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The IBPS Clerk exam is conducted by The Institute for Banking Personnel Selection every year. The IBPS is the authoritative body for assessing recruiting candidates in public sector banks in India.

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) provides recruitment and training services to a common standard for public sector banks (PSB).

IBPS Clerk 2021 Latest Update

  • The conducting body has released the IBPS Clerk Admit Card for the candidates shortlisted for the mains examination scheduled for January 25, 2022. Candidates can download the hall ticket by visiting the linked article.
  • On January 13, 2022, the Institute has released the IBPS Clerk Result for the prelims exam held on December 12th, 18th and 19th, 2021. Candidates can visit the linked article and get the direct link to check the result status for the preliminary examination.
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In this article, we shall discuss the clerical cadre exam conducted by IBPS at length along with all the important aspects of the IBPS Clerk 2021 exam.

Aspirants for clerical and other non-technical posts under IBPS can know more about the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) at the linked article. This Organisation shall soon be responsible for conducting a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to appoint candidates in SSC, RRB and participating IBPS PSBs.

IBPS Clerk Notification

The IBPS Clerk notification 2021 released on July 11, 2021. This exam was initially called the IBPS CWE (common written examination) Clerk exam but was later renamed as CRP Clerk (common recruitment process).

Candidates who wish to check the detailed Clerk and other IBPS exam schedules can visit the IBPS Exam Dates page.

IBPS Clerk Recruitment

The IBPS Clerk Recruitment gives an idea about the number of vacancies for different posts and different categories of candidates.

Over 5000 vacancies have been released for 2021 recruitment, which is comparatively a little higher than the previous years. The total number of vacancies as per the notification released for the clerical cadre exam in 2020 was around 2500+. And the total number of vacancies for the IBPS Clerk Exam in 2019 was around 12000.

IBPS Clerk Salary

The IBPS Clerk salary structure is as follows:

  • The basic IBPS clerk salary is Rs 11,765- Rs 42,020 per month.
  • Rs 11,765 is the basic pay in the IBPS clerk salary, and the remaining pay includes dearness allowance, house rent allowance, medical allowance and transport allowance.
  • The cash in hand concerning the IBPS Clerk salary is Rs 19,461 for those who join initially.
  • Increments are based on performance and length of service.

IBPS Clerk Exam Dates

IBPS has released the tentative exam schedule for the upcoming recruitment for clerical cadre in the official IBPS calendar 2021 and the notification. Given below are the IBPS CWE Clerk exam date:

IBPS Clerk 2021 – Exam Dates (Tentative)
Events Important Exam Dates
IBPS Clerk Notification July 11, 2021
IBPS Clerk Prelims August 28th & 29th, 2021
September 4th, 2021
IBPS Clerk Mains October 31, 2021

IBPS Clerk Eligibility

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection sets the IBPS Clerk Eligibility criteria.

The IBPS Clerk Eligibility criteria are given below:

  • IBPS Clerk Age Limit

Age limit as per the IBPS Clerk notification is given below:

IBPS Clerk Age Limit In years
Minimum Age 20 years
Maximum Age 28 years

This age limit is for people belonging to the unreserved/general category.

Candidates belonging to other categories have certain age limit relaxation.

The IBPS Clerk Age Limit relaxation is given below:

Sr. No. Category Age Relaxation
1 Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
2 Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
3 Persons With Disabilities 10 years
4 Ex-Servicemen / Disabled Ex-servicemen actual period of rendered in the defence forces + 3 years (8 years for Disabled Ex-Servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a maximum age limit of 50 years.
5 Widows, divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried Age concession upto the age of 35 years for General/EWS, 38 years for OBC and 40 years for SC/ST candidates
6 Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
  • Citizenship:

The candidates applying for the exam should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Citizenship of India
  • Subjects of Nepal or Bhutan
  • Tibetan Refugee who arrived before January 1, 1962
  • A person of Indian origin migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma(Myanmar), Vietnam or East African countries of the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire or Ethiopia to permanently settle in India

All candidates who are not Indian citizens have to produce a certificate of eligibility from the Government of India before their appointment.

  • IBPS Clerk Eligibility- Educational Qualification

Candidates must have at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university.

IBPS Clerk Pre-Exam Training

The Nodal Banks/ Participating Organisations may arrange Pre-Examination Training to a limited number of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes/ Minority Communities/ Ex-Servicemen/ Persons With Benchmark Disabilities at certain centres viz.

These centres are Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Balasore, Bareilly, Behrampur (Ganjam), Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, etc.

All eligible candidates who want to avail the Pre-Examination Training facility should fill in the relevant column in the IBPS Clerk Online Application.

While training will be imparted free of cost, all other expenses regarding travelling, boarding, lodging etc. will have to be borne by the candidate for attending the pre-examination training programme at the designated Centres.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

The IBPS has recently revised the IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern. For a better understanding of IBPS Clerk exam pattern, candidates must go through the previous year question papers and analyse them thoroughly and prepare themselves accordingly.

The IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern for the Prelims Exam is given below:

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern- Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
English 30 30 20 min
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 min
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 min

Candidates have to secure sectional cut off marks as well as an overall IBPS clerk cut off to be able to move to the next stage.

