CWE 2013 for Management Trainees and Probationary Officers

The Common Written Examination (CWE PO/MT-III) 2013 will be conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), in order to recruit for management trainees and probation officers in certain organisations (see below). CWE 2013 is tentatively scheduled to take place online in October 2013 at centres across India.

The application process also includes an interview for shortlisted candidates. Appearing for an interview or other stages of the process does not guarantee an offer of employment. The information below includes updates from IBPS' 10 July, 2013 corrigendum.


Candidates may apply to probation officer and management trainee posts in the following participating organisations:

  • Allahabad Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Bank of India
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Canara Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • Corporation Bank
  • Dena Bank
  • ECGC
  • IDBI Bank
  • Indian Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Punjab & Sind Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • United Bank of India
  • Vijaya Bank

Shortlisted candidates are allotted to only one of the participating organisations.

Important dates

  • Online registration: 22 July to 17 August, 2013
  • Online application fee/intimation charges payment: 22 July to 17 August, 2013
  • Offline application fee/intimation charges payment: 24 July to 22 August, 2013
  • Download of call letter for Pre-Examination Training (PET) for Scheduled Castes/Schedule Tribes/minority community candidates: After 25 September, 2013
  • Pre-Examination Training: 7 to 10 October, 2013
  • Download of call letter for exam: After 7 October, 2013
  • Online exam (tentative dates): 19, 20, 26 and 27 October, 2013
  • Results declared: Third or fourth week of November 2013
  • Download of call letters for interview: First week of January 2014
  • Interviews: Third week of January 2014
  • Allotment: March 2014

The schedule above is tentative, check the IBPS website ( for updates and additional information. Pre-Examination Training is free of cost.

Call letters can be downloaded from the IBPS website by entering your registration number and password/date of birth. Hard copies of the call letter or information handout are not sent by post or courier.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for recruitment, you must:

  • Have a degree in any discipline from a recognised university or equivalent.
  • Be a minimum of 20 years of age and a maximum of 30 years of age. Birth dates between 2 July, 1983 and 1 July, 1993 are acceptable. Upper age limit relaxation is in place for reserved categories candidates.
  • Meet citizenship eligibility requirements: Citizen of India, subject of Nepal or Bhutan, or person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Malawai, Zambia, Zaire, Vietnam and Ethiopia (with the intent to permanently settle in India). You must have a certificate of eligibility issued from the Government of India.

Computer literacy is not required.

Exam pattern and syllabus

Two hours are allotted in total for the written examination.

The exam pattern is listed below with the maximum marks possible for each test.

  1. Reasoning: 50
  2. English Language: 40
  3. Quantitative Aptitude: 50
  4. General Awareness (especially Banking Industry): 40
  5. Computer Knowledge: 20
  6. Total: 200

Excepting the English Language test, the tests listed above will be available in both English and Hindi.

Application procedure

You must apply for the test online at, though you may pay the fees for the test online or offline (at specified bank branches). Make sure to have the necessary documents for application ready before applying. For SC/ST/Persons with Disabilities candidates, the test fee is Rs. 100, for all other candidates the fee is Rs. 600. Make sure to take a printout of the e-receipt after completing your application.

The stages for recruitment include the CWE PO/MT-III, shortlisting of candidates through cutoff marks achieved on the exam, interview and allotment.

Qualifying marks for the interview are not less than 40 percent, or 35 percent in the case of SC/ST/Other Backward Classes/PWD candidates. The ratio of weight for the interview and CWE is 80:20. In order to continue to allotment, you must qualify through both CWE and the interview.


"Common Written Examination [CWE] for Recruitment of Probationary Officers/Management Trainees in Participating Organisations," IBPS, 1 July, 2013,
"Corrigendum," IBPS, 22 July, 2013,
"How to Apply," IBPS,
"Welcome to IBPS CWE," IBPS,

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