P.O./ Clerical Exam Pattern

Patterns of the Banking Recruitment Exams:

Both P.O. and clerical recruitments comprise at least two stages of exams, viz. a written test, and an interview. The written test normally comprises an objective type test and a descriptive test (only for PO). The interview is normally a personal interview or sometimes, a combination of group discussion and personal interview. 

Bank PO Exams: The test areas in the objective type test of P.O. exam include tests from amongst Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, English language, Marketing Aptitude and Computer Knowledge. The Descriptive Writing Test is to check the proficiency of the student in English Language. It would consist of a test on English Composition comprising Letter Writing, Essay Writing, Precis Writing etc 

Pattern of the IBPS Bank PO CWE : 

Structure of Examination (ONLINE): 

The below tests, except the Test of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e.English and Hindi. 

(a) Pattern of Exam: 

S.No

Name of Obj Test

Max Marks

Duration

1

Reasoning

50

2 hours

2

English Language

40

3

Quantitative Aptitude

50

4

General Awareness( with special ref to Banking Industry)

40

5

Computer Knowledge

20

 

TOTAL

200

 

(b) Negative Marking - 1/4th or 0.25 marks assigned to the question will be deducted. 

(c) Cutoff Score: Each candidate will have to secure a minimum standard score in each of the tests as well as on the Total Weighted Standard Score to be called for interview 

(d) Interview: Candidates who have been shortlisted CWE PO/MT-III will subsequently be called for an Interview to be conducted by the Participating Organisations. 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 www.ibps.in 

(e) Interview Marks : The total marks allotted for Interview are 100. The minimum qualifying marks in interview is 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates). The weightage (ratio) of CWE (exam) and interview will be 80:20. 

(f) Final Selection : The combined final scores of candidates shall be arrived at on the basis of scores obtained by the candidates in CWE PO/MT-III and Interview. A candidate should qualify both in the CWE and interview to be shortlisted for subsequent allotment process 

Pattern of SBI/SBI Associate Banks PO Exam : The SBI and Associate Banks of SBI conduct separate written test for the selection process and will not consider the CWE score. 

The details of the written test are as follows 
The written test consists of Objective Paper and Descriptive Paper 

Objective Paper: 200 Questions to be answered in 120 Minutes; Maximum Marks: 200 
Descriptive Paper (Essay, Precis, Letter Writing etc): Duration - 60 Minutes; Maximum Marks: 50
Negative Marking: There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Test. 

The following is the break up of the test areas that are asked in SBI / Associate Banks of SBI PO examination 
1. Reasoning Ability – 50 Questions
2. Data Analysis and Interpretation – 50 Questions
3.General English – 50 Questions
4.General Awareness/Marketing/Computers – 50 Questions

Final Selection will be made based on the performance in the written test, Group Discussion and Interview taken together. 

Bank Clerical Exams: The test areas in the objective type test of the clerical exam include tests from amongst Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, English language, Marketing Aptitude and Computer Knowledge. There is no descriptive test in clerical exam. 

Pattern of the IBPS Bank Clerical CWE : The written test consists of Objective Paper only. 

Structure of Examination(ONLINE): 

The below tests except the Test of English Language will be available bilingually, i.e.English and Hindi. 

(a) Pattern of Exam:

S.No

Name of Obj Test

No. of Questions

Max Marks

Total Time

1

Reasoning

40

40

2 hours

2

English Language

40

40

3

Numerical Ability

40

40

4

General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry

40

40

5

Computer Knowledge

40

40

 

TOTAL

200

200

 

(b) Negative Marking - 1/4th or 0.25 marks assigned to the question will be deducted. 

(c) Cutoff Score: Each candidate will have to secure a minimum standard score in each of the tests as well as on the Total Weighted Standard Score to be called for interview 

Pattern of SBI/SBI Associate Banks Clerical Exam : The SBI and Associate Banks of SBI conduct separate written test for the selection process and will not consider the CWE score. The details of the written test are as follows 

The written test consists of Objective Paper only. 
Objective Paper: 200 Questions to be answered in 135 Minutes; Maximum Marks: 200
Negative Marking: There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Test. 

The following is the break up of the test areas that are asked in SBI / Associate Banks of SBI clerical examination 
1 Reasoning Ability – 40 Questions 
2.Quantitative Aptitude – 40 Questions 
3.General English – 40 Questions 
4.Marketing/Computers – 40 Questions 
5.General Awareness – 40 Questions 

Final Selection will be made based on the performance in the written test and Interview taken together.