Common Written Exam for Bank Probationary Officers/ Management Trainees and Clerical Posts

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts common written exam (CWE) for  Bank Probationary Officers/ Management Trainees and Clerical posts. About 19 banks in the public sector fill their vacancy based on IBPS common entrance test. The examination will be conducted two times every year and the score validity for the examination is for one year.


Institute of Banking Personnel Selection: IBPS, an autonomous body registered under Societies Registration Act 1860 and a Public Trust under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950, has been authorised by IBA and has received a mandate from the 19 Public Sector Banks to conduct the Common Written Examination.

Any individual who aspires to join any of the above Public Sector Banks as a Clerk or in a post in that cadre, will necessarily be required to take the CWE. Prospective candidates who wish to appear for the CWE will have to apply to IBPS.

Each participating Public Sector Bank will independently issue a separate recruitment notification, specifying their vacancies and stipulating the eligibility criteria in terms of age, educational qualification, proficiency in Official Language of the State/UT for which vacancies he wishes to apply, experience (if any), minimum required level of IBPS score in each test and on Total Score (if any) etc.

Participating Banks:

  1. Allahabad Bank,
  2. Andhra Bank,
  3. Bank of Baroda,
  4. Bank of India,
  5. Bank of Maharashtra,
  6. Canara Bank,
  7. Central Bank of India,
  8. Corporation Bank,
  9. Dena bank,
  10. Indian Bank,
  11. Indian Overseas Bank,
  12. Oriental Bank of Commerce,
  13. Punjab National Bank,
  14. Punjab & Sind Bank,
  15. Syndicate Bank,
  16. Union Bank of India,
  17. United Bank of India,
  18. UCO Bank
  19. Vijaya Bank.

Educational Qualification:

For Bank PO’s

Educational Qualification (as on 01.07.2011)
A degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

For Bank Clerical posts:

Educational Qualification (as on 01.08.2011)

A pass with 60% marks in the aggregate in Matriculation/SSC (old pattern)/SSLC/10th std. Examination of 10+2+3 pattern or equivalent. For SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EXSM candidates a pass in the aggregate in Matriculation/SSC (old pattern)/SSLC/10th std. Examination of 10+2+3 pattern or equivalent
OR
A pass with 50% marks in HSC examination of 10+2 (10+2+3 pattern) /11th Std. of (11+1+3) pattern or Intermediate/Pre-University or any equivalent examination/Diploma in Banking recognized by Central/State Government or U.T. administration. For
SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EXSM candidates a pass in HSC examination of 10+2 (10+2+3 pattern) /11th Std. of (11+1+3) pattern or Intermediate/Pre-University or any equivalent examination/Diploma in Banking recognized by Central/State Government or U.T.
administration
OR
Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

Ex-Servicemen who do not possess the above civil examination qualifications should have passed while serving in the Armed Forces in any of the following examinations recognised by the Central Govt. as equivalent of the Civil Examination of HSC:
(i) IAF Education test for promotion to the rank of corporal
(ii) Passing out (Indian Navy) examination conducted by Boy’s Training establishment, Vishakhapatnam
(iii) Matriculate Ex-Serviceman candidates who have obtained the Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or Air Force after having completed no less than 15 years of service in the Armed Forces of the Union are eligible to apply

Written Examination Structure:

For Bank PO’s

Sr.No. Name of Tests (Objective) No. of

Questions

Maximum

Marks

Duration

1

Reasoning

50

50

Composite

Time of

150 minutes

2

English Language

50

25

3

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

4

General Awareness

(with special reference to Banking Industry)

50

50

5

Computer Knowledge

50

50

Descriptive Paper on English Composition

(Essay, Précis, Letter Writing etc)

25

60 Minutes

  Total

250

250

The above tests except the Test of English Language and Descriptive Paper on English Composition will be printed bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.
The Descriptive Papers of only those candidates who secure minimum qualifying marks in each of the objective tests will be evaluated.

For Bank Clerical Cadre:

Sr.No. Name of Tests (Objective) No. of

Questions

Maximum

Marks

Duration

1

Reasoning

50

50

150 minutes

2

English Language

50

25

3

Quantitative Aptitude

50

50

4

General Awareness

(with special reference to Banking Industry)

50

50

5

Computer Knowledge

50

50

  Total

250

250

 Negative Marking

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Test. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score.

Standardized Scores:

The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates will further be converted into standardized scores following Linear Conversion Method.

Cutoff Score:

Each candidate will have to secure a minimum standardized score in each of the tests to qualify in the written examination and to be considered for vacancies in the participating banks. The cut-off points will be decided based on the average (Average – ¼ Standard
Deviation for General category candidates and Average – ¾ Standard Deviation for Reserved Category candidates).

CWE Score Card:

IBPS will print the Score Cards for each of the qualifying candidates and will send the same by Registered/ Speed post to each candidate at the correspondence address specified in his/ her online application.

Validity Of CWE Score Card:

Score Cards issued by IBPS will be valid for one year from the date of issue of the Score Card.
Candidates can appear in subsequent examination(s) to enhance their scores if they so desire.

Application Fees:

For Bank PO’s

– Rs. 50/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates.
– Rs.450/- for all others

For Bank Clerks:

– Rs. 50/- for SC/ST/PWD/EXSM candidates.
– Rs.350/- for all others

Candidates have the option of:
(1) ONLINE MODE of payment of requisite fees
or
(2) OFFLINE MODE i.e. payment of fees through NEFT enabled branches of the 19 named Public Sector Banks

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