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IBPS Clerk 2020 – Clerk Notification, Exam Date, Application, Documents & Fees

by Anup Chowdhury

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) selects candidates for clerical cadre posts in 17 public sector banks. In 2019, 12,075 vacancies were open for IBPS clerk positions. The IBPS Clerk exam is conducted in two stages – prelims and main. The examination is also known as CRP Clerks and is conducted once a year. The IBPS Clerk 2019 candidates have to pass both prelims and main with merit to get allotted to one of the participating banks depending on the vacancies to be filled in the 2020-21 year. Recruitment into these banks depends upon restrictions imposed, business volume, business growth, the health of the organizations, branch expansion, internal and external factors, structural changes etc. 

IBPS Clerk 2019 Main exam was held on 19 Jan 2020 and the provisional allotment of IBPS clerk cadre posts are withheld due to the countrywide lockdown. 

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IBPS Clerk – Latest Updates

The selection process for IBPS Clerk involves a preliminary examination and a main exam. Currently, IBPS Clerk 2019 provisional allotments have been delayed. The total marks allotted for online Main examination are 200. For provisional allotment, the marks will be converted out of 100 marks. Candidates should qualify in the online main examination and be sufficiently high in the merit to be considered for the subsequent provisional allotment process. 

On completion of the Main Examination, depending on the state/UT wise vacancies to be filled in during the financial year 2020-21 and based on the business needs of the participating organisations, candidates shortlisted (on merit preference) will be provisionally allotted to one of the IBPS participating organisations.

IBPS Clerk – Key Dates

IBPS Clerk 2019 exam events are mentioned in the table below:

Timelines

Notification

17 September 2019

Online Registration Process started

9 October 2019

Last Date to Apply

26 November 2019

IBPS Clerk Prelims Admit Card Released

7-8 December 2019

IBPS Clerk Prelim Examination

1 January 2020

IBPS Clerk Prelim Results

7 January 2020

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Admit Card Released

8 January 2020

IBPS Clerk Prelims Scorecard

19 January 2020

IBPS Clerk Main exam of IBPS Clerk (conducted for candidates who qualified prelims)

8 February 2020

Re-examination of IBPS Clerk Mains at some centres

April 2020

Provisional Allotment of Seats (postponed due to coronavirus)

Note: A pre-exam training is conducted before IBPS Clerk Prelims IBPS is arranged by the Nodal Banks/ Participating Organisations for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes/ Minority Communities/ ExServicemen/ Persons With Benchmark Disabilities (PwD). IBPS Clerk 2019 pre-exam training was held between 25-30 November 2019. The IBPS Clerk admit card 2019 for pre-exam training was released on November 13. Candidates could download their admit card for pre-exam training till November 30. 

IBPS Clerk – Exam Features

The important features of IBPS Clerk Main are mentioned in the table below:

Exams

Common Recruitment Process for Recruitment of Clerks 

Conducted By

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

Level of Exam

National Level

Category

Graduation

Stages of Exam

Prelims and Main

IBPS Clerk – Eligibility

To appear for the IBPS Clerk exam, candidates must comply to the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Candidates who are between the age of 20-28 years can apply for IBPS Clerk exam. Relaxation in the upper age limit will be provided to candidates belonging to reserved categories. 
  2. Candidates must have a graduation degree in any discipline recognised by the Government of India. 
  3. Candidates must have studied Computer/IT at high school or college or possess a certificate degree or diploma in computer operations or language.
  4. They must also be proficient in the official language of the state/UT  in which they would be appearing for the exam.

Note: Candidate should indicate the percentage obtained in Graduation calculated to the nearest two decimals in the online application. The percentage marks shall be arrived at by following this formula:

Total marks obtained by the candidate in all the subjects in all semester(s)/year(s) ÷ Aggregate maximum marks (in all the subjects irrespective of honours/optional/additional optional subject, if any) × 100

This will be applicable for those universities also where class/grade is decided on the basis of Honours marks only.

Relaxation of Upper Age Limit

S.No

Category

Age relaxation

1.

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe

5 years

2.

OBC

3 years

3.

Persons with Disabilities

10 years

4. 

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

5.

Widows, Divorced Women etc

9 years

6.

Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu &

Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989

5 years

7.

Persons affected by 1984 riots

5 years

8

Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (MP candidates only)

5 years

IBPS Clerk – Application, Documents & Fees

  • Candidates are first required to go to the IBPS website www.ibps.in
  • Click on the “Homepage” to open the link “CRP Clerks” and then click on the option “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CRP- Clerks (CRP-Clerks-IX)” to open the On-Line Application Form.
  • Candidates should click on “CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION” to register their application by entering their basic information in the online application form. 
  • After that, a Provisional Registration number and password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen.
  • Candidates should note down their Provisional Registration number and password. 
  • An email & SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will also be sent. 

Details to upload in the application:

  • Photograph
  • Signature
  • Left Thumb Impression
  • A handwritten declaration

The fees for different categories of IBPS Clerk candidates are tabulated below:

SC / ST/ PwD / Ex-Serviceman Candidates

Rs 100

All Others

Rs 600

IBPS Clerk – Syllabus & Pattern

IBPS Clerk prelims will contain 100 questions with 30 marks in English section, 35 marks in Reasoning Ability and 35 marks in the Numerical Ability. Applicants are given 1 hour to complete the exam. 

