What Are the Differences Between IBPS Clerk and SBI PO?

Both of these are different in terms of a hierarchy of position, role, and salary. Comparatively, PO holds a superior position than that of a Clerk. 

It is crucial for the aspirants to fit the stated age limit of 20-30 years for applying for the post of IBPS PO. The reserved categories are provided with the relaxation in the upper age limit of 5 years. The age criteria for the candidates applying for the post of SBI clerk is 20- 28 years with age relaxation of 5 years for the candidates belonging to the reserved categories.

The salary offered by SBI PO is INR 23700/ INR 42020 with allowances and perks like House rent allowance, Dearness Allowance, Special Allowance, and City Compensatory allowance. The IBPS Clerk’s salary is INR 13075/ INR 31540 with perks and allowances like Dearness Allowance, Travelling Allowance, Medical Allowance, and House Rent Allowance.

IBPS Clerk 2022

The IBPS Clerk examination is divided into Prelims and Mains. The syllabus for Prelims IBPS Clerk 2022 includes three sections: Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and English language. The Mains Paper is categorised into four sections: Computer Aptitude & Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, English language, and General/Financial Awareness. The Prelims IBPS Clerk 2022 consists of 100 questions of 100 marks with a time limit of 1 hour.

The syllabus is the same for Prelims and Mains IBPS Clerk. The English language section includes topics like Antonyms, Word Formation, Spelling, Synonyms, Homonyms, Phrases and Idioms, Active/Passive voice, Spotting errors, Direct and Indirect speech, Reading Comprehension, and Topic rearrangement of passage.  

The Reasoning section includes the following topics- Classification, Test Series, Analogy, Word Formation, Blood Relations, Coding and Decoding, Alphabet Test, Figure series, Statements and Arguments, Statements and Assumptions, Sitting Arrangement, Syllogism, Number, Ranking and time sequence, Input / Output, Assertion and reasoning, Decision-making test, Analogy, Series Test, Odd figure out.

The Quantitative Aptitude section contains topics like Averages, Speed, Time and Work, Distance and Time, Clocks, Pie charts, Line charts, Logarithms, Partnership, Permutations Combinations, Profit, Loss and Discount, Equations, Probability, Trigonometry, Simple and Compound Interest, Volume and Surface Area, Mensuration, Ratio and Proportion, Mixtures and Allegations, Bar graphs, Percentages and so on. 

The Computer Aptitude section consists of the following topics: Basics of Computer software and hardware, Networking, Hacking, Internet, History of computers, Short cut key, Ms. Office, Ms. Excel, Database, Security tools and Viruses, Windows operating system, PowerPoint.

Some important books for IBPS Clerk are as follows: High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin, How to read faster- by Norman Lewis, Data interpretation by Arun Sharma, Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations by R.S.Agarwal, Analytical reasoning by M.K. Pandey, Objective Computer Awareness by Arihant, India Year Book by Publication Division Government of India. 


The SBI PO exam is held annually. The SBI PO examination is categorised into three 3 phases. The Prelims and Mains are followed by an Interview. This exam can be written in English or Hindi language 

The Prelims exam comprises 3 sections consisting of a total of 100 questions with 100 marks. The Reasoning Ability syllabus indulges the following topics: Direction, Ranking & Order, Logical Reasoning, Alphanumeric Series, Data Sufficiency, Alphabet Test, Puzzle, Tabulation, Blood Relations, Input, output, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Coding, and Decoding.

The Quantitative Aptitude section consists of topics like Mixtures and Allegations, Simplification/ Approximation, Work & Time, Profit & Loss, Sequence and Series, Percentage, Time and Work, Mensuration, Ratio and Proportion, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Probability, Permutations Combinations, Data interpretation. The English Syllabus includes topics mentioned here: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Tensed Rules, Para- Jumbles, Paragraph Completion, Cloze test, Multiple meaning/ Error Spotting, Fill in the blanks,, Sentence Completion. 

Some books recommended for the preparation of the SBI PO examination are A modern approach to Non-Verbal and Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis, Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal.

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