Planning to apply for a Bank Exam in 2023-2024, and want to know the latest syllabus for IBPS recruitments? You have come to the right page. Being the primary facilitator of the Bank Recruitments, IBPS is the agency that formulates the “Bank Exam Syllabus” in India. IBPS consults with Banks and educationists to review and modernise their curricula at regular intervals, and they update it to the candidates through the exam notification.
IBPS Exam Syllabus & pattern (2023-24)
As of 2023, the entrance exams for the recruitment to public financial institutions in India have an almost indistinguishable syllabus and pattern of organization. The situation is like, if you study for one IBPS Exam, you get a reasonably competent to the face the rest of the IBPS, SBI, and insurance exams. The modules are more or less the same; the only change is in the difficulty level that varies with the type of recruitment. Let’s check the common sections of the IBPS syllabus.
- English: This test checks the candidate’s proficiency in the English Language in many ways. It includes objective questions that test the grammar, vocabulary, knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, and comprehension of a passage, ability to complete a sentence, etc. If necessary, there will be a direction before the question.
- Numerical Ability: As of you know, clear understanding of the core mathematics is an essential requirement for a banker. This test aims to find the candidate’s calculation speed and ability to deal with numbers, and real-world problems.
- Reasoning: This exam evaluates the candidate’s capability to think and respond. It includes the graphical questions as well as general brain-teasing problems that require logical understanding, comparison skills, mathematical skills, and a fairly good knowledge of the English language.
- General Awareness: Emphasis is given to the banking sector when it comes to IBPS Exam’s segment on General Knowledge. IBPS often asks questions from topics like the history of banking in India, Insurance, Banking terms, New-age banking, Investment sectors, roles of the RBI, economic policies of the current government, etc.
- Quantitative Aptitude: In simple terms, the QA exam in IBPS syllabus is a mix of Reasoning and Numerical Ability tests, questions being in an advanced level. It focuses on examining how fast a candidate’s logical and arithmetic thinking works when different types of data inputs (graphs, tables, images, etc.) are given for consideration.
- Computer Knowledge: Whole of the banking industry now relies on computers and information technology, no other reason why IBPS has a test of computers in their syllabus. We have seen questions on browsers, security, MS Office (especially Excel and Word), Operating systems, shortcuts, and computer hardware, etc. in this portion.
- Professional knowledge: IBPS’s specialist and RRB syllabuses include an advanced assessment section called “professional knowledge,” to examine a candidate’s mastery in some special duties that banking industry thinks important. It includes questions on subjects like Business, HR, Marketing, IT, Law, Engineering, Finance, Accounting, Agriculture Science, etc.
We are preparing an expanded version of this syllabus based on previous IBPS exams. Stay tuned to this page for updates.
Check the IBPS Eligibility Requirements, before proceeding to read the current Syllabus for Clerk, PO, Specialist and RRB exams.
IBPS Clerk Exam syllabus
IBPS recently established a two-stage examination for IBPS Clerk Recruitment in 2015; the same is expected to continue in this year, 2023. The IBPS’s version of the syllabus for two online Clerk Exams that candidates need to take is given below.
Here is the latest syllabus of IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam.
The preliminary exam, the name IBPS calls the first test, is easier, shorter in duration and has only 100 questions to answer. The purpose of the prelims is just to regulate the number of people appearing the Main Exam. As you can see in the syllabus, IBPS Clerk exam is longer in duration as there are a few more modules.
IBPS PO Exam Syllabus
There is much difference between the syllabus for IBPS Clerk and IBPS PO in 2023, in terms of the subjects and the scope of questions and topics covered.
For IBPS PO, there is an additional written test for English Language as you can see in the syllabus given above. Check our article on IBPS written exam demo, for details on how to take this exam online.
IBPS RRB Exam Syllabus (Officer Scale I, II, III and Office Assistant)
IBPS Regional Rural Bank Recruitment is a single-session process that includes registration and examination to RRB Assistant, and RRB Officer Scales I, II, and III categories. The IBPS RRB Assistant Exam is equivalent to the IBPS Clerk; you can see the same in the syllabus attached below. Further information on IBPS RRB Exam.
IBPS RRB Officer Scale I and Office Assistant exams have the same syllabus for the Prelims Exam.
However, as shown below, there are some differences in the pattern for IBPS RRB Officer and OA Mains Exam.
Please note, candidates can choose one out of the 4a* and 4b* subjects in IBPS RRB syllabus, that simply means, they can pick a language of their choice for the exam.
Some of the IBPS RRB Officer posts are for Specialists, and candidates who have previous experience in Banking & finance; you can see the addition of a suitable module in the syllabus for those exams. Lets have a look at the IBPS Syllabus for IBPS RRB Officer Scale II and Scale III Mains Exam.
Prelims are not conducted for senior cadre positions under IBPS RRB recruitment.
Finally, lets have a look at the syllabus for IBPS RRB Scale III officers Exam, check the screenshot above.
IBPS Specialist Exam Syllabus
Banks have a few employees who don’t have the direct link with the regular customers, they work in the background, helping to run banking business smoothly: they are the Specialists. We have earlier discussed about IBPS Specialists recruitment in another article, do read it if you’re planning to apply for SO exam in 2023.
Coming to the syllabus for IBPS Specialist Recruitment, you can see there are only 3 subjects for the prelims. The test of Banking Awareness is limited to Law Officer and RajBhasha Adhikari cadres.
Importance is given to Professional Knowledge part, in the IBPS SO Mains Exam syallbus.
The syllabus that IBPS quotes in their advertisement is not the elaborate for a beginner. We are trying to bring up full syllabus and model tests for each of the IBPS Clerk, PO, RRB and Specialist Exam modules in separate pages.