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IBPS Common Written Exam (CWE) Paper Pattern with Sample

Post 2011, all Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) exam mandates the procedure of Common Written Exam (CWE). However, the continuous alterations in IBPS syllabus and paper pattern confuses students on how to prepare for the CWE round of IBPS exam.

Here is putting in details the CWE paper pattern of IBPS exam that you can refer to, during your IBPS exam preparation:

Time span for IBPS CWE exam:
The total time allotted to solve the IBPS CWE exam is 120 minutes, that is 2 hours in specific.

A typical IBPS CWE paper consists of the following section:

  • Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Awareness
  • English language
  • Computer

The marks division of CWE IBPS paper are as follows:

Paper Marks
Reasoning 50 Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 50 Marks
General Awareness 40 Marks
English Language 40 Marks
Computer 20 Marks

IBPS Reasoning : Sample question 

Among five persons – P, Q, R, S and T – each has different height. Only two persons are shorter than S. T is shorter than S but taller than R. The one who is the second tallest among them is of 158 centimetres.

Q 1 –  Which of the following statements is definitely true with respect to the give information?

(a) R is definitely 150 cm

(b) None of the given statements is true

(c) T is shorter than S

(d) Q is shorter than S

(e) P is possibly 153 cm

Q2 – Which of the following is possibly the height of Q?

(a) 148 cm

(b) 156 cm

(c) 152 cm

(d) 150 cm

(e) 158 cm

Q3 – How many persons are shorter than Q?

(a) Two

(b) Three

(c) Four

(d) Cannot be determined

(e) One

IBPS Quantitative Aptitude : Sample Question

Example 1

1. The banker’s discount on a bill due 4 months hence at 15% is Rs. 420. What is the true discount?

A. Rs. 410

B. Rs. 400

C. Rs. 390

D. Rs. 380

Example 2

Today is Monday. After 61 days, it will be

  1. Thursday
  2. Sunday

C. Monday

D. Saturday

Example 3

Which one of the following numbers is completely divisible by 99?

A. 115909

B. 115919

C. 115939

D. 115929

IBPS General Awareness : Sample Questions

Example 1

Bharat Bill Payment System is a major component of the retail payment transactions in India, and is characterized by the presence of large number of billers, who provide a variety of payment options to their customers. According to information available on the RBI website, the top 20 cities are generating INR how much amount in bill payments every year ?

(a) INR 16,810 billion

(b) INR 4,703 billion

(c) INR 10,172 billion

(d) INR 6,223 billion

(e) None of the above


MasterCard is rolling out its Identity Check service, popularly known as ________ to customers in Europe through a new mobile app.

(a) Selfie pay

(b) Voice Record

(c) Finger print

(d) Video play

(e) None of the above


Bhavanisagar Dam or Lower Bhavani Dam, is located in which state?

(a) Kerala

(b) Tamil Nadu

(c) Maharashtra

(d) West Bengal

(e) Madhya Pradesh

IBPS English language : Sample Question

Example 1

Rearrange the following six sentences in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph and then answer the questions given below:

(A) That too along with recovery and inter-operable storage management set-ups.

(B) It really depends on the nature of the business.

(C) What will determine if spending on technology is an inextricable part of the investment strategy ?

(D)And such would be financial, banking and telecommunications sectors.

(E) Also, in the wake of WTC disaster, they have become more aware of the need for seamless data.

(F) Businesses that rely heavily on technology would be more receptive to allocate technology budgets.

Q1 – After rearrangement, which of the following sentences will come ‘SIXTH’

  1.  D
  2. E
  3. C
  4. A

Q2 – After rearrangement, which of the following sentences will come ‘FOURTH’ ?

  1. A
  2. C
  3. D
  4. E

Fill in the blanks with the right pair of words:

There have been other committees which had_____________these problems and had made quite practical__________

  1. scrutinised, institution
  2. ventured, impact
  3. examined, proposals
  4. geared, solutions

IBPS Computer : Sample question

Example 1

Which of the following is used to select an entire document?

  1. Ctrl + A
  2. Ctrl + Z
  3. Ctrl + B
  4. Ctrl + E

Example 2

Why is it unethical to share copyright files?

  1. It is not unethical because its legal
  2. Its unethical because files are being given for free
  3. It breaks copyright laws
  4. Its not unethical – anyone can use a computer
  5. Its not unethical because files are being given for free

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