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IBPS PO CWE Exam Pattern & Procedure

IBPS PO 2017 Exam Pattern


The structure of the Examinations which will be conducted online are as follows:
Selection process includes three steps:
1st Step: Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) (100 Marks)
2nd Step: Main Examination (Objective Type) (200 Marks)
3rd Step: Interview (100 Marks)
Note: The preliminary exam is only qualifying in nature. The marks obtained in the preliminary examination will not be added for the selection and the marks obtained in main examination & interview will be considered only.

Preliminary Examination

Preliminary exam which will be conducted online. Preliminary exam will have objective type questions for 100 marks & 3 sections namely (1) English Language, (2) Quantitative Aptitude and (3) Reasoning Ability. The exam duration would be 1 hour. There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. If a question left blank, there will be no negative marking for that question. Preliminary exam question paper will be set in both English & Hindi language.


Sr.No.  Name of Tests  No. of Questions  Maximum Marks  Medium of Exam  Duration
1 English Language  30 30 English  Composite time of 1 Hour
2 Quantitative Aptitude  35 35 English and Hindi 
3 Reasoning Ability  35 35 English and Hindi
  Total  100 100  


Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks to be decided by IBPS.

Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for Online Main Examination.

Main Examination 

Main examination which will be conducted online. The exam duration is 2 hour. Main examination will consist of 200 objective type questions for 200 marks. The questions will be divided into five sections such as (1) Reasoning, (2) English Language, (3) Quantitative Aptitude, (4) General Awareness (Banking) and (5) Computer Knowledge. There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. If a question left blank, there will be no negative marking for that question. Main exam question paper will be set in both English & Hindi language.


Sr.No.  Name of Tests (NOT BY SEQUENCE)  No. of Questions  Maximum Marks  Medium of Exam  Time allotted for each test (Separately timed)
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude  45 60 English & Hindi  60 minutes
2 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness  40 40 English & Hindi  35 minutes
3 English Language  35 40 English  40 minutes
4 Data Analysis & Interpretation  35 60 English & Hindi  45 minutes
  TOTAL 155 200 3 hours  
5 English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)  2 25 English  30 minutes


Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary and Main examination)

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong
answer has been given by the candidate one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be
deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the
candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.


Those candidates qualify in main exam will be called for the interview round. The total marks allotted for Interview is 100 marks.

Candidates who have been shortlisted in the Main examination for CWE PO/MT-VII will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations and coordinated by the Nodal Bank in each State/ UT with the help of IBPS. Interviews will be conducted at select centres. The centre, address of the venue, time & date of Interview will be informed to the shortlisted candidates in the call letter. Candidates are required to download their interview call letters from authorised IBPS website Please note that any request regarding change in date, centre etc. of interview will not be entertained. However the conducting agencies reserve the right to change the date/ venue/ time/ centre etc. of interview or hold supplementary process for particular date / session / venue / centre / set of candidates at its discretion  under unforeseen circumstances, if any.
The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview will not be less than 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). The weightage (ratio) of CWE (Main exam) and interview will be 80:20 respectively. The combined final score of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination of CWE PO/MT-VII and Interview. Interview score of the candidates failing to secure minimum qualifying marks or otherwise barred from the interview or further process shall not be disclosed.
A candidate should qualify both in the CWE (Main) and interview and be sufficiently high in the merit to be shortlisted for subsequent provisional allotment process, details of which will be made available subsequently on authorised IBPS website.
While appearing for the Interview, the candidate should produce valid prescribed documents given below.
In the absence of documents candidature of the candidates shall be cancelled. IBPS/ Nodal Bank/ Participating organisations take no responsibility to receive/ collect any certificate/remittance/ document sent separately

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