Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for IBPS Clerk Exam

Frequently Asked Questions:

The IBPS Clerk notification has been released by the Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection. This year the vacancy for the clerk post is 12075. There will be many doubts for the candidates regarding the exam. This article will serve as a guide for the candidates to clear their doubts. Here we are providing the frequently asked questions for IBPS clerk exam. Refer here before you start to fill the online application form.

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The candidates may find the top 40 frequently asked questions for IBPS Clerk exam with clear answers. You need not search for various sites for your doubts. Most of the common questions are available in this single space.

Q: When is the IBPS Clerk Examinations?

A: Tentative Dates for Preliminary Exam are 07.12.2019 and 08.12.2019 & Main Exam is 19.01.2020.

Q: How many vacancies have been released?

A: Till now a total of 12075 vacancies have been released. This is more than that of last year’s vacancy of 7275.

Q: Do the IBPS Clerk Vacancy 2019 increase?

A: Yes, there is a possibility of vacancy increase, as few participating banks have not yet declared their vacancies for IBPS Clerk Recruitment. So we have to wait and watch.

Q: What is the essential qualification for the IBPS Clerk Exam?

A: A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognized by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

Q: What is the age criterion to apply?

A: The minimum age limit is 20 years and the Maximum age limit is 28 years.

Q: What is the age relaxation for SC/ ST candidates?

A: Age relaxation for SC/ ST candidates is 5 years.

Q: What is the Application fee for IBPS clerk exam?

A: Rs. 100/- for SC/ ST/ PWD/ EXSM candidates and all others have to pay Rs. 600/- as their exam fee.

Q: When will the online application start?

A: Starting date of Registration: 17th September 2019.

Q: When is the closing date of online Application?

A: Online Applications ends on: 9th October 2019.

Q: When will the admit card release for the preliminary exam?

A: Tentatively in the month of November 2019 the prelims admit card will release.

Q: When will the admit card releases for the Main exam?

A: Tentatively in the month of January 2020 the mains admit card will release.

Q: When will the provisional allotments be made?

A: The provisional allotments will be made tentatively in the month of April 2020.

Q: How many Bank Organizations are participating in IBPS PO recruitment?

A: Totally 17 public sector banks are participating in this recruitment process.

Allahabad Bank Canara Bank Indian Overseas Bank UCO Bank
Andhra Bank Central Bank of India Oriental Bank of Commerce Union Bank of India
Bank of Baroda Corporation Bank Punjab National Bank United Bank of India
Bank of India Indian Bank Punjab & Sind Bank Syndicate Bank
Bank of Maharashtra


Q: What is the previous year’s cut-off for preliminary examination?


Name of the Subject General SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD
English 9.75 6.75
Reasoning Ability 10.75 6.25
Quantitative Aptitude 11.75 8.00

Q: What is the previous year cut-off for Mains examination?


Name of the Subject General SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD
Reasoning Ability 17.75 14.50
Quantitative Aptitude 15.50 12.75
General Awareness 10.25 6.50
English Language 12.50 9.25


Q: Is there sectional timing for preliminary examination?

A: Yes, there is sectional timing of 20 minutes for each section. So you cannot swap between the sections.

Q:  Is the exam Bilingual?

A: Yes, except the English language section, all other sections are asked in both English and Hindi languages. You can choose any language as per your choice.

Q: What is the structure of the preliminary exam?


Name of the tests No. of Questions Marks Time Duration
English Language 30 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes


Q: What is the Mains exam pattern?


Name of the test No. of Questions Marks Time Duration
General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 Minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes


Q: What are the requisites to be scanned uploaded during the application process?

A: Photograph, Signature, Left Thumb Impression, and a handwritten declaration. All scanned documents should be uploaded with the correct size and format as mentioned in the IBPS official notification.

Q: What is the text for the handwritten declaration?

A: “I, _______ (Name of the candidate), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required.”

This is the handwritten declaration that should be written with the black pen.

Q: What size the photograph is to be scanned?

A: The size of your passport photograph should be 4.5 cm X 3.5 cm.

Q: Is there negative marking for the IBPS clerk preliminary exam?

A: Yes. 0.25 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer in the preliminary exam.

Check the Official Notification