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IBPS Clerk Exam 2013: New Eligibility Criteria

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March 28th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

For all banking aspirants, IBPS Clerk Common Written Exam (CWE) is one of the most coveted of all banking examinations. Starting last year, several banking exams conducted by individual public sector banks have been consolidated into one single exam called the IBPS CWE.

At present, there are 20 national banks participating in IBPS CWE, including prestigious banks such as Punjab National Bank, IDBI Bank etc. The common exam for clerical positions has already been conducted successfully once last year.

Last year, IBPS CWE was a pen and paper test. However, IBPS CWE 2013 will be an online test, which means you will have to click your answers on a computer. But that’s not the only change that has happened in the latest edition of IBPS CWE.

The eligibility criteria has been tweaked too.

The new eligibility criteria for IBPS Clerk Common Written Exam 2013

You must have a degree

Until now, even +2 pass candidates were allowed to sit for bank exams. However, starting this year, the criteria has been changed. For IBPS Clerk CWE 2013, you must have a valid degree from a recognized university. If you don’t have a valid degree, you are not eligible for the test.

You must have computer skills

This is another significant change that has happened in IBPS Clerk Exam 2013’s criteria. At the time of application, you need to show proof that you have basic computer skills. This proof could be your mark sheet of +2, if you had computer science as a subject, or a certificate course from a recognized institute such as NIIT.

Age limit

The lower age limit for IBPS Clerk Exam 2013 is 20 years, while the upper age limit is 28 years. This remains unchanged over the previous years.

Application to only one state

This year, you can apply to national banks in one state only. In order to apply to a particular state, you must be fluent in the local language of the state.

What the new eligibility criteria mean?

The new eligibility criteria is going to have an impact on the overall quality of the exam. At first look, the new criteria look to be a boon for serious banking aspirants. The fact that non-graduates have been barred from taking the test does bring the number of potential candidates down. Thus, there will be a lesser competition.

However, on the flip side, while the quantity of competition may have decreased, the quality could improve. The fact that only graduates will be sitting for the test could mean that the cutoff score could go higher for IBPS Clerk Exam 2013.

The cutoff score is calculated based on the average score of the test. Since only graduates will be sitting for the exam, the average score is expected to go higher, since the basics of graduates are stronger than those of non-graduates.

In effect, that could mean you might have to study a lot harder to crack the exam this time.

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