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IBPS Common Written Examination (CWE) for Bank Jobs in India

Updated on January 29, 2012

Indian Banking & Personnel Selection (IBPS) was started as personnel selection service under the National Institute of Banking & Management (NIBM) after nationalization of various banks in India. The institute IBPS became independent in 1984.

Jobs in 19 Public Sector Bank with Single Exam

IBPS conducts examination for recruitment to the post of Probationary Officer, Management Trainee, Specialist Officer in Office Cadre & Office Assistant in Clerical Cadre. With the advent of Common Written Examination (CWE) which is conducted by IBPS has made the life easier for the jobs aspirants in India.

Now people looking for the jobs openings in banking sector in India can take the Common Written Examination being conducted by the institute. This single examination conducted by the IBPS enables the candidates to get jobs in 19 Government owned banks. Prior to CWE, every bank used to conduct a separate examination for recruitment to Officer & Clerical Cadre jobs.

With this examination, a jobs aspirant on basis of a valid IBPS score can apply in any of the 19 Public Sector Bank subject to fulfilling other eligibility conditions prescribed by the recruiting bank. List of banks which accepts the IBPS score for selection of candidates for Clerical, Probationary Officer (P.O.) and Management Trainee (MT) posts are listed below.

  1. Allahabad Bank
  2. Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC)
  3. Bank of Baroda (BoB)
  4. Punjab & Sindh Bank
  5. Bank of Maharashtra
  6. UCO Bank
  7. Central Bank of India
  8. United Bank of India
  9. Indian Bank
  10. Andhra Bank
  11. Indian Overseas Bank (IOB)
  12. Punjab National Bank (PNB)
  13. Bank of India (BoI)
  14. Syndicate Bank
  15. Canara Bank
  16. Union Bank of India
  17. Corporation Bank
  18. Vijaya Bank
  19. Dena Bank

Officer Cadre Jobs in Public Sector Bank

On the basis of qualifying the Common Written Test, jobs aspirants become eligible for appearing in interview for recruitment to General Banking Officers posts i.e. Probationary Officer and Specialist Officer cadre posts. List of specialist cadre posts are given below.

  • Management Trainee
  • Information Technology (IT) Officer
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari (Official Language Officer)
  • Technical Officer
  • Marketing Officer
  • Law Officer
  • Agricultural Field Officer
  • Human Resource (HR) / Personnel Officer

Those who aspire to become officer with Government owned bank India other than State Bank of India (SBI) and its associate banks are required to take the Common Written Examination. CWE is conducted twice an year. Those who qualify in the written test conducted by IBPS are given a certificate and on the basis of this score candidates are called for interview and group discussion for final selection in the bank.

Recruitment are made separately by each bank. Thus IBPS CWE serve as a screening for shortlisting the candidates for calling for GD & Personal Interview for selection in the bank. When any recruitment is done by the public sector banks listed above, they invite the application from the candidates having valid IBPS score. Those possessing the requisite IBPS score can apply against the current vacant posts advertised by the bank subject to fulfilling other eligibility conditions. It means, now any candidates seeking the jobs under government owned bank other than SBI & its associate bank must qualify in the written test to become eligible for being interviewed for final recruitment by the bank. When jobs are advertised, all eligible candidates possessing the valid IBPS score will have to apply against the advertised posts. Mere possession of valid score will not make the candidates eligible appearing in the interview.

Scheme of Examination for Officer & Clerical Posts

Banking Jobs are very popular in India. These are most sought jobs in clerical cadre. Recruitment to the post of Office Assistant in Public Sector Banks is made in the clerical cadre. Every year millions of jobs aspirants take the examination to qualify for the clerical cadre posts in banking sector.

During the last recruitment by State Bank of India, more than 3,500,000 candidates applied for the 11000 post of Clerk. It can be inferred from this how competitive this examination becomes when millions of candidates aspire for limited jobs. In a country like India getting jobs is not easy and it requires a great degree of preparation. Candidates looking for the Clerical jobs in Public Sector Bank can apply for Common Written Test whenever announced by the IBPS.

Scheme of Examination

Written Test conducted by the IBPS for Common Written Test comprises questions from General English, Reasoning, Numerical Ability, Current Awareness and Knowledge of Computer. Therefore candidates appearing in the examination should concentrate on the topics included in the syllabus which is given in the advertisement at the time of announcement of examination.

Written Test for recruitment to the post of Officer Cadre posts in General & Specialist Cadre is also similar and only degree of toughness vary for the post of Probationary Officer when compared to clerical exam. Written Test for Specialist Officer cadre posts also includes question from the relevant subject and therefore questions based on specialization in the subject matter is also covered.

How to Apply : Online Application

Candidates looking for the jobs opportunities in the banking sector are required to apply online. Thus, when announcement is made by the Institute for Banking & Personnel Selection then candidates fulfilling the eligibility conditions are required to submit the online application. Before submission of online application, all applicants required to deposit the fee, must deposit the fee by submitting the challan in the concerned bank's account as mentioned in the advertisement or it can be paid online. Candidates can go through the instructions for payment of fee through challan or via Debit/Credit Card. After submission of online application, candidates can make changes within the prescribed time limit and can also take printout for future use. For downloading the advertisement, instructions and submission of online application - candidates are required to visit the official website of IBPS.

Examination Centre

Written Test is conducted online or offline based on the number of candidates participating in the examination and other factors as decided by the IBPS. Generally, Written Test is conducted at various centers spanning across the country. Number of centers may vary for Clerical & Officer cadre examination. Written Test for Clerical cadre posts are held at more centers than for the General Banking Officer and Specialist Officers.

Hall Ticket / Admit Card Download

Call Letter for Office Assistant, Probationary Officer & Specialist Officers posts are issued online and no hall ticket / admit card is dispatched by post. Therefore candidates applying for the Clerical or Officer cadre posts are required to download the call letter prior to the date of examination by visiting the IBPS website. Call Letter for Pre Examination Training which is conducted for imparting training for written test to SC/ST/Minority candidates and call letter for written test are generally uploaded 1-2 weeks prior to date of examination / training on the official website. You can look for the specific date on which call letter becomes available on the website by reading the advertisement.

Candidates thus can download the hall ticket from the IBPS website. Information handout which can be downloaded from the website, must be read carefully as it provides the necessary information for appearing in the examination. Candidates must carry the necessary documents mentioned in the call letter / information handout.

Results of examination conducted by the IBPS is displayed on the website and certificate to all eligible candidates are sent by post. The IBPS score is valid for one year. It means within one year period, a candidate can apply against all the advertised posts in Clerical & Officer cadre posts subject to fulfilling the eligibility conditions.

Forthcoming Examination

IBPS will conduct the written test for specialist officer on 11 March 2011. Admit Card / Call Letter for the said examination are likely to be available from 28 February 2012. All eligible candidates who have applied for the post of Specialist Officer examination they can visit the IBPS website for downloading the hall ticket.

If you are looking for any other information then you can visit the official website of IBPS ( You can stay tuned to this page for latest information about the Common Written Examination advertisement, call letter, results, score card and other information.


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