IBPS Clerk Exam 2017 Preliminary Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Hello Aspirants, Hope you all have started preparing for the IBPS Clerk CWE VII 2017 Examination. If you haven’t then don’t worry, it’s never too late to start something. If you have applied for the job and searching for IBPS Clerk Syllabus 2017 (Preliminary Exam) to have a better preparation strategy, then you are in the right place. This post will let you know about the IBPS Clerk Preliminary syllabus 2017.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus

IBPS Clerk Syllabus

In our previous article, we have discussed the Exam Pattern of IBPS Clerk and IBPS Clerk Cut off score (Expected and Previous Year) to understand the toughness of the exam. In this article, we will discuss the complete IBPS Clerk Preliminary syllabus and Exam Pattern for IBPS Clerk CWE VII 2017 Exam.

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Syllabus 2017


Before we talk about the Syllabus for IBPS Preliminary Exam 2017, let us first have a look at the pattern of the Exam.

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern


The very first stage of your dream job is to score great in the Preliminary examination. Here aspirants must keep in mind that the written examination will be online in nature and will consist of the following parameters.

S.No Subjects No of Questions. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability 35 35 60 Minutes (1 Hr)
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 English Language 30 30
 Total 100 100

Basic Guidelines

  • Total Question: 100
  • Maximum Marks: 100
  • Time Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Marking scheme: 1(one) mark for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: 1/4th marks will be deducted for incorrect answer.
  • Medium of Instruction: Hindi/English

IBPS Clerk Syllabus (Preliminary Exam)


As mentioned above, the Preliminary exam will consist of total 100 questions divided into three segments. The Reasoning  & Numerical ability segment will consist of total 35-35 questions each carrying 1 marks. Whereas the English segment will consist of total 30 questions of one marks each. Let us now have a look at the detailed IBPS Clerk syllabus for the Preliminary exam.

English Language Syllabus for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam (30 marks)


The English language segment will consist of Reading comprehension, Basics of Grammar and Vocabulary. Let us see the Topics to be covered and wieghtage of the each topic asked in the English language of Preliminary Exam.

S.No Topics Wieghtage Types of Questions to be asked
1. Reading Comprehension 10 Questions (1 Passage) The passage will be focussed on topics like Banking & Economy, Business, Social Issues etc.
2. Grammar (Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Fill in the Blanks) 5 Questions Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement/ Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks
3. Vocabulary (Cloze Test, Fill in the Blanks, Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement) 10 Questions Error Spotting, Phrase Replacement, Cloze Test (single passage with 5-10 questions), Fill in the Blanks (Double Blanks).
4. Verbal Ability (Para Jumbles) 5 Questions Para Jumbles

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Syllabus for Numerical Ability (35 Marks)


The numerical Ability is often considered as the most difficult but scoring topic in any exam. In IBPS Clerk exam a total of 35 questions is asked and the toughness level is up to the intermediate level of Math. All you need is speed and accuracy to score great in the Numerical Ability Segment of IBPS Preliminary Exam.

S.No Topics Wieghtage Types of Question to be asked
1. Simplification 10-15 Questions BODMAS Rule, Approximation, Decimals, Fractions, Surds & Indices, Percentages etc.
2. Number Series 3-5 Questions Complete the Series, Find the Missing Term, Find the Wrong Term etc.
3. Average 1-3 Questions Average Weight/Height/Age/Marks, Average Money Expenditure, Average Temperature etc. But the concept remains simple. We have to use a single formula i.e. Average = Sum of Quantities/Number of Quantities
4. Interest 1-3 Questions Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Mixed Interest, Installments.
5. Mensuration  2-4 Questions Area/Volume of Square, Rectangle, Trapezium, Parallelogram, Rhombus, Circle, Semicircle, Triangle, Cone, Cylinder, Cube, Cuboid. Also, Moulding from one shape to another etc.
6. Percentage 1-2 Questions Calculation-oriented basic percentage.
7. Ratio & Proportion 1-3 Questions Simple Ratios, Compound Ratios, Componendo and Dividendo, Direct & Indirect Proportions.
8. Algebra 3-5 Questions Problems with 2-3 statements and 2-3 conclusions. Questions could be asked on whether the conclusions follow or not.
9. Profit & Loss 1-3 Questions Successive Selling type questions, Partnerships, Discount & MP, Dishonest Dealings
10. Time, Speed & Distance 1-4 Questions Relative Speed, Average Speed, Problems on Train, Boat & Stream.
11. Data Interpretation 5-10 Questions (1-2 sets) Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables, Miscellaneous Infographics, Missing Data Type Caselets.
12. Time & Work 1-2 Questions Work Efficiency, Work & Wages, Pipes & Cisterns etc.
13. Permutation & Combination / Probability 0-1 Questions Basic Selection & Arrangement Problems, Very basic problems on Probability
14. Mixture Problems 0-2 Questions Problems on making a mixture of two or more entities/mixture.
15. Number System 0-1 Questions Divisibility & Remainder, Multiples & Factors, Integers, LCM & HCF
16. Data Sufficiency 0-5 Questions DS questions based on Number System, Averages, Percentages, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Time Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Problems on Age, Mensuration, Mixtures & Allegations.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Reasoning Ability (Preliminary Exam)


