It is important to get hold of latest IBPS syllabus before you appear for various IBPS exams such as PO, RRB, Clerk and SO. Most of the IBPS exam notifications are out for this year 2017. Let’s have a look holistically the complete IBPS Syllabus, Exam Pattern and marking scheme.

IBPS Syllabus 2017

Most of the IBPS exams are having a similar syllabus, and hence you do not have to study specifically for any particular exam.

However, RRB (Regional rural bank) category does have specific syllabus about the particular scale of officers. For instance, Scale II and Scale III officers may also have to take “Financial Awareness” examination along with other subjects.

IBPS Official website does not reveal the exact IBPS Syllabus for the exam. But based on our experience and past candidates feedback, we will provide you with the topics from previous examinations which is nothing but the complete syllabus of IBPS.

IBPS Syllabus for Quantitative Ability

  • Level of Difficulty I (Easy) and II (Moderate Difficulty) type questions are present in this section
  • Data Interpretation (5-10 questions) will test basic concepts related to Speed Maths, and you need to be fast as it requires dealing with graphs, charts, tables, etc.
  • Number Series (5 questions) will deal with the type of Questions such as finding a missing number, wrong number, and next number in a series.
  • Linear, Quadratic Equations (5 Questions) will test basic algebra problem-solving skills
  • Simplification/Approximation (5 Questions) will cover easy Questions that require a basic understanding of mathematical functions like BODMAS, Decimals, etc.
  • Below is the list of all the topics that form the IBPS Syllabus for Math
Number Systems Mensuration _ Cylinder, Cone, Sphere
Profit & LossTime & Distance
Ratio & ProportionQuadratic Equations
Percentage & AveragesPermutation Combination & Probability
Alligations & MixturesData Interpretation
Surds & IndicesSequence & Series
Simple Interest & Compound Interest

IBPS Syllabus for Reasoning

  • Most of the questions in this section lie in LOD II (Moderate)
  • The tip for this section would be to target the type of Questions that you have already practised
  • Linear and Circular Arrangement (10-15 questions)
  • Syllogism (5 questions) – Statement and Conclusion based questions
  • Blood Relations (3 questions) – Requires basic algebra and problem solving
  • Direction and Distance (3 Questions) – Requires basic distance, directions and Pythagoras theorem concepts
  • Below is the list of all the topics that form the IBPS Syllabus for Reasoning
Logical ReasoningAlphanumeric Series
Data SufficiencyAlphabet Test
Non-Verbal ReasoningDirection
Sitting ArrangementsCoded Inequalities
Input-OutputOdd man out

IBPS Syllabus for English

  • This section can be segmented as LOD III (Moderate to Difficult) as you get only 15 minutes for 30 questions
  • Make sure to be fast while reading and comprehending any information
  • Reading comprehension (7 to 8 Questions and one passage) – the questions are relatively easy to attempt
  • Verbal Ability (5 Questions) – Mostly the questions are of para jumbles type – LOD I to II
  • Vocabulary (7 to 10 Questions) – Topics to study are of Cloze Test (missing words in a sentence), fill in the blanks type, etc.
  • Grammar (7 to 10 Questions) – Error Identification and Fill in the blanks type Questions
  • Below is the list of all the topics that form the IBPS Syllabus for English
Reading ComprehensionSpot Errors
Paragraph CompletionSentence Correction
Para JumblesVocabulary
Cloze TestMultiple Meaning Words

IBPS Syllabus for General Awareness

General awareness syllabus covers the basic knowledge about the current activities or happenings around the world. The syllabus focuses mostly on Current Affairs knowledge rather than historical knowledge.

It has topics related to banking awareness, financial awareness, current affairs and general knowledge. Let us go deeper and understand how these topics fit into IBPS syllabus.

Banking Awareness & Financial Awareness

In order to check awareness about banking & financials, IBPS keeps these sections in their syllabus. Banking Awareness has questions related to latest happening around banking and financial sector.

You can prepare around this syllabus by reading business newspapers such as economic times, etc. Even the business column of any newspaper or latest magazine will do enough to keep you abreast with latest developments in financial and banking sector.

Current Affairs Syllabus

As the name suggests, Current Affairs cover nearly everything things that happen in the political and social domain around us. The syllabus of IBPS is quite particular about current events in politics when it comes to Current Affairs.

General Knowledge Syllabus

IBPS syllabus does require you know few things about general knowledge in this section. Candidates are expected to know about general knowledge about things and places. Typical examples are such as countries and their capitals, language, flags, etc.

You can prepare for this section by reading a good GK book, and a regular reading habit will keep you prepared for all possible questions.

IBPS Syllabus - Genereal AwarenessTopicsNumber of Questions (Approximately)
Banking and Finance AwarenessIndian Economy and Banking, Budget, Survey, Policies20
GK & Current AffairsNews, Famous Personalities, History, Geography, Polity20

IBPS Syllabus for Computer Knowledge

Below is the table of all the topics covered in the IBPS Syllabus for Computer. You can find a lot of material online to prepare for this. You get approximately two to three questions from each topic.

Computer TerminologyComputer Hardware
Computer AbbreviationsComputer Software
MS OfficeInternet
NetworkingOperating Systems

IBPS Syllabus for Interview Preparation

Once you have cracked the Main examination of IBPS, you qualify for the final round which is the Interview. The weightage of marks for Main and Interview is 80% and 20% respectively.

But what should you prepare for the interview and what are the possible topics of IBPS syllabus for interview preparation?

A typical interview takes place for half an hour. The two most important things that matter for IBPS interview are:

  • Your Profile – Starting from your background, education, degree, and prior work experience.
  • The interviewer is interested in knowing what you studied, where you worked (if you have work experience).
  • The sole purpose for this is to check the skills that you have developed and why do you want to become a Probationary Officer (PO) or RRB or Clerk or SO.
  • Your knowledge about banking sector and aspirations – The interviewer is also interested in knowing how much you know about the banking sector.
  • You may have to face questions about RBI, NABARD, Recent Bank Policies, Current Affairs and how does the banking sector get affected by it.
  • Your knowledge about Finance, Banking, Indian Economy, Constitution, etc. helps the interviewer decide whether you are a right fit for the profile for any particular IBPS post.


It is our suggestion to do targeted preparation for a particular post in banking domain. It is also important to focus well on IBPS syllabus and its topics. You must have seen till now that most of the IBPS syllabus is common for various posts. So, if you are targeting for multiple examinations or posts, then you need not prepare separately.

Let me know if you have any doubts over any particular topics or section in the syllabus of IBPS.