Recruitment Guide For IBPS Clerk 2021

One of the most sought after exams in the banking sector, the IBPS Clerk exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection. More than ten Public Sector Banks participate in this recruitment drive and release vacancies to appoint candidates at the clerical post. 

There is slight uncertainty if the 2021 recruitment for this post shall be conducted by the Institute like every year or through the Common Eligibility Test under National Recruitment Agency. This shall be notified once the official announcement or notification is released by the conducting body. 

Until a final announcement is made, candidates must continue with their preparation for the upcoming bank clerk exam. Discussed further below is a step by step guide to assist you with the IBPS Clerk exam 2021. Aspirants can also refer to the IBPS Clerk Notification can get information about the vacancies, exam dates, eligibility, etc.

IBPS Clerk 2021 – All You Need To Know

The tentative exam schedule for the clerical cadre examination has been released by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, and the official notification may tentatively release by June/July 2021. Thus, given below are all the important points regarding the recruitment process for the convenience of the candidates. 

  • Official Notification & Application Process

Once a candidate goes through the eligibility details, he/she can fill in the application form and register for the examination. Personal information, educational qualification, category details, exam centre, etc., can all be entered in the form along with a scanned copy of the signature, thumb impression, passport size photograph and a handwritten declaration

  • Scheme of Selection

The exam is conducted in two stages of online examination, prelims and mains. Given below is the exam pattern in brief:

IBPS Exam Subject Number of Questions Time Duration
Prelims English Language 30 20 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 35 20 minutes
Reasoning Ability 35 20 minutes
Mains  English Language 40 35 minutes
Reasoning Ability 50 45 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 50 45 minutes
General Awareness 50 35 minutes

The prelims are only qualifying in nature and the final merit is released based on the marks scored in the mains examination.

  • Exam Dates

Given below is the tentative exam schedule as per the IBPS Calendar released on February 3, 2021:

Exam Phase Date of Examination
Prelims Exam August 28, 2021

August 29, 2021

September 4, 2021

September 5, 2021

Mains Exam October 31, 2021
  • Bank Clerk Exam Preparation

Given below are a few tips which will help candidates prepare for the upcoming bank clerk exam:

  1. Set a well planned time table with equal time distribution for the preparation of each subject
  2. Focus on solving mock tests and practise papers
  3. Analyse the previous year question papers to apprehend the standard of examination
  4. Focus on time management as there is sectional time to attempt questions under each subject
  5. Look for online or offline assistance, if needed
  6. Check the cut off to analyse the trend increase or decrease in the minimum qualifying marks over the years
  7. Dedicate ample time for revision

To prepare for current affairs, read the newspaper daily and keep yourself updated with the news across the globe. 

  • Booklist for IBPS Clerk Preparation

Having the correct set of books for the exam preparation is extremely important. One must ensure that it comprises proper concept explanation, solved examples and practise exercises. It will benefit the candidate at the time of self-study.

Given below is a subject-wise booklist for exam preparation:

Quantitative Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude by R S Agarwal
  • Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma
  • Fast Track Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
Reasoning Ability
  • Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal
  • A New Approach to Reasoning: Verbal and Non-Verbal by BS Sijwali and Indu Sijwali
English Language
  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin
  • Objective General English by Arihant Publications
Banking & Financial Awareness
  • Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications
  • India Year Book
  • Pratiyogita Darpan (Monthly Edition)

Candidates can visit the IBPS Clerk Result page and know the information regarding the result status, cut off and important dates regarding the same and get assistance for the upcoming recruitment. 

With not much time left for the clerical cadre exam 2021, candidates must start their revision and focus on qualifying for the exam as the competition is extremely tough and the number of applicants is very high. 

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