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Thursday, 3 October 2013


  The Second CWE PO/MT was conducted by IBPS on Sunday Jun 17, 2012. It was a paper based test. As given in the notification the Part 1 had 250 Multiple Choice questions divided into
five sections

Distribution of marks
Number Of Objective Questions
Test Areas
Maximum Marks(Objective)
Negative Marking
Duration Of Objective Test
150 minutes
Number Of Descriptive Questions
Maximum Marks(Descriptive)
Duration Of Descriptive Test
60 minutes
Total Duration Of Exam
31/2 Hours
There was a negative marking of one-fourth for every incorrect answer restricting the candidate from indulging in guess work. There was no negative marking for unanswered questions. Speed is the key as you have to attend 250 questions in 150 minutes. A student has to score a certain minimum marks in each section to clear the cut-offs even though there was no sectional timing for the first five sections.

General Awareness and banking awareness–

General Awareness topics –
Science and Technology, Economy, Important Awards & Honours, Current national and international Events, Computer Knowledge, Banking Knowledge, Commissions, Appointments, Resignations, Sport, prominent personalities and Polity.  
Questions in this component will be aimed at testing the candidate’s general awareness of the environments around him and its application to society. These questions will be such that they do not require a specific study of any discipline.
- Knowledge of current events
- Everyday observations and experience in the scientific aspect as may be expected of any educated person
- India and its neighboring countries
- Sports, History, Culture, Geography, Economy, General Polity, Indian Constitution, Scientific Research
Over 70% of the questions will be related to Economy, Banking and Finance

English Language–

English Language Topics –
General Grammar, Antonyms, Synonyms, Comprehension of a Passage, Sentence Completion and Vocabulary.

Quantitative Aptitude–

Quantitative Aptitude Topics –
decimals and fractions, whole numbers, relationship between numbers, Ratio & Proportion, HCF & LCM, Simplification, Profit & Loss, Time and Work, Percentage, Partnership, Simple Interest, Time and Distance, Compound Interest, Permutations & Combination’s, Number Series, Probability, Approximate Values, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency and so on
Reasoning Ability–

Reasoning Ability Topics –
symbols and their relationships, Arithmetical computation, decision making, verbal and figure classification, verbal and non-verbal, analytical functions, space visualization, judgment, problem­ solving, discrimination, arithmetical number series, visual memory, observation, arithmetical reasoning, relationship concepts, differences, analysis, similarities, analogies, etc.
Computer Knowledge

Computer Knowledge Topics –
Operating and DOS, Introduction of Computer and History, Computer Device, Security Aspects for PC, PC and System Software, Advanced Technology Regarding Computer, MS Word, Various Uses of Computer, MS Excel, Internet Programming Language, Computer Net work, Computer of Future, , E world, Window etc.

Section 1: Reasoning
  The question types in the reasoning section were very similar to the one asked in the last CWE PO.
  The breakup of questions amongst the various topics is as below

