IBPS Common Recruitment Process For Recruitment of Clerks – 2018

Total Post : 7275

The online examination (Preliminary and Main) for the next Common Recruitment Process for selection of personnel for Clerical cadre Posts in the Participating Organisations is tentatively scheduled in December 2018 & January 2019.


Vacancies : 7275

VacanciesVacancies (PWD)


Important Dates:

S. No.ExamTentative Date
1On-line registration including Edit/Modification of Application by candidates18.09.2018 to 10.10.2018
2.Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online)18.09.2018 to 10.10.2018
3.Download of call letters for Online examination – PreliminaryNovember 2018
4.Online Examination – Preliminary08.12.2018, 9.12.2018, 15.12.2018, 16.12.2018
5.Result of Online exam – PreliminaryDecember 2018/ January 2019
6.Download of Call letter for Online exam – MainJanuary 2019
7.Online Examination – Main20.01.2019
8.Provisional AllotmentApril 2019                           




Age: 20 to 28 Years as on 01/09/2018 (Relaxation: OBC: 3yrs, SC/ST: 5 yrs, PH: 10yrs, Ex. Serv.: 5 Yrs)

i.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.09.1990 and not later than 01.09.1998 (both dates inclusive)

Qualification: Should hold a degree of Graduation.

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates can apply online

Fee: Rs 600 (For SC/ST/PWD: Rs 100 only). Mode of fee payment will be only online payment.

Recruitment Process:

The recruitment is done through two stages. Preliminary & mains Test

Preliminary Examination: 60 min. total Time (20 min. allotted to each section)

SubjectQns.Marks Time
English Language303020 min.
Numerical Ability353520 min.
Reasoning ability353520 min.
Total10010060 min. (1hour)

The preliminary Test is only qualifying in nature. There is a negative marking of 1/4th for wrong answers. It will be bilingual in nature. Selection will be made on merit list drawn on the basis of the overall aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Examination.


Cut off IBPS CLERK 2017 -2018 Prelim Exam: These cut offs are listed state-wise and category-wise.

SubjectTotal MarksGEN
Quantitative Aptitude3513.5
Total Cut off100Varies according to the state
Uttar Pradesh76.25
Daman & Diu70.75
Jammu & Kashmir76.00
Himachal Pradesh75.00
Tamil Nadu53.00
Madhya Pradesh74.25
Andhra Pradesh73.50
West Bengal77.25


Mains Exam: Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and it will be online.

Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consist of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section. The candidates are required to by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

SLName of TestNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
3General/Economy/Banking Awarness505035 minutes
4English Language404035 minutes
Total190200160 minutes


*There will be 1/4th negative marking for wrong answers.

IBPS Clerk Cut-Off (Minimum Scores) 2017-18:

Andaman & NicobarNANANANA
Andhra Pradesh40.2731.8448.3150.78
Arunachal PradeshNA41.49NA46.43
Dadar & Nagar HaweliNANANA39.02
Daman & DiuNANA36.9145.92
Himachal Pradesh43.9140.7443.1752.88
Jammu & KashmirNA35.7442.7152.31
Madhya Pradesh36.4326.6345.0348.89
Tamil Nadu39.3935.2948.2748.49
Uttar Pradesh37.2033.5344.2451.13
West Bengal42.1435.9545.0654.47


Final Selection:

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for the selection.

The marks obtained in Mains Examination (Objective Test), will be used to obtain the final merit list. The candidates will have to qualify in Mains Exam (Objective Test).

The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Written Test will be out of 100 for each category.


Allahabad BankCanara BankIndian Overseas Bank
UCO BankAndhra BankCentral Bank of India
Oriental Bank of CommerceUnion Bank of IndiaBank of Baroda
Corporation BankPunjab National BankUnited Bank of India
Bank of IndiaDena BankPunjab & Sind Bank
Vijaya BankBank of MaharashtraIndian Bank
Syndicate Bank


Exam pattern and changes in IBPS Clerk Pre

As the competition is becoming tougher every year, due to the increasing number of aspirants for these exams therefore the recruiting body is making some changes every year in the exam pattern to make exams tougher and to select the candidate, who is best in all aspects. As, now the sectional timing of 20 minutes for each section has been introduced in the prelims exam we are expecting the change in level of the questions.

If we look into the following tables we can observe, how the pattern changed in the previous years and what we can expect to come in an IBPS Clerk 2018 – 2019 exam and what not?

