IBPS Clerk July 2024: Complete Exam Insights and Preparation Tips

safalta experts Published by: Nidhi Bhatnagar Updated Mon, 08 Jul 2024 12:34 PM IST

Highlights

IBPS Clerk Application Form 2024 was released on July 1, 2024, along with the notification. Candidates can fill out the IBPS Clerk application form from July 1 to 21, 2024, by registering on the official website.

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The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the IBPS Clerk exam annually to recruit clerks for various public sector banks in India. The IBPS Clerk July 2024 exam is highly competitive and sought-after, attracting thousands of aspirants each year. This blog provides a comprehensive guide to the IBPS Clerk exam, covering everything from eligibility criteria and exam patterns to preparation tips and important dates.IBPS Clerk Application Form 2024 was released on July 1, 2024, along with the notification. Candidates can fill out the IBPS Clerk application form from July 1 to 21, 2024, by registering on the official website. Any graduate candidate can apply for the IBPS Clerk exam.

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The application process comprises several stages such as registration, uploading the scanned photograph and signature, filling out the detailed application form, previewing the application, uploading the left thumb impression, and handwritten declaration. The application fees for the exam are  ₹ 850 for General and OBC candidates and  ₹175 for SC/ST/PWD categories. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) Clerk examination is one of the most sought-after banking exams in India. Every year, thousands of candidates aspire to secure a clerical position in various public sector banks through this competitive exam. The IBPS Clerk exam is known for its rigorous selection process and the opportunities it provides for a stable and rewarding career in the banking sector. In 2023, the IBPS Clerk exam witnessed many applicants, reflecting the growing interest in banking careers among young graduates. The competition is expected to be even more intense in 2024, with more candidates vying for a limited number of vacancies. In 2023, the IBPS Clerk exam saw over 10 lakh applicants, competing for approximately 7,850 vacancies across various states. The cutoff marks varied significantly across different states, with Karnataka having one of the highest cutoffs at 74.25, while Jammu & Kashmir had one of the lowest at 54.50. This disparity highlights the competitive nature of the exam and the need for candidates to perform exceptionally well to secure a position. The exam fee for General/OBC candidates was ₹850, and for SC/ST/PWD candidates, it was ₹175.
The 2024 IBPS Clerk exam is expected to offer around 8,000 vacancies, with the exact number to be confirmed closer to the exam dates. The application process is entirely online, and candidates are advised to check the official IBPS website for updates regularly. The syllabus and exam pattern remain unchanged, ensuring consistency in the preparation process for aspirants. Understanding the syllabus, keeping up with current affairs, and practicing regularly is crucial for success in this exam.

 

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Exam Overview
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Exam Pattern and Syllabus
  • Important Dates
  • Preparation Tips
  • Resources and Books
 

Exam Overview-

The IBPS Clerk exam is conducted in two stages: the Preliminary Exam and the Main Exam. Both exams are conducted online and consist of multiple-choice questions. Candidates who qualify in the Preliminary Exam are eligible to appear for the Main Exam.
 

Preliminary Exam

  • Number of Questions: 100
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Duration: 1 hour
 

Main Exam

  • Number of Questions: 190
  • Total Marks: 200
  • Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes
 

Eligibility Criteria -To be eligible for the IBPS Clerk exam, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Age: 20 to 28 years
  • Educational Qualification: A degree (graduation) in any discipline from a recognized university
  • Nationality: Indian citizen or a subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee
 

Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Preliminary Exam Pattern

 

Section

Number of Question

Maximum Marks

Duration

English Language

30

30

20 minutes

Numerical Ability

35

35

20 minutes

Reasoning Ability

35

35

20 minutes

Total

100

100

60 minutes



Main Exam Pattern

Section

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Duration

General/Financial Awareness

50

50

35 minutes

General English

40

40

35 minutes

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude

50

60

45 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

45 minutes

Total

190

200

160 minutes

 


Syllabus

The syllabus for the IBPS Clerk exam includes topics from the following areas:

  • English Language: Reading comprehension, Cloze test, Fill in the blanks, Para jumbles, Error spotting

  • Numerical Ability: Simplification, Data Interpretation, Number series, Quadratic equations, Arithmetic problems

  • Reasoning Ability: Puzzles, Seating arrangements, Syllogism, Inequality, Coding-Decoding

  • General/Financial Awareness: Current affairs, Banking awareness, Economic news

  • Computer Aptitude: Basic computer knowledge, Software, Hardware, Internet, MS Office


Important Dates

 

01 Jul 2024 - 21 Jul 2024

IBPS Clerk 2024 Application Form Submission (ongoing)

24 Aug 2024 - 25 Aug 2024

IBPS Clerk 2024 Prelims Exam

31 Aug 2024

IBPS Clerk 2024 Prelims Exam

13 Oct 2024

IBPS Clerk 2024 Mains Exam

 

Preparation Tips

  • Understand the Syllabus and Exam Pattern: Familiarize yourself with the syllabus and exam pattern to plan your preparation effectively.
  • Create a Study Plan: Divide your study time among all subjects and stick to a regular study schedule.
  • Practice Mock Tests: Regularly practice mock tests to improve your speed and accuracy.
  • Focus on Weak Areas: Identify your weak areas and work on them to improve your overall performance.
  • Stay Updated with Current Affairs: Regularly read newspapers and follow news updates to stay informed about current affairs.


Resources and Books

  • English Language: - Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis, Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi
  • Numerical Ability: Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal, Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • Reasoning Ability: A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal, Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey
  • General/Financial Awareness: Banking Awareness by Arihant Publications, Manorama Yearbook

The IBPS Clerk July 2024 exam is a gateway to a promising career in the banking sector. With thorough preparation and a strategic approach, candidates can excel in this competitive exam. Focus on understanding the exam pattern, practicing mock tests, and staying updated with current affairs to enhance your chances of success.

What is the age limit for the IBPS Clerk exam?

The age limit for the IBPS Clerk exam is 20 to 28 years. Age relaxation is applicable for reserved categories as per government norms.

How many stages are there in the IBPS Clerk exam?

The IBPS Clerk exam consists of two stages: the Preliminary Exam and the Main Exam.

What is the application fee for the IBPS Clerk exam?

The application fee for the IBPS Clerk exam is approximately ₹850 for General/OBC candidates and ₹175 for SC/ST/PWD candidates.

Is there any negative marking in the IBPS Clerk exam?

 There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer in both the Preliminary and Main exams.

Can final-year graduation students apply for the IBPS Clerk exam?

Yes, final-year graduation students can apply for the IBPS Clerk exam, provided they can produce proof of graduation at the time of document verification.


 

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