IBPS Common Written Examination(CWE)

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is conducting the CWE. This examination is the per-requisite for selection of personnel for the posts of Probationary Officer/Management Trainee/Specialist Officer/Clerks in the Public Sector Banks.

Some of the old Private banks like KVB, TMB, KB in all likelihood, may start considering the IBPS CWE score for the recruitment of Clerks and Probationary officers.

The latest entry on to the band wagon of CWE are Regional Rural Banks – RRB’s (Grameena banks), in all likelihood, will conduct a separate CWE for recruitment of officers and staff in the 82 RRBs across the country.

Participating Banks: Except for SBI, almost all the major Public Sector Banks are participating in the CWE. The 19 banks which are participating in the CWE are Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India, UCO Bank and Vijaya Bank.

“The Common Written Examination will be conducted 5 times in a year, twice for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee, twice for Clerical Cadre posts and once for Specialist officer posts.”

Score Card: Score card will be issued to candidates who secure minimum qualifying marks and above in each test of the examination.

Each participating Public Sector Bank will independently issue a separate recruitment notification, specifying their vacancies and stipulating the eligibility criteria in terms of age, educational qualification, experience (if any), proficiency in official language of the State/UT for which vacancies he wishes to apply, minimum required level of IBPS score in each component test plus Total Weighted Score (if any)…. etc.Each bank will then individually shortlist candidates and carry out their own selection processes such as Group Discussions and/ or Interviews …. etc. For final selection, since Clerical Cadre recruitment would be on state-wise basis,candidates can apply for vacancies in one State/UT only. It will therefore be necessary that candidates appear for examination in one of the centres of a particular State/UT where they would like to apply for employment i.e. they have to appear for the examination from a centre for that State/UT as mentioned.

Validity of the Score card: Score Card issued by IBPS will be valid for one year from the date of issue of the score card Candidates can appear in subsequent examination/s to enhance their scores.The successful candidates can apply to any of the participating banks as and when the banks announce the vacancies.

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