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IBPS Clerk Exam

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) conducts a common written exam or CWE every year for the clerical cadre in multiple banks all over the country. All public sector banks use CWE as a base to fill the vacancies for this post. IBPS will be conducting CWE VIII for the year 2018-19 . The IBPS Clerk CWE exam is conducted on two levels- preliminary exam and mains. Students qualifying in both these exams are thus selected for the post.

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All you need to know about IBPS Clerk Exam

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Date:  December 2018

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection also known as IBPS, is a recruitment body that was started with an aim to encourage the recruitment and placement of young graduates in public sector banks in India (except SBI). It also provides standardized systems for assessment and result processing services to organizations.

CWE Clerk VIII  Preliminary Examination 08.12.2018, 09.12.2018, 15.12.2018 & 16.12.2018
  Main Examination 20.01.2019

IBPS Clerk is definitely one of the most popular bank recruitment examinations of the country. Every Year, there is a rather large proportion of candidates who appear for IBPS CWE Clerk VIII Recruitment Examination in the hopes of making it through the rigorous selection process

Application Process

IBPS aspirants can start applying for the upcoming IBPS Clerical exam once IBPS release the official notification.


The total number vacancies for IBPS Clerk 2018 exam will be released with its official notification. According to the previous year notification, IBPS Released 7883 vacancies. Let us see if IBPS will increase the vacancies for the year 2018.

Selection Process

IBPS Clerk is definitely one of the most popular bank recruitment examinations of the country. Every Year, there is a rather large proportion of candidates who appear for IBPS CWE Clerk VIII Recruitment Examination in the hopes of making it through the rigorous selection process. The Recruitment Process for getting hired as a Bank Clerk in a PSB involves qualifying in both of the written exams. A candidate needs to crack IBPS Clerk Prelims first and then move onto to Mains Examination. The Final Merit List is based on your scores achieved in Mains Examination only as the Preliminary Examination is held on a qualifying basis.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who aspire to apply for the IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2017 must make sure that they fulfill the required eligibility criteria and educational qualifications for the post. If you do not meet the required specifications in certain fields like age limit, qualification etc, you will not be able to submit the IBPS Clerk Application Form.

Age Limit

A candidate must be between 20 to 28 years as on 1 September 2018. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.09.1989 and not later than 01.09.1997 (both dates inclusive).

The relaxation in the upper age limit has been applied according to government norms. They are as follows

  • SC/ ST: 5 Years
  • OBC: 3 Years
  • PH: 10 Years
  • PH + OBC: 13 Years
  • PH + SC/ST: 15 Years

Educational Qualification

A candidates must possess a valid graduation degree from recognized university or institute in any discipline.

Note: Proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT (candidates should know how to read/ write and speak the Official Language of the State/UT) for which vacancies a candidate wishes to apply is preferable.


IBPS Clerk Prelims Syllabus 2017

Since there is a predefined time slot for each section, you need to be well informed regarding all the topics specific to each section of IBPS Clerk. We have mentioned the entire IBPS Clerk syllabus in a constructive format for both the examinations.

The Preliminary stage of IBPS Clerk consists of three sections viz. English, Numerical Ability and Reasoning. Have a look at the syllabus for each of the topic.

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Para Jumbles
  • Spotting the Errors

Numerical Ability

  • Simplification
  • Number Series
  • Data Interpretation
  • Miscellaneous – Distance & Time, Work & Time, Profit & Loss, Percentage, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Average, Partnerships, Boats & Streams

Reasoning Ability

  • Circular Seating Arrangement
  • Linear Seating Arrangement
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Inequality
  • Blood Relations
  • Miscellaneous

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Mains

The mains examination consists of 5 sections having a separate time slot for each. Have a look at the syllabus for each topic.

