IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2020 Prelims & Mains (CWE X) Pdf Download

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern – (आईबीपीएस क्लर्क परीक्षा पैटर्न) IBPS Department set up IBPS Clerks Exam for 2557 posts in the Month of December.

All Participants who successfully submitted their IBPS Clerk Online Application Now they all are waiting for Latest IBPS Exam Pattern of Clerk Recruitment they all can check IBPS Clerical Exam paper pattern and other details given below.

The IBPS is the organization which recruits people for various banking posts and various public sector banks that participate in the recruitment process.

Common Written Exam (CWE) of IBPS Clerk 2020 check details about the IBPS Exam Paper Pattern for Clerk.

The exam will be conducted online only. The exam will be conducted in two phases- Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 1 is a preliminary exam and phase 2 is the mains examination.

The candidates are provided with the clerk exam pattern so that they can understand the marking scheme, nature, and type of questions, paper pattern, time duration, marks allotted etc. This will help the candidates to prepare in a well-organized manner so that all the topics can be smartly covered.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

IBPS department scheduled Common Written IBPS Exam 2020 for Clerical Cadre Posts. IBPS Clerk Exam divided into 2 sections. Preliminary and Mains Exam.

IBPS Clerk Prelims exam contains 100 questions of 100 marks with a time duration of 01 hours.

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam includes 190 questions of 200 marks and duration is different for all subjects. Check the detailed table below for more details.

Every Section contains different marks check the Structure of Written Exam of IBPS Clerk. Official website www.ibps.in.

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern

आईबीपीएस क्लर्क प्रारंभिक परीक्षा पैटर्न – Phase 1 Preliminary exam

The preliminary exam is the first phase of the IBPS clerk examination 2020. The preliminary examination is divided into three sections. The description of these sections along with marks and number of questions will help a candidate to understand the exam pattern.

The first section is in the English language. It will have 30 numbers of questions and maximum marks allotted to this section are 30.

The next section is the Quantitative Aptitude. It has a very vast syllabus but still, the number of questions that comprises in this section is 35 which is very small as compared to the vast syllabus. So there is very much need to prepare this section very well as it has some tricky questions as well. The maximum marks allotted for this section is 35 marks.

The next section is reasoning ability and it comprises 35 questions and total marks allotted for this section is 35 marks. The total time frame for this exam will be 1 hour.

The total number of questions comprising this phase is 30+35+35= 100 and the total marks allotted for this phase are 30+35+35= 100 marks.

IBPS Clerk pre-exam Pattern

Sr No. Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability Paper 35 35 20 Min.
2 Numerical Ability Paper 35 35 20 Min.
3 English Language Paper 30 30 20 Min.
 Total 100 100

There are cutoffs for each of the section which is always decided by the conducting body. Candidates need to score the sectional and overall cutoff in order to qualify for the next phase.

The adequate number of candidates will be shortlisted for the mains examination. So prepare your studies very well. Make sure that the marking scheme possesses the negative marking as well wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. So make sure to answer only those questions whose answer provides the surety to you to fetch marks.

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Syllabus Pattern

(आईबीपीएस क्लर्क मुख्य परीक्षा पैटर्न)

Phase 2 Mains Examination

The mains examination is divided into 4 sections and this exam also is conducted online. The five sections of the exam are as follows:

  • The first section is General/Financial Awareness (with special reference to banking) section comprising 50 numbers of questions and total marks allotted for this section will be 50 and time frame for this section is 35 minutes.
  • The next section is the English language which will have 40 questions and total marks for this section will be 40 marks. Timeframe allotted for this section is 30 minutes.
  • The third section is the Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude Section. This section consists of 50 questions and total marks allotted for this section is 60 marks and the time frame is 45 minutes.
  • The next section is quantitative aptitude which consists of 50 questions and maximum marks for this section will be 50 marks and time allotted is 45 minutes. This section needs to be prepared by the candidate’s very well as the syllabus is very vast for this section and so there is a need to properly plan the schedule for studying this section.