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

Exam Sections

Total No. of MCQs

Marks

Time

English Language

30

30

20

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20

Numerical Ability

35

35

20

Total 

100

100

60 minutes

IBPS Clerk Prelim Syllabus

Candidates are asked MCQs from three sections – English Language, Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability. 

English Language

Reasoning Ability

Numerical Ability

Reading Comprehension

 

Vocabulary

 

Fill in the Blanks

 

Antonym & Synonym

 

Sentence Completion

 

Cloze Test

 

Error Detection

 

Para jumbles

 

Phrase Replacement

 

Inference

 

Connectors

Puzzles – Seating Arrangements, Directions, Box-based, Month-Based, Days-Based, Row-based

 

Distance and Direction

 

Blood Relations

 

Syllogism

 

Order and Ranking

 

Coding-Decoding

 

Input-Output

 

Inequalities

 

Alphanumeric Series

 

Figure Series

 

Verbal Reasoning

Data Interpretation – Tabular, Bar Graph, Line Chart & Pie Chart

 

Number Series

 

Quadratic Equations

 

Simplification

 

Approximation

Percentages

 

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

 

Profit and Loss

 

Average

 

Speed, Distance and Time

 

Ratio and Proportion

 

Problem on Ages

 

Data Sufficiency

 

Work, Time and Wages

 

Boats and Stream

 

Pipes and Cisterns

 

Mensuration

 

Probability

 

Permutation and Combination

Note: The difficulty in the English section is easy to moderate or moderate while the difficulty level of the other two sections (Reasoning Ability and Numerical Ability) is moderate to difficult. Each question in IBPS Clerk prelims paper is of 1 mark each and every wrong answer costs 0.25 marks.

IBPS Clerk Main Pattern

Candidates are asked MCQs from four sections:

1.) General/Financial Awareness

2.) English Language 

3.) Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

4.)Quantitative Aptitude or Data Analysis & Interpretation. 

There is a sectional timing allocated for each section.

IBPS Clerk Main Exam Pattern

Sections

MCQ 

Marks

Timing

General Awareness

50

50

35 min

English Language

40

40

35 min

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

50

60

45 min

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

45 min

Total 

190

200

160 minutes

IBPS Clerk Main Syllabus

Subject

Syllabus Topics

General/Finance Awareness

Static GK – Country, Currency & Capital, Firsts in the world and India, Indian Constitution, Indian Culture, Airports & Railways, History, Geography

 

Financial Awareness – Indian Banking, important terms, Bank Headquarters, Regulatory Bodies, Functions of RBI, etc.

English Language

Reading Comprehensions, Vocabulary, Fill in the blanks, Antonym & Synonym, Sentence Completion, Cloze Test, Error Detection, Para jumbles, Phrase Replacement, Inference, Connectors

Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

Alphanumeric Series, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Distance and Direction, Verbal Reasoning, Figure Series, Seating Arrangements, Box-based Puzzle, Month-Based puzzle, Days-Based puzzle, Row-based puzzle, Order and Ranking, etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

Number Series, Quadratic Equations, Data Interpretation – Pie Chart, Bar Graph, Tabular & Line Chart, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Approximation, Simplification, Profit and Loss, Percentages, Average, Data Sufficiency, Mensuration, Probability, Permutation and Combination, Ratio and Proportion etc.

IBPS Clerk – Admit Card

IBPS Clerk admit cards are released separately for prelims and main exams. IBPS Clerk 2019 prelims admit card was released on 26 November 2019 and the main exam was held on January 19, 2020 for which admit card was released on Jan 7 2020.

What are the prerequisites before downloading the IBPS Clerk admit card?

Candidates need to have registration/roll number and date of birth/password for logging into their account on the official website for downloading the IBPS Clerk admit card.

Steps to follow to download an admit card:

  • Candidates need to visit the official website of IBPS
  • In the home page, click on the available “admit card link”
  • Enter registration number or roll number and date of birth or password
  • Admit card appears on the screen
  • Download the admit card and take its printout for exam day

Scholarship Registration, Get Scholarship Update

IBPS Clerk – Exam Day, Results, Answer Key

On the exam day, candidates have to bring one of the following documents along with admit card to the exam hall:

  • PAN Card
  • Passport
  • Permanent Driving License
  • Licence/Voter’s Card/Bank Passbook
  • Photo identity proof issued by a Gazetted Officer
  • Identity Card issued by a recognised college/university
  • Aadhar/E-aadhar card with a photograph/Employee ID

IBPS Clerk Results

IBPS Clerk 2019 main results/provisional allotment is delayed. It was supposed to be announced in April 2020 but due to the coronavirus outbreak, it has been delayed till further notice. 

