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IBPS Clerk 2017 Prelims Exam Pattern and Syllabus: Check Now

Last Updated - September 19, 2017

IBPS Clerk 2017 will be conducted in online mode in the first and second week of December 2017. IBPS Clerk exam is conducted to recruit personnel in Clerical Cadre Posts in various Participating Organizations across India.

  • IBPS Clerk 2017 will be a computer based test for time period of 60 minutes.
  • There will be 3 sections in the preliminary exam namely, English, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • Each correct answer will be awarded with +1 mark while 0.25 marks will be deducted for wrong answer.
  • The syllabus covered in IBPS Clerk 2017 Prelims is of the level equivalent to Class 10.
  • From English section, questions related to comprehension, fillers, spotting errors, cloze test, etc.
  • Logical Reasoning will comprise questions from inequality, puzzle and arrangements, coding-decoding, etc.
  • Questions such as number series, quadratic equations, data sufficiency, etc. will be covered in Quantitative Aptitude.

IBPS Clerk 2017 Prelims Exam Pattern Highlights

Mode of ExamOnline (Computer Based Test)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions
Sections3- English, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude
Number of questions100 (English- 30, Logical Reasoning- 35, Quantitative Aptitude- 35)
Total Marks100 marks
Marking Scheme+1 mark for every correct answer, -0.25 for every incorrect answer
Medium of ExamBilingual i.e., English and Hindi

IBPS Clerk 2017 Preliminary Exam Pattern

The pattern of IBPS Clerk 2017 Preliminary exam is such that, the questions will be asked bilingually in online mode. Three sections included in this phase of exam are- English, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.

  • Total time duration for the exam is 60 minutes.
  • Overall marking will be done out of 100 marks.
  • Negative marking is applicable in preliminary round of IBPS Clerk 2017.
  • IBPS Clerk Prelims will be gateway to the next stage of the recruitment process.

IBPS Clerk 2017 Prelims Syllabus

The syllabus for the three afore-mentioned sections in IBPS Clerk 2017 Prelims is similar to that in IBPS Clerk 2017 Mains. The topics covered in each of the section has been elaborated below:


The questions put up in English section are from various topics such as Reading Comprehension, cloze test, fillers, fill in the blanks, etc. Refer to the table given below for complete syllabus, approximate weightage and nature of questions.

TopicsWeightageNature of Questions
Comprehension Passage (Story based)8-10 marksPassages are asked with antonyms and synonyms of easy to moderate level.
Spellings/Detecting miss-spelt words0-5 marksDetect errors in the given sentences. These are usually of Easy to Moderate level.
Fill in the Blanks0-5 marksUsually the questions are asked in double fillers form comprising a level of easy to moderate.
Spotting Errors0-5 marksSpot the error in given phrase or sentence.
Para jumbles0-5 marks5-6 sentences of a paragraph are need to be rearranged. These are usually of easy to moderate level.
Cloze test5-10 marksAspirants will have to supply words which have been removed from the passage.

Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning questions will, as the name suggests, test candidate’s ability to solve and respond to questions in a logical manner. Topics such as coding-decoding, linear sitting arrangements, analogy, blood relations, etc. will be covered. Follow the table below to know more about Logical Reasoning section in IBPS Clerk 2017 Prelims.

TopicsWeightageNature of Questions
Inequality5 marksCoded or Direct Inequality based questions will be asked.
Sitting Arrangement/Puzzles15-20 marksQuestions are usually based on Linear/Circular or square arrangement, puzzles are usually row & floor based with 2-3 questions parameter
Alphanumeric/ Number Series5 marksA series of alphabets are combined with numbers.
Miscellaneous10 marksThis section includes the question from topics like Blood Relations, Direction Sense, Order and Ranking etc.

Quantitative Ability

Quantitative Ability or Numerical Ability section has questions from Number series, data interpretation, equations, etc. Total 35 questions are asked for 1 mark each. For more information, see the table below:

TopicsWeightageNature of Questions
Number Series5 marksCandidates will be asked to complete the series or find the missing/wrong term.
Simplification/ Approximation5-10 marksThis topic deals with different sub topics such as Percentage and Average, ratio & proportions, partnerships, Profit & loss, calculations of simple & compound interests etc.
Data Interpretation5-10 marks1-2 sets of data interpretation are asked comprising of Line Graphs, Bar Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables, etc.
Quadratic Equations0-5 marksIn this you have to solve the given two variables to know the relation between both the variables.
Miscellaneous10-12 marksThis section includes questions from topics like age-based problems, Time Work and Wages, Mixture and Allegations, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit Loss and Discount, Boats and Streams, Probability



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