IBPS Clerk CWE 2015 Exam Syllabus & Question Paper Pattern

IBPS Clerk CWE 2015

What is IBPS?

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an autonomous agency in India, which started its operation in 1975 as Personnel Selection Services.

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.

IBPS Clerk CWE (Common Written Exam) is now mandatory for anyone who seeks an employment in 20 public sector and 88 Regional Rural banks (RRB’s) given below:

Participating Organisations:

Allahabad Bank Canara Bank Indian Bank Syndicate Bank
Andhra Bank Central Bank of India Indian Overseas Bank UCO Bank
Bank of Baroda Corporation Bank Oriental Bank of Commerce Union Bank of India
Bank of India Dena Bank Punjab National Bank United Bank of India
Bank of Maharashtra ECGC Punjab & Sind Bank Vijaya Bank
Bharatiya Mahila Bank IDBI Bank Any other bank or financial institution

Click here to view complete list of participating banks.

Who should apply for IBPS Clerk CWE-V 2015?

Those candidates who aspire to join any of the Participating Organisations as a Clerk or in a similar post in that cadre, is required to register for the Common Recruitment Process (Clerk CWE-V 2015).

Candidates who appear and are short-listed in the examination, will subsequently be called for a Common Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and co-ordinated by the Nodal Bank with the help of IBPS.


IBPS Clerk 2015 Eligibility

Candidates seeking to give IBPS CWE must fulfil following eligibility criteria:

Educational Qualification:
Any Graduation degree (regular) in any discipline from a University recognised by the Govt. Of India.

Minimum: 20 years, Maximum: 28 years

Age relaxation:

For SC/ST candidates 5 years
For OBC (Non-Creamy layer) candidates 3 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
Ex-Servicemen,  Commissioned  Officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers  (ECOs)/  Short  Service  Commissioned  Officers  (SSCOs) 5 years
Persons ordinarily domiciled in the Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu &Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 5 years
Widows Divorced women and women legally separated from their husbands who have not remarried. 9 years
Regular employees of the Union Carbide Factory, Bhopal retrenched from service (Applicable to Madhya Pradesh state only) 5 years


IBPS Clerk 2015 Main Exam Syllabus

Click on the subject’s tab to view it’s syllabus:

Quantitative Aptitude

Total of 40 Questions carrying 40 Marks. Each Question carries 1 mark.

Topic No. of Questions Expected
HCF & LCM, Number series, Problems based on numbers, Decimal fractions, Square root and cube root, Simplifications 5-7
Number Systems 3
Partnerships, Percentage, Ratio and proportions, Average & Ages Ratio & Proportion 4-6
Profit & Loss 2
Mixtures & Alligations 1-2
Profit & Loss, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Surds & Indices 1- 2
Work & Time, Pipes & Cisterns 2
Time & Distance 2
Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere 1-2
Sequence & Series 5
Permutation, Combination & Probability 3-5
Data Interpretation (Pie charts, Bar graphs, Line graphs, Mixed graphs) 15


Total of 40 Questions carrying 40 Marks. Each Question carries 1 mark.

Topic No. of Questions Expected
Seating Arrangement 10
Tabulation 5
Logical Reasoning 5-10
Syllogism 5
Blood Relations 5
Input Output 0-5
Coding Decoding 5
Alphanumeric Series 0-5
Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test 0-5
Data Sufficiency 0-5
Coded Inequalities 5
Puzzle 5-7

Computer Knowledge

Total of 40 Questions carrying 40 Marks. Each Question carries 1 mark.

Module No. Details
1 Number System
2 History of Computers
3 Hardware
4 Software
5 Database (introduction)
6 Communication (Basic Introduction)
7 Networking (LAN, WAN)
8 Internet (Concept, History, working environment, Application)
9 Security Tools, Virus, Hacker
10 MS Windows & MS Office
11 Logic Gates

English Language

Total of 40 Questions carrying 40 Marks. Each Question carries 1 mark.

Topic Expected Number of Questions
Reading Comprehension 10
Cloze Test 10
Fill in the blanks 0-5
Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting 0-5
Paragraph Complete/ Sentence Correction 5
Para jumbles 5
Miscellaneous 5


Total of 40 Questions carrying 40 Marks. Each Question carries 1 mark.

Current Affairs 

This would primarily focus on all news based items from various fields like sports, awards, summits, new appointments, obituaries, Indian Defence, etc.

