IBPS Clerk Exam 2022

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 18th October, 2021

IBPS Clerk Exam is conducted annually by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). It is a Common Recruitment Process (CRP) that is conducted to select suitable candidates for the clerical cadre posts. The candidates who are finally selected are posted in the public sector banks of the country. Any candidate who aspires to join any of the participating organization is required to register for the Common Recruitment Process conducted by IBPS.

The candidates who are selected for the clerical cadre are required to serve probation for six months. After the probation period is completed, the candidates are required to appear for a performance test or an assessment test to confirm themselves as permanent employees.

A clerical cadre is an entry-level post for any candidate willing to become a banker. A clerk is required to look after the daily activities of the bank and at the same time, is responsible for addressing the queries brought in by the customers

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Recruitment for the clerical cadre post for the public sector banks in India.
Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
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IBPS Clerk Exam Eligibity Criteria 2022

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate must be either –
    (i) a Citizen of India or
    (ii) a subject of Nepal or
    (iii) a subject of Bhutan or
    (iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
    (v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & 
    (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
    • The candidate must possess a valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he/she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.
    • Computer Literacy: Operating and working knowledge in computer systems is mandatory i.e. candidates should have Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/Language/ should have studied Computer / Information
    • Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute

  4. Age Limit
  5. The age of the candidate to appear in the IBPS Clerk Exam should be minimum of 20 years and maximum of 28 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 33 years
    OBC 31 years
    Persons With Disabilities 38 years
    Ex-Servicemen / Disabled Ex-Servicemen 50 years
    Widows, divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried 37 years
    Persons affected by 1984 riots 33 years
    Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service 33 years

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. There is no restriction on the number of attempts provided the upper age limit does not exceed.

IBPS Clerk Exam Important Dates 2022

Event Date
Starting Date of Application October 7, 2021
Last Date of Application October 27, 2021
Admit Card for Preliminary Exam November/December 2021
Starting date of Preliminary Exam December 2021
Result of Preliminary Exam December 2021/January 2022
Issuance of Call Letter for Main Exam December 2021/January 2022
Main Exam Date January/February 2022

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2022

There are two levels of examinations: Preliminary exam and Mains exam. The IBPS Clerk Exam is conducted online as it is a computer-based exam and comprises of multiple-choice questions. All the questions are in both Hindi and English Language except for the English test. Each section in the question paper has a specific timing. The candidate is required to complete a particular section in the specified duration. Each of the candidates appearing for the exam is required to clear the sectional cut-off and the overall cut-off for both the preliminary and the mains examination.

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Reasoning Ability

The paper will check the candidate’s reasoning ability

Merit Ranking Nature 35 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 35
2 Numerical Ability

The paper will check a candidates numeric ability

Merit Ranking Nature 35 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 35
3 English Language

The paper will check a candidates command over English

Merit Ranking Nature 30 Objective (Multiple Choice) 20 mins 0.25 30
Total Marks* 100

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Mains Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 General and Financial Awareness

The paper will check a candidates command over general and current affairs

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 35 mins 0.25 50
2 English Language

The paper will check a candidates command over English

Merit Ranking Nature 40 Objective (Multiple Choice) 35 mins 0.25 40
3 Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

The paper will check the candidate’s reasoning ability and command over computer

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 35 mins 0.25 60
4 Quantitative Aptitude

The paper will check a candidates numeric ability

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 45 mins 0.25 50
Total Marks* 200

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus 2022

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Reasoning Ability

  • Logical reasoning
  • alphanumeric series
  • alphabetic series
  • ranking
  • data sufficiency test
  • Coded inequalities
  • direction tests
  • seating arrangements
  • puzzles
  • tabulations
  • syllogism
  • input/output
  • coding & decoding
  • blood relations

2 Numerical Ability

  • Profit, loss and discounts
  • quadratic equations
  • approximation and simplification
  • mixtures and alligations
  • simple and compound interest
  • surds and indices
  • work and time
  • speed
  • distance and time
  • ratio and proportions
  • percentage
  • data interpretation
  • mensuration
  • number system
  • permutation
  • combination and
  • probability

3 English Language

  • Reading comprehension
  • tenses
  • cloze test
  • jumbled paragraphs
  • idioms and phrases
  • multiple meaning
  • error spotting
  • correction
  • prepositions

Syllabus for Mains Exam

1 General and Financial Awareness

  • Static GK
  • Current Affairs
  • Banking Awareness
  • India’s financial and banking system
  • budget and monetary plans of government
  • key national institutes
  • basics of banking

2 English Language

  • Vocabulary
  • tenses
  • grammar
  • idioms and phrases
  • reading comprehension

3 Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude

  • Reasoning Ability:
    • Analogy
    • assumptions and statements
    • syllogism
    • coding and decoding
    • blood relations
    • sense of direction and distance
    • alphanumeric series
    • non-verbal reasoning
  • Computer Aptitude:
    • Basics of hardware and software
    • operating systems
    • internet and associated topics
    • Microsoft office and other word processing software
    • history of computing
    • basic computer networking
    • basics of databases,
    • basics of cyber-security tools

4 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Time
  • speed and distance
  • work and time equations
  • mixtures and alligations
  • measures of central tendency
  • basic statistics
  • percentages
  • stocks
  • shares and debentures
  • volume and surface area
  • logarithms
  • permutations and combinations
  • clock ray questions
  • probability

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