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IBPS Clerk Selection Process:

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection or IBPS For recruitment of candidates in various Public Sector Banks in the post of Clerical Cadre, a common selection examination is conducted by IBPS. This is the 7th year that IBPS is conducting the examination, hence it is called IBPS Clerk CWE VIII.  The notification for this year’s, i.e., 2017-18 Examination has come out on  6th September 2017. There are three phases of the exam: Preliminary and Mains, followed by an interview. Candidates need to clear all the phases of the examination to be selected for the post. The Preliminary exam is generally scheduled in December. Around 8000 vacancies are open for candidates this year, bank-wise and state wise. The examination is conducted in online mode. The registration process for the examination is similarly in the online mode as well. Offline requests are not entertained. Find all the important information related to the IBPS Clerk Selection Process here.

IBPS Clerk Examination pattern

Here are the various stages of the IBPS Clerk Selection Process.

  1. Preliminary exam: There are three sections in the preliminary examination paper- English, Reasoning, quantitative aptitude. There are 100 questions of 100 marks.

The pattern of IBPS clerk pre-examination is generally as follows:

Sr No Test Name Qns Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability Paper 35 35 01 hour
2 Numerical Ability Paper 35 35
3 English Language Paper 30 30
Total 100 100

For appearing in the mains exam, candidates need to qualify the preliminary examination.

  1. Mains exam: There are four sections of the Mains Examination Question Paper – Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, General/ Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Aptitude. There are 190 questions of 200 marks.

The pattern of IBPS Clerk-Mains examination generally is as follows:

Subject No. of Questions Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Time allotted For Each test
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 English & Hindi 35 minutes
General English 40 40 English 35 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English & Hindi 45 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes


  • Except for the test of English Language, the exams are conducted bilingually (English and Hindi).
  • 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • Candidates should clear both the sectional cut off as well as overall cut off of both prelims and mains exams to be considered as qualified.
  • For provisional allotment under IBPS clerk selection procedure, total marks out of 200 will be converted out of 100.
  1. Language proficiency test (LPT): The candidates provisionally selected from the main online exam need to appear for a language proficiency test (LPT). It is qualifying in nature, though there are no allotted marks for this exam. Conducted in the Official / Local Language of the State concerned, this exam is a must for those candidates who didn’t have the local language as a subject in 10th standard.

IBPS Clerk Application process

Candidates who want to appear for the examination should register online. Candidates need to scan their photographs and signature beforehand. The photograph should be 4.5*3.5 cm, and signature should be in accordance with the official guidelines.

The signature should not be in capital letters. Signatures in all capital letters are not acceptable.

The necessary documents needed for paying the Online Fees for the Examination should be kept ready beforehand.

A valid email id is required so that candidates can be sent email intimations as and when required. If candidates do not have one, they should create a new email id.

Candidates should visit the online official link – www.ibps .in. There, they should open the link titled CWE clerk and then click on “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CWE- CLERKS (CWE-Clerks –VIII)” option.

On the page that opens, candidates need to click the option “ CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION”.

Basic information needs to be entered now.

A system generated provisional registration number and password which is shown on the screen will need to be noted. The same number and password would be emailed to the registered email ID and contact number too.

Candidates can reopen the saved data using the provisional registration number and password and edit the info if needed, for a maximum of three times only.

After this, the scanned photograph/ signature as per the specifications mentioned above need to be uploaded.

The last step is that the candidate should check the particulars filled by them carefully as no changes would be entertained after the final submission is done. The “SAVE AND NEXT” facility can now be used to verify the details in the application form and if need be, make necessary modifications prior to final submission.

Then, candidates need to upload the signature and the photograph and pay the fees for final submission.

Check out our article on how to prepare for IBPS examinations here.

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