Quantitative section

First of all, if we analyse the following table for this section, there is not any major change in the set of questions but level of questions is becoming difficult every year. In 2015, the questions asked in prelims were very easy but in 2017, the questions were easy to moderate level. So, we can expect that, this time IBPS clerk PRE 2018 will be quite difficult than last year but the pattern can be expected to be same.

We can also expect that we can get some more calculative questions from data interpretation (Bar graph, Pie chart, Table chart)

Topic201520162017Expected 2018
Data interpretation(single graph)5(E)5(M)5(M)5(M)
Quadratic equation
Miscellaneous (Profit loss, T & D, SI, CI etc)15(M)10(E-M)10(E-M)15(E-M)

*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult


If we look at the following table, we can simply say that, now IBPS clerk is focusing on syllogisms and other miscellaneous part in clerk Exams, thus we are just expecting 8-9 questions from this topic. For seating arrangements and puzzles, there were around 5-7 questions out of 35 in 2016 and 2017 so we can expect same number of question in 2018. There will be 3-4 questions from inequality. So, overall we can expect an easy to moderate level questions in this section.

Topics201520162017Expected (2018)
Sitting arrangements (Linear ,circle, row)5(E)5(M)5(M)4-7
Blood relation1(E)3(E-M)2-3
Direction sense1(E)2(M)4(E)3-4
Coding  decoding5(M)5(E)5(E)2-3
Order and ranking3(E)2(E)2
Miscellaneous5-8 (E-M)5-7 (E-M)5-6 (E-M)8-9 (E-M)

*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult


As in this section, there has been some changes from 2015-2017, and therefore we can expect some changes in 2018 prelims. In 2015, 2016 they were mainly focusing on grammar, but now the main focus is not only on grammar but also on the reading skills and understanding of the candidate.

Questions has been reduced from comprehension part from 10 to 7 marks, double filler had been asked last year. Para jumble can be asked in just 2-3 questions and the level has become easier, there will be less questions on grammatical error and more on sentence connectors and phrasal words and we can expect 5 questions from cloze test.

Overall, we can expect a moderate level of English section, because in IBPS clerk, there is a sectional timing of 20 minutes. So, prepare more and more questions from these topics as this will be a key point in your selection.

Topics2015201620172018 (Expected)
Reading Comprehension10(E)10(E)5(M)5-7
Para jumbled sentence5(M)2-3
Error finding5(M)10(E-M)8(M)3-4
Cloze test5(E)10(E)5
Phrase replacement12(M-D)7-8
Sentence Improvement2-34-5

*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult

Exam pattern and changes in IBPS Clerk Mains


In this section we observe that in 2017 total number of question has been increased from 40 to 50. For this section, we can observe that there is no change in number of question in quadratic equation but the difficulty level has been increased a lot and there is change in pattern of quadratic equation in 2016. But in 2017 pattern as same as old. So the expectation for this year is same new pattern with a bit of increase in difficulty level, as they are continuously increasing the difficulty level from last three years.

Now there is no change in number of questions in number series in last three so we are expecting same number of question this year also. Every mains exam comprises 5-10 data sufficiency question (moderate-difficult level). So we are expecting the same but in a new pattern and this might be surprise topic in this section.

Out of 50 questions, we can expect around 5 -10 questions from (D.I) data interpretation section and most of these can be from the arithmetic part including caselet DI. So, one should mainly focus on basics of arithmetic part and then practice the questions of D.I part.

Topics2015201620172018 (Expected)
Number series5(M)5(M-D)5(M)5
Data sufficiency5(M)5(M)3-4
Quadratic equation5(E-M)5(M)5
Miscellaneous including geometry15(M)15(M-D)15(M)15

*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult



        In this section we observe that in 2017 total number of question has been increased from 40 to 50. Reasoning was the most difficult section in IBPS clerk mains 2017 and the difficulty level of sitting arrangement & puzzle high comprises 25 marks. So, we are expecting, the topic will cover at least 25-30 marks.

There were 5 questions from input-output topic and 5 questions from new pattern coding-decoding and we are expecting same number of questions from input output and coding decoding, this year also. We can expect some surprises in coding-decoding and data sufficiency topics.

As we observed from last year exam, there were no questions from computer and but this year we can expect a maximum of 2-3 questions from computer aptitude.


Topics2015201620172018 (Expected)
Sitting arrangements

(Linear ,circle)

Coding  decoding5(E)5(M-D)2-3
Data sufficiency3(E)4(D)5(D)5(D)
Computer section40(E)402-3
Alphabet Series6(M)6(M)
Direction and sense4(M)4(M)

*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult



We can observe from the table, that there have been a lot of changes in the English section in recent years. The numbers of question asked from comprehension topic has been reduced to half (approximately) and the parajumbled topic is also reduced to two questions as they are replaced by parafillers in which we have to fill two sentences (correct) in a paragraph, we can also expect sentence connectors in which we have to connect two sentences using connectors.

