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Structure of IBPS Bank Clerk written exam

IBPS clerks CWE is an objective type two tiers exam with multiple options provided (singly correct out of five options given). It consists 100 questions of 100 marks in Preliminary Exam & 200 questions of 200 marks in Main Exam, one mark for each question. The Preliminary Exam paper is divided into three sections of 30/35 questions & Main Exam paper is divided into five sections of 40 questions. The duration of the exam is one hour for Preliminary Exam & two hours 15 minutes for Main Exam. There is also penalty of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. Please note that there will be no penalty for the un-attempted questions.

Eligibility Criteria for IBPS Clerk


A. Nationality / Citizenship: To apply for IBPS CWE Clerk, a candidate must be either citizen of India or a subject of Nepal or Bhutan or a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Additionally for the candidates except India, they need to have a certificate of eligibility favoring the same, issued by the Government of India.


B. Age: Candidates Age should be between 20 to 28 years.


C. Educational Qualifications: A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognized by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.


Exam Pattern of IBPS Clerk Exams


IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern


Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
  Total 100 100  


IBPS Clerk Main Exam Pattern


Sr. No. Name of Tests No. of Qs Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 40 50 30 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 30 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 40 50 30 minutes
4 General Awareness
(with special reference to Banking Industry)
40 40 25 minutes
5 Computer Knowledge 40 20 20 minutes
  Total 200 200 135 minutes


The above tests except the Test of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.


Syllabus for IBPS Bank Clerk written exam


Part 1 – Reasoning
Analogy Classification Series Problem Solving Cube & Dice
Alpha-Numeric Alpha-Numeric Alpha-Numeric Word Building Surface Counting
Figural Figural Figural Numerical Operations Punched Hole Folding
Number Number Number Space Orientations Pattern Completion
Alphabet Alphabet Alphabet Sitting Arrangements Embedded Figures
Objects Objects Objects Coding & Decoding Clerical Aptitude (Address Matching)


Part 2 – English Language
Grammar Sentence Error
Noun Sentence Improvement
Adverb One Word Substitution
Adjective Comprehension Passage
Tenses Cloze Test
Conditionals Spellings & Misspellings


Part 3 – Numerical Ability
Number system & simplification Number series Simple Interest Time & work Mensuration (2 dimensional figures)
Problems based on numbers Missing number Compound Interest Time & work Height & Distance
Surds & Indices Wrong Number EMI Time & distance Permutations & Combinations
Decimal & Fractions Average Ratios Pipe & cistern Probability
Square, square root, cube & cube root Percentage Chain Rule Speed & distance Data Interpretation
System of linear equations Percentage Ratios & proportions Boat & stream Tabular Data
Last Digit Profit & loss Partnership Train problems Line Graphs, Pie Chart, Bar Chart (Histogram), Mixed Charts, Case Studies


Part 4 – General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry)
Current Events of last 3-4 months
Scientific aspect of daily life observations as may be expected of any educated person
Day to Day General Knowledge
Banking Aptitude
Financial Market & Capital Market
Generally around 60% questions are from banking industry, while around 30% questions fall in current events category. Other sections do not count much as per last few years question paper pattern.


Part 5 – Computer Knowledge
MS office (word, excel and power point)
Basic hardware & software, their functionalities & usage
Shortcut Keys
Computer History
Basic network, internet & email controls
Basics of windows operating system
Future of computers


Selection Procedure of IBPS Clerk

On the basis of performance in Preliminary Exam, candidates will be shortlisted for Main Exam. After that on the performance in Main Exam, candidates will be called for Interview round. Candidates have to score qualifying score in each section of the Preliminary & Main exams. After successful completion of all written & interview process, IBPS provisionally allotted candidates to one of the Participating Organisations/Banks with certain validity period. The participating banks/organization will recruit the finally selected candidates as per their requirement.



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