IBPS CWE (Clerical)

This is the exam held for recruitment to nationalized banks in India to fill vacancies for clerical level jobs. Find information about the examination regarding paper pattern, eligibility, etc. below. A Common Written Examination (CWE) is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) as a pre-requisite for selection of personnel for Clerical cadre posts in Public Sector Banks.



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 / sheregisters and indicate the percentage of marks obtained in Graduation while registering online.
  • Computer Literacy: Operating and working knowledge in computer systems is mandatory i.e. candidates shouldhave Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/Language/ should have studied Computer / InformationTechnology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute.
  • Proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT (candidates should know how to read/ write and speak the Official Language of the State/UT) for which vacancies a candidate wishes to apply is preferable. Ex-Servicemen who do not possess the above civil examination qualifications should be matriculate Ex-Servicemen who have obtained the Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navyor Air Force after having completed not less than 15 years of service in the Armed Forces of the Union as on12.09.2016. Such certificates should be dated on or before 12.09.2016.

Age Limit (As on 01.08.2016)

Minimum: 20 years Maximum: 28 years i.e. A candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1988 and not later than 01.08.1996 (both dates inclusive)
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

Banks participating in IBPS CWE (Clerical)

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

Test Duration & Pattern (IBPS CWE Clerical 2015)

a. Preliminary Examination

Sr.No.Name of Test No. of questions Maximum Marks Duration
1English Language 30301 hour
2Quantitative Aptitude 3030
3Reasoning 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 be shortlisted for online main examination

Exam Format

The IBPS CWE Clerical exam is conducted online.

b. Main Examination

Sr.No.Name of Tests (Objective) No. of questions Maximum Marks Duration
1Reasoning 405030 min
2English Language 404030 min
3Quantitative Aptitude 405030 min
4General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry 404025 min
5Computer Knowledge 402020 min
Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks deducted for every incorrect answer