IBPS recruitment of 16,344 officers, 3,784 specialist officers and 30,683 clerks in banks 2017-17

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Getting employed in a public sector bank will become more rigorous from this year as the nodal selection body has introduced a third layer to the hiring process to eliminate not so-serious candidates and prevent impersonation.

"We are trying to get the right men for the right job," said AS Bhattacharya, director and member secretary of the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) in Mumbai. "We also intend to arrest impersonation through a three-tier examination process.
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In addition to the existing common written test and interview, the IBPS will introduce a preliminary exam aimed at eliminating non-serious candidates. Scores from the preliminary exam will not be carried forward. Over 55,000 banking job aspirants are likely to go through the three-phrase selection process this year.

IBPS received about 14 lakh applications last year for 16,000 vacancies for probationary officers in state-run banks, excluding State Bank of India. The addition of a new layer means fewer candidates will appear in the main exam and the scrutiny of credentials and photographs will be easier, Bhattacharya said.
\ According to the IBPS, about 40-50 cases of impersonation are detected every year. It plans to improve the scrutiny process to outsmart fraudsters. Senior bankers said some candidates could have managed to dodge the inspection process every year and get bank jobs.

SBI, the country's largest lender, will be the first to hold the preliminary exam. It plans to hire 2,000 probationary officers next year and the process will begin next week, a senior bank official said. SBI has mandated IBPS to conduct the exams.


The selection body also handles the hiring process for other staterun banks — from Allahabad Bank to Vijaya Bank. The hiring of officers for 2017-18 will be done in October, Bhattacharya said. The exam for clerical positions will be held in December. Banks, excluding SBI, are estimated to hire 20,000 officers and 30,000 clerks next year. For this financial year, IBPS has cleared the recruitment of 16,344 officers, 3,784 specialist officers and 30,683 clerks in state-run banks (Source Economictimes - Click here). Banks other than SBI have hired about 1.5 lakh people in the past three years.


About 1.22 crore candidates have registered with the IBPS over the past three years and 86 lakh took the common test. During this period, over 99.5 lakh candidates signed up for SBI jobs and 66 lakh appeared for the exam. IBPS also conducts exams for jobs in private banks, regional rural banks, cooperative banks and other financial institutions. It doesn't plan to introduce the three-phase system immediately for candidates aspiring to work with these entities.

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