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IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern


IBPS conducts CWE VII in two phases namely Preliminary Examination and Mains Examination to qualify the candidates for the Clerk Cadre.

Preliminary Examination Exam Structure:

The preliminary exam of IBPS Clerk CWE is an online exam testing a candidate on the basis of their aptitude, intellect and English. There are three sections in total and the candidate must clear the cut off of each section to proceed to the mains exam round.

Candidates are required to solve the question paper in the time frame of 20 minutes for each section. The composite mark of the paper is 100 and the passing marks is decided by IBPS that is likely to change every year depending on the level of difficulty of the exam.

S.NO Name of Subject     Number of Questions Maximum Marks  Duration 
1 English Language 30 30 1hour
2 Reasoning Ability 35 35
3 Numerical Ability 35 35
  Total 100 100


Mains Exam Structure:

Mains exam is conducted in online mode only. IBPS  Mains exam comprises of 200 multiple choice questions under 5 main subject category sections namely Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness (with special reference to Banking) and Computer Knowledge. Here, all Questions for all four sections except the English Language will be present in both English as well as the Hindi Language.

Sr.No Name of Tests No. of Questions (Objective type) Maximum Marks Medium of Exam Time allotted for each
test (Separately timed
1 Reasoning 50 50 English & Hindi 30 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 English 30 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English & Hindi 30 minutes
4 General Awareness (with special
reference to Banking)
40 40 English & Hindi 30 minutes
5 Computer Knowledge     20 20 English & Hindi 25 minutes
   Total  200 200   135 minutes