IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2021: Check Prelims and Mains Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern is going to help candidates to prepare well for the upcoming IBPS Clerk Examination. To ace the upcoming IBPS Clerk Exam, it is necessary to remain acquainted with the new IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern. This article explains the IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern for Prelims and Mains exam elaborately. Read further to know the details of the number of questions and other important details of the exam.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk 2021 is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection to select eligible candidates for the post of Clerk every year. The Official Notification for the recruitment process of IBPS Clerk 2021 will release in September 2021.
The recruitment process to select the through IBPS Clerk 2021 is done in two phases:

  • Online Preliminary Exam,
  • Online Mains Exam.

A candidate must qualify for both the preliminary exam and mains exam to get your name on the merit list. The candidates selected after the mains are given the appointment letter.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern: Important Points

Candidates can check important points of the IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern of Prelims & Mains.

  • The IBPS Clerk 2021 exam pattern for selecting candidates for Clerk is given below.
  • The Mains Examination will have just one more section, i.e. of Current Affair and Computer Knowledge.
  • Only three sections will be asked in the Preliminary Exam of the IBPS Clerk 2021 Exam.
  • The score of the Preliminary Exam will not be taken into consideration for the final selection. A score of Mains Exam will be taken into consideration for the final allotment.
  • There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests.

Let’s have a look at the detailed Exam Pattern for multiple posts offered through IBPS Clerk 2021 Exam:

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

Sections No. of Questions Total Marks Time Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes/ 1 hour

Note:- Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks decided by IBPS. An adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

Candidates who qualify the IBPS Clerk Prelims by clearing the sectional, as well as overall cut off, are called for the IBPS Mains exam, which is both qualifyings as well as the scoring exam of the IBPS Clerk recruitment. Candidates can check the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern in the table below:

Sections No. of Questions Maximum Marks Sectional Duration
General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

Note Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Online Preliminary and Online Main examinations). There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty to arrive at the corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

IBPS Clerk Final Selection

Candidates need to qualify both tiers i.e., Prelims and Mains of the IBPS Clerk to get into the Final List of the IBPS Clerk. However, the Prelims is only Qualifying in nature i.e., prelims marks will not be considered in the final merit of the candidates. Whereas the Mains exam is both qualifyings as well as scoring in nature i.e., the Final Selection of the candidate depends on the score of the candidate in the Mains exam. The final list will be prepared after scaling the marks of the candidates out of 100.
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