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June 29, 2015
IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern
There has been a major change in IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern i.e. Syllabus. Prior to this year, IBPS Common Written Examination (CWE) for Probationary Officer (PO) was held in single stage – just one single exam, based on which candidates for Interview was short-listed. However, as said, now the exam pattern has changed. This article has been posted to let you know about the new Exam pattern of IBPS CWE PO 2015, so that you can prepare accordingly.

What is new in IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern?

The written exam has been made two tiers – Prelims & Mains. Both would be held on-line in IBPS designated test centers. Let us learn about the exam pattern one by one.

IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern for Prelims:

IBPS CWE PO 2015 Prelims Exam would be held for screening the candidates for the Mains exam. The marks secured in Prelims would not be carried forward for the purpose of merit list. It is thus a qualifying exam only. 

Also, it is for a shorter duration – 1 hour. The test sections are also less – Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English. Thus there would be no test section for General Awareness and Computer Knowledge. Questions are also expected to be easier in Prelims than Mains.

There are total 100 questions, each weighing 1 mark. Thus there are 100 marks in IBPS CWE PO 2015 Prelims Exam, which has to be answered in the test duration of 1 hour. You can find the IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern for Prelims in the tabular form below:

As you have to answer 100 questions in 60 minutes, for each question you can dedicate 36 second. So schedule your exam-time accordingly.

Note: There is negative marking in the Prelims exam – 0.25 mark for each wrong answer! Therefore, be wise while making guess answers!

IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern for Mains:

The Mains exam would consist of 200 question, again with 1 mark per question. The 200 mark exam would be held for a duration of 2 hour. Thus you would have again 36 seconds to answer each question.

There are five test sections: Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge. You can find the IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern for Mains in the table below which gives you section-wise number of questions and marks:
IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern for Mains

Analysis of IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern:

If you look the exam patterns closely, you would find that nothing much has changed in the IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern – for instance the Mains exam is exact replica of what was there previously in the single exam – marks, number of questions are exactly identical.
Also, in the IBPS CWE PO 2015 Prelims, the three test sections are same as that of the Mains - Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English.

So with a single preparation you can appear for both the two stages of exam. If you have been preparing for long with the exam pattern of previous years – do not worry. As you have seen, nothing much has changed!

Strategy for IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Preparation:

One thing that you should note is: there is hardly any time gap between the Prelims and Mains exam. The Prelims exam would be held from 3rd October to 11th October while Mains would be held on 31st October, 2015.

So you should prepare for the two sections - General Awareness and Computer Knowledge right from the beginning only, although these two are not there in Prelims exam. Other-wise you would not have time to prepare for these two sections.

Hope above discussion on IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern helps you in preparing for the exam easily! If you want the prep materials on this exam, please visit the article: 

Best Wishes!
June 28, 2015
IBPS CWE PO 2015 Notification & Application Form: Download Now!

IBPS CWE PO 2015 Notification & Application Form: Download Now!

IBPS CWE PO 2015 Notification
Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has just today published the IBPS CWE PO 2015 Notification. Here comes your chance to grab one of the much sought after 15,000+ Bank Probation Officer (PO) jobs in 23 Public Sector Banks all over India. The Application Form to apply for this prestigious exam would be available from 10th July, 2015. Last Date to submit the IBPS CWE PO 2015 form is 1st August, 2015. This blog article tell you in a nutshell what the notification is all about, so that you can apply for the same easily.

After applying for the same, you would naturally want to prepare for the same. For this, take help of my very popular blog post titled: IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Pattern, Papers & Books: Prep Materials. There is a major change in the pattern of exam in IBPS CWE PO 2015 - the exam will be held in two tiers - Prelims and Main. Prelims exam would be qualifying only, to select the candidates for the Mains exam. Marks of Mains exam and Interview would be counted for making the merit list. Prior to this year, IBPS CWE was held in single stages.

If you are totally new to this exam, let me tell you that IBPS is the acronym for "Institute of Banking Personnel Selection" and CWE stands for "Common Written Examination". To know more about this, please go through my introductory article: IBPS CWE - What is it? An introduction.

Download IBPS CWE PO 2015 Notification

You can click here to download the IBPS CWE PO 2015 Notification in PDF. This is the official link. If you can not download the notification because of network problem, you can also click here to download the IBPS CWE PO 2015 Notification, which I have uploaded to the Box.com site.

