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Common Written Examination [ CWE ] for Recruitment of Probationary Officers / Management Trainees in 19 Public Sector Bank

A Common Written Examination ( CWE ) will be conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection ( IBPS ) as a pre – requisite for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer / Management Trainee posts in the Public Sector Banks mentioned below.

This system of Common Examination for recruitment of Probationary Officers / Management Trainees has been approved by each of the 19 participating Public Sector Banks and the Managing Committee of the Indian Banks’ Association ( IBA ) with the consent of the Government of India.

Participating Banks

S.No.Subject No. of Seats
1. Moalajat 10 Seats
2. Illmul Advia 05 Seats
3. Qabalat wa Amraz Niswan
09 Seats
4. Tahafuzi wa Samaji
05 Seats
5. Kulliyat05 Seats

An individual who aspires to join any of the above  Public Sector Banks as a Probationary Officer / Management Trainee will necessarily be required to take the CWE.

Prospective candidates who wish to appear for  the CWE will have to apply to IBPS and should carefully read the advertisement regarding eligibility criteria, online registration process, pattern of examination, issuance of call letters and score cards.

Candidates who appear for the CWE will be able to check their status after the examination. Scorecards 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 ), minimum required level of IBPS score in each component test plus Total Weighted Score ( if any ) etc.

Successful candidates in the CWE who have been issued scorecards and who meet the stipulated eligibility criteria are then required to apply to any of the participating banks they wish to, quoting their personal details and their CWE scores.

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.

Eligibility Criteria for CWE ( as on 01.07.2011 )

Please note that the Bank CWE eligibility criteria specified is the basic criteria for applying to various Public Sector Banks. However merely applying for CWE / appearing for 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.

Prospective Candidates should ensure that they fulfill the specified eligibility criteria before applying for the Common Written Examination (CWE) :

1. Nationality / Citizenship :

A candidate applying for Probationary Officer / Management Trainee posts must be either :

  • a Citizen of India or
  • a subject of Nepal or
  • a subject of Bhutan or
  • a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1 st  January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

2. Age ( as on 01.07.2011 ) :

  • Minimum : 20 Years
  • Maximum : 30 Years

The maximum Bank CWE age limit specified is applicable to General Category candidates.

Educational Qualifications ( as on 01.07.2011 ) for Bank Common Written Examination

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

Bank Common Written Examination

CWE Common Written Examination Structure :

Admission form & Prospectus available ( on all working days )16th July, 2013
Last date of submission of filled-in Application forms against Acknowledgement Receipt30th July, 2013
Publication of selection list on the college notice board and GU website : strong> August, 2013
Complain, if any, against the selection list . No complain will be entertained thereafter05th August, 2013
Interview and provisional admission of students whose names appear in the selection list from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Five Year integrated BA LLB course06th August, 2013
Interview and provisional admission of students whose names appear in the selection list from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Three Year LLB course08th August, 2013
Commencement of classes will be notified on the day of admission

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

The Descriptive Papers of only those candidates who se cure minimum qualifying marks in each of the objective tests will be evaluated.

Other detailed information regarding the written examination will be given in an Information Handout, on IBPS website which will be made available for  the candidates to download along with the call letter.

Penalty for Wrong Answers

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.

Bank CWE Cutoff Score

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 ).

Important Dates of CWE 2011

Prasanmani College of Physical Education,
Cuttack - 754 030,
Agra University,
Agra - 282 004,
Uttar Pradesh.
Alagappa University,
Karaikudi - 623 003,
Tamil Nadu.
Annamalai University,
Annamalainagar - 608 002,
Tamil Nadu.
University of Mumbai Faculty of Arts,
Mahatma Gandhi Road,
Mumbai - 400 032.
Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences,
New Delhi - 110 018.
Jiwaji University,
Vidya Vihar,
Gwalior - 474 011,
Madhya Pradesh.
Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education,
Sports Authority of India,
Kerala - 695 581.
University of Madras,
Faculty of Physical Education,
Centenary Buildings,
Pondicherry University,
R. Venkataraman Nagar,
Pondicherry - 605 014.
Beynon Smith College of Physical Education,
Belgaum - 590 001.
EBMCVBS College of Physical Education,
Belgaum - 590 001.
Jnanajyothi College of Physical Education,
Channarayalatana - 562 137,
University College of Physical Education,
University College of Physical Education,
Bangalore - 560 056.
Government College of Physical Education,
East Hill,
Calicut - 673 005,
Baliapal College of Physical Education,
Baliapal - 756 027,
College of Physical Education,
Prasanamani College of Physical Education,
Cuttack - 754 030,
RKMV Maruthi College of Physical Education,
Coimbatore - 641 020,
Tamil Nadu.
Shri Saradha College of Physical Education,
Salem - 636 016,
Tamil Nadu.
Sivanthi Aditanar College of Education,
Tuticorin - 628 215,
Tamil Nadu.

