IBPS Clerk Exam: The Complete Guide

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IBPS Clerk Exam: The Complete Guide

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About IBPS Clerk Exam

Sr. No Exam Activity Respective Date
1. Online registration process or modification in the application form can be done August 2017 to September 2017
2. Application fee/Intimation charges payment August 2017 to September 2017
3. Call letter download for Pre-Exam Training starts from November 2017
5. Call letters (Preliminary Exam) available from November 2017
6. Preliminary exam date 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th December 2017
8. Call letters (Main Exam) available from December 2017
10. Publication of result (Main Exam) January 2018
11. Date of provisional allotment April 2018

List of Participating Organisations:

Cut Off:

Each Candidate must get the minimum score in each section with a total of minimum score participants will be qualified for Interview. Cutoff will be decided according to available vacancies in that State.


Download the syllabus from the official site of IBPS.

Examination pattern:

  • Preliminary Examination:

    • Preliminary Examination consists of an objective question for 100 marks.
    • It is conducted online.
    • The total duration of exam is 1 hour.
    • It consists of 3 section as follows:
    Sr. No Name of the Test No. of Questions Max. Marks Duration
    1. English Language 30 30 TOTAL TIME FOR ALL SECTION IS 1 HOUR
    2. Numerical Ability 35 35
    3. Reasoning Ability 35 35
    Total 100 100
  •  The short list for appearing in the main exam will be prepared by the cut-off marks in each subject as well as in the total marks.
  • Depending on the number of vacancies available, cutoffs will be decided, and candidates will be shortlisted for Main Examination.
  • However, the decision of IBPS in this regard shall be final and binding upon the candidates.

Main Examination :

  • Main examination consists of objective test.
  • Maximum marks in 200 marks.
  • It is conducted online.
  • The total duration of the exam is 135 minutes.
  • It consists of following section:
    Sr. No Name of the exam No. of questions Maximum marks<> Medium Time allotted
    1. Reasoning 50 50 English and Hindi 30 Minutes
    2. English Language 40 40 English 30 Minutes
    3. General Awareness with special reference to the Banking Industry 40 40 English and Hindi 25 Minutes
    5. Computer Knowledge 20 20 English and Hindi 20 Minutes
    6. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English and Hindi 30 Minutes
    7. Total 200 200 135 Minutes
  • The candidate must score above the cut-off in each section as well as in total to qualify for provisional allotment.
  • The cut-off is decided by the no. of vacancies.
  • However, the decision of IBPS in this regard shall be final and binding upon the candidates.
  • There will be negative marking for each wrong answer.

The penalty for wrong answers:

For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by you, one-fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

Important websites:


Preparation tips:

  • Reasoning:

    • Topics to focus: Making series/analogy, Number Series Question, Coding, and decoding, Logical Reasoning Problem Solving, Passage and conclusions type questions, Comprehension Reasoning,
    • It is one of the most scoring sections of the exam.
    • First of all collect the study materials related to the exam like previous year question papers, important books, sample question paper, etc.
    • Learn all the formulas and revise it again and again.
    • Make short notes of tricks of all the sections.
    • Practice more and more no of the question. The more you practice, the better you get.
    • During the exam don’t panic and solve the questions with full concentration.
  • General knowledge:

    • Topics to focus: Current Affairs of last six months, Indian Economy Questions, Marketing, Awards & Honors Sports, Finance, Indian Constitution, Agriculture, History of Banking, Banking Terms, RBI Functions, Fiscal-Monetary Policies, etc.
    • Read newspapers, magazines, etc.
    • Watch news channels.
    • Solve previous year GK question paper of IBPS to know the pattern and section from which most questions are being asked.
    • Make notes of current affairs.
    • Involve yourself in group discussions regarding current topics.
  • English :

    • Topics to focus: Fill in the Blanks, Comprehension Passage, phrases, and idioms, Spotting Error Questions, Preposition, Sentence Rearrangement Questions, etc.
    • Improve your grammar and vocabulary by reading the newspaper, magazines, nobles, etc.
    • For basic grammar go for any Standard English grammar book.
    • Watch English TV series and movies.
    • Watch English news channels.
    • Practice previous year question paper to improve your comprehension skills.
    • Write blogs, the diary to improve your writing skills and sentence forming skills.
  • Quantitative Aptitude:

    • Topics to focus: Data Interpretation, Sequence & Series, Number System, Quadratic Equations, Sequence & Series, Ratio, Proportion Percentage & Averages, Simplification, etc.
    • Solve lots of sample question paper.
    • Check your speed by attending mock tests.
    • Solve previous year question papers to get acquainted with question pattern.
  • Computer skills:

    • Topics to focus: Basic of Computers, Operating System Functions, Basic internet knowledge and protocols, Computer Basic Questions, Network basics (LAN & WAN), Generations of the computer, Input & Output Device, Shortcuts & Basic knowledge MS Word, MS Excel, MS power point, Computer Shortcuts, etc.
    • Practice all the concerned programmes in your computer.
    • Explore various uses of these programmes.
  • Smart Work:

    • In today’s competitive scenario smart work pays more than hard work.
    • The examination has a time limit with difficulty evenly distributed, so it is advised to have a strategy before the examination.
    • One need to prepare the time to be given for each question of different sections and utilising certain time saved for attempting the difficult question.
  • Check on Preparation:

    • It is always necessary to know whether the study plan prepared is doing the needful work.
    • One can take up mock test and appear once a week and know the proRBI B GRADE ss.
    • The areas of focus are to be marked and improved.
    • The stronger areas are also to be revised as to get maximum efficiency from such areas.
  • Familiarise with each section instructions:

    • Each section is allotted its time.
    • The questions of a section are to be attempted when the time for the section is given.
    • The section contents and the way of writing answers in them should be well prepared.
    • In doing so, the efficiency is maximised as one gains confidence and stays calm during the examination.
  • Minimise the stress:

    • There is always an immense pressure during the day of examination.
    • One need to stay calm and relaxed while attempting the paper.
    • This helps to take the correct decision under difficulty and think clearly for an answer.
    • Proper sleep and diet are recommended to keep the stress level low.

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