IBPS Clerical Common Exam 2012 Announced!! 

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IBPS has issued official announcement for much awaited second common written exam for clerical posts in 20 Public Sector Banks (IDBI Bank is the new entrant in the list this time).

All the bank jobs aspirants have been waiting for this news for a long time and its announced finally, but this time wit fairy different rules. The main changes are underlined below - 

Online Test - This is a major change as this time IBPS will hold an online Test and OMR Sheets will no longer be used to mark the answers. Candidates will tick the right option with a mouse.

This pattern change might be unfamiliar to some people but it has some advantages over previous pattern. Firstly, it saves the time consumed in marking the bubbles and secondly, It prevents the errors and rejections caused by wrong bubbling of one's particulars as you'll be able to login to the system only entering correct particulars of yours.


Common Interviews - As a major reform, Government has introduced the concept of Common Interviews from now onwards. The candidates after passing the online written test will undergo Interviews held by IBPS and a list will be issued by IBPS having combined marks of written and Interviews and Category/State wise vacancies in all 20 participating Banks.

Candidates will choose order of preference among various banks applicable to vacancies in Their State only. They will then be called by banks for appointment depending on vacancies and merit.


Graduates Only - From now onwards, IBPS has cleared that only graduates will be able to apply for Clerical posts in banks. Last year, there was a lot of chaos around the topic. That's why it has been cleared in the beginning itself by IBPS.

Posts and Participating banks

The common test is for recruitment of Clerks vacancies that arise in any of These Following 19 public Sector banks.

Allahabad Bank Andhra Bank
Bank of Baroda Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra Canara Bank
Central Bank of India Vijaya Bank
UCO Bank United Bank of India
Union Bank of India Syndicate Bank
Punjab & Sind Bank Punjab National Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce Indian Overseas Bank
Indian Bank Dena bank
Corporation Bank IDBI bank

Please note That State Bank of India & its 5 associate banks do not Participate in This process and they will conduct separate tests whenever required.

Important Dates

Online application registration: Oct 15 – Nov 05, 2012.
Online Common written  test :- Dec/Jan 2013 (Exact Dates to be Intimated later).

Eligibility Criteria

As on 1.10.2012, The candidate Should,
  • Be between 20 to 28 yrs of Age,
  • Pass in degree (any discipline) from a recognized university, as on 1.10.2012 (Those in Final year of graduation may not apply).
    Local Language for the state applying for is necessary and Computer knowledge certificate is also required (Not if studied Computers at graduation level).

Test Pattern

Test will be online this year and OMR Sheets will no more be used for marking answers. Test will be of 2 Hours duration having Total 200 questions from 5 sections (Quant, Reasoning, GK, Computer and English Language). The various components of written exam are as follows:


S.No Name of Test No.of Questions No.of marks
1 Reasoning 40 40
2 English Language 40 40
3 Numerical Ability 40 40
4 General Awareness related to Banking Industry 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge 40 40

There is Negative Marking for wrong answers of .25 of the total marks for the question.

Note that no Scorecards will be issued from now onwards, instead candidates will be placed in a merit after performance in Common written test and Interviews. Depending on the vacancies in each bank of his preference, candidate will receive an offer from one of the Participating Banks.


How To Apply

Application Fee is Rs.50 (SC/ST) or Rs.400 (others).

Payment can be done in Online or Offline Mode. For online Payment , Use Debit/Credit card and make sure to take a print out of the e-Receipt generated after payment.

Payment of fees via the OFFLINE MODE


Payment in Offline Mode can be made by System Generated Payment Challan (Generated after resgistration) at any branch of any of Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Punjab National Bank, United Bank of India.

After 2 days of payment, a confirmation SMS will be sent to the registered phone number.

For exam, Candidates have to bring their call letter along with a photo Identity proof (Along with a photocopy). You may take print of application form after three days of paying fees.

Click here for detailed notification Issued by IBPS.

Click here to Apply online for the Common Bank Clerk Exam 2012.(From Oct 15).




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