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IBPS Clerk Exam 2024: Pattern, Eligibility, Dates, Centres, Tips

IBPS Exam 2024 guide and dates

What is the IBPS Clerk Exam?

The IBPS Clerk Exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).

It is conducted for the recruitment of Clerical positions in various public sector banks across India. The exam is held annually and successful candidates are appointed to participating banks.

Purpose of the IBPS Clerk Exam?

The purpose of the IBPS Clerk Exams is to select candidates for the role of Clerks in various banks. These exams are held to identify the right candidate with the right skills & knowledge. These exams serve as a fair and competitive process to recruit qualified candidates in the banking sector.

Highlights & Exam Pattern of IBPS Clerical Exam 2024

Name of the Exam IBPS Clerk Exam
Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)
Exam Level National Level
Exam Frequency Annual
Mode of Exam Online (Computer-Based Test)
Sections Prelims: English Language, Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability
Main: General/Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude, Quantitative Aptitude
Number of Questions Prelims: 100
Main: 190
Marks Prelims: 100
Main: 200
Duration Prelims: 60 Minutes
Main: 160 Minutes
Types of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Marking Basis 1 Mark for each correct answer
-0.25 for each incorrect answer
Medium of Exam English, Hindi and Regional Language

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern for Prelims

Section Number of Questions Marks Allotted Time Allotted
English Language 30 30 20 min
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 min
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 min

The IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam consists of 1 objective-type paper with 3 sections. The total duration of the exam is 1 hour. There are no interviews for Clerk exams.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern for Mains

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

The timing for IBPS Clerk Mains Exam is 2 hours and 40 minutes. The qualified candidates are directly allotted to banks based on their preferences and position in the IBPS Clerk merit list.


Criteria Details
IBPS Clerk Age Limit Maximum age – 28 years
Minimum age – 20 years
Nationality Indian
Subjects of Nepal or Bhutan
Tibetan Refugee who arrived before January 1, 1962
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
Educational Qualification You should have a graduation degree from a university recognised by the Govt. of India
or any equivalent qualification recognised by the Central Government.

IBPS Clerk Exam 2024 Exam Date Information

Name of the Exam Exam Dates Notification Date
IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Dates 24, 25 and 31 August 2024 July 2024
IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Dates 13 October 2024

Registration Process

You need to register through online mode for both the Preliminary and Main exams, if applicable, following the below-mentioned steps:

  • Register at the online application portal for IBPS Clerk Exam.
  • Upload all the necessary documents.
  • Fill out the detailed application form.
  • Pay the application fee.

Document Upload

You have to upload these documents according to the instructions in the notification:

  1. You have to upload a photograph of yourself (20 kb to 50 kb in jpeg format).
  2. Your signature photo (10 kb to 20 kb in jpeg format).
  3. Your thumb impression (20 kb to 50 kb in jpeg format).
  4. A scanned copy of a handwritten declaration, following the provided format in the notification (50 kb to 100 kb in jpeg format).
  5. Certificate as mentioned in Clause J (viii) – (if applicable) in the prescribed format.

You can follow these mentioned steps to complete your registration for the exams.

Application Fee

Category Fees (inclusive of GST)
SC/ST/PwBD/EXSM candidates Rs. 175
All Others Rs. 850


  • You can pay the fee online only.
  • Bank transaction charges for online payment must be borne by the candidate.

