IBPS Clerk Important Dates, Selection Process, Eligibility, Application Form, Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Syllabus, Tips and Tricks, 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 tenth consecutive year by IBPS to conduct the clerical exam IBPS Clerk CWE - X. 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 2020. This year IBPS is expected to recruit for 2557+ 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 02, 2020 Ends: Nov 06, 2020
Application Fees:
For General and OBC: Rs.850/- For SC/ST/PWD: Rs.175/-
Admit Card:
Nov 20, 2020
Age Limit:
20 - 28 Years
Exam Date:
Dec 05, 12 (2020)
No. of Sections:
1. English Language 2. Reasoning 3. Quantitative Aptitude
31 December 2020

Table of Contents

  1. ​ IBPS Clerk Important Dates
  2.  IBPS Clerk Selection Process
  3.  IBPS Clerk Eligibility
  4.  IBPS Clerk Application Form
  5.  IBPS Clerk Admit Card
  6.  IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern
  7.  IBPS Clerk Marking Scheme
  8.  IBPS Clerk Syllabus
  9.  How to prepare for IBPS Clerk Exam

1. IBPS Clerk Important Dates

  • The notification for the IBPS Clerk was published on 01 September 2020

  • The exam is held every year to recruit clerks for the attached banks

​IBPS Clerk Registration Period

  • The online registration (Application form) was initiated from 02 September 2020

  • Application form (Registration) was closed from 06 November 2020

  • Registration was restarted from 23 October 2020

  • The reopened registration window was closed from 06 November 2020

  • IBPS Clerk prelims admit card was released from 20 November 2020

  • Prelims exam will be conducted on 05 and 12 December 2020

  • Prelims result will be declared on 31 December 2020

  • Admit card for mains will be released on 12 January 2021

  • The mains exam will be conducted on 28 February 2021

  • Result declaration date of mains exam is 01 April 2021

2. IBPS Clerk Selection Process

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Final Result

3. IBPS Clerk Eligibility


  • The applicant must be a citizen of India OR

  • A subject of Nepal/ Bhutan/ Tibetan Refugee settled in India before 1962 OR

  • The persons migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries, Zaire, Vietnam

  • The NRI candidates are not eligible

IBPS Clerk Age Limit

  • The minimum age limit is 20 years as on 01 September 2020

  • The maximum age limit is 28 years as on 01 September 2020

  • The candidate should not be born before 02 September 1992 and after 01 September 2000

  • Age Relaxation

    • General: No age relaxation

    • ​OBC (Non-Creamy Layer): 03 Years

    • SC/ST/ Ex-Servicemen/Commissioned officers/Persons domiciled in J&K from January 1980 to December 1989, Persons affected by 1984 riots: 05 Years

    • Widows, Divorced Women, Women legally separated from their husband and not remarried: 09 Years

    • Persons with disabilities: 10 Years

IBPS Clerk Educational Qualification

  • Minimum graduation degree from a recognized university to be eligible

  • IBPS does not require any minimum percentage in graduation but the banks require.


  • The IBPS releases the information of the mandatory eligibility criteria on the official site in the notification

  • The aspirants should read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying for the exam to avoid circumstances

  • The main factor of change in eligibility is the age limit because the period in which DOB should lie is changed by the IBPS every year

  • Operating and working knowledge of computer

4. IBPS Clerk Application Form

  • The candidates should apply on the official site only

  • The IBPS invites application form to the candidates for filling the 2557 vacancies of clerical cadre

  • The IBPS publishes a calendar every year containing information of the exam incidents

  • The IBPS releases notification on the official site to fill the application form

  • This notification contains the information of registration period, required documents, vacancies, exam date, relevant eligibility conditions, etc

  • The application form filling will be started once the application form filling notification releases

  • The candidates are advised to read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying for the exam because the candidature of ineligible candidates will not be acknowledged

IBPS Clerk Application Fee

  • Gen/OBC: INR 850/-

  • SC/ST/Other: INR 175/-

  •  The application fee (exam fee or registration fee) can be paid via net banking, mobile wallets, IMPS, Cash card, debit card, credit card, etc

Application Form Filling Process (Registration Process)

  • The candidates are advised to fill the application form carefully and they should recheck the details filled by them before final submission

  • There is no provision of the correction window

  • If the candidate has made mistake in application form filling, he can apply again by filing a new application form

  • The application fee once submitted will not be refunded under any circumstances, so the candidates will have to make a fresh payment to pay the application fee

  • The application form will be filled in the below simple steps

    • (a). Registration

    • (b). Upload Documents (Photo, Signature, Left Thumb Impression, Handwritten Declaration)

    • (c). Details (Personel Information)

    • (d). Preview 

    • (e). Pay Exam Fee

  • The personal information of the candidates is required like educational qualification, experience, category, etc

  • The post, exam center preference, etc also asked on filling the application form

  • The candidate's photo and a signature will be required during the application form filling

    • Photo Size: 4.5×3.5 cm

    • Signature: (Scan Copy) Signature should not be in capital letters

    • Left Thumb Impression: (Scan Copy)

    • Handwritten Declaration: (Scan Copy)

  • The face and eyes should be visible on the photograph

  • The signature should be also clear. It will be matched in the future use

  • The candidates should read instructions carefully before application form filling

