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Overview- Details and Syllabus for IBPS Clerk Exam

About IBPS Clerk Exam

IBPS is an autonomous body that conducts the recruitment process of IBPS Clerk exam once every year.

Any eligible candidate who aspires to join as Clerk (CRP Clerk IX) in the participating organisations (Indian Banks) can apply for the IBPS Clerk examination.

The details of the IBPS Clerk examination along with scheme and syllabus of the IBPS Clerk exam are given below.

Eligibility for IBPS Clerk exam

Nationality / Citizenship

A candidate must be either:

  1. A Citizen of India or
  2. A subject of Nepal or
  3. A subject of Bhutan or
  4. A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India,

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories 2, 3, 4 and 5 shall be a person n whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Educational Qualification

  • The minimum qualification required for IBPS Clerk exam is Graduation in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
  • To apply for IBPS Clerk exam, the candidate must possess valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.
  • Computer Literacy: Operating and working knowledge in computer systems is mandatory i.e. candidates should have Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/Language/ should have studied Computer / Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute.
  • Proficiency in the Official Language: 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 Exam Pattern

Any eligible candidate is required to register for the Common Recruitment Process. The IBPS Clerk examination consists of two phases,

  • Online Preliminary
  • Online Main examination.

IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus

The exam syllabus of IBPS PO is similar to other banking exams. Based on the previous year questions the topics that are asked for different subjects are given below:

IBPS Clerk Prelims & Mains Syllabus

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Para Jumbles
  • Error Correction
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Narration

Numerical Ability

  • Simplification
  • Time & Work
  • Time & Distance
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Mensuration
  • Data Interpretation
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Percentage
  • Number Systems

Reasoning Ability

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Puzzle
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations
  • Order and Ranking
  • Input Output
  • Coding Decoding

Computer Awareness

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

General Awareness

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

Important things to remember

  • Negative marking: There is penalty of one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question.
  • Marks obtained in Preliminary exam of IBPS Clerk are not considered for final selection.
  • Candidates must qualify Mains examination to be eligible for final merit.
  • Marks scored out of 100 are used for the final merit list for each category.

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