IBPS Exam Centres for 2024

State Centres for Prelims Centres for Mains
Andaman &
Port Blair Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chirala, Chittoor, Eluru, Guntur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram Guntur, Kurnool, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Naharlagun Naharlagun
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur Guwahati, Silchar
Bihar Arrah, Aurangabad, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Patna
Chandigarh Chandigarh/Mohali Chandigarh/Mohali
Chhattisgarh Bhilai Nagar, Bilaspur, Raipur Raipur
Dadra & Nagar
Haveli and
Daman & Diu
Surat, Jamnagar Surat
Delhi Delhi / New Delhi / Delhi NCR, Faridabad, Ghaziabad Delhi / New Delhi / Delhi NCR, Faridabad, Ghaziabad
Goa Panaji Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad- Gandhinagar, Anand, Himatnagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara Ahmedabad- Gandhinagar, Vadodara
Haryana Ambala, Faridabad, Gurugram, Kurukshetra Ambala, Faridabad, Gurugram
Himachal Pradesh Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Mandi, Kangra, Kullu, Shimla, Solan Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Shimla, Solan
Jammu &
Jammu, Samba, Srinagar Jammu, Srinagar
Jharkhand Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Davangere, Gulbarga, Hubli-Dharwad, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi Bengaluru, HubliDharwad, Mangalore
Kerala Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram
Ladakh Leh Leh
Lakshadweep Kavaratti Kavaratti
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain Bhopal, Indore,
Maharashtra Amravati, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar (Aurangabad), Chandrapur, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai/ MMR, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Solapur Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar (Aurangabad), Mumbai/ Thane/ Navi Mumbai/ MMR, Nagpur, Pune
Manipur Imphal Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima Kohima
Odisha Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur Bhubaneshwar
Puducherry Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala
Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur
Sikkim Bardang/ Gangtok Bardang/ Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Virudhunagar Chennai, Madurai,
Telangana Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam,
Hyderabad, Karimnagar
Tripura Agartala Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida/ Greater Noida, Prayagraj(Allahabad), Sitapur, Varanasi Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Kanpur,
Lucknow, Meerut, Prayagraj(Allahabad), Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee Dehradun
West Bengal Asansol, Durgapur, Greater Kolkata, Hooghly, Kalyani, Siliguri Asansol, Greater Kolkata, Kalyani,

Participating Banks

  • Bank of Baroda
  • Canara Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Bank of India
  • Central Bank of India
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Indian Bank
  • Punjab & Sind Bank

Cut-off Score for Online Main Examination

  • Cut-off scores will be determined based on the number of vacancies in each State/UT.
  • Candidates who meet the cut-offs will be considered for provisional allotment.
  • The scores of the main exam will not be disclosed until the provisional allotment process is completed.
  • The decision of IBPS in shortlisting and provisional allotment is final.
  • The final merit list will be based on marks obtained in the Online Main Examination.

MUST READ General Instructions

  • Document Verification:

    You are suggested to carry all the necessary documents like a valid call letter and a photocopy of a photo-identity proof, during online examinations (Preliminary & Main). Candidates are suggested not to send the documents directly to IBPS before or after the online examinations.

  • Call Letter and ID Proof Handling:

    During the online preliminary examination, the call letter and copy of Photo ID proof will not be collected. These will be authenticated at the examination venue and will be returned to candidates. You are required to bring the authenticated call letter and photo ID proof to the Main examination.

  • Additional Photograph Requirement:

    You need to bring one additional photograph (same as pasted on the call letter) along with other requisite documents for both Preliminary and Main examinations.

  • Provisional Admission:

    Admission to Preliminary and Main examinations is provisional. The issuance of a call letter or provisional allotment does not guarantee final clearance by IBPS/Participating Bank.

  • Decision Authority:

    Decisions made by Nodal Banks, Participating Banks, and IBPS about eligibility, examination stages, qualifications, and other matters are final and must be followed.

  • Scribe Arrangement:

    The scribe should not be a candidate for CRP Clerks-XIII. If this rule is not followed then it will lead to cancellation of candidature for both the candidate and the scribe.

  • Application Submission:

    Only one application per candidate is allowed. Multiple applications result in forfeiture of fees for additional registrations.

Preparations Tips

  • Analyse previous years’ papers:

    You can go through the papers to understand the type of questions that are asked in the exam. This will help you focus on your preparation.

  • Take mock tests:

    If you take mock test regularly, you will get to know about your strengths and weaknesses. This will improve your time management skills.

  • Do not panic during the exam:

    If you are stuck on any particular question then leave it and move to the next question. You can come back to it later if you have time.

  • Stay calm and focused:

    You need to stay calm and focused during the exam. Take deep breaths and do not get stressed.

By following these tips and putting in the hard work, you can increase your chances of success in the IBPS Clerk Exam.

Good luck!

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