Tuesday, August 23, 2011

IBPS- Common Written Exam for Recruitment in Clercial Cadre in 19 Public Sector Banks

Notice for Registration


Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
Email: clerk@ibps.in

With Indian Banking on the threshold of vast expansion, there is a huge demand for banking personnel with challenging career prospects. Here is a unique opportunity for aspirants for bank jobs at the entry level in 19 Public Sector Banks through a Single Common Examination

A Common Written Examination (CWE) will be conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) as a pre-requisite for selection of personnel for Clerical cadre posts in the Public Sector Banks mentioned below.

This system of Common Examination for recruitment of Clerks has been approved by each of the 19 participating Public Sector Banks and the Managing Committee of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) with the consent of the Government of India.

IBPS, an autonomous body, has been authorised by IBA and has received a mandatefrom the 19 Public Sector Banks listed below to conduct the Common Written Examination. The CWE for Clerical Cadre posts will be conducted twice a year by IBPS.

Allahabad Bank
Indian Overseas Bank
Andhra Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Bank of Baroda 
Punjab National Bank
Bank of India Punjab & Sind Bank
Bank of Maharashtra
Syndicate Bank
Canara Bank 
UCO Bank
Central Bank of India 
Union Bank of India
Corporation Bank 
United Bank of India
Dena Bank
Vijaya Bank
Indian Bank

Start date for Online Registration 25.08.2011
Payment of Application Fees/ Intimation Charges 24.08.2011 to 23.09.2011
(both dates inclusive)
Last date for Online Registration 24.09.2011
Last date for Editing Application Details 26.09.2011
Download of Call letter for Written Examination After 11.11.2011
Written Examination 27.11.2011

Please note that candidates will not be permitted to appear for the Common Written
Examination without the following documents:
(1) Call Letter
(2) Original fee payment receipt (fee payment challan/ NEFT Receipt/ e-receipt)
(3) Original photo-identity proof (specified)
(4) Photocopy of photo-identity proof

Any individual who aspires to join any of the above Public Sector Banks as a Clerk or in
a post in that cadre, will necessarily be required to take the CWE. Prospective candidates
who wish to appear for the CWE will have to apply to IBPS and should carefully read
the advertisement regarding eligibility criteria, online registration process, pattern of
examination, issuance of call letters and score cards.

Candidates who appear for the CWE will be able to check their status after the
examination. Scorecards will be issued to candidates who secure minimum qualifying
marks and above in each test of the examination.

2It should, however, be noted that successful candidates in the CWE who have been
issued scorecards and who meet the stipulated eligibility criteria are then required to
apply to any of the participating banks they wish to as and when individual banks call
for applications, quoting their personal details and their CWE scores. Each bank will
then individually shortlist candidates and carry out their own selection processes such as
Interviews etc. for final selection.

Each participating Public Sector Bank will independently issue a separate recruitment
notification, specifying their vacancies and stipulating the eligibility criteria in terms of
age, educational qualification, proficiency in Official Language of the State/UT for
which vacancies he wishes to apply, experience (if any), minimum required level of
IBPS score in each test and on Total Score (if any) etc.

Since clerical cadre recruitment would be on State-wise basis, candidates can apply
for vacancies in one State/ UT only. It will therefore be necessary that candidates appear
for examination in one of the centres of a particular State/UT where they would like to
apply for emaployment i.e. they have to appear for the examination from a centre for
that particular State/UT as mentioned in Annexure I. The candidate may also be required
to possess proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT for which vacancies he
wishes to apply to be eligible as per the notifications of the Participating Banks.

B. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA (as on 01.08.2011)

Prospective Candidates should ensure that they fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria
specified by IBPS before applying for the Common Written Examination (CWE):
Please note that the eligibility criteria specified herein are the basic criteria for
applying to various Public Sector Banks. However merely applying for CWE/
appearing for and qualifying in the examination does not imply that a candidate
will necessarily be eligible for employment in all or any of the 19 Public Sector
Banks as each Bank will stipulate its own eligibility/ qualifying criteria.

I. Nationality / Citizenship:
A candidate must be either -
(i) a Citizen of India or
(ii) a subject of Nepal or
(iii) a subject of Bhutan or
(iv) a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the
intention of permanently settling in India or
(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka,
East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania
(formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and
Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India,
provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a
person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of

II Age (As on 01.08.2011):
Minimum: 18 Years Maximum: 28 Years
The maximum age limit specified is applicable to General Category candidates.

