The time taken by banks to complete the recruitment process, which was 7-9 months earlier, has come-down to 3-4 months with the introduction of the first of its kind "Common Written Examination (CWE)" in 2011. The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts the CWE. This examination is the pre-requisite for selection o f p e r s o n n e l f o r t h e p o s t s o f C l e r k s / P r o b a t i o n a r y Officer/Management Trainee in 20 Public Sector Banks. IBPS will also conduct a separate CWE for recruitment of Specialist Officers (IT, Law, HR, Agriculture Officers, etc.).