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IBPS-Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is a self-governing agency since 1975. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made IBPS an independent entity. IBPS is intended as self-governed academic and study learning Institute.IBPS offers project consultation, personality assessment, training programs, and workshops and also facilitates nominating experts as well as setting up assessment centers besides its key activity of conducting recruitment of bank personnel through CWEs.

In the year 2011, IBPS started enrolling officers and clerks for Indian Banks by conducting Common Written Examination (CWE).IBPS CWE is obligatory nowadays for someone seeking an employment in 29 public sector and regional and rural bank. IBPS exams are held at various locations in the country with online mode. Candidates had to go through an interview process after passing the online test until the year 2015. On the basis of this interview, candidates were placed in regional rural banks. But from the year 2016, interviews have been omitted from the selection process.

IBPS conducts a series of CWE’s in a year – once for each of PO (General Banking Officer – GBO), Clerical (Single Window Operator – SWO), Specialist Officers, Management Trainee, RRB Officer and Clerical posts for recruitment into the Public Sector Banks and Regional Rural Banks.

The recruitment process undergoes Common Written Examination and interview. IBPS PO exam is conducted in three phases whereas IBPS RRB i.e, PO and Clerk, SO and CLERK are conducted in two phases. The first phase deals with an online test followed by an interview and then the final appointment.

The banks participating in IBPS Common Written Examination are Punjab National Bank, Allahabad bank, Andhra Bank, Central Bank of India, Dena Bank, UCO Bank, , IDBI Bank, Vijaya Bank, Indian Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank & Oriental Bank of Commerce and Syndicate Bank.

The eligibility criteria for the recruitment of IBPS are a degree and there is also age eligibility depending on the type of placement. For applying in the Specialist Officer category, a candidate must have a professional qualification in Accounting, Law, IT, Management or Agriculture sector. A diploma in computer jobs or profeciency with computers is also obligatory for posts apart from specialist officers.

IBPS online exam is one of the most competitive examinations in India. The exam paper is difficult which comprises of questions on reasoning, quantitative aptitude and English. The procedure to take up the exam has to be registering the candidate in IBPS official website. The forms for all exam are available online at the official site of IBPS and the exam’s confirmed date and the venue are communicated via a call letter which is also available at IBPS official website.

The recruitment process of IBPS includes a 2-teir system for which is being followed by the year 2015. The Tier I exam is an easy one which comprises of questions based on reasoning, quantitative aptitude, and English language. The exam for Tier II is given by all the candidates that are selected in Tier I. The level of difficulty for Tier II exam is quite high which includes questions on general awareness, computer knowledge and professional knowledge apart from aptitude. The candidates clearing both Tier I and Tier II are called for the final interview. In 2012 IBPS started conducting interviews for the banks. This way banks would just recruit candidates on the basis of merit list given by IBPS which was easier than conducting interviews at their venue and it also brought efficiency to the whole recruitment process. In the interview, the candidate is assessed on the basis of basic skills such as knowledge about banking. The interview includes questions based on Indian Politics, Computer Awareness, Sports, Current Affairs etc.

After the interview, a merit list is generated with the candidates who successfully cleared all the phases. These candidates are then posted to different banks based on their choices and number of vacancies.

The exams for the units in IBPS are:

  • CWE PO/MT for the position of Probationary Officer or Management Trainee
  • CWE SO for Specialist Officer Positions
  • CWE Clerk for Clerical positions.
  • CWE RRB officer for the selection of officers & office assistants to Regional Rural Banks

IBPS PO:

IBPS PO CWE exam is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection for the post of Probationary Officer in various public sector banks. A Probationary Officer is like a trainee in banks before the candidates permanence to the Bank. This exam is one the most popular exams in India where around 7,50,000 candidates appear for the online test conducted by IBPS. Each year about 25000 posts is filled by IBPS in public sector banks for PO post. The whole selection process is done in 3 phases. Phase 1 and Phase 2 are online tests – Preliminary and Mains. Both exams are objective based . The final selection is based on personal interview.

The IBPS PO – Preliminary exam pattern is:

Topic No of Questions Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
English Language 30 30
Reasoning 35 35
Total 100 100

The time-duration of Preliminary exam is 60 minutes. Each question is asked for 1 mark Negative marking is applicable. For each incorrect answer, 0.25 marks is deducted. The unmarked question is not included in negative marking. Those who are selected in the PO exam are called for Mains. The selection is based on cutoffs decided by IBPS.

The IBPS PO – Mains exam pattern is:

Topic No. of questions Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English or Hindi language 40 40
Reasoning 50 50
General Awareness 40 40
Computer Knowledge 20 20
Total 200 200

The duration of exam is 120 minutes. Each question carrying one mark and negative marking is applicable for every wrong answer.

IBPS SO:

The IBPS Specialist Officer exam is conducted for recruitment of  multiple positions in various cadres which are I.T Officer(Scale-I), Agriculture Field Officer(Scale-I), Law Officer(Scale-I), HR/Personnel Officer(Scale I), Marketing Officer(Scale-I), Rajbhasa Adhikari(Scale-I), I.T. Officer(Scale-II), Law Officer(Scale-II), Chartered Accountant (Scale-II) and Manager Credit(Scale-II)/Finance Executive(Scale-II).

The eligibility criteria based on qualification for IBPS SO:

  • Law Officer: Graduated with a degree in Law(LLB)
  • Agriculture Officer: Graduated in Agriculture/Horticulture/Agro
  • Officer: Graduate/Post Graduate degree in IT/CSE/Telecommunication(B.Tech/M.Tech)
  • Officer: Graduate/Postgraduate in Social Work/ Labor Law/ H.R./HRD
  • Marketing Officer: Post Graduate with a master degree in Marketing (MBA)

The IBPS SO selection process takes place with Common Entrance Examination followed by Interview. On the basis of combined result of the two, the final selection of the candidate is done.

The exam pattern for IBPS SO IT Officer, Marketing Officer, Agriculture Field Officer and HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I) is:

Topic No. of Questions Marks
Reasoning 50 50
English language 25 25
Professional know. 75 75
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Total 200 200

The duration of the exam is 120 minutes. Each question carries one mark and negative marking is also applicable i.e., 0.25 mark deducted for each wrong answer.

Important dates for IBPS SO exams are:

S. No. Process/Event Dates
1 Online Registration candidates November – December
3 Admit Cards available for Download January
4 IBPS SO CWE Exam Dates End of January
5 IBPS SO CWE Exam Result Declaration End of February
6 IBPS SO Interview Admit Card Download March
7 IBPS Specialist Officer Interview End of March
8 IBPS SO Provisional Allotment date April

After the announcement of results the candidates are recruited to different banks.

IBPS Clerk:

The IBPS Clerk CWE is conducted for the Clerical position in various public sector banks. The selection procedure is conducted in three phases. First, two phases are objective based online tests.

The final phase is a personal interview. Only those candidates who have cleared the Mains are selected for the Interview round.

The exam pattern for IBPS Clerk – Preliminary Examination is:

Topic No. of Questions Marks
English Language 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 35 35
Reasoning Ability 35 35
Total 100 100

The duration of the exam is 60 minutes. Each question carrying one mark each and negative marking for wrong answer i.e., 0.25 mark. No negative marking for unmarked questions.

The exam pattern for IBPS Clerk – Mains Examination is:

Topic No. of Questions Marks
Reasoning 40 40
English Language 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 40
General Awareness 40 40
Total 200 200

The duration of exam is 120 minutes. Each question carrying one mark each and negative marking for wrong answer i.e., 0.25 mark. No negative marking for unmarked questions.

Candidates clearing the Mains are called for Interview rounds. The final allotment is done after the interview.

Important Dates for IBPS Clerk 2016

S.No. Process/Event Dates
1. Online Registration by Candidates August 2016
2. IBPS Clerk Preliminary Online Examination 26 & 27 November, 03 & 04 December
3. IBPS Clerk Main Online Examination 31 December 2016 & 01 January 2017

IBPS RRB(Regional Rural Bank):

IBPS RRB is conducted for recruitment of post of Group “A”- Officers (Scale – I, II and III) and Group “B” – Office Assistant (Multipurpose) in the rural regional banks across the country.

RRBs are Regional Rural Banks which are basically local level banking administrations functioning in different states of the country. RRBs provide banking facilities to rural and semi-urban areas.

There are multiple posts for IBPS RRB are Officer Scale-I , Scale-II & Scale-III. The positions offered are I.T. Officer, Chartered Accountant, Law Officer, Agriculture Officer and Marketing Officer. Clerks are also recruited through IBPS RRB. The examination dates for IBPS RRB are communicated on their official website.

The exam pattern for Office Assistant (Multipurpose), Officer Scale-I, Officer Scale-II (General banking Officer) and Officer Scale-III is:

Topic No. of Questions Marks
Reasoning 40 40
English Language 40 40
Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 40
General Awareness 40 40
Total 200 200

The duration of exam is 120 minutes. Each question carrying one mark each and negative marking for wrong answer i.e., 0.25 mark. No negative marking for unmarked questions.

The exam pattern for Officer Scale-II (Specialist Cadre) is:

It includes 6 sections comprising of 240 questions carrying Total 200 marks. The duration of exam is 150 minutes i.e., 2 hours 30 minutes. Negative marking for wrong answer i.e., 0.25 mark. No negative marking for unmarked questions.

Important dates for IBPS RRB are

S.No. Process/Events Dates
1 On -line registration by candidates  July 2016
3 Download of call letters for Preliminary Examination Training for Officer Scale-I  August 2016
4 Conduct of Preliminary Examination Training for Officer Scale –I August 2016
5 Download of call letters for Preliminary Examination Training for Office Assistant August 2016
6 Conduct of Preliminary Examination Training for Office Assistant August to September 2016
7 Download of call letters for online examination After August 2016
8 Online Examination September 2016
9 Announcement of Result October 2016
10 Download of call letters for interview November 2016
11 Interview November/December 2016
12 Provisional Allotment January 2017

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Updated: December 29, 2016 — 6:11 pm
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