Common Written Examination – clerical (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.

IBPS Clerical is the exam held for recruitment to nationalized banks in India to fill vacancies for clerical level jobs. Find information and complete details about the examination regarding paper pattern, eligibility, etc in below.


I. Nationality / Citizenship: A candidate must be either
(i) a Citizen of India or
(ii) a subject of Nepal or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan or
(iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
(v) 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.

II. Age: Minimum: 20 years & Maximum: 28 years
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
III. Educational Qualifications:

Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
Computer literacy: A candidate must have operating and working knowledge of computer systems, possessing a certificate / Diploma / Degree in computer operations/Language/ or should have studied Computer / Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute.
A candidate who is proficient in the official language of the state or UT, where vacancies are available, will be preferred.

Test Duration & Pattern

A) Preliminary Examination: Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Tests for 100 marks will be conducted online. This test would be of 1-hour duration consisting of 3 Sections as follows:

Sr.No. Name of Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 1 hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100


B) Main Examination

Sr.No. Name of Tests (Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 40 40 2 hours
2 English Language 40 40
3 Numerical Ability 40 40
4 General Awareness with special
reference to Banking Industry
40 40
5 Computer Knowledge 40 40
Total 200 200
Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks deducted for every incorrect answer


Logical Reasoning English Language Quantitative Aptitude General Awareness Computer Awareness
Syllogism Reading Comprehension Simplifications Banking Awareness Basic Knowledge of Computers
Numbers based arrangement Spot the Error DI (Pie-chart, Table) Economy Windows
Statements &Conclusions Phrase Replacement Number Series Current affairs Microsoft Office
Data Sufficiency Fill One word in 2 blanks Simple Interest, Compound Interest Networking
Coding& Arrangement Para Jumbles Profit & Loss Hardware and Software Knowledge
Symbol based arrangement Speed and Distance

Exam Format

The IBPS CWE Clerical exam is conducted online.

Important Dates

Event 2015 Dates 2016 Dates
Online Registration 08.07.2015 to 28.07.2015 Tentative Dates:Preliminary Examination- 26.11.2016, 27.11.2016, 03.12.2016 & 04.12.2016Main Examination – 31.12.2016 & 01.01.2017
Payment of Fees- Online 08.07.2015 to 28.07.2015
Online Examination September 2015
Declaration of Result October 2015
Download of call letters for interview November 2015
Conduct of interview November/December 2015
Provisional Allotment January 2016

Banks participating in IBPS CWE (Clerical)

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

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.
• OFFLINE MODE – through the CBS branches of any of the following public sector banks – Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Punjab National Bank, United Bank of India.