IBPS Clerk Exam 2020

The IBPS Clerk exam is conducted by The Institute for Banking Personnel Selection every year. The IBPS is the authoritative body for assessing recruiting candidates in public sector banks in India.

Latest Update: 

  • IBPS Clerk Admit Card for the preliminary examination released on November 20, 2020. Applicants can download their hall tickets from the official website before December 12, 2020, or can visit the linked article and get the direct link to download the call letter. 
  • IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Date Out. February 28, 2021, is the revised date for the mains phase of examination for CRP Clerk-X. Aspirants can also check the updated tentative schedule, as released on November 4, 2020, for other posts at the IBPS Exam Dates page. 

To download the supplementary notification and the original announcement, candidates can visit the IBPS PO Notification page.

In this article, we shall discuss the clerical cadre exam conducted by IBPS at length along with all the important aspects of the IBPS Clerk 2020 exam.

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The 2019 exam, also known as Common Written Examination (CWE) Clerk has been renamed as the Common Recruitment Process (CRP) 2019, and now candidates are looking forward to the IBPS Clerk 2020 recruitment to begin.

For detailed information on upcoming bank exams, refer to the linked article.

Aspirants for clerical and other non-technical posts under IBPS can know more about the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) at the linked article. This Organisation shall soon be responsible for conducting a Common Eligibility Test (CET) to appoint candidates in SSC, RRB and participating IBPS PSBs.

Table of Contents:

  1. IBPS Clerk Notification
  2. IBPS Clerk Exam dates
  3. IBPS Clerk Eligibility
  4. IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern
  5. IBPS Clerk Syllabus
  6. IBPS Clerk Online Apply
  7. IBPS Clerk Admit Card
  8. IBPS Clerk Exam Result

IBPS Clerk Notification

The IBPS Clerk notification 2020 released on September 1, 2020.

Candidates who wish to check the detailed Clerk and other IBPS exam schedule can visit the IBPS Exam Dates page.

Candidates can download the IBPS Clerk Notification 2020 given below:

IBPS Clerk Notification 2020-21 [Updated]:-Download PDF Here

IBPS Clerk Exam

IBPS Clerk Recruitment

The IBPS Clerk Recruitment gives an idea about the number of vacancies for different posts and different categories of candidates.

Over 2500 vacancies have been released for 2020-21 recruitment, which is comparatively low from the previous years. The total number of vacancies as per the notification released for clerical cadre exam in 2019 was around 12075. And the total number of vacancies for IBPS Clerk Exam in 2018-19  was around 7200.

IBPS Clerk Salary

The IBPS Clerk salary structure is as follows:

  • The basic IBPS clerk salary is Rs 11,765- Rs 42,020 per month.
  • Rs 11,765 is the basic pay in the IBPS clerk salary, and the remaining pay includes dearness allowance, house rent allowance, medical allowance and transport allowance.
  • The cash in hand concerning the IBPS Clerk salary is Rs 19,461 for those who join initially.
  • Increments are based on performance and length of service.

For more details on bank salary range, refer to the linked article.

IBPS Clerk Exam Dates

IBPS has released the IBPS calendar 2020. Given below are the important dates regarding the IBPS Clerk exam 2020:

IBPS Clerk 2020 – Exam Dates
Events Important Exam Dates (Tentative)
IBPS Clerk Notification September 1, 2020
IBPS Clerk Supplementary Notification October 20, 2020
IBPS Clerk Prelims December 5, 12, & 13, 2020
IBPS Clerk Mains February 28, 2021

The exam dates given above are based on the tentative schedule released by IBPS for the 2020 recruitment and are subject to change as per the requirements of the conducting body. Candidates willing to know the detailed exam schedule can visit the IBPS Clerk Exam Dates page.

Bank Exams 2020

IBPS Clerk Eligibility

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection sets the IBPS Clerk Eligibility criteria.

The IBPS Clerk Eligibility criteria are given below:

  • IBPS Clerk Age Limit

Age limit as per the IBPS Clerk notification is given below:

IBPS Clerk Age Limit In years
Minimum Age 20 years
Maximum Age 28 years

This age limit is for people belonging to unreserved/general category.

Candidates belonging to other categories have certain age limit relaxation.

The IBPS Clerk Age Limit relaxation is given below:

Age Limit Relaxation for IBPS Clerk CRP

  • Citizenship:

The candidates applying for the exam should fulfil the following criteria:

  1. Citizenship of India
  2. Subjects of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. Tibetan Refugee who arrived before January 1, 1962
  4. A person of Indian origin migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma(Myanmar), Vietnam or East African countries of the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire or Ethiopia to permanently settle in India

All candidates who are not Indian citizens have to produce a certificate of eligibility from the Government of India before their appointment.

