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IBPS Exams: All you need to know, in a nutshell

IBPS or Institute of Banking Personnel Selection holds various examinations periodically for recruitment in to various public sector banks and other institutions.

Sagar Mavani 

IBPS MT/PO 2017: Prelim, Main Exam and Interview Details

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 (PO), Clerks, Specialist Officers and personnel for Regional Rural Banks through Examinations. After nationalization of banks, (NIBM) was asked to devise a centralised recruitment procedure. Later in 1984 the said department of was changed in to Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). Over the last few years; applying, preparing and cracking the 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 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 examinations.

Examination Syllabus

regularly studies trends, consults with Banks about their requirements and update their curriculum accordingly. holds various examinations such as Probationary Officer (PO) Examination, Clerk Examination, Specialist Officer Examination and Regional Rural Bank Examination. Preparing for one of these examinations provides insights in to other examinations as well as most of the modules are identical but the difference is in the difficulty levels. 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 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 examinations as a two-stage examination is to regulate number of candidates that will appear for the main examination.

Different Examinations

Probationary Officer (PO) Examination: IBPS Probationary Officer (PO) Examination is probably the most popular banking examination in India. Candidates who are successful in Probationary Officer (PO) Examination and subsequent interview are absorbed in various nationalised banks as trainee officer in the (JMGS). A PO can rise to managerial level such as General Manger or Chairman Grade with time.

Clerk Examination: 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 Clerk Examination are not limited to but are job security, handsome package and allowances, low-interest loans and more.

Specialist Officer (SO) Examination: 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 Specialist Officer (SO) Examinations.

Regional Rural Bank (RRB) Examination: Regional Rural Bank (RRB) Examinations are held to fill vacancies in Regional Rural Banks. There are 82 RRB's in India. Examinations are very popular amongst candidates who want to live and work in their home states. Various vacancies such as PO, Clerk, Office Assistant and Officer Scale 1 are filled through Regional Rural Bank (RRB) Examination.

About IBPS

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts national recruitment exams of