Written Examination Structure:-
Name of Tests (Objective) No. of
Total Time
1 Test of Reasoning 50 50
150 minutes
2 Test of English Language 50 50
3 Test of Numerical Ability 50 50
4 Test of General Awareness with
special reference to Banking Industry
50 50
5 Test of Computer Knowledge 50 50
Total 250 250
The above tests except the Test of English Language will be printed bilingually, i.e.
English and Hindi.
Other detailed information regarding the written examination will be given in an
Information Handout, on IBPS website which will be made available for the
candidates to download along with the call letters.
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 the total of the penalty for a test is in fraction, the marks obtained will be
rounded off to the nearest integer, i.e. if fraction exceeds by 0.50 or more, it will be
rounded off to next higher integer. If for any question a candidate gives more than one
answer, it will be treated as wrong even if one of the given answers happens to be right
and there will be the same penalty of 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question
deducted as penalty. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate,
there will be no penalty for that question.
The corrected scores obtained by each of the candidates will further be converted into
standardized scores following Linear Conversion Method.
Each candidate will have to secure a minimum standardized score in each of the tests to
qualify in the written examination and to be considered for vacancies in the participating
banks. The cut-off points will be decided based on the average (Average – ¼ Standard
Deviation for General category candidates and Average – ¾ Standard Deviation for
Reserved Category candidates).
IBPS will print the Score Cards for each of the qualifying candidates only and will send
the same by Registered/ Speed post to each candidate at the correspondence address
specified in his/ her online application.
Score Cards issued by IBPS will be valid for one year from the date of issue of the Score
Card. Candidates can appear in subsequent examination(s) to enhance their scores if they
so desire.

(i) The written examination will be conducted in venues across many centres in
India. The list of Written Examination centres is available in Annexure I.
Candidates have to appear for the examination from a centre in the
particular State/ UT for which vacancy he/she intends applying for.
(ii) IBPS, however, reserves the right to cancel any of the Examination Centres and/
or add some other Centres, depending upon the response, administrative
feasibility, etc.
(iii) As far as possible candidates will be allotted to a centre of his/her choice
however IBPS also reserves the right to allot the candidate to any of the Centre
other than the one he/she has opted for.
(iv) Candidate will appear in the written examination from a Examination Centre at
his/her own risks and expenses and IBPS will not be responsible for any injury or
losses etc. of any nature.
(v) No request for change of centre for Written Examination shall be entertained.

It is proposed to impart Pre-Examination Training to a limited number of
candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes/ Minority
Communities/ ExServicemen/ Persons With Disabilities at some centers viz.
Agartala, Agra, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Allahabad, Aurangabad, Balasore,
Bareilly, Bhubaneshwar, Behrampur (Ganjam), Bhopal, Bengaluru, Chandigarh,
Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Dhanbad, Gulbarga, Gorakhpur, Guwahati,
Hyderabad, Hubli, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Karnal,
Kavaratti, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai,
Muzaffarpur, Mysore, Nagpur, New Delhi, Panaji (Goa), Patiala, Patna, Port
Blair, Puducherry, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shimla,
Siliguri, Shillong, Thiruchirapalli, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Varanasi,
Vadodara, Vijaywada and Vishakhapatnam .

All eligible candidates who wish to avail of Pre-Examination Training should fill
in the relevant column in the ON-LINE APPLICATION. While IBPS will
provide the training free of cost, all expenses regarding traveling, boarding,
lodging etc. will have to be borne by the candidate for attending the preexamination
training programme at the designated Centers. IBPS, also, reserves
the right to cancel any of the Pre- Examination Training Centres and/ or add
some other Centres, depending upon the response, administrative feasibility, etc.
Merely attending Pre-Examination Training does not necessarily imply a
candidate’s right to be selected in any of the 19 participating Public Sector Bnaks