Banking Awareness

  • Monetary & Credit Policies who decides, basis of change and its relation with Inflation and other related issues & Inflation (Types) CRR/ SLR/ Repo/ Re-Repo/Bank Rate etc.
  • Indian Financial System– Overview of Financial Markets (Money Market, Capital Market, Forex Market, and Credit Market), Financial Intermediaries involved (like investment bankers, underwriters, stock exchanges, registrars, depositories, custodians, portfolio managers, mutual funds, primary dealers, Authorized dealers, self-regulatory organizations, etc. Also read important committees and its recommendations.
  • Budget Basics and Current Union Budget –Discussion of Budget related terminologies like GDP, Fiscal Deficit, Various kinds of taxes, Government revenue model and spending etc. and discussion on Union Budget 2014. Also major pointers for Rail Budget and Economic Survey to be read.
  • History of Indian Banking Industry -(Pre Independence, Post-Independence, Nationalization), Structure of Indian Banking, Types of Banks (Scheduled, Co-operatives), categorization of Bank (Pvt, PSU, Foreign), NHB, SIDBI, EXIM, NABARD, IDBI its role etc. and concept of NBFC.
  • Government Schemes –All important schemes for ex. Bharat Nirman, Swavlamban, Swabhiman , All schemes discussed in budget – the details like when was it introduced, important facts related to same, budgetary allocation etc.
  • International Organisations/ Financial Institutions –IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN related agencies, recent development in them members heads etc functions, recent loans given by them to India or any country in the world where Crisis is going on.
  • Capital Market & Money Market –Concept, Types of Instruments they deal in like (1. Call/Notice Money 2. Treasury Bills 3. Term Money, 4. Certificate of Deposit 5. Commercial Papers or Capital Market Instruments like equity Shares, preference shares, or Debt segment like Debentures etc also talk about Stock Exchanges in India and world.
  • Regulatory Bodies like – RBI, (RBI History/ Functions/ Roles/) SEBI, IRDA, PFRDA, FSDC, FMC etc. its role functions and fact based details
  • Abbreviations and Economic terminologies -Frequently discussed in newspaper.
  • Other important concepts like – BASEL, Micro Finance, Base Rate, Negotiable Instruments, Credit Rating Agencies, Financial Inclusions, Teaser Rates, GAAR, Priority Sector Lending and all other important concepts.

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How to approach & crack IBPS Clerk 2015 Exam?


IBPS Clerk New Recruitment Process

IBPS has made a complete change in the recruitment process which will evident effective from the new session 2015-2016. IBPS has also declared tentative dates of CWE for PO/MT-V & Clerical Cadre.

CWE will now be held in two tier i.e. Tier-I and Tier-II. Tier I will be an easier exam and more number of candidates will be qualified in this stage. Difficulty level in tier II will be high. The candidates who will qualify these two stages of CWE will be called for the interview.

Tier I exams will be of qualifying nature and its score will not be added while preparing for final merit list. Only Tier II marks and Interview score will be considered for the preparation of final merit list.

Tier II exam will include bio-metric identification i.e. at the time of entering the exam hall, you will be required to undergo bio-metric identification – i.e. scanning of your thumb impression etc. Same scanning will happen at the time of interview stage and at the time of joining the bank.

The whole process will ensure that only the genuine, deserving and all rounded person gets the selection. There are still issues which are being faced by IBPS. One of the issue is – impersonation i.e. someone other than the real candidate (who will actually join the bank) gives the exams/interview on behalf of real candidates.

Up till now, the candidates were called directly for the interview after clearing a single CWE held for PO/MT & Clerical Cadre.

IBPS Clerk 2015 Exam Schedule:

RRB CWE- IV: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 September 2015

Tier-I Exam: 3, 4, 10, 11, 31 October 2015
Tier-II Exam: 31st October 2015

CWE Clerk-V
Tier-I Exam: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 December 2015
Tier-II Exam: 3rd January 2016

CWE Specialist-V: 30, 31 January 2016


IBPS Clerk CWE-IV 2014 Exam Pattern

  1. Mode of Examination: ONLINE mode only.
  2. The tests except the Test of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e. English and Hindi.
  3. Exam duration: 2 hours
  4. Structure of Examination:
Section Name of Tests Maximum Marks
1 Reasoning 40
2 English Language 40
3 Quantitative Aptitude 40
4 General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Industry) 40
5 Computer Knowlege 40
Total 200

Marking Scheme/Negative Marking Scheme/Penalty for wrong answer:

For each right answer: 1 mark will be awarded.
For each wrong answer: 0.25 marks will deducted.
If a question is not answered:  No awards-No deduction of marks

Cut-off Marks/Minimum marks required in each section & Total :

Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each test and also a minimum total score to be considered to be shortlisted for interview. Depending on the number of vacancies available, cutoffs will be decided and candidates will be shortlisted for interview.

Previous Year’s Cut-off Marks for IBPS Clerk CWE:

Section-wise Cut-off (Approximation):

Subject Maximum Marks OBC/SC/ST/PwD General
Quantitative Aptitude 40 4-6 7-10
Reasoning 40 6-8 10-12
English Language 40 6-9 8-13
General Awareness 40 7-10 9-11
Computer Knowledge 40 9-12 10-13

IBPS Clerk Cut-off varies from state to state. Click here to view IBPS Clerk CWE state wise cut off (2013).


IBPS Clerk CWE-V 2015 Results

The result of CWE for IBPS PO/MT-V 2015 can be viewed on http://www.ibps.in/. The candidates will receive the e-mail & test message for the same.

Candidates who appeared and are shortlisted in the examination, will subsequently be called for a Common Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and co-ordinated by the Nodal Bank with the help of IBPS.


For more details, Click here.

For IBPS PO New CWE Syllabus & Question Paper Pattern, Click here.

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