IBPS RRB Vs IBPS CWE: Know Similarity and Differences

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Comparison b/w IBPS RRB Vs IBPS CWE: IBPS is an autonomous body that is known to conduct various public sector exams for banking.

Every bank exam is different and at the same time possesses some similarities either in terms of exam pattern, syllabus, level of difficulty, or place of posting. As IBPS is liable to conduct the various examinations, today we are going to discuss a few points of similarity and differences between IBPS RRB and IBPS CWE(Common Written Examination) exams.

Due to the increasing competition, the level of exams has increased. Every year millions of aspirants take the IBPS exam for various posts. A student can register for more than one exam even for all the exams conducted by IBPS. This increases the competition as every candidate fills out applications for almost every exam conducted throughout the year. This article will help you shortlist all the similarities and differences between the two reputed exams.

IBPS RRB Vs IBPS CWE: Differences and Similarities

Kindly go through the following points to understand the difference and similarities between IBPS RRB and IBPS CWE

1. Exam Pattern

Let us start with the basic difference in exam patterns. Check the points of difference in both the exams and know what similarities they have in common.


The number of subjects: There are only two subjects in the IBPS RRB exam i.e Reasoning and Quant and three subjects in IBPS CWE exams i.e Reasoning, English, and Quant.

Sectional Time: There is no sectional time in the IBPS RRB exam whereas the IBPS CWE exam has sectional timing which was introduced in 2018.

Overall Time: One hour is allotted for the IBPS CWE Prelims exam and 45 Minutes for IBPS RRB prelims.

Overall Marks: IBPS CWE exam consists of 100 marks and the IBPS RRB exams consist of 80 marks only. (1 question carries one mark each in both the exams)


Negative marking: There is a negative marking of 1/4th marks in both the exams.

Sectional Cut-off: Both the exams have sectional cut-off and overall cut-off. Candidates have to clear both sectional and overall cut-offs as well.

2. English a major part of the IBPS exam

English is the major section in every bank’s exams whether prelims or mains. The level of the questions in this section has increased with every exam passed. Even there has been an introduction to some new pattern questions in the exam. The main difference between these two examinations is that the IBPS RRB prelims exam is free from this section whereas it is a major part of IBPS CWE exams. 

But students have a choice according to their convenience that they can choose either English or Hindi in the IBPS RRB mains exam whereas in the IBPS CWE mains exam there is no such option. Candidates have to attempt English as a major part of the exam.

3. Level of the exam

Generallythe level of the IBPS RRB exam is lower than the IBPS CWE exams. No doubt even the IBPS RRB Mains exam can break the bone with its difficulty still IBPS PO and IBPS Clerk Exams are considered to be more difficult than it.

Although the level of the exam has increased over the past many years considering the level of competition. But every exam requires practice and learning without this everything seems difficult.

4. Number of vacancies

IBPS RRB: This year there were 2676 vacancies for the IBPS RRB PO exam and 4483 vacancies for the IBPS RRB Office Assistant exam. No doubt IBPS released a good number of vacancies for regional rural banks posting across the nation.

IBPS CWE: There were 4173 vacancies released in the IBPS PO exam and 7500+ vacancies in the IBPS Clerk exam in 2021 which is comparatively higher than the IBPS RRB exam.

5. Selection procedure

There is no difference in the selection procedure of these two.

The probationary level exam consists of three-level recruitment i.e prelims, mains, and interview while the Clerical level exam consists of only two levels that are prelims and mains. But students who apply for Clerical cadre exams, from the different states have to take the LPT test which is qualifying in nature.

6. Place of posting

While the aspirants who apply for the IBPS CWE exam have chances of posting in rural as well as urban areas, aspirants who apply for the IBPS RRB exam get confirmed posting in regional rural areas only. As there is no branch in urban areas for RRBs.

7. Nature of Job

There is no difference in the functioning and working of both. They both include customer dealing and handling of cash. While Probationary officer is also responsible for generating business for the organization.

8. Number of candidates Appearing in the Exams

There is no denying the fact that aspirants try their luck in almost all the exams. The competition has increased in leaps and bounds. Every year lakhs of aspirants appear for both IBPS RRB and IBPS CWE exams.

This was all about the IBPS RRB and IBPS CWE exams. We hope this article has served its purpose. Although each and every exam has its own importance still it is important to know about them. As the notification is expected to release soon, we hope you already have started your preparation for the upcoming bank exams.

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