Candidates can apply online only from 25.08.2011 to 24.09.2011 and no other mode
of application will be accepted.
Pre-Requisites for Applying Online
Before applying online, candidates should
(i) scan their photograph and signature ensuring that both the photograph and
signature are within the required specifications as given in Annexure II.
(ii) keep the application fee/ intimation charges remittance details (Transaction
details such as Transaction No., Branch Name & Code etc.) ready in case of
Offline Payment i.e. CBS/ NEFT / Keep the necessary details/documents
ready if desired to make online payment of the requisite application fee/
intimation charges.
(iii) have a valid personal email ID, which should be kept active till the declaration of
results of this round of CWE. IBPS may send call letters for Pre-Examination
Training, Written Examination etc. through the registered e-mail ID. Under no
circumstances, a candidate should share/mention e-mail ID to / of any other
person. In case a candidate does not have a valid personal e-mail ID, he/she
should create his/her new e-mail ID before applying on-line and must maintain
that email account.
Application Fees/ Intimation Charges (Payable from 24.08.2011 and 23.09.2011
both dates inclusive)
- Rs. 50/- for SC/ST/PWD/EXSM candidates.
- Rs.350/- for all others
Transaction charges for Offline/ Online Payment of fees/ intimation charges will have to
be borne by the candidate
Mode of Payment
Candidates have the option of:
(1) ONLINE MODE of payment of requisite fees / intimation charges
(2) OFFLINE MODE of payment of requisite fees/ intimation charges
(i) payment of fees / intimation charges through CBS branches of the following
6 Public Sector Banks
Bank of Baroda (Account No. 03970200001597),
Bank of India (Account No. 005120110000777),
Central Bank of India (Account No. 3135147199),
Indian Overseas Bank (Account No. 143502000000850),
Punjab National Bank (Account No. 3985002100046381),
United Bank of India (Account No. 0284053402005)
(ii) payment of fees/ intimation charges through NEFT at branches of other 13
Public Sector Banks
(1) Payment of fees/ intimation charges via the ONLINE MODE
(i) The application form is integrated with the payment gateway and the payment
process can be completed by following the instructions.
(ii) The payment can be made by using only Master/ Visa Debit or Credit cards or
Internet Banking by providing information as asked on the screen.
(iii) On successful completion of the transaction, an e-receipt will be generated.
(iv)Candidates are required to take a print of the e-receipt which will have to be
submitted with the Call Letter at the time of written examination.
· After submitting your payment information in the online application form, please wait for the
intimation from the server, DO NOT press Back or Refresh button in order to avoid double
·   For Credit Card users: All prices are listed in Indian Rupee. If you use a non-Indian credit card, your
bank will convert to your local currency based on prevailing exchange rates.
· To ensure the security of your data, please close the browser window once your transaction is
(2) OFFLINE MODE (at counters of specified Bank branches):
(i) payment of fee/ intimation charges through CBS branches of the following 6
Public Sector Banks
Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Central Bank of India, Indian Overseas
Bank, Punjab National Bank, United Bank of India
- A Format of the fee payment challan(CBS Challan) will be made available on
IBPS website. Candidates are first required to take a printout of the fee payment
challan from IBPS website and indicate the particular Bank in which they wish to
pay fees/ intimation charges.
- Candidates are required to fill in the fee payment challan for any of the above Banks
with details such as Name, Date of Birth, Contact No., Category, Post Applied for,
Amount deposited, Depositing Branch Name and City etc.
- Candidates can then make payment of the requisite fee/ intimation charges in any
branch of the abovementioned Banks.
- Collect the candidate’s copy of the Fee Payment Challan from the Branch. Please
check that the challan is properly signed and the details of Transaction Number,
Branch Name and DP Code Number, Deposit Date have been noted in the challan by
the Branch authorities.
Candidates are required to submit the original fee payment challan along with the
Call Letter at the time of written examination.
(ii) Payment of Fees/ intimation charges through NEFT in any of the
remaining 13 Public Sector Banks (PSBs)
- Candidates are required to fill the NEFT receipt(Format available on IBPS website)
as required by the Bank with beneficiary details as follows.
Name of the Account : IBPS CWE- Clerical Cadre- 2011
Account Number : 005120110000778
Payee Bank : Bank of India
IFSC Code : BKID0000051
- Candidates can then make payment of the requisite fee / intimation charges.
- The NEFT payment receipt must be collected from the Bank where payment has
been made.
- Candidates should check that the receipt is properly signed and the details of NEFT
UTR NO., IFSC code of the sending Bank branch, Name of the sending Bank, City
name, Deposit date, Amount etc. are noted in the NEFT Payment Receipt by the
Branch authorities.
Candidates are required to submit the original NEFT receipt along with the Call
Letter at the time of written examination
Filling in the Online Application
Please note that all the particulars mentioned in the online application including
Name of the Candidate, Category, Date of birth, Address, Email ID, Centre of
Examination etc. will be considered as final and no modifications will be allowed
after the last date specified for Editing/ Updating the same. Candidates are hence
requested to fill in the online application form with the utmost care as no
correspondence regarding change of details will be entertained.
(1) Candidates are first required to go to the IBPS’s website www.ibps.in and click on
the Home Page to open the link “Common Written Examination (CLERKS)”
(2) Candidate is now ready to apply Online by clicking on the option “CLICK HERE
open up the On-Line Application Form.
(3) In case candidates are remitting their application fees/ intimation charges
(offline) through CBS/ NEFT, candidates will have to enter their basic details
including fee payment details and upload the photograph and signature in the
online application form. However in case of payment through ONLINE
Payment Mode the Application Format will consist of an additional page.
(4) Candidates are required to upload their photograph and signature as per the
specifications given in the Guidelines for Scanning and Upload of Photograph
and Signature (Annexure II).
(5) Candidates should carefully fill in the details in the On-Line Application at the
appropriate places very carefully and click on the “SUBMIT” button at the end of
the On-Line Application format. Before pressing the “SUBMIT” button, candidates
are advised to verify every particular filled in the application. The name of the
candidate or his /her father/husband etc. should be spelt correctly in the application
as it appears in the certificates/mark sheets. Any change/alteration found may
disqualify the candidature.
(6) After upload of photograph and signature, in case of candidates who have paid the
requisite application fee/ intimation charges through CBS/ NEFT, a Registration
Number and Password will be generated. Candidates should note their Registration
Number and Password for future reference.
In case candidates wish to pay fees/ intimation charges through the online payment
gateway after the upload of photograph and signature an additional page of the
application form is displayed wherein candidates may follow the instructions and fill
in the requisite details.
If the online transaction has been successfully completed a Registration Number and
Password will be generated. Candidates should note their Registration Number and
Password for future reference.
If the online transaction has not been successfully completed then the following
message is displayed ‘Your online transaction was unsuccessful. Please register
again’ Candidates may then revisit the ‘Apply Online’ link and fill in their
application details again.
(7) After applying on-line, the candidate should immediately take a printout of the
system generated on-line application form, ensure the particulars filled in are
accurate and retain it for future reference. They should not send this print out to
the IBPS.
(8) No acknowledgment will be given for online registration. However a Registration
Number and Password will be generated and an email/ sms intimation will be sent to
the candidate’s email ID/ Mobile Number specified in the online application form.
If candidates do not receive the email and sms intimations at the email ID/
Mobile number specified by them, they may consider that their online
application has not been successfully registered.
(9) An online application which is incomplete in any respect such as without the
photograph and signature uploaded in the online application form will not be
considered valid.
(10) Request for change/correction in any particulars in the Application Form
shall not be entertained under any circumstances AFTER THE LAST DATE
FOR Editing/ Updating application details specified. IBPS will not be
responsible for any consequences arising out of furnishing of incorrect and
incomplete details in the application or omission to provide the required details
in the application form.
(11) Candidates are advised in their own interest to apply on-line much before the
closing date and not to wait till the last date for depositing the fee/ intimation
charges to avoid the possibility of disconnection/inability/failure to log on the
IBPS’s website on account of heavy load on internet/website jam.
(12) IBPS does not assume any responsibility for the candidates not being able to
submit their applications within the last date on account of the aforesaid
reasons or for any other reason beyond the control of the IBPS.
(13) Please note that the above procedure is the only valid procedure for applying.
No other mode of application or incomplete steps would be accepted and such
applications would be rejected.
(14) Any information submitted by an applicant in his/ her application will bind the
candidate personally and if found to be false shall be liable for prosecution apart
from consequences in civil law as may be deemed requisite.
Note: There is a provision to modify the submitted Online Application. Candidates
are requested to make use of this facility to correct their details in the Online
Application if any. This modification facility will be available up to 26.09.2011.
After this date, no modification will be permitted. Candidates should take utmost
care while filling in the Online Application. Please note that no modification in fee
payment details will be permitted for candidates who pay fees/ intimation charges
through the online mode.

