules
  • Cloze Test(Fill in the blanks)
  • Paragraph Jumbles
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Error Detection
  • Multiple Meanings(Contextual Usage)
  • Paragraph Completion
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General Awareness, Economy and Banking Awareness

  • Financial Knowledge
  • Banking Awareness
  • Basic Economics
  • Current Events of National and International Importance with focus on financial news
  • General Knowledge on various topics of importance to financial institutions
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Reasoning Ability

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Directions
  • Ranking and Order
  • Alphabet Combination
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Reasoning Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Picture Series Puzzles
  • Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Relationships
  • Input/Output
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Assertion and Reason
  • Statement, Argument and Assumption
  • Word Formation
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Quantitative Aptitude

  • Simplification and Approximation
  • Profit and Loss
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Surds and Indices
  • Work and Time
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Mensuration: Cylinder, Cone, Sphere and Cuboid
  • Data Interpretation
  • Ratio And Proportion
  • Percentages
  • Number Systems
  • Series and Sequences
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Variation
  • Probability

Exam Patterns For IBPS SO Mains

Subjects Maximum marks Duration
Professional Knowledge (Objective for Law, I.T, HR, Marketing, Agriculture) 60 45 mins
Professional Knowledge (Objective for Rajbhasha) 60 30 mins
Professional Knowledge (Descriptive for Rajbhasha)   30 mins

The subjects covered in the IBPS SO Mains curriculum are linked to the specialty for which the candidate has applied. The Institute/conducting body does not specify the IBPS SO Syllabus for Mains in any way.

These themes were chosen after a thorough examination of previous IBPS SO Exam Papers. The following paragraphs summarise the full IBPS SO Syllabus for each specialisation.

Syllabus for IBPS So Mains

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IT Officer Scale I

The IBPS SO IT Officer syllabus for Scale I consists of the following topics:

  • Database Management Systems
  • Data Communication and Networking
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Structures
  • Embedded Systems and Microprocessors
  • Computer Organization
  • Object-Oriented Programming
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HR/Personnel Officer

The following topics form the syllabus for HR/Personnel officers for IBPS SO exam:

  • Human Resource Development
  • Business Policy and Strategic Analysis
  • Transnational Analysis
  • Training and Development
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Rewards and Recognition
  • Grievance and Conflict Management
  • Performance Management and Appraisals
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Agriculture Officer

The IBSP SO Agriculture Officer syllabus for Scale I consists of the following topics:

  • Basics of Crop Production and Horticulture
  • Agronomy, Irrigation and Seed Science
  • Agricultural Economics and Practices
  • Soil resources
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Agroforestry
  • Ecology
  • Government Schemes related to Agriculture
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Marketing Officer

The IBPS SO Marketing Officer Syllabus covers a large number of topics. These are as follows:

  • Basics of Marketing Management
  • Brand Management
  • Advertising, Public Relations and Sales
  • Retail Business
  • Business Ethics
  • Market Segmentation
  • Market Research and Forecasting
  • Product Life Cycle Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Marketing Strategies in Services Marketing
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Law Officer

The IBPS Law Officer syllabus is as follows:

  • Banking Regulations
  • Compliance and Legal Aspects
  • Relevant Law and Orders related to negotiable instruments, securities, foreign exchange
  • Prevention of Money-laundering, Limitation Act
  • Consumer Protection Act
  • Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act
  • Banking Ombudsman
  • Laws and Actions with a direct link to Banking Sector
  • Bankers Book Evidence Act
  • Debt Recovery Tribunals Act
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Rajbhasha Adhikari

The Rajbhasha Adhikari primarily deals with Hindi communications, advertising material and associated documents handled by the bank. The topics covered in the Rajbhasha Adhikari syllabus are as follows:

  • Grammar
  • Error Correction
  • Fill in The Banks
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Letter Writing
  • Essay Writing

Educational Qualification

A graduation certificate or degree in any subject from a university or institute recognised by the Indian government.

When enrolling for the test, a candidate must have all of their mark sheets on hand, including their scorecard, report card, and mark sheet from Standard XII, as well as their graduation certificate.