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CAIIB Updated Exam Pattern 2023: IIBF conducts the Certified Associate of Banking (CAIIB) exam twice every year. This is usually during May/June and November/December. From 2023 onward, IIBF has introduced some changes in the exam pattern and syllabus of CAIIB. This blog will provide details of the changes in the CAIIB 2023 exam pattern and a comparison to the old one. Being aware of the changes early on will help you, the candidate, prepare earlier and make the changes feel less daunting as you study.

CAIIB Updated Exam Pattern 2023

Currently, the CAIIB November cycle is in progress. The November cycle of CAIIB 2022 will be the last CAIIB exam to follow the current syllabus and pattern. From June 2023 onwards, the new syllabus and exam pattern will be in effect. Let’s take a look at the current pattern and see how it has changed.

Exam Pattern: Till 2022

Till now CAIIB has 2 compulsory papers. These are:

  1. Advanced Bank Management
  2. Bank Financial Management

And 1 Elective out of 11 choices:

  • Corporate Banking
  • Rural Banking
  • International Banking 
  • Retail Banking
  • Co-Operative Banking
  • Financial Advising
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Technology
  • Risk Management
  • Central Banking
  • Treasury Management

The following table shows the pattern followed:

SubjectsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Advanced Bank Management1001002 hours
Bank Financial Management1001002 hours
Elective1001002 hours

A few salient points about the current CAIIB Exam:

  1. It is an objective type of examination.
  2. Each paper has 100 questions.
  3. The total marks of each paper are 100.
  4. The time limit of the examination is 120 minutes.

The marking scheme is as follows:

  • No negative markings for wrong answers.
  • Candidates need to score 50% marks in each paper to qualify.
  • Candidates who score 45% marks in each paper and 50% in aggregate in a single attempt will also qualify.

Exam Pattern: 2023 Onwards

Now that we have seen what the current exam pattern is like, let’s see the changes that will take effect from 2023 onwards.

CAIIB will have four compulsory papers. These are:

  1. Advanced Bank Management
  2. Bank Financial Management
  3. Advanced Business and Financial Management
  4. Banking Regulations and Financial Laws

And 1 out of 5 of the following electives:

  1. Risk Management
  2. Information Technology and Digital Banking
  3. Central Banking
  4. Human Resource Management
  5. Rural Banking

The following table shows the pattern that will be followed:

SubjectsNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Advanced Bank Management1001002 hours
Bank Financial Management1001002 hours
Advanced Business and Financial Management1001002 hours
Banking Regulations and Financial Laws1001002 hours
Elective1001002 hours

A few salient points about the future CAIIB Exam:

  1. It is still an objective type of examination.
  2. However, there may be some numerical questions where the answers have to be entered manually by the candidate.
  3. Each paper will have 100 questions.
  4. The total marks of each paper are 100.
  5. The time limit of the examination is 120 minutes.

The marking scheme is as follows:

  • There will be no negative marking.
  • The minimum mark for passing each subject will be 50 out of 100.
  • Candidates that secure at least 45 marks in each subject with an aggregate of 50% marks in all subjects of the examination in a single attempt will also qualify.

CAIIB Updated Exam Pattern 2023- Passing Criteria

There are a set number of attempts and a time frame for candidates to pass the CAIIB exam with one enrollment. There are a few changes in this criteria as well. Let’s first see the current Passing Criteria:

CAIIB Passing Criteria: Current

Following are the details regarding the number of attempts a candidate can avail till 2022:

  1. Candidates should clear the CAIIB examination in four consecutive attempts over two years.
  2. If the candidate is unsuccessful, they will have to enroll again to appear for the examination.
  3. The score of the earlier attempts will not be considered.
  4. The time limit of the two years available to qualify for the examination will be counted from the date of application for the first attempt to clear the CAIIB examination.
  5. In case the candidate is absent for any attempt that too will be counted as an attempt taken.

CAIIB Passing Criteria: New

The following are the salient points in terms of the number of attempts and time frame to clear this exam:

  • A candidate can avail 5 attempts for completion of each exam (JAIIB / DB&F / SOB / CAIIB) but, within a maximum period of three years, whichever is earlier.
    • This attempt will be counted from the time the candidate registers for the exam.
    • These 5 attempts need not be consecutive.
  • Candidates unable to pass the examination within 3 years or 5 attempts, whichever is earlier, will need to re-enroll themselves afresh. Such candidates will not receive credit/s for subject/s passed, if any, earlier.
  • The time limit of 3 years or 5 attempts, whichever is earlier, will start from the date of registration for the first attempt.
  • Attempts will be counted when the candidate applies for the exam, irrespective of whether the candidate appears for any examination or not.
  • A candidate will be eligible to apply for any five examinations out of the six examinations within the stipulated period of three years.
  • If a candidate avails of all five attempts before the completion of three years, they will have to re-enroll afresh. Similarly, if a candidate does not avail five attempts but three years are over, they will have to re-enroll themselves afresh.

