Exam Info

Information about eligibility criteria, selection procedure and exam pattern.

IBPS Clerk: IBPS Clerical 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.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Age  Limit: 20 – 28 years.
  • Education: Candidates who are applying for the post of Clerk need to hold the Bachelor’s Degree in any stream from any recognized board or university.

Selection procedure:

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Personal Interview

Examination pattern:

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Preliminary Examination

S.No Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 Mins
2 Numerical Ability 35 35 20 Mins
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Mins
Total 100 100 1 hour


  1. There will be a penalty of ¼ marks for each wrong answer in prelims examination.
  2. Each candidate Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks. An adequate number of candidates in each category depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for the Online Main Examination.
  3. Prelims examination is qualifying in nature. Marks obtained in Prelims examination will not be counted in the preparation of the final merit list.
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Main Examination

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


  1. There will be a penalty of ¼ marks for each wrong answer in the mains examination.
  2. Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each section of the Online Main examination and also a minimum total score for further process.

Final Selection:

  1. Marks obtained only in the mains examination will be considered for the final merit list.
  2. Depending on the number of vacancies available, cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be considered for provisional allotment. Prior to the completion of the provisional allotment process, scores obtained in the online Main examination will not be shared with the candidates.

Note 1: 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.

Note 2: Proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT (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.