IBPS CWE Clerical Exam | Get a Bank Job

What is the CWE exam

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.

The Numbers

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)

Eligibility Criterion

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.

Recruiter List

The following banks will recruit candidates from the 2012 CWE:

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
Vijaya Bank

Selection Procedure

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.

Exam structure

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)

Exam Preparation

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:


  1. Number Series
  2. Letter Series
  3. Coding Decoding
  4. Direction Sense
  5. Blood Relations
  6. Letter Arrangement
  7. Logical Sequences
  8. Classification Test
  9. Mathematical Operations
  10. Inserting The Missing Character
  11. Number Analogy
  12. Letter Analogy
  13. Word Analogy
  14. Logical Games
  15. Seating Arrangement
  16. Syllogism
  17. Decision Making
  18. Input Output
  19. Mathematical Reasoning
  20. Visual Reasoning

English language

  1. Para Completion
  2. Cloze Test
  3. Effective Words
  4. Parajumbles
  5. Idioms
  6. Reading Comprehension
  7. Spellings
  8. Sentence Correction
  9. Thematic Sentence Completion

Numerical Ability

  1. Arithmetic
  2. Number System and LCM HCF
  3. Averages
  4. Ratio and Proportion
  5. Percentage and Profit-Loss
  6. Time and Work
  7. Time, Distance and Speed
  8. Algebra
  9. Set Theory
  10. Sequence and Series
  11. Clocks and Calendars
  12. Simple Interest and Compound Interest
  13. Area and Volume
  14. Geometry
  15. Stocks and Shares
  16. Counting Techniques and Probability
  17. Data Interpretation
  18. Data Sufficiency

General Awareness

Computer Knowledge

Candidates are invited to check out Studycopter‘s tests and get a head start to getting a job of their dreams.

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