IBPS CWE for Bank Clerk

Banking jobs are one of the most sought after in India and one of the most prized occupations in the country. Scores of applicants appear for the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection Common Written Exam (CWE) each year in hopes of clearing the round and proceeding to the personal interview phase and securing a stable well-paying job for themselves. Applicants who clear both the phases of the IBPS CWE VI Clerk Exam 2016 – 2016 will be placed in one of 19 participating government banks and financial institutions on a merit-cum-preference basis. This article provides comprehensive information on the Common Written Exam (CWE) for clerks held by the IBPS including important dates, eligibility criteria, application procedure, paper pattern, contact information etc.

Organizations using IBPS CWE for Recruitment of Clerks

The CWE exam is to be conducted online to fill up posts for Clerks in the following public sector banks and/or financial institutions:

  • 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 (OBC)
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • United Bank of India
  • Vijaya Bank
  • Any other bank or financial institution

Important Dates of IBPS Clerk VI Exam

Online Registration

22 August - 12 September, 2016

Payment of Application Fees - Online

22 August - 12 September, 2016

Download of Call Letter for Pre-Examination Training (PET)

25 October-7 November, 2016

Pre-Examination Training to be held

From 7-12 November, 2016

Preliminary online exam

26 & 27 November, 3 & 4 December, 2016

Result of preliminary IBPS Clerk VI exam

9 December 2016

Main exam (online)

31 December 2016 & 1 January 2017

Main IBPS Clerk exam result

January 2017

Conduct of Interview

Yet to be announced

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be a citizen of India/ Nepal/ Bhutan/ Tibetan refugee/ person of Indian origin 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 intending to permanently settle in India. The Indian government should have issued a favorable eligibility certificate for you.
  • Applicants must be at least 20 years old and not more than 28 years old, as on 1 August, 2016. There would be 3-10 years of age relaxation for SC/ ST candidates, applicants with disabilities, ex-servicemen, J&K residents (1980-89) and victims of 1984 riots.
  • You must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university.
  • Additionally the applicant must know how to speak, read and write the official language of the state/union territory that you wish to be placed in.

Application Procedure

  • Application Fees/ Intimation Charges [Payable from 22 Aug – 12 Sep, 2016 (Online payment) both dates inclusive] is as follows:
  • Rs. 100 for SC/ ST/ PWD/ EXSM candidates
  • Rs. 600 for all others

Pre-Exam Training

Pre-Examination Training will be arranged by the Nodal Banks/ Participating Organisations to a limited number of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes/ Minority Communities/ Ex-Servicemen/ Persons With Disabilities at certain centres viz. Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Balasore, Bareilly, Behrampur (Ganjam), Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Dhanbad, Gorakhpur, Gulbarga, Guwahati, Hubli, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Karnal, Kavaratti, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Muzaffarpur, Mysore, Nagpur, New Delhi, Panaji (Goa), Patiala, Patna, Port Blair, Puducherry, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shimla, Shillong, Siliguri, Thiruchirapalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijaywada and Vishakhapatnam.

Exam Pattern

The IBPS clerk recruitment will be done in two stages:

  • preliminary (1 hour, 100 marks, online) exam
  • main (2 hours, 200 marks, online) exam – only candidates who qualify the prelims can appear for the mains

Preliminary exam’s pattern:

  1. English language (30 questions)
  2. Numerical ability (35 questions)
  3. Reasoning ability (35 questions)

Main exam’s pattern:

  1. Reasoning (40 questions)
  2. English Language (40 questions)
  3. Quantitative Aptitude (40 questions)
  4. General Awareness (focusing specially on the banking industry) (40 questions)
  5. Computer Knowledge (40 questions)

Each questions is worth one mark and a wrong answer will result in a deduction of one-fourth i.e. 0.25 marks (negative marking.)

The CWE will be followed by an interview phase after which selected candidates will be given provisional allotments on a merit-cum-preference basis. Calculation of the merit will be based on the CWE scores and Interview scores of individual candidates on an 80:20 ratio.

Exam Centres

Andaman & Nicobar (State Code 11)

Centre - Port Blair

Andhra Pradesh (State Code 12)

Centre - Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam

Arunachal Pradesh (State Code 13)

Centre - Itanagar

Assam (State Code 14)

Centre - Guwahati

Bihar (State Code 15)

Centre - Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzzafarpur, Patna, Purnea

Chandigarh (State Code 16)

Centre - Chandigarh

Chhattisgarh (State Code 17)

Centre - Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur

Dadra & Nagar Haveli (State Code 18)

Centre - Surat

Delhi (State Code 20)

Centre - Bahadurgarh, Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon

Goa (State Code 21)

Centre - Panaji

Gujarat (State Code 22)

Centre - Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Vadodara

Haryana (State Code 23)

Centre - Ambala, Panchkula

Himachal Pradesh (State Code 24)

Centre - Shimla

Jammu & Kashmir (State Code 25)

Centre - Jammu, Srinagar

Jharkhand (State Code 26)

Centre - Bokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi

Karnataka (State Code 27)

Centre - Bengaluru, Dharwad, Hubli, Mangalore

Kerala (State Code 28)

Centre - Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthpuram

Lakshwadweep (State Code 29)

Centre - Kavarrati

Madhya Pradesh (State Code 30)

Centre - Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur

Maharashtra (State Code 31)

Centre - Aurangabad, Greater Mumbai/Thane/Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Pune

Manipur (State Code 32)

Centre - Imphal

Meghalaya (State Code 33)

Centre - Shillong

Mizoram (State Code 34)

Centre - Aizawl

Nagaland (State Code 35)

Centre - Kohima

Odisha (State Code 36)

Centre - Berhampur(Ganjam), Bhubaneshwar, Sambalpur

Puducherry (State Code 37)

Centre - Puducherry

Punjab (State Code 38)

Centre - Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala

Rajasthan (State Code 39)

Centre - Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur

Sikkim (State Code 40)

Centre - Gangtok

Tamilnadu (State Code 41)

Centre - Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Thiruchirapalli, Tirunelvelli

Telangana (State Code 42)

Centre - Hyderabad

Tripura (State Code 43)

Centre - Agartala

Uttar Pradesh (State Code 44)

Centre - Agra, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi

Uttarakhand (State Code 45)

Centre - Dehradun, Roorkee

West Bengal (State Code 46)

Centre - Asansol, Bardhaman, Berhampur, Dumkal, Durgapur, Greater Kotkata, Haldia, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri


Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
IBPS House, 90 feet, D.P.Road,
Near Thakur Polytechnic,
Off. Western Express Highway, P. B. No. 8587
Kandivali (E), Mumbai 400 101, INDIA
Toll free Helpline Number for Candidate Queries: 1800 222 366 (Available from 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM)
Fax: 91-22-2854 2076

Please note that w.e.f. 1st May, 2015 Helpline Number will be available from 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM on all days Except Sundays & Bank Holidays applicable in Maharashtra State.

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