Examination has been approved by each of the 19 participating Public Sector Banks and the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) with the consent of Government of India. The Common Written Examination or CWE for Clerical Cadre posts will be conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) twice in a year.

The Syllabus for the Clerical Cadre exam is as mentioned below:

S. N. Test Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning 50 50 150 minutes
2 English Language 50 50
3 Numerical Ability 50 50
4 General Awareness (with special reference to banking industry) 50 50
5 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.

Penalty for Wrong Answers: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.

Syllabus: The syllabus for Bank Clerk Exams is similar to that of Bank PO Exam, only difference is the level of questions. While in Bank PO exam the difficulty level of the questions are higher, in Bank Clerk, questions are quite simple and straight forward, most of the time.

The CWE (Common Written Examination) is divided into 5 segments. These sections are

I. Reasoning

II. Quantitative aptitude

III. English

IV. General Awareness

V. Computer knowledge

They syllabus for each of these sections is given below

IBPS BANK PO Quantitative Aptitude syllabus

No. of questions: 40

Weightage: 50

Majorly, this section will have questions from the following topics.

1. Number Systems 11. Average & Ages
2. Number series 12. ratio and proportion
3. HCF & LCM 13. Profit & loss
4. Approximation wrong number 14. Simple and compound interests
5. Decimal Fractions 15. Time and work,
6. Square and cube roots 16. Mensuration
7. Simplifications 17. Permutation and Combination
8. Partnership 18. Probability
9. Percentage 19. Data interpretation
10. Ratio and proportions 20. Pie charts, line graphs, bar graphs and mixed graphs

Syllabus for English Language

No. of questions: 40

Weightage: 40 marks

Majorly, this section will have questions from the following topics.

1. Phrase substation 5. Choosing the appropriate filler
2. Double blanks in a sentence 6. Synonyms and antonyms
3. Phrase substitution, ordering and jumbled sentences 7. Reconstruction of sentence and passage, one word substitution
4. Fill in the banks, close tests, idioms 8. Comprehension and misspelled words


No. of questions: 40

Weightage: 50 marks

Majorly, this section will have questions from the following topics.

1. Alphabet Test 9. Numbers, ranking and time sequence
2. Verbal Reasoning 10. Cause and effects, analytical reasoning, sitting arrangement, direction sense test
3. Mathematical operation test 11. Puzzles,
4. Series test 12. statement and conclusions, Statement and assumptions, statement and arguments
5. Analogy 13. Assertions and reasoning
6. Odd man out, classification, syllogism 14. Figure series
7. Coding-decoding 15. Word formation series
8. Blood relations

Computer knowledge syllabus

No. of Questions: 40

Weightage: 20 marks

Majorly, this section will have questions from the following topics.

1. Basic knowledge of computer (OS and Office)
2. Software and hardware questions
3. Basic knowledge of internet and networking

General Awareness syllabus

No. of Questions: 40

Weightage: 40 marks

Majorly, in this section questions are asked on general awareness and current affairs which are mostly focus on banking. As per the nature of the subject, questions can come in any form and from anywhere.