IBPS CWE eligibility- am I eligible for the exam?

The IBPS examination as we all know is a great platform for those who are aspiring for a bright profession in the Indian financial sector. IBPS directly recruits people to the regional and nationalized banks, using the CWE and interview process that they conduct every year. So what are the eligibility requirements for this exam? Am I eligible for writing the IBPS PO, Clerk, Specialist or RRB officers exam? Get your doubts cleared here.

Some questions raised on our Facebook Page:

  • I have completed +2, can I write IBPS CWE?

No, the minimum qualification for writing IBPS exam in any form is a university degree.

  • I’ve passed a degree course with  …… %  of marks am I eligible?

If you’ve passed a degree course from a state recognized university or college, and have the certificate with you, then sure you may apply for the IBPS CWE  for Clerk, PO (60% is mandatory), RRB and Specialist* .

  • I’m in the last year of my degree course can I register for this test?

No, you need to complete the course first.

  • I hold a diploma from a recognized institute- is that enough for applying IBPS?

Diploma is not considered as equal to a 3 year degree course in India, and that explains everything.

  • What about the distance education programmes?

You’re eligible if the course curriculum, and the university of study is approved by UGC and other central educational agencies.


Now let’s move on to the itemized eligibility norms for all IBPS entrance exams. Anyone who desires to apply for these exams should be an Indian with a cogent identification card issued by the central or state government. There is an exemption to the citizenship rule for a set of people, valid under the following circumstances.

IBPS eligibility nationality

IBPS Clerk Exam eligibility:

We have already covered this in-depth in our recent article about the IBPS clerk Exam 2013. Please have a look here.

IBPS PO Exam Eligibility:

Similar to the Clerk Exam the core educational qualification for IBPS PO exam is a pass in degree course. However, in 2013, IBPS introduced a minimum mark requirement for writing the PO test- it is now 60% for general candidates and 55% for reserved.  Please note that averaging of fractional % ( 59.99 is not equal to 60) is not acceptable. You can apply for this exam if your age is in the 20-28 group as of 01.07.2013. Relaxation in the upper-age limit will be given for minorities, reserved and Ex-service men.

Update: IBPS once again revised the PO exam eligibility conditions.  Now a pass in degree is enough for applying PO. You can read the new changes to PO Exam, here.

Relaxation in upper age-limit for IBPS PO exam

The relaxation in age mentioned here is cumulative. That means, for example, if you are from a scheduled class and have five years of service or experience in RRBs (Regional Rural Banks) you get 5+5=10 years as additional relaxation. A candidate is eligible for reservation under ” persons with disabilities ” quota if he or she is at least 40% impaired for the concerned disability. Certificates that validate these claims should be submitted to the interview board if the applicant qualifies for an IBPS job.

Certificate of Computer literacy: The applicant should have studied computer subjects at matriculation/+2/degree level. Others have to provide a certificate in computer literacy if selected for the interview.

IBPS Specialist exam Eligibility

Those who have applied for previous IBPS Specialist recruitments may notice a few changes in the educational qualifications and age limits introduced for the new 2013-2014 exam.

1. Maximum age for application has been reduced from 35 to 30 for Scale one and 40 to 35 for Scale 2.
2. 4 year engineering degree is required for applying IT Specialist and Agricultural cadres.
3. A full-time PG degree is mandatory.

Minimum educational qualification: (as on 01-11-2013)

IBPS Specialist Exam Eligibility

IBPS Specialist Exam education qualification-

Lowest and highest age limit has to be calculated in accordance with dates given in IBPS notification. Refer to the table given above (for the PO section) for the particulars of age relaxation available for reserved candidates.

It is mandatory for all the candidates applying for Specialist Cadre (except IT)  to provide a Certificate/Diploma that demonstrates their computer literacy if he or she is selected for the IBPS common interview.

Browse to the next page (click the link 2 given below) for IBPS RRB exam eligibility criteria.

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