Assistant or Clerk is a widely known, and entry-level situation in Banks and related organizations in India. Thanks to the reasonably large number of vacancies, and the galore of benefits offered by the banks, “Bank Clerk” is now one of the most sought-after career paths for Indian youth. Since all the public sector banks now use IBPS Recruitment for Clerk selections, applying for IBPS Clerk Exam is deemed as the foremost step to get a clerical job in the banking industry in 2015.
IBPS conducts online clerk exams for SBI, RBI, and insurance companies like UIIC; however, the Clerk Recruitment we discuss over here is the one to 25 nationalized banks in this list. Candidates interested in appearing for IBPS’s Common Entrance Exam to these banks may find the latest information on this page.
IBPS Clerk Recruitment: steps involved.
IBPS Clerk Recruitment is a yearly repeating process, and the recruiter takes approximately 4-6 months to complete all the stages illustrated in the following section.
IBPS outs Clerk advertisement —>Online registration of candidates—> Release of the Call letter for Pre-Exam training —> Pre-Exam Training for SC/ST and other backward classes —> Download hall ticket for Preliminary Clerk Exam —> All candidates appear for the Preliminary Clerk Exam—> Results of the Pre-Exam —>Successful candidates download the admit card for Main Clerk Exam—> IBPS conducts the Clerk Exam Mains —>Mains Result—> Common Interview for selected applicants —>Publication of the final score—> Allotment as Clerk in Banks.
IBPS releases a notification declaring the impending Clerk recruitment, usually in the month of July. This advertisement includes the important dates of all the events planned in the said hiring process. The tentative schedule of the ongoing IBPS Clerk Recruitment in 2015 is what you see above.
Online registration for the Clerk Exam begins at IBPS website at 12.00 AM on the date mentioned in the ad. This year, IBPS Clerk Registration starts on 11-08-2015 and lasts up to 01-09-2015. Any modification to the application form is allowed in this time frame.
Now before you apply you should assay whether you’re eligible to appear for the IBPS Clerk recruitment by equating your age, educational qualifications, etc. with IBPS norms. Visit this page to read the newest eligibility conditions for IBPS’s Clerical Cadre in detail; key points are given below.
1. Indian Citizenship (Check the above linked page to know some exceptions)
2. Age: 20-28 (as on 01-08-2015). That is, the candidates born between 02-08-1987 and 01-08-1995 are eligible to register for this year’s IBPS clerk recruitment. As always, SC/ST/OBC and some other category of applicants can claim relaxation in this requirement.
A candidate can take the benefit of cumulative relaxation, up-to one additional group shown in the table given above.
3. Computer knowledge is mandatory for all IBPS Clerk aspirants, and language proficiency ( in the local language of the applying State) is highly preferable.
Registered applicants will get timely alerts from IBPS regarding the call letters, which contains the accurate training/exam/interview date allotted to them. Candidates need the IBPS call letter, identity proofs and payment slips to confirm their admittance to IBPS Clerk Exam/Interview centers.
Details of the IBPS Clerk Exam
IBPS Clerk Exam is now a two-stage thing: first administered in the recent PO exam, the “preliminary examination phase” is expanding to Clerk recruitment in the upcoming sitting. That means all the Clerical cadre aspirants who are preparing for IBPS exams should clear two exams before they could attend the interviews. Thankfully, IBPS still follows the objective style exam for all the subjects.
Each right answers bring one mark to the participant’s table, and there is a penalty of .25 for wrong ones.
IBPS conducts their Clerk examination in the online mode, through a computer. Those who are new to the IBPS recruitment, a demo of the exam window is given in this page.
Prepare for IBPS Clerk Exam: A few good books
IBPS Clerk is one of the easiest among the bank exams in India; however, competition kills this advantage. People who are getting bank coaching for PO, and Specialist Exams are also applying for IBPS Clerk Recruitment. So nowadays it is becoming a difficult task to clear bank exams in first chance unless you have a good general knowledge and mathematical skills.
How to build up your knowledge for IBPS Clerk exams? Reading, and practicing previous year’s Bank papers is what you need. Buy one of the books mentioned below and set a daily goal.
Disha Experts IBPS Clerk CWE 2015 Book: Buy from Amazon here and save 32% of MRP.
Advantages: This one of the latest books for IBPS Clerk exam. Topics are divided to introduce the change in exam pattern. Modules of the IBPS Preliminary and Main Clerk exams (Numerical Ability, Reasoning, English, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative aptitude) are decently covered. It comes with 2012, 2013 and 2014’s IBPS Clerk Exam papers. The book also offers a free eBook that contains the newest GK updates in 2015-2016.
Disadvantage: Disha’s book is just enough for a beginner as it touches all the necessary topics. as it touches all the necessary topics. However, one may not find a lot many model papers or previous year’s questions in this book. To cover this, you may also order Kiran’s Bank Clerical Solved papers 2015 @399 INR from Amazon (Click here to buy). I own this alternative from Kiran Prakashan and highly recommend it for your preparations.
Manorama Yearbook is an excellent pick preparing GK section in competitive exams (Just 99 INR, comes with a CD), and it is a highly rated book on Amazon, but we believe that is a bit outdated for Clerk Exam 2015.
IBPS Clerk Common Interviews
Candidates are expected to score at least the lowest recommended marks in each subject, and also the minimum total marks in IBPS Clerk Main Exam in order to qualify for the Interview. Such scores will be further adjusted for compensating the difficulty level in different sessions. The suggested cutoff score for IBPS Clerk Recruitment in 2015 is shown below.
Evidently the cutoff favors the reserved class. Thus, they have the greatest chance to pass through the last stages of the Clerk Recruitment. Only the marks secured in the Main examination is taken for the preparation of final Score in 100, which also includes Interview (20) scores.
Final score, the number of vacancies reported, and location preferences determines a candidates provisional allotment to banks as clerks. The appointment will be confirmed after verification of documents and other formalities. The starting salary of an IBPS recruited Clerk is around 18500 (revision is pending) as per the latest IBA rules.