IBPS Clerk 2018 Exam Dates, Application, Eligibility, Pattern & Cutoff

Complete Details on IBPS Clerk 2018 Common Written Examination: After information and technology sector, banking is another sector that offers huge employment opportunity to Indian students. Every year thousands of student from all states of India sit in banking examination of different types. According to the number of aspirants sit in an examination of IBPS Clerk every year, its competition is equivalent to SSC. IBPS holds examination for all public sector banks except State Bank of India. The name of examination is IBPS Clerk 2018-19. SBI clerk is a separate examination conducted SBI.


Role of Clerks in Banks

Bank’s day to day work is handled by clerical staff like cash transactions, clearing checks, checking details etc. The clerical staff comprises 70 percent of bank staff and thus they are known as the backbone of any bank. Without clerical staff, a bank cannot run for long. Unlike earlier, now even banks prefer to hire clerical grade staff with good communication skill and computer knowledge. As far as the growth factor of clerical staff in a bank is a concern then they too have good growth opportunity. Though the ladder is a bit different from probationary officers a clerk can achieve the same position by giving internal examination conducted by individual banks.

Candidates who qualify examination or upgrades enjoy perks and allowances of officer’s grade. This upgrade can be achieved by candidates within 2-3 years of working if they keep their focus on right direction.


IBPS Clerk 2018 Important Dates

A release of Online Application Form

August 2018

Last Date of Registration

September 2018

Issue of E-Admit Card for Preliminary Exam

November 2018

Date of Preliminary Exam

December 2018

Preliminary Exam Result

December 2018

Issue of E-Admit Card for Main Exam

December 2018

Date of Main Exam

January 2019

Main Exam Result

February 2019



IBPS Clerk 2018 Application Form

Candidates can fill online IBPS Clerk Application Form for clerical post examination visiting the website of IBPS. The cost for application form is Rs.600 for general candidates and Rs.100 for SC/ST/Ex-SM candidates. The forms can be downloaded too from the website of IBPS. It recommended reading form filling do and don’t to avoid any mistake.

The exam of IBPS clerk takes place in two steps first preliminary examination take place that contains 100 question of English, numeric ability and reasoning. The second phase is the main examination that is of 200 marks of English, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, Computer Knowledge and Reasoning ability. Candidates are placed in banks or branches according to merit achieved in exam. No interview is conducted after examination to place individuals in the bank.


IBPS Clerk Application Fee 

  • Application fee can be paid thru credit card, debit card or net banking.
  • The application fee will be Rs. 600 for the candidates of general category.
  • The application fee will be Rs. 100 for the candidates of the reserved category.


 IBPS Clerk 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be an Indian citizen and must have completed their graduation from any recognized university or institute.
  • Also, the candidates must have the knowledge of computer system and should be able to operate its functioning.
  • Candidates must be having the proficiency in the official language of the state or the union territory where the applicant has applied to work for.
  • Age of the applicants must be between 20 years and 28 years.
  • Reserved candidates will get the relaxation in their age as per the norms set by the government.


Read in Detail IBPS Clerk Eligibility Criteria


IBPS Clerk 2018 Selection Process


  • Stage I: Preliminary Examination
  • Stage II: Main Examination
  • 100% Weightage will be given to marks scored in the Main examination.
  • There is no interview for the IBPS Clerk 2018 recruitment.
  • The scores of prelims will not be added for selection, only scores of main exams will be considered for final selection.


IBPS Clerk 2018 Exam Pattern

  • Preliminary Exam
  • The examination will be conducted online.
  • The duration of the examination will be 1 hour.
  • There will be total 100 questions of MCQ type.
  • There will be a penalty of 1/4th marks for each wrong answer.


Stages of the Exam

No. of Sections

Total number of questions

Total marks assigned

Time Duration

 Preliminary examination

English language



1 hr

Numerical Ability

Reasoning Ability

IBPS Clerk Mains  exam

  • The examination will be conducted online.
  • The duration of the examination will be 2 hour.
  • There will be total 200 questions of MCQ type.
  • There will be a penalty of 1/4th marks for each wrong answer.


Stages of the Exam

No. of Sections

Total number of questions

Total marks assigned


Main examination

English language



2 hr & 15 min

Numerical Ability

Reasoning Ability

General Awareness (banking)

Computer Knowledge


IBPS Clerk 2018 Admit Card

  • The Admit card will be available on the official website of IBPS.
  • Candidates can download the admit card from the official website.
  • At the time of examination, applicants shall have to bring their admit card with them.
  • Those who do not bring their admit card with them shall not be allowed to appear in the exam.


IBPS Clerk 2018 Result

  • On the official website of IBPS, the result of the prelims and main exam will be available.
  • After the announcement of the result, candidates will get selected for the clerical post.
  • Keep checking this post on the regular interval of time, if you’d like to make yourself updated with all upcoming SBI Clerk recruitment news.


IBPS Clerk 2018 Cut Off

  • The cut off marks are the passing marks to qualify the IBPS Clerk examination.
  • On the basis of cut off marks, the applicants will be shortlisted for next rounds of the recruitment process.


Important books to prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018

  1. Objective arithmetic by S.L. Gulati
  2. Data Interpretation and sufficiency by Kiran Publications
  3. Numerical Aptitude for Banking by Dilhan Publications
  4. Analytical Reasoning by A.K. Pandey
  5. Non-Verbal Reasoning by Prabhat Javed
  6. English for competitive exams by Harimohan Prasad
  7. Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
  8. English for competitive exams by A.K. Kapoor


Important Last-minute Tips to Prepare for IBPS Clerk 2018

  • Revise it all: You should go through your own notes once and revise all that you have already prepared.
  • Focus on your strong areas: Some topics are more scoring than others, in the sense that they have more Weightage than other ones in the exam. Strengthening such topics will fetch you more marks and time in the exam.
  • Concentrate on Accuracy: Skip the questions that confuse you. You must be careful about negative marking. Concentrate on those questions first which you think you can solve accurately.
  • Mock test Analysis: In order to check your silly mistakes and avoid repeating them again in the exam, analyze your previous mock tests.
  • Time Management: Proper time management will allow you to visit all the questions at least once so that you do not completely miss out the easy questions. The key is to attempt all the sections in the time frame that you have pre-decided for them.


  • Reach the Exam Centre in Time: Put your admit card, ID proof, pen, etc. in your pockets now. To avoid the last minute fretting, make sure that you reach the exam centre on time.
  • Make prior proper planning as to decisive methods on how to clear the examination.
  • Give prior and more focus on sectional study.
  • The general Awareness section will be tricky for candidates so get aware of all the latest events.
  • The candidates must manage their time well in the IBPS Clerk Exam.
  • Design the time table around all the activities so that they are able to ample amount of time to study and preparation along with the other activities.
  • The revision must be done after every day’s study.
  • To sharpen their knowledge, candidates should enhance their practice with Sample papers and mock tests.


All the Best

Govt Rojgaar Team