IBPS Clerk

Online Application Dates : September/Oct 2018

Prelims Exam: 8-16th December 2018

Main Exam:  20th January 2019

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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts an online examination to recruit Clerical Staff for various banks in India.

The banks that recruit through IBPS are:

  1. Allahabad Bank
  2. Andhra Bank
  3. Bank of Baroda
  4. Bank of India
  5. Bank of Maharashtra
  6. Bharatiya Mahila Bank
  7. Canara Bank
  8. Central Bank of India
  9. Corporation Bank
  10. Dena Bank
  11. IDBI Bank
  12. Indian Bank
  13. Indian Overseas Bank
  14. Oriental Bank of Commerce
  15. Punjab National Bank
  16. Punjab and Sind Bank
  17. Syndicate Bank
  18. Union Bank of India
  19. United Bank of India
  20. UCO Bank
  21. Vijaya Bank

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join any of the Participating Organisations as a Clerk or in a similar post in that cadre, is required to register for the Common Recruitment Process (CWE Clerks). 

The examination will be two tier i.e. the online examination will be held in two phases, preliminary and main. 

Candidates who will qualify in preliminary examination and shortlisted will have to appear for Main examination. 

There is no interview or Group Discussion.

Important Dates

Registration start dateSeptember, 2018
Registration Last dateSeptember/October
Admit Card downloadNovember
Preliminary Exam8-16th December 2018
Result of Preliminary examJanuary 2019
Online exam - Mains20th January 2019
Result of Mains examFebruary/March
Provisional AllotmentApril, 2019



Graduates in any discipline from any recognized university or any equivalent qualification recognized by the Government of India.

Candidates who are in the final year of graduation are not eligible to apply. The candidates need to have their marksheets while registering for the exam.

Age Limit

The age of the candidates should be between 20 years and 28 years, both inclusive.

Relaxation of age limit

The upper age limit is relaxed for the candidates belonging to the following categories.

CategoryUpper Age Limit Relaxation
Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST)5 years
Other Backward Castes (Non-Creamy Layer) (NC-OBC)3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) General10 years
Ex Servicemen, Commissioned Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs), Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs)Service in Defence forces + 3 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the Kashmir division of the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.19895 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots5 years


The IBPS PO examination consists of the following sections/areas.

  1. General Awareness with special reference to Banking industry
  2. English Language
  3. Reasoning
  4. Quantitative Aptitude
  5. Computer knowledge

Exam Pattern

1/4 marks will be penalized for every wrong answer in the prelims & the mains exam.

Preliminary Exam

IBPS Clerk Prelims is an online multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination of 1 hour duration. So, the candidates have to manage their time well.

SectionNumber of QuestionsMarks
English Language3030
Quantitative Aptitude3535

Mains Exam

IBPS Clerk Mains is an online multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination of 2 hours 40 min duration.

SectionDurationNumber of QuestionsMarks
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude45 mins5060
English Language35 mins4040
Quantitative Aptitude45 mins5050
General/Financial Awareness35 mins5050
Total160 Minutes200200


The in-hand salary of the IBPS bank clerk varies from Rs. 19,000 to 21,000 depending on the bank and the place of posting. See the full details of IBPS Clerk Salary here.

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