IBPS Clerk

IBPS Clerk:

The bank Jobs have become quite lucrative and millions of students are participating every year to get a job in the public sector banks. IBPS clerk examination is conducted by Institute of banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) every year for recruitment of clerks in the PSBs. Initially the exam was held in a single phase only but from 2015, the exam is conducted in two tiers. The structure of the examination from this year onwards is

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Mains Examination

Preliminary Examination:

The first phase of the examination is the preliminary examination that consists of 100 marks. The allotted duration for the examination is 1 hour. The details about the pattern of the preliminary examination are provided below:

S.No Subject Name No of questions Maximum Marks
1 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
2 Reasoning 35 35
3 English 30 30
  Total 100 100


The preliminary examination is just a gateway to the mains and marks obtained in the preliminary examination are not added to your final score.

Mains Examination:

The second or more difficult phase of the examination is mains exam. The mains exam consists of 200 marks and marks obtained in the examination only are considered for selection. The examination consists of 2 hours. The details regarding the pattern of examination are provided in the table below:

S.No Subject Name No of questions Maximum Marks
1 Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
2 Reasoning 40 40
3 English 40 40
4 General Awareness (Reference To Banking) 40 40
5 Computer 40 40
  Total 200 200


Negative Marking:

For every wrong answer, a penalty of 0.25 marks is put up by the IBPS for both the preliminary and mains examination. So, you shall be careful while marking the answers to avoid negative points.


There was a dilemma about the interviews with no notification coming from the IBPS. Although IBPS has recently come up with a new notification stating that there will be no interview in IBPS Clerk-V.

Click Here for the Official Notification.