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How to Prepare for IBPS Bank Exams 2017 Clerk | IBPS Exam Pattern & Preparation Tips


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Exams | IBPS CWE Clerk Notification, Important Dates, Exam Pattern and Preparation



IBPS CWE Clerk Exam 2017

The Institute of Banking personnel Selection (IBPS) counducts various banking exams for the Public Sector Banks, SBI and other banking bodies. IBPS conducts common written examination every year for the clerical cadre for Public Sector Banks.
IBPS will soon release its notification for the clerical cadre examination, IBPS clerk CWE VII, 2017. Clerical exam is conduced in two levels – Prelim (pre) and mains. IBPS CWE Clerk prelim exam is of qualifying nature. Aspirants qualified in prelim examination are eligible for mains exam. There is no interview in IBPS clerk recruitment.  To clear an IBPS examination you have to maintain your Speed, Accuracy and Confidence.


It is expected that IBPS will release notification for IBPS Clerk 2017 in August, the August is about to nd but there is no official notification yet. Now, it can be assume that IBPS will soon release notification for IBPS CWE VII, 2017.
Although, IBPS has already releasd its notification, according to that IBPS clerk prelim examination is scheduled to be conducted tentatively on 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th December 2017. The Mains examination’s tentative date according to IBPS’s calendar is January 21, 2018.

Event Date
Conduct of Online Examination – Preliminary02nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th
December 2017
Conduct of Online Examination – Main
21st January 2018
Declaration of Final Result 1st April 2018

Its the right time to start your preparation for IBPS CWE clerical cadre. Candidates who are seeking to join Public Banking Service need to accelerate their effort to achieve their goal.
IBPS release vacancies state wise, it means different no. of seats for different states. That result into different cut-offs for the individual state. Last year there were 22711 vacancies, and a huge no. of vacancies are expected this year too.

IBPS Clerk 2017 Exam Pattern 

IBPS recruits for clerical examination in two stages i.e. prelim and mains. Both papers are online, objective type. The pattern of both the exams are as follows :

IBPS Clerk 2017 Preliminary Exam Pattern : 

IBPS clerk prelim exam consist 100 question from three sections i.e. Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English. 1 hour (60 minutes) is assigned to complete the exam, there were 100 multiple choice questions. According to previous year papers, prelim exam is easy and candidates require speed and accuracy to clear the cut-off. Scheme of exam :

SubjectNo. of Questions Maximum Marks
English Language3030
Quantitative Aptitude3535
Reasoning Ability3535

There is 1 marks assigned for each right question and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong attempt. There is no time specified for different section, students themselves have to maintain time accordingly. Prelim exam is just qualifying nature.

IBPS Clerk 2017 Mains Exam Pattern : 

Candidates qualified in Prelim examination are eligible to appear in mains examination. Mains exam contain total of 200 question from 5 sections (i.e. Reasoning, General Awareness, Quant, Computer and English). Total time assigned to complete the test is 135 minutes. Scheme of mains exam is given below :

Sr. no.SectionNo. of Questions  Maximum Marks Time Alloted
1.Reasoning405030 mins
2.English Language
404030 mins 
3.Quantitative Aptitude 405030 mins 
4.General Awareness404025 mins 
5.Computer Knowledge 402020 mins 
 Total 200200135 mins 

The score of mains exams will be considered for shortlisting for final merit list. There will be negative marking in mains exam.

IBPS Clerk 2017 Eligibility Criteria 

Educational Qualification :

A candidate must possess the minimum qualification of Graduation in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. Also, the candidate should have passed in English as one of the subjects at SSC/ HSC/Intermediate/ Graduation level.

Age Limits : Minimum 20 years and maximum 28 years. 

IBPS Clerk 2017 Syllabus 

The Sections, English, Reasoning and Numerical Ability are the main subject in IBPS bank exams. The syllabus of these subjects are same in prelim and mains examination. For IBPS  clerk mains, students need to prepare General Awareness and Computer education.

English Language : 

Topics to cover for English section in IBPS Clerk Prelim and Mains are  :

Reading Comprehension, Cloze test, Fillers, Spotting errors, Sentence Improvement, Fill in the Blank, Vocabulary based Questions.

Reasoning : 

Topics to cover for Reasoning section in IBPS Clerk Prelim and Mains are  :

Puzzles, Seating Arrangements, Direction Sense, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Order and Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Machine Input-Output, Inequalities, Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series, Data Sufficiency,Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument).

Numerical Ability : 

Topics to cover for Numerical Ability section in IBPS Clerk Prelim and Mains are  :

Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart), Inequalities (Quadratic Equations), Number Series, Approximation and Simplification,  Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns).

General Awareness :

Topics to cover for Numerical Ability section in IBPS Clerk Mains are  :

Banking and Insurance Awareness, Financial Awareness,  Govt. Schemes and Policies, Current Affairs,  Static Awareness.

Computer Knowledge  :

History and Generation of Computers, Introduction to Computer Organisation,  Computer Memory, Computer Hardware and I/O Devices,  Computer Software, Computer Languages, Operating System, Computer Network, Internet,  MS Office Suit and Short cut keys, Basics of DBMS, Number System and Conversions,  Computer and Network Security.

How to Prepare IBPS Clerk 2017

There will be objective type questions and exams will be held online. Candidates have to clear overall as well as the sectional cutoff. As, you have to qualify in each subject, candidates are advised to focus on each subject. To clear an IBPS examination you have to maintain your Speed, Accuracy and Confidence.

IBPS releases state wise cut-off for IBPS Clerk examinations. You need to know your state’s previous year cutoffs and set a target accordingly. You will found that cut-off is increasing every year.

For preparing the IBPS clerk examination one need to wisely manage their time to cover all the subjects. First diagnose the topics you find easy. Try to find the question related to easy topics first, without wasting much time on the difficult questions. Also practice the easy topics, it will enhance your speed and confidence.

Practice a mock test with time, it will increase your speed. Try to appear in online mock test, you can purchase a daily mock test series from any coaching or buy online. there were various study portals which provide online test series.

Record the marks obtained in daily mock test, and evaluate your progress closely. After online test analyse all the question thoroughly, try to attempt the question from different method. make sure that your progress graph rise continuously, if not so diagnose the problem you are facing.

IBPS Clerk 2017 Pre-exam Training

Candidates from SC/ST/Religious Minority Community are asked for free pre-exam training at the time of filling application form. The bank arrange a week’s pre-training for such candidates. Candidates opting for pre-examination training should download their call letter for training by entering their registration number and password/ date of birth from Bank’s website. No hard copy of the call letter will be sent by post.

IBPS Clerk 2017 Online Application

IBPS will soon release the application forms on its official website. All the process are completely online. To fill the application form without any technical error candidates are advised to use one of the given browser –

  • Internet Explorer 8 and above
  • Mozilla FireFox 3.0 and above
  • Google Chrome 3.0 and above

Candidates applying online must posses A valid Email Id, Photograph and Signature scanned in the prescribed size, Application Fee must be paid online so all document required for online transaction.

IBPS Clerk Application Fee

The category wise fee structure for IBPS Clerk online application is given below.

CategoryApplication Fee
General and Others600

The application fee must be paid online itself.

IBPS Clerk 2017 Admit Card & Call Letter

Admit card and call letter will be available for download on the official website of IBPS. Candidates must visit the official website to know more. No hard copy will be send to candidates. Candidates are informed by mail and message on their registered mobile no. will be sent by IBPS.

Candidates will require Registration no./roll no. and Date of Birth or password to download the admit card pof IBPS CWE Clerk 2017.
Admit cards will available on official website 10 to 15 days prior to examination.

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