  • The candidates should note down the registration number and password for further use

  • They should print out the application form copy in a white blank paper to keep all the information with them for further use

5. IBPS Clerk Prelims Admit Card

  • Candidates can download the admit card from the official site of IBPS only

  • Admit card will be available to download before minimum 10 days of the exam

  • The candidates should print the admit card on a white blank paper

  • The text and information printed on the admit card should be clearly visible

  • The candidates are advised to save a copy of the admit card for future use

  • The candidates should have clear information about the exam pattern and marking process before attempting the real exam. They are advised to make a wise strategy to acquire more marks than the cutoff

  • The admit card will be available to download till the exam

  • Adress and photograph of identity proof should be matched to the uploaded records

  • They should also carry two passport size photograph matches to the uploaded one

Steps to download IBPS Clerk Prelims Admit card

  • The IBPS provide a link on its official site to download the admit cards

  • Fill the credentials like registration number, roll number, password, date of birth, etc

  • Mostly these credentials are available on the printed copy of the application form

  • After filling the credentials, they will reach on the admit card

  • Now they can print or download the admit card

  • In case of forgetting the password, they can use the forget password option. The login information will be sent on the registered mobile number or mail

Information in the IBPS Clerk Prelims Admit card

  • Roll Number/ User id and password

  • Name and address of the candidate

  • Registration number of the candidate

  • The venue of the examination center and its code

  • Date and time of the examination

  • Name of parents

  • Date of Birth

  • Candidate's photograph and a blank space to affix the candidate's photograph matching to the uploaded one

  • Boxes containing space for signature and thumb impression of the candidate

  • A box for the signature of the invigilator

IBPS Clerk Exam Day Instructions

  • The candidates are advised to follow all the instructions printed on the admit card

  • The instructions printed on the admit card should be clearly readable. Instructions make the candidate aware of attending the exam

  • Original copy and photocopy of a valid identity proof containing photograph and address is required in the examination hall

  • The candidates will be disqualified for misconduct in the examination

  • The candidate must have the same information and signature in each document

  • The exam conducting body will not acknowledge any change in time, date, center of the examination, etc

  • digital devices, earphones, unnecessary objects are not permitted to bring into the exam hall

  • The IBPS will handle the situation and co-operate with the candidates in case of administrative or technical issue

  • The candidate have to Wear mask and gloves during the exam

  • Bring minimum 50 ml sanitizer in a transparent bottle

  • The candidate should install Arogya Setu App

The discrepancy in IBPS Clerk Admit card

  • The candidates should cross-check the information in the admit card

  • They should make sure that there is no mismatch in the details of the admit card and identity proof

  • If there is any discrepancy, they should bring it in front of the IBPS

6. IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

  • The correct understanding of exam pattern and marking process to answer the questions with a planned strategy directs towards the bright score

  • The IBPS is responsible  to set up exam pattern and the marking process

  • The exam conducting body mention exam pattern and marking scheme on the notification of application form filling

  • The written exam is conducted in 2 stages

    • ​Preliminary Exam

    • Mains Exam

  • The exams will be conducted in online mode

  • Exam type will be objective

  • Exam level will be national-level

  • It is a computer-based exam

  • Exam duration will be:

    • ​60 minutes for prelims

    • 160 minutes for mains

  • Paper will be available in both Hindi and English Language

  • Total questions will be:

    • ​100 in prelims

    • 190 in mains

  • Number of sections (Prelims)

    • 1. English Language: 30 questions in 20 minutes (1 Mark for each)

    • 2. Numerical Ability: 35 questions in 20 minutes (1 Mark for each)

    • 3. Reasoning Ability: 35 questions in 20 minutes (1 Mark for each)

  • Number of Sections (Mains)

    • 1. Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude: 50 questions in 45 minutes (60 marks total)

    • 2. English Language: 40 questions in 35 minutes (40 marks total)

    • 3. Quantitative Aptitude: 50 questions in 45 minutes (50 marks total)

    • 4. General/ Financial Awareness: 50 questions in 35 minutes (50 marks total)

  • The candidates will choose the correct answer from 5 options

7. IBPS Clerk Marking Scheme

  • The marking process is similar in both exams except Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude Section of the mains exam

  • 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer, 60 marks available for 50 questions of Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude Section of the mains exam

  • 1/4 of the allotted mark of a question will be deducted for each wrong answer

  • There is no negative mark or inclusive mark for unattempted questions

  • The exam will be conducted online, so marking two answers of a question is not possible in CBT

  • Negative marking not only prevents to gain mark but also shorten score by penalty

  • The candidates are suggested to mark the answers with accuracy to lessen the impact of negative marking

  • The four wrong answers mark deduction value is equal to the one right answer mark gaining value

  • To excel in the exam, candidates should focus on accuracy in solving the questions

  • The marking process is the same within each section

  • The implementation of knowledge works more than the only having information that answers the query "How negative marking affect the score that drives the candidates score below the cutoff?"

  • The IBPS implements the marking scheme in the exam

  • The candidates have to clear sectional cutoff as well as overall cutoff

  • We should never mark guess based answer

  • Reduce time consumption to answer the questions during the exam

8. IBPS Clerk Syllabus

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.

9. 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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