So the total marks for this examination will be 50+40+60+50= 200 and the total number of questions will be 50+40+50+50= 190. The total time allotted for this exam is 35+35+45+45= 160 minutes.

Sr No. (Objective) Test Name Qns. Maximum Marks (Separately timed)
1 General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Min.
2 General English 40 40 35 Min.
3 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 Min.
4 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 Min.
Total 190 200 160 Min.

Negative Marking:

There is negative marking as well in this section i.e. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. So make sure while attempting the questions, the answers which provide a surety factor to a question, should be answered and the questions in which there is no assurance, skip those questions. Check IBPS Clerk Negative Marking Process here.

Try not to attempt it only on the basis of guesswork.

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IBPS Clerk Exam Cut Off Score:

Each Candidate must get the minimum score in each section with a total of minimum score participants will be qualified for Mains. The cutoff will be decided according to available vacancies in that State.

There are sectional cutoffs and overall cutoffs which are decided by IBPS which needs to be surely scored in order to qualify the mains as the marks obtained in the mains examination will be considered further for the allotment process as well.

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IBPS Clerk exam 2020 final calculation scores

The final scores will have two considerations for the calculations which are as mentioned below:

First, the corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates in different sessions (if held) will be normalized using the equi – percentile method.

Second, scores up to two decimals shall be taken into consideration for the purpose of calculations.

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The tests in both the exams will be available bilingually (in English and Hindi) except for the English language section. The concept of negative marking is applicable in all the sections. But there will be no penalty for unanswered questions.

The scores will be normalized in order to equate the difficulty level of the papers in different slots. The candidates need to score the sectional and overall cutoffs in both the phases of the examination but only marks for mains will be considered for the final merit list. The final score will be scaled to a maximum of 100.


The above-detailed information for the exam pattern is to provide candidates with an overview of the exam pattern and other details. Also, if a candidate requires more information for the same, can be checked out on the website of the IBPS which will even let the candidates know about the latest announcements as well.

Good luck to all the candidates appearing for the exam and perform well to achieve the heights of success.

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  1. Sir pre exam clear karne ke liye kitne kitne questions karne honge please tell us sir or main exam m bhi kitne questions karne honge cutoff kase decide hogi ibps po main or clerk main

  2. Hlo sir, I am Likhitha I am btech student (2018) recently but I have 1 backlog by November I am going to attempt the supply exam. So, sir can I attempt the exam I mean if certificates are not given by University after completion of mains any issue will be raise plzzzz reply me sir..

  3. I have a question sir that I belong to army background so I never remain in one place for a long time ….
    And I also never remain in my own state so as per instructions I had to show that I had studied mothertongue upto 10th so if I selected they will allow me in job

  4. Hello sir medium Hindi fill Karenge ibps clerk me.to paper m Hindi aayegi kya? Ibps clerk me minus marking bhi choti hai kya?

    • Hello Pallavi, Yes Negative marking Hoti hai or IBPS Paper ka medium Hindi and English Dono Me Aata Hai, Exam Time Pe Language Select Kar Sakte Hai.

  5. Sir clear ki post me pre&mains Ki exam hi skti h ya uske baad interview ya or kuch next round bhi hota hai plz tell me

  6. Sir,I have studied computer in a public sector(DCA,F.A,BCC,DTP)…& I have done B.Sc(zoology,physiology,Botany)…so am i eligible for ibps bank clerk cwe vii exam?

    • Rahul, Proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT (candidates should know how to read/ write and speak the Official Language of the State/UT) for which vacancies a candidate wishes to apply is preferable.

  7. Sir Maine mera graduation B.Sc. me complete kiya hai aur muze ab IBPS clerical crack karana hai to isaki tayari nai kaise karu muze kuch maloom nahi hai..please suggest me

  8. sir i am from mp i won’t to crack ibps exm but i am week in English and maths also pleas guide me what i do??

  9. Sir what is expected cut for Ibps clerk mains????
    How many questions should we have to attempt in mains.. I m from Delhi(general candidate)???