General Awareness

  • Science And Technology
  • Economy
  • Important Awards & Honors
  • Current National And International Events
  • Computer Knowledge
  • Banking Knowledge
  • Commissions
  • Appointments
  • Resignations
  • Sport
  • Prominent Personalities
  • Polity

English Language

  • General Grammar
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Comprehension of a Passage
  • Sentence Completion
  • Vocabulary

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Decimals And Fractions
  • Whole Numbers
  • Relationship Between Numbers
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • HCF & LCM
  • Simplification
  • Profit & Loss
  • Time And Work
  • Percentage
  • Partnership
  • Simple Interest
  • Time And Distance
  • Compound Interest
  • Permutations & Combination’s
  • Number Series
  • Probability
  • Approximate Values
  • Data Interpretation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Reasoning:
  • Symbols and their relationships
  • Arithmetical computation
  • Decision making
  • Verbal and figure classification
  • Verbal and non-verbal
  • Analytical functions
  • Space visualization
  • Judgment
  • Problem­ solving
  • Discrimination
  • Arithmetical number series
  • Visual memory
  • Observation
  • Arithmetical reasoning
  • Relationship concepts
  • Differences
  • Analysis
  • Similarities
  • Analogies

Computer Knowledge

  • Operating and DOS
  • Introduction of Computer and History
  • Computer Device
  • Security Aspects for PC
  • PC and System Software
  • Advanced Technology Regarding Computer
  • MS Excel, MS Word
  • Various Uses of Computer
  • Internet Programming Language
  • Computer Net work
  • Computer of Future
  • E world
  • Window

We hope this article provides you with useful information regarding the IBPS Clerk Syllabus and Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains examination.

Exam Pattern

The Recruitment Process involved for IBPS CWE Clerk VII is a 2 Tier Process i.e. Preliminary Written Examination and Mains Written Examination. A candidate needs to qualify at each level in order to move to the next one. Let us try and understand each level.

IBPS Clerk Tier I: Prelims Written Examination

The Online Computer-Based Test (CBT) for IBPS Clerk Prelims will be conducted in an objective pattern (same as before). There will be 100 questions in total and 3 sections - English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.

 Name of the Section   Questions  Marks
 Reasoning Ability  35 35
 English Language  30 30
 Quantitative Aptitude  35 35
 Total  100 100

Some of the essential details related to IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017 are as follows.

  • The total number of questions will be 100.
  • The Paper mode will be English/ Hindi.
  • Each question carries 1 mark.
  • The total time to solve the entire paper is 60 minutes.
  • There will be sectional and overall cutoff.

Marks secured in IBPS Clerk Prelims will be taken into consideration while selecting candidates for Mains.

IBPS Clerk Tier II: Mains Written Examination

This year, there are some changes introduced by the commission in IBPS Clerk Notification 2017. Some highlights of the changes made in the exam pattern are given below.

  • The total questions in the exam have been reduced to 190 from 200.
  • Unlike IBPS Clerk 2016, The Reasoning Ability & Computer Sections have been clubbed together.
  • Some changes are also made in the number of questions & time allotted to each section.

Let us look at the table for a broader view:

Similar to most mains paper, IBPS Clerk Mains will time each section separately. Each Section will have separate time during which it can be attempted by the candidates. [su_table]The total time to solve the written examination is 160 minutes. Owing to a major restructuring in the selection procedure of Bank Clerks, the Final Merit List is prepared on the basis of marks secured in Mains Examination only. Hence, there will be no interview for IBPS Clerk.

Section Name Questions Marks
English Language 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Reasoning Ability & Computer Knowledge 50 60
General/ Financial  Awareness 50 50
Total 190 200
Section Name Questions Time (in mins.)
English Language 40 35
Quantitative Aptitude 50 45
Reasoning Ability & Computer Knowledge 50 45
General/ Financial Awareness 50 35
Total 190 160

Job Profile

IBPS Clerk is an entry-level job position in a Bank. But, it is also considered as one of the most crucial ones. Bank Clerks are supposed to be the first set of people you interact in a Bank. They help in guiding you through various processes and assist you in performing simple tasks. Hence, even being an entry-level job, it is a prominent one.

The job description of a Bank Clerk is not limited to a single type of duty/ assignment like in accounting/ technology. As a Clerical Officer, your major roles and responsibilities will be the following.

