ibps clerk 2021 complete information

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IBPS clerk 2021 complete information

In this article, we shall discuss the best IBPS clerk exam preparation tips.

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the IBPS clerk exam for recruitment of Clerks every year. Many candidates appear in various bank exams due to benefits and bank salary structure. To crack this exam you require dedication, discipline and a strong grasp of the subjects that constitute the IBPS Clerk Syllabus. To stand out from this large pool of talented people, we bring you few tips on how to prepare for exam.

IBPS Preparation Plan should be framed keeping in mind the fact that it must look after the candidate’s overall development. It is a highly competitive exam and in order to crack this exam with maximum score, one must have high level of knowledge and aptitude.

Well most of the candidates focus on just improving their skills and finishing off the syllabus but that is not enough, it is also crucial that the candidates also focus on improving their question selection and time management skills. Otherwise, due to negative marking you might end up losing marks and also you will not be able to finish off the complete paper on time due to silly mistakes. Therefore, your preparation plan must look after all these aspects of a successful test taking process.

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Who can apply for ibps clerk 2021

  • In order to pass IBPS Clerk eligibility criteria, a candidate must be of Indian nationality who has a degree (Graduation) in any discipline from Government of India recognised college/ university, as on 12/09/2020.
  • Candidate must also possess operating as well as working knowledge of Computer System, so Computer literacy is a must.
  • Candidates should also be skilled in the language of the state from which they are applying. This means that the candidates should know how to read, write and speak the official language of the state of union territory from which they are applying.
  • Candidate must be at least 20 years and maximum age limit is 28 years for age eligibility. Although IBPS Clerk notification has laid down the limitations pertaining to age, there are relaxations for certain section of people.
Category Age relaxation
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
Other Backward Classes

(Non-Creamy Layer)

3 years
Persons with Disability 10 years

Note: The Eligibility criteria specified herein are the basic criteria for applying for the post. Candidates must necessarily produce the relevant documents in original and photocopy in support of their identity and eligibility – pertaining to category, nationality, age, educational qualifications, etc. as indicated in their online application form at the time of joining and any subsequent stage of the recruitment process as required by IBPS.

How to apply for ibps clerk 2021

The IBPS Clerk application form needs to be filled in by a candidate with the necessary personal details and educational qualification. The recruitment starts with the online procedure where once the candidate successfully fills the application form, after that only the admit card for the Prelims examination will be generated.

Candidates must keep these things handy while applying online for the exam. Given below is a list of documents that are required while filling in the application form:

  • Scanned Photograph of Candidate
  • Scanned Image of Signature
  • Educational Certificates
  • Aadhar Card Number
  • Scanned Image of Thumb Impression
  • Written Declaration

Steps wise process to fill in the Application Form:

Candidates must make sure that no error is made in the online application process as no changes can be made in the application form once the final submission is done. The online form has five parts that need to be filled sequentially.

  • To apply online the candidate should log on to the Official website of IBPS.
  • Select the CRP-Clerks link and then click on the option “Click here to apply online for CRP-Clerks-VIII) which will open the online application form in a new window.
  • Then click on “Click here for New Registration’ to register their application by entering basic information.
  • Thereafter, candidates have to fill in all the given options with the required details to generate registration ID and password.
  • Here candidates have to fill in the following details:
  • Name
  • Contact Number
  • Email ID

This is called IBPS Online Registration, which is common for all exams. After this step, a User ID and password will be generated.

  • Next is to upload the photograph and signatures. The size and clarity requirements are stated on the website as follows:
    • Only passport size photographs of 4.5 by 3.5 cm or 200 by 230 pixels in a light background are allowed. The file should not be larger than 30 kb or smaller than 20 kb.
    • Face and eyes should be clearly visible and no headgear except religious symbols are allowed.
    • Signature should not be in capitals and should be on white paper with black ink.
    • The signature file should be less than 140 by 60 pixels and of 20 kb or less size. Make sure to maintain consistency while signing so that the signature can be used again for later steps.
  • Once the last step of the registration process is done, fill in educational details on the next page and move on to the page where details of organisational preference need to be filled. After filling educational details and organisational preference, you have to recheck filled in application form and submit it.
  • The fee for the examination needs to be paid online through Credit/Debit card or Net Banking. It is Rs 600 for general category/OBC and Rs. 100 for SC/ST/PWD and ex-servicemen.
  • Next take a printout of the completed IBPS Clerk online application form and e-receipt generated after this step.

These steps are to be followed for correctly filling the form online. Candidates should have all the supporting documents as documents are verified while joining the respective bank.

How to prepare for ibps clerk 2021

A lot of time and effort follows with the preparation of a bank exam, so follow these steps that have been drawn up after extensively studying toppers’ strategies for this exam:

IBPS does not exactly specify a specific bank exam syllabus for any of its exams. But one can cover the major topics that feature every year from studying previous years’ bank exam question papers. These topics are available on both online and offline platform along with the study materials.

Knowing the syllabus is like half the war won, as it will help you strive and save time. Many aspirants make the error of studying everything for each subject and end up wasting their efforts. This should be avoided completely.

