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 with the proper amount of preparation, any candidate can easily manage to clear them. However, here are some things you should know if you are looking to sit for the IBPS Clerk 2018 examination – selection procedure, IBPS Clerk exam pattern and study materials.
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 Test||No. of Questions||Maximum marks||Time allotted for each test|
|1||English Language||30||30||20 minutes|
|2||Numerical Ability||35||35||20 minutes|
|3||Reasoning Ability||35||35||20 minutes|
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 Main
|Name of Test||No. of Question||Maximum marks||Duration|
|Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude||50||60||45 minutes|
|Quantitative Aptitude||50||50||45 minutes|
|General/Financial Awareness||50||50||35 minutes|
|English Language||40||40||35 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 for 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
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.
- Quantitative Aptitude
- Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams- R.S. Agarwal
- Quantitative Aptitude Test- N.K. Singh
- Kiran’s Text Book of Quickest Mathematics
- Word Power Made Easy- Norman Lewis
- High School English Grammar and Composition- Wren and Martin
- Bank Clerk Preliminary Examination- Arihant
- A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning- R.S. Agarwal
- Computer Awareness- Arihant
- General Awareness
- Banking Awareness- Javed Siddiqui
- The Pearson General Knowledge Manual- Edgar Thorpe
- Oliveboard Banking Awareness Notes
Note: Simply learning from various sources won’t help unless you practice what you have learnt. 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.
Steps to Attempt IBPS Clerk Mock Tests :
- Login to Oliveboard
- Attempt IBPS Clerk Mock Tests
- Do Exam Analysis
- Get Expert Feedback on Weak Areas
- Compare Topper’s Time
- Take Revision Test
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All the Best!