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IBPS Clerk 2017 Exam Pattern and Selection Process

The IBPS has released the official notification for the much awaited IBPS Clerk 2017 exam.  According to the official notification released by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, more commonly known as the IBPS,  the IBPS Clerk 2017 exam will be conducted to recruit suitable candidates to fill 7884 clerk jobs in public sector banks across the country.  The number of vacancies for this year's IBPS clerk exam has reduced drastically compared to last year's vacancies. This could possibly mean only one thing - ruthless competition. You can expect the number of vacancies to go up or to be updated since a few banks haven't reported the number of vacancies.  Before you go ahead and start your preparations for the IBPS Clerk exam in full swing, it is important to know the selection process and the latest exam pattern .

IBPS Clerk 2017 Selection Process

The IBPS Clerk 2017 will be conducted in two phases - Prelims and Mains. Both the prelims and mains exams will be conducted online.  There will be interview round for this year's IBPS Clerk exam. The first phase or the prelims exam will be of qualifying nature. Only candidates who qualify in the prelims exam will be eligible for the mains exam. The final merit list for the IBPS Clerk 2017 will be based completely on the marks secured by a candidate in the mains exam. 

Key Points to Note About the IBPS Clerk 2017 Selection Procedure

  1. Both the prelims exam and the mains exam will be conducted  bilingually i.e., the question paper will be available in both Hindi and English except for the English Language Section.
  2.  There will be negative marking. 0.25 marks or one-fourth of the marks allotted for each question will be deducted every time you answer a question incorrectly. No marks would be deducted if you don't attempt a question. So, it is better if you skip a question you aren't very sure of.
  3. The prelims exam for the IBPS Clerk 2017 will be held in different slots and the scores that you secure in the prelims exam will be normalized to equate the difficulty level of the question papers which appear in the different slots.
  4. There will be a minimum sectional cutoff  for all the sections in both the prelims and mains exam.
  5. In order to qualify for the mains exam, you will have to clear the individual sectional cutoffs and the overall cutoff. The overall cutoff and the sectional cutoffs could vary based on the state you apply for and the category you belong to.
  6. Only the mains exam score will be considered for the provisional allotment and the final score will be out of 100. 

Now let's discuss the exam pattern for the IBPS Clerk 2017.


The first phase of the IBPS Clerk 2017 is the prelims exam which will be held online.  The pattern for the IBPS clerk prelims exam remains unchanged.

You will be expected to answer a total of 100 questions across 3 sections - Numerical Ability, Reasoning  Ability and English Language in a span of 1 hour or 60 minutes. This phase of the IBPS Clerk exam is just qualifying in nature but it will be a test of your speed and accuracy since you will hardly get a minute to get the answer to any question in the exam.  You will be able to navigate between sections during the prelims exam and there is no sectional time limit. 


Numerical Ability 35 35  
Reasoning Ability 35


Composite time of 1 hour or 60 minutes

English Language 30 30  
Total 100 100 1 hour


The IBPS has increased the difficulty level of this year's IBPS clerk mains exam.  The pattern of the IBPS clerk mains exam has changed significantly. The total  number of questions and the duration of the mains exam have been revised. According to the latest notification the  IBPS Clerk mains exam will now comprise of 190 questions and this exam will span a total duration of 160 minutes.   The reasoning ability and the computer aptitude section have been combined to form one section. This new amalgamated section will comprise  of 50 questions which have to solved in 45 minutes.  Only candidates who clear the IBPS Clerk prelims exam can appear for the mains exam. There will be time limits for each section in the mains exam

Now, let's have a look at the Mains Exam Pattern for the IBPS Clerk VII

Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
English Language 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
General/ Financial Awareness ( with special importance given to the banking sector) 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes or 2 hours 40 minutes


  1. The total duration of the exam has been increased by 25 minutes. This indicates that the difficulty level of the paper would be higher this year.
  2. The reasoning ability section and the computer knowledge section have been combined together to form one section.
  3. The sectional time limit for the amalgamated reasoning and computer section has been increased to 45 minutes.
  4. The number of questions in the quantitative aptitude section and the general awareness section has been increased. 

We hope you found this article helpful. Now, pull up your socks and start your preparation for the IBPS Clerk exam with India's #1 online course for the IBPS Clerk 2017

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