IBPS Clerk 2018-19: Detailed Guide

A] General Information about IBPS Clerk Exam 2018/ IBPS CWE Clerks-VIII

What is IBPS Clerk Exam?
IBPS conducts Common Recruitment Process for selection of personnel for Clerical cadre Posts (IBPS Clerk) in the organisations participating in the exam process. Any eligible candidate, who aspires to be selected as a Clerk or in a similar post in that cadre, is required to register for the Common Recruitment Process (CWE Clerks -VIII). The 2018 exam will be the 8th edition of this exam and the online examination (Preliminary and Main) for the next Common Recruitment Process will tentatively be scheduled on 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th December 2018 & 20th January 2019.

Below is a list of organisations participating in the recruitment process:

Allahabad Bank Canara Bank Syndicate Bank United Bank of India
Andhra Bank Oriental Bank of Commerce Indian Overseas Bank Bank of Maharashtra
Bank of Baroda Central Bank of India Corporation Bank IDBI Bank
Indian Bank Union Bank of India UCO Bank Vijaya Bank
Bank of India Dena Bank Punjab National Bank Punjab & Sind Bank

IBPS Clerk Tentative Exam Dates

Exam Stage
DATES
Preliminary
Examination
08.12.2018
 09.12.2018
 15.12.2018
 16.12.2018
Main Examination 20.01.2019

B] IBPS Notification 2018

Notification Link to be updated here.

Important Dates for IBPS CWE Clerk VIII with Relevant Link

Exam Stage
Date as per IBPS Tentative Calendar
Link
On-line Registration + Payment of Application Fees/Intimation Charges (Online) Will be updated Will be updated
Download of call letters for Pre- Exam Training Will be updated  Will be updated
Conduct of Pre-Exam Training Will be updated  Will be updated
IBPS CWE Clerk VIII Preliminary Exam 08.12.2018  Will be updated
 
 
 
09.12.2018
15.12.2018
16.12.2018
Result of Preliminary Exam Will be updated Will be updated 
Download of Call letter for Main Exam Will be updated  Will be updated
IBPS CWE Clerk VIII Main Exam 20.01.2019  Will be updated
Declaration of Main Result Will be updated Will be updated 
Provisional Allotment Will be updated  Will be updated

Refer to tentative IBPS calendar for 2018-19 Exams

Eligibility Criteria for IBPS CWE Clerk VIII 
Below is the eligibility criteria as per the 2017 notification, the same will be updated if there are changes in the 2018 notification:
I. Nationality / Citizenship
A candidate must be either –
(i) a Citizen of India or
(ii) a subject of Nepal or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan or
(iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
(v) 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.

II. Age (As on 01.09.2017):
Minimum: 20 years | Maximum: 28 years
Relaxation of Upper age limit

Sr. No.
Category
Age relaxation
1 Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe 5 years
2 Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer) 3 years
3 Persons With Disabilities 10 years
4 Ex-Servicemen / Disabled Ex-Servicemen Actual period of service rendered in the defence forces + 3 years (8 years for Disabled Ex-Servicemen belonging to SC/ST) subject to a maximum age limit of 50 years
5 Widows, divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried 9 years
6 Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 5 years
7 Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
8 Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (Applicable to Madhya Pradesh state only)  5 years
Please refer to the detailed notification (this link) for exact specifications for each category.

III. Educational Qualifications
(a) A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. (The candidate must possess valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.

(b) Computer Literacy: Operating and working knowledge in computer systems is mandatory i.e. candidates should have Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/Language/ should have studied Computer / Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute.

(c) Proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT (candidates should know how to read/ write and speak the Official Language of the State/UT) for which vacancies a candidate wishes to apply is preferable.

(d) Ex-Servicemen who do not possess the above civil examination qualifications should be matriculate ExServicemen 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 the specified date.

Vacancy for IBPS Clerk 2018
As per the IBPS Clerk 2017 Official Notification’ there were 7883 vacancies in total. IBPS gives out state-wise vacancies and detailed breakup can be referred to in the 2018 notification.

C] IBPS CWE Clerk VIII Application

The registration process for this exam will be through online mode only and there will be a single registration for both Preliminary and Main examination, wherever applicable.

Documents Required 
Candidates will be required to upload the following documents as per the specification given in advertisement.

Document
Dimensions (2017)
File Size Specifications (2018)
Other Information
Photograph of the Applicant (4.5cm × 3.5cm) 200 x 230 pixels (preferred) 20kb–50 kb Image file should be JPG or JPEG format
Signature of the Applicant 140 x 60 pixels (preferred) 10kb – 20kb CAPITAL LETTERS  NOT accepted
Thumb impression of the Applicant New – To be updated 10kb – 20kb
Scanned copy of handwritten declaration New – To be updated 10kb – 20kb Exact text will be updated

Application Fee
Category-wise application fee listed below is to be paid online and is not refundable once paid.

Sr. No.
Category
Application Fee
1 SC/ST/PWD Rs.100/- (Intimation Charges only)
2 General and Others Rs. 600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)

D] IBPS CWE Clerk VIII Exam Pattern

Prelim Exam Pattern
Mode: Online
Type: Objective
Negative Marking: Yes, 0.25 of the marks allotted will be deducted.
Cutoff: Sectional as well as aggregate

Section No. of
Qs
Max. Marks Duration
English
Language
30 30 Composite
Time of
1 Hour
Numerical
Ability
35 35
Reasoning
Ability
35 35
Total 100 100

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS. The results link for the prelim will be updated here.

Mains Exam Pattern

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
2 English Language 40 40 35 minutes
3 Quantitative Aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
4 General/ Financial Awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes

E] IBPS CWE Clerk VIII Syllabus

IBPS Clerk prelim and mains have a large overlap in terms of syllabus for English, Reasoning and Numerical Ability but for Mains there are 2 additional topics, i.e., General Awareness and Computer Knowledge.

English Numerical Ability Reasoning Computer Knowledge General Awareness
Reading Comprehension Number Series Puzzle and Arrangements History and Generation of Computers Banking and Insurance Awareness
Cloze Test Simplification/ Approximation Inequality Introduction to Computer Organisation Financial Awareness
Fillers Quadratic Equations Syllogism Computer Hardware and I/O Devices Govt. Schemes and Policies
Spotting Errors Data Interpretation Coding – Decoding Computer Languages, Basics of DBMS Current Affairs
Sentence Improvement Data Sufficiency Blood Relations Operating System, Internet Static Awareness
Fill in the Blanks Miscellaneous Direction sense Computer Network & Security
Sentence Improvement Order and Ranking MS Office Suit and Short cut keys
Error Detection/
Correction
Word Formation Computer Memory, Computer Software
Statement – Assumption/
Conclusion/
Argument
Number System and Conversions

F] IBPS Clerk 2017 Cutoffs

Since IBPS Clerk vacancies are released state-wise, cutoffs also vary for each state.
IBPS State-Wise Prelim Cutoffs for 2017:

State Cut-Off
Uttar Pradesh 76.25
Delhi 76.75
Daman & Diu 70.75
Haryana 76.00
Assam 70.75
Kerela 77.00
Jammu & Kashmir 76.00
Karnataka 61.25
Jharkhand 74.25
Himachal Pradesh 75.00
Telangana 70.00
Odisha 76.50
Goa 67.75
Uttarakhand 78.75
Chattisgarh 70.25
Tamil Nadu 53.00
Madhya Pradesh 74.25
Andhra Pradesh 73.50
Maharashtra 64.50
Punjab 74.00
Gujarat 67.00
Bihar 74.75
West Bengal 77.25
Rajasthan 73.25

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