This is the exam held for recruitment to nationalized banks in India for jobs of Probationary Officer(PO). Find information regarding paper pattern, eligibility, etc. and crack it with the right coaching from TEST funda.
The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts a Common Written Examination (CWE) on behalf of 21 nationalized banks (see list below) as a pre-requisite for selection of Probationary Officers.
IBPS is only the body conducting the written test. The vacancies in individual banks as well as the group discussion and personal interview process are managed by each participating bank separately.



A candidate must be one of the following:

  1. A citizen of India
  2. A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  3. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 01/01/1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
  4. 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.

Educational Qualification

  • A Degree (Graduation) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.The candidate must possess valid Mark-sheet / Degree Certificate that he/ she is a graduate on the day he / she registers and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.

Age Limit (As on 01.08.2016)

Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 30 yearsi.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.07.1986 and not later than 01.07.1996 (both datesinclusive)
Relaxation of upper age limit

Category Age Relaxation (years)
PWD 10
Domiciled in J&K during the period 01/01/1980 - 31/12/1989 5

How to Apply

Step I. Register and get the provisional registration number & password generated.
Step II. Pay using either:
    • ONLINE MODE – through Master / Visa Debit or Credit cards or Internet Banking.

Test Duration & Pattern

a. Preliminary Examination

Section Questions MarksDuration
English Language 30301 hour
Quantitative Aptitude 3535
Reasoning Ability 3535
Total 100100
Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks deducted for every incorrect answer

Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks to be decided by
IBPS. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending
upon requirements will beshortlisted for online main examination

Exam Format

The IBPS CWE (PO) is now held online.

b.Main Examination

Section Questions Marks Time allotted for each test
(Separately timed)
Reasoning 505040 min 2 hour
English Language 404030 min
Quantitative Aptitude 505040 min
General Awareness* 4040 20 min
Computer Knowledge 202010 min
Total200200140 min
Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks deducted for every incorrect answer

Note: * - with special reference to Banking Industry