(1) Candidates have to submit the original fee payment receipt (e-receipt/ fee payment
challan/ NEFT payment Receipt) and the written examination call letter at the time of
written examination.
(2) Before applying for the CWE for Clerical Cadre posts in the 19 participating Public
Sector Banks, the candidate should ensure that he/she fulfils the eligibility and other
norms mentioned in this advertisement. Candidates are therefore to carefully read this
advertisement and follow all the instructions given for submitting online application.
(3) IBPS would be free to reject any application, at any stage of the process, if the candidate
is found ineligible as per the stipulated eligibility criteria. Decision of the IBPS in all
matters regarding eligibility of the candidate, the stages at which such scrutiny of
eligibility is to be undertaken, qualifications and other eligibility norms, the documents
to be produced for the purpose of the conduct of Written Examination etc. and any other
matter relating to the CWE will be final and binding on the candidate. No
correspondence or personal enquiries shall be entertained by the IBPS in this behalf.
(4) Not more than one application should be submitted by any candidate. Multiple
Applications/Registrations will be summarily rejected and the application fee/ intimation
charges forfeited.
(5) Online applications once registered will not be allowed to be withdrawn and/or the
application fee/ intimation charges once paid will not be refunded nor be held in reserve
for any other examination.
(6) Any resulting dispute arising out of this advertisement including the recruitment
process shall be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the Courts situated at Mumbai.
(7) No candidate is permitted to use or have possession of Calculators, Mobile Phones,
Pagers or any other instruments/ electronic devices in the Examination Hall.
(8) Canvassing in any form will be a disqualification.
(9) In case it is detected at any stage that a candidate does not fulfill the eligibility norms
and/or that he/she has furnished any incorrect/false information/certificate/documents or
has suppressed any material fact(s), his/her candidature will stand cancelled. If any of
these shortcomings is/are detected even after appointment in a Bank, his/her services are
liable to be terminated.
(10) Any request for change of address will not be entertained.
(11) In case any dispute arises on account of interpretation of version other than English,
English version available on IBPS website will prevail.
(12) A Candidate’s admission to the examination is strictly provisional. The mere fact that
the call letter has been issued to the candidate does not imply that his/ her candidature
has been finally cleared by the IBPS.
(13) Candidates should ensure that the signatures appended by them in all the places viz. in
their call letter, attendance sheet etc. and in all correspondences with the IBPS/ Bank in
future should be identical and there should be no variation of any kind.

