About Exam

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is a government organization which possesses the obligation regarding the recruitment of applicants in Banks as an Officer or Non-Officer. IBPS Clerk is an exam that is led by IBPS for the recruitment process for the selection of personnel at the Clerical cadre level. The recruitment in the IBPS Clerk exam will depend upon the requirement of the participating institutions. The IBPS Clerk examination comprises of two basic composed exams (CWE): IBPS Clerk Prelims exam and the IBPS Clerk Mains exam. 

Application Fees

The Amount to be paid by the applicants(with categories) given below:

Category
Fee
General Category
Rs 600
Reserved categories(SC/ST/Ex-Servicemen)
Rs 100


The applicant can pay the IBPS Clerk application fee only through the Online Medium.

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Netbanking
  • IMPS
  • RuPay Card
  • Mobile Wallets

Application Procedure

These are the procedure that should be followed to apply for this exam.

  • To apply, go to the official website of IBPS.
  • After registration, the applicant will get a provisional registration by SMS and on their email ID as well.
  • The applicant can log in using the provisional registration number. They will have to upload a photograph and signature as per the specified format.
  • Once the applicant has clicked on the 'FINAL SUBMIT' button, no changed can be made.
  • The application form is integrated with the payment option and the payment process can be completed by following the instructions.
  • The payment can be made by using Debit Cards (RuPay/Visa/MasterCard/Maestro), Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets by providing information as asked on the screen.
  • After Final Submit, an additional page of the application form is displayed wherein applicants may follow the instructions and fill in the requisite details.
  • Applicants are required to take a print of the e-receipt. Generation of the e-receipt in itself is proof that the fee has been successfully submitted. 

Cut-Offs

Cut-offs can help an applicant to get an idea so that a minimum benchmark of the score can be set up that an applicant needs to get to clear the exam. Although an applicant must aim to score well above the cut-off but to aim a good figure, the previous year cut offs of IBPS Clerk must be known to the applicant.

State
Cut off
Andhra Pradesh
73
Bihar
67.50
Madhya Pradesh
65.75
Odisha
70.75
Karnataka
58.25
Haryana
68.00
Jharkhand
70.75
Delhi
67.25
Rajasthan
66.75
Telangana
65
Uttar Pradesh
67.75
Uttarakhand
71.25
Assam
71.25
Maharashtra
59.25
Meghalaya
65.15
Punjab
66.50
Jammu & Kashmir
68.75
Chhattisgarh
63.50
Himachal Pradesh
66.50
Tamil Nadu
58
Kerala
71
Tripura
60
West Bengal
70.50


Documents to be Carried

After the final selection of the applicant, the selected applicant is given the provisional allotment to the participating institutions and a background checking done by the Bank. Here are the requisite documents for the same:

  • Printout of calls letter
  • Online application generated on the system
  • Birthday proof
  • Photo ID proof
  • Mark sheet of Graduation
  • Caste certificate for reservation
  • Medical certificate for candidates who are physically disabled
  • Certificate of experience
  • NOC from departments where candidates are pursuing Government jobs/PSU

Eligibility

The applicant who is interested in applying for the IBPS Clerk exam has to pass the eligibility criteria that are defined by the conducting authorities: 

  • Score Criteria: Applicant should have passed 10+2 or pre-degree with minimum of 60% marks.
  • Citizenship Criteria: Applicant should be a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1 January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • Educational Criteria: Applicant should hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized University or equivalent in any discipline.
  • Age Criteria: Applicants age must not be more than 30 years and less than 20 years at the time of registration.
  • Other Criteria: Applicant in the final year of their bachelor's program or with awaiting results are not eligible.
Category Wise Age Relaxation
Category
Age Relaxation
SC/ST
5 Years
OBC (Non- creamy layer) 
3 Years
Person with Disabilities
10 Years
Persons affected by 1984 riots
5 Years
Ex- servicemen's
5 Years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the state of J&k
5 Years


Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk is an online examination and is conducted in two tiers-

1. IBPS Clerk Prelims:

  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer. 
  • No marks will be given or deducted for unattempted questions in the IBPS clerk exam.
  • The total duration of the test is 1 hour. The applicants must clear the cut off in each section individually.
Exam Pattern of  Prelims Exam
Topic
No. of Questions
Total Marks
Reasoning Ability
 35
 35
Numerical Ability 
 35
 35
English Language
30
30
Total
100100


