IBPS Clerk - Selection Process - Exam Topics - Test Pattern


IBPS Clerk - Selection Procedure 2018 

The stages in the IBPS Clerks 2018 selection process:

The various stages in the IBPS Clerks 2018 selection are these:

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Mains Exam
  3. Language Proficiency Test
  4. No Interview

STAGES 1 and 2: IBPS Clerk - Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam:

There are two levels in the IBPS Clerk examination: Preliminary Examination and Main Examination. The candidates need to clear both the Preliminary Examination and Main Examination. The tests (Prelims and Mains) except the Tests of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

IBPS Clerk Pattern of Preliminary and Mains Examination:


S.No Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
 1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 hour
2 Numerical Ability 35  35 
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
  Total 100  100 


S.No Name of Tests/ Sections (NOT BY SEQUENCE) Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time allotted for each section (Separately timed)
1. General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
2. General English 40 40 35 minutes
3. Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
4. Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
  Total 190 200 160 minutes

IBPS Clerk Scores and Cut-offs:

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test of Online Main Examination and also a minimum total score to be considered for further process. Depending on number of the State/ UT wise vacancies available, cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be considered for provisional allotment. Prior to the completion of provisional allotment process scores obtained in the Online Main Examination will not be shared with the candidates. MARKS OBTAINED IN THE MAIN EXAMINATION ONLY WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR FINAL MERIT LISTING.

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STAGE 3: IBPS Clerk Language Proficiency Test

The candidates will undergo Language Proficiency Test, where the participating organizations will verify the proficiency of candidates in the local language of the concerned state or union territory, i.e. the candidates should be able to read, write as well as speak the concerned local language. Under this test, the candidates may be asked to write down a passage or asked a few questions in the local language.

Participating organizations of IBPS Clerk can also cancel the candidature of the candidates who fail to qualify this exam. But, why?

Bank Clerks serve as the first point of contact sought by customers for inquiries and guidance. So, don't expect that you can do your work by not uttering a word!

STAGE 4: Document Verification

The document verification is the final round. The authenticity of the information provided in the application form is checked in this stage. That is the reason it is extremely important to fill the application with precaution and avoid regret at the final stage.

It is important to keep all the original documents in order. Some of the essentials include:

  • Selection Letter/Call Letter
  • Online Application form printout
  • Date of Birth proof
  • Photo Identity proof
  • Graduation Mark sheet (both self-attested and attested by government gazetted officers)
  • Reservation Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • Medical Certificate for Physically Disability
  • Work Experience Letters including the No Objection Certificate from the previous/existing workplace.

Hope, you are now aware of the various stages that you need to pass through to be employed as a clerk in the bank.

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