Bank Clerks written exam Previous Question Paper with Answers

By | August 13, 2012

The Bank Clerks written examination will comprise of the following objective type multiple-choice tests as stated below. Candidates have to qualify in each of the tests separately.  The qualifying marks/ cut off criteria will be decided by the Bank.

1. Reasoning Ability

2. English Language

3. Numerical Ability

4. Clerical Aptitude


This test measures how you can think and analyse. Study the sample questions given below.

Q.1. which one of the five words below tells what an apple is?

(1)  Flower (2) Tree (3) Vegetable (4) Fruit (5) Animal

The right answer, of course, is ‘Fruit’, which is answer No.4.

Q.2. Four of the following five are alike in a certain way.  Which is the one not like the other four?

(1)  Red (2)  Black (3)  Green (4)  Colour (5)  Yellow

Of the five, ‘Red’, ‘Black’, ‘Green’ and ‘Yellow’ are names of colours. ‘Colour’ is not the name of the colour.  Therefore, the answer is ‘Colour’ which is answer No.4.

Q.3. If (I) ‘A * B’ means “A is the mother of B” and (II) ‘A x B’ means “A is the husband of B”, which of the following shows ‘P is the father of Q’ ?

(1)  Q * M x P (2)  P * Q (3)  Q * P (4)  P x M * Q (5)  None of these

Q.4. Ashok is standing at P.  He walks 10 metres towards the South; then he walks 20 metres towards the West; then he walks 10 metres towards the South; then he walks 20 metres towards the East; then he walks 5 metres towards the North and reaches Q.  What is the straight distance between P and Q in metres ?

(1)  Zero (2)  5 (3)  10 (4)  15 (5)  None of these


This is a test to see how well you know English. There are different types of questions in this test. One type of questions requires finding out if there is a grammatical error in a sentence.  Each sentence is divided into four parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.  You have to find out which part contains the error.  The number of that part is the answer.  If there is no error, the answer is ‘5’. Study these sample questions given below:

Q.5. (1) Many officers  /  (2) in our  /  (3) Bank  is  /  (4) very strict. (5) No error

The answer to Q.5. is 3.

Q.6. (1) I am twenty  /  (2) two years old  /  (3) when I first  /  (4) joined the bank. (5) No error

The answer to Q.6. is 1.

Another type of questions requires selecting the most appropriate word from amongst those given that can make the given sentence meaningful and grammatically correct. Now study and attempt the following questions.

Q.7-9. Pick out the most appropriate word from amongst the words given below each sentence to complete it meaningfully:

Q.7. As soon as the received the call _______ his residence he left the office.

(1)  in (2)  at (3)  from (4)  to (5)  through

Q.8. She ______ the bag along the floor because it was heavy.

(1)  carried (2)  lifted (3)  held (4)  dragged (5)  pull

Q.9. He ______ the puzzle in no time.

(1)  worked (2)  solved (3)  did (4)  calculated (5)  answered

Some other types of questions require understanding the contents of passages, rearranging the scrambled sentences in a meaningful passage, filling the suppressed words in the passage etc.


This is a test to see how quickly and accurately you work with numbers.

Q.10-12 In each question one number is missing.  The place where the number is missing is shown by a question mark (?).  Four answers are provided against each question. They are shown by numbers (1), (2), (3) and (4). You have to find out which one of the answers can replace the question mark. If none of these four can replace the question mark, the answer is (5).

Q.10. 42  +  73  +  137  =  ?

(1)  352 (2)  252 (3)   242 (4)  142 (5)  None of these

In Q. No. 10, 252 is the correct answer. So your answer would be (2).

Q.11. 20  X  1/2  =  ?

(1)  4 (2)  5 (3)  12 (4)  20 (5)  None of these

The correct answer is 10. But neither 1 nor 2 nor 3 nor 4 shows this answer. Therefore your answer is (5).

Q.12. (27 + 498) ÷ 25 =?

(1)  17 (2)  25 (3)   21 (4)  12 (5)  None of these

Q.13-15 Some of the problems may require arithmetical reasoning.  For example:

Q.13. At 25 paise each, how many paise will 6 lemons cost ?

(1)  75 (2)  100 (3)  150 (4)  200 (5)  None of these

the answer, of course, is 150, which is answer No.3.

Q.14. Which of the following can be an exact multiple of 4 ?

(1)  27114 (2)  58204 (3)  48402 (4)  32286 (5)  None of these

Q.15. If the profit made by selling a pen for Rs.10 is as much as its cost, what is the cost price of the pen?

(1)  Nil (2)  Rs.5 (3)  Rs.10 (4)  Rs.20 (5)  None of these


Q.16. In the question given below a combination of Name and Address is given in the first column at the left followed by four such combinations one each under the columns 1,2,3&4. You have to find out the combination, which is exactly the same as the combination in the first column. The number of that column that contains that combination is the answer. If all the combinations are different, the answer is ‘5’.






Tanya Williums

Joseph School

Mysore 567037

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Joseph School

Mysore 567037

Tanya Williums

Joceph School

Mysore 567037

Tanya Williums

Joseph School

Mysore 657037

Tanya Williums

Joseph School

Mysore 567037


Q.17. The numbers in the question below are to be codified as per the given letter codes.

Numbers 5 8 6 3 4 2 0 1 7 9
Codes K G H D M P L R Q T

Q.17. 7634129 =?

(1)  QHDMRPT   (2)  QHDRMPT   (3)  QHDPRMT   (4) QHDMPRT   (5) None

Directions:  The item in each question is to be classified into one of the following five Heads of expenditure: (1) Education, (2) Food, (3) Health, (4) Travel, (5) Miscellaneous.  The number preceding the head of expenditure, 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5, as the case may be is the answer.

Q.18. Purchase of Rice

Since this item falls under the Head of expenditure ‘Food’, the answer is “2”.

Please note that the types of questions for all the tests are only illustrative and not exhaustive.  In the actual Bank Clerks examination you will find questions of higher difficulty level on some or all of these types and also questions on the types not mentioned here.

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