Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS)

What is IBPS?

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an autonomous agency in India, which started its operation in 1975 ( post the nationalization of Banks) 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. Before 2011, all the public sector banks used to conduct their individual exams for recruitment of Probationary Officer's( P.Os) and clerks. This meant that students had to keep track of all the different banks exams and also appear in multiple tests every year. However, In 2011, IBPS announced a common written examination (CWE) for the selection Officers and Clerks in Indian banks, and thereby changed the scene of Banking recruitment in India. Now, students have to just take one exam to be eligible for recruitment in any of the participating public sector bank. IBPS CWE is now mandatory for anyone who seeks an employment in 20 public sector and Regional Rural banks. IBPS periodically accepts the exam applications from the candidates at their website www.ibps.in, and the exams are organized at various locations in the country either in online or offline mode.

Note: SBI conducts its own recruitment exam and does not consider IBPS CWE.

What are the different exams conducted by IBPS?

·         CWE PO/MT for the position of Probationary Officer or Management Trainee.

·         CWE Clerk for Clerical positions.

·         Specialist Officer for specialist officer positions. 

·         RRB officer. For the selection of officers & office assistants to Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) governed by NABARD.

Note: As per latest modifications [3] PO & Clerk will be conducted by IBPS once a year. 

How are candidates selected by IBPS?

The IBPS recruitment process is divided into two rounds.

Round 1: In the First round students have to appear in an online Common Written Test.

Round 2: Students who clear the first round are invited for a common interview conducted by IBPS. 

The final list of candidates is generated by IBPS after assessing the composite score of the written test and the common interview.

What is generally asked in the IBPS C.W.E

The IBPS C.W.E , whether it is for P.O, clerical or RRB, generally includes questions from the following areas:

·         Mathematics: School level mathematics( up to 10th std).

·         Reasoning: Puzzle based questions, logical Reasoning, Non-verbal reasoning, blood relations etc.

·         English: Reading Comprehension, grammar, word meaning, jumbled sentences.

·         General Awareness: current affairs, Banking awareness, static g.k etc

Computer Awareness: Basics of computers and Internet.