IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2020

IBPS Clerk 2020 is one of the most popular Banking exams in India. It gives a fair opportunity to all those who are interested in working in the Banking sector. You can easily get promoted to higher positions after serving as a Bank Clerk for few years. This is one of the best opportunities for candidates willing to get a stable job for themselves. As a large number of candidates apply for this job, the competition has been increasing with every passing year. Therefore, it has become very necessary to be well prepared for IBPS Clerk 2020 Exam. The most important step in your preparation is knowing the exam pattern which gives you an idea about what to study and what will the real examination be like. IBPS Clerk 2020 will consist of two phases: 

  • Phase 1 : Prelims (Preliminary Exam)
  • Phase 2 : Mains (Main Exam)

Candidates need to qualify the first phase of Prelims in order to be able to appear for Mains. There will not be any Interview stage in IBPS Clerk 2020 Examination process. The scores obtained in Mains will decide if you will appear in the final shortlist of selected candidates. 

IBPS Clerk Phase 1 (Prelims) Exam Pattern

All the candidates who will apply for IBPS Clerk 2020 Exam will be called for IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam. Only when you qualify Phase 1, you will be able to appear for Phase 2 of IBPS Clerk Exam. Phase 1 (Prelims) will be an online objective test which will consist of three sections: English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability. There will be sectional timing in all the three sections and you will not be able to switch between the sections unless the timing gets exhausted. You need to therefore plan your strategy in a way that you are able to attempt more number of questions in the stipulated time. There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks in IBPS Clerk Exam. Candidates will have to score minimum qualifying marks in every subject/section along with the overall cut-off to ensure that they qualify Phase 1 and are able to appear for Mains.

S No.SectionNo. of QuestionsMarksTime Alloted
1. English Language 30 30 20 Minutes
2. Numerical Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
3. Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 Minutes
  Total100100Total time of 1 Hour


IBPS Clerk Phase 2 (Mains) Exam Pattern

The candidates who are able to qualify Phase 1 (Prelims) will be called for IBPS Clerk 2020 Phase 2 (Mains). IBPS Clerk Mains will also be an online objective test with multiple choice questions. Phase 2 (Mains) of IBPS Clerk consists of four sections: General / Financial Awareness, General English, Quantitative Ability, Reasoning Ability& Computer Knowledge. The sections will be differently timed and the candidates will have to score the sectional cut-off of each section along with the overall cut-off. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks and therefore attempting maximum number of questions in the fixed timing will be a challenge. All the candidates sould take care of all these points before they start their exam.  

S No.Test NameNo. of QuestionsMarksTime Alloted
1. General/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
2. General English 40 40 35 Minutes
3. Quantitative Ability 50 50 45 Minutes
4. Reasoning Ability &Computer Knowledge 50 60 45 Minutes
  Total1902002 Hours 40 minutes