With continuously change in distributions of marks according to topics, especially in the mains exam, we need to have a close look on the pattern changes in previous years, so that we can analyze the trend properly and accurately.

Now, if we talk about sentence fillers, the question from this topic have been increasing because it checks the understanding of the whole English language of the candidates. So we can expect maximum 5 questions from it.

We can expect that English section would be the difficult one and students should practice more and more of these topics.

Topics2015201620172018 (Expected)
Reading Comprehension10(M)16(M)12(M)15
Para jumble5(E-M)5
Error spotting5(M)4(M)4-5
Sentence correction5(E)4(M)2-3
Single/Double fillers5(E)5(M-D)5(E)2-3
Cloze test10(E)8(E-M)5
Antonym & synonym5(E)2-3
Starter (Statement connectors)4-5
Sentence rearrangement5(M)
Irrelevant statement (odd one out)8(E-M)3-4
Phrasal replacement5(M)3-4
Identify the correct paragraph on given



*E = Easy, M = Moderate, D = Difficult


For prelim Exam focus on getting 20+ marks in each section (As Nothing about Sectional cut-off is given in advertisement) and 80+ marks overall. For specific areas we need to plan as following:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude: For Quant focus on Series / Approximation / Calculation/ Quadratic Equations / Data sufficiency and data interpretation. These will cover 25 Qns. out of 35 in quant. 15 Qns. will be from entire Arithmetic. In mains exam, focus mainly on the arithmetic part and new pattern of quadratic equations. So no need to put extra effort on entire arithmetic. Do the focused study only.
  2. Logical Reasoning: For prelim focus on Syllogism, inequalities, Sitting arrangement, input output and Puzzles. In mains we shall have 10 to 15 questions from computer (high level) and 30 to 35 Qns. from reasoning especially Puzzles, sitting arrangement, input output etc. So prepare for the prelim only till August and then there will be sufficient time to prepare for the computer section after the prelims.
  3. General Economy & Banking Awareness: Keep in touch with daily current affairs specifically the financial updates. After the prelim exam prepare for last 4 to 5 months current affairs and banking awareness. 40 Qns.40 marks this section is considered to be the differential section. A student can score 30 to 35 marks in the stipulated time with the organized study plan.
  4. English Language: Looking at the recent trends this section has seen a steep rise in the difficulty level of the exam. In prelim we expect to have 10 Qns. from Comprehension, 10 cloze test, 5 para jumbles and 10 grammatical errors or sentence improvement or phrase replacement. So keep solving more and more comprehensions and read the Hind u Editorials to improve the command over English language. In mains also the difficulty level is very high and we need to prepare accordingly. In 40 Qns. of mains exam we expect 2 comprehensions of 20 marks.  5 para jumbles, 5 cloze test and 5 errors. So again here the focus is on comprehension. But practise as much as possible and do more and more reading for better performance in this section.

IBPS CLERK 2018 Exam Preparation@IBS Institute

  1. Class – 3 to 4 Hours daily
  2. 6-Days a week
  3. 3-Lectures a day





Data Interpretation






Current Affairs


Computer Awareness


Banking Awareness


  1. Daily Class Assignment having(50+ Questions)
  2. Daily Home Assignment having(50+ Questions)
  3. Weekly Practice Tests (Topic wise)
  4. Doubt Clearing sessions After every Topic
  5. Books for Practice – Containing all questions from previous years.
  6. 100% Exam Concepts to be covered in Class Assignment/Home Assignment/Books
  7. Highly Experienced & Specialized Teachers
  8. Vedic Mathematics + Shortcut Techniques
  9. Special lectures by experts Bankers
  10. Course Duration = Prelim : 60 Days

Refresher: 10 days

Mains : 25 days

  1. Section Tests: 40 Tests
  2. Weekly Mock Test with Discussion by Experts.
  3. National level test series: in 54 Branches Across India.
  4. National level Ranking among 15,000 students.
  5. Weekly GK capsule-40 Weekly news review.
  6. Online Tests:
S. No.ExamPrelimMains
    1. Monthly magazine –(IBS-Quest-Best magazine covers all Current Affairs & National /International /Sports/Economy /Books’ Authors)
    2. Results in 2016-2017, 2017-2018

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