Bank Clerical Exam


Bank clerical Exam is conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). IBPS is an autonomous body aimed to implement world class process of assessment and selection of personnel for various client organizations. IBPS conducts the exam for recruiting clerical staff for Nationalized Banks of India and for Reserve Bank of India besides for insurance companies like UIIC. Usually the exam is conducted once a year. The notification is found usually in the month of July and the exam is November and December.

Why to Appear the Bank clerical Exam?

The aspirants of banking industry appear the exam. Qualifiers of the exam are recruited as clerical staff in the nationalized banks of India. The process includes three stages – preliminary, mains and interview. Those who qualify prelims are eligible for main exam and those who qualify in the main exam are eligible for interview.

Bank clerical Exam Eligibility

Any Graduation degree from a recognized University and a Diploma or Certificate in Computers is the academic qualification for the exam. The minimum age limit is 20 and maximum is 28 as on 1st August of the year of the exam. Age relaxation is provided for the candidates of the SC/ST, OBC, Ex-Servicemen and Divorced/widowed women (who have not remarried) etc.

Bank clerical Exam Pattern

IBPS exam is conducted online mode. Questions are provided bilingual – Hindi and English, except for English Language.

Preliminary exam contains English language for 30 marks, Numerical Ability for 35 marks and Reasoning ability for 35 marks. Total marks are 100. Duration of the exam is 1 hour.

The Exam pattern for Main examination is - Reasoning for 40 marks, English Language for 40 marks, Quantitative Aptitude for 40 marks, General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) is for 40 marks and Computer Knowledge for 40 marks. Total Marks are 200. The duration of the exam is 2 hours.

There is negative marking of 0.25 for wrong answers.

How to Apply Bank clerical Exam?

The applications must be submitted online through official website. Read the guidelines before attempting to fill the application. Fill the application form as prescribed in the guidelines. Attach the requisite documents. Keep a hard copy for the future purpose. Payment must be made through valid online payment modes like net banking, credit/debit cards etc. Candidates must be ready with valid email address, scanned passport sized photograph and scanned signature before applying. Pre-Exam is training is provided for certain category applicants. The call letters must be downloaded from the mentioned date.

How to Prepare Bank clerical Exam?

Several books are published with the topics covered in the exam with particularization of pattern.

Mock Tests and Practice Tests are available with the coaching institutes and online coaching websites. IBPS also provide mock tests. These help to gain knowledge of questioning and time management, which is rather important. Few companies also provide CD’s with the syllabus.

Reading newspapers and magazines enhance the knowledge of general awareness and English language skills. As the exam questions bank industry related questions in general awareness, candidates must be following the banking news and information

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