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For successfully achieving your aspiration of getting an entry into any one of the most prestigious banks in India today that fall under the list of IBPS participating organizations, you have to crack the IBPS common entrance exam for recruitment of clerks.

The preparation for the exam undoubtedly needs a lot of dedication, personal efforts and most importantly, proper guidance from one of the Best Bank Exam Coaching Centres in Delhi.

About IBPS CWE Clerks – VI

The exam is a fabulous opportunity for graduates interested in making a career in public sector banking. More than 19,000 vacancies will be filled through this exam. These vacancies are distributed across the length and breadth of the country. The online form filling starts 22nd August, 2016 and will go on till 12th September, 2016.

Why You Should Apply

Generally candidates prefer applying for IBPS probationary officer positions and, at times, end up neglecting the clerical exam. However, the clerical cadre is also lucrative and offers some unique benefits such as:

  • Convenient Posting – Successful candidates are allotted positions in their respective states or union territories.
  • Higher Number of Vacancies – The number of PO vacancies released this year was less than 9000. This number is less than half the number of clerical vacancies.
  • No Interview – The recruitment process for clerical cadre is based completely on aptitude exams which are conducted online. As no interview is there, getting selected is comparatively easier.
  • Less Work Pressure – The work pressure in clerical cadre is less than the work pressure in PO cadre. Job stress is manageable and one’s entry into the field of banking is relatively smooth.

Understanding the Exam Pattern

Now, let’s get a better understanding of the structure of CWE online examination 2016. Getting an insight into the structure & pattern will help you crack this exam. It will be an online examination held at multiple centers across India in the month of November/ December 2016 & January 2017. It’s primarily divided into two sections viz. the Preliminary Examination and Main Examination.

(I) The Preliminary Examination: This examination consists of 3 parts viz. English Language, Numerical Ability & Reasoning Ability. There is composite time duration of 1 hour to attempt this exam.

  • English Language carries 30 questions of 1 mark each.
  • The number of questions in Numerical Ability (Quant) is 35 and the maximum marks are also 35.
  • Reasoning Ability will also have 35 questions of 1 mark each.
  • In total, the Preliminary Examination consists of 100 questions with an aggregate of 100 marks.

NOTEYou have to qualify each of the three parts by acquiring the cut-off marks, as decided by IBPS. However, to get shortlisted for the Main Examination, you must have a sufficiently high overall score as well. Also, depending upon the requirement, IBPS decides the number of candidates to be shortlisted for the online Main Examination under each category.

(II) The Main Examination: This examination consists of 5 parts i.e. Reasoning, English Language, General Awareness (Banking Awareness & Current Affairs), Quantitative Aptitude, & Computer Knowledge. The method of allotting time duration in this examination is quite different from that in Preliminary Examination. Over here, each part has to be completed in a stipulated time slot after which the next part automatically appears on the screen. Thus, the candidate has to attempt 5 parts in succession.

The number of questions, total marks and stipulated time frame is mentioned below for your better clarification:

  • Reasoning carries 40 questions with total marks of 50 and the stipulated time duration of 30 minutes.
  • English Language carries 40 questions with total marks of 40 and the stipulated time duration of 30 minutes.
  • Quantitative Aptitude carries 40 questions with total marks of 50 and the stipulated time duration of 30 minutes.
  • General Awareness carries 40 questions with total marks of 40 and the stipulated time duration of 25 minutes.
  • Computer Knowledge carries 40 questions with total marks of 20 and the stipulated time duration of 20 minutes.

Hence, the Main Examination is worth 200 marks and the total time you have to spend while appearing in it is 135 minutes.

NOTE – All the above parts will be available in English & Hindi, except English Language.

Penalty (Negative Marking):

There is a penalty for every wrong answer that you attempt and it is applicable to both the examinations. For every question to which you attempt a wrong answer, one fourth or 25% marks of that particular question get deducted from your overall score. If you don’t answer any question and leave it unattempted, then there is no penalty charged for that question.

Exam Strategy (Preliminary Exam)

You have to keep in mind some strategy before appearing in the Preliminary Examination. The strategy must be such that it should help you in getting the cut-off marks and in successfully clearing this examination. Some of the points to keep in mind while taking this exam are:

(I) The number of questions (100 questions) is much higher as compared to the number of minutes (60 minutes) in this examination. Hence, you have to strictly keep a track of the time you devote to each question. It should be obviously less than one minute, 36 seconds to be precise.

(II) You have to focus on all the sections of this exam equally, rather than concentrating only on one or two sections that might be the section(s) you are more confident about. Proper time allocation will help you score the cut-off marks in each section. Pls. remember missing the cut-off marks will ultimately lead to non clearance of this examination.

(III) Be judicious about question selection. Pick the easy and medium difficulty questions. Avoid the lengthy and time consuming questions.

(IV) It is advisable that you attempt the preliminary exam in 2 rounds. In the first round, attempt all the easy questions. A good start will give you confidence. In the second round, you can choose the doable questions of medium difficulty that don’t involve a lot of calculation work.

Finally, getting trained by the Institute for Top IBPS Bank Exam Coaching in Delhi, not only prepares you fully for the upcoming exams, but also increases your awareness level. It equips you with the knowledge of various other exam related aspects such as: the tentative dates, application process, number of vacancies, exam fee etc. All this goes a long way in helping you land your dream job in banking sector.


This article contains the analysis of IBPS Clerk 2016 exam pattern which is crucial for all interested candidates. It brings to you the precise information that was recently provided in the notification released by IBPS. For additional information and clearance of any doubt, you can write to vidyagurudelhi@gmail.com. Your doubts will be cleared and your queries answered soon.

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