IBPS Clerk Exam 2018

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. According to the IBPS calendar, the IBPS Clerk Recruitment Notification 2018 is expected to be released in Aug 2018.

IBPS Clerk Exam 2018 Notification

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the official notification inviting applications for recruitment on Clerical Cadre posts. IBPS Clerk Recruitment is one of the most anticipated government exam among competitive exam aspirants. A total of 7275 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.

CLICK HERE to Download Official Notification Now

IBPS Clerk Exam 2018 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 candidate.
For Gen/OBC Category: Rs. 600
For SC/ST/PWD/EXSM: Rs. 100

IBPS Clerk Exam 2018 Vacancy Details

The number of vacancies to be filled under the IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2018 are 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 offered is 7275. Candidates should read the notification for complete category wise vacancy details.

IBPS Clerk Exam 2018 Important Dates

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

Event Date
Release of Notification     14 Sep 2018
Application Begins 14 Sep 2018
Last Date to Apply Online 10 Oct 2018
Prelims Exam Admit Card Release Nov 2018
IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam 08, 09, 15 & 16 Dec 2018
Prelims Exam Result Dec 2019
Mains Exam Admit Card Release Dec 2018
IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 20 Jan 2019
Mains Exam Result  Feb 2019


IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2018

The IBPS Clerk Exam is conducted in two stages i.e. Prelims Exam and Mains Exam. Both of them are Computer Based Exam. The Prelims exam is of qualifying nature while the marks obtained in 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 applicable similar to Prelims Exam.


IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus 2018

The syllabus of IBPS Clerk Exam is quite big. The syllabus for English Language, Reasoning Ability and Quantitative Aptitude is same for both Prelims and Mains Exams. The detailed syllabus for IBPS Clerk Exam 2018 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),
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 
Ratio & Proportion.
Simple & Compound Interest.
Profit, Discount and Loss.
Mixture and Alligation.
Speed, Time and distance.
Time & Work.
Height & Distances.
Permutation & Combinations.
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 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 is same as in Prelims Exam.

Eligibility Criteria IBPS Clerk Exam 2018

Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria very carefully before applying for the IBPS Clerk Recruitment Exam 2018. 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 02 Sep 1990 to 01 Sep 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 2018

To apply for the IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2018, 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 to further proceed the process.
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 2018

The Admit Card of IBPS Clerk Exam 2018 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 Admit Card from the official website.

Cut Off IBPS Clerk Exam 2018

The IBPS Clerk Exam Cut-off score varies state wise. In 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 2018

The IBPS Clerk 2018 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 2018-19 will also be made available on Safalta education portal. 

IBPS has not yet released the official notification for IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2018 but according to the IBPS 2018 calendar, the notification will tentatively be released in August 2018.