The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an autonomous agency in India, which started its operation in 1975 as Personnel Selection Services (PSS).In 1984, IBPS became an independent entity at the behest of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Public Sector Banks. IBPS is envisioned as self-governed academic and research oriented Institute, with a mission of enhancing human-resource development through personnel assessment. In 2011, IBPS announced a Common Written Examination (CWE) for the selection Officers and Clerks in Indian banks. IBPS CWE is now mandatory for anyone who seeks an employment in 20 public sector and Regional Rural banks.
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The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Common Written Exam for Clerical posts.
This exam is for those applying for clerical positions in banks across the country. The candidate must apply for a particular state (or union territory) and must be proficient in the official language of that state/UT. (Candidates may be tested on local language proficiency)
The pattern has changed for CWE- Clerical such that there will be 2 written tests, one preliminary test through which candidates will be shortlisted for the main exam (which might have an English essay writing descriptive question) and then finally to the interview.
We are waiting for the announcement for CWE-Clerks V, which will be for the jobs in 2016-17
However so far the tentative exam dates announced by IBPS are in December-
5th & 6th Dec 2015 (1st Weekend)
12th & 13th Dec 2015 (2nd Weekend)
19th & 20th Dec 2015 (3rd Weekend)
i.e. the preliminary exams will be held in the first three weekends of December, and it will be the last of the IBPS exams of the year. (Specialist Officer exams will be held in February the next year)
The date for the Main examination is given as 31st December 2015.
Therefore, we can guess that the online registration for CWE-Clerks V will be around August this year.
We will update this page as soon as we have more details.
Undergraduate course from a recognized Indian University (no minimum attained percentage)
Computer literacy: Candidate should have a Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/language, or should have studied Computer/IT as one of the subjects in High School level (or as one of the subjects in university/institute level education).
Age (20-28 years of age)
|2.||OBC (NCL only)||3 years|
|3.||Persons with Disability (VI, HI, OC)||10 years|
|4.||ECO’s/SSCO’s who have served at least 5 year.s of military service||5 years|
|5.||Resident (Domiciled) of Kashmir div of J&K State during the time period of 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989||5 years|
|6.||Affected peoples of 1984 Riots||5 years|
|7||Widows. Divorced women separated from their husbands and not remarried||9 years|
|8||Ex-Servicemen/Disabled Ex-servicemen||Actual period of service rendered +3 years (with maximum of 50 years)|
|9||Regular Employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal, retrenched from service (only applicable to Madhya Pradesh state)||5 years|
- Applicant must be an Indian Citizen, or
- He/she must be a citizen of Nepal, or
- He/she must be a citizen of Bhutan, or
- Any Tibetan Region Refugee who came over to India for the purpose of settlement before 01/01/1962, or
- Any person of Indian origin who has just moved in India from these countries: Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam, for the sole purpose of settlement.
It is a 2 hour test with 200 questions with marking scheme of +1,-0.25
Time management becomes crucial in this case.
|Sr. No.||Name of Test||Maximum Marks|
|3||Numerical Ability (Quant.)||40|
|4||General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry)||40|
All (except the English test) will be available in either English or Hindi.
The syllabus for the various sections has been seen in the past few years to be-
This section involves questions from Arithmetic, Number Systems and questions involving the same, such as percentages, Compound interest, (commercial mathematics) Areas and Volumes, Ages and times, Averages, HCF, LCM etc. The section is not very difficult, only requires proper time management to answer questions with accuracy and speed.
The reasoning section of the test deals with Logic and Analytical questions, such as Blood relationships or Statement-Assumption tests. These questions can be very confusing in the first attempt and require suitable amount of practice beforehand.
This section has tests regarding Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms, Phrases etc. It is a test of English Proficiency which is essential for the post. The candidate may be asked to spot and correct errors, complete paragraphs, fill in the blanks with the appropriate words, etc. These questions also can also be practiced and efficiency improved. Sometimes they can be hard to approach the first time but one can practice to solve these types of questions.
A candidate might be asked questions about any subject, Dances, Animals, Geography, World Organizations, Current events, etc. One must focus specially on general knowledge of the Indian banking industry as well. One should begin reading booklets of general knowledge in advance and should also do sample tests of the same to get a feel of what kind of questions may be asked.
A very basic understanding of Computers and the usage of computers is required. No coding or programming questions are generally asked and a candidate must basically be aware of the various functions of a computer, the different parts of a computer, the internet, etc. A little preparation and revision for most eligible candidates (Computer literacy certificate or having had computer courses in School level or above are necessary qualifications to apply for the exam) should suffice. However, the candidate should become accustomed to using computers and the internet.
- The vacancies for IBPS Clerk jobs are estimated to be at 25,000-30,000
- The actual number of vacancies is released annually by IBPS.
- According to the IBPS website, around 9 lakh candidates give the exam, that gives us a competition of about 40 students per vacancy.
- Finally, the cut offs vary from state to state. The reasons for this is the number of well performing students from different states, and also the number of available jobs in each state.
- For example, Maharashtra has the highest number of Urban Co-operative Bank branches (according to Reserve Bank of India Statistical Tables) at 5277 branches, followed by Gujarat and Karnataka at 1075 and 1058 branches respectively.
- Therefore, the number of vacancies in these states are higher, leading to somewhat lower cut offs.
Some of the major banks this exam lets you apply for-
It is the oldest joint stock bank in India. On 24 April 2014, the bank entered into its 150th year of establishment. As of 31 March 2012, it had over 2,500 branches across India. The bank did a total business of INR 3.1 trillion during the FY 2012-13.
Bank of Baroda
It is the second-largest bank in India, after State Bank of India. Based on 2014 data, it is ranked 801 on Forbes Global 2000 list. BoB has total assets in excess of ? 3.58 trillion, a network of 5089 branches in India and abroad, and over 8000 ATMs.
Punjab & Sind Bank
Its net profit is 339 crores and net NPA is 2.14% for the year ending 2012-13. The banks net profit for the quarter ending June 2013 is 122 crores. Total business of the bank is 1,42,000 crores. Business per employee is 14 crore & business per branch is 108 crores.
And many more.
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