IBPS Clerk 2021 : Exam Pattern


IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern is determined by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. The clerical recruitment exam is conducted through 2 phases – Preliminary exam and Main exam. The exams are conducted in online mode and have multiple-choice questions. IBPS Clerk 2021 Preliminary exam will be held on December 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2021.

  • IBPS Clerk Prelims exam consists of 100 MCQs on English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability.
  • IBPS Clerk Main exam will comprise 190 MCQs on General/ Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude, and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • IBPS Clerk 2021 Question Papers will be set in English and Hindi language except for the English test.
  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 of the allotted marks in the exam.
  • There will be separate sectional timings and sectional Cutoffs as well for each test.

IBPS Clerk 2021 Exam Pattern

The key points about the paper pattern of the IBPS Clerk 2021 exam

IBPS Clerk Exam PhasesPreliminary and Main exam
Conducting BodyInstitute of Banking Personnel Selection
Mode of ExamOnline
Exam TypeObjective
Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi
Duration of ExamPreliminary- 1 hour,
Main exam- 2 hours 40 minutes

IBPS Clerk 2021 Exam Pattern

  • IBPS Clerk 2021 will be a computer-based test and have multiple-choice questions.
  • One question will have 5 answers as options, candidates have to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Each section will have a specified time duration, candidates have to attempt each section in the specified duration only.
  • IBPS Clerk 2021 is conducted in two phases: Preliminary & Main exam. IBPS basically tests the Aptitude, Problem Solving Skills, Analytical Skills, and Language Proficiency of the candidates.
  • Candidates have to score overall as well as sectional cutoffs in order to clear the exam.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern for Prelims Exam

IBPS Clerk 2021 Preliminary exam will have a total of 100 multiple choice questions of 100 marks with a time duration of 1 hour. Sectional distribution of a number of question, marks, and sectional timing are described below:

SectionsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksSectional Duration
English Language303020 minutes
Numerical Ability353520 minutes
Reasoning Ability353520 minutes
Total100 Questions100 Marks60 minutes

Note: Candidates have to qualify IBPS Clerk Prelims exam in order to appear for the Main exam.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern for Main Exam

IBPS Clerk 2021 Main exam will contain 190 Multiple choice questions of 200 marks with a time constraint of 160 minutes. The exam will have 4 sections with different weightage and duration as mentioned below:APPLY NOWCHECK ELIGIBILITYGET UPDATES

SectionsNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksSectional Duration
General/ Financial Awareness505035 minutes
General English404035 minutes
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude506045 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude505045 minutes
Total190 Questions200 Marks160 minutes


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