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IBPS Clerk Prelims and Mains Exam Model Question Papers

About 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.

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.

Common Written Examination (CWE) is a pre-requisite for selection of personnel for Clerical cadre posts in Public Sector Banks.

The clerical post is an entry level cadre for anyone who wishes to become a banker. They mainly participate in the day to day activities of banking and also have the responsibility to address the queries and guidance of the customers.
 
Candidates who are selected for clerical cadre have to be on probation for 6 months. After the completion of the period, they are required to appear for the assessment test/performance review in order to confirm as permanent employees.

The clerk is basically in charge of the withdrawal and deposit counters such as accepting payments, sanction withdrawals, verify cheques, issue demand draft and other banking related services to customers.

Clerks also have to manage the daily records of the bank and back office work, which includes the collection of receipts, updating and maintaining ledger balance, balance tally and other transactions.

Besides this, they have to market the bank products. For eg: Loans, deposits and schemes. Clerks are also called as window operators or cashiers.

Participating Organisations/Banks

  • Allahabad Bank
  • Corporation Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Dena Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Indian Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • Bank of India
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • United Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • Vijaya Bank
  • Canara Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
 

Exam Pattern


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

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern: Preliminary Exam

Phase-1: IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination

The preliminary exam of IBPS Clerk CWE 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 Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 Composite time of 1 Hour

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern: Mains Exam

In the latest update by IBPS, IBPS Clerk Mains Exam will now constitute of 190 questions that needs 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 of 50 questions that needs to be solved in a time duration of 45 minutes. Both Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam will be conducted bilingually, i.e. both in English and in Hindi. Let’s have a look at the Exam Pattern for IBPS Clerk CWE VII.


S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 35 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
4 General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

 

There is a penalty for wrong answers marked in both 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.

Eligibility


The candidate must fulfill the following two criteria to be eligible for the IBPS Clerk Exam:

Age Limit: The candidate must be 20 Years to 28 Years. The final criteria for IBPS Clerk Exam will be released along with the official notification

Upper age limit relaxation is applicable for candidates belonging to the following categories:
  • Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes are allowed an age relaxation up to 5 years
  • Candidates belonging to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) are eligible for an age relaxation of 3 years
  • Candidates applying under the category of Persons With Disability (PWD)/ Physically Handicapped (PH) are allowed an age relaxation of maximum up to 10 years
  • If a candidate is a widow, divorced women, and women legally separated from their husband who has not remarried will have a relaxation age of 9 years
  • Candidates Domiciled in J&K during the period 01/01/1980 – 31/12/1989 are allowed an age limit relaxation of 5 years Persons affected by 1984 riots - 5 years
  • Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (Applicable to Madhya Pradesh state only) - 5 years 
Educational Qualification:  
Candidates applying for the IBPS Clerk must have any of the following educational qualifications to be eligible to apply for the post of Clerk:
Candidates must have obtained a bachelors' degree in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government

Computer Literacy: A candidate must possess knowledge in computer operations, he/she should also be certified with a Diploma /Degree in Computer Operations/Language/ or should have studied Computer Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute.

A candidate who is proficient in the official language of the state or Union Territory, where vacancies are available, will be preferred. Ex-Servicemen who do not possess the above civil examination qualifications should be matriculated

Ex-Servicemen who have obtained the Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or Air Force after having completed not less than 15 years of service in the Armed Forces of the Union  
 

Syllabus


The major three sections of the preliminary examination are Reasoning, English Language and Numerical Ability. Each of these sections has multiple subheadings to focus on when preparing for IBPS Clerk CWE.

The syllabus for Numerical Ability / Quantitative Aptitude and English Language is same for mains and preliminary exam. In addition to these two the other subjects are General / Financial Awareness and Reasoning & Computer Knowledge. The General Awareness is based on the Banking Sector awareness.

IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus (Pre+Mains)

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Fillers
  • Spotting Errors
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Fill in the Blanks

Numerical Ability

  • Number Series
  • Simplification/ Approximation
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Data Interpretation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzle and Arrangements
  • Inequality
  • Syllogism
  • Coding - Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Direction sense
  • Order and Ranking

Computer

  • History and Generation of Computers
  • Introduction to Computer Organisation
  • Computer Hardware and I/O Devices
  • Computer Languages, Basics of DBMS
  • Operating System, Internet
  • Computer Network & Security
  • MS Office Suit and Short cut keys
  • Computer Memory, Computer Software
  • Number System and Conversions

General Awareness

  • Banking and Insurance Awareness
  • Financial Awareness
  • Govt. Schemes and Policies
  • Current Affairs
  • Static Awareness


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