2. IBPS Clerk Mains

  • The total duration of the test will be 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • There has been a slight change in the pattern of the Mains exam this year.
  •  A time limit has been imposed for each section. 
  • The applicant will not be able to move on to the next section till the time limit for that section has elapsed.
  • All the sections in the Main exam except for the General English section will be available bilingually i.e both Hindi and English.  
Exam Pattern of  Prelims Exam
Topic 
No. of Questions
Total Marks
Time Allotted
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude
50
60
45 mins.
General/ Financial Awareness
50
50
35 mins.
Quantitative Aptitude
50
50
45 mins.
General English
40
40
35 mins.
Total
190
200
160 mins.


FAQs

Q) Is the examination bilingual?

Ans. Yes. The paper is conducted in both Hindi and English.

Q) Is there a fixed time in which a section has to be attempted?

Ans. There is no sectional time limit in prelims. But, there is a stipulated time for each section in the mains examination.

Q) Is there any negative marking?

Ans. Yes. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Q) Will there be an interview after the result of IBPS Clerk Main exam?

Ans. No, there will not be an interview for the selected candidates of the Main exam.

Q) Will the exam be conducted in Online or Offline Mode?

Ans. The exam will be conducted in the Online mode for both IBPS Clerk Prelims and Main.

Q) What is the upper and lower age limit for the Exam?

Ans. The minimum age limit for the exam is 20 years and maximum age limit is 28 years.

Q) What are the Educational Qualification criteria for the IBPS Clerk exam?

Ans. A Graduation degree in any discipline is required for the getting eligible for the IBPS Clerk exam.

Q) Is there a sectional cutoff in IBPS Clerk exam?

Ans. Yes, there is a sectional cutoff in IBPS Clerk Main exam and the candidate needs to secure the minimum cutoff for all the sections.

Q) I am 18 years old.  Can I apply to IBPS Clerk?

Ans. No, the minimum age criteria for IBPS Clerk exam is 20 years.


Intakes

Intakes of the IBPS Clerk as per States

State
Vacancy
NEW DELHI
983
UTTAR PRADESH
2612
KARNATAKA
1467
WEST BENGAL
1350
MAHARASHTRA
1343
PUNJAB
1335
MADHYA PRADESH
1059
TAMIL NADU
1032
RAJASTHAN
975
KERALA
842
HARYANA
792
BIHAR
770
GUJARAT
769
ANDHRA PRADESH
699
ODISHA
591
TELANGANA
546
ASSAM
389
UTTRAKHAND
330
HIMACHAL PRADESH
314
CHHATTISGARH
302
JHARKHAND
271
GOA
96
CHANDIGARH
88
JAMMU & KASHMIR
83
TRIPURA
50
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR
25
MEGHALAYA
23
MANIPUR
22
LAKSHADWEEP
20
SIKKIM
15
ARUNACHAL PRADESH
13
MIZORAM
13
NAGALAND
12
PUDUCHERRY
 9
DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI
 2
DAMAN & DIU
 1


Selection Procedure

This is the procedure that a applicant will go through for the selection:

  • IBPS Clerk Online Registration
  • IBPS Clerk Prelims
  • IBPS Clerk Prelims Result 
  • IBPS Clerk Main 
  • IBPS Clerk Main Result
  • IBPS Clerk Provisional Allotment

Study Material

To pass the preliminary exam, one must study for English, General Ability, and Numerical Ability. A few useful books for specific sections are mentioned below:

Reasoning Section:

  • A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning -RS Agarwal
  • General Intelligence and Test of Reasoning by S.Thorpe
  • Reasoning by P.K Mittal

English Section:

  • Objective English for Competitive exams by Hari Prasad and Uma Sinha
  • Objective English by Thorpe

Quantitative Aptitude Section:

  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal
  • Quantitative Ability by P.K Mittal
  • Quicker Maths

Practice Model Papers from books like

  • IBPS-V Bank Clerk Preliminary Examination Success Master by Experts Compilation
  • Target IBPS Bank Clerk Preliminary & Mains – 20 Practice Sets Workbook with CD

The two remaining sections left for the Main exam are- Computer Aptitude and General / Financial Awareness

Computer Aptitude:

  • Computer Awareness by Arihant Publications
  • Practice mock test for this section.

