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IBPS Clerk



Mode of Examination:

Online Computerized exam

Selection Procedure:

  • Phase 1: Preliminary Objective Test
  • Phase 2: Mains Objective Test
  • Phase 3: Interview

Posts Offered:

Clerks in various nationalized banks/ other banks and financial institutions

Dates of Preliminary Exam (2015):

5th, 6th, 12th and 13th December 2015

Pattern of Preliminary Exam:

100 Questions, 100 Marks, 1 Hour

  • English Language (30 questions, 30 marks)
  • Numerical Aptitude (35 questions, 35 marks)
  • Reasoning (35 questions, 35 marks)

Dates of Mains Exam:

2nd & 3rd January 2016

Pattern of Mains Exam:

200 Questions, 25% Negative Marking, 2 Hours

  • Reasoning (40 questions, 40 marks)
  • English Language (40 questions, 40 marks)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (40 questions, 40 marks)
  • General Awareness, with special reference to banking industry (40 questions, 40 marks)
  • Computer Knowledge (40 questions, 40 marks)



A Common Written Examination (CWE) is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) as a pre-requisite for selection of personnel for Clerical cadre posts in Public Sector Banks. This is an exam held for recruitment to nationalized banks in India to fill vacancies for clerical level jobs.


  1. Nationality

A candidate must be one of the following:

• A citizen of India
•A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
•A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 01/01/1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
•A person of Indian origin who has migrated from other countries (detailed list of countries available on official website) with the intention of permanently settling in India provided that a candidate belonging to categories above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Indian government.

2. Age Limit

A candidate should be between 20 - 28 years as on 01-08-2013 for the Dec 2013 exam.
Relaxation of upper age limit

CategoryAge Relaxation (years)
Domiciled in J&K during the period
01/01/1980 - 31/12/1989

3.Educational Qualification

•Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

•Computer literacy: A candidate must have operating and working knowledge of computer systems, possessing a certificate / Diploma / Degree in computer operations/Language/ or should have studied Computer / Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute.

•A candidate who is proficient in the official language of the state or UT, where vacancies are available, will be preferred.

Test Duration & Pattern

  1. Preliminary Examination 
Sr.No.Name of TestNo. of questionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language30301 hour
2Quantitative Aptitude3535
3Reasoning Ability3535
Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks deducted for every incorrect answer

2. Main Examination

Sr.No.Name of Tests (Objective)No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning40402 hours
2English Language4040
3Numerical Ability4040
4General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry4040
5Computer Knowledge4040
Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks deducted for every incorrect answer

Format of the Exam

  • The IBPS CWE Clerical exam is conducted online.

How to Apply

Step I: Register on the official website and get the provisional registration number & password generated.
Step II: Pay using either:
•    ONLINE MODE – through Master / Visa Debit or Credit cards or Internet Banking.
•    OFFLINE MODE - through the CBS branches of any of the following public sector banks - Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Punjab National Bank, United Bank of India.

Banks participating in IBPS CWE (Clerical)

Allahabad BankIndian Overseas Bank
Andhra BankOriental Bank of Commerce
Bank of BarodaPunjab National Bank
Bank of IndiaPunjab & Sind Bank
Bank of MaharashtraSyndicate Bank
Canara BankUCO Bank
Central Bank of IndiaUnion Bank of India
Corporation BankUnited Bank of India
Dena BankVijaya Bank
Indian BankIDBI Bank

Official Website:

For Sample and Solved papers, visit:

Books recommended for Preparation:

  • A Modern approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoning R.S. Aggarwal
  • General Intelligence/Test of Reasoning – S. Thorpe
  • Objective English for Competitive Examinations – Hari Prasad & Uma Sinha
  • Objective General English – R.S. Agarwal
  • General Intelligence/Test of Reasoning – G.K. Puri
  • Encyclopaedia of General Knowledge & General Awareness – R.P. Verma
  • Computer Literacy & Knowledge – Kiran Prakashan
  • Computer Knowledge – R. Pillai