The previous IBPS notification was for the selection of probationary officers (PO) and management trainees to fill the forthcoming job openings in 19 Indian banks. We got a lot responses from people inquiring about the feasibility of an IBPS exam for clerical cadre. Finally, they have declared the eligibility, exam dates and began accepting online applications for IBPS bank Clerk exam 2011-2012, which is planned to be conducted on for 27.11.2011.
The following banks participate in IBPS Clerk Exam:
IBPS Clerk exam eligibility: Aspirants with 60% marks from a government-approved matriculation system are eligible for appearing IBPS clerical cadre exam. Another option provided is 50% in a higher secondary exam or a degree. Although this is the basic retirement for appearing IBPS CWE, the respective banks (given above) may set their own criteria for selecting candidates. Now regarding the nationality, IBPS mandate allow Indians, Nepalis, Bhutanese and Tibetans, who are settled and in India. The minimum age required for application is 18 years as of 18.01.2011 and maximum is 28. Relaxation is provided for ST (5 yr), other backward communities( 3yrs), disabled (10yrs), widows (9 yr) and some other classes.
IBPS Clerk exam pattern and syllabus:
A typical pattern of the IBPS Clerk exam is given above. You can take the test in Hindi/English language. More details of the syllabus will be available on the information bulletin provided with the exam call letter-from IBPS website. A special pre examination training is planned for ST/disabled and aspirants from other backward classes. If you’re one of them tick the required option in the online application form. The training is totally free and will be conducted in state capitals and other big cities-but you have to arrange, lodging, travel and other expenses. Each question carries one mark and there is negative (1/4) marking too. After examination and publishing results, IBPS will provide all applicants with a CWE score card. This score is valid throughout the year for all clerical job notifications from supported banks.
Apply for IBPS Clerk exam online: ( 25.08.2011 to 24.09.2011 )
You can fill and submit IBPS Clerk exam application here. But before proceeding make sure that you have arranged the following basic requirements. The fees ( 350/- for general, 50/- RS for reserved) can be paid online or offline. In case if you’re planning to pay it offline, download and print the CBS challan or NEFT receipt and approach the respective banks. Six banks participating IBPS Clerk exam supports CBS, and others are enabled with NEFT payment option.
After depositing cash in one of the accounts, get the challan/receipt signed by bank agent. The details in the challan can be used to fill the online application form. Those who are opting online option can pay the fees using the integrated payment system provided in IBPS website. Applicants should create an email address for receiving communications from IBPS and also prepare scanned copies of a recent photograph and signature. Then submit the application with all relevant details and documents. If everything is correct you will be provided with a username and password that can be later used to download the exam call letter.
IBPS clerk exam books:
It is clear from the pattern that the IBPS clerk exam is very similar to other bank tests in India. One book we suggest for our readers is Bank Clerk Exam Solved Papers by Kiran publications. This question bank contains questions from previous clerk exams (2003-2011) conducted by various banks (including IBPS members) and its answers. You can buy it online from Flipkart here. It costs only 156 RS, including shipping charges-but you can browse through their site for other related/better books.