IBPS Bank Exam PO/Clerk Previous Year Papers with analysis pdf download

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS) is an autonomous agency in India. It started its operation in 1975 as Personnel Selection Services (PSS). In 1984, IBPS became an independent entity at the behest of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Public Sector Banks. IBPS is envisioned as self-governed academic and research oriented Institute, with a mission of enhancing human-resource development through personnel assessment.

IBPS every year conducts a Common Written Examination (CWE) for the recruitment of officers and clerks in Indian banks.  IBPS CWE is  mandatory for anyone who seeks an employment in 29 public sector and Regional Rural Banks. IBPS periodically accepts exam applications from candidates at their website, and the exams are organized at various locations in the country in online mode. Aspirants have to go through an interview process after passing the online test. On the basis of the interview, candidates are placed in regional rural banks.


The official site of IBPS is www.ibps.in.  All the details related to latest exams (CWE) and recruitments etc. can be acquired by visiting the career page of this site.


IBPS announces each year positions in clerical, PO and SO posts in nationalized banks, State Bank and RRBs. Those meeting eligibility criteria have to apply online, register, pay the application fees, obtain the admit card and appear for preliminary and final common written exams (CWE) and then an interview (in the case of IBPS PO and IBPS SO) before a selection panel. IBPS announces dates for submitting applications, dates for the exam and thereafter dates for the interview and also intimates selected candidates.


  • IBPS CWE is one among the most competitive examinations in India with a selection ratio of 1 out of 200. Candidates receive the date and venue of the exam via a call letter, which will be available for download a few days after they register at the IBPS website. The exam uses negative marking for false answers.
  • As of 2015, the process has changed to a two-tier system. Tier I is an easier exam where a larger number of candidates are expected to pass, and tier II has a higher level of difficulty. Candidates who pass both stages of CWE will be called for the interview.
  • The exam syllabus covers topics such as reasoning, general awareness, English language, quantitative aptitude, computer knowledge and professional knowledge.




IBPS Conducts PO Exam every year once for recruit officers in various banks and The selection will be processed by two levels first is Common Written Exam (CWE) and Second is Interview. All participants must have to qualify both levels with good performance.


  • Selection Procedure are classified in 3 phases, Phase 1 preliminary Objective Test, Phase 2 mains Objective Test and Phase 3 interview.
  • Preliminary exam conducts in October and mains exam conducts in October month or next month in November and interview conducts in January.
  • For Appearing in IBPS PO, Candidate must have pass the graduation in any discipline, There is not any percentage criteria for IBPS PO Exam.
  • The minimum age must be 20 while the maximum is 30 years.
  • There are also some age relaxation based on the applicant’s category.


IBPS PO Preliminary Exam Pattern

Sr No. Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability Paper 35 35 01 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude Paper 35 35
3 English Language Paper 30 30
 Total 100 100


IBPS PO Mains Exam Pattern

Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
Reasoning 50 50 140 Mins
General Awareness Paper 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Language 40 40
Computer Knowledge 20 20
 Total 200 200




IBPS every year releases Notification for Common Written Examination.  Applications are invited from the eligible candidates from the official site for the recruitment of Candidates in clerk posts.  Many job aspirants apply for this examination.  The exam is conduucted in two phases (i) Preliminary examination and (ii) main examination.  Those who qualifies both the phases are called for interview.

IBPS Clerk Preliminary Exam Pattern

Sr No. Test Name Qns. Marks Duration
1 Reasoning Ability Paper 30 30 01 hour
2 Numerical Ability Paper 35 35
3 English Language Paper 30 30
 Total 100 100


IBPS Clerk Mains Exam Pattern

Sr No. (Objective) Test Name Marks (Separately timed)
1 IBPS Reasoning Test 50 30 Min.
2 IBPS English Language Test 40 30 Min.
3 IBPS Quantitative Aptitude Test 50 30 Min.
4 IBPS General Awareness Test 40 25 Min.
5 IBPS Computer Knowledge Test 20 20 Min.
Total 200 135 Min.


Negative Marking :

There will be negative marking for each wrong answer. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted from all score. And for the Unmarked question, there will be no penalty. And Score will be normalized using the equipped centile method.


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In this section we are providing a direct link by which the Candidates can download the previous year exam papers of IBPS PO and Clerk exams and prepare for the exam.




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