The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts the IBPS clerk examination to select clerks for public sector banks every year. The IBPS Clerk selection process starts with the publication of the exam notification and ends with the provisional allotment of banks. In this article, we will discuss the IBPS Clerk selection procedure in detail.
IBPS Clerk Selection Process
The IBPS clerk selection process consists of six stages. These are as follows:
- Publication of IBPS Clerk Notification.
- Submission of IBPS Clerk Application Form and Payment of Fees
- IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination
- IBPS Clerk Main examination
- Declaration of Result, IBPS Clerk merit list and provisional allotment of banks to successful candidates.
- Document verification and induction into allotted banks.
We will discuss the process in detail in the following paragraphs.
- IBPS Clerk Notification: The IBPS clerk notification is published every year in the months of October and November. The notification contains all the information that a candidate needs to complete the application.
- Submission of Application and Payment of Fees: This step is done through the institute’s official website. The candidate has to fill the IBPS online registration form and IBPS Clerk application form, upload the photograph and signature and pay the fees. The start date and end date of the application process are specified in the notification. The application link on the website goes active at 9 am on the start date and goes inactive at 6 pm on the last date of application for IBPS Clerk. It should be noted that candidates should specify the state/UT they are applying from. This information is used for allotment of banks for successful candidates.
- IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam: The preliminary examination is conducted to select candidates for the main exam. The marks secured in this examination are not counted towards the merit list. The exam consists of an objective type paper with three sections. The total time duration of the exam is one hour. The admit card for this exam is released a few weeks before the exam date.
- IBPS Clerk Main Examination: The main examination is conducted for the actual selection of candidates for employment in the participating banks. The score obtained in the mains is used to draw up state-wise merit lists for allotment of banks to successful candidates. The admit card for this exam is released two weeks before the day of the exam.
- Declaration of Result: Since the IBPS clerk exam does not include an interview stage, the final result is declared just a month after the mains exam in January-February every year. The merit list and provisional allotment of banks are declared in the months of February and March, with successful candidates joining training in April.
- Document Verification: This is the last step in the recruitment process. Candidates are called to join training at the bank they have been allotted in the previous step. Once there, their documents are checked in the following order:
- Valid System generated Online Application form
- Photo Identity Proof
- Date of Birth Proof
- NOC from the Head of the Department for those candidates who work in any Government Department or Public Sector Undertaking etc.
- If applied for reservation: Caste Certificate
- Experience Certificates
- Medical Certificate for Physically Disabled candidates
- Printout of Valid Call Letter
- Graduation Mark sheet
Once the induction and documentation process is over, candidates commence their training at the bank. The training period involves continuous evaluations which must be completed to become a permanent employee.
Candidates who apply for this exam should keep in mind the high level of competition for the exam. They should also spend more time writing mock tests and revising as speed and accuracy are the main factors affecting success in the exam.
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