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 Quick-Facts-StripMode of Examination:

Online Computerized exam

Selection Procedure:

  • Phase 1: Preliminary Objective Test
  • Phase 2: Mains Objective Test
  • Phase 3: Interview

Posts Offered:

Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee in various Nationalized Banks/ Other banks and Financial Institutions

Dates of Preliminary Exam (2015):

3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th October 2015

Pattern of Preliminary Exam:

100 Questions, 100 Marks, 1 Hour

  • English Language (30 questions, 30 marks)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (35 questions, 35 marks)
  • Reasoning (35 questions, 35 marks)

Dates of Mains Exam:

31st October 2015

Pattern of Mains Exam:

200 Questions, 25% Negative Marking, 2 Hours

  • Reasoning (50 questions, 50 marks)
  • English Language (40 questions, 40 marks)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (50 questions, 50 marks)
  • General Awareness, with special reference to banking industry (40 questions, 40 marks)
  • Computer Knowledge (20 questions, 20 marks)



This is the exam held for recruitment to nationalized banks in India for jobs of Probationary Officer (PO). The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts a Common Written Examination (CWE) on behalf of 21 nationalized banks 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.

  1. Nationality

A candidate must be one of the following:

• A citizen of India
•A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
•A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 01/01/1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India
•A person of Indian origin who has migrated from other countries (detailed list of countries available on official website) with the intention of permanently settling in India provided that a candidate belonging to categories above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Indian government.

2. Age Limit

A candidate should be between 20 - 28 years as on 01-08-2013 for the Dec 2013 exam.
Relaxation of upper age limit

CategoryAge Relaxation (years)
Domiciled in J&K during the period
01/01/1980 - 31/12/1989
  1. Educational Qualification (As on 01.08.2015):
  • 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.

Test Duration & Pattern

  1. Preliminary Examination 
Sr.No.Name of TestNo. of questionsMaximum MarksDuration
1English Language30301 hour
2Quantitative Aptitude3535
3Reasoning Ability3535
Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks deducted for every incorrect answer

2. Main Examination

Sr.No.Name of TestNo. of questionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning5050Composite time of 120 minutes
2English Language4040
3Quantitative Aptitude5050
4General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry)4040
5Computer Knowledge2020
Negative Marking: 1/4th of the marks deducted for every incorrect answer

Exam Format

 The IBPS CWE (PO) is held online

Important Dates

Event2014 Dates2015 Dates
Online Registration22.07.2014 – 11.08.201410.07.2015 to 01.08.2015
Payment of Application Fees- Online22.07.2014 – 11.08.201410.07.2015 to 01.08.2015
Payment of Application Fees- Offline24.07.2014 – 14.08.201410.07.2015 to 01.08.2015
Download of Call Letter for Pre-Examination Training (PET) for SC/ST/ Minority Community candidates11.09.2014 – 22.09.201409.09.2015 to 19.09.2015
Pre-Examination Training22.09.2014 – 27.09.201418.09.2015 to 23.09.2015
Download of call letters for online examination - Preliminary-23.09.2015 onwards
Online Examination – Preliminary-03.10.2015, 04.10.2015
10.10.2015, 11.10.2015
Result of Online exam – Preliminary-October 2015
Download of Call letter for Examination - MainAfter 01.10.2014October 2015
Online Examination (Tentative dates) - Main11.10.2014 & 12.10.2014
18.10.2014 & 19.10.2014
01.11.2014 & 02.11.2014
Declaration of result status of examination (CWE)November, 2014November 2015
Download of call letters for InterviewJanuary 2015December 2015
Conduct of InterviewJanuary 2015January 2016
Provisional AllotmentApril 2015April 2016

Banks participating in IBPS CWE (PO)

Allahabad BankIndian Overseas Bank
Andhra BankOriental Bank of Commerce
Bank of BarodaPunjab National Bank
Bank of IndiaPunjab & Sindh Bank
Bank of MaharashtraSyndicate Bank
Canara BankUCO Bank
Central Bank of IndiaUnion Bank of India
Corporation BankUnited Bank of India
Dena BankVijaya Bank
Indian BankBharatiya Mahila Bank

How to Apply

Step I. Register on the official website 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 - payment of fees through 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

Note: There is also a provision to reprint the submitted application containing fee details, three days after fee payment.

Official Website:

For Sample and Solved Question Papers visit:

Books Recommended for Preparation:

  • A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition – RS Agarwal
  • A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal 2nd Edition – Indu Sijwali & B. S. Sijwali
  • Comprehensive Guide to IBPS – CWE Bank PO (English) 3rd Edition – Disha Publications
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal