IBPS Clerk Recruitment 2020:

For this year IBPS clerk recruitment, totally 12075 vacancies have been released. Comparing to the last year vacancy (7275) it is much greater now. So this is the greatest opportunity for the aspirants who are dreaming to enter the banking sector. The IBPS Clerk apply online link has been activated already.

  • Start date to fill online application – 17th of September 2020.
  • Last date to fill online application – 9th of October 2020.

The exam dates are also announced for both prelims and mains. On 7th, 8th, 14th, and 21st of  December 2020 the prelims exams will be held. The mains exam will take place on the 19th of January 2020. So candidates have enough time for the exam preparation.

IBPS Clerk Selection Process:

There are 2 stages in the IBPS clerk selection process. They are,

  • Online Preliminary exam
  • Online mains exam

There is no interview round in this IBPS clerk recruitment process. As prelims is the first round of the recruitment concentrate more on that part. Here some of the preparation tips are provided for the candidates. It will be useful for the aspirants to secure good marks in the exam. Also, the IBPS Clerk exam pattern for the prelims and the mains exam are provided for your reference. 

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern:

  • The IBPS clerk preliminary exam consists of 3 sections namely the English language, quantitative aptitude, and the reasoning ability.
  • Number of questions in the English language section is 30.
  • The reasoning ability section has 35 questions.
  • The number of questions in the quantitative aptitude section is 35.
  • There will be sectional timing as mentioned in the table.
  • 25 marks will be deducted as the penalty for the wrong answers.
  • The candidates clearing the prelims round will face the mains exam. Any way the prelims marks are not considered for the provisional allotment.
S No. Section No. Of questions Maximum marks Duration
1. Reasoning ability 35 35   20 minutes
2. Quantitative  aptitude 35 35   20 minutes
3. English language 30 30   20 minutes
  Total 100 100 1 hour


IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern:

  • The IBPS clerk mains exam has 4 sections. They are English language, reasoning ability & computer aptitude, data interpretation & analysis and general economy & banking awareness.
  • The sectional timing for each section is mentioned in the table.
  • 1/4th of the marks assigned to question is deducted as the penalty for each wrong answer.
  • The marks obtained in this exam are considered for the preparation of merit list. The candidates who clear the mains exam will get the provisional allotment order.
S No. Section No. Of questions Maximum marks Duration


Reasoning ability & computer aptitude  





45 minutes




Data interpretation and analysis  





45 minutes



General/ Economy/ Banking awareness  





35 minutes

4. English language           45 40 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

Preparation Tips for IBPS Clerk Prelims & Mains:

IBPS clerk exam is one of the toughest exams to clear. You have to work hard daily according to the study plan. Also taking IBPS Clerk mock tests will enhance your speed and accuracy. Give importance to all the subjects in prelims and mains exam. Only then you can give your best performance in the exam. Follow the preparation tips given for each subject. It will be useful to clear the prelims and mains exam easily.

Preparation tips for the English Language:

Many candidates feel this section as tough to score marks. For that your grammar knowledge should be good. Reading newspapers will be a good solution for this section. It also improves your vocabulary skills. You can also learn more new words daily. It will be very useful to score marks in an easy manner.

Preparation Tips for Reasoning Ability:

Nowadays bank exams are more challenging. The reasoning questions are asked in new patterns which are very difficult. For prelims exam prepare all easy to moderate level of questions. Maintain speed and accuracy is enough to clear the prelims exam. But for mains exam all puzzles and seating arrangements will be high level difficult questions. So focus such high standard questions in your preparation. Take the topic test to improve your confidence. In blood relation, syllogism, direction sense, etc practice all-new pattern questions in the exam point of view.

Preparation Tips for Quantitative Aptitude:

In this section you have to improve your calculation skills to score marks easily. Learn more short calculation tricks. Without short cut formulas you cannot finish the problems quickly. So practices more sums and try to solve them with short cut methods. For mains exam take extra effort and practice high level problems. Concentrate more on a new pattern of data interpretation questions. 

Preparation Tips for General Awareness:

This section is only for the mains exam. Prepare separate notes for current affairs, banking awareness and static GK topics. Revise them regularly and take online quizzes to fine-tune your performance.

Follow these preparation tips for both prelims and mains exams. This will help you to clear the IBPS clerk exam.

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