Course Description


IBPS Clerk is a national-level entrance examination conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for the recruitment of clerks in various participating banks. The IBPS Clerk exam is conducted annually, and it is a highly competitive exam. The participating banks include Canara Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, UCO Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Union Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, and many more.

The IBPS Clerk exam consists of two phases – Preliminary and Main. Candidates who qualify for the Preliminary exam will be eligible to appear for the Main exam. The IBPS Clerk Preliminary exam includes three sections – English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability. The Main exam includes four sections – General/Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning Ability, and Computer Aptitude.

Candidates who clear both the Preliminary and Main exams will be called for a final interview. Based on their performance in the interview, candidates will be shortlisted for the available vacancies. The IBPS Clerk exam is an excellent opportunity for candidates who wish to start their careers in the banking sector.

To apply for the IBPS Clerk exam, candidates must meet the eligibility criteria set by the IBPS. The application process is entirely online, and candidates can apply through the official IBPS website. The IBPS Clerk exam notification is released every year, and candidates are advised to keep a regular check on the official website for any updates.

IBPS Clerk Online Application

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will soon announce the dates for the online application process for the IBPS Clerk  exam. Interested candidates who meet the eligibility criteria need to submit their application form, along with required documents, photographs, signatures, and IBPS Clerk hand-written declaration to register for the exam. The application process details will be available on the official IBPS website. Candidates are advised to read the instructions carefully before filling the application form. The application form can be filled online, and the application fee can be paid through various modes. The link to the application form will be activated on the official website after the announcement of the notification.

Eligibility Criteria

Criteria for educational qualification and age limit as per the latest IBPS Clerk Notification:

Educational Qualification:

  • Minimum qualification required is a degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a recognized university.
  • Candidates must have a working knowledge of computer systems.
  • Possessing a valid degree or diploma in computer operations, language, or having studied computer/ information technology as a subject in high school or college is preferred.

Age Limit:

  • The age limit for general category candidates is between 20 to 28 years.
  • Age relaxation is applicable for candidates belonging to reserved categories as per the government norms.

Note: Any changes to the criteria in the upcoming notification will be updated on the official website. Candidates are advised to read the notification carefully before applying for the exam.

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IBPS Clerk Exam Language

IBPS Clerk Prelims & Mains Exam will now onwards be conducted in 13 regional languages along with English & Hindi. The aim to conduct a clerical exam for recruitment into 12 public sector banks including SBI is to promote uniform opportunities to the local youth for employment opportunities and can directly connect to the customers through local/regional languages. The state-wise medium of language has been tabulated below.

IBPS Clerk Medium of Examination
State NameVersion of tests (Medium of examination)
Andaman & Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Sikkin, English and Hindi
Andhra PradeshEnglish, Hindi and Telugu
AssamEnglish, Hindi and Assamese
Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & DiuEnglish. Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Konkani
GoaEnglish, Hindi and Konkani
GujaratEnglish, Hindi and Gujarati
Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar PradeshEnglish, Hindi and Urdu
KarnatakaEnglish, Hindi, Kannada and Konkani
Kerala, LakshadweepEnglish, Hindi and Malayalam
MaharashtraEnglish, Hindi, Marathi and Konkani
ManipurEnglish, Hindi and Manipuri
OdishaEnglish, Hindi and Odia
PuducherryEnglish, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam
PunjabEnglish, Hindi and Punjabi
Tamil NaduEnglish, Hindi and Tamil
TelanganaEnglish, Hindi, Telugu and Urdu
Tripura, West BengalEnglish, Hindi and Bengali

Exam Pattern

The IBPS Clerk exam occurs in two stages: Prelims and Mains. Both these papers follow the online method of conducting the written examination. The structure of the exam is as follow:

Phase-1: IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination

The preliminary exam of IBPS Clerk CRP XIII is an online exam testing a candidate on the basis of their aptitude, intellect and English. There are three sections in total and the candidate must clear the cut-off of each section to proceed to the mains exam round.

Candidates are required to solve the question paper in the time frame of 20 minutes for each section. The composite mark of the paper is 100 and the passing marks is decided by IBPS that is likely to change every year depending on the level of difficulty of the exam.

S.No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language303020 minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total1001001 Hour

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

Phase-2: IBPS Clerk Mains Examination

No changes have been observed in the Exam Pattern of IBPS Clerk Exam. IBPS Clerk Mains Exam will now constitute of 190 questions that need to be completed in a time frame of 160 minutes.

Previously, Computer Aptitude and Reasoning Ability Section used to be conducted separately. But, in the recent update by IBPS, both these sections are amalgamated together and will constitute 50 questions that need to be solved in a time duration of 45 minutes. Both Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam will be conducted in 13 regional languages along with English and in Hindi. Let’s have a look at the Exam Pattern for IBPS Clerk CRP-XIII.

S.No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
2English Language404035 minutes
3Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
4General/ Financial Awareness505035 minutes
Total190200160 minutes

Penalty for Wrong Answers: There is a penalty for wrong answers marked in both the preliminary examination as well as mains examination. A wrong answer to an objective question will lead to a penalty of one-fourth of the total mark assigned to that question. There will be no penalty for the question left blank or unanswered.

Final Score Calculation for IBPS Clerk Exam:

The final score for the IBPS Clerk exam is calculated keeping the following points in mind:

• Marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam (Phase-1) will not be considered for final selection.

• Candidates must qualify Phase 2 to be eligible for final merit.

• The aggregate score out of 100 is used for the final merit list for each category. Candidates with top merit rank in each category are finally selected.

Application Fee

The category-wise fee structure for IBPS Clerk online application is given below. Fee/Intimation charges once paid will not be refunded on any account nor can they be held in reserve for any other examination or selection. The application fee must be paid online itself. To know more check the complete guide for IBPS Clerk Application.

SNo.CategoryApplication Fee
1SC/ST/PWDRs.175/- (Intimation Charges only)
2General and OthersRs. 850/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

How to Apply Online for IBPS Clerk ?

.here are the steps to fill the IBPS Clerk application form:

  1. Visit the official website of IBPS and click on the link for the IBPS Clerk application form.
  2. Register on the website by providing basic details like name, contact details, and email ID.
  3. Use the login credentials to fill the application form. Fill in all the required details carefully, including personal details, educational qualifications, and work experience, if any.
  4. Upload scanned copies of your photograph, signature, and other documents like caste certificate, if applicable.
  5. Pay the application fee through online mode using a debit card, credit card, or net banking.
  6. Review the application form to check for errors and make corrections if required. Once satisfied with the application, submit it and take a printout for future reference.

Note: Candidates are advised to read the instructions and guidelines provided in the notification before filling the application form. It is important to fill the application form carefully and accurately, as any errors or discrepancies can lead to rejection of the application.

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