IBPS Clerk Exam Eligibility Criteria- Check Nationality, Age limit and Educational Qualification

Candidates appearing for the IBPS Clerk Exam should satisfy the following eligibility criteria: Nationality, Age limit and educational qualification. Before applying for the post,candidates should check the eligibility criteria thoroughly. As a part of the recruitment process, document verification is done, if any candidates are found ineligible then they are rejected.

According to the official calendar, the IBPS Clerk 2020 Prelims exam will be held on 12th, 13th and 19th of December 2020 and the Mains exam will be on 24 January, 2021.

IBPS Clerk Eligibility Criteria – Complete details

Nationality / Citizenship criteria

A Candidate must be either –

  • a Citizen of India or
  • a subject of Nepal or
  • a subject of Bhutan or
  • a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Educational Qualification required for IBPS Clerk

Degree: As per the IBPS Clerk eligibility criteria, a candidate should have a degree (Graduation) in any discipline from Government of India recognized college/ university, as on 12/09/2020. Candidates having any equivalent qualification that is recognized by the Central Government are also eligible to apply.

Other Requirements: Computer Literacy is a must. Candidates must possess operating as well as working knowledge of Computer Systems. For this, candidates should have followed –
(a) Degree/ Diploma/ Certificate in Computer Operations/ Language
(b) Should have studied Computer/ Information Technology as one of the subjects in High School/ Institute/ College.

Proficiency in Local Language: Candidates should also be proficient in the language of the state from which they are applying. This means that the candidates should know how to read, write and speak the official language of the state of union territory from which they are applying.

  • In cases where the college/ university provides CGPA or OGPA, candidates need to convert the same into the percentage, up to 2 places of decimal and accordingly fill it in the application form.
  • The selected candidates are also required to produce a certificate, mentioning the university norms for the grade to percentage conversion as well as the percentage of marks that the student has secured, and it should be signed by an appropriate authority.
  • For candidates from colleges/ universities where a web certificate is released or the result is published online, the candidates must produce a relevant document, signed by the appropriate authority, in original, with clear mention of the candidate’s date of passing.
  • Candidates should indicate the percentage obtained in Graduation calculated to the nearest two decimals in the online application. Where CGPA / OGPA is awarded, the same should be converted into percentage and indicated in online application. The candidate will have to produce a certificate issued by the appropriate authority inter alia stating that the norms of the University regarding conversion of grade into percentage of marks scored by the candidate in terms of norms. 
  • Ex-servicemen who do not possess the above civil examination qualifications should matriculate Ex-servicemen who have obtained the Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or Air Force after having completed not less than 15 years of service in the Armed Forces of the Union as on October 10, 2020. Such certificates should be dated on or before October 10, 2020. 

Age Limit for IBPS Clerk Examination

  • Age is another factor which affects the eligibility of a candidate.
  • To apply for IBPS Clerk Exam, candidates must be at least 20 years and the maximum age limit is 28 years.
  • Although IBPS Clerk notification has laid down the limitations pertaining to age, there are relaxations for certain sections of people.

Relaxation of Upper Age limit :

The relaxation in upper age limit to SC / ST / OBC candidates is allowed on a cumulative basis with only one of the remaining categories for which age relaxation is permitted as mentioned above. 

  • The maximum age limit specified is applicable to General Category candidates and Economically Weaker (EWS) Category Candidates.
  • Candidates seeking age relaxation will be required to submit necessary certificate(s) in original / copies at the time of joining and at any subsequent stage of the recruitment process as required by IBPS / Participating Organization(s). 
  • The following rules apply to Ex-Servicemen re-employed under the Central government would apply to Ex-Servicemen candidates appearing for the examination: 
  • Ex-Servicemen candidates who have already secured employment under the Central Government in Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ will be permitted the benefit of age relaxation as prescribed for Ex-Servicemen for securing another employment in a higher grade or cadre in Group ‘C’ /’D’ under the Central Government. However, such candidates will not be eligible for the benefit of reservation on the second occasion for Ex-Servicemen in Central Government jobs. An Ex-Serviceman who has once joined a government job on civil side after availing of the benefits given to him/her as an Ex-Servicemen for his / her re-employment, his / her ex-servicemen status will be governed in terms of OM No. 36034/1/2014 Estt. (Res.) dated August 14, 2014 of Government of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions. 
  • Candidates who are still in the armed forces and desirous of applying under Ex-Servicemen category whose date of completion of a specific period of engagement (SPE) is completed one year from the last date for receipt of online application i.e. on or before October 8, 2020 are eligible to apply. 

IBPS Clerk Eligibility Criteria 2020 for PWD Candidates:

Under section 34 of “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016”, persons with benchmark disabilities are eligible for Reservation. The reserved categories of disabilities mentioned under this Act are namely:

  • OC category- A person’s inability to execute distinctive activities associated with the movement of self and objects resulting from affliction of the musculoskeletal or nervous system or both, including Cerebral Palsy, Leprosy Cured, Dwarfism, Muscular Dystrophy and Acid Attack Victims.
  • VI category- These candidates are visually impaired suffering from blindness and low vision.
  • HI category- This category includes the hearing-impaired candidates.
  • ID category- Persons with intellectual disability will come under this category.

Guidelines for persons with Benchmark Disabilities using a Scribe:

For visually impaired candidates and the candidates whose writing speed is affected can use scribe according to the guidelines of IBPS clerk eligibility criteria 2020.

  • The scribe arrangement can be done by the candidates as per their wish.
  • The scribe can be from any academic stream.
  • Both the candidate as well as the scribe, are required to submit a valid undertaking confirming that the scribe meets all the required eligibility criteria for a scribe. Or else the IBPS may cancel the candidature of the applicant.
  • The candidates with the scribe will have the extra time of 20 minutes for every hour of the exam.
  • The scribe should not be a candidate for the IBPS clerk exam. Or else the IBPS will cancel the candidature of both.
  • If the Candidates are eligible and wish to have a scribe should have clearly mentioned it in the application form. The IBPS will not accept the last time requests.
  • The compensatory time is allowed only if the candidates applied for it. so if the candidates have not applied for it, then the benefit is not given.

Guidelines for persons with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy:

IBPS clerk eligibility criteria 2020 states that a compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour is allowed. This is only for the persons affected with a minimum of 40% impairment.

Guidelines for persons with Visual Impairment:

  • The candidates with a minimum of 40% visual impairment are allowed to view the test in the magnified font. Also, they are eligible for the compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour
  • In addition, the visually impaired candidates who have a scribe are not allowed to view the test in the magnified font.

Guidelines for persons with Intellectual Disability:

IBPS clerk eligibility criteria 2020 states that a compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour is given only for the persons with a minimum of 40% intellectual disability (either having a scribe or not) such as autism, mental illness, and specific learning disability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.How many attempts for IBPS Clerk Exam?

A. There is no limit for IBPS Clerk Exam.

Q.What is the age limit to apply for IBPS Clerk Exam?

A. Candidates applying should be between the age 21-28

Q.How to apply for IBPS Clerk Exam?

A. You can apply for IBPS Clerk exam via online mode.

Q.Mention the Qualifying marks is a graduate degree?

A. There are no Qualifying Marks.