General/ Financial Awareness:

  • Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications
  • Read the daily newspaper for current updates.


Syllabus

IBPS Clerk exam syllabus contains subjects like(Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, General/financial Awareness, Computer Knowledge) Applicant should learn this syllabus before applying for IBPS Clerk Exam:

IBPS Clerk Prelims Syllabus:

REASONING

Multi-dimensional arrangements
Course of Action and Arguments
Puzzles
Visual reasoning
Arrangement, pie charts, grids
Blood Relations and Family Tree
Critical Reasoning
Calendars
Statement Conclusions
Different types of Graphs
Coded Inequalities
Input-output
Blood relations


QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE

 Basic Geometry
Ratios and Proportion
HCF & LCM
Algebra
Profit & Loss
In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
Geometric Progression
Percentages and Averages
Time-Speed-Distance
Number system
Mensuration
Permutation and combinations
Mixtures and Alligations
ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Verbal Reasoning
Syllogisms
Fill In the Blanks
Contextual usage
Antonyms, Synonyms
Sentence completion and Jumbled paragraphs
Foreign language words used in English
Sentence correction
Spotting the error
Unjumbling the sentence
Paragraph Completion

IBPS Clerk Mains Syllabus:

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE

Data Interpretation (Try to have a thorough practice of calculative sets)
Quadratic Equations
Simplification / Approximation
Number Series
Data Sufficiency 
Arithmetic Topics including following -
Problem on Ages
Profit, Loss and Discount
Ratio and Proportion
Averages
Time & Work
Mixture and Alligations
Geometry
Pipes and Cisterns
Time, Speed and Distance
Boats & Streams
Probability
Simple and Compound Interest


REASONING ABILITY

Puzzles (High level with at least 2 parameters, especially floor based puzzles)
Syllogism (Try to go through the new syllogism pattern as asked in IBPS PO Mains as well)
Inequality (Both Direct and Coded)
Data Sufficiency
Input - Output
Blood Relations (Coded as well as Direct)
Order and Ranking
Direction based problems
Seating Arrangement (Both Circular and Linear, in combination with other parameters)
Alphanumeric Series
Coding - Decoding
Verbal Reasoning
English Language
Reading Comprehension ( at least 2 sets)
Spelling Correction
Spotting Errors
Fill in the Blanks / Double Fillers
Cloze Test
Para Jumbles
Sentence Improvement


GENERAL/FINANCIAL AWARENESS

Questions asked in the paper will be from the topics of Current Affairs & Banking Awareness (For instance, questions related to RBI Annual Report)
The questions may also come on Books & authors, Currencies, Prime Ministers Schemes, Important Places, Important Days, Awards, Headquarters, etc.
It would be advisable to read the daily newspaper.
Do not forget to prepare the countries, their currencies and capitals (the countries visited by our Prime Minister and major MoU signed).

COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE

Fundamentals of Computer
Computer Shortcuts
Internet
Important Abbreviations
MS Office – Word, PowerPoint, Excel & Access
History of Computer
Memory
Input Output devices


Test Centres

There are some test centers for IBPS Clerk exam:

Test Centers
StatesCity
Delhi
Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Delhi,  Bahadurgarh,  Greater Noida,  Gurgaon
Andaman & Nicobar
Port Blair
Arunachal Pradesh
Itanagar, Naharlagun
Assam
Tezpur, Silchar, Kokrajhar, Jorhat, Guwahati, Dibrugarh
Chandigarh
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Surat
Daman & Diu
Jamnagar
Goa
Panaji, Verna
Maharashtra
Satara, Sangli,  Ratnagiri, Pune, Nasik, Nanded, Nagpur, Mumbai/Thane/Navi Mumbai, Latur, Kolhapur, Jalgaon, Dhule, Chandrapur, Aurangabad, Amaravati
Rajasthan
Udaipur,  Sikar,  Kota, Jodhpur,  Jaipur, Bikaner,  Bhilwara, Alwar, Ajmer
Uttarakhand
Roorkee, Dehradun, Haldwani, Haridwar


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