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Banking Personnel Selection

This is to bring to the notice of – all concerned that, with a view to helping candidates aspiring for a career in Nationalized Banks, it has been decided to introduce a system of common examination for initial short listing of the Candidates for selection of personnel in clerical cadre and entry level officer cadre and specialist officers in the following banks.

This will avoid the candidates appearing for multiple examinations conducted by different banks for initial short listing. The examination will be conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection IBPS twice in a year for each cadre. The candidates appearing for the examination will be issued with a score card which will be valid for a period of one year from the date of issue.

Each bank which desires to recruit candidates in clerical cadre, entry level officer cadre or in specialist cadre will invite applications-from candidates who hold valid score cards from IBPS specifying the eligibility criteria in terms, of age, educational |f qualifications and minimum score obtained in the written examination acceptable to the bank.

The bank will carry out their selection process from the applicants with valid score cards, viz., interview, group discussion, etc as decided by the bank. The banks who participate in the process 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 above method of selection has the approval-of Government of India, and consent-of the boards of each of the participating bank and the Managing Committee of Indian Banks’ Association. A valid Score Card issued by the IBPS will be a pre – requisite for candidates to apply clerical cadre, entry level officer cadre and specialist officers in the participating banks. IBPS will issue notifications for conducting the examinations each – time stipulating (a) Minimum eligibility

In terms of age, educational qualifications, etc., and relaxations permissible to various categories of candidates in accordance with the guidelines of the Government issued from time to time, (b) Guidelines regarding payment of application fees and application process (c) Tentative dates of the examination (d) Structure of examination and (e) issuance of call letters

IBPS will be holding pre recruitment training – to applicants belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes” at different centres – in terms of the guidelines of the Government in this regard. IBPS will advise the candidates the scores obtained by them in – the examination. The above Scheme will come into operation for selection of candidates w.e.f. 01.06.2011 in the participating banks. However, the selection process if any, already initiated by the participating banks will be concluded as planned by the bank.

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BANK CET, Common All India Entrance Test (CET) for Bank Jobs (PO & Clerical) from 2011

With an attempt to steamline Bank Recruitment in Public Sector Banks in India, Indian Banks Association has launched a Common All India Entrance Test ( CET ) which will start from next year i.e. 2011.

The exams will be mainly for clerical staff and entry – point officers ( Probationary officers, Specialist Officers – Law Officers, EDP Officers, Tech. and Management Executives ).

The requirement of more work force in the banks, which has increased sharply for the past few years and going to follow the same trend in coming years, forced the PSBs to opt for such an action.

It’s good news for those seeking to join Public sector banks as well as for the banks themselves because the new procedure would definitely reduce the time and make it easier.

The current recruitment process in the Public Sector Banks takes almost a year to recruit the candidates. The recruitment process begins with the advertisement and then goes through examination, then interview and then finally recruitment.

Apart from this so much of time before and after the examination results into mental tension to the candidates. Now, they can take a sigh of relief. 20 public sector banks have joined this. The SBI group has its own recruitment process and it will continue with it.

The recruitment process will be administered by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) on behalf of PSBs, once the candidate clears the common test.

IBPS will declare the results of the exam and give a scorecard to the candidates which will be valid for up to one to one-and-a-half-years. Once the validity period of the scorecard expires, the candidate will have to reappear for the exam.

Once a candidate passes the common entrance exam, all that he or she has to do is to respond to an individual bank’s advertisement and appear for an interview.

The recruitment process which now takes about a year to be completed will drop drastically by a third, reducing the mental tension candidates currently go through after an exam.

Three – four such common entrance examinations are planned to be conducted every year and “this should begin in 2011, “Ramakrishnan, Indian Banks Association’s chief executive, informed reporters.


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