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IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern - Prelims & Mains

There are lakhs of aspirants who will be appearing for IBPS Clerk every year and most of the first-time exam takers are curious about the IBPS Clerk exam pattern. Here we’ll be having a closer look into the exam pattern of IBPS Clerk prelims, & Mains.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2021

There are two stages of the exam:


In this stage, a candidate is tested on subjects like English and Numerical Ability. The candidates must clear the exam by getting the required cut off in each of these sections, only then can they appear for the Main exam.

The total marks of this paper are 100, and the cutoff keeps on changing every year depending on the performance of the candidates on an average.

Sl.NoName of TestsNo. of questionsMaximum MarksDuration
1.English Language303020 minutes
2.Numerical Ability353520 minutes
3.Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
 Total100100Composite time of 1 Hour

The candidate should acquire cut-off marks to qualify for the next round. It is an objective-based exam, and the time allotted is 1 hour.


In this stage, a candidate is tested on subjects like Computer Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General or Financial Awareness.

The exam consists of a total of 190 questions, and it should be completed by the candidates within 160 minutes. Both exams can be given in either English or Hindi, depending on the candidate’s proficiency level.

Sl. NoName of TestsNo. of questionsMaximum MarksDuration
1.Reasoning and Computer Ability506045 minutes
2.English Language404035 minutes
3.Quantitative505045 minutes
4.General/Finance Awareness505035 minutes
 TOTAL190200160 minutes

Negative Marking For Wrong Answers:

There are negative marks for wrong answers in both exams, that is, the Preliminary exam and the Main exam. For every wrong answer, one-fourth mark is deducted from marks of a correct answer.

The Final Score Of A Candidate Is Calculated Based On:

  • Marks scored in Stage 2, that is, Main Exam is totally considered.
  • Marks obtained in Stage 1, that is, Prelim Exam is only needed for appearing in stage two exam.
  • The candidates who score the highest marks and acquire the top merit rank are finally selected.

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How much does an IBPS Clerk make?

In IBPS, a Clerk’s basic pay is Rs.11765.

When will the IBPS Clerk exam cut-off be announced? +

Along with the scorecard, the IBPS Clerk cut-off is released. Candidates will be able to see both the sectional and overall cut-off marks for their respective categories.

What exactly does an IBPS clerk do? +

Documentation and back-office work are the key responsibilities of an IBPS Clerk. Verifying documents and countersigning cheques and bank drafts are also part of the job description.

Can a candidate apply for the IBPS Clerk exam after passing class 12th? +

No, after passing class 12th, a candidate cannot apply for the IBPS Clerk examination. To apply for the exam, a candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

How many times can you take the IBPS Clerk exam? +

The IBPS Clerk test does not have a set number of attempts. A candidate may apply for as long as he or she is qualified for the examination.

Is there any negative marking in the IBPS Clerk exam? +

Yes, for each incorrectly marked response, 0.25 points are deducted. Because the prelims and mains computer-based examinations have negative marking, candidates must be extremely cautious while answering questions.

How many Vacancies are announced for IBPS Clerk 2021 Recruitment +

As per the IBPS Clerk 2021 notification released by IBPS, 5830 IBPS Clerk Vacancies are announced.

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