IBPS Online Clerk Exam – Easy but Long [Candidates Speak]

The 1st IBPS Online Common Examination for clerk posts in 20 public sector banks was held on Nov 27, 2011.Since the test had gone online, Institute of banking Personnel Selection decided to conduct the exam in batches – Dec 15, 16, 22 & 23.So how did the candidates perform?Based on the first reactions of candidates here is a review of IBPS clerk cwe 2012.


Applicants had a taste of the testing platform beforehand through a mock test made available at the time of downloading call letters.In addition, the list of documents to carry was also published in advance.


‘It was Easy’ 

Many candidates who took the test on Dec 15 agreed the paper was easy & every section was answerable.

“The initial feedback from our students are positive.Since the pattern was similar to previous year, preparations were also inline”, said a banking exams trainer from Orissa.

One of our FB fan shared his views - “I would rate the paper somewhere between easy to moderate difficulty.I felt little awkward to click answers on the computer at first but got used to it.Questions were from expected subjects only”


He did share a piece of advice for fellow aspirants – Never touch any keys on the keyboard.It can lock down your system.So be careful. 


Lack of Time:

Unlike previous year the pattern of IBPS clerical CWE is slightly changed.The total number of questions was reduced to 200 & duration of 2 hours.But still many citied

shortage of time.

According to Sameer, the difficult part was to look at the question on monitor, solve it on paper & then choose the right answer in computer.

Some of the main causes that led to increase in time,

  • The concept of online test was new for some & had to spend time in knowing its options.
  • Need to perform rough work in separate sheet
  • Reasoning & Numerical ability section had few tricky questions
  • Not moving to the next question, if any answer is not known

Hence time management is required.Inspite of all these shortcomings, majority seemed to have attended atleast 160 questions!!


Lessons to learn:

Based on these experiences, here are some important tips to those appearing for online CWE in the coming weeks.

  • First start answering Computers & GK sections.They are generally easy & carry 80 marks of total.
  • Start with a section that you are confident rather than breaking your head with a tough problem.
  • Try to attend atleast 35-38 questions in each test with 98% accuracy, so you don't lose out to competition.
  • Do not leave an entire section unanswered – you have to secure minimum cut-off in each section to qualify for common interviews.
  • Remember about negative marks as well & use calculative risk approach incase of doubt. 

For others waiting to enter the exam hall: Don't get nervous!

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