Common Written Examination 2011 for Clerical Cadre

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will be conducting a Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruitment under clerical cadre for 19 public sector banks. The CWE for Clerical Cadre posts will  be conducted twice a year by IBPS, the written test will be held on 27 November 2011 (Sunday).

The last date for registering online is 24 September 2011. The scores of CWE are accepted in the below listed Banks, the scores are valid for one year.

Allahabad Bank Andhra Bank
Bank of Baroda Bank of Maharashtra
Bank of India Central Bank of India
Canara Bank Dena Bank
Corporation Bank Indian Overseas Bank
Indian Bank Punjab National Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce Syndicate Bank
Punjab & Sind Bank United Bank of India
Union Bank of India Vijaya Bank
UCO Bank

Eligibility Criteria (as on 01.08.2011)

Prospective Candidates should ensure that they fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria specified by IBPS before applying for the Common Written Examination (CWE): Please note that the eligibility criteria specified herein are the basic criteria for applying to various Public Sector Banks. However merely applying for CWE/ appearing for and qualifying in the examination does not imply that a candidate will necessarily be eligible for employment in all  or any of the 19 Public Sector Banks as each Bank will stipulate its own eligibility/ qualifying criteria.

Age (As on 01.08.2011)

The minimum age is 18 years and the maximum age is 28 years, there is relaxation for age criteria for reserved classes, which can be found on the detailed notification given below.

Maximum age for reserved classes

For OBC: 31 Years

For SC / ST: 33 Years

For PH: 38 Years

Educational Qualification (as on 01.08.2011)

A pass with 60% marks in the aggregate in Matriculation/SSC (old pattern)/SSLC/10th std. Examination of 10+2+3 pattern or equivalent.   For SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EXSM candidates a pass in the aggregate in Matriculation/SSC (old  pattern)/SSLC/10th  std. Examination of 10+2+3 pattern or equivalent


A pass with 50% marks in HSC examination of 10+2 (10+2+3 pattern) /11th  Std. of (11+1+3) pattern or Intermediate/Pre-University or any equivalent examination/Diploma in Banking recognized by Central/State Government or U.T. administration.

For SC/ST/OBC/PWD/EXSM candidates a pass in HSC examination of 10+2 (10+2+3 pattern) /11th  Std. of (11+1+3) pattern or Intermediate/Pre-University or any equivalent examination/Diploma in Banking recognized by Central/State Government or U.T.


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

CWE Pattern

S.No Name of Tests No. of Q’s Max Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 50 50 Composite Time of 150 minutes
2 English Language 50 50
3 Numerical Ability 50 50
4 General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) 50 50
5 Computer Knowledge 50 50
Total 250 250

The above tests except the Test of English Language will be printed bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.

Negative marking

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If the total of the penalty for a test is in fraction, the marks obtained will be rounded off to the nearest integer, i.e. if fraction exceeds by 0.50 or more, it will be rounded off to next higher integer. If for any question a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as wrong even if one of the given answers happens to be right and there will be the same penalty of 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question deducted as penalty. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Pre Examination Training

It is proposed to impart Pre-Examination Training to a limited number of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled  Tribes/ Minority Communities/ ExServicemen/ Persons With Disabilities at some centers viz. Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Allahabad, Aurangabad, Balasore, Bareilly, Bhubaneshwar, Behrampur (Ganjam), Bhopal, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Dhanbad, Gulbarga, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Hubli, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu,  Jodhpur, Kanpur, Karnal, Kavaratti, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Muzaffarpur, Mysore, Nagpur, New Delhi, Panaji (Goa), Patiala, Patna, Port Blair, Puducherry, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shimla, Siliguri, Shillong, Thiruchirapalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Varanasi, Vadodara, Vijaywada and Vishakhapatnam.

All eligible candidates who wish to avail of Pre-Examination Training should fill in the relevant column in the ON-LINE APPLICATION.  While IBPS will provide the training free of cost, all expenses regarding traveling, boarding, lodging etc. will have to be borne by the candidate for attending the preexamination training programme at the designated Centers. IBPS, also, reserves the right to cancel any of the Pre- Examination Training Centres and/ or add some other Centres, depending upon the response, administrative feasibility, etc.  Merely attending Pre-Examination Training does not  necessarily imply a candidate’s right to be selected in any of the 19 participating Public Sector Banks mentioned.

Important dates for CWE (Clerical cadre)

Date of Commencement of Application : 25/August/2011
Payment of Application Fees : 24/August/2011 to 23/Sep/2011 (both dates inclusive)
Last date for online registration : 24/September/2011
Last date for Editing Application Details : 26/September/2011
Download of Call letter for Written Examination : After 11/November/2011
Written Examination : 27/November/2011

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Online Applications Can be Submitted for IBPS CWE November 2011

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  1. respected sir/madam,
    i have secured 148 marks in ibps clerical. i belong to s.c. category . plz tell me the probability for interview call.

  2. hey anybody applied for interview in bank of broda???who passed cwe clerical exam can apply….plz tell me..9971272308

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