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About Bank PO/Clerical


Banking has come a long way since it was first imagined by the Medicis of medieval Europe. Today, it is one of the most sought after career choice among the students, especially in India. Bank jobs, especially public sector bank jobs, are secure and pay well. India as witnessed a proliferation of private and multinational banks in the last decade necessitating public sector banks to change the way they operate for the better today, the growth of the Indian banking industry is being fuelled by the growth of sectors such as retail, healthcare, hospitality, software , education etc. Further, the increase in the competition has led to the launch of innovative products by various banks and led to banks increasing the scope of their operations from merely lending and accepting money deposits to investment advice, trading in gold, share trading/depository services, insurance etc.


Careers in banking


As banking sector continues to grow, the variety of jobs offered in banking continues to increase. Public sector banks attract manpower from all streams. These banks do not differentiate on the basis of the undergraduate qualification of the prospective employees. Banks offer opportunities in several functions from clerical to managerial roles. Some of the common jobs in a bank are sales, day to day bank operations, audit, field officers, legal officers, technical officers etc. These roles are available either in the clerical cadre or in the managerial cadre. Generally the entry to clerical roles is through CWE clerical and the entry to managerial roles is through Common written exam for probationary officers.

About banking exams

CWE – Clerical

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join any of the Public Sector Banks listed below as a Clerk or in a similar post in that cadre, is required to clear the Common Written Examination (CWE). Candidates who qualify in CWE Clerk-II, will subsequently be called for a Common Interview to be co-ordinated by IBPS. Candidates, successful in qualifying in both the CWE and Common Interview will be listed in the order of merit. Depending on the vacancies in each bank of his preference, candidate will receive through a computerised system an offer from one of the Participating Public Sector Banks.


Eligibility Criteria

Candidates, intending to appear for CWE should ensure that they fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria specified by IBPS before applying for the Common Written Examination (CWE):

  • Nationality / Citizenship:

    A candidate must be either -
    • a citizen of India or
    • a subject of Nepal or
    • a subject of Bhutan or
    • a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerl Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India, provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) & (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
  • Age (As on 01.10.2012):
    • Minimum: 20 Years
    • Maximum: 28 Years


Educational Qualifications

Degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.


  • Computer literacy:
    Operating and working knowledge in computer systems is mandatory i.e. candidates should have Certificate/Diploma/Degree in computer operations/Language/ should have studied Computer / Information Technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute
  • CWE:PO

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