  10. Sir, what how much marks will keep me safe to clear this year clerk mains exam? I am obc category candidate from Maharashtra.Thank you

    • Sorry Miss Divya,
      You are not shortlisted for the IBPS Clerk Mains Exam 2016

      Better luck next time dear!


  11. Rrb clerk me jab hum hindi late hai to kya remaining subjects bhi hindi me Kar diya hai..I m totally confused ? ye meta first attempt hai mein baki portion to eng. Me Kar rai Hu par hindi subject opt karna chatti Hu as a fifth subject…is that possible

    • Aap default language English select kariyega,to aapko pura paper english milega or paper open hone pe hindi or english ke papers bhi side by side dikhenge jishe aap pura paper english me solve kre or hindi english ke paper me aap hindi paper pe click kre to aapka 5th paper hindi milega hindi me solve krne ko

  12. Is it necessary to purchase New books Of same exam every year like ibps cwe po v and for ibps cwe po vi this year and also for other ibps exams like for clerk and rrb

  13. Sir I passed 3 year diploma in mech.engg.and there was two subject of computer in diploma one was basic of information technology and second was computer added design and its application. And I passed B.A also.can I apply for ibps clerks?

  14. sir mere first time h mene graduation kiya h clerk ke liye form bhara h toh preparation kyse start karu or clerk main interview hoga kya or koi book bh btaiye jo main market se le saktu

  15. Dear Sir,
    I belongs to Pondicherry… I applied ibps clerk for Pondicherry vacancy… Pondicherry vacancy is 9 only…so if there is any chance to fill in tamilnadu vacancy 1032… because both Pondicherry and tamilnadu regional language is tamil….plz reply me sir…

  16. dear sir,
    maine ibps po aur clerk dono me apply kiya h.
    sir meri math aur resoning achhi h aur computer average h pr GA aur english kamjore h jisme english kuch jyada hi,
    maine last year pahli bar in dono ka exam diya tha aur pre nikal bhi liya tha par in dono subjects me rah gya tha.
    sir selection pane k liye mai har subjects ko kaise taiyar karu, mai har mehanat karne ko taiyar hu. plz sir mujhe sahi advise de plz sir…..

  17. I’m from Biharr and want to apply for Bihar zone can I choose exam centre in other states, eg Hyderabad.
    Please guide me.

    • Any stationary item like textual material (printed or written), bits of papers, Geometry/Pencil Box, Plastic Pouch, Calculator, Scale, Writing Pad, Pen Drives, Log Table, Electronic Pen/Scanner etc. are not allowed inside the examination centre.

  18. dear sir
    kya ibps clerk ka pre.or main exam hindi me ho sakta he matlab peper ka midium hindi choose kar sakte he
    tell me sir

  19. Dear Sir,
    maine po me apply kiya h aur clerk me bhi karunga,
    sir meri math aur reasoning bahut achhi h aur computer average h par GA aur english kamjor h,jisme english kuch jyada hi. maine last year pahli bar exam diya tha aur pre nikal liya tha pr main me inhi 2 subjects me rah gya tha. sir mai in subjects ko kaise majboot karu. plz sir best suggetion de mai har mehnat krne ko taiyar hu……

  20. sir,
    i am bhaskar from up.
    ibps clerk ka main exam clear karne k liye mujhe minimum kitne marks lane honge.
    plz tell me sir….

  21. Sir ….
    what is the cutoff marks all subject in clerk ….for privious yr….?
    nd kya ye jaruri h ki question paper k quest. ko serial se karna hoga..?
    current affairs mainly kitnec last ka pocha jata h….?
    nd jo time alag alag part me divided kiya h..utne time me hi particular subject ko solve karna hai…

    • Vishwa, Prelims me to kisi bhi subject ko kabhi bhi kar sakte ho Lekin Mains me har section ka alag se time hoga.