The IBPS Clerk Exam pattern for Mains is given below:

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern- Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 min
General English 40 40 35 min
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 min
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 min

Both the IBPS Clerk exams are conducted in English and Hindi except for the parts which test the English language ability of the candidate.

There is negative marking for incorrect answers. Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of ¼ of the marks allotted to that question.

IBPS Clerk Mock Test

The Institute makes the IBPS Clerk mock tests available on its website for candidates to familiarise themselves with the exam.

It also conducts pre-exam training for candidates from weaker sections of society and ex-servicemen to enable them to compete effectively.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus

The IBPS Clerk syllabus is not specific to a particular topic.

The IBPS Clerk syllabus is very vast with a wide range of topics falling under each category of the Prelims/Mains Paper. Candidates preparing for IBPS Clerk Exam can test their preparation level by taking free online quizzes.

The IBPS Clerk syllabus has separate topics divided into Prelims and Mains. The following is the breakup of the syllabus for each stage:

The IBPS Clerk Syllabus for the Prelims Exam is given below:

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Miscellaneous
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input-Output Sequence & Series
Coding-Decoding Permutation, Combination & Probability

The IBPS Clerk syllabus for Mains is given below:

English Language Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness Computer Aptitude
Vocabulary Analogy Ratio and Proportion Current Affairs/Static GK Basic of Hardware and Software
Grammar Statements and Assumption Time, distance and speed Indian Financial System Windows Operating System
Reading Comprehension Syllogism Time and work Indian Banking System Internet Terms
Coding and Decoding Mixture and Allegations Monetary Plans Microsoft - Office
Blood Relations Averages Introduction to National Institutions History of Computers
Direction Sense Test Stocks and Shares Banking Terms Networking and Communication
Series Test Ratio and Proportion Database Basics
Miscellaneous Test Percentage Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses
Volume and Surface Area
Permutation and Combination
Height and Distances
Simple Interest and Compound Interest
Profit and Loss
Data Interpretation
Charts, Bar and Graphs

IBPS Clerk Online Apply

The IBPS Clerk Online application process details will be released shortly.

Candidates can register for the exam from the official website.

The IBPS Clerk Online Application Fee details are given below:

IBPS Clerk Online Application - Category Fees Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness Computer Aptitude
Unreserved Rs. 850
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 175

IBPS Clerk Admit Card

The IBPS Clerk admit card is issued to candidates who fulfil all the eligibility criteria and have paid the fees online. Hall ticket released for the clerical cadre exam has all the essential details relevant to the particular IBPS Clerk Exam- Prelims/Mains.

The IBPS Clerk Admit Card contains the following details:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Registration number/ Roll number
  • Exam date
  • Exam Centre
  • Photograph of the candidate
  • General guidelines for the IBPS Clerk exam.

IBPS Clerk Result

The IBPS Clerk Result is generally declared in January every year. As the IBPS Clerk exam allot banks based on the State or Union territory for which the candidate has applied, the Provisional Allotment of banks is announced on different dates.

Aspirants who want to know more about the clerical result steps to check it, and the important dates for the same, can visit the IBPS Clerk result page.

Applicants are required to submit the necessary documents to their allotted banks for background verification once the results are declared.

The IBPS Clerk score card is released a week after the declaration of result status. Candidates can visit the linked article and know more about the clerical cadre score card for IBPS exam.

After successfully clearing background verification, the candidates are appointed as a clerk in the respective Public Sector Banks (PSB).

IBPS Clerk Preparation

IBPS Clerk Exam is one of the most competitive examinations in India with a meagre ratio of applicants clearing the exam. Due to this, the preparation for the IBPS Clerk Exam should be comprehensive.

The Institute conducts IBPS Clerk mock tests to enable aspirants to get an idea of the examination. They also conduct limited pre-examination training for candidates from weaker sections of society.

Candidates can learn in-depth about the various topics asked in the exam from the IBPS Clerk books.

Frequently Asked Questions on IBPS Clerk Exam

Q. What is the salary of an IBPS Clerk?

The basic pay of a Clerk in IBPS is Rs.11765. To know the IBPS Clerk Salary candidates can visit the linked article.

Q. What is the job of an IBPS Clerk?

The main responsibility of a Clerk in IBPS is documentation and back-office work. The responsibilities also include: verifying documents, countersigning cheques and drafts.

Q. Which books to refer to for the preparation of IBPS Clerk Exam?

Given below is a list of books that candidates can consider to prepare for the IBPS Clerk exam:

  • Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
  • Wren & Martin for English Language
  • Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi
  • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma

Candidates must solve IBPS Clerk previous year question paper for practising and preparing for the upcoming exams.

Q. How many vacancies have been released for IBPS Clerk 2021-22?

A total of 5830 vacancies have been released for IBPS Clerk 2021-22. There are 11 Public sector banks that are participating in the clerical cadre recruitment for the year 2021.

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

No, a candidate cannot apply for the IBPS Clerk exam immediately after passing class 12th. The candidate must atleast hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline to apply for the exam.

Q. How many attempts are there for IBPS Clerk exam?

There is no fixed number of attempts for the IBPS Clerk exam. A candidate can apply for as long as he/she is applicable and eligible for the examination.

Q. Is there negative marking in IBPS Clerk 2021?

Yes, a penalty of 0.25 marks is deducted for every wrongly marked answer. Since there is negative marking, candidates must be very careful while answering questions in the prelims and mains computer-based examination.

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