  • IBPS Clerk Eligibility- Educational Qualification

Candidates must have at least an undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognised university.

For more details on IBPS Clerk Eligibility, refer to the linked article.

IBPS Clerk Pre-Exam Training

As per the official notification, the PreExam Training for 2020 recruitment will only be conducted if it is safe and feasible as per the current situation. 

The Nodal Banks/ Participating Organisations may arrange Pre-Examination Training to a limited number of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes/ Minority Communities/ Ex-Servicemen/ Persons With Benchmark Disabilities at certain centres viz.

These centres are Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Balasore, Bareilly, Behrampur (Ganjam), Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, etc.

All eligible candidates who want to avail the Pre-Examination Training facility should fill in the relevant column in the IBPS Clerk Online Application.

While training will be imparted free of cost, all other expenses regarding travelling, boarding, lodging etc. will have to be borne by the candidate for attending the pre-examination training programme at the designated Centres.

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IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

The IBPS has recently revised the IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern. For a better understanding of IBPS Clerk exam pattern, candidates must go through the previous year question papers and analyse them thoroughly and prepare themselves accordingly.

The IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern for the Prelims Exam is given below:

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern- Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
English 30 30 20 min
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 min
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 min

To get the detailed IBPS Clerk Prelims syllabus, candidates can visit the linked article.

Candidates have to secure sectional cut off marks as well as an overall IBPS clerk cut off to be able to move to the next stage.

The IBPS Clerk Exam pattern for Mains is given below:

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern- Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Allotted
General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 min
General English 40 40 35 min
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 min
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 min

Both the IBPS Clerk exams are conducted in English and Hindi except for the parts which test the English language ability of the candidate.

There is negative marking for incorrect answers. Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of ¼ of the marks allotted to that question.

For more details on the IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern, refer to the linked article.

IBPS Clerk Mock Test

The Institute makes the IBPS Clerk mock tests available on its website for candidates to familiarise themselves with the exam.

It also conducts pre-exam training for candidates from weaker sections of society and ex-servicemen to enable them to compete effectively.

IBPS Clerk Syllabus

The IBPS Clerk syllabus is not specific to a particular topic.

The IBPS Clerk syllabus is very vast with a wide range of topics falling under each category of the Prelims/Mains Paper. Candidates preparing for IBPS Clerk Exam can test their preparation level by taking free online quizzes.

The IBPS Clerk syllabus has separate topics divided into Prelims and Mains. The following is the breakup of the syllabus for each stage:

The IBPS Clerk Syllabus for the Prelims Exam is given below:

Reasoning Ability Quantitative Aptitude English Language
Logical Reasoning Simplification Reading Comprehension
Alphanumeric Series Profit & Loss Cloze Test
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test Mixtures & Alligations Para jumbles
Data Sufficiency Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices Multiple Meaning / Error Spotting
Coded Inequalities Work & Time Fill in the blanks
Seating Arrangement Time & Distance Miscellaneous
Puzzle Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere Paragraph Completion
Tabulation Data Interpretation
Syllogism Ratio & Proportion, Percentage
Blood Relations Number Systems
Input-Output Sequence & Series
Coding-Decoding Permutation, Combination &Probability

The IBPS Clerk syllabus for Mains is given below:

English Language Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness Computer Aptitude
Vocabulary Analogy Ratio and Proportion Current Affairs/Static GK Basic of Hardware and Software
Grammar Statements and Assumption Time, distance and speed Indian Financial System Windows Operating System
Reading Comprehension Syllogism Time and work Indian Banking System Internet Terms
Coding and Decoding Mixture and Allegations Monetary Plans Microsoft –Office
Blood Relations Averages Introduction to National Institutions History of Computers
Direction Sense Test Stocks and Shares Banking Terms Networking and Communication
Series Test Ratio and Proportion Database Basics
Miscellaneous Test Percentage Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses
Volume and Surface Area
Permutation and Combination
Height and Distances
Simple Interest and Compound Interest
Profit and Loss
Data Interpretation
Charts, Bar and Graphs

For more details on the IBPS Clerk syllabus, refer to the linked article.

IBPS Clerk Online Apply

The IBPS Clerk Online application process details will be released shortly.

Candidates can register for the exam from the official website.

