Candidates who have applied for Combined Written Examination – Online (CWE-Online) for recruitment of Specialist Officers in Public Sector Banks will have to appear for an objective test, if found eligible.
The vacancies are for the post of IT Officer (Scale I and II), Agricultural Field Officer (Scale I), Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I), Law Officer (Scale I and II), Technical Officer (Scale I), HR / Personnel Officer (Scale I), Marketing Officer (Scale I), Chartered Accountant (Scale II) and Finance Executive (Scale II).
The Online written examination will have 200 Objective type questions. The online question paper will be divided into four sections and candidates will be required to qualify in each section and on aggregate to be declared successful.
The four sections are:
(i) Reasoning: This is a test to see how well a candidate can think, judge and reason. The problems will be in three forms -- figures, designs and drawings that will be classified as: 1. Analogies; 2. Classification; 3. Series;
1. Analogies: In these questions, there are two sets of figures. the ‘Problem Figures’ and the ‘Answer Figures’. The Problem Figures are presented in two units. The first unit contains two figures and the second unit contains one figure and a question mark in place of the fourth figure. You have to find out which one of the Answer Figures should be in place of the question mark.
2. Classification: In such questions, Problem Figures are also the Answer Figures. Of the five figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, four are similar in a certain way and so form a group. One figure is not like the other four. The question is which one of the figures does not belong to this group.
3. Series: In these questions, there are two sets of figures. the ‘Problem Figures’ and the ‘Answer Figures’. The four figures given first at the left are called Problem Figures. The five figures given next and indicated by numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are called Answer Figures. The four Problem Figures make a series. That means they change from left to right in a specific order. The question is “if the figures continue to change in the same order, what should the fifth figure be”?
(ii) English Language: This is a test to check candidate’s English language ability through questions on grammar, vocabulary, sentence completion, synonyms, antonyms, comprehension of a passage, etc.
(iii) General Awareness with special reference to Banking Industry Quantitative Aptitude [for Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I) and Law Officer (Scale I and II)]: This test is designed to measure candidate’s awareness about the past and present events, socio economic developments and about developments in the Banking Industry etc.
Quantitative Aptitude [for all other posts]: This test is designed to measure how fast and accurate a candidate is in dealing with numbers, viz. computation, quantitative reasoning, interpretation of tables and graphs etc.
(iv) Professional Knowledge: Questions in this test will be relevant to the respective post.
A candidate must concentrate on the these topics while preparing for the examination. Each section will have 50 questions each. While questions in Section (i) and (iii) will be of 50 marks those in Section (ii) will be of 25 marks and in Section (iv) will be of 75 marks. Thus complete test would be of maximum 200 marks.
Except for the Test of English language, all the tests will be available Bilingually i.e. in both Hindi and English.
Candidates would be given 2 Hours to answer the test.
Passing marks in each test will be decided on the basis of the performance of all the competing candidates taken together in each test subject to a minimum required level.
There is provision of negative marking for every wrong answer marked by candidates in the objective tests. There are five alternatives in every question of a test. For each question for which a wrong answer is given, one-fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. In case, a candidate selects more than one answer and one of the given answers happens to be right even then there will be the same penalty as above for that question. Marks will not be deducted, if a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given.
Time Management: Besides, as candidates would be required to attempt 200 questions in just 2 hours (120 minutes) only, i.e. they will get less than one minute per question, so, they should work on their speed also. As such, candidate should prepare for the examination in such a way that they are able to answer maximum questions correctly in minimum time possible.
When START signal for Test is given, candidates’ should not waste time in first reading all the questions. As the questions are of objective type, candidates’ should read a particular question and immediately indicate the answer. In case they find a particular question difficult, they should skip the question and answer the next question. They can attempt the skipped question at the end, if time is available.
Candidates, in their own interest, are advised to apportion the time given judiciously and not to utilise too much time on a particular test(s) at the cost of some other tests.