IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel) Common Written Exam

IBPS Common Written Exam

The IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel) is one of the leading banking sector exam in India, nearly 1.5 crore students appear for this Common Written Exam (CWE) every year.

The IBPS holds various exams as PO exam, RRB Exam, Clerk Exam & SO Exam to fill the vacancies at various public, private, co-operative and rural banks in and around the states of India.

The Common Written Examination (CWE) is tend to be crucial form of exam in banking industry, because it is expected to recruit the valid candidate for the different posts of Clerks, Probationary Officers, Management Trainees and Specialist Officers through an entry level aptitude exam in two levels as preliminary and followed by main examination and based upon the score card the common Interview process goes for the candidate selection.

Examination process

IBPS exam process involves in two stages of Common Written Exam & Interview. Those successful candidates who clear the both stages will be selected for the job.

Furthermore, from 2015 the CWE includes two levels of exams as Preliminary and Mains examination for the PO exam and IBPS clerk exams. Only those candidates who qualify the Preliminary exam will appear for the mains exam and followed by personal Interview. The mode of applying the application is done through Online.

Exam                         Level 1                             Level 2           Common Interview
IBPS PO Exam          Preliminary                       Mains                              Interview
IBPS Clerk Exam     Preliminary                       Mains                              Interview
IBPS RRB Exam              –                                      CWE                                Interview
IBPS SO Exam                 –                                      CWE                                Interview

Common Written Exam (CWE) syllabus

IBPS 2015 exam syllabus comprises of subjects General Awareness, Reasoning, English/ Hindi Language, Quantitative Aptitude/Numerical Ability/Data Interpretation, Computer Knowledge, Professional Knowledge. For each of the exams patterns and subjects may have slight changes. So before applying for the exams, candidates have to ensure his particular syllabus from the official notification.

The exam is conducted for 200 marks at the duration of 2 to 2.30 Hours. IBPS exam is an Objective type exam where the candidates have to choose the valid answer from the choices. For every wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted from the total score and for the non-attended questions no marks will be deducted.

Interview process

The IBPS department will conduct the Interview process for those candidates who pass the CWE exam and they will be invited for the interview at various centers and provisional letter will be provided.

IBPS Preparation

Most of the candidate stops their knowledge up to the level knowing about the exam details and selection processes. In fact the participants fail to make effective preparations for their exams. So, how to prepare for IBPS bank exams? Here, simplified way of study plan wills makes your preparation easier and help you to crack the IBPS exam.

The candidates who looks for the banking industry jobs are expected to have surplus of general knowledge related to finance sector, banking sectors and more on aptitude. Added, the candidates should also possess basic skills in Computer Knowledge and English Comprehension skills. To make IBPS exam, a piece of cake here you’ll find simple tips for each of the subjects as you roll on.


The reasoning is one of the important subjects that play a major role in most of the competitive exams and banking as well. Also that allows you to score good marks to push your overall score as well.

The reasoning ideology is expected from the candidates at this section and this part consumes less time, since most of the questions are comprehensive type and paragraph solving puzzles. So focus on Comprehension Reasoning, Making series / analogy, Coding and de-coding, Problem Solving, Passage and conclusions type questions, Number Series, etc.

General knowledge

To crack the GK section it may be necessary that you read newspaper daily to update with the current issues and daily events. The GK paper holds questions related to current affairs of baking sector and related articles and policies. So focus on RBI, Banking terms, Abbreviations , Marketing, Awards & honors, finance, history of Banking, current affairs of recent issues etc.

English/ Hindi Language

The both English and Hindi subjects is to test your language knowledge and you can choose any one of the subject as major. This part is a good scoring part in IBPS exam where the candidates who are not clear with basics of English can take Hindi and those who have good skill in English can score well in exam.

So the candidates should focus on Comprehension Passage, Fill in the Blanks, phrases and idioms, Sentence Improvement, Spotting Error Questions, and Preposition etc.

Computer Knowledge

At this digital age the computer knowledge is necessary for everyone, in such case this is added as an additional subject in IBPS exam. The examiner tests basics skills in Internet and computer. So it is mandatory that the candidate have enough knowledge on computer as it gives equal weightage to the exam.

So the topics to focus on are Generations of computer, Input & Output Device, Basic of Computers, Basic internet knowledge and protocols, Network basics, MS word, MS Excel, MS power point, Computer Shortcuts etc.

Follow the given tips for the IBPS and before all, don’t ever forget to design a proper planning is very much important for any exams. So have a better understanding on each topic, also give more concentration over weak subjects to crack the exam easily. After each of your preparation don’t forget to have mock tests, that will give you an experience and importantly helps to find you mistakes and timings.

All the Best!

Dani Dissosa


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