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IBPS Clerk

IBPS Clerk is an exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for recruitment of Clerk for approximately 20 Participating Organisations. It conducts a two-phase exam every year for recruitment of thousands of post and lakh of candidates appear for the post.

If you are preparing or planning to prepare for the exam, you should have complete knowledge of the exam. e.g. IBPS Clerk pattern, syllabus, Educational qualification, age limit, previous year cut offs , number of vacancies and many more important information.


Exam Pattern


IBPS Clerk consists of two Phase exam and to qualify for the exam a candidate is required to clear both phases. The Phase I exam is Computer Based Examination and qualifying in nature. Only candidates clearing in the exam can appear for the Main exam.


Phase I: Preliminary Examination

This examination consists of Objective Type – Multiple-choice questions only.  The questions will be bilingual for Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability.The exam consists of three sections with total marks 100 and total time allotted for the exam is 60 minutes. Each correct answer weightage is of 1 mark. 

S No. Tier Name Of Test Total Questions Marks Time Allotted
1 I English Language 30 30 20
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20
    Total 100 100 60 Minutes


*In Phase I, there is negative marking of ½  mark for each wrong answer.


Phase – II: Main Examination:

Main Examination is an Objective Test comprising of 200 marks and consist of four sections with different marks and duration. A candidate can only move to next section once the entire time of the section is exhausted.

Test Name Of Test No. of Qs. Marks Duration
I General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
II General English 40 40 35 Minutes
III Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 35 Minutes
IV Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 Minutes
  Total 190 200 160 Minutes


*The above-mentioned sections are not by sequence.

A candidate is selected on the basis of his/her performance in Main Examination


IBPS CLERK syllabus for the Phase I exam consists of three sections and below are the syllabus of each section.

English Language: This section is designed to test a candidate comprehension and knowledge of English Language and will be based upon below topics

Reading Comprehension
Cloze Test(New Pattern)
Sentence Rearrangement
Odd Sentence Out
Error Spotting
Para Jumbles
Synonyms & Antonyms
Sentence Improvement
Paragraph Completion


Numerical Ability: This section is designed to test a candidate’s ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense and will be based upon.

Profit & Loss
S. I. & C. I.
Surds & Indices
Work & Time
Time & Distance
Data Interpretation
Ratio & Proportion
Number Systems
Sequence & Series
Permutation & Combination
Mixtures & Allegations


Reasoning Ability: This section consists of both verbal and non-verbal types of questions. It includes questions on below topics

Logical Reasoning
Alphanumeric Series
Coded Inequalities
Seating Arrangement
Coding Decoding
Statement and arguments
Floor Puzzles
Data Sufficiency
Alphabet Test
Statement &Assumptions
Blood Relations
Input Output


Syllabus for Tier-II of the Examination

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude : This section includes both verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions and as the competition is intensifying day by day, questions asked in this section is becoming of advanced level. Questions asked from the topics are mentioned below

Linear Seating Arrangement
Circular Seating Arrangement
Analytical Decision Making
Grouping & Scheduling
Machine Input output
Number series
Data Sufficiency
Blood relations
Direction & Distance
Coded Inequalities
Arrangement & Pattern
Ordering & Ranking
Verbal Reasoning
Coding  decoding
Double Line-up
Floor Based Puzzles


Questions on computer section include from below topics

Computer Awareness
Keyboard Shortcuts
Computer Abbreviation
Computer Fundamentals
Computer Hardware
Computer Software
Operating System
Microsoft Office



Quantitative Aptitude: As it is clear from the section name, Most of the questions asked in IBPS CLERK is pertaining to Data Analysis and calculation. Questions asked from the topics are mentioned below

Data Sufficiency
Number Series
Comparison of Quantities
Permutation & Combination
Tabular Graph
Line Graph
Pie Chart
Bar Graph
Radar Graph
Missing Data DI
Mixed DI
Data Analysis
Let it Case DI


General/ Financial Awareness: This section is designed to test a candidate’s knowledge on various topics, which are directly or indirectly related to banking and current events of national importance. This section includes topics primarily on

General Knowledge
Financial Awareness
Current Affairs
Banking Awareness
Static Awareness


General English: Topics asked in this section are similar to asked in phase I however questions from this section is of advanced level and difficulty level is high in this section. Following are the topics from where questions can asked.

Reading Comprehension
Cloze Test
Para Jumbles
Fill in the blanks
Error Spotting
Synonyms & Antonyms
Sentence Improvement
Paragraph Completion


Educational Qualification: The minimum educational qualification is Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Institute. Moreover, a candidate must have operating and working knowledge in computer systems

Age Limit: A candidate must be above 20 years but below 28 year for eligible for applying for the posts. Moreover, there is an age relaxation permissible beyond upper age limit for the reserved categories which varies according to the category and maximum age relaxation a candidate can avail is up to 15 years.

Previous year number of vacancies in IBPS CLERK

Below is the previous year number of vacancies reported by SBI from 2013 to 2018

Year Vacancies
2018 7275
2017 7883
2016 19243
2015     30000
2014 Not Available
2013 39690