The IBPS Clerk Online Application Fee details are given below:

IBPS Clerk Online Application- Category Fees
Unreserved Rs. 850
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 175

For details on IBPS Clerk Online Application, refer to the linked article.

IBPS Clerk Admit Card

The IBPS Clerk admit card is issued to candidates who fulfil all the eligibility criteria and have paid the fees online. Hall ticket released for the clerical cadre exam has all the essential details relevant to the particular IBPS Clerk Exam- Prelims/Mains.

The IBPS Clerk Admit Cards for 2019 exam was made available to download from November 2019. The important dates regarding the IBPS Clerk 2020 admit cards shall be announced once the official notification is released. The IBPS Clerk Admit Card contains the following details:

  1. Name of the candidate
  2. Registration number/ Roll number
  3. Exam date
  4. Exam Centre
  5. Photograph of the candidate
  6. General guidelines for the IBPS Clerk exam.

For more details on other aspects of the IBPS Clerk Admit Card, refer to the linked article.

IBPS Clerk Result

The IBPS Clerk Result is generally declared in January every year. As the IBPS Clerk exam allot banks based on the State or Union territory for which the candidate has applied, the Provisional Allotment of banks is announced on different dates.

Aspirants who want to know more about the clerical result steps to check it, and the important dates for the same, can visit the IBPS Clerk result page.

Candidates can check the previous year IBPS Clerk cut off at the linked article.

Applicants are required to submit the necessary documents to their allotted banks for background verification once the results are declared.

The IBPS Clerk score card is released a week after the declaration of result status. Candidates can visit the linked article and know more about the clerical cadre score card for IBPS exam.

After successfully clearing background verification, the candidates are appointed as a clerk in the respective Public Sector Banks (PSB).

IBPS Clerk Preparation

IBPS Clerk Exam is one of the most competitive examinations in India with a meagre ratio of applicants clearing the exam. Due to this, the preparation for the IBPS Clerk Exam should be comprehensive.

The Institute conducts IBPS Clerk mock tests to enable aspirants to get an idea of the examination. They also conduct limited pre-examination training for candidates from weaker sections of society.

Candidates can learn in-depth about the various topics asked in the exam from the IBPS Clerk books.

For more details on IBPS Clerk Preparation, refer to the linked article.

IBPS Clerk Exam Centres

The list of IBPS Clerk Exam Centres 2020 is given below:

IBPS Clerk Exam Centres 200

IBPS Clerk Exam Centres 2020

For the detailed section-wise bank exam syllabus candidates can visit the linked article.

Government Exam 2020

Frequently Asked Questions on IBPS Clerk Exam

Q 1. What is the salary of an IBPS Clerk?

Ans. The basic pay of a Clerk in IBPS is Rs.11765. To know the IBPS Clerk Salary candidates can visit the linked article.

Q 2. What is the job of an IBPS Clerk?

Ans. The main responsibility of a Clerk in IBPS is documentation and back-office work. The responsibilities also include: verifying documents, countersigning cheques and drafts.

Q 3. Which books to refer to for the preparation of IBPS Clerk Exam?

Ans. Given below is a list of books that candidates can consider to prepare for the IBPS Clerk exam:

  • Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
  • Wren & Martin for English Language
  • Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi
  • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma

Candidates must solve IBPS Clerk previous year question paper for practising and preparing for the upcoming exams.

Q 4. How many vacancies have been released for IBPS Clerk 2020?

Ans. A total of 2557 vacancies have been released for IBPS Clerk 2020. There are 11 Public sector banks which are participating in the clerical cadre recruitment for the year 2020.

Q 5. Can a candidate apply for the IBPS Clerk exam after passing class 12th?

Ans. No, a candidate cannot apply for the IBPS Clerk exam immediately after passing class 12th. Candidate must atleast hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline to apply for the exam.

Q 6. How many attempts are there for IBPS Clerk exam?

Ans. There is no fixed number of attempts for the IBPS Clerk exam. A candidate can apply for as long as he/she is applicable and eligible for the examination.

Q 7. Is there negative marking in IBPS Clerk 2020?

Ans. Yes, a penalty of 0.25 marks is deducted for every wrongly marked answer. Since there is negative marking, candidates must be very careful while answering questions in the prelims and mains computer-based examination.


  1. i m a graduate in science. Is it compulsory to have studied computer or to have a certificate in computer knowledge in order to appear for ibps clerk 2020?

    1. Hi,
      It is not compulsory to have a computer certificate just the basic knowledge of computer is required.

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