IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern, Selection Procedure, Study Material

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection or IBPS conducts annual examinations for filling up the different posts in the banking sector. These examinations are highly competitive, but any candidate can easily manage to clear them with the proper amount of preparation. However, here are some things you should know if you are looking to sit for the IBPS Clerk 2021 examination – selection procedure, IBPS Clerk exam pattern, and study materials.

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IBPS Clerk Exam 2021 Registration Starts on 7th Oct 2021, Already Registered Users Need Not Apply Again

IBPS has restarted the IBPS Clerk Recruitment process 2021 at ibps.in. Candidates who failed to register earlier will be able to register starting 7th Oct till 27th Oct 2021. The Ministry of Finance, Government of India has recommended that in all upcoming clerical recruitments for the 12 public sector banks and vacancies advertised henceforth, both Prelim & Main exams will be conducted in the 13 regional languages along with English & Hindi. This decision of holding clerical exams in regional languages will also apply to the future SBI vacancies.

A total of 5830 vacancies were released by the IBPS for 2021. Only tentative exam dates are released yet. Crack IBPS Clerk exam with the latest pattern mock test series and online courses on Oliveboard.

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IBPS Clerk Selection Procedure

IBPS Clerk recruitment is conducted in two phases, the Prelims, and the Mains exams. A candidate needs to clear the Prelims first so that they can progress to the Mains. However, the ultimate selection occurs based on the performance of the candidate in the Mains, and the marks secured in the prelims do not matter at this stage. There is no interview round at the end.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern – Phase I Prelims

Sr. No.Name of TestNo. of QuestionsMaximum marksTime allotted for each test
1English Language303020 minutes
2Numerical Ability353520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
 Total100100 


The Cut off marks for the Prelims will be decided by the participating banks. The notification regarding the same has not been released yet. The entire paper needs to be completed within one hour.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern – Phase 2 Mains

Name of TestNo. of QuestionMaximum marksDuration
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude506045  minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
General/Financial Awareness505035 minutes
English Language404035 minutes
Total190200160 minutes


Keep in mind that since this is the final round of selection, your score will have a bearing on whether you get selected. Candidates simply passing may not be selected for any of the banks. In the Mains, negative marking is applicable. So, if a candidate answers a question incorrectly, 1/4th of the marks that the question carries will be deducted from the overall score. However, there is no penalty for not answering a question.

Resource List for IBPS Clerk 2021

Many books are available online and in stores that claim to help you with your preparation for the Clerk examinations. However, here is a list of books that are recommended for candidates appearing for the IBPS Clerk 2018 examinations.

  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams- R.S. Agarwal
  • Quantitative Aptitude Test- N.K. Singh
  • Kiran’s Text Book of Quickest Mathematics
  1. English
  1. Reasoning
  1. Computer
  1. General Awareness

Note: Simply learning from various sources won’t help unless you practice what you have learned. Practice at least one Mock Test daily to increase your speed and accuracy. These practice tests will also help you with the time management aspect of the examination.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus For Prelims & Mains

IBPS Clerk syllabus for prelims and mains are as follows. The only change in the mains syllabus is the addition of computer aptitude section & General & Financial Awareness section, rest section remains same for IBPS Clerk Prelims & Mains.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus For Prelims

English Language

Reading ComprehensionSentence Improvement
Cloze TestsPara-jumbles
Fill in the blanksParagraph Based Questions
Sentence ErrorsInappropriate Usage
Vocabulary based questionsIdioms & Phrases

Reasoning Ability

PuzzlesMachine Input-Output
Seating ArrangementsInequalities
Direction SenseAlpha-Numeric-Symbol Series
Blood RelationsData Sufficiency
SyllogismsNumber System and Conversions
Order and RankingLogical Reasoning
Coding-DecodingInput-Output

Numerical Ability

Data InterpretationSpeed Distance and Time
InequalitiesProbability, Permutation and Combination
Number SeriesMensuration
Approximation and SimplificationAverage, Ratio and Proportion
Data SufficiencyPartnership
HCF and LCMProblems on Boats and Streams
Profit and LossProblems on Trains
SI & CIMixture and Alligation
Problem on AgesPipes and Cisterns
Work and Time

IBPS Clerk Syllabus For Mains Exam

English Language

Reading ComprehensionSentence Improvement
Cloze TestsPara-jumbles
Fill in the blanksParagraph Based Questions
Sentence ErrorsInappropriate Usage
Vocabulary based questionsIdioms & Phrases

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

PuzzlesNumber System and Conversions
Seating ArrangementsInput-Output
Direction SenseBasics of Hardware and software,
Blood RelationsWindows operating system basics,
SyllogismsInternet terms and services,
Order and RankingBasic Functionalities of MS-Office( MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)
Coding-DecodingHistory of computers,
Machine Input-OutputNetworking and communication,
InequalitiesDatabase basics,
Alpha-Numeric-Symbol SeriesBasics of Hacking,
Data SufficiencySecurity Tools and
Logical ReasoningViruses

Numerical Ability

Data InterpretationWork and Time
InequalitiesSpeed Distance and Time
Number SeriesProbability, Permutation and Combination
Approximation and SimplificationMensuration
Data SufficiencyAverage, Ratio and Proportion
HCF and LCMPartnership
Profit and LossProblems on Boats and Streams
SI & CIProblems on Trains
Problem on AgesMixture and Alligation
Pipes and Cisterns

General & Financial Awareness

Banking AwarenessBudget and Monetary Plans of the Government
Financial AwarenessKey National Institutions
Government Schemes and PoliciesBasics of Banking
Current AffairsStatic GK
Static AwarenessAwards & Honours
India’s Financial and Banking SystemLatest Appointments
Important Days

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Course Highlights:

Number of Live classes100+
Number of Live Practice Sessions (LPS)30+
Number of Concept Videos150+
Number of Full-length Mock Tests40 IBPS RRB PO & Clerk Prelims Tests + 20 IBPS RRB PO & Clerk Mains Test
Number of Sectional Tests60
Number of Topic Tests99
Medium of InstructionEnglish
Course Start date14th June 2021
PDF Notes for Live ClassesYes, will be provided after Live Class
ValidityUntil IBPS RRB PO 2021
Other Highlights– You will also receive complimentary access to the Special Mains Batch after release of the prelims result.
– Special Introduction & Previous Year Paper sessions
– Special Current Affairs provided by Aditya Sir each Month
– Special Sessions on Hindi Language along with English

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IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2021 – FAQs

How many rounds are there in IBPS Clerk?

The IBPS Clerk preliminary examination is of a one-hour duration and is conducted online. It has 3 sections with having 100 questions in total with a maximum score of 100 marks. There is a negative marking in the IBPS Clerk Pre exam as 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer.

How many subjects are there in IBPS Clerk Exam?

IBPS Clerk Prelims Syllabus consists of 3 subjects/sections namely, English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability.

How many times I can appear for IBPS Clerk?

There are no restrictions on the number of attempts in IBPS Clerk exam. Candidates falling with the prescribed age limit can apply for the exam.


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