Best Books to prepare for IBPS Clerk
Shristi Kirti, 10 Dec 2018, #IBPS Clerk

Best Books to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 - Books are the best companion one can ever have. Not only do they impart diversified knowledge, but also help an individual to perform outstandingly in various fields of life. Dr. Kalam once said, “Coming into contact with a good book and possessing it, is indeed an everlasting enrichment.” Thus, books are very important in ensuring overall development of an individual and the society. In the same way, books can be very useful in cracking competitive exams like IBPS Clerk. Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) is scheduled to conduct the exam of IBPS Clerk 2018 on December 8, 9, 15, and 16. All aspiring individuals have almost 3 months left with them to dig out the knowledge from the best books to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018.

Thus, Careers360 presents the list of best books to prepare for IBPS Clerk. Aspiring candidates must refer to some of the best books to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 available in the market and on various online portals. By reading these books meticulously, candidates will surely perform better and might also crack the IBPS Clerk 2018 exam according to their level of preparation. As per the exam pattern of IBPS Clerk 2018, there are 4 sections - General/Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, and Quantitative Aptitude from where the questions are asked in IBPS Clerk examination. 

The exam of IBPS Clerk 2018 is conducted in two stages in which the below-given pattern of examination is followed:

1. IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern - Preliminary exam

  • Numerical Ability - 35 marks

  • Reasoning – 35 marks

  • English – 30 marks

2. IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern - Mains exam

  • Quantitative Aptitude – 50 marks

  • Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude – 50 marks

  • English – 40 marks

  • General/Financial Awareness – 50 marks 

Choose Best Books to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 

Candidates must make sure to choose the best books to prepare for IBPS Clerk as they contain contents written by experts. These books are also referred by candidates who have already taken IBPS Clerk exam and have cracked it with excellent ranks. 

IBPS Clerk 2018 - Best Books

Sections of IBPS Clerk

Best Books for IBPS Clerk

General/Financial Awareness

Lucent’s General Knowledge


General English

Word Power Made Easy – By Norman Lewis, Penguin Publication


Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning
(Revised Edition) – By R.S. Aggarwal, S. Chand

Computer Knowledge for IBPS – CWE Clerical Cadre - Content Crop Publication

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude Test – By N.K Singh, Upkar Prakashan


Candidates preparing for the IBPS Clerk must have command over each section from where the questions are asked. In order to polish their knowledge, candidates they must refer to various books which are published for each section separately. By reading the below-mentioned books, the chances of cracking the IBPS Clerk examination increases as they contain each topic that is important in order to prepare for the examination. Referring these books is also one of the preparation tips to crack IBPS Clerk 2018 examination.

1. Best Books to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 - General/Financial Awareness 

General awareness is one of the most important sections that is included in the IBPS Clerk syllabus 2018 that carries 50 marks. Sometimes, candidates get confused between general awareness and general knowledge (G.K). Thus, before picking up the best book for IBPS Clerk general awareness section, candidates must know its difference with G.K. While General Knowledge includes 20 domains like History, Geography, Art. Film etc, General Awareness deals with the knowledge of routine happenings of the news around the world. For example, National affairs, International relations, recent developments in the banking sector etc.

Important Topics to Cover from General/Financial Awareness

  • Introduction to National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc

  • Banking Terms

  • Important Government Schemes on capital & money market.

  • Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months

  • Important Government Schemes on capital & money market. 

Best Books to prepare for IBPS Clerk – General Awareness

  • Lucent’s General Knowledge

  • Manorama Year Book

  • Pratiyogita Darpan

The section of English carries 30 marks in the prelims examination while 40 marks in mains exam of IBPS Clerk. Through this, the exam conducting body tests the candidates on their communication and language skills. 

Important topics in General English

  • Vocabulary

  • Grammar

  • Reading Comprehension

In order to polish the know-hows of grammatical usage and development of communicating and writing skills, candidates can refer to the following books:

Some of the Best Books to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018

1. Objective English – Edgar Thorpe

2. Objective General English - R.S. Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal

3. Word Power Made Easy – Norman Lewis, Penguin Publication

4. High School English Grammar & Composition – Wren & Martin, S. Chand

5. Objective English for Competitive Examinations (5th Edition) – Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha, Mcgraw Hill Education Publication.

6. Essential Grammar In Use (3rd Edition) – Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press New Delhi

Best Books to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 - Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

In the exam of IBPS Clerk, there are 50 questions for 60 marks asked from this section of Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude.

Important Topics to cover in Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

  • Verbal Ability

  • Non-verbal Reasoning

  • Windows operating system basics

  • Internet terms and services

  • Basic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)

  • History of computers

  • Networking and communication 

The below-mentioned books can be read by the candidates to sharpen their reasoning ability and polish their computer knowledge.

Best Books for Reasoning

  • Test of Reasoning – Edgar Thorpe, Pearson Publication

  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (Revised Edition) – By R.S. Aggarwal, S. Chand

  • 30 Model Papers IBPS-VI Bank Clerk Preliminary Examination – By Experts
    Compilation, Arihant

Best Books for Computer Aptitude

  • Computer Knowledge for IBPS – CWE Clerical Cadre - Content Crop Publication

  • Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy 2610 + Objective Question - Kiran Prakashan.

Best Books to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018 - Quantitative Aptitude

Candidates must be experts in calculations and problem-solving skills. There are 50 questions of one mark each asked from this section. The list of best books for IBPS Clerk 2018 is available below which must be referred by the candidates in order to score well in this section.

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations - R.S. Aggarwal

  • Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (almost similar questions come from this section in IBPS Clerk 2018) - Arun Sharma

  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic - Arihant Publications

  • Mathematics Class 11th and 12 th - R.D. Sharma 

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