The date of the Written Examination has been tentatively fixed for 27.11.2011 (Sunday).
However, the date of Examination shall be intimated in the Call Letter along with the
Centre/Venue address.
All eligible candidates should download their call letter and Information Handout from
the IBPS’s website www.ibps.in by entering his / her details registration Number and
Password/Date of Birth, after 11.11.2011. No hard copy of the call letter/ Information
Handout will be sent by post.
Candidates have to bring their call letter along with Original Fee Payment Receipt
(e-receipt/ fee payment challan/ NEFT payment Receipt) and their photo identity
proof in original as well as a photocopy while attending the written examination
and will have to submit Original Fee Payment Receipt (e-receipt/ fee payment
challan/ NEFT payment Receipt) and photocopy of the photo identity proof
along with Examination Call Letter.
Identity Verification
In the examination hall, the call letter along with the Original Fee Payment Receipt (ereceipt/
fee payment challan/ NEFT payment Receipt) and a self attested photocopy of
the candidate’s photo identity such as PAN Card/ Passport/ Driver’s Licence/ Voter’s
Card/ Bank Passbook with photograph/ Photo identity proof issued by a Gazzetted
Officer/ People’s Representative along with a photograph should be submitted to the
invigilator for verification. The candidate’s identity will be verified with respect to
his/her details on the call letter and in the Attendance List. If identity of the candidate
is in doubt the candidate may not be allowed to appear for the Written
This advertisement is also available on IBPS’s website address www.ibps.in
Candidates are advised to remain in touch with IBPS’s website for any information
which may be put for further guidance.
Decision of the IBPS in respect of all matters pertaining to this examination would be
final and binding on all candidates.

Helpdesk No. : 1860 345 0112 
(Option 5 : For IBPS - Common Written Exam)

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