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The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will organise the common written exam (CWE) for recruitment of personnel for Bank Clerks (Clerical Cadre) Posts for 19 public sector banks on 27th Nov 2011. Except SBI, most big PSBs are going to recruit bank clerks only on the performance of CWE for banks clerks and hence this exam is very important for the aspirants who want to seek clerical job in any of these 19 banks.

General Information for Bank Clerks Common Written Examination (CWE)

The Common Written Exam (CWE) for Clerical Cadre will be 250 marks written exam of 2 & 1/2 hrs. The syllabus and pattern for Bank Clerks CWE is as follows -

Syllabus for Bank Clerks CWE

Syllabus for Bank Clerks CWE

Negative Marking (Penalty for wrong answers) – The question paper will have negative marking. The negative marking will be 1/4th of the total marks assigned to a question. So for 1 mark question, it will be 0.25

Cut Off Score – Each candidate will have to secure a minimum standardized score in each of the tests (means each section) to qualify in the written examination and to be considered for vacancies in the participating banks. The cut-off points will be decided based on the average (Average – ¼ Standard Deviation for General category candidates and Average – ¾ Standard Deviation for Reserved Category candidates)


Practice the sample question paper based on the above pattern here.

Books for IBPS CWE Bank Clerk Exam

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will organise the common written exam (CWE) for recruitment of Probationary Officers / Management Trainees posts in the Public Sector Banks (19 participating banks). Almost all major public sector banks (except SBI) are going to recruit based on the performance in CWE and hence the CWE Exam is necessary for all candidates to apply for bank PO jobs in any of these 19 banks. These banks offer most lucrative jobs in the banking sector. Information on the exam dates and other details
The CWE exam will be 250 marks exam and will consists of

CWE Test Pattern and Syllabus

CWE Test Pattern and Syllabus

Please note that the objective questions will be in English and Hindi and also note that the Descriptive Papers of only those candidates who secure minimum qualifying marks in each of the objective tests will be evaluated.

Negative Marking (Penalty for wrong answers) – The question paper will have negative marking. The negative marking will be 1/4th of the total marks assigned to a question. So for 1 mark question, it will be 0.25 and for 0.5 mark question, it will be 0.125.


Practice the sample question paper based on the above pattern here.

Best Books for IBPS CWE Exam (PO and Clerical)

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