Question Types
No. of questions
Input /Output
Logical Reasoning (Individual types)
Problem Solving (Circular with Blood Relations)
Problem Solving (Horizontal)
Problem Solving (Vertical) (People living on which floors)
Series (Non – Verbal)
Odd Man Out/ Classification (Non – Verbal)
Data Sufficiency
The questions types and number of questions were almost similar to the ones asked in the last test. There were 10 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning of which 5 questions are from Series and another 5 questions are from classification topic.
 The Logical Reasoning Question types had a set of 6-7 statements followed by questions where they had to choose statements which were assumptions, inferences etc. where the questions asked are a  little difficult with upgraded version of questions to make it little complex.
The syllogisms were quite straight forward and one could go through them quickly.
The Question set based on Problem solving was a bit tricky and time consuming.
The data sufficiency questions were moderately difficult. This section was relatively difficult and time consuming.
Section 2: Quantitative Aptitude
 The breakup of questions amongst the various topics is as below:
No. of questions
Series(Finding the wrong number)
Individual Questions
Simple Equations
Ratio, Proportion
Profit & Loss
Simple & Compound Interest
Time & Work
Data Interpretation
Pie Chart + Table
Bar Graph + Table
Line Graph + Table
  The questions in DI area are not much tricky but consume time. The Approximation and BODMAS questions were also straight forward with little more calculation. The individual questions were based on Simple Interest – Compound Interest, Arithmetic Progression, Ratios and Averages, Profit Loss, Probability.
Section 3: General Awareness
 The classification of questions from this section is given below.
No. of questions
Banking Industry
Indian Economy
Current Affairs - National
Current Affairs - International
Science & Technology
  The General Awareness section had a focus on the Banking industry. There were questions based on the National Film awards, Padma Bhushan, sports, important schemes of the government, a few questions based on current affairs.
  Overall, the questions were difficult.
Section 4: Computer Knowledge
No. of questions
Introduction to concepts of Computer
Basic Computer Architecture
Data representation
Software Concepts
Operating Systems
Computer Networks
MS Office: WORD
MS Office: EXCEL
 The questions on Computers were difficult when compared to the last years’IBPS CWE for PO.
 The questions in this section were related to the basic concepts of the computer, internet, operating system and the MS office applications.
 Questions were based on ALU, multi-media, functions of a mouse, how to insert text box.
 Questions based on internet were on cookies, webmail, and phone call over the internet etc. Some questions were technical related to the computer languages.
 In general, this section is always a high scoring one, but it is difficult when compared to other exams.
Section 5: English Language
 10 Qs on Cloze passage (as against 15 Qs in Sep 2011). Unlike Sep 2011 when there were no questions on grammar, this year's paper had 15 Questions on Grammar. There were 10Qs on error identification.
 Each question had a sentence broken into four parts.
There were 5Qs on error correction. Each question had a sentence with part of it in bold.
 There was one passage of moderate difficulty with 15 questions. The passage was about 900 words and there were 8 comprehension questions and 7 vocabulary questions (4 synonyms and 3 antonyms).

Part 2: Descriptive Writing
 The total marks for this section were 50 marks though it was mentioned that this section will have 25 marks in the IBPS notification. The time given for this section was 60 minutes and one could easily do a good job in the given time.
1. A letter writing exercise. the topics were: (150 words)
    1. a. Write a letter to the local authorities explaining the lack of educational facilities in your area
    2. b. Write a letter to your to your younger brother or sister explaining the significance of Census
    3. c. Write a letter to the newspaper editor sharing the significant role of the actions of a common citizen to influence development of your area
  • 2. Write an essay of around 250 words on the following topics:
    1. a. Growth of Banks in India
    2. b. Role of Micro-finance institutions in the social development
    3. c. ‘Green’ Initiatives of Big business houses
  • 3. Précis Writing
    1. a. You had to read a passage on Poverty Alleviation program and it success in India and write a précis based on that.
See this previous blog on descriptive writing

·                     Be very sure of your answer before proceeding
·                     Do not get bogged down with complicated or lengthy calculations
·                     Use guessing intelligently and deploy the Selection by elimination method
·                     Learn how to work backwards, i.e., plugging the most attractive option in the question and see if it makes sense
·                     Convert quantities freely like ¼ is nothing but 25% of any given quantity.
·                     In questions that ask you to select a valid conclusion, always choose the one conclusion that must definitely follow from the information you are given and vice-versa.
·                     Pay special attention to words like “all,” “some,” or “none” when you read the factual information each question gives you
·                     Pay attention to negative prefixes also, such as non-, un-, or dis-
·                     Pay special attention to negative numbers when they are used in some questions
·                     Pay close attention to the word “ONLY” and to the phrase “IF AND ONLY IF”
·                     Don’t stick to one question for too long
·                     Aim to answer as many questions as you can

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