IBPS Clerk Exam 2019

IBPS Clerk Exam Introduction

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is a government body that conducts recruitment exam for all public sector banks (except SBI) on Clerical and Officer posts. IBPS was established in 1975 at Mumbai, Maharastra.

It conducts recruitment of Clerk, Probationary Officer and Specialist Officers exam every year and offers recruitment to thousands of competitive aspirants every year.

The IBPS Clerk exam is conducted every year for recruitment on Clerical Cadre in various banks. The process involves two steps i.e. Prelims and Mains exam and both are computer-based exams. 

IBPS Clerk Exam Notification 2019

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will release the official notification for the recruitment of Clerical Cadre posts in the month of November 2019 (tentative).

IBPS Clerk Recruitment is one of the most anticipated government exams among competitive exam aspirants.

Around 7000 vacant Clerk posts will be filled through the recruitment process.

The candidates who are interested to apply for the recruitment drive should visit the official website to download the official notification and check all important details including Important dates, Eligibility Criteria, Application Fee, Selection process etc.

IBPS Clerk Exam Application Fee

The candidates can pay the required application fee through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking/ IMPS or Mobile Wallets.

The application fees vary according to the category of the candidate:
For Gen/OBC Category: Rs. 600
For SC/ST/PWD/EXSM: Rs. 100

IBPS Clerk Exam Vacancy Details

The number of vacancies to be filled under the IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2019 will be mentioned in the official notification released on the website.

Last year, 7,884 vacancies were released under the Clerk Recruitment. This year, the number of vacancies can be offered around 7000.

Candidates should read the notification for complete category wise vacancy details.

IBPS Clerk Exam Important Dates

Since the official notification has not been released by the board yet, all the dates mentioned below are tentative and is based on the Exam Calendar of IBPS and previous year's (2018) pattern. 

Event Date
Release of Notification Nov 2019 
IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 07, 08, 14 & 15 Dec 2019 (tentative)
Result of Prelims Exam Dec 2019/ Jan 2020
IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 19 Jan 2020 (tentative)
Mains Exam Result  Feb 2019


IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

The IBPS Clerk Exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Prelims Exam and Mains Exam. Both of them are Computer Based Exams.

The Prelims exam is for qualifying nature while the marks obtained in the Mains exam are considered for final selection. Detailed IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern is as follows.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

Topic No. of Questions Maximum Marks
English Language     30       30
Numerical Ability     35       35
Reasoning Ability     35       35
Total       100       100

The test duration will be 1 hour only and 0.25 negative marks are awarded for each wrong answer.

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

Topic         No. of Questions   Maximum Marks   Sectional Time Allowed
General/Financial Awareness       50     50     35 min
English Language         40     40     35 min
Reasoning & Computer Ability       50     60     45 min
Quantitative Aptitude       50     50     45 min
TOTAL           190     200     160 min

The test duration will be 2-hour 40 minutes and negative marking will be applied similar to the Prelims Exam.

IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of IBPS Clerk Exam is quite lengthy. The syllabus for English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude are same for both Prelims and Mains Exams. The detailed syllabus for IBPS Clerk Exam is given below:

Syllabus of Prelims Exam

  • English Language
  • Reading Comprehension,
  • Spotting Error,
  • Fill in the Blanks,
  • Cloze Test,
  • Homonyms (Words with similar spelling but different meaning),
  • Synonyms,
  • Antonyms,
  • Para-jumbles.
  • Phrases/Idioms.
  • Voices – Active & Passive,
  • Speech – Direct & Indirect.


  • Analogy – Semantic, Figure and Symbolic/Number,
  • Classification – Semantic, Symbolic/Number and Figural,
  • Statement and Conclusion (Syllogism),
  • Word Building,
  • Coding & decoding,
  • Blood Relations,
  • Odd One Out (Figures),
  • Series Completion (both verbal & Non-verbal)
  • Direction Test,
  • Assertion & reasoning,
  • Alphabet Test,
  • Sitting Arrangement problems,
  • Ranking & Sequencing Problems.

Quantitative Aptitude 

  • Percentage.
  • Ratio & Proportion.
  • Averages.
  • Simple & Compound Interest.
  • Profit, Discount and Loss.
  • Mixture and Alligation.
  • Speed, Time and distance.
  • Time & Work.
  • Clocks.
  • Height & Distances.
  • Logarithms
  • Permutation & Combinations.
  • Probability.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Algebra
  • Problems on Stocks & Shares.
  • Mensuration (Volumes & Surface Areas)
  • Data Interpretation – Bar diagram, Pie chart, Lines, Tables.

Syllabus of Mains Exam

General & Financial Awareness
Current Affairs (National & International issues)
Static G.K, terminologies, facts such as National Parks, Sanctuaries, States, Culture etc.