Eligibility to appear for IBPS CWE PO 2015

Before going to apply for this exam, you must first check whether you meet the eligibility requirements. Required eligibility on age and academic qualification for appearing in IBPS CWE PO/MT 2015 is as follows:
Age (as on 01.07.2015): 
Min: 20 Years Max: 30 years (i.e. (DOB not earlier than 02.07.1985 and not later than 01.07.1995) Age relaxations exist as per Govt. rule.
Academic Qualification Eligibility (as on 01.08.2015):
Graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government. If you are a final year student, you can also apply. But your result should be declared on or before 01.08.2015.

IBPS CWE PO 2015 Important Dates

On-line registration: 10.07.2015 to 01.08.2015.
Download of call letters: 23.09.2015 onwards
Online Examination – Preliminary: 03.10.2015, 04.10.2015 10.10.2015, 11.10.2015
Result of Online exam – Preliminary: October 2015
Call letter for Online exam Main: October 2015
Online Examination – Main: 31.10.2015
Declaration of Result – Main: November 2015
Call letters for interview: December 2015
Conduct of interview: January 2016
Provisional Allotment: April 2016

List of banks in IBPS CWE PO 2015

You can get a PO job in following banks if you qualify IBPS CWE PO 2015:
Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Bharatiya Mahila Bank, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, ECGC, IDBI Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, Syndicate Bank , UCO Bank , Union Bank of India , United Bank of India , Vijaya Bank.

Salary for Bank PO:

After you crack the IBPS Common Written Exam 2015 and than cross the hurdles of GD/Interview by the individual banks, you are absorbed as PO/MT in these PSU banks in Junior Management Grade (JMG) Scale I.

Salary offered for the Indian PSU Bank PO/MT positions is in the pay-scale of Rs.14500-600/7-18700-700/2-20100-800/7-25700. With this pay scale, initial monthly salary (compensation) including D.A., H.R.A. and C.C.A., is approximately Rs. 69,000/- at Metropolitan centres.

Does this salary interests you to appear for IBPS CWE? If yes, than read on.

IBPS CWE PO 2015 Online Application Form

You have to apply through online form for IBPS CWE 2015 exam. There is no offline form. 
Payment of fee (Rs. 100/- for SC/ST/PWD candidate & Rs.600/- for others) however can be made either online or offline. How to apply for IBPS CWE 2015 is given very clearly in section: “H. HOW TO APPLY” from page-9 of the Notification.
(The online form would be available from 10th July to 1st August, 2015)
IBPS CWE PO 2015 Online Application Form

Download IBPS CWE PO 2015 Call letter:

Subsequent to submission of the online form, you have to download your CWE 2015 call letter from IBPS website on or after 23rd September, 2015. To download the same you would need registration number (generated during online submission of IBPS CWE form) and Password/DOB. The IBPS CWE 2015 Exam call letter would be available for download in this webpage.

IBPS CWE PO 2015 Exam Centre::

You can find the state-wise list of exam centres for IBPS CWE in page-15 (Examination Centres in Annexure I) of the Notification.

Hope with above information you can apply confidently for IBPS CWE 2015 for PO/MT. Your next worry should be how to prepare for the written exam. To find the prep materials, please visit my subsequent blog article: IBPS CWE PO 2015 Prep Material - Exam Pattern, Papers & Books.
June 26, 2015
A 3 month hiatus for www.sscexamprep.in - My new baby!

A 3 month hiatus for www.sscexamprep.in - My new baby!

www.sscexamprep.inHi! How are you doing? 

It’s been a while since I last posted on this blog – 104 days to be numerically correct: the last blog article was posted on UPSC CMS Exam on 14th March! So where had I been? I know you may not want to know – but yet I want to tell you that!

I was in fact busy creating a new blog – www.sscexamprep.in. This is a blog which is meant to be a one stop resource for all the information on SSC Exams which are conducted by Staff Selection Commission. If you do not know what these exams are and would like to know about them, you can visit the introductory article: Introduction to SSC Exams. In short, they are the recruiting exams for Central Govt. Jobs.

There are tons of materials already on the net for SSC Exams. So you may ask me why I went ahead and created this blog. Am I a nut who has plenty of time and therefore wants to fritter away thus? 

SSC Exam PrepNo! Actually, while writing for the SSC Examinees in this blog (i.e. Career Quips), I found that most of the prep materials available on the net for SSC Exams are available, but scattered everywhere – you literally have to hop from site to site to collect the information you want.

In few sites, where the prep materials are presented in some cohesive manner, you do not find that they are updated with current information. Than again, where the prep materials are available, you do not get critical information like when that exam is going to be held? when would the application form be available?

Thus, while prep materials are available in some sites, the news items are available in some others!

So I thought why not make a blog which would provide all these features such as:
SSC Exam Prep Materials1.0 Provide latest information on SSC Exam:
i) Exam Notification
ii) Availability of Admit Card
iii) Declaration of Result.

