IBPS Clerk Exam Syllabus and Pattern 2013

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an autonomous agency in India, which started its operation in 1975 as Personnel Selection Services (PSS). In 1984, IBPS became an independent entity at the behest of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Public Sector Banks. IBPS is envisioned as self-governed academic and research oriented Institute, with a mission of enhancing human-resource development through personnel assessment. In 2011, IBPS announced a common written examination (CWE) for the selection Officers and Clerks in Indian banks. IBPS CWE is now mandatory for anyone who seeks an employment in 20 public sector and Regional Rural banks. IBPS periodically accepts the exam applications from the candidates at their website www.ibps.in, and the exams are organized at various locations in the country either in online or offline mode.Today it produced many qualified personnel mjy .

Governing Board

The Governing Board consists of nominees from Reserve Bank of India, Ministry of Finance Government of India, National Institute of Bank Management, representatives of Public Sector Banks, Insurance sector and academics. The matters related to policy and affairs of the Institute are vested in the Governing Board.
List of banks that accept CWE
  • Allahabad Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Canara Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • Corporation Bank
  • Dena Bank
  • Indian Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • United Bank of India
  • UCO Bank
  • Vijaya Bank
  • IDBI Bank
  • ECGC (Export Credit Guarantee Corporation)(Joined Recently)
Exams for different cadres
  • IBPS CWE PO/MT for the position of Probationary Officer or Management Trainee. IBPS PO is conducted once in a year.
  • IBPS CWE Clerk for Clerical positions. This exam is also conducted once in a year.
  • IBPS Specialist Officer. This exam is announced from time to time and covers specialist positions in banks.
  • IBPS RRB officer. For the selection of officers to the Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) governed by NABARD.
The minimum eligibility for applying IBPS CWE is a university degree. Additionally, applicants to the Specialist cadre are required to have a professional qualification in Law, Accounting, Agriculture, IT or management sector. Work experience and a certificate in computer operation is mandatory for some of the IBPS positions. The minimum age at which anyone can apply for an IBPS CWE is 20 years, and the typical maximum age limit is 30, which is further subject to relaxation available for reserved candidates.

Common Written Examination (CWE)
The CWE syllabus and general instructions on filling IBPS online application will be provided in the exam notification. Each candidate will be intimated with the date and venue of the exam via a call letter, that will be available for download a few days after they register at the IBPS website. IBPS CWE is an objective oriented exam with negative marking for false answers. Initially, the exams were organized in the offline mode but in 2012 IBPS moved to an internet-based examination process.

Result and Score card
IBPS CWE results are published online at their official website. All candidates who appear for the CWE will be able to check their status once the results are out. IBPS applies a cut-off method to determine the final score known as the TWSS
(Total Weighted Standardized Scores). A scorecard is issued to the candidates who secure the minimum TWSS defined by IBPS, and qualifying marks in each subject of the examination. Successful candidates in the CWE who meet the eligibility criteria will be called for a common interview (CI).
Common Interview
In 2012, IBPS announced that the participating banks would no longer conduct separate interviews for successful candidates those who have appeared in the CWE. Instead of that, IBPS itself will arrange a common interview (CI) for them at different locations and will prepare a final merit list which will be used to recruit them directly to the banking positions reported during the validity of their score card. That simply means that IBPS now reserves the complete control over recruiting and placing professionals to almost all public sector banks in India.
In 2013 IBPS is suppose to conduct the CWE specialist officer exam which is scheduled to be held on 17 March 2013. But the conducting board have shown high degree of callousness by mismanaging the exam center allocation. Most of all the candidates were not given the center of their choice and are to travel around 500+ kilometers for appearing the exam. This is a hard monopoly system incorporated by IBPS management of changing the preferred center without the consent of candidates which is definitely going to increase the resentment across the country. The members at IBPS board have also stepped up one level further by ignoring the problems of the candidates.

For all those who are interested in a career in banking, IBPS Clerk Written Exam is an important exam. 19 national banks in the country recruit candidates for clerical positions based IBPS Clerk Written Exam. The exam has been conducted successfully once last year. Registration for IBPS Clerk Written exam 2013 is open till 5th November, 2012. You can find further details about registering for IBPS Clerk Written Exam 2013 here.
Like most other competitive exams in the country, IBPS Clerk Written Exam too is a tough nut to crack. Lakhs of candidates appear for the exam every year in the hope to get placed at a reputed national bank in the country.
It has become even tougher this year since IBPS Clerk Exam 2013 will be conducted online. If you want to crack the exam, it is important that you are aware of the syllabus and pattern of the exam to start off with.

Syllabus and pattern for IBPS Clerk Written Exam 2013

Although the exam will be conducted online this year, the pattern and syllabus for the exam have remained unchanged over the last year. The test is largely an aptitude and reasoning test. It is divided into 5 sections, viz.;
  • Reasoning
  • English language
  • Numerical ability
  • General awareness
  • Computer knowledge
Each section has 50 questions, with each question of 1 mark. Thus, the IBPS Clerk Written exam is a 250 mark test.

Syllabus for IBPS Clerk Written Exam

Since it is a aptitude and reasoning test, the level of question asked is very basic in nature. While there is no defined syllabus for the test, here is an overview of the different topics you can expect in each section:


The reasoning section has verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions. Generally, the type of questions can be divided into analogy, sitting arrangement, decision making, blood relations, syllogism, series completion and statement reasoning.

English language

Your English language skills are tested in the exam under the following fields:
  • Reading comprehension
  • Error detection
  • Passage correction
  • Rearrangement
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Active and passive voice

Numerical ability

You won’t be asked graduate or post-graduate level questions in the numerical ability section. You are tested on your general aptitude. Thus, getting your basics right upto standard 10thshould suffice while preparing for IBPS Clerk Written Exam. In general, questions in this section can be divided into:
  • Arithmetic, which includes numbers, percentage, time and distance, logs, permutation and combination, probability etc.
  • Data interpretation, which involves interpreting charts and tables.

General awareness

This section tests your general awareness levels. The questions in this section are a blend of banking knowledge and current events. Usually, the weightage of banking related questions is higher than that of current event questions.

Computer knowledge

Questions in this section are related to basic hardware and software related questions. You don’t need to be a computer geek to crack this section.