IBPS Clerk


IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) conducts a common written exam or CWE
every year for the clerical cadre in multiple banks all over the country. All public
sector banks use CWE as a base to fill the vacancies for this post.

IBPS is conducting Clerk exam for the eighth year now and hence named IBPS Clerk CWE VII. The IBPS Clerk CWE exam is conducted on two levels- preliminary exam and mains. Students qualifying in both these exams are thus selected for the post.

IBPS Clerk 2018 Notification

IBPS has released the tentative exam dates for IBPS Clerk 2018 Exam. According to IBPS Calendar, IBPS Clerk 2018-19 Prelims exam is scheduled on 08.12.2018, 09.12.2018, 15.12.2018 & 16.12.2018 and mains exam is scheduled on 20.01.2019. IBPS Clerk 2018-19 notification for the recruitment of Clerks will be released in the month of September. IBPS Clerk 2018 is going to be an opportunity for those who have not been able to get through SBI and other Bank Recruitment Exams.

IBPS Clerk 2017 Official Notification (Previous Years)

IBPS Clerk 2018 Vacancy

The total number vacancies for IBPS PO 2018 exam will be released with its official notification. As per the IBPS Clerk 2017 Official Notification’ there were 7883 vacancies in total.

IBPS Clerk 2018 Exam Dates

You must note down important dates related to IBPS Clerk Exam 2018 and make sure that you complete the process correctly on time. The schedule of the exam is mentioned below:.

Sr  No.ActivityDates
1.Start Of Online Application: Sept 2018
2.Conduct of Online Examination – Preliminary08.12.2018, 09.12.2018, 15.12.2018 & 16.12.2018
3.Conduct of Online Examination – Main20.01.19
4.Declaration of Final Result1st April 2019

Eligibility Criteria – IBPS Clerk Exam

I. Nationality / Citizenship:
A candidate must be either –
(i) A Citizen of India or
(ii) A subject of Nepal or
(iii) A subject of Bhutan or
(iv) A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.

2. Age (As on Date of Notification):
Minimum: 20 years, Maximum: 28 years
Relaxation of Upper age limit:
Category Age relaxation
a. Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
b. Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
c. Persons with Disabilities 10 years
d. Ex-Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered at least 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment.

3. Educational Qualifications:
A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

Participating Organisations in IBPS Clerk Exam

Participating Organisations in IBPS Clerk Exam
Allahabad BankCorporation BankSyndicate Bank
Andhra BankDena BankUCO Bank
Bank of BarodaIndian BankUnion Bank of India
Bank of IndiaIndian Overseas BankUnited Bank of India
Bank of MaharastraOriental Bank of CommerceVijaya Bank
Canara BankPunjab National BankAny Other Bank of Financial Institution
Central Bank of IndiaPunjab & Sind Bank

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

The IBPS Clerk exam occurs in two stages: Prelims and Mains. Both these papers follow online method of conducting written examination. The structure of the exam is as follow:

Phase-1: IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination

The preliminary exam of IBPS Clerk CWE is an online exam testing a candidate on the basis of their aptitude, intellect and English. There are three sections in total and the candidate must clear the cut off of each section to proceed to the mains exam round. Candidates are required to solve the question paper in the time frame of 1 hour. The composite mark of the paper is 100 and the passing marks is decided by IBPS that is likely to change every year depending on the level of difficulty of the exam.

Sr no.Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionMaximum MarksDuration
1.English Language3030 

Composite time
 of 1 Hour

2.Numerical Ability3535
3.Reasoning Ability3535

Phase-2: IBPS Clerk Mains Examination

Major changes have been observed in the Exam Pattern of IBPS Clerk 2017 Exam. The total duration and the number of questions asked in Mains Examination of IBPS Clerk 2017 Exam have been revised. In the latest update by IBPS, IBPS Clerk Mains Exam will now constitute of 190 questions that needs to be completed in a time frame of 160 minutes.

Previously, Computer Aptitude and Reasoning Ability Section used to be conducted separately. But, in the recent update by IBPS, both these sections are amalgamated together and will constitute of 50 questions that needs to be solved in a time duration of 45 minutes. Both Preliminary Exam and Mains Exam will be conducted bilingually, i.e. both in English and in Hindi. Let’s have a look at the Exam Pattern for IBPS Clerk CWE VII.


Sr no.Name of Tests(Objective)No. of QuestionMaximum MarksDuration
1.Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
2.English Language404035 minutes
3.Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
4.General/ Financial Awareness505035 minutes
Total190200160 minutes

Time: Composite time of 2 hours

Language: The above tests except the Test of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

NOTE: 1. The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) will be normalized using equipercentile method.
2. Cutoff Score  Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test and also a minimum total score to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, cut offs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for interview. Prior to the completion of the interview process, scores obtained in the online examination will not be shared with the candidates shortlisted for interview.
3. There may be different cut offs for the candidates of different States.
4. The candidature of a person will be considered only for the state applied by him.
Candidates who have been shortlisted in the examination for Clerk will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS.

Final Merit List:
A Combined merit list is prepared based upon the written score and the score in interview and then normalized to 100.
Note:Depending on the vacancies to be filled in during the upcoming financial year based on the business needs of the Participating Organisations and as reported to IBPS, candidates shortlisted will be provisionally allotted to one of the Participating Organisations keeping in view the spirit of Govt. Guidelines on reservation policy, administrative convenience, etc.



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