  • Banking Document Verification
  • Manning Single Window Counter from time to time
  • Clearing and Transferring Cheques and Receipts as per request
  • Issue Cash Receipts at Counters
  • Verification of Vernacular Signatures and identifying discrepancies, if any
  • Attending to Government Treasury Work
  • Update Pass Books of Account Holders

Hence, an IBPS Clerk gets to work on a number of job profiles and hone multiple skills throughout a long career. The job can be challenging at times and the work pressure may get excessive but all this should be taken in a learning spirit. Only then can a person enjoy the work life on a Bank Clerk. 

IBPS Clerk Salary, Perks, Allowances 

There is a fixed salary (basic pay) as well as a certain level of perks and allowances which are entitled to a Bank Clerk in PSBs. The Salary Breakdown is usually done in the following manner.

Rs. 11765 – (655×3) – 13730 – (815×3) – 16175 – (980×4) – 20095 – (1145×7) – 28110 – (2120×1) – 30230 – (1310×1) – 31540
The Basic Pay Scale of Bank Clerk usually ranges between Rs 11,765 – Rs 42,020 and the major set of perks of allowances are as follows.

  • Dearness Allowance (39.4% of Basic)
  • HRA depending upon the City (7-9% of the Basic)
  • Special Allowance (7.5% for Clerks)
  • Medical Allowance

After the 10th Bipartite Wage Settlement of 2015, a bank clerk is entitled to get a salary of Rs 21,990with an in-hand salary of Rs 19,461. Hence, with the added perks and bonus package, the salary of Bank Clerk is quite good compared to most jobs at the same level in various industries.



IBPS Clerk Prelims Cutoff 2017

Uttar Pradesh 76.25
Delhi 76.75
Daman & Diu 70.75
Haryana 76.00
Assam 70.75
Kerela 77.00
Jammu & Kashmir 76.00
Karnataka 61.25
Jharkhand 74.25
Himachal Pradesh 75.00
Telangana 70.00
Odisha 76.50
Goa 67.75
Uttarakhand 78.75
Chattisgarh 70.25
Tamil Nadu 53.00
Madhya Pradesh 74.25
Andhra Pradesh 73.50
Maharashtra 64.50
Punjab 74.00
Gujarat 67.00
Bihar 74.75
West Bengal 77.25
Rajasthan 73.25

 IBPS Clerk Mains Cutoff

Andaman & Nicobar NA NA NA NA
Andhra Pradesh 40.27 31.84 48.31 50.78
Arunachal Pradesh NA 41.49 NA 46.43
Assam 40.79 36.16 43.43 47.17
Bihar 38.86 37.27 50.95 53.43
Chandigarh 46.39 NA 47.95 54.07
Chattisgarh 39.46 24.49 50.34 50.43
Dadar & Nagar Haweli NA NA NA 39.02
Daman & Diu NA NA 36.91 45.92
Delhi 42.58 38.03 47.81 53.82
Goa NA 24.43 44.07 44.70
Gujarat 39.95 23.68 44.04 47.53
Haryana 39.21 NA 46.81 52.72
Himachal Pradesh 43.91 40.74 43.17 52.88
Jammu & Kashmir NA 35.74 42.71 52.31
Jharkhand 34.24 31.02 46.21 47.29
Karnataka 36.77 31.41 43.67 44.56
Kerala 40.68 30.85 50.52 52.32
Lakshadweep NA NA NA NA
Madhya Pradesh 36.43 26.63 45.03 48.89
Maharashtra 42.91 26.32 43.93 45.95
Manipur 45.77 41.74 62.36 44.21
Meghalaya NA 38.31 37.82 39.09
Mizoram NA NA NA 40.79
Nagaland NA 39.74 NA 40.45
Odisha 37.07 31.32 50.64 51.22
Puducherry 41.27 NA 47.47 48.06
Punjab 37.88 NA 45.22 53.16
Rajasthan 38.28 34.70 48.17 52.93
Sikkim NA NA 47.21 49.67
Tamil Nadu 39.39 35.29 48.27 48.49
Telangana 40.18 34.17 38.72 49.97
Tripura 45.68 28.50 NA 48.86
Uttar Pradesh 37.20 33.53 44.24 51.13
Uttarakhand 40.16 38.11 47.11 53.16
West Bengal 42.14 35.95 45.06 54.47

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