Bank Clerk Exam Preparation

Bank Clerk Exam Preparation Coaching
1.What is Bank Clerk?

A bank clerk accepts deposits and cashes checks, paying money to customers after validating the signatures on the check and fund availability. When handling withdrawals, he verifies customer signatures and also examines their photo identification to ensure the validity. She records all transactions made by entering notes into the bank's computer system, accepts loan payments on behalf of her employer's lending department. 

He answers all customer questions and resolves any issues or problems with their accounts, referring the issue to the branch manager if necessary. He promotes and educates customers on the bank's products and services, such as credit cards, money market accounts and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). He also ensures that the balance of her money drawer is accurate.

Every retail bank employs clerks. These job opportunities can me found by combing the classified advertisements in newspapers and on online job search boards, such as Job seekers may also find employment through staffing agencies that specialize in the placement of administrative and other entry level candidates. Many financial institutions actively recruit bank clerks at community job fairs as well. 

Eligibility criteria (As on 1st August in the year of examination)

Please note that the eligibility criteria specified is the basic criteria for applying to various Public Sector Banks. However, merely applying for CWE or appearing for the examination does not imply that a candidate will necessarily be eligible for employment in all or any of the 19 Public Sector Banks as each Bank will stipulate its own eligibility/qualifying criteria.

A candidate must be either:

  • A Citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • A subject of Bhutan, or
  • A Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age: Minimum 20 Years; Maximum 28 Years (As on 01.10.2012)

The maximum age limit specified is applicable to General Category candidates.

Relaxation of upper age limit

  • Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe: 5 years
  • Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy Layer): 3 years
  • Persons With Disabilities: 10 years
  • Ex-Servicemen / Disabled Ex-Servicemen: actual period of service rendered in the defence forces + 3 years (8 years for Disabled Ex-Servicemen belonging to SC/ST)
  • Widows, Divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried: 9 years.
  • Persons ordinarily domiciled in the Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989: 5 years
  • Persons affected by 1984 riots: 5 years
  • Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (Applicable to Madhya Pradesh state only): 5 years.

NOTE: In case of a candidate who is eligible for relaxation under more than one of the above categories the age relaxation will be available on a cumulative basis with any one of the remaining categories for which age relaxation is permitted as mentioned above.

Educational qualification 
  • Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
  • Computer literacy: Operating and working knowledge in computer systems is mandatory i.e. candidates should have Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer.
  • operations/Language/ should have studied Computer / Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute.
  • Proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT (candidates should know how to read/ write and speak the Official Language of the State/UT) for which vacancies a candidate wishes to apply is preferable.
  • Ex-Servicemen who do not possess the above civil examination qualifications should be matriculate Ex-Servicemen who have obtained the Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or Air Force after having completed not less than 15 years of service in the Armed Forces of the Union. 

Since clerical cadre recruitment would be on State-wise basis, candidates can apply for vacancies in one State/UT only. It will therefore be necessary that candidates appear for examination in one of the centres of a particular State/UT where they would like to apply for emaployment i.e. they have to appear for the examination from a centre for that particular State/UT as mentioned in Annexure I. The candidate may also be required to possess proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT for which vacancies he wishes to apply to be eligible as per the notifications of the Participating Banks.

Examination Pattern 

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts Common Written Examination (CWE) in a year for Clerical Cadre posts. The Common Written Examination is of objective type, total no. of questions is 200 and total marks is 200 and total time duration of 2 hours. There will be Negative Marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in the objective type exam. 

Written Examination Structure:- (The examination will be conducted online.) 

  • Reasoning: 40 questions of 40 marks
  • English Language: 40 questions of 40 marks
  • Numerical Ability: 40 questions of 40 marks
  • General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry): 40 questions of 40 marks
  • Computer Knowledge: 40 questions of 40 marks.

Total questions: 200, Total marks: 200, Duration: 2 hours