IBPS Clerk-VI 2017 Exam pattern

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Feb 13, 2018

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IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) is conducted for selection of Clerical Cadre in various participating public sector banks. The IBPS Clerk-VI exam is a national level examination which is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS). It is a 2-tier entrance examination i.e. Preliminary Examination and Main Examination. The IBPS Clerk Application Process is a one-time online process to apply for the examination.

The IBPS Clerk exam is a two-stage entrance test for recruitment as a Clerical Cadre namely, Preliminary examination and Main examination. There are objective type questions in English and Hindi for each stage of the examination. The reserved category candidates (SC/ST/Minority Communities/PWD) will be provided by a pre-exam training by IBPS. It is a free of cost training programme for those candidates who could not afford private coaching institutes.

Negative marking prevails in both the IBPS Clerk-VI Preliminary and Main Examination. Applicants are awarded 1 mark for every correct answer, however, ¼ mark is deducted for wrong answer.  In case of non-attempted question, no marks are awarded. Before submitting, the candidates are required to save their answers for post checking.

According to IBPS Clerk Syllabus, it is necessary to prepare for examination of each stage. The important information related to the IBPS Clerk-VI – Preliminary examination and Main examination is discussed in the table below:

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IBPS Clerk-VI 2017 Preliminary Exam Pattern

The Preliminary exam of IBPS Clerk-VI 2017 is an online mode examination with 3 sections namely English language, Numerical ability and Reasoning ability. Important information regarding IBPS Clerk-VI Preliminary 2017 Exam pattern is summarized below:

IBPS Clerk-VI Preliminary Exam Pattern Highlights
Date of exam November 26, 2017 November 27, 2017 December 3, 2017 December 4, 2017
Mode of exam Online or Computer-Based
Format of exam MCQ (Multiple Choice Question)
Duration of exam 1 hour i.e. 60 minutes
Number of questions 100; each question will be worth 1 marks
Marking scheme For each correct answer- (+1) to be awarded For each wrong answer- (-1) to be deducted
Number of sections 3 sections: English language Numerical ability Reasoning ability

The Preliminary Examination pattern of IBPS Clerk-VI comprises of 100 multiple choice questions in total to be completed in 1 hour i.e. 60 minutes. The medium of IBPS Examination for English language is English, however, it is English and Hindi for the other two sections. The section-wise no. of questions and maximum marks allotted in the IBPS Clerk-VI Preliminary examination pattern is as discussed below:

Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 30 30 Composite time of 1 hour
Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

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IBPS Clerk-VI 2017 Main Examination Pattern

The IBPS Clerk-VI Main examination consists of 5 sections namely Reasoning, English language, Quantitative Aptitude, General awareness (with special reference to Banking) and Computer knowledge. Important information regarding IBPS Clerk-VI Main 2017 Exam pattern is discussed below:

IBPS Clerk-VI Main Exam Pattern Highlights
Date of exam December 31, 2017 January 1, 2018
Mode of exam Online or Computer-Based
Format of exam MCQ (Multiple Choice Question)
Duration of exam 135 minutes
Number of questions 200; each question will be worth 1 marks
Marking scheme For each correct answer- (+1) to be awarded For each wrong answer- (-1) to be deducted
Number of sections 5 sections: Reasoning, English language, Quantitative aptitude, General awareness & Computer knowledge

The candidates who qualify the IBPS Clerk-VI Preliminary exam is eligible to appear for the IBPS Clerk-VI Main examination. There will be 200 questions in total with a framed time allotted for each test. The section-wise no. of questions and maximum marks with separately time allotted for each section in the IBPS Clerk-VI Main examination is given below:

Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Time allotted for each section
Reasoning 40 50 30 minutes
English language 40 40 30 minutes
Quantitative aptitude 40 50 30 minutes
General awareness (with special reference to Banking) 40 40 25 minutes
Computer knowledge 40 20 20 minutes
Total 200 200 135 minutes

IBPS Clerk-VI Important Topics

The aspirants can keep themselves updated about the IBPS Clerk-VI 2017 by following the IBPS Clerk-VI 2017 important topics given in the table below:

Section Important topics
English language Reading comprehension, cloze test, error spotting, sentence correction, para jumbles, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms.
Reasoning Seating arrangement, inequalities, coding-decoding, blood relation, ranking, direction, puzzle, input-output, data sufficiency, logical reasoning, syllogism, alphanumeric series
Quantitative aptitude Problem on ages, profit& loss, ratio& proportion, partnerships, percentages, time, work& wages, boats& streams, mensuration, geometry, problem on trains, quadratic equations, simplification, simple& compound interest, mixtures& allegations. 
General awareness Banking& financial, current affairs, static general knowledge
Computer knowledge Fundamentals of computer, history of computer, internet, memory, input-output devices, MS-office, computer shortcuts.

Importance of IBPS Clerk-VI Each Section

English language: Banking is one field in which most people are attracted to, thus English has its importance. In almost every field English is becoming necessary.

Reasoning: This section plays very crucial role in judging the mental strength of the aspirants.

Quantitative aptitude: It’s all about numbers and data crunching. It plays a vital role in knowing the calculative speed of an aspirants.

General awareness: This section is being asked to see the candidate’s knowledge of the current happenings in the country.

Computer knowledge: In India, almost all public and private sector banks have networked their branches by computers with the aim of serving the faster & efficient services to common people. This is the reason the section is being asked.

Also Check IBPS-CWE-CLERK-VI Pre-Exam Training Call letter

IBPS Clerk-VI Cut-off Score

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test of Online Main Examination and also a minimum total score to be considered for further process. depending on number of the State/ UT wise vacancies available, cut-offs will be decided and candidates will be considered for provisional allotment. Prior to the completion of provisional allotment process scores obtained in the Online Main Examination will not be shared with the candidates.


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

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