IBPS Clerk Exam Pattern 2021: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking, Total Marks

Exam Date

Aug 1, 2021

Apr 7, 2021


IBPS Clerk exam will be conducted in two phases - Prelims and Mains. It is a Common Written Exam (CWE) and it is a computer-based test (CBT). Candidates should know the IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus before appearing for the exam. There will be different exam patterns for the prelims exam and the mains exam.

IBPS Clerk 2021 Exam Pattern 

All the tests in both the exams are available bilingually (in English & Hindi) except for the English Language Test.

There will be negative marking for wrong answers. One-fourth (or 0.25) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty for wrong answers. There is no penalty for unanswered questions.

IBPS Clerk 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights

The table below shows the important aspects of the IBPS Clerk 2021 Exam Pattern.

Elements Details
Conducting Body Institute of Banking Personnel
Date of IBPS Clerk Prelims December 2021 
IBPS Clerk Mains January 2021
Prelims Exam Duration 60 Minutes
Mains Exam Duration 120 Minutes
Mode of Exam Computer Based Test

Score Normalization: The scores will be normalized to equate the difficulty level of the papers in different slots. You will be required to score a minimum overall cut off in both Prelims and Mains exams and a minimum score in each of the sections.

Final Merit List: Only the score of the Mains examination will be considered for Final Merit Listing. The final score will be scaled to a maximum of 100. Based on the ranking of a candidate in the final list, he or she will be called for further recruitment processes.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Exam Pattern

This pattern is exclusively for the preliminary examination of IBPS Clerk 2021. The prelims exam includes English Language, Numerical Ability, and Reasoning Ability. The question paper of the preliminary exam consists of 100 questions for 100 marks. Duration for the prelims is 60 minutes.

Name of Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
English Language 30 30   20 minutes each    
Numerical Ability 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

Mains exam consists of English language, Numerical Ability, Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, and Computer Awareness. 

The total number of questions the students should attempt in mains is 200 questions in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Sr. No. Tests No. Of Questions Maximum Marks Allotted Time
1 Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 35 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
4 General Awareness/Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

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