Last year Cutoffs for IBPS CWE Specialist Officers Exam

“Banking in India is graduating from general to specialized.” The sector therefore needs specialist officers in various fields like IT, Technical, Agriculture, Legal, Marketing, HR, etc. and also in Rashtrabhasha. So, from last year IBPS has been conducting CWE for Specialist Officers on behalf of 20 participating banks. Detailed analysis of last year’s exam is as follows :-

1) Details of Exam and pass percentage: IBPS CWE specialist officer exam was conducted on 11th March 2012 for the posts of IT Officer, Agricultural Field Officer, Law Officer, Rajbhasha Adhikari, Technical Officer, HR/Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer.

According to a report, last year around 4 lakh candidates had registered for this exam of which 3 lakh appeared for the exam and about 16000 had passed the exam. The pass percentage was about 5.5%, which was much lower than the pass percentage of 10% for CWE of PO/MT and 17.5% for CWE of Clerical exam. The cut offs were tightened keeping in mind the requirements of the Public Sector Banks. The number of specialist officer vacancies available in Public Sector Banks was about 4000, which was relatively much lesser than the posts for PO/MT/Clerical cadre.

Below table gives the break-up of candidates who had registered, appeared and passed the CWE for Specialist Officers last year.

IBPS CWE for Specialist Officer – No. Of Candidates

Post

Registered

Appeared

Qualified

Percentage Qualified

IT Officer Scale – I

194755

151058

4394

2.91

IT Offcer Scale -II

24618

17766

157

0.88

Agriculture Field Officer Scale -I

20054

14217

1556

10.94

Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale – I

2306

1506

193

12.82

Law Officer Scale – I

16445

11685

562

4.81

Tech Officer Scale – I

56633

41760

2332

5.58

HR/Personnel Offcer Scale – I

29617

21491

1130

5.26

Marketing Offcer Scale – I

46468

34956

5775

16.52

Total

390896

294439

16099

5.47

2) Details of cutoffs: The cutoffs had been calculated on standard scores for each of the objective tests and also on the Total Weightage Standard Scores (TWSS).

Cutoffs in each section: The maximum standard score for each section was fixed at 50 and the cutoffs were fixed at 24 (General) and 21(reserved) for each of the sections.

Cutoffs on the TWSS: The TWSS was calculated only for those candidates who qualified in individual test area as per the cutoffs on standard scores as mentioned above.

The process for arriving at the TWSS was:

TWSS = [Reasoning + (½ English Language) + General Awareness/ Quantitative Aptitude + (1 ½ Professional Knowledge)]
The cutoffs on the TWSS for each post, as released by IBPS, are as shown in the below table.

Cutoff scores on Total Weighted Standard Score (TWSS) – Post wise

Post

General

SC/ST/OBC/PWD

IT Officer Scale – I

128

120

IT Offcer Scale -II

134

125

Agriculture Field Officer Scale -I

112

104

Rajbhasha Adhikari Scale – I

96

90

Law Officer Scale – I

121

113

Tech Officer Scale – I

120

113

HR/Personnel Offcer Scale – I

124

114

Marketing Offcer Scale – I

114

107

Note: To clear the IBPS CWE exam, a candidate has to clear both the sectional cut-offs and the TWSS cutoff.

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