IBPS Clerk 2020 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme and Syllabus

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Aug 29, 2020

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IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern is determined by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. The clerical recruitment exam is conducted through two phases – Preliminary exam and Main exam. The exams are conducted in online mode and have multiple-choice questions. IBPS Clerk 2020 Preliminary exam will be held on December 12, 13, and 19, 2020.

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Latest: IBPS Clerk 2020 Admit Card will be issued in November 2020.

  • IBPS Clerk Prelims exam consists of 100 MCQs on English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability. Check IBPS Clerk Syllabus
  • IBPS Clerk Main exam will comprise 190 MCQs on General/ Financial Awareness, General English, Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude, and Quantitative Aptitude. 
  • IBPS Clerk 2020 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.
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IBPS Clerk 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

The key points about paper pattern of IBPS Clerk 2020 exam are highlighted below: 

IBPS Clerk Exam Phases Preliminary and Main exam
Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
Mode of Exam Online
Exam Type Objective
Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Duration of Exam Preliminary- 1 hour, Main exam- 2 hours 40 minutes

IBPS Clerk 2020 Exam Pattern

  • IBPS Clerk 2020 will be 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 2020 is conducted in two phases: Preliminary & Main exam. IBPS basically tests 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 2020 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: 

Sections No. of Questions Maximum Marks Sectional Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Numerical Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 Questions 100 Marks 60 minutes
Note: Candidates have to qualify IBPS Clerk Prelims exam in order to appear for Main exam.

IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern for Main Exam

IBPS Clerk 2020 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:

Sections No. of Questions Maximum Marks Sectional Duration
General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Total 190 Questions 200 Marks 160 minutes

IBPS Clerk 2020 Marking Scheme

  • IBPS Clerk has a different marking scheme for prelims and main exams. However, a negative marking of 0.25 of the allotted marks is applicable in both the exam.
  • IBPS Clerk 2020 Preliminary question paper will be of 100 marks.
  • Each question will carry one mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • IBPS Clerk 2020 Main question paper will be of 200 marks.
  • Each question from General/ Financial Awareness, General English, and Quantitative Aptitude sections will carry 1 mark while an incorrect answer will cost you 0.25 marks.
  • Each question from Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude section will be of 1.20 marks and 0.30 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer in this section.
  • Candidates will have to clear overall cutoff and sectional cutoff separately in both prelims and main exam.
Note: Only marks obtained in Main exam will determine the merit list of candidates for final selection.

IBPS Clerk 2020 Syllabus

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Language is the same for Preliminary and Main Examination. In addition to these two, the other subjects are General Awareness and Computer Knowledge. This is to keep in mind that the difficulty level of the main exam will be higher than the IBPS clerk prelims exam. Syllabus for all the sections are tabulated below:

English Language Numerical/ Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning Ability Computer Knowledge General Awareness
Reading Comprehension Number Series Puzzles History and Generation of Computers Banking and Insurance Awareness
Fill in the blanks Simplification/ Approximation Inequality Introduction to Computer Organisation Financial Awareness
Spotting Errors Quadratic Equations Syllogism Computer Hardware and I/O Devices Govt. Schemes and Policies
Vocabulary Data Interpretation Coding-Decoding Computer Languages, Basics of DBMS Current Affairs
Jumbled sentences Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Operating System, Internet Static GK
Complete the sentence Time, Speed and Distance Distance and Direction Computer Network & Security Important days and themes
Odd-one out Time and Work Order and Ranking MS Office Suit and Short cut keys Financial Abbreviations and Acronyms
Cloze test Percentage, Ratio, and Proportion Seating Arrangements Computer Memory, Computer Software International Affairs
Synonyms, Antonyms Averages Input-Output Number System and Conversions Financial Institutions 

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IBPS Clerk 2020 Important Instructions

These are some important instructions laid down by IBPS that candidates have to follow on the exam day:

  • Candidates have to carry their IBPS Clerk Admit Card along with an original photo ID proof and its photocopy.
  • No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination center/hall after the commencement of the examination.
  • After the invigilator has verified IBPS Clerk 2020 Admit Card of the candidate, he must sign on the attendance sheet in the presence of the invigilator and mention the hall ticket number also.
  • The candidate should follow the instructions given by the invigilators in the examination room
  • Candidates should not indulge in any argument with the invigilators or other staff involved in the examination duty at the examination center.
  • The candidate should neither talk to each other nor discuss any matter during the examination.
  • The candidate should not disturb other candidates in the examination room and maintain complete silence during the examination.
  • Candidates are not permitted to carry any electronic device and study material at examination hall like (Mobile, Bluetooth, Pager, watch, test series, books, model papers, etc.)
  • The decision of IBPS shall be final in all matters.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


shivangi sharma
what are the coming dates for form fillup for IBPS CLERK EXAMINATION?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Shivangi, examination dates for 2020 session has not been released yet by IBPS. However, you can expect the notification to be released in October, next year.
rishu choudhary
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Rishu, no, candidates can apply for IBPS Clerk only after completing graduation. You can check other Eligibility Criteria in detail from here.