IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

The conducting body sets the IBPS Clerk exam's pattern for the clerical cadre examination. It is in charge of the banks participating in the IBPS recruitment.

Candidates who wish to make a career in banking must know that the competition in this exam is very tough, and hence, it requires effective planning and strategies. Furthermore, to clear the new IBPS clerk mains exam, it is important to stay updated with the new IBPS Clerk Mains exam pattern.

Many candidates fill the form and apply for the IBPS clerk examination every year, but very few get a chance to clear the preliminary exam and reach the IBPS main exam. You must get familiar with the exam patterns before you start studying so that you can easily plan accordingly.

Here are the things which you need to know about the IBPS clerk mains examination.

IBPS Clerk Exam Patterns

The official notification for the recruitment process was announced in September 2020. The selection process consists of two stages, which include two computer-based tests. The candidate allotment depends on the marks obtained in the exam.

The two stages of the examination include:

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Examination:

The preliminary exam is conducted online, and the exam pattern comprises 100 objective type questions.

IBPS Clerk Mains Examination:

The second phase of the selection process includes the mains exam, which comprises 190 objective type questions, and the final merit is counted based upon this exam.

Both exams are conducted online, and only those candidates are invited who have successfully cleared the IBPS clerk preliminary exam.

IBPS Clerk Exam Patterns: Mains Exam

In the latest announcement by IBPS, the IBPS Clerk Mains exam pattern will consist of 190 questions, which have to be completed in the timeframe of 160 minutes.

There will be four sections in IBPS Clerk Mains Exam with different timing. The reasoning ability and computer aptitude sections were conducted separately in the past. However, in the recent announcement, it was said to be grouped and consist of 50 questions that need to be solved in 45 minutes.

Both IBPS Clerk preliminary and mains exams will be conducted in Hindi and English. Here’s the format:


No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Selection Duration

General/Financial Awareness



35 minutes

General English



35 minutes

Reasoning Ability & Computer Aptitude



45 minutes

Quantitative Aptitude



45 minutes




160 minutes

Negative Marking

There will be a penalty for a wrong answer marked in the objective tests. For each wrong answer you give, there will be one fourth or 0.25 of marks assigned to that question and will be deducted as a penalty from the final score. 

If you leave the answer blank, then there is no penalty for that question. 

IBPS Clerk Syllabus for Mains Exam

The IBPS Clerk mains exam will have an additional section of General awareness, which will mostly cover questions that check your financial awareness.  Here's the entire syllabus for the IBPS clerk mains exam:

Reasoning Ability

English Language

Quantitative Aptitude

General Awareness

Puzzles –Seating Arrangements, Directions, Box-based, month-based, days-based, row-based

Distance and directions

Blood relations


Order and Ranking




Alphanumeric series

Figure series

Verbal reasoning

Reading Comprehension

Cloze Test

Para/Sentence Completion

Spotting Errors

Sentence Correction

Para Jumbles

Fill in the Blanks

Sentence Improvement

Number Series

Work, Time, and Energy

Quadratic Equation

Data Sufficiency

Data Interpretation

Simplification/ Approximation


Profit and Loss


Ratio and 



Time and Distance


Simple and Compound Interest

Permutation and Combination

GK Updates

Current Affairs


Important Days

Banking Awareness

Books and Authors

Important Places




Prime Minister 

The candidate must go through the complete details and examination pattern before applying for the IBPS Clerk mains exam. It will help you plan your study accordingly.