The IBPS Clerk CWE VII (Common Written Exam) – gateway for jobs in 19 participating banks across the country will be held in two stages – Prelims & Mains. The Prelims exam will be conducted in the month of December. Approximately one is six candidates appearing for the Prelims exam qualifies for the Mains exam to be conducted in the month of January. The results of the Mains exams would likely be released in April. Last year the exam saw over 43 Lakh aspirants applying for it. This year the numbers are expected increase further.
Each candidate can apply for vacancies in any one state and has to appear for the examination in the same state. The candidate needs to be proficient in the official language of the State in which they appear. There are about 344 vacancies in Telangana which are expected to be filled through this exam. Within Telangana, the prelims exam will be conducted in Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam and Warangal while the Mains exam is conducted only in Hyderabad.
IBPS Clerk-Prelims Exam consists of three sections – English Language (30 Questions), Numerical ability (35 Questions) and Reasoning (35 Questions). One mark would be awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 mark (one-fourth of the marks allotted to a particular question) deducted for every wrong answer. Within a composite time of 1 hour candidates must ensure that they have attempted enough questions to qualify in each of the three sections by securing cutoff marks which would be declared by IBPS. This can be achieved by spending a minimum of 25-30 minutes on each section and using the remaining time on a topic of your strength thus maximising the scores.
The Mains Exam consists of four sections – General/Financial Awareness (50 Q, 50 Marks, 35 minutes), General English (40 Q, 40 marks, 35 minutes), Reasoning Ability and Computer Aptitude (50 Q, 60 marks, 45 minutes) and Quantitative Aptitude (50 Q, 50 marks, 45 minutes).
Final merit list for provisional allotment would be created based on condensed scores out of 100. Prelims Exam is just a qualifying exam and the scores hence would not be accounted for in the Provisional allotment.
Aspirants from Telangana must aim at scoring at least 75 marks in the prelims exam. The cut-off for Telangana last year was 65 but they were as high as 73 in some other States. As per 2016 Mains Cutoffs, Maharashtra stands first with the highest cutoff 43 with Telangana standing next in line at 42.03.
Online registrations for the exam will open on 12th September and continue till 3rd October. Call letters for Pre-Exam Training and Prelims examination can be downloaded in the month of November. The prelims exam would be conducted on 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th of December and the results of the exam would likely be released by the end of December.
Out of about 43 lakh applications received last year, about 30 lakh candidates appeared for the Prelims Exam. With every progressing year, the number of applications is observed to increase and the statistics is likely going to be the same this year too.
In a competitive exam like IBPS Clerk, a good test taking strategy is the game changer. Time management is an important factor in deciding your performance along with smartness in choosing questions. All of this comes with the right preparation and practice. Candidates will need to be clear what areas to attempt and what areas to leave even before they step into the examination hall. Over the years the most successful candidates are not necessarily the most intelligent ones but the ones who has worked the smartest. Make sure that you take several Mock tests and Practice tests to avoid surprises in the actual exam. While the pattern doesn’t have any surprises, there could questions which are new. Be open to possibilities.
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