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The IBPS Clerk Exam is a common examination conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection in order to select candidates for the clerical cadre in various Public Sector Banks across the country.  All Public Sector Banks use the IBPS Clerk exam as a base to fill vacancies in these posts.

The IBPS started conducting this exam in 2011. This is the eighth year when this exam will be conducted and hence named IBPS CWE VII. The IBPS CWE exam is conducted online at two levels- Prelims and Mains. The cumulative score of both these exams are taken into consideration and qualifying candidates are selected for the posts accordingly.

IBPS Clerk 2018 Notification

The official notification of IBPS Clerk exam 2018-19 will be released in September 2018. But tentative dates of the prelims and the mains have been released by the IBPS. The Prelims exam is scheduled on the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of December 2018. The Mains exam is scheduled on the 20th of January 2019. The above schedule has been specified in the IBPS date calendar. The online registration for IBPS CWE 2018 will tentatively start from 12the September 2018 and will continue till 3rd October 2018.

IBPS Clerk 2018 Application Fee

For the for candidates belonging to General Category, the application fees for IBPS Clerk CWE 2018 exam is Rs. 600/-. For candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category, the application fee is reduced to Rs. 100/-

IBPS Clerk 2018 Vacancy

As compared to the vacancy of last year that was around 22,711 the number of vacancies has been reduced to 7883 as per the recent official notification released by IBPS. This implies that the competition is going to be tougher. Therefore candidates need to prepare very well.

IBPS Clerk Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must be 20-28 years old, must hold a minimum qualification of Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university and must not hold any criminal record while applying for IBPS Clerk CWE 2018 Exam.

IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2018-19

The recruitment is done in two phases- Preliminary and Mains. Students are required to clear both these exams. Only those candidates who qualify for both the exams will be selected. There is no Interview process. For final selected, weight is given to the scores of the Main Exam.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

The IBPS Clerk (CWE VII) 2018 will be conducted online. The exam will be conducted in two stages- Prelims and Mains.

Prelims Exam Pattern

The preliminary exam of IBPS Clerk CWE will be conducted online, examining applicants on three fronts- aptitude, intellect and English language skills. There are three sections having 100 questions in total with a maximum score of 100 marks. The candidate must clear the cut off of each section to qualify for the Mains exam round. Candidates are required to solve the question paper in the time frame of 1 hour. The composite mark of the paper is 100 and there exists is negative marking in IBPS Clerk Pre exam as 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. The passing marks is decided by IBPS, which is likely to change every year depending on the level of difficulty of the exam. The section-wise details are given below:

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 Hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

Mains Exam Pattern

Some significant changes have been observed in the Exam Pattern of IBPS Clerk 2017 Exam. The total time frame and the number of questions asked in Mains Examination of IBPS Clerk 2017 Exam have been revised. In the latest update by IBPS, IBPS Clerk Mains Exam will now constitute of 190 questions that need to be completed in a time duration 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 have been clubbed together and will contain 50 questions that need to be solved in a time frame 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 Mains 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

IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for Reasoning, Numerical Ability, and English Language is same for mains and preliminary exam. In addition to these two, the other subjects are General Awareness and Computer Knowledge. The General Awareness is based on the Banking Sector awareness. The details of the syllabus are given below-

IBPS Clerk 2018 Exam Syllabus (Prelims + Mains)

English Language Numerical Ability Reasoning Ability Computer General Awareness
Reading Comprehension Number Series Puzzle and Arrangements History and Generation of Computers Banking and Insurance Awareness
Cloze Test Simplification/ Approximation Inequality Introduction to Computer Organisation Financial Awareness
Fillers Quadratic Equations Syllogism Computer Hardware and I/O Devices Govt. Schemes and Policies
Spotting Errors Data Interpretation Coding – Decoding Computer Languages, Basics of DBMS Current Affairs
Sentence Improvement Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Operating System, Internet Static Awareness
Fill in the Blanks Miscellaneous Direction sense Computer Network & Security
Order and Ranking MS Office Suite and Shortcut keys
Computer Memory, Computer Software
Number System and Conversions

IBPS Clerk Final results 2017-18

The result for Preliminary Exam of IBPS Clerk 2017 has been finally declared by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Board. IBPS Clerk 2017 Preliminary Exam was scheduled on 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th December 2017.

The Mains exam was scheduled on 20th January 2018 and the results have been declared on the 1st of April 2018.

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