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Exam Pattern


Both P.O. and clerical recruitment’s comprise tier I (pre), tier II (main) exams, viz. the written test, and an interview. The written test normally comprises an objective type test and followed by a personal interview.

Bank PO Exams: The test areas in the objective type test of P.O. exam include tests from among-st Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, English language and Computer Knowledge.

Pattern of the IBPS Bank PO CWE : Structure of Examination (ONLINE): The below tests will be conducted in both the languages i.e. English and Hindi.

I. Pattern of Exam


S.No Name of Paper 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

II. Negative Marking


1/4th or 0.25 marks assigned to the question will be deducted.

III. 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.

IV. 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

V. 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.

VI. 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 the IBPS Bank Clerical CWE :

The written test consists of Objective Paper only.

I. 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 Quantitative Aptitude 40 40
4 General Awareness( with special ref to Banking Industry) 40 40
5 Computer Knowledge 40 40
Total 200 200

II. Negative Marking


1/4th or 0.25 marks assigned to the question will be deducted.

III. 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 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, Précis, 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 breakup of the test areas that are asked in SBI / Associate Banks of SBI PO examination.

  • Reasoning Ability – 50 Questions
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation – 50 Questions
  • General English – 50 Questions
  • 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.

Pattern of SBI/SBI Associate Banks Clerical Exam


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.

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 breakup of the test areas that are asked in SBI / Associate Banks of SBI clerical examination.

  • Reasoning Ability – 40 Questions
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 40 Questions
  • General English – 40 Questions
  • Marketing/Computers – 40 Questions
  • General Awareness – 40 Questions

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

Staff Selection Commission Syllabus

SYLLABUS – Prelims (4 sections of 50 marks each, Total time -2 hrs)

General Intelligence & Reasoning


It would include questions of both verbal and non-verbal type. This component may include questions on analogies, similarities and differences, space visualization, spatial orientation, problem solving, analysis, judgement, decision making, visual memory, discrimination, observation, relationship concepts, arithmetical reasoning and figural classification, arithmetic number series, non-verbal series, coding and decoding, statement conclusion, syllogistic reasoning etc. The topics are, Semantic Analogy, Symbolic/Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Semantic Classification, Symbolic/Number Classification, Figural Classification, Semantic Series, Number Series, Figural Series, Problem Solving, Word Building, Coding & de-coding, Numerical Operations, symbolic Operations, Trends, Space Orientation, Space Visualization, Venn Diagrams, Drawing inferences, Punched
hole/pattern –folding & un-folding, Figural Pattern – folding and completion, Indexing, Address matching, Date & city matching, Classification of centre codes/roll numbers, Small & Capital letters/numbers coding, decoding and classification, Embedded Figures, Critical thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Other sub-topics, if any.

General Awareness


Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidates general awareness of the environment around him and its application to society. Questions will also be designed to test knowledge of current events and of such matters of every day observations and experience in their scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person. The test will also include questions relating to India and its neighbouring countries especially pertaining History, Culture, Geography, Economic Scene, General Policy & Scientific Research.

Quantitative Aptitude


The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be computation of whole numbers, decimals ,fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion,Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle,
common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons , Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

English Comprehension


Candidates’ ability to understand correct English, his basic comprehension and writing ability, etc. would be tested. The questions in Posts A,B & D will be of a level commensurate with the Essential Qualification prescribed for the post viz graduation and questions in Part C will be of 10+2 level.

SYLLABUS FOR TIER-II OF THE EXAMINATION : (2 sections , Total time-2hours for each section)

Paper-I : Quantitative Ability (100 marks)


The questions will be designed to test the ability of appropriate use of numbers and number sense of the candidate. The scope of the test will be the computation of whole numbers, decimals ,fractions and relationships between numbers, Percentage. Ratio & Proportion,Square roots, Averages, Interest, Profit and Loss, Discount, Partnership Business, Mixture and Alligation, Time and distance, Time & Work, Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds, Graphs of Linear Equations, Triangle and its various kinds of centres, Congruence and similarity of triangles, Circle and its chords, tangents, angles subtended by chords of a circle, common tangents to two or more circles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals, Regular Polygons , Circle, Right Prism, Right Circular Cone, Right Circular Cylinder, Sphere, Hemispheres, Rectangular Parallelepiped, Regular Right Pyramid with triangular or square base, Trigonometric ratio, Degree and Radian Measures, Standard Identities, Complementary angles, Heights and Distances, Histogram, Frequency polygon, Bar diagram & Pie chart.

Paper-II


English Language & Comprehsion (200 marks): Questions in this components will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding and knowledge of English Language and will be based on spot the error, fill in the blanks, synonyms, antonyms, spelling/detecting mis-spelt words, idioms & phrases, one word substitution, improvement of sentences,
active/passive voice of verbs, conversion into direct/indirect narration, shuffling of sentence parts, shuffling of sentences in a passage, cloze passage & comprehension passage.

PERSONALITY TEST/INTERVIEW

For posts for which Interview cum Personality Test is prescribed, the Personality Test/ interview will carry a maximum of 100 marks.

SSC 10+2 Level Examination

SSC holds a Combined All India Open Examination for recruitment to the posts of Data Entry Operator and Lower Division Clerk for which 12th Standard Pass or equivalent is the minimum qualification. The Examination comprises of a Written Objective Type Examination followed by Data Entry Skill Test / Typing Test.