IBPS Clerk 2023: Exam Date, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Suggested Books

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) annually conducts recruitment process for recruitment as a clerk in the participating organisations. Interested candidates can apply for IBPS Clerk 2023 by filling the online application form. The exam will be conducted in two-tier i.e preliminary exam and main exam. Those who qualify the pre-exam only will be eligible for main exam. IBPS will release the application form in the 3rd week of September 2023.

Applicants need to check their eligibility status before they proceed for the online application. The exam will be conducted in online mode and candidates will be given a total of 1 hour for preliminary exam and 160 minutes for the main exam. Marks will be deducted in case the candidates select the incorrect answer.

IBPS Clerk 2023-Highlights

  1. No printed applications will be entertained by the authority for submission.
  2. The registration id and password must not be shared with anyone.
  3. Applicants should avoid filling multiple applications. In case a candidate mistakenly fills multiple application, then the one with the higher registration id shall be treated as a valid one. No fee shall be refunded for previous applications.
  4. Candidates from SC/ST/PWD/Religious minorities and EXSM category can also opt for pre-exam training conducted by IBPS to get an idea of the exam.
  5. Candidates must possess a valid email id and phone number to register for the exam.
  6. Preliminary exam will only be qualifying in nature. Candidates need to clear the minimum cut-off decided by IBPS to proceed to the main exam.
  7. Candidates will be selected based on their performance in main exam.

Participating banks/organisations

Here are the banks that will be participating in IBPS Clerk recruitment process-

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

Important Dates

Candidates can note down the tentative schedule of IBPS Clerk 2023 as mentioned below-

Events Dates (Expected)
Online registration starts from 3rd week of September 2022
Last date to register 2nd week of October 2022
Admit card downloading for Pre-exam 2nd week of November 2022
Preliminary exam date 2nd week of December 2022
Result announcement December 2022/ January 2023
Admit card downloading for Main-exam January 2023
Main exam date 3rdweek of January 2023
Result declaration March 2023
Allotment of provisional posting April 2023

Exam Pattern

Given below is the exam pattern of IBPS Clerk 2023-

  • Mode: Online
  • Duration: 1 hour for pre-exam and 160 minutes for main exam
  • Language: Hindi and English
  • Type of questions: Objective type
  • Negative marking:25 will be deducted as a penalty for marking incorrect answer.


Subjects Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
Numerical ability 35 35 20 minutes
English language 30 30 20 minutes
Reasoning ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

Main exam

Subjects Number of questions Maximum marks Duration
Reasoning and computer aptitude 50 60 45 minutes
General English 40 40 35 minutes
Quantitative aptitude 50 50 45 minutes
General/economy and banking awareness 50 50 35 minutes
Total 190 200 160 minutes


Candidates need to prepare the following topics to qualify the IBPS Clerk exam with good marks-

  • General awareness: Banking terms,important person, awards, economics, history, current affairs, national and international news, books and authors, etc.
  • English: Comprehension, one-word substitution, sentence correction, cloze-test, sentence rearrangement, grammar, para-jumbles, etc.
  • Quantitative aptitude: Data interpretation, boat and stream, problem on ages, profit and loss, simplification, average, mixture and allegation, trains, percentage, number series, etc.
  • Reasoning and computer aptitude: Puzzles, coding-decoding, programming languages, basics of MS office, computer architecture, alphabetical series, analogy and classification, blood relation, syllogism, direction sense, ranking, keyboard shortcuts, etc.

Recommended books for IBPS Clerk preparation

Some of the noteworthy reference books for qualifying IBPS Clerk exam are mentioned below-

  • Quantitative aptitude by RS Aggarwal, Objective mathematics by Arihant publication.
  • Logical reasoning by RS Aggarwal, Verbal and non-verbal reasoning by RS Aggarwal and Reasoning by Arihant publication.
  • GK: Lucent’s GK, Manorama year book.
  • Computer aptitude by Lucent.
  • English grammar by wren and martin, word power made easy by Norman Lewis, and English by Kiran Publication.

Application form

Candidates need to visit the official website of IBPS to fill the application form. They also need to upload scanned copy of left-hand thumb impression, photograph and signature in the form. The form shall ask for details such as personal, educational, payment, address, among others. Candidates will not be given any opportunity to change their details once they submit the form.

In case the information given by them appears to be incorrect then such candidates will be disqualified from taking the exam and strict actions will be taken against them. Candidates need not send the hardcopy of the application form to the authority. They must pay the application fee for the exam failing which their application will be rejected by the authority. The form must be submitted on time to avoid disappointment at the last-minute.

Application fee

Applicants are required to pay Rs. 600/- towards the application fee. Candidates belonging to the reserved category (SC/ST, EXSM and PWD) needs to pay Rs. 100/- for the same. The fee can be paid through credit card, cash card, wallets, debit card, and internet banking. No fee shall be refunded once the payment is successfully made.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must fulfil the eligibility conditions laid down by the IBPS for appearing in the IBPS Clerk 2023 examination-

Nationality: A candidate must either be a –

  • Citizen of India or a subject of Nepal/ Bhutan or
  • A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Age limit: Minimum 20 years and Maximum 28 years as on 1stSeptember 2023. Reserved category candidates can claim relaxation in age as per the rules.

Educational qualification: Candidates should have done graduation in any discipline from a recognised university. They should also be familiar with the knowledge of operating computer i.e. they should have secured a certificate/diploma/degree in computer operations or language or have studied computer/IT as one of the subjects in school or during graduation.

Admit card

  • The admit card for IBPS Clerk 2023 can be downloaded from the official website of IBPS i.eibps.in.
  • No admit card shall be sent to the candidates via post or any other medium.
  • Separate admit card will be released for pre-exam and main exam.
  • Candidates must carry the printed copy of the hall ticket to the exam hall along with a valid ID proof.
  • Those who do not possess the same will not be permitted to appear in the examination.
  • Any discrepancy in the hall ticket must be reported to the authority immediately.

Result and selection

  • Candidates can check the result by logging into the official website of IBPS.
  • Only those who clear the cut-off decided by the authority will be allowed to appear in the main exam.
  • For different clerical cadre services, the authority will publish state-wise merit list and category-wise merit list.
  • Selected candidates will be given provisional allotment to any of the participating banks based on their performance in the main exam.

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