Every nationalized bank in India conducts its own entry level recruitment exam for clerical post. The test, known as bank clerk exam, is conducted in order to select deserving candidates. Each vacant post in any branch of nationalized bank located across the country is filled through candidate’s performance in Bank Clerk/Clerical Exam, followed by further selection procedure that may include an interview. The clerical jobs of banks include Clerk, Typist (English), Steno (English), Agricultural Clerks, Steno (Hindi), Typist (English and Hindi), Steno (English and Hindi), Clerk-cum-Cashier, Clerk-cum-Godown Keeper, Data Entry Operators and Telephone Operators jobs. The test is among the highly competitive recruitment entrance examinations.
Generally, bank clerk exam paper comprises of objective as well as descriptive questions. The descriptive test is of qualifying nature only and at times, it is even not conducted; instead, merit is based on scores obtained in objective entrance exam is considered to select the candidates for further admission procedure. On general lines, the objective test comprises of 200 questions, which are required to be answered duration of 95 minutes. The objective test fetches candidates with 200 marks in total. On the other hand, the descriptive test is of 45 minutes duration and comprises of 5 compulsory questions related to the socio-economic development and current national and international events.
The objective test scrutinizes candidate’s ability under the following sections: Reasoning ability, Clerical Aptitude, English, Socio-Economic, Banking Awareness, Numerical ability Marketing aptitude and Computer Awareness. The test is conducted in both English and Hindi medium. The candidate can opt for the medium as per his/her convenience. They are required to pass in each of the objective tests. Negative marking will be there for every wrong answer.