IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2019 – Everything you need to know

| Updated On September 16th, 2019 at 01:09 pm

IBPS Clerk exam is conducted every year by the Institute Of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). A number of aspirants are recruited for the post of IBPS Clerk every year thus making it a most after the exam in India. Aspirants from Across India fill the application and appear for IBPS Clerk exam. This year according to IBPS Clerk official notification a total of 12075 candidates are to be recruited as it is considered to be one of the most prestigious jobs with a number of lucrative benefits and career growth.

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The first step towards IBPS Clerk preparation is to know the exam pattern to give a right direction to your preparations. Before we proceed with the details, let us get familiar with the selection procedure of the IBPS Clerk exam 2019 recruitment. IBPS Clerk exam is carried on the two-tier process namely IBPS Clerk preliminary exam and IBPS Clerk mains exam. The person who qualifies both the stages will be considered for final selection. The only difference between these two phases is that General awareness will be added in the IBPS Clerk mains exam. In this article, we will discuss the IBPS Clerk exam pattern to give you a brief of IBPS Clerk exam 2019.

Candidates preparing for IBPS Clerk should have knowledge about the IBPS Clerk syllabus 2019. They must check the IBPS Clerk previous year papers to get the clear idea about the exam pattern, level of difficulty, types of question, etc. Let us now discuss the  IBPS Exam Pattern for clerk in detail.

IBPS Clerk 2019: Selection procedure

IBPS Clerk exam is carried on two phases as mentioned below:

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains exam

After successfully clearing both the phases, candidates will have to undergo a language proficiency test for the state they have applied from. The aspirant should be very familiar with the regional language of the state to qualify LPT. Your proficiency in writing, speaking, and reading the language will be tested.

IBPS Clerk Exam 2019: Exam mode

Exam Stages Exam Mode
IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Online Mode Only
IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Online Mode Only

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2019

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2019: Preliminary Exam

There is sectional timing of 20 minutes for each section in the IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam 2019. The English language comprises of 30 questions with a total of 30 marks and rest of the two sections carries the highest weigthage of 35 marks each. The level of the preliminary exam is comparatively easy as that of mains. This may also result in high cut off. Maximum marks for prelims is 100 and cut off will be decided by the recruiting organization only. Check the detailed IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern below.

.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

B) IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2019 :Mains Exam

The exam pattern for IBPS Clerk mains is different from that of IBPS Clerk prelims. General awareness is the add on the subject in this stage with a total of 50 questions carries 50 marks each. The main examination is also followed by the sectional timing for each section with a total of 160 minutes. Level of the exam can be considered from moderate to difficult. Candidates will have to qualify in both the stages and clear the minimum qualifying marks as decided by the IBPS for the provisional allotment.

Sr. No Name of Tests


No. of




Medium of Exam Time allotted for each

test (Separately timed)

1 General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 English & Hindi 35 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 English 35 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 English & Hindi 45 minutes
4 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 English & Hindi 45 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes
  • Marks obtained by the candidates in IBPS Clerk 2019 Main examination will be considered for shortlisting for the final merit list.
  • There will be negative marking for every wrong answer in both Preliminary and Main Examination for which there is a penalty of ¼ or 0.25 of the marks assigned to the particular question.


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