Banking Vs. SSC: Difference in Syllabus

In this article, we have listed out the similarities and dissimilarities between SSC and Banking syllabus for the aspirants, who are wishing to appear in both examinations. Read in detail-

SSC vs. banking syllabus
SSC vs. banking syllabus

As this is a trend as of days now that candidates, after completing their graduation tends to prepare for various examinations like Banking and SSC. It is known to all that Banking as well as SSC have almost same criteria to assess candidate’s abilities. This kind of testing includes the incorporation of online tests inquiring questions from Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English language and General Awareness section. Now, both banking and SSC conducts online examination for all their exams.

There is a general query emerging in everyone’s mind that “A candidate can prepare for both examinations simultaneously.” This answer can be suggested after the following analysis done on the basis of syllabus for the Banking exams including IBPS, SBI, NABARD etc., & various SSC Exams. Let us discuss it subject wise-

Syllabus difference between SSC and Banking

There are four sections in SSC exams and five sections in banking exams. Computer knowledge is the extra subject in banking exams, which is not there in SSC Exams. Let us compare topics and chapters for the common subjects and discuss about the tips & strategies-

Quantitative Aptitude

In this section, there are many similar topics between SSC and Banking exams. Besides this, more topics are asked in SSC exams in comparison with banking exams out of this subject. Look on the table depicting the topics variation in both exams.


Common Topics

Banking Topics

SSC Exam Topics

Quantitative Aptitude

Number Series

Quadratic Equations


Data Interpretation

Data Sufficiency



Geometry (High level)

Percentages, Profit/Loss, Partnership


Simple & Compound Interest

Ratio, Averages & Allegations

Time & Work, Pipes & Cisterns

Speed, Distance, Time


Why analysis of previous year papers is important to crack SSC exams?

Tips and Strategy for common topics:- There can be various methods and strategy for preparing this section and achieve success in the exams. A few of them are discussed below-

  • Get the basics of these topics first.
  • Do not go with shortcuts immediately.
  • Revise chapter wise regularly. For this, you can refer any book or other sources like online mock test and online test series to brush up the knowledge of the prepared topic.
  • Focus on speed and accuracy during preparation.
  • Practice mental calculation because it helps a lot in the exam.
  • Practice as much as you can.
  • You can refer several quantitative books authored by R.S. Aggarwal, Arun Sharma, Sarvesh K. Verma, and Dinesh Khattar. These books are standards in exam preparation industry.

General Intelligence & Reasoning

There are many differences in the syllabus for reasoning section. Only a few topics are common in banking and SSC exams. Most of the typical topics fall under banking exams. Look at the table for more clarity-

Preparation tips for English section in SSC for rural aspirants


Common Topics

Banking Topics

SSC exam Topics


Coding Decoding

Analytical Reasoning

Mathematical Operators

Critical Reasoning



Blood Relations

Input Output

Word Matrix

Direction Sense


Odd One out


Data Sufficiency

Logical Venn Diagrams


Visual Reasoning

Tips and Strategy for common topics: -

  • First, go through the basics including types of questions and their complexity.
  • Practice through different learning modes including books, blogs, videos, and online test series.
  • Analyse the previous year papers and prepare the break-ups of the questions hailed from different topics.
  • Test your knowledge and revise through various mock tests.
  • You can refer following books for complete understanding and top notch preparation-
    • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (R S Aggarwal)
    • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Hindi (Kiran Publication)
    • Logical & Analytical Reasoning – English (A K Gupta)

Useful YouTube Channels for SSC exams preparation

English Language and Comprehension

English section is an important part of both Banking and SSC exams because it saves your lots of time and can earn more than sufficient marks in the exams. It all depends upon your grip on English language and grammar. Look at the comparison for English topics-


Common Topics

Banking Topics

SSC exam Topics


Reading Comprehension



Correct Usage

Cloze Test


Fill in the blanks



Correct Spelling

Tips and Strategy for common topics: -

  • First, go through basics of grammar and revise them repeatedly.
  • Cover the general topics first instead of complex topics.
  • Make a habit of reading newspaper and novels.
  • Make a note of exceptional rules of English grammar.
  • Attempt previous year papers of both banking & SSC exams.
  • You should refer the following books for making concept strong-
    • Word power made easy by Norman Lewis
    • Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi
    • Essential English Grammar with answers by Raymond Murphy

Why you should prepare for SSC exams over IBPS?

General Awareness

General Awareness is wider in SSC than Banking because several questions out of Indian polity, General Science, Indian Economy, Geography, History, Awards, important dates, Sports, Computer and Miscellaneous, are asked. Whereas, In Banking sector: current affairs and banking related questions are generally asked.

Tips and strategy:-

  • Go through the last 6 month's of eminent newspapers for preparing the current affairs. “The Hindu” will be the best among others.
  • Read NCERT books for science, politics, history, geography, culture, and other subtopics.
  • You can refer “Lucent’s General Knowledge” for this section and this is the book, which sufficient for both the exams. There is no need to go for further books.

We, at hope that the above information might be helpful for preparing for the banks and SSC.

All the Best!

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