IBPS Clerk Prelims: Exam Pattern, Details, Insights with Previous Year Papers

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) conducts an online exam know as a common written exam or CWE for the post of clerical cadre in multiple banks across the country every year. This year it is going to be the ninth consecutive year by IBPS to conduct the clerical exam IBPS Clerk CWE VIII. This time IBPS Clerk 2019 official notification is expected to be released in the 4th week of August. The IBPS Clerk recruitment involves two stages of tests – Preliminary & Main before finally being selected for the post. The official website has released the tentative exam dates for the candidates who are aspiring IBPS Clerk 2019. The Online Registration period starts from September 2019 and exam dates are expected between the month of December 2019 to January 2020. The result date is tentative, which is in the month of April 2020. This year IBPS is expected to recruit for 7000+ Vacancies, although some of the details given here may vary when the official notification is released by the exam conducting body.

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IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam का
Registration Period:
Starts: Sep 17, 2019 Ends: Oct 09, 2019
Application Fees:
For General and OBC: Rs.600 For SC/ST/PWD: Rs.100
Admit Card:
Nov 26, 2019
Age Limit:
20 - 28 Years
Exam Date:
Dec 07, 08 2019
No. of Sections:
1. English Language 2. Reasoning 3. Quantitative Aptitude
January 2020

IBPS Clerk Eligibility Criteria:

  • Educational Qualification:

Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government

  • Age Limit:

The age limit of the candidate should be not less than 20 years and not more than 28 years

  • Candidates applying must have proficiency in the local language of the state/UT for which they will apply for IBPS Clerk.



Duration: The duration of the paper IBPS CLERK exam will be of 60 minutes.
No. of Questions: 100 Objective type questions.
Syllabus Covered: English, Numerical Ability 
and Reasoning Ability.
Time Limit per Section: Candidates will be allotted exactly 20 minutes for each section.

The IBPS Clerk (Preliminary) test will be an hour-long with three sections. There will be 100 MCQs of one mark each to be answered within the hour.

Subjects/Section        No of Questions         Maximum Marks

English Language                     30                                30

Numerical Ability                       35                                35

Reasoning Ability                      35                                35

Total                                         100                              100

For every incorrect answer, a penalty of 0.25 marks will be made.


IBPS Clerk Syllabus: Preliminary Test

English Language: 

  • Reading Comprehension, Spotting Error, Fill in the Blanks, Cloze Test, Homonyms (Words with similar spelling but different meaning), Synonyms, Antonyms, Para-jumbles, Phrases/Idioms, Voices – Active & Passive, Speech – Direct & Indirect.


  • Verbal Reasoning: Analogy, Classification, Word formation, Statement and conclusions, Syllogism, Statement and assumptions, Statement and arguments, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Passage and conclusions, Alphabet test, Series Test, Number, Ranking and time sequence, Direction sense Test, Decision-making test, Figure series, Input/output, Assertion, and reasoning, Sitting Arrangement
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning: Series test, Odd figure Out, Analogy, Miscellaneous Test etc.

Math/Numerical Ability: 

  • Ratio and proportion, Averages, Time and Work, Speed, Distance and time, Mixture and allegation, Stocks and shares, Percentages, Partnership, Clocks, Volume and Surface Area, Height and Distances, Logarithms, Permutation and combinations, Simple and compound interest, Equations, Probability, Trigonometry, Profit, Loss and Discount, Mensuration, Elements of Algebra, Data Interpretation, Pie charts, Tables, Bar & Graphs, Line charts.

How to prepare for IBPS Clerk Exam

Cracking the IBPS Clerk exam is not that hard. The difficulty level of this exam is easier than the IBPS PO, IBPS SO and IBPS RRB Recruitment Exams. Below are some tips that should come handy:

  • Understand the paper format completely and then plan up your strategies for the exam.

  • Gather all the IBPS Clerk essentials before beginning up your preparation and study in such a way that you can complete the entire syllabus before the exam.

  • The toughest subject to qualify in IBPS Clerk, is General Awareness because the questions can become from any topic and from anywhere, so candidates are required to be very well prepared for this section.

  • To qualify the GK section in Bank Clerk Exam, the candidates should read the important banking terms which can be asked in exams and books or magazines related to banking awareness.

  • The Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning question papers are comparatively easier in IBPS Clerk Exam, so if you practice well with the short tricks and formulas, you can easily score in these two exams.

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