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IBPS or Institute of Banking Personnel Selection holds various examinations periodically for recruitment in to various public sector banks and other institutions. More than 20 nationalised banks barring SBI recruit Probationary Officers (PO), Clerks, Specialist Officers and personnel for Regional Rural Banks through IBPS Examinations. After nationalization of banks, National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) was asked to devise a centralised recruitment procedure. Later in 1984 the said department of NIBM was changed in to Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). Over the last few years; applying, preparing and cracking the IBPS Examination has become a leading career choice for youth of our country. In 2016-17 about 1.51 crore potential candidates have registered for various IBPS Examinations. The ease of applying for positions at many different banks and vacancies through only one examination or recruitment process has also added to the popularity of IBPS examinations.
IBPS Examination Syllabus
IBPS regularly studies trends, consults with Banks about their requirements and update their curriculum accordingly. IBPS holds various examinations such as IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) Examination, IBPS Clerk Examination, IBPS Specialist Officer Examination and IBPS Regional Rural Bank Examination. Preparing for one of these examinations provides insights in to other IBPS examinations as well as most of the modules are identical but the difference is in the difficulty levels. IBPS Examinations are designed to evaluate a candidate’s proficiency in English Language, General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Numerical Abilities, Quantitative Aptitude, Computer Knowledge and Professional knowledge about banking, insurance and finance sectors. Many of IBPS Examinations are held as a two-stage examination. Initially candidates appear for a short preliminary examination covering the above mentioned topics and candidates successful in the preliminary examination then appear for the main examination again covering the above mentioned topics. The purpose of conducting the IBPS examinations as a two-stage examination is to regulate number of candidates that will appear for the main examination.
Different IBPS Examinations
IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) Examination: IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) Examination is probably the most popular banking examination in India. Candidates who are successful in IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) Examination and subsequent interview are absorbed in various nationalised banks as trainee officer in the Junior Management Grade Service (JMGS). A PO can rise to managerial level such as General Manger or Chairman Grade with time.
IBPS Clerk Examination: IBPS Clerk Examination is done to recruit clerks who handle day to day general office tasks such as record keeping, staffing counters, handling regulatory tasks and more. The perks for candidates who are successful in IBPS Clerk Examination are not limited to but are job security, handsome package and allowances, low-interest loans and more.
IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) Examination: IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) Examinations are held to recruit candidates who are experts in some or other category. Banks periodically have vacancies for specialist officers such as IT Officers, Law Officers, HR Officers, Marketing Officers and more. These positions are filled through IBPS Specialist Officer (SO) Examinations.
IBPS Regional Rural Bank (RRB) Examination: IBPS Regional Rural Bank (RRB) Examinations are held to fill vacancies in Regional Rural Banks. There are 82 IBPS RRB's in India. IBPS RRB Examinations are very popular amongst candidates who want to live and work in their home states. Various vacancies such as RRB PO, RRB Clerk, RRB Office Assistant and IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 are filled through IBPS Regional Rural Bank (RRB) Examination.
The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts national recruitment exams of various PSU Banks, RRB, RBI, NABARD, SBI, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) & General Insurance Companies (GICs). Registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and also a Public Trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950, the Institute helps organizations in the areas of personnel such as recruitment, selection, placement, by designing, and developing suitable measurement tests/tools, assessment of answer responses and processing results of examinations, and conducts such examination related services, on request.