Banking/Financial G.K
Information on the Indian financial system, World Bank Reports, Economic/Financial Terminology, Monetary Policies.
Financial Institutions such as SEBI, RBI, IMF, World Bank, UN etc.
Credit Schemes, Stock Market, Government Schemes etc.

Computer Awareness
History of Computers,
Software and Hardware,
Windows OS,
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint),
Basic Understanding of Database,
Security – Viruses and Tools,
Internet – Terminologies, Working and Services.

The syllabus of English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude are same as in Prelims Exam.

Eligibility Criteria IBPS Clerk Exam

Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria very carefully before applying for the IBPS Clerk Recruitment Exam 2019. The details are given below:

Educational Qualification: The candidate must be a graduate from any recognized board or university. The candidate must possess original degree at the time of registration. Working knowledge of Computer is also mandatory with proficiency in the official language of the state/UT where the applicant has applied for.

Age Limit

The minimum age of the candidate to apply for the recruitment is 20 years and the maximum age is 28 years i.e. the candidate must be born in between Sep 2, 1990, to Sep 1, 1998. Axe relaxation is also applicable according to the category of students.

Category       Age Relaxation
SC/ST/Ex-Servicemen     05 Years
OBC (NCL)       03 Years
Person with Disabilities     10 Years
Domiciled in J&K       05 Years
Victims of 1984 riots       05 Years
Widow/Divorced Women       09 Years


How to Apply IBPS Clerk Exam

To apply for the IBPS Clerk Recruitment, you have to visit the official website of IBPS. As soon as the notification will be released, the link to apply for the recruitment process will be generated. The Application process is also divided into 6 steps:

1. Register as a new user with your Name, D.O.B and Email ID.
2. Get a Registration number and password on your email id.
3. Provide your basic details like father's name, address, contact no. etc.
4. Enter your details of educational qualification.
5. Upload your Photograph and scanned copy of your signature.
6. Pay your fee using any medium.

Once you have completed your application process, keep your registration number safe and wait for the admit card to be released. Also, take a printout of your completely filled form for future reference.

Admit Card IBPS Clerk Exam

The Admit Card of IBPS Clerk Exam will be released one or two weeks prior to the exam.

The link to download Admit Card will be made available on the official website as well as safalta education portal. All details regarding the CBT is mentioned on the Admit Card including Exam Date, Exam Center, Exam shift and much more.

Registration number and date of birth is required to download the Admit Card from the official website.

Cut Off IBPS Clerk Exam

The IBPS Clerk Exam Cut-off score varies state wise. In a few states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the Prelims Exam Cut off score drops down to 55 to 60 while in most of the other states, the cut-off score reaches 72 to 75.

In Mains Exam, the cut off falls in between 40 to 45 for Reserved categories and 45 to 55 for Unreserved category.

Result IBPS Clerk Exam

The IBPS Clerk Exam Result will be declared in online mode on its official website. The candidates will be allowed to check their Prelims or Mains Exam Result from the official website as soon as it will be released. The direct link to check IBPS Clerk Exam Result will also be made available on Safalta education portal. 

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  • What is the essential qualification for the IBPS Clerk Exam?

Candidate must possess the minimum qualification of Graduation in any discipline or any equivalent qualification from a recognized University.

  • What is the age criterion to apply for the IBPS Clerk Exam?

Not less than 20 years and not more than 28 years.

  • What is the age relaxation for SC/ST candidates for IBPS Clerk Exam?

05 years of age relaxation is allowed for SC/ST candidates.

  • What is the Application fee for IBPS Clerk Exam?

Rs. 100/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates & Rs. 600/- for all others

  • When will admit card be released for the IBPS Clerk Exam?

The admit card of the Prelims exam will be released in Dec, one week prior to the exam and the Mains Exam Admit Card will be released in Jan 2019.

  • What is the selection procedure of IBPS Clerk Exam?

A Prelims and a Mains Exam will be conducted in Online mode. Then, a merit list will be prepared and banks will be alloted to the candidates depending on the bank preferences chosen.

  • Are there any changes in the IBPS Clerk Exam pattern?

The pattern is the same as in previous years.

  • When will the result be declared of IBPS Clerk Exam?

The final result will tentatively be released in April 2019.

  • Will there be an interview after the written result of IBPS Clerk Exam?

No interview will be conducted after the Mains exam. Selection will be done on the basis of merit list prepared.

  • Will the exam conducted online or offline (OMR Based) of IBPS Clerk Exam?

The exam is conducted only in Online mode.

  • Is there a criterion for negative marking in IBPS Clerk Exam?

Yes. 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer in the exam.

IBPS has released the official calendar for 2019 Exams. According to the calendar, the IBPS CRP Clerk IX Recruitment will begin in Nov 2019 and the exams will be conducted in Dec 2019. Check complete details regarding the recruitment exam here.