CAIIB Updated Exam Pattern 2023: Comparison

For ease of understanding, let us see the difference in the exam pattern side by side.

Exam Pattern Comparison

Category of ChangeExam Pattern till 2022Exam Pattern from 2023
Subjects1. Advanced Bank Management
2. Bank Financial Management
And 1 Elective out of 11 choices:
1. Corporate Banking
2. Rural Banking
3. International Banking 
4. Retail Banking
5. Co-Operative Banking
6. Financial Advising
7. Human Resources Management
8. Information Technology
9. Risk Management
10. Central Banking
11. Treasury Management
1. Advanced Bank Management
2. Bank Financial Management
3. Advanced Business and Financial Management
4. Banking Regulations and Financial Laws
And 1 Elective out of 5 choices:
1. Risk Management
2. Information Technology and Digital Banking
3. Central Banking
4. Human Resource Management
5. Rural Banking
Number of Questions100100
Marks per Paper100100
Duration for each paper2 hours2 hours
Negative MarkingNoYes, 1/4th
Qualifying Criteria1. The minimum mark for passing in each subject will be 50 out of 100.
2. Candidates that secure at least 45 marks in each subject with an aggregate of 50% marks in all subjects of the examination in a single attempt will also qualify.
1. The minimum mark for passing in each subject will be 50 out of 100.
2. Candidates that secure at least 45 marks in each subject with an aggregate of 50% marks in all subjects of the examination in a single attempt will also qualify.

Passing Criteria Comparison

Category of ChangeExam Pattern till 2022Exam Pattern from 2023
Attempts to qualify45
Whether attempts should be consecutiveYesNo
Duration to Qualify2 years3 years
Attempts counted fromFirst attempt to clearFirst attempt to clear
Conditions for Re-enrollments1. Unable to qualify in 4 attempts/ 2 years
2. Avails four attempts before two years are over
3. Does not avail all four attempts and two years are complete
1. Unable to qualify in 5 attempts/ 3 years
2. Avails five attempts before three years are over
3. Does not avail all five attempts and three years are complete
Negative MarkingNoYes, 1/4th
Qualifying Criteria1. The minimum mark for passing in each subject will be 50 out of 100.
2. Candidates that secure at least 45 marks in each subject with an aggregate of 50% marks in all subjects of the examination in a single attempt will also qualify.
1. The minimum mark for passing in each subject will be 50 out of 100.
2. Candidates that secure at least 45 marks in each subject with an aggregate of 50% marks in all subjects of the examination in a single attempt will also qualify.

Conclusion

The IIBF has brought about changes in the CAIIB exam pattern to keep up with the growing need for skilled individuals. With the integration of technology into every process and the growing demand for skilled and professional competent workers, the IIBF has seen the need to update its courses to match. Candidates preparing for the June 2023 cycle of the CAIIB exam should keep this updated exam pattern in mind as they prepare. Make sure to follow our YouTube channel to get the latest updates on JAIIB, CAIIB, and other government and banking exams!

Best of luck!

CAIIB Updated Exam Pattern 2023 Change- Frequently Asked Questions

When will the CAIIB new syllabus effective date be?

The new CAIIB exam syllabus and exam pattern will be effective from the June cycle in 2023.

How many attempts are possible under the revised CAIIB syllabus?

With the new CAIIB syllabus and exam pattern in effect from 2023, candidates can avail of 5 attempts over the course of 3 years to clear the exam.

Where can I get the CAIIB new syllabus PDF?

The PDF of the new CAIIB syllabus is available for download on the official IIBF website. You can also directly download it here.

Where will I find updates on CAIIB?

CAIIB updates are usually announced on iibf.org. You can also keep track of any changes through Oliveboard.

What course can I join to prepare for CAIIB 2023?

Oliveboard will be providing courses that are up-to-date with the latest exam pattern and syllabus of CAIIB 2023. To know more, click here.

Is there a negative marking in CAIIB?

CAIIB will have negative markings from the 2023 cycle onwards.

Who is eligible for CAIIB?

Candidates are eligible for CAIIB if they’re banking professionals currently working in the banking and financial sector AND have qualified JAIIB.

Is CAIIB worth writing?

Certainly. If you’re a banking professional, writing CAIIB will help further boost your portfolio. Monetary benefits like bonuses and promotion seniority are also provided for CAIIB-qualified professionals.

Is CAIIB a difficult exam?

While the level may be higher than JAIIB. with dedicated effort on a regular basis, CAIIB can be easy to crack.

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