      • thankx sir….
        sir mains me jo time diya h utane time me hi question serial by serial section se b karne honge kya…

  22. Sir please tell me which books i have to buy for po exam and how many sectionw in it and is there mandatory to attnd clas for this

    • Dharmendra, Experience to jaruri nhi hai. Mgr Computer education honi jaruri hai. Chahe School ya college kisi ki bhi ho.

    • Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS.

  23. devendra
    sir kiya ibps paper hindi or english both lanaguge me hota hi kiya?
    plz …………sir give me ans

  24. Sir…kindly tell me can a working clerk apply for ibps pi exam…or ibps clerk 2016 again…does it require any special permission to be taken from office…i dont want to wait for years for promotion..can i apply for ibps po exam..i was selected in 2014 clerk reserve list this year..i need help urgently.

  25. What is NA in cutoff of clerk. If some one gives clerk exam and in results it shows NA in each categories then what to do as ibps is not maintaining vacancies before exam.

  26. Sir,
    I am from odisha state and residing in naglanad. Can I apply for ibp s clerk here as I known the local language of the state.

  27. Sir ibps ya rrb ke mains exam ki time duration kitni hai aur har subject ke liye kitta time milta hai plz tell me

    • सभी विषयों के लिये 2 घंटे का समय दिया जाता है.

    • Hello, Soumya, Which posts you want to apply. Here are many posts in SO Exam. Such as IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, Marketing Officer, Law Officer, HR Officer, etc.

  28. Hello sir, i’m bsc final yr and i want to job on bank , and how will i prepared from today ? so that it will be easy to get good score in that ibps clerk exam.Sir Plz give me any idea .

  29. Hii sir i want to.know about clerical exam… i have gapp in 10 class for 2 year and then after two year i got admision in 11 so tell me please gap will allowed in banking exam..must reply

  30. Hello sir, kya IBPS Clerk exam mein English or hindi mein option aata hai aur hindi ki taiyari ke liye koi book suggest kijiye.

  31. I always attempt 165 and above in KBPS clerk but didn’t get good marked. Can any one suggest whether ibps issue answer of the question attempt in the exam.

    • hi, am final year engineering student. I will get my graduation certificate in the month of June. Please any1 tell me when should I attend IBPS exam?I mean before June or after June.

      • hlo, there will b 5 sections in mains. english, reasoning, aptitude, gk, computers. 40 question each section. also 40marks each section. procedure for negatv markin will b same as prelims. 2hrs will b provided for the same.

  32. To clear cutoffs minimum 10-12 marks will be really good for all categories and in all subjects i mean in each section…

  33. Hi may i know the sectional cut off and over all cut off for ibps clerk main examination..please say it clearly..for obc candidates

  34. Hai I am Anusha, I have applied for IBPS Specialist officer(I.T. officer) Examination.Can anyone please tell me what is sectional cut off for each section and on an average how many questions we need to attempt in each section to get qualified.

  35. I attempted 76 questions in IBPS clerks V prelims.
    What is cutoff for ibps clerks?
    Plzzz tell me

  36. what can be cut off of ibps clerk pre..?
    i have attempted-
    resoning 34 -95-99% accuracy
    eng 20- 80% accu.
    apti 16- 90% accu.
    total 70 attempted.

    is it above or below than pre of po exam.?

  37. Sir..
    In ibps clerk pre exam…is there any sectional cut off or overall cut off..and what is the cut off to clear it…and is there negative markng also…??

  38. Sir,
    I ve 44% marks in graduation. plz tell me I can appear for the ibps clerk exam or not.Because in notification marks of graduation is not mentioned

  39. how much minimum cut off marks is required to qualify in the mains exam of ibps clerk 2015- 16 ? plz plz plz at least give some approx marks for qualifying in the mains……..

  40. plz uplord a pratice set for ibps clerk/ po pre or main exam fully update
    becoz of new pattern style exam
    plz plz plz plz plz plz……

  41. plz send me syllabus of ibps clerk exam of 2015 and plz suggest me which book is good for ex preparation of ibps clerk exam???

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