2.0 Provide Prep Materials such as:
       A) Introduction about the exam:
i) Tell what the exam is all about.
ii) Show how competitive the exam is.
iii) Tell what are the cut-off marks required.
iv) Spell-out Eligibility Criteria for the exam.

B) Provide the materials for instant use:
i) Exam Prep-tips.
ii) Syllabus for the exam.
iii) Exam Pattern.
iv) Sample papers/ Previous Years exam papers.
v) Prep Books.

With this objectives, I created the blog for SSC Exam Prep Materials. The blog is in its infancy - released for the public view only from 17th May, 2015. It at present provides the information only for two exams - SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) Exam and SSC Combined Higher Secondary Level (10+2) CHSL Exam - as the notifications for only these two exams have come out recently and exams are going to be conducted soon. Information for other exams would be presented, when their notification comes out.

I honestly hope SSC Exam Prep would also receive the tremendous response you gave to Career Quips, which reached a major milestone of 15 + million page-hits. I would also like to request you to share about the blog in your social circle: Facebook, Google+ & Twitter, as some needy soul may be aspiring for a Central Govt. Job.

Wish them the very best on my behalf. Wouldn't you?
March 14, 2015
Prep materials for CMS 2015 Exam: Pattern, Papers & Books

Prep materials for CMS 2015 Exam: Pattern, Papers & Books

How to prepare for CMS 2015 Exam
This blog article has been posted as a sequel to my previous blog post tilled: UPSC CMS Exam 2015 Notification, which introduces you to Combined Medical Services (CMS) exam and how to apply for it.

This blog post intends to provide you the study materials for CMS exam – the sample papers and books for preparation of CMS exam. The syllabus for CMS exam has been posted in a separate blog article titled: CMS (Combined Medical Services) 2015 Exam syllabus.

But before that let us know the exam pattern/scheme of CMS exam.

CMS Exam Pattern:
Selection process for CMS exam consists of a 500 mark Written test, followed by a 100 mark personality test. The CMS Written test is a Computer Based Test - that is you have to answer it in computer screen. It consists of two papers, each of 250 marks and 2 hour duration.

Following table tells you clearly number of questions/marks asked in each of the test sections of both of the CMS exam papers:
CMS Exam Pattern
As you can find from above, each question in the CMS exam weighs 2.083 mark (i.e. 250 marks/120 questions). There is negative marking in CMS exam – 1/3rd of mark for each wrong answer. So your guess answers should be wise ones!

You can also find above that “General Medicine” section in Paper-I & “Gynaecology & Obstetrics” section in Paper-II bears the majority of marks – 160 each – close to 60% in each paper. So you can know from the same where to put emphasis while preparing for the CMS exam.

CMS Exam Previous Years Papers:
After knowing the pattern of CMS (Combined Medical Services) Exam, you naturally would like to find some sample/previous years papers of this exam. I had searched on the net and could locate following ACTUAL papers of Combined Medical Services Exam from 2009 to 2012.

You can click below to download these previous years papers of CMS exam:

Prep./Guide Book for CMS Exam 2015:

Guide Book to prepare for CMS Exam 2015While above sample papers can serve only as eye openers, your real preparation for CMS exam should be based on your college days knowledge combined with following guide/prep books for Combined Medical Services Exam.

These books are available in most of the bookstores, but you can also order them online by clicking the links below, from Flipkart.com which offers huge discounts up to 25%, apart from free home delivery if the order exceeds Rs 500/=.:

Comprehensive Guide to Combined Medical Services: UPSC Simplified; Author: Prakash Nayak, Rajeev Kumar; Publisher: Elsevier
Cover Price: Rs. 995/= ; List Price: Rs. 746; Discount: Rs. 249/= (25% Off)
This book has an excellent collection of last 15 years papers.

Combined Medical Services UPSC Solved 2012: (Papers 1 and 2) Author: Sunita Sahu, Rajeev Kumar
Publisher: Elsevier
Cover Price: Rs. 145/= ; List Price: Rs. 128; Discount: Rs. 17/= (11% Off)

CBS Combined Medical Services UPSC Entrance Examination; Publisher: CBS
MRP: Rs. 769; Offer Price: Rs. 569; Discount: Rs. 200 (26%)
This book has an excellent collection of more than 20 years papers. All papers are subject-wise and year-wise arranged. Answers are given below along with detailed explanations at the end.

Hope with above study materials for Combined Medical Services Exam, you can crack the exam confidently. I would be on the lookout for more preparation materials for CMS exam (the sample papers and books) and post the same as and when I spot them. So please keep visiting this blog!

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