Common Written Examination for 19 Public Sector Banks

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) established in the year 1975 as an unit of National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) has introduced a revolutionary model for recruitment in 19 leading public sector banks in India. The Common Written Examination (CWE) is a gateway for probationary officers & management trainee aspirants. 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

About CWE

A Common Written Examination (CWE) is a pre-requisite for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee posts in public sector banks listed above. Prospective candidates who wish to appear for  the CWE will have to apply to IBPS .

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 25
3 Qunatitative Aptitude 50 50
4 General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) 50 50
5 Computer Knowledge 50 50
Descriptive Paper on English Composition(Essay, Letter Writing etc) 25 60 minutes
Total 250 250


Each candidate will have to secure a minimum standardized score in each of the tests 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).

Negative Marking in CWE

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Test. 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.


Score Cards 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 if they so desire.

Candidates can apply online only from 09.07.2011 to 01.08.2011 and no other mode of application will be accepted.

Important Dates for CWE 2011

Date of Commencement of Application : 09/07/2011
Date of Closure : 01/08/2011
Date of Closure for Edit : 03/08/2011
Start Date for Fee deposit : 08/07/2011
Last Date for Fee deposit : 30/07/2011
Last Date for Reprint : 16/08/2011

Eligibility to apply for CWE 2011

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

Key information related to eligibility (in detail), test centers, scores & evaluation etc can be found at the below link

Helpdesk No. : 1860 345 0112 (Option 5 : For IBPS – Common Written Exam)

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24 thoughts on “Common Written Examination for 19 Public Sector Banks”

  1. can u plz help me?
    what is the fee deposite for cwe? n last date of fee deposite is 30-2011.
    n m not able to apply online?
    the site is not opening

    1. Hi Sandip, The site is down from past one week which is a very bad sign, try reaching their help desk 1860 345 0112


    1. Hi Surbhi, Minimum age required to apply for CWE is 20 years and one should have a recognized bachelor’s degree or diploma. You can’t apply now.

  3. sir please kindly guide how to apply IBPS.. because website which they gave is closed, but the last date for online application is 1st august 2011.. so tell me how to apply now..make it soon sir..

      1. sir.. i tried but i cant apply.. it s not connectin also.. i need to apply tis sir.. pls help me soon hw 2 apply.. tel me some other solution… plsssssssssssss:-(

    1. Hi Mohini, The last date to apply is August 1, 2011 read the article above once again and if you are interested apply soon.

    1. Hi Amit, The last date to apply is August 1, 2011 read the article above once again and if you are interested apply soon.

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