Nothing is like working in a bank! You may ask “WHY”? The answer for this question lies in the next few points:
- It is a respectable job
- Its 9AM to 6PM job with good salary and perks (believe me this factor plays a very big role. If you get a decent salary in a corporate job, you will be working like a slave or else you will not earn that much
- You can live a healthy work life as well as a healthy personal life thereby maintaining a work like balance which is really necessary these days
- You will enjoy a normal social life by daily meeting new people from every walk of life and also, you will be able to spend your time with your family and relatives
- Depending upon a public sector bank or a private sector one, you will get additional benefits in various sectors
If you agree with above points, this site is the right place for you.
Important Tips to Crack IBPS Exam in 2013
What is IBPS?
Getting a job in a bank at various positions is accomplished by clearing IBPS CWE Exam. Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is an autonomous body, which selects officers and clerks for Indian banks. It is compulsory to write CWE exam to join any of the 21 public sector banks, co-operative banks and regional rural banks.
The Governing Board of IBPS consists of reputed individuals from RBI, Ministry of Finance, NIBM, public sector banks, insurance domain and academics. These people have years of experience and are well versed with the skills that are required to perform really well in their respective sectors.
IBPS exams are conducted at various places all over the country for thousands of candidates.
List of exams conducted by IBPS
IBPS conducted exams for 4 different cadres, once every six months however, IBPS started conducting exams for PO and Clerk once a year. These exams test the candidates on various capabilities and aspects. Below is the list of exams:
- Common Written Exam (CWE) for the post of Specialist Officers
- Common Written Exam (CWE) for the post of Probation Officer (PO) or Management Trainee (MT)
- Common Written Exam (CWE) for the post of Clerks
- Common Written Exam (CWE) for RRB recruitments for various posts
List of banks that consider IBPS CWE
As per IBPS, 21 public sector banks, 22 co-operative banks, 11 private banks and 62 regional rural banks accept CWE. Click here to view the complete list.
Eligibility Criteria for IBPS
A candidate must be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan Refugee and migrated Indian descent. This is to make sure that the person is of the aforesaid nationalities and hence, is eligible to work in the banks listed for the exam.
Age & Qualification:
Eligibility Criteria for CWE changed recently and it varies for various CWE exams and post for which you want to appear.
For PO, minimum age is 20 years and maximum age is 30 years and a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification is required.
For Clerical CWE, age ranges from 20 years – 28 years and a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification is required.
There is a criteria for age relaxation for schedule cast, schedule tribe, other backward classes, widows, persons with disability, employees of any of the participating bank, candidate for Jammu and Kashmir, persons affected from by 1984 riots and ex-servicemen.
Online CWE exam is objective in nature and comprises of Reasoning, English Language, Numeric Ability, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge.
Descriptive paper of English Composition is compulsory for PO examination. For RRB and Specialist Officers, Quantitative Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Professional Knowledge are also tested.
CWE Calculation of Marks
Objective test questions comprise a penalty for each incorrect answer. The final score, after deducting marks from incorrect answers is standardized by linear conversion method.
The final scores, known as Total Weighted Standardized Scores (TWSS), are based on a cut-off method that is available at IBPS website for viewing. Selected candidates are called for Common Interview (CI) and based on that, the final merit list is prepared. Candidates have to clear the minimum cut-off marks in order to get a call for the interview. Candidate should qualify both CWE and CI for being called by the participating banks for appointment for the vacancies.
How to Prepare for the Exam
The preparation part is the most important part to get selected in CWE. You need to understand one thing, which is “There is no shortcut to success”. Following is a list of schedule which you can follow and will help you clearing the exam in the first attempt:
- First step is to ask yourself: “Are you motivated enough to take the bull by its horns?”. If yes, keep on reading
- Gather resources and study material
- Create a schedule for yourself
- Stick to the schedule – This is most important
- Focus on each topic
- Read a national newspaper for general awareness
- Put extra effort on your weak areas
- You should know what not to read as reading irrelevant material will waste your time and energy
- Solve mock question papers and time them. It will improve your efficiency
- While writing mock exam or actual one, do not waste time on one question, it wastes time and will bring down your confidence
- Attempt as many questions as possible
- Do not forget about interview as it carries same importance as the written examination
- Participate in mock interview sessions or join a good coaching class
- Do not take stress
- Take care of your health
- Eat light food and take proper rest and sleep
- Start your day with some meditation and plan what you want to achieve on that day. It is a simple practice and will help you life long
Team IBPS Exam wishes “All the Best” to all the candidates appearing for IBPS CWE!
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