Stages Preliminary and Main Exams
Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
Mode of Exam Online
Level of Difficulty Easy-Moderate
Negative Marking 0.25 marks
Duration of Exam Preliminary – 1 hour,

Main exam – 2 hours 40 minutes

Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Maximum Marks 100 for Prelims and 200 for Mains

The pattern for the exam of IBPS Clerk exam for Prelims and Mains:

Prelims Preparation:

Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration for each exam
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 1 hour

Mains Preparation:

Name of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration for each exam
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

Candidates are required to score as high as possible for Mains, as it is considered for the final merit listing. Hence, the planning for your IBPS Clerk must be a cogent and smart plan.

Note: For wrong answers marked there is a penalty marking for both preliminary and mains examination. Wrong answer to an objective question will lead to negative marking of one-fourth of the total mark assigned to that question. No negative marking is done for questions left unanswered or blank.

Final Score Calculation:

The final score for the exam is calculated keeping the below mentioned points in mind:

  • For the final selection, marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam (Phase-1) will not be considered.
  • For the final merit, candidates must qualify Phase-2.
  • Total score out of 100 is applied for the final merit list for each category. Only Top Merit ranked candidates in each category are finally selected.

The IBPS Clerk Prelims syllabus consists of three subjects making up the objective type paper which are as follows:

English Language Reasoning Ability Numerical Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Ten ses Rules
  • Cloze Test(Fill in the Blanks)
  • Jumbled Paragraphs
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Multiple Meaning
  • Error Spotting Correction
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Preposition Rules
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Alphabetic Series
  • Ranking
  • Data Sufficiency Tests
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Direction Test,
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Puzzles
  • Tabulation
  • Syllogism
  • Input/Output
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Profit, Loss and Discounts
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Approximation and Simplification
  • Mixtures and Allegations
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Surds and Indices
  • Work and T ime
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Mensuration: Cone, Sphere, Cylinder
  • Data Interpretation
  • Ratio, Proportion and Percentage
  • Number Systems
  • Sequences and Series
  • Permutation, Combination and Probability

The IBPS Clerk Mains syllabus covers the topics from prelims in a detailed manner as follows:

  • General and Financial Awareness
  • General English
  • Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude
General English General and Financial Awareness Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability

& Computer Aptitude

  • Vocabulary
  • Tenses Rules
  • Grammar
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Static GK – Static General Knowledge
  • Current Affairs
  • Banking Awareness
  • India’s Financial and Banking System
  • Budget and Monetary Plans of the Government
  • Key National Institutions
  • Basics of Banking
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Work and Time Equations
  • Mixtures and Allegations
  • Measures of Central Tendency and Basic Statistics (Mean, Average, Median and Variance etc.)
  • Stocks, Shares and Debentures
  • Percentages
  • Clock Ray Questions
  • Volume and Surface Area
  • Logarithms
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Partnerships
  • Heights and Distances
  • Probability
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Profit, Loss and Discounts
  • Basic Algebra
  • Basic Trigonometry
  • Charts, Bars and Graphs
  • Data Interpretation
  • 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 and Processes

What to prepare from:

A well-planned strategy should be prepared by the aim to cover portions of the IBPS syllabus sequentially and cover revision of topics from time to time. It must also include analysation of previous year’s bank exam question papers and pinpointing crucial topics for the exam. The IBPS clerk exam tests the proficiency of candidates in the following subjects:

  • English Language Proficiency
  • Reasoning Ability
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General and Financial Awareness
  • Computer Aptitude

Following are recommendations for preparation of the exam:

For English language following books are useful for preparing, in both prelims and mains:

  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin
  • Objective General English by Arihant Publications
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Apart from these, studying the day to day usage of English through NCERT books of Class IX and Class X is also recommended.

For Reasoning following books are useful for preparing, in both prelims and mains:

  • Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S Agarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K.Pandey
  • A New Approach to Reasoning: Verbal and Non Verbal by B.S.Sijwali and Indu Sijwali

For Quantitative Aptitude following books are useful for preparing, in both prelims and mains:

  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Agarwal
  • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma
  • Objective Mathematics for Competitive Exams by Tarun Goyal
  • Aspirants can also refer to books like Fast Track Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma for additional practice questions.
  • For extra practise refer to the IBPS Clerk previous year question papers.

For General and Financial following books are useful for preparing, in both prelims and mains:

  • India Year Book by Publications Division
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications
  • Apart from these books, candidates should also read newspapers like The Hindu and The Indian Express. It should be focussed on developments in India and the World regarding the banking sector.

For Computer Aptitude following books are useful for preparing, in both prelims and mains:

  • Objective Computer Knowledge by Kiran Prakashan
  • Apart from this book, one can also read the Computer Science textbooks of NCERT Class XI and Class XII for more in-depth coverage of Computer Aptitude.
  • Candidates must take IBPS Mock Tests on a regular basis to understand the difficulty level and learn time management during the exam

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Author: Saurabh Thakur

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