IBPS CWE Clerk Preparation Tips, Exam Pattern, Important Books, Sample Papers


Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is going to conduct a Common Written Examination (CWE) for recruitment on the post of Clerk in 19 Public Sector Banks. CWE for Clerk will be held on the date of 27th November 2011.  A large number of candidates have applied for this examination. After this examination, score cards will be released for the candidates, that cross the hurdle of qualifying marks. But there is need to get more and more marks by every candidate for ensuring a seat for himself / herself. So, the candidates are required to prepare with a strategy.

Exam Pattern, How to prepare and books for IBPS CWE:

The Common Written Examination (CWE) comprises 05 section of test viz Reasoning Test, Numerical Ability Test, English Language Test, General Awareness Test / Current Affairs Test and Computer Knowledge Test. Total number of questions in this test is 250 marks in which each section has 50 marks and total time allotted is 150 minutes.

The examination will be of general nature and do not need specialized study, for him, who was involved in preparation of Banking Clerk Examinations. The test will be based on former banking examination which will be conducted by 19 nationalized banks together.

Test of Reasoning: The test basically consists of verbal and non-verbal test comprising blood relation test, number series, problem solving, figure problems, alpha-numeric relation test, syllogism, coded relationships, coded inequalities may be asked in the examination.

Books for reference –  R.S Agarwal, BSC Analytical Reasoning

Test of  Numerical Abilities: The test will be based on 10th standard. In the numerical abilities test, questions will be closed in number system, number series, percentage, profit and loss, simple and compound interest, time and distance, time and work, average, age calculation.

Books for reference – R.S. Agarwal (Quicker Maths), Solved Papers of Kiran / Unique Publication.

Test of English Language:  For English language test, questions will be framed on Passage Test, Cloze Test, Rearrange either the sentences or the words, error detection, Idioms and Phrases, fill in the blanks, spelling error, one word substitution, phrasal verbs.

Books for reference – Lucent’s General English, R.S Agarwal, Wren & Martin, BSC English is Easy.

Test of General Awareness: In this section questions will be framed on International and National Events, Sports, Awards and Prizes, questions relating to Games and sports, Economic Terms and Current Economic Developments, Questions pertaining to important Personalities, Books and Author etc.

Books for reference: Read daily National Newspaper, Indian Economics of Pratiyogita Darpan, Monthly magzine of current events of Banking Service Chronicle, Samanya Gyan Darpan, Arihant publication.

Computer Awareness: Questions will be based on basic computer awareness which do not require study of any specialized course and training in computer field. Basic terms and definitions, questions relating to computer hardware, software, MS Office, Internet, Networking, e commerce, computer threads like virus, malware, spyware etc and any other current development in the field of computer technology.

Books for reference: Basic Computer Awareness.

Candidates should solve practice set and previous paper of clerical examination per day before one month of written examination. Candidates may solve practice set of Arihant / BSC publication.

Since the candidates are aware that there will be penalty for wrong answers they should be careful while marking the options in the answer papers. Only the correct options should be marked and the questions whose answers are not known to the candidates should be left blank.

The candidates should also note that there will be separate cut offs for each section and therefore they should try to complete each section and qualify in each section. None of the section should be ignored. The candidates should try to score maximum marks in this exam because they will be issued scorecard which will be valid for applying in different banks. The candidates having  better score will be in a better position for being called for interview from different banks and also the chance of selection of such candidates will be high in comparison to candidate with a lower score in the common written exam.


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  1. detailed explanation of answers for maths is required then it will be better to learn for freshers also, anyway its really good

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