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IBPS CLERICAL EXAM

Eligibility Criteria - Bank Exams

Eligibility Criteria - Bank Exams

 Age LimitEducational Qualifications
PO 
IBPS CWE (PO/MT) for PSBs20-30 YearsDegree in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification
IBPS CWE (Officers) for RRBsOfficer Scale III - 21-40 yrs.
Officer Scale II - 21-32 yrs.
Officer Scale I - 18-28 yrs.
Degree in any discipline for General Banking Officers (50% for Scale II &III) & Degree / PG in a relevant subject for Specialist Officers as given in the notification. Experience also required for some posts
SBI/SBI Associate Banks PO21-30 YearsGraduation in any discipline from a recognised university / college
Clerks 
IBPS CWE (Clerks) for PSBs20-28 YearsDegree in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification
IBPS CWE (Office Assistants) for RRBs18-28 YearsDegree in any discipline from a recognised university or its equivalent. Proficiency in local language is mandatory
SBI/SBI Associate Banks Clerks20-28 YearsDegree in any discipline from a recorgnised university or any equivalent qualification

- Age as on date specified in the notification 
- Relaxation in age for reserved categories as per rules. 

Computer Literacy: 

Some banks insist that the candidate should posses working knowledge of computers before joining the bank and few banks mention that the desired computer skills may be acquired within six months of joining the bank. If a candidate has not studied computers as one of the subjects in school/college, the candidate must possess a valid diploma (basic applications) in computers. 

Language Proficiency: 

Public Sector Banks:
Since clerical cadre recruitment would be on State-wise basis, the candidate may also be required to possess proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT for which vacancies he wishes to apply. 

Regional Rural Banks :
For Office Assistants (Clerks) and Scale-I Officers ---- Candidates are required to possess proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT in which RRB is located and must have passed "local language" as one of the subjects at Matriculation/Xth Standard 

As every bank is free to decide the eligibility criteria for its officers or clerks, the candidates must read the notification carefully and ensure their eligibility before making an application.

Eligibility Criteria - Bank Exams

 Age LimitEducational Qualifications
PO 
IBPS CWE (PO/MT) for PSBs20-30 YearsDegree in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification
IBPS CWE (Officers) for RRBsOfficer Scale III - 21-40 yrs.
Officer Scale II - 21-32 yrs.
Officer Scale I - 18-28 yrs.
Degree in any discipline for General Banking Officers (50% for Scale II &III) & Degree / PG in a relevant subject for Specialist Officers as given in the notification. Experience also required for some posts
SBI/SBI Associate Banks PO21-30 YearsGraduation in any discipline from a recognised university / college
Clerks 
IBPS CWE (Clerks) for PSBs20-28 YearsDegree in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification
IBPS CWE (Office Assistants) for RRBs18-28 YearsDegree in any discipline from a recognised university or its equivalent. Proficiency in local language is mandatory
SBI/SBI Associate Banks Clerks20-28 YearsDegree in any discipline from a recorgnised university or any equivalent qualification

- Age as on date specified in the notification 
- Relaxation in age for reserved categories as per rules. 

Computer Literacy: 

Some banks insist that the candidate should posses working knowledge of computers before joining the bank and few banks mention that the desired computer skills may be acquired within six months of joining the bank. If a candidate has not studied computers as one of the subjects in school/college, the candidate must possess a valid diploma (basic applications) in computers. 

Language Proficiency: 

Public Sector Banks:
Since clerical cadre recruitment would be on State-wise basis, the candidate may also be required to possess proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT for which vacancies he wishes to apply. 

Regional Rural Banks :
For Office Assistants (Clerks) and Scale-I Officers ---- Candidates are required to possess proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT in which RRB is located and must have passed "local language" as one of the subjects at Matriculation/Xth Standard 

As every bank is free to decide the eligibility criteria for its officers or clerks, the candidates must read the notification carefully and ensure their eligibility before making an application.

 

Analysis of IBPS Clerk (Prelim)

Snapshot of the Exam: 

Duration of the Exam60 Minutes
Numerical Ability35 Questions
Reasoning Ability35 Questions
English Language30 Questions
Total no. of Questions100

No of choices per question – 5
Negative marking – 0.25 of the marks assigned to each question

The analysis of the above mentioned session, as reported by our students, is given below: 

Numerical Ability:



According to the feedback received from students who appeared for this exam, this section can be rated as moderate and time-consuming. 
The 10 questions on Simplifications can be rated between easy to moderate .There were 5 questions on Data Interpretation and they were lengthy. 
The other 5 questions on Number series too ranged between easy to moderate . Individual questions in this section were 15 in number; they comprised 1 - 2 from each topic. According to the feedback sent in by our students, some of the questions were tedious and calculation-based. Thus, a complete knowledge of concepts was mandatory in order to solve them. 
A student could therefore, solve around 15-17 questions in approximately 20 minutes if he chose judiciously. 

TopicNo. of Questions
Data Interpretation (Table)5
Number Series (Missing number)5
Simplifications10
Individual Questions (Equations, Ratio, Percentages, Partnership, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Mensuration, Mixtures, Counting Techniques, Simple and Compound Interest)15

Reasoning:



This section has been given an 'Easy' tag. There were no questions on Deductions. The topic on Coding- Decoding drew 5 moderate (set based) and 3 easy (individual) questions. Symbol-Notation based conclusions were 5 in number. In line with the rest of the questions in this section, the 2 on Blood relations were equally easy ones. 

There were 3 puzzles, one each on distribution, linear arrangements and circular arrangement. Puzzles were easy but more long-drawn than other questions. Thus, almost 18-20 questions could possibly be solved in about 20-25 minutes in this section. There were 5 questions on Set of Numbers which were easy to handle. 

The topic -wise split, as reported by our students, is as given below: 
TopicNo of Qs
Circular Arrangement5
Linear Arrangement5
Distributions2
Blood Relations2
Coding Decoding8
Symbol-Notation based conclusions5
Set of Numbers5
Misc (Word formation, Digit order & Alphabetical order)3

 

English Language :



This section too was along expected lines and can be rated as a moderately difficult section. 
The 5 questions from the Cloze test passage that appeared in the exam (as reported by our students) can be labelled as easy. The 5 questions asked from jumbled statements in the PFQ part were moderate. 
There was a lone RC passage with a total of ten questions. The RC and Cloze passage were based on Stories. 
There were 10 questions on Grammar. The 5 questions on error identification were moderate and 5 questions on misspelt words / inappropriate usage were easy to moderate. 
Thus, about 15-18 questions in the English section could easily be solved in 15 minutes. 
The break-up of the questions is as follows:


TopicNo of QuestionsDifficulty level
Reading Comprehension10Easy
Para Jumbled Questions ( 6 statements)5Moderate
Error Identification5Moderate
Cloze test5Easy
Misspelt words / Inappropriate usage5Easy - Moderate