IBPS CWE Clerical Exam | Get a Bank Job
IBPS has a mandate from multiple Indian Public Sector Banks to conduct the eligibility exam for selection to these banks. The computer-based exam is termed as the Common Written Examination and is proposed to be held in December 2012 across various Indian cities.
What is the IBPS
IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) is an autonomous body set up to recruit candidates for various client organizations, conduct relevant supportive research and publicize the findings. It has been rendering assistance to the financial sector in the fields of employees’ selection, promotion and placement.
Last year, 79,000 candidates were selected by IBPS for key positions out of 10 Million (1 crore) who gave IBPS exams.
It is proposed that over the next 5 years, banks will need to recruit ~7.5 lakh candidates to fill open positions. This represents a tremendous opportunity for prospective candidates to join one of the many nationalized banks as POs or as Clerks.
Important Dates for CWE
Online registration dates: 15/10/2012
Online payment of application fees: 15/10/2012-5/11/2012
Offline payment of Application fees: 17/10/2012-9/11/2012
Last date for online registration: 5/11/2012
Download of call letter for examination: after 3/12/2012
Candidates can register at ibps.in (Official Site for the IBPS Exam)
Banks typically recruit for Clerks, Probationary Officers (PO), and Officer Cadre candidates. As a thumb rule, educational criterion for each position is mentioned below. Detailed eligibility criterion for clerical posts can found in IBPS’s advertisement (.PDF document)
12th pass candidates: Eligible for clerical posts
Graduate candidates: Eligible for probationary officer (PO)
Post-graduate candidates: Eligible for officer cadre
Relaxation of minimum requirements
The following categories can avail additional relaxation in minimum requirements and/ or marks for the exam:
People with disabilities, cerebral palsy, with deceased family members from 1984 riots, domiciles kashmiris from 1980-89, religious minority community (Muslim, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, Zoroastrian, etc.), ex-servicemen, disabled ex-serviceman, (DISXS), dependent of serviceman (DXS), divorced/ separated women
Pre-exam training is also available for candidates from ST/ SC/ Minority Community etc.
The following banks will recruit candidates from the 2012 CWE:
Indian Overseas Bank
Bank of Baroda
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Bank of India
Punjab National Bank
Bank of Maharashtra
Punjab & Sind Bank
Central Bank of India
Union Bank of India
United Bank of India
After clearing the CWE, selected candidates will subsequently be called for a Common Interview to be co-ordinated by IBPS. Each candidate will have to secure a minimum standard score in each of the tests as well as on the Total Weighted Standard Score to be called for interview. Candidates, successful in qualifying in both the CWE and Common Interview will be listed in the order of merit.
Depending on the vacancies in each bank, candidates will receive through a computerized system an offer from one of the Participating Public Sector Banks listed below. Vacancies remaining unfilled on account of candidates declining offer, will be filled from among the remaining candidates, through subsequent iterations.
The 2012 CWE exam contains 5 subjects viz. Reasoning, English language, Numerical Ability, General Awareness, and Computer Knowledge-with each subject having 40 questions. Total time allotted for the exam is two hours. Each correct answer is awarded one mark and 1/4 mark is deducted for each incorrect answer
All subjects (except English language) would be available in two languages: English and Hindi
More information about the exam can be downloaded here (.pdf file; IBPS CWE advertisement)
To effectively prepare for the CWE, candidates should brush up their concepts and practice questions across all five subjects. After attempting multiple practice questions, candidates should analyze their strengths and weaknesses and focus on their weak spots. Considering that the 2012 CWE would be computer-based, it is of vital importance that candidates take multiple mock-tests in a computer-based environment to correctly ascertain their level of preparation.
Studycopter offers 5 Free Mock Tests to prepare for the CWE. Each online mock test has been carefully prepared and is based on past tests conduced by IBPS.
The 5 Mock Tests contain questions from the following chapters to enable well-rounded preparation:
- Number Series
- Letter Series
- Coding Decoding
- Direction Sense
- Blood Relations
- Letter Arrangement
- Logical Sequences
- Classification Test
- Mathematical Operations
- Inserting The Missing Character
- Number Analogy
- Letter Analogy
- Word Analogy
- Logical Games
- Seating Arrangement
- Decision Making
- Input Output
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Visual Reasoning
- Para Completion
- Cloze Test
- Effective Words
- Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Correction
- Thematic Sentence Completion
- Number System and LCM HCF
- Ratio and Proportion
- Percentage and Profit-Loss
- Time and Work
- Time, Distance and Speed
- Set Theory
- Sequence and Series
- Clocks and Calendars
- Simple Interest and Compound Interest
- Area and Volume
- Stocks and Shares
- Counting Techniques and Probability
- Data Interpretation
- Data Sufficiency
Candidates are invited to check out Studycopter‘s tests and get a head start to getting a job of their dreams.