Every year the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts a Common Recruitment Process (CRP) to select candidates for clerical positions in 17 public sector banks . Candidates wishing to join any of the participating banks as clerks register for the CRP.
IBPS Clerk notification was released on September 12, 2019 for a total of 12,075 vacancies that are to be filled this year.
IBPS Clerk Salary: The basic pay of clerks selected through IBPS Clerk exam is Rs 11,765. The pay scale is 11765-655/3-13730-815/3-16175-980/4-20095-1145/7-28110-2120/1-30230/1310-1-31540. The total salary ranges from Rs 19470 to 19588, after the addition of the below allowances to the salary:
IBPS Clerk recruitment is conducted by evaluating candidates in an online examination held in two phases - preliminary and mains. The exams can be taken in can be attempted in either English or Hindi languages. Candidates need to qualify the Prelims exam to be eligible for appearing in the Mains exam. The final selection of candidates is performed based on their performance in the mains exam only hence, the Prelims exam is a qualifying exam.
The IBPS Clerk 2019 Mains examination was held on 19th January 2020 and had a moderate difficult level. The section-wise analysis of the Mains exam is given below:
The detailed IBPS Clerk Mains exam analysis for each section is given below to help candidates understand the relative importance of topics for their preparation.
English Language: The English section was of moderate difficulty level and was dominated by questions based on Reading Comprehension. The distribution of questions belonging to various topics has been provided below:
General/Economy/Banking Awareness: This year, only 5-6 questions were asked from Static GK and rest all were based on general and banking awareness. Topics from where questions were asked are:
Quantitative Aptitude: This was the hardest section of the IBPS Clerk Mains 2019. The section was lengthy and exhaustive. This section included many questions that covered data interpretation and data sufficiency within the same question. Topics from where questions were asked are:
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude: This section was moderate to difficult. The distribution of questions belonging to various topics has been provided below:
The IBPS Clerk 2019 Prelims examination was held on 7th, 8th, 14th and 21st December 2019 in four shifts on each day- 9 AM to 10 AM, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 2 PM to 3 PM and 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. The overall analysis of the Prelims exam is given below:
The Prelims exam had an easy to moderate difficulty level. The difficulty level and good attempt for each shift has been tabulated below:
IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis – December 7, 2019
IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis – December 8, 2019
IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis – December 14, 2019
Candidates need to score the minimum qualifying marks in each section, in addition to qualifying the overall cut-off, to clear the IBPS PO exam. Given below is the section-wise number of attempts which can be counted as good attempts for each shift.
IBPS Clerk Section-wise Exam Analysis – December 7, 2019
IBPS Clerk Section-wise Exam Analysis – December 8, 2019
IBPS Clerk Section-wise Exam Analysis – December 14, 2019
Section-Wise Important Topics- The three sections had varied levels of difficulty and the important topics in each section are provided below.
IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis for the English Language-Candidates tend to lose maximum marks in this section because the options are almost the same which confuses the candidates and they end up picking wrong answers. Overall, the English language section in the IBPS Clerk prelims exam was easy. The common topics from which questions were included in the IBPS Clerk prelims exam across all shifts are given below:
IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis for Reasoning Ability- The section was easy. The common topics on which the questions were asked in the IBPS Clerk Prelims exam 2019 are mentioned below:
The puzzles and seating arrangement type questions were easy while the rest were of moderate difficulty.
IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Analysis for Quantitative Aptitude- This section had a moderate difficulty level and the majority of questions were based on arithmetic word problems such as profit and loss, problems on ages, simple and compound interest. The common topics for this section in the IBPS Clerk Prelims 2019 includes:
A candidate must be either a Citizen of India or any of these: a subject of Nepal or Bhutan; a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India; a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries (Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
The Candidates between 20-28 years can apply for IBPS Clerk. Relaxation in the upper age limit provided to candidates belonging to reserved categories as detailed is as follows: SC/ST- 5 years, Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer)- 3 years, PwD- 10 years, Ex-Servicemen- Actual period of service rendered in the defence forces + 3 years (8 years for Disabled Ex-Servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a maximum age limit of 50 years, Widows, divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands- 9 years, Persons ordinarily domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989- 5 years, Persons affected by 1984 riots- 5 years, Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (Applicable to MP only)- 5 years
Candidates must have a degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline on the day that they register for the exam. Candidates must have proficiency in the official language of the state/UT for which they are applying and knowledge of computers
The IBPS Clerk result is announced online on the official website. Candidates need to enter the registration number or roll number and date of birth or password to check the result on the website. The scorecard is released a few days after the declaration of result.
The scores of candidates are calculated based on the normalisation process since question papers are different across different sessions of the exam. Normalisation using the equi-percentile method is followed to equate the difficulty level of question sets. After normalization, the final scores are rounded off up to two decimal digits and can be viewed in the scorecard.
The result of IBPS Clerk is declared in two stages:
If two or more candidates obtain the same score in the IBPS Clerk Main exam, the merit order is decided based on the date of birth. This means that candidates senior in age will be given preference against the candidate junior in age.
The cut off is the minimum marks that candidates need to secure to qualify the exam and become eligible for the next round of selection process. The cut off is decided according to multiple factors like the difficulty level of the exam, number of vacancies and number of applicants. There are two cut offs for IBPS Clerk exam:
The corrected scores obtained by each candidate in different sessions are normalized using the equi-percentile method and scores up to two decimal points are then used for calculations. The cutoff can be checked on the IBPS official website when the user enters the login credentials to view their scorecard. The cut off for IBPS Clerk prelims 2019 was released on January 8 by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). Candidates who had qualified both the state-wise cutoff and section-wise cutoff were eligible to appear for the Main exam. The cut off for IBPS Clerk mains 2019 was released on May 20 based on which, candidates will be provisionally allotted to one of the participating banks.
The cutoff trends of the last 3 years for IBPS Clerk Mains (General Category) are provided below
IBPS Clerk Mains: Overall Cutoff (2017,2018,2019) for General Category
IBPS Clerk Mains 2018-19: Sectional Cutoff
The cutoff trends of the last 3 years for IBPS Clerk Prelims (General Category) are provided below
IBPS Clerk Prelims: Overall Cutoff (2017,2018,2019) for General Category
IBPS Clerk Prelims 2018-19: Sectional Cutoff
The 17 participating banks to which shortlisted candidates will be allotted through the IBPS PO exam are:
Ques: How many times can I can give IBPS Clerk exam?
Ans: There is no limit to the number of attempts for the IBPS Clerk exam.
Ques: I know how to use a computer. Do I need addition qualification to demonstrate computer knowledge?
Ans: Candidates must have Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/language or should have studied Computer /Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute.