• 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 holds a Common Written Examination (CWE) each year for recruiting candidates for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) in nationalised banks.

2 What does it do?

  • At present, IBPS conducts CWE on behalf of 21 nationalised banks. The job of IBPS is to conduct the exam as a prerequisite for selecting candidates for the post of Probationary Officers.
  • Up till 2012, the group discussion and personal interview rounds were conducted separately by the participating banks. But now, IBPS conducts a common interview for all candidates at different locations; and then prepares a final merit list.
  • IBPS does not announce the cut off marks (that vary from state to state depending on vacancies), until the entire CWE process and interview is completed.
  • Apart from the post of PO, the CWE also selects candidates for recruitment to posts such as clerical assistant, IT, law, engineering, marketing professionals, officers and office assistants to Regional Rural Banks governed by NABARD.

3 About CWE (PO)

  • The basic eligibility criteria makes it mandatory for the candidate to be a graduate in any field from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.
  • The age of the candidate should be between 20 – 30 years. The upper age limit is extendible for reserved categories.
  • One of the toughest exams in India, IBPS CWE has a selection ratio of 1 out of 1000. The exam is conducted online since 2012.
  • After the candidates register for the exam, they are provided with CWE syllabus and general instructions.

Date and venue of the exam is notified via a call letter; which can be downloaded a few days after the online registration.