IBPS Clerk Exam 2018-19: Important Dates, Registration Process

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will conduct the IBPS Clerk Exam 2018-19 at two levels; Preliminary and Main. The IBPS conducts these exams every year to recruit the capable candidates for clerical posts in the banks that participate in this recruitment program. Those students who score minimum qualifying marks in the prelim become eligible for the Main exam. Although the Institute is yet to make an announcement regarding online registration for the exams, going by the usual yearly pattern, the online process will start from August/September 2018 with the prelim taking place in the first week of December 2017 i.e. 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th and the Main on January 20, 2019.

Detailed Schedule:

Event Important Dates
Online registration process or modification in the application August/September 2018
Preliminary exam date 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th December, 2018
Date of Main exam 20th January, 2019
Declaration of Main Exam Result January, 2019

Who Can Take Up The Exam?

An IBPS aspirant should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Age: An applicant must be in between 20 to 28 years of age. The final age parameters for will be shortly announced through the official notification.
  • Education: An applicant graduate in any discipline can apply for clerical exam conducted by the IBPS.
  • An applicant belonging to reserved category would be provided age relaxation as follows:

Classification Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 Years
OBC 3 Years
Persons with disabilities 10 years
Ex-Servicemen To the extent of service provided by them to Armed Forces+ 3 years additional (Up to 50 Years)
Divorced women/Widows/Women judicially separated and not re-married 9 Years
Candidates who were domiciles in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in between the period 1st January, 1980 to 31st December, 1989 5 Years
Person affected by 1984 riots 5 years
Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (Madhya Pradesh state only) 5 years

Process of Registration:

The registration process will be through online mode only and there will be a single registration for both Preliminary and Main examination, wherever applicable. Candidates will be required to upload the following documents as per the specification given in advertisement.

  • Photograph of the Applicant – 20 kb to 50 kb in .jpg file
  • Signature of the Applicant – 10 kb to 20 kb in .jpg file
  • Thumb impression of the Applicant – 10 kb to 20 kb in .jpg file
  • Scanned copy of handwritten declaration as per the format, which will be available in the respective advertisement – 10 kb to 20 kb in .jpg file
Exam Pattern of Preliminary Exam and Main Exam: This is a qualifying exam for the Main Exam. The candidates appearing for Preliminary exam (1 hr) are required to attempt 35 questions of Numerical Ability (35 marks), 30 questions of English Language (30 marks) and 35 questions of Reasoning Ability (35 marks). The Main exam (2 hr) includes 40 questions of English Language (40 marks), 40 questions of Reasoning, 40 questions of General Awareness (40 marks), 40 questions of Quantitative Aptitude (40 marks) and 40 questions of Computer Knowledge (40 marks).

Mock Test: The best way to evaluate your ability to solve and performance is taking Mock Tests conducted by coaching institutes for competitive exams. A Mock test is an examination which serves practice for future exams. Or you can take Mock test by yourself. Never take these tests lightly. One should be doing minimum two to three tests daily. Keep in mind that subjects like Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) can be excelled in through time management. Regular practice would sharpen your skills in solving the questions related to Reasoning and QA. The best part of Mock test is that it prompts you to gradually increase your problem solving speed. You can also take online mock test here. For more details and updates, visit the official site www.ibps.in

About IBPS

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts national recruitment exams of various PSU Banks, RRB, RBI, NABARD, SBI, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) & General Insurance Companies (GICs). Registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and also a Public Trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950, the Institute helps organizations in the areas of personnel such as recruitment, selection, placement, by designing, and developing suitable measurement tests/tools, assessment of answer responses and processing results of examinations, and conducts such examination related services, on request.


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