IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) is an autonomous body, which conducts Common Written Exam for the clerical cadre in multiple Government as well as Public Sector banks all over the country. IBPS conducts exam on two levels, preliminary exam and mains. Interview is not required for the clerical post. Candidates qualifying both these exams are selected for the post. It is a great opportunity for the young candidates to get into government services.



IBPS Clerical Exam is conducted in two stages- Preliminary and Mains. Both the exams are held in Online mode.

Phase-1: Preliminary Examination

IBPS Preliminary is an online exam, which tests the candidate’s English, numerical and reasoning ability. There are 3 sections in total. Candidates are given 20 minutes for each section to solve the paper.

S.No Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour

Candidates have to qualify each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS.Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements areshortlisted for Online Mains examination.

Phase-2: Mains Examination

The Pattern of IBPS Clerk Mains Exam has been changed. It now consists of 190 questions, which needs to be completed within a time frame of 160 minutes. This year, Computer Aptitude and Reasoning Ability Section have been merged together, which consists of 50 questions, that needs to be solved in 45 minutes. Both the exams are bilingual, i.e., in Hindi and English.

Serial No. Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
2. English Language 40 40 35 minutes
3. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
4. General Awareness/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes


Negative Marking: There is a penalty of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer, in both preliminary and mains examination. There is no penalty for the questions that are left blank or are unanswered.

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