As per the New IBPS Clerk exam Pattern, the exam follows two-tier pattern – Preliminary and Mains. Both the exams are conducted separately and contains different paper pattern. To understand it completely, please check below-

IBPS Clerk Pattern for Prelims Exam

Note: Candidate needs to qualify each section separately by scoring the cut-off marks. This cutoff marks will be decided by IBPS.


S. No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 Composite Time of 1 Hour
2 Numerical Ability 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100


IBPS Clerk Main Paper Pattern


S. No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 40 50 30 Minutes
2 English Language 40 40 30 Minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 40 50 30 Minutes
4 General Awareness 40 40 25 Minutes
5 Computer Knowledge 40 20 20 Minutes
Total 200 200 135 Minutes


Note: The question paper will be available in bilingually i.e. English or Hindi expects the English section


IBPS Clerk Exam 2017- Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable for Both- Prelims and Main Exam):

BILINGUAL TEST: Each and every section will be available in both English and Hindi except English.

NEGATIVE MARKING: There will be the penalty for wrong answers marked in the objective tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one-fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate there will be no penalty for the question.