The Reasoning is one of the most confusing and time taking segments in any exam. If you have practised a lot and possess a strong command over the tips and tricks used in Reasoning then you can surely score high in the Reasoning. A total of 35 questions each carrying 1 marks is being asked in the Reasoning segment of IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam.

S.No Topics Wieghtage Types of Questions to be asked
1. Arrangement & Pattern 5-8 Questions Random Sequence of Alphabets (based on a group of 5 terms each of 3 alphabets OR series of alphabets), Number Arrangements (based on a group of 5 terms each of 3 digits OR series of numbers), Mixed Series Dictionary or Alphabet based Arrangements etc.
2. Analogy 0-5 Questions Meaning based, Letter based, Number based.
3. Classification 0-4 Questions Letter based, Meaningful Words based, GK based, Number based.
4. Coded Inequalities or Mathematical Inequalities 0-5 Questions Coded relations between letters to be decoded and solved.
5. Directions & Distances 0-2 Questions Arranging by age, height, weight, rank, order in row etc.
6. Coding-Decoding 4-10 Questions Coding by Letter Shifting, Coding by Analogy, Coding in Fictitious Language, Coding Letters of a Word.
7. Blood Relations 1-5 Questions Family Tree Problems, Coded Blood Relations.
8. Order & Ranking 0-5 Questions Floor Based Puzzles, Arranging by age, height, weight, rank, the order in a row etc.
9. Circular Seating Arrangement 5 Questions Uni- & Bi-directional problems on circular, square, rectangular, hexagonal tables.
10. Linear Seating Arrangement 5 Questions Single or Double rows facing each other/ away from each other/ in the same direction.
11. Analytical Decision Making 0-5 Questions —–
12. Syllogisms 0-5 Questions Direct questions with 2-3 statements & 2-3 conclusions, possibility based questions, negative information based questions
13. Data Sufficiency 0-5 Questions Ordering & Ranking, Blood Relations, Coding in Fictitious Language, Circular Arrangements, Directions & Distances, Ages & Birthdates.
14. Double Line-Up 0-5 Questions
15. Scheduling 0-5 Questions
16. Grouping & Selection Problems 0-5 Questions Problems on teams and committees asked
17. Series 0-2 Questions Complete the Alphabet Series, Number Series and Mixed Series
18. Verbal Reasoning 0-5 Questions Complete the Alphabet Series, Number Series and Mixed Series.

Important Links

Aspirants May Also Check these Important links related to 2017 IBPS Clerk Recruitment Notification.

Subject Description
Download IBPS CWE VII 2017 Official Bulletin (PDF) Click Here
Read Complete IBPS Clerk CWE VII 2017 Notification Click Here
Download IBPS Clerk CWE 2017 Admit card  Click Here
IBPS Clerk Cut-off (Expected and Previous Year) Click Here
IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern and Selection Procedure 2017 (Updated) Click Here
Download IBPS Clerk Previous Year Question Paper in PDF Click Here
IBPS Clerk Syllabus (Prelims + Mains) Updated Click Here
Detailed Salary, Job Profile and Promotions as an IBPS Clerk Click Here
IBPS Clerk Eligibility Criteria, Age, Nationality and Qualification Click Here
Highly Recommended Books for IBPS Clerk 2017 Examination Click Here

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