IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern


The institution of Banking Personnel Selection is an autonomous body set up evolve and implement the world-class process of assessment and selection of personnel for various client organizations. The foundation of the institute is based on the philosophy of Speed, Accuracy and Confidently in all its activities and it strives to achieve this through a blend of modern technology and academic expertise.

It provides its services to all Public sector banks, SBI, RBI, NABARD, SIDBI, few co-operative Banks, LIC and insurance companies. In fact, in other words, we can say IBPS conducts examination for all of the above firms.

Over the year, IBPS has gained the reputation of being a major “Personnel Selection Test Conducting Agency” of the country. Its strength lies in its capability to develop and construct Multiple Choice Objective Test and Tools used for mass level testing programmes and its ability to conduct its ability to conduct these exams simultaneously for lakhs & lakhs of candidates in about 200 cities/towns all over India and also in few foreign locations.

IBPS Recruitments:

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) started its operation in the year 1975 and became an independent entity in 1984. It is an umbrella organization, covering 20 public sector and regional rural banks. People interested in working as Officers and Clerks in these, have to sit for the Common Written Examination (CWE), organized by IBPS. It was started with a mission of enhancing human resource development through personal assessment.

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern : 

Sr. No.Name of TestsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language3030Composite time of

1 hour

2Numerical Ability3535
3Reasoning Ability3535

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern :

Sr. No.Name of Tests


No. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allotted for each test (Separately timed)
1General/ Financial Awareness505035 minutes
2General English404035 minutes
3Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
4Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
Total190200160 minutes


IBPS Clerk Pre Exam Tips and Tricks :

IBPS is considered as one of the toughest exams among aspirants. In this era of cut-throat competition, we all need some extra tips and strategy to stand out from the crowd.

We are providing you subject wise tips which will help you to crack the upcoming IBPS clerk examination.

English language:

We have seen some simple rule which will help you score well in this section.

  1. Read as much as you can. Daily editorials, News, articles everything. This will help you in perfecting your reading speed, understanding, and grammatical skills. 
  1. Grammar basics are the fundamental building blocks of this section. The more you know the basics the maximum will be your score.
  1. Verb, tense, subject-verb agreement, and preposition should be synchronous by heart.

Quantitative Aptitude 

  1. You should focus on the basics of percentage, ratio & proportion, Compound interest, and average.
  1. Nowadays, number series is very important and asked in almost every bank exam.So, comprehensive information is required related to it like addition series, multiplication series, divide series, and multiplication with fractional numbers.
  1. You have to understand and analyze the graphs and go through the given information.
  1. You should be able to calculate verbally to save your precious time.

Reasoning Ability

  1. We should focus on the basics of these chapters along with accuracy, efficiency and

time management.

  1. Time management is one of the most essential factors to crack this section. For that,you have to make a cluster of 50 questions and practice it within the scheduled time.
  1. Speed tests are the major speed boosters to overcome the speed issue. Sitting arrangement and puzzles are very important for the mains exam. Puzzles are a series of interlinked information, and you are expected to have the ability of quantitative analysis of data in order to reach quick and correct conclusions. For that, you must explore definite information given in the question and link it with the invisible information. The same applies for sitting arrangement. Remember ! Effective time management including strong basics is the only key to success.