IBPS Clerical Exam Pattern

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an autonomous body conducting multiple examinations on behalf of various nationalized banks. They are IBPS PO Exam, IBPS Clerical Exam, and IBPS Specialist Officer to name a few. Every year it invites applications to recruit candidates for clerical posts. The recruitment exam is conducted for different organizations like Public Sector Banks, Co-operative Banks, Private Banks, Central/ Financial institutions and other Financial Institutions.
In 2017, the Common Written Exam (CWE) organized by IBPS for Clerk Recruitment is scheduled in the month of December. In order to qualify the exam, applicants should know the latest exam pattern and prepare an apt study plan.
IBPS Clerical Paper Pattern
The paper follows a two-tier pattern:
  • Preliminary Examination- 100 Marks
  • Main Examination- 200 Marks
Both the exams are in online mode i.e. computer based and are objective in nature.
IBPS Clerical: Preliminary Examination
Sections Total Questions Total Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 1 hour
Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100  
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.
  • Preliminary Examination can be taken both in Hindi and English medium.
IBPS Clerical: Main Examination
Sections Total Questions Total Marks Duration
English Language 40 40 30 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 40 50 30 minutes
Reasoning Ability 40 50 30 minutes
General Awareness (Banking and Economy) 40 40 25 minutes
Computer Awareness 40 20 20 minutes
Total 200 200 135 minutes
  • The total duration of the main exam is 135 minutes i.e. 2 hour 15 minutes.
  • There is a penalty of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.
  • Main Examination can be taken both in English and Hindi medium.
The IBPS Clerical selection process entirely depends on the marks obtained in the Main Exam. There is no group exercise or personal interview in the recruitment process. Moreover, the marks obtained in prelims will not be added in the selection procedure of the candidate.
So, work hard, stay focused, keep yourself updated and practice consistently to get your dream job.
Good Luck!
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