Expected Pattern of IBPS Clerk Prelims | Analysis of Clerk Pre 2017 & PO Pre 2018


Dear Students, IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam is scheduled to be held on 8th, 9th and 15th of December. Are you wondering what could be the pattern of this year's IBPS Clerk Pre Exam 2018? To help you figure that out, here are Section-wise analyses of IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017 Exam & IBPS PO Prelims 2018 Exam and based on them, the expected pattern of IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2018. Kindly go through the tables that follow and make up your mind to appear for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2018 with a pre-planned integrated strategy.

English Language

IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017 (Shift 1):

Topic No. of Question Level
Reading Comprehension 5 Moderate
Double Fillers 10 Moderate
Idioms/ Phrases 10 Moderate-Difficult
Sentence Rearrangement (New Pattern) 5 Moderate-Difficult
Total 30 Moderate-Difficult


IBPS PO Prelims 2018 (Shift 1):

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Reading Comprehension 7Moderate
Error Detection 7Easy-Moderate
Filler5Moderate
Cloze Test6Moderate
Sentence Improvement5Moderate
Total30Moderate


Expected IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2018:

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Reading Comprehension 8-10Easy-Moderate
Idioms/ Phrases4-6Easy-Moderate
Filler/ Cloze Test5-7Easy-Moderate
Sentence Improvement/ Sentence Rearrangement4-6Easy-Moderate
Error Detection/ Matching/ Phrase Replacement4-5Easy-Moderate
Total30Easy-Moderate


Reasoning Ability

IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017 (Shift 1):

Topics No. of Questions Level
Order and Ranking based puzzle 3 Easy
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement 10 Moderate
Alpha-numerical-symbol Series 5 Easy
Blood relation 3 Easy
Inequality 3 Easy
Syllogism 3 Easy
Direction Sense 3 Easy
Alphabet-based 2 Easy
Miscellaneous 3 Easy
Total 35  Easy


IBPS PO Prelims 2018 (Shift 1):

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement15Moderate
Coding Decoding5Easy-Moderate
Direction Sense3Moderate
Inequality5Easy-Moderate
Alphabet1Easy-Moderate
 Comparison Based Questions2Moderate
Miscellaneous4Moderate
Total35Moderate


Expected IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2018:

TopicsNo. of QuestionsLevel
Puzzles and Seating Arrangement17-23Easy-Moderate
Coding Decoding/ Input Output4-5Easy-Moderate
Direction Sense/ Blood Relation1-2Easy-Moderate
Inequality/ Syllogism2-3Easy-Moderate
Alphabet/ Alphabetical Series2-3Easy-Moderate
`Numeric/ Symbol Series4-5Easy-Moderate
Total35Easy-Moderate


Quantitative Aptitude

IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017 (Shift 1):

Topics No. of Question Level
Tabular DI 5 Moderate
Simplification 13 Easy-Moderate
Number Series (Missing)5Easy-Moderate
Average 1 Easy
Profit & Loss 1 Easy
Simple Interest and Compound Interest 1 Easy
Discount 1 Easy
Problem on Ages 1 Easy
Ratio and Proportion 1 Easy
Time and Work 1 Moderate
Boat and Stream 1 Moderate
Miscellaneous  4 Easy
Total 35 Easy-Moderate


IBPS PO Prelims 2018 (Shift 1):

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
Data Interpretation11Moderate
Wrong Number Series6Moderate
Quadratic Equation6Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems (Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages, SI & CI etc)12Moderate
Total35Moderate


Expected IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 2018:

TopicNo. of QuestionsLevel
DI5-10Easy-Moderate
Number Series5Easy-Moderate
Simplification/ Approximation5-6Easy-Moderate
Quantity 1 Quantity 2/ Data Sufficiency5-6Easy-Moderate
Arithmetic Word Problems (Profit and Loss, Problem on Ages, SI & CI etc.)10-12Easy-Moderate
Total35Easy-Moderate

We do not claim that it will exactly be the same as we expect it to be for IBPS can surprise candidates with a changed face of banking examinations anytime. So, you also have to prepare yourself for all sorts of bombshells that can be dropped by IBPS when the exam is conducted. All the best!!

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