IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) has notified the Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruitment of Clerical Cadre in 20 public sector banks. Some private sector banks also accept the IBPS CWE Score. The committee has made some changes in the exam. The IBPS CWE will be help ONLINE now and will be followed by a Common Interview for all banks. The previous exam was conducted in Nov 2012.

Here are the details for Clerical Exam. You may also want to check out the Probationary Officer CWE details.

Online Application Starts:

August 19, 2013

Online Application Ends:

September 07, 2013

Offline Application Starts:

August 21, 2013

Offline Application Ends:

September 12, 2013

Download of Call letter for Written Examination:

After November 18, 2013

Written Examination

November 30, 2013

December 01, 07, 08, 14, 15, 2013

IBPS Website:


Participating Banks:

  1. Allahabad Bank
  2. Indian Overseas Bank
  3. Andhra Bank
  4. Oriental Bank of Commerce
  5. Bank of Baroda
  6. Punjab National Bank
  7. Bank of India
  8. Punjab and Sind Bank
  9. Bank of Maharashtra
  10. Syndicate Bank
  11. Canara Bank
  12. Union Bank of India
  13. Central Bank of India
  14. United Bank of India
  15. Corporation Bank
  16. UCO Bank
  17. Dena Bank
  18. Vijaya Bank
  19. Indian Bank
  20. IDBI Bank

Private Sector Organisations:

Some private banks and other organisations also accept IBPS CWE Score for Recruitment for similar posts. Some of them are listed below:

  1. Federal Bank

Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit:

20 to 28 years [relaxation as per GOI rules]

Educational Qualifications:

Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

Computer literacy: Operating and working knowledge in computer systems is mandatory i.e. candidates should have Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/Language/ should have studied Computer / Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute.

Proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT (candidates should know how to read/ write and speak the Official Language of the State/UT) for which vacancies a candidate wishes to apply is preferable.

Ex-Servicemen who do not possess the above civil examination qualifications should be matriculate Ex-Servicemen who have obtained the Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or Air Force after having completed not less than 15 years of service in the Armed Forces of the Union.

Pattern of ONLINE Written Test

Objective Tests:

Time Allowed: 120 Minutes (or 2 Hours)

Maximum Marks: 200

1. Reasoning (40 Qs, 40 Marks)

2. English Language (40 Qs, 40 Marks)

3. Numerical Ability (40 Qs, 40 Marks)

4. General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) (40 Qs, 40 Marks)

5. Computer Knowledge (40 Qs, 40 Marks)

Negative Marking:

One fourth or 0.25 times the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty for incorrect answers.

How to Apply?

Candidates must apply online, and no other mode of application will be accepted.

Application Fees:

SC/ST/PWD: Rs. 100

Others:  Rs. 600

Mode of Payment:

Candidates have the option of:

(1) ONLINE MODE of payment of requisite fees


(2) OFFLINE MODE i.e. payment of fees through NEFT enabled branches of the 20 named Public Sector Banks.


through CBS branches of the following member Public Sector Banks

How to Apply for IBPS CWE – Clerical Cadre:

(1) Candidates should go to the IBPS’s website www.ibps.in and click on the Home Page to open the link “Common Written Examination”

(2) Click on the option “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE FOR CWE- CLERICAL CADRE ” to open up the On-Line Application Form.

Download more details:


More Sample Question Papers:

You can find more sample papers here: Computer, English, Reasoning, Maths, General Knowledge

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