Institute of Banking and Personnel Selection

IBPS is an autonomous agency in India, which announces a Common Written Examination (CWE) for the selection Officers and Clerks in Indian banks. IBPS CWE is now mandatory for anyone who seeks an employment in 20 public sector and Regional Rural banks. IBPS periodically accepts the exam applications from the candidates at their website, and the exams are organized at various locations in the country in online mode.

Recruitment's through IBPS: An IBPS Recruitment is done in three stages. The first phase is Common written examination, followed by Interview and the final placement.

  • CWE PROBATIONARY OFFICER/MT: Recruitment of Probationary Officers or Management Trainees.
  • CWE Clerk: Recruitment of Clerical Assistants.
  • CWE Specialist Officer: Recruitment of IT, LAW, engineering, marketing and other professionals.
  • CWE RRB Officers and Assistants: Recruitment of Officers& Office assistants to Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) governed by NABARD.

As of 2014, the basic eligibility for appearing the IBPS recruitment is a university degree. There is an "age condition" which varies with the recruitment type and relaxation available to the candidates. Additionally, applicants to the Specialist cadre are required to have a professional qualification in Law, Accounting, Agriculture, IT or management sector. A certificate in computer operations or knowledge in computers has also been mandatory for posts other than specialist officers.

Common Written Examination (CWE):
IBPS CWE is one among the most competitive examinations in India with a selection ratio of 1 out of 1000.Around 20 lakhs candidates appeared in CWE-3.The CWE syllabus and general instructions on filling IBPS online application will be provided in the exam notification. Each candidate will be intimated with the date and venue of the exam via a call letter, that will be available for download a few days after they register at the IBPS website. IBPS CWE is an objective type exam with negative marking for false answers. Initially, the exams were organized in the offline mode but in 2012 IBPS moved to an internet-based examination process. As per the official report

Common Interview:
In 2012, IBPS announced that the participating banks would no longer conduct separate interviews for successful candidates after the CWE. Instead, IBPS itself will arrange a common interview (CI) for them at different locations and will prepare a final merit list which will be used to recruit them directly to the banking positions reported during the validity of their score card.

Final Selection:
IBPS forms a rank list once the exam and interview phases end. The same will be used to fill existing and upcoming vacancies in the participating banks for a period of one year from the date of announcement of the final results.
IBPS does not announce the final cut-off marks until the entire process of CWE and the interview is over. This often leaves candidates guessing the expected cut-off marks and not being able to know the exact cut-offs. The process of cut-offs is also then divided as per states. Which is based on fact that if a certain state has less number of vacancies, then the cut-off for that state is likely to go up and if a state has more number of vacancies, then the cut-off can be lower.
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