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IBPS CWE Exam Patterns - PO, SO and Clerical Cadre


IBPS Employment NewsIBPS stands for Institute of Banking Personnel Selection which was started in the year 1975 when the banks were just nationalized in the country. The intention of setting up this institute is to offer its services to meet the talent needs of different banking organizations helping them in their recruitment, promotion and placement of human resources using its selection tools. www.ibps.in is the official website of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.

Initially the IBPS clientele list was the banking sector which was now extended even to the non banking sectors like insurance companies, private and public sector undertakings and academic institutes relying on their services.

IBPS is conducting Common Written Examination (CWE) for all its major banking clients except SBI who consider its own examination scores for any of its recruitment process.

The institute conducts 5 Common Written Examinations every year where two CWEs are held for the probationary officer level, two CWEs for the clerical grade and one exam for specialist officers (law, agricultural and technical).

All IBPS scores are valid for one year for the candidates to apply to any banking vacancies.


Exam pattern for IBPS Probationary Officers CWE


IBPS PO Common Written Exam is conducted twice in a year which consists of a written examination. It is objective type and descriptive mode

Objective test


Sr.No.
Name of Tests (Objective)
No of Questions
Maximum Marks
Total Time
1
Test of Reasoning
50
50
2 and 1/2 hours
2
Test of English Language
50
25
3
Test of Quantitative Aptitude
50
50
4
Test of General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry
50
50
5
Test of Computer Knowledge
50
50
Total
250
225

Descriptive test


The descriptive test in IBPS CWE is conducted only for those candidates qualified in the objective tests.

The IBPS PO descriptive test paper will be on English composition (letter writing, précis, Essay etc for 25 marks) with a time limit of 60 minutes.

Negative marking: There is negative marking in the objective test where each wrong answer carries minus 0.25 of the assigned mark to the question.

Cut off score: Every candidate need to score the minimum standard mark set as cut off to qualify in the CWE and to become eligible for the vacancies in the participating banks. For more details on how these exams are conducted please visit www.ibps.in.



IBPS Exam Pattern for Specialist Officers


IBPS CWE Exam Pattern for Law Officer- Scale I & II & Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale I

S. No.
Name of the Tests
No of Questions
Max Marks
Total Time
1
Test of Reasoning
50
50

120 Minutes
2
Test of English Language
50
50
3
Test of general awareness with reference to banking industry
50
50
4
Test of Professional Knowledge
50
50
Total
200
200

IBPS CWE Exam Pattern for Specialist Officers I.T Officer (Scale I & II), Agriculture Field Officer (Scale I), Technical Officer (Scale I), HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I) & Marketing Officer (Scale I):

S. No.
Name of the Tests
No of Questions
Maximum Marks
Total Time
1
Test of Reasoning
50
50

120 Minutes
2
Test of English Language
50
50
3
Test of Quantitative Aptitude
50
50
4
Test of Professional Knowledge
50
50
Total
200
200

Negative Marking:
There is a negative marking of minus 0.25 for each wrong answer while calculating the final score.

IBPS Clerical Exam Pattern


The examination pattern for IBPS clerical cadre test is as follows:
Sr.No.
Name of Tests (Objective)
No of Questions
Maximum Marks
Total Time
1
Test of Reasoning
40
40
2 hours
2
Test of English Language
40
40
3
Test of Numerical Ability
40
40
4
Test of General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry
40
40
5
Test of Computer Knowledge
40
40
Total
200
200

There is a negative mark of 0.25 for every wrong answer while calculating the total score. For an idea on how IBPS Clerical exam pattern will be in IBPS CWE 2013 visit www.ibps.in.

Eligibility criteria for the IBPS bank exams:

The minimum age is 20 years to appear for this exam with an upper limit 30 years of age and the candidates should be a citizen of India with a degree in any discipline.

However there is a relaxation in the upper age limit to certain categories like
Sr. No.
Category
Age relaxation
1
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe
5 years
2
Other Backward Classes
3 years
3
Persons With Disability
10 years
4
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) subject to a maximum age limit of 50 years
5
Widows Divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried
9 years
6
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 1-1-80 to 31-12-89
5 years
7
Persons affected by 1984 riots
5 years
8
Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (Applicable to Madhya Pradesh state only)
5 years

The eligibility criteria for Probationary officers and specialist officers varies with the clerical grade which can be checked on the website www.ibps.in

All those who have qualified in the CWE conducted by IBPS are eligible to participate in the interviews conducted by the participating banks within one year. However the banks can have their own selection procedures in interview to fill the vacancies in the banks.

Important Dates for IBPS exam:

•Tentative schedule for IBPS CWE for Officers: September 2013
•Tentative schedule for IBPS CWE for Clerks: November 2013
•Tentative date for publication of results: December 2013

Banks which are participating in the IBPS Clerical Recruitment:

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

How to apply for IBPS CWE


One can apply online for the IBPS exam on the official website www.ibps.in.
One has to upload recent passport size photo that is duly signed.
Upload relevant documents mentioned in the site
Furnish with email id and phone number to receive the registration ID and password from IBPS.
Payment has to be made online and take a copy of the receipt that should be submitted at the examination center.  


Conclusion

So using the services of IBPS for the Common Written Examination, banks can easily filter thousands of candidates for their mass recruitment with a single common examination to all the candidates and hence further conduct personal interviews to prepare the merit list.

Written by Sunitha for Employment News Today

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