Important Points:

  • The scorecard is released after the IBPS Clerk main results are declared. 
  • The scorecard consists of overall and sectional marks and category-wise cut off marks. 
  • Normalisation of marks is done using the ‘equi-percentile’ method. IBPS exam is conducted in multiple sessions, and the question papers are different for each session. Normalisation process is followed to equate the difficulty level of question sets. The corrected scores obtained by each candidate in different sessions is normalised. Final scores are rounded off up to two decimal digits after normalisation.

IBPS Clerk – Cut off

The IBPS Clerk 2019 final result cut offs are not yet released due to the COVID-19 lockdown and there have been delays in the announcement of the IBPS 2019 main results. The state-wise and section-wise cut off are available on the official website in PDF format. Based on IBPS Clerk main cut off, candidates are provisionally allotted in one of the participating banks. 

What affects the cut off score?

Exam difficulty level, vacancies and total number of applicants are the factors that decide the cut off for IBPS clerk exam.

State-wise IBPS Clerk Cut off in Preliminary Examination

State

Cut off (Prelims)

Andhra Pradesh

66.25

Assam

63

Bihar

65

Chandigarh

71.5

Delhi

71.75 (General), 67 (OBC)

Goa

67

Gujarat

27

Haryana

68.5

Himachal Pradesh

62.25 (General), 41.25 (OBC)

Jammu & Kashmir

Jharkhand

73 (OBC, General)

Karnataka

53.25 (EWS)

Kerala

73.5

Madhya Pradesh

70

Maharashtra

61.50

Odisha

71.50

Punjab

66.25

Rajasthan

71.25

Tamil Nadu

57.75

Telangana

61

Uttar Pradesh

68.25 (General), 67 (OBC)

Uttarakhand

76

West Bengal

70.75

Based on the previous year’s cut offs, expected final cut off for IBPS Clerk 2019 are:

Uttar Pradesh

77

Uttrakhand

76.25

Madhya Pradesh

72.75

Delhi

73

Gujarat

69.75

Bihar

75

Chattisgarh

75.75

Tamil Nadu

59

Odisha

74

Rajasthan

74.75

Goa

69

Haryana

75

Andhra Pradesh 

76.25

Telangana

59.75

Karnataka

67

Kerala

69.25

Himachal Pradesh

74

Jharkhand

75.25

Maharashtra

65

Assam

69

West Bengal

76

Punjab

75.75

Chandigarh

69.50

IBPS Clerk – Banks & Vacancies

Participating Banks

The following banks recruit candidates who pass the IBPS clerk exam:

  1. Allahabad Bank 
  2. Canara Bank 
  3. Indian Overseas Bank 
  4. Syndicate Bank
  5. Andhra Bank 
  6. Central Bank of India
  7. Oriental Bank of Commerce 
  8. UCO Bank
  9. Bank of Baroda 
  10. Corporation Bank
  11. Punjab National Bank 
  12. Union Bank of India
  13. Bank of India 
  14. Indian Bank 
  15. Punjab & Sind Bank
  16. United Bank of India
  17. Bank of Maharashtra

Statewise Vacancies

12,075 vacancies are available in 17 participating banks across the country. The statewide vacancy list is shown below.

State

Vacancy

Andaman & Nicobar Island

14

Andhra Pradesh

777

Arunachal Pradesh

11

Assam

189

Bihar

295

Chandigarh

64

Chhattisgarh

174

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

4

Daman & Diu

2

Delhi

525

Goa

67

Gujarat

600

Haryana

328

Himachal Pradesh

129

Jammu & Kashmir

63

Jharkhand

141

Karnataka

953

Kerala

349

Lakshadweep

1

Madhya Pradesh

440

Maharashtra

1257

Manipur

11

Meghalaya

7

Mizoram

9

Nagaland

11

Odisha

417

Pondicherry

44

Punjab

634

Rajasthan

325

Sikkim

23

Tamil Nadu

1379

Telangana

612

Tripura

53

Uttar Pradesh

1203

Uttarakhand

117

West Bengal

847

Total

12075

IBPS Clerk – FAQs

Q. When will the notification for IBPS 2020 be announced and when will the exams be conducted?

The notification for IBPS 2020 exam is likely to be announced in the first week of September 2020 and the Prelims Exam is scheduled to be conducted on 2 Dec 2020, 13 Dec 2020 & 19 Dec 2020 whereas mains exam is scheduled on 24th January 2021.

Q. Is the IBPS Clerk exam bilingual?

Yes, all IBPS exams are bilingual i.e. in English and Hindi.

Q. Is there any negative marking in the IBPS clerk exam?

Negative marking for wrong answers in both preliminary test and mains exam is applied. One-fourth of the total marks will be deducted for the question marked wrong by the candidate.

Q. Can a candidate apply for IBPS clerk exam after 12th class?

No, candidates must at least hold a Bachelor's degree in any discipline to apply for the exam.

Q. What is the age limit for appearing in the IBPS clerk exam?

A candidate must be of age between 21-28 years (age relaxation upto 5 years is given to candidates belonging to SC and ST). The candidates belonging to OBC categories are given an age relaxation of 3 years.

Q. How many attempts are possible to appear in the IBPS clerk exam?

Attempts are not counted in the IBPS Clerk exam. Candidates do not need to worry about the attempts for the exam.

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