How to prepare for Bank Exams – Common Written Examination (CWE)


In India Banking sector is growing sector and job opportunities in this sector is increasing day by day. In both sector either it is Government or Private; candidates have opportunity to get jobs in banking. Candidates after 10+2 of any stream can take up banking as their career but graduates specialized in Commerce, Mathematics or Economics or post graduates MBA holders, Chartered Accountants and Chartered Financial Analysts get more preference in the banking field. In banking opportunity are not only for those who are from commerce background but everyone have opportunity to join banking sector. Banking has huge demand for marketing, admin and backhand office staff and every year many opening available to candidates.

Every year new bank enter in this field and creating more job opportunities in India. As we all well aware Indian economy is growing economy in whole world so there are good business opportunities for Banking in country. Many big business houses investing in banking sector to grab this opportunity. These are huge investment coming in banking, insurance and other financial sectors. For the beginners this is an important step towards understanding the global economy, discovering the challenges of the global market and identifying themselves with a career that provides them with wonderful opportunities both within the country and overseas. A good banking or financial network is backbone for any economy because it helps to build strong financial flow system but also creating good opportunities for jobs as well.

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This article aim is to provide you knowledge about the opportunities in banking scoter and how to grab it. After 10+2 candidates can prepare for banking competition exams and get opportunity to get government sector. In India every year millions of candidate participate in banking competition exams and these candidate prepare for these exams from long times. Even now there are many of the universities and B-schools like the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance provide specialized courses in Banking and Finance and the eligibility criteria will vary depending on the courses.  There are many diploma courses offer practical insights into the subjects of Banking & Finance and give candidates an exposure to the operational processes of the modern banking environment. These institutes also offer courses for candidates who are preparing banking competition exams after 10+2.

These days, many private banks also conducting their own written exam to hiring candidates but these exams are different from public sector banks. But in case of public sector banks the hiring are done on the basis of a common competitive exam conducted separately for different positions. If you are a student of B.Com then you can get job opportunity as a sales executive for loans, mortgages and insurance or collection or backhand operations with any of the leading banks. There are all-round demands for bank professionals have made public sector, foreign and multinational banks. These banks are recruiting more and more MBA graduates, CAs and CFAs to enhance their efficiency. Candidates have opportunities to enter in different segment of banking sectors as per their availabilities.

Positions available for Public Bank Recruitment
1) Probationary Officers (PO)
2) Clerk
3) Specialist Officers (S O)

To get opportunity on these level candidate have to participate in the recruitment exams conducted for the above mentioned posts is graduation passed from any recognized colleges or universities of India. These are entry level posts which are offered by banks where candidate didn’t need any specialization but only have t clear the exam. The Indian Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) is the main authority who is responsible for organizing and conducting the bank recruitment exams on PAN India bases. Common Written Examination (CWE) are conducted by IBPS on state level and country level for selection of candidates. But State Bank of India (SBI), conduct their owned entry exam which is separately from Common Written Examination (CWE). Candidate can see upcoming Common Written Examination (CWE) for other nationlise banks recruitment on official website of Indian Banking Personnel Selection i.e These all exams are conducted under IBPS supervision to shortlist applicants in the banks functioning under the public sector in adherence to the Banking Regulations Act, 1949. These exams are conducted twice in a year and candidates can get intimation/ notification about these through official website and official advertisement.

How to prepare for Common Written Examination (CWE)?

These exams are related to reasoning and mental ability of candidates. The Common Written Examination contains all the questions related to the testing of reasoning and mental ability of a person. For preparation of Common Written Examination candidates have to get good knowledge about general English, current affairs, Banking Knowledge etc. There are many bank preparation books are available in market which candidate use to prepare for Common Written Examination. Best part is if candidate start to prepare for Common Written Examination during his/ her studies. To get quality these exams candidate have to give sufficient time to prepare for Common Written Examination during their studies. Many or candidates start the preparation after 10+2, join some courses start to get coaching from specified institutes which is also a good idea.

Main Sections in the exam
1) General English and Banking Knowledge
2) Quantitative Aptitude and Numerical Ability
3) Computer Knowledge
4) Reasoning

 Many candidates refer old exams question papers also to get better idea about the Common Written Examination. Many coaching institutes also referring old exams question papers during prepare for Common Written Examination. Better part is if candidates start to prepare for Common Written Examination during his or her studies period because it help them to get higher education as well and same time they prepare for Common Written Examination. To qualify the Common Written Examination you need commitment and zeal to qualify the Common Written Examination. If you put a aim to get banking job them you have to work hard to qualify these exams because these Competitive examinations are entirely different from regular semester or term end examinations conducted in schools and colleges. In Common Written Examination it can be found that more than 60 to 70 percent of the questions are found to be from economics, finance, insurance, capital market and banking which may be difficult to answer unless the student has per hand knowledge on the above subjects. To score better marks candidate have good general awareness, knowledge about various banking/insurance/mutual fund terms. To prepare Common Written Examination candidate have to refers good quality book and start to work on old exam paper at home which help him/ her to attend maximum questions during exam. Candidate attends as much as old exam paper which help them to met the time limit.

To qualify Common Written Examination (CWE) candidate have to work hard and give as much as time to his/ her exam preparations. He/ She should be give regular time for preparation of Common Written Examination during their studies and refers old exam paper as much as they can. To qualify Common Written Examination, “Timing” is more important to attend maximum questions and get good marks which you met by getting more and more practice at you home.

The Common Written Examination (CWE) will be for 120 minutes and this is how the question paper is usually structured during exam:


50 marks

Quantitative Aptitude

50 marks

English Language

40 marks

General Awareness

40 marks

Computer Knowledge

20 mark


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