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Online Examination Pattern for CWE Clerk Exam 2012-2013

Dec 4, 2012 13:35 IST

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) declared to hold the Combined Written Examination (CWE) for recruitment to Clerical Cadre in Public Sector Banks online. However, the examination pattern will be similar -- Multiple Choice Objective Type.


The 200 mark online examination will have five papers on Reasoning, English Language, Numerical Ability, General Awareness with special reference to the Banking Industry, and Computer Knowledge. Each paper will have 40 questions of one mark each. Candidates will be given two hours to answer these 200 questions.


Date of examination:

  • 15 December 2012
  • 16 December 2012
  • 26 December 2012
  • 27 December 2012


Sr. No.

Name of the Test

No. of Ques.

Max. Marks

Time Allotted





Composite Time of 120 minutes


English Language




Numerical Ability




General Awareness with special

reference to the Banking Industry




Computer Knowledge







This test to check candidate’s thinking abilities. It contains questions of various kinds, like problems in the form of figures, designs and drawings. These may be of three types: Analogies, Classification and 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 classification, the Problem Figures are also the Answer Figures. In such problems, there are five figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Out of these five figures, 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 are called Answer Figures. They are indicated by numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. 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”?

Note that there can be questions with five Problem Figures in the series type of questions.



The test is aimed at assessing the candidates’ English language. The English language ability would be tested through questions on grammar, vocabulary, sentence completion, synonyms, antonyms, comprehension of a passage, etc.



This test is to measure how fast and accurate a candidate is in dealing with numbers.



This test is designed to measure candidates’ awareness about the past and present events, socio economic developments as well as awareness about developments in the Banking Industry etc.



This test is designed to assess a candidates’ computer knowledge.


Candidates would be required to qualify in each test as per cut-off marks determined. They will have to secure a minimum standard score on each of the tests as well as on the Total Weight-age Score to be declared successful.


NEGATIVE MARKING: For each question answered incorrectly, one-fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. Candidates’ should therefore be careful while marking the answers.


Details about On-line Test Pattern:

  • On start of the examination, candidates would be allotted a system and provided with a User ID and Password. The candidate would be required to log in using this User ID and Password.
  • After logging in, the instructions would be dispalyed on the screen. Candidates are advised to read the instructions carefully. After reading the instructions, candidate should ‘check’ (click) the box at the bottom of the screen to indicate that he has read the instructions, after which the ‘I am ready to begin’ button is activated.
  • On clicking the ‘I am ready to begin’ button the actual test time will begin.
  • There are 200 questions of one mark each—total 200 marks. Only one question will be displayed at a time. Each question will be followed by 5 alternatives / options numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • In order to answer a question, the candidate has to ‘mouse click’ the option he / she thinks is appropriate / correct. The alternative which has been clicked on will be highlighted and shall be treated as the answer given by the candidate for the question.
  • After selecting an answer for a question, candidate should click on the ‘SAVE & NEXT’ button to save his answer and proceed to the next question. Note that without clicking on ‘Save & Next’ button the answer selected for a question will not be saved.
  • A candidate can deselect his / her answer for a particular question by clicking on the ‘CLEAR RESPONSE’ button provided against each question.
  • In case a candidate wants to skip a particular question and return to it later, then he/she should note down the question number on the sheet provided.
  • If a candidate wishes to review the answer for a particular question later, then he/ she should click on the ‘MARK FOR REVIEW & NEXT’ button. In case an answer has been selected for a particular question which has been marked as ‘MARK FOR REVIEW & NEXT’, the answer marked will be taken for final evaluation.
  • In case a candidate does not wish to attempt the question then he/ she should not click on any option for that question.
  • The question numbers of attempted and unattempted questions are shown to the right of the screen. A candidate can navigate between questions by clicking on the question number. Candidate can click on any of the question number to view that question, in order to attempt / revise his / her answer to the question.
  • Each question number will be displayed in a particular colour depending on the status of the question: White : Not visited : Question has not been viewed/ attempted

Red : Not Answered : Question has been viewed but not answered

Green : Answered : Question has been answered

Violet : Marked : Question has been marked for review later

  • When a candidate clicks on a particular question, it takes some time for the question to appear. The time lost is not deducted from the total time allotted for the test. 
  • Candidates are not permitted to submit their answers before the entire test time i.e 120 minutes is over.
  • A candidate can only change his/ her answer before clicking the ‘Submit’ button.
  • After the expiry of the exam duration, candidates will not be able to attempt any question or check their answers.
  • On expiry of the examination duration, candidate’s answers would be automatically saved by the computer system even if he has not clicked the ‘Submit’ button.
  • All questions except those on English Language will be available both in Hindi and in English. In order to change the language, candidate should click on the ‘view in’ drop down box and select the desired language.
  • Under no circumstances should a candidate click on any of the ‘keyboard keys’ once the exam starts as this will lock the exam

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