IBPS Clerk 2017 mains syllabus

IBPS Clerk 2017 syllabus
A detailed blog explaining IBPS Clerk 2017 syllabus and various subtopics

IBPS has conducted CWE prelims exam for the recruitment of Clerks in December. With less than one month for mains, aspirants must start preparing seriously from now on. This article gives you the IBPS Clerk 2017 mains syllabus so that you can keep track of the preparation and do not end up preparing unwanted topics.

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IBPS Clerk 2017 mains syllabus and exam pattern:

The syllabus of the exam is similar to what that was last year. However, there are some changes in the pattern of the main exam. The reasoning and the computer awareness sections have been clubbed together. The new pattern of the mains exam is as follows.

S.no. Section Number of questions Marks allotted Time duration
1 Reasoning and computer aptitude 50 60 45
2 English language 40 40 35
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45
4 General awareness 50 50 35
Total 190 200 160

Each question carries a mark, and for every wrong answer, IBPS deducts 0.25 marks.

The examination is bi-lingual. All the sections barring English language will be available in both English and Hindi. We shall see the IBPS Clerk syllabus topic wise 2017 below.

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IBPS Clerk 2017 mains syllabus (Topic wise):

IBPS Clerk mains reasoning syllabus:

Puzzles dominate this section. The puzzles bear at least 20-25 marks out of the total 35 marks. We can classify the puzzles that appear in the exam broadly into the following types.

Einstein’s puzzle:

In this type, the question gives us some details about some persons and their attributes. We have to figure out the remaining and match them correctly. This is the most common type of puzzle that appears in most of the competitive exams.

Arrangement based puzzles:

Floor arrangement puzzles, linear seating arrangement puzzles and circular seating arrangement puzzles come under this category. Usually, the puzzles involve the inclusion of attributes too to make this complex. Also, aspirants must be very careful while solving these types of puzzles.

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Language coding puzzles:

Again, an important type of puzzle that appears every year. A few sentences are coded, and aspirants must find out the code for particular words.

Input-Output questions:

The question displays step-by-step processes that a machine carries out on an input. Then, the question asks aspirants to find out the output for different inputs by cracking the logic.

The following topics comprise the remaining 10 – 15 marks.


IBPS has been shying away from these types of questions in the recent years. However, tough questions on reverse syllogism (where conclusions appear as questions and the statements that yield the conclusion appear as options) may appear from this topic.

Blood relations:

Small puzzles comprising of 2-3 questions appear from blood relations. Aspirants must try to solve these questions using visual representation. Also, Coded blood relation questions appear from this topic.

Ranking/ Arrangement:

Similar to blood relations, a few questions appear from this topic too. Questions are mostly of individual type. Since these questions are less time consuming, aspirants must prefer to attempt these questions.

Alphabetical series/coding/ Visual reasoning:

Alphabetical series and coding questions usually account for 2-3 marks. Visual reasoning questions have almost become extinct from banking examinations though they may reappear anytime. Hence, aspirants must prepare at least the basics of visual reasoning.

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IBPS Clerk 2017 mains quant syllabus – Quantitative ability:

Ratio and proportion is the most important topic in this section. As all the DI sets require a sound knowledge of ratios and proportions, aspirants must try to cover this topic in depth. Hence, aspirants must practice a lot of problems from this topic to get the topics ingrained in their mind.

Usually, number series questions and approximation questions carry 10 marks in this section. However, in the recent years, the weightage of these topics are decreasing.

2 DI sets, each comprising of 5 questions of 1 mark each appear in the exam. Miscellaneous questions on various topics contribute the remaining few marks (10-15 marks).

Ratio and proportions (2-3 marks), Averages (0-1 mark), Alligation (0-1 mark), investments and partnerships (0-1 mark), Number systems (0-1 mark), Time and work, time speed distance (2-3 marks), Combinatorics (1-2 marks), Geometry – 2D and mensuration (1-2 marks) are some of the important topics.

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IBPS Clerk 2017 mains English language syllabus:

Reading comprehension is the predominant topic in this section. Usually, 1 RC containing 10 questions appear in the prelims exam.

Apart from reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar based questions appear in the examination. Also, questions involving word usage and sentence replacement appear frequently.

Cloze test (0-8 marks), double fillers (0-5 marks), Error spotting and sentence correction (5-10 marks), one-word substitution, phrasal verbs, synonyms and antonyms are some of the important topics.

IBPS Clerk mains Computer awareness syllabus 2017:

Basic computer terminologies, the evolution of computers, functions of various components, network topologies, various number systems (binary, decimal, octal, hexadecimal) and conversion methods, recent inventions, logic gates and flow charts are some of the topics from which questions usually appear. Hence, having a decent grasp on the basics can reward aspirants handsomely.

Since this section has now been clubbed with the reasoning section in the mains exam, aspirants must try to exploit the advantage to improve the scores.

IBPS Clerk mains general awareness syllabus 2017:

We can broadly classify this section into 3 subcategories.

1. General awareness
2. Financial/Banking awareness
3. Static General Knowledge

Most of the questions relate to the Banking industry in one way or another.
General awareness questions form the major part of this section. Around 20-25 questions from current affairs appear in this topic. Hence, aspirants must prepare for this topic thoroughly.

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Revising the recent happenings of the past 6 months will be sufficient to answer the questions. Also, aspirants must give additional importance to any news relating to the economy, RBI, GOI and the banking industry.

Questions regarding banking terminologies, various schedules and acts, and basic functioning of the banks come under financial awareness. Around 10-12 questions appear from financial awareness topics. Hence, aspirants must dedicate some time exclusively to prepare such topics.

Static GK part comprises of who’s who, sobriquets, superlatives and other such common questions. These topics, once prepared, can come in handy in many exams. Hence, aspirants must try to dedicate some time to prepare these topics too.

Note: The syllabus given above is just indicative and by no means exhaustive. Hence, aspirants must prepare themselves to face unconventional questions too as IBPS has a penchant for asking such questions.

We hope that this blog article on IBPS Clerk 2017 syllabus would have provided you with some broad outline to start your preparation. Also, try reading our other articles on IBPS Clerk 2017 vacancy – statewise and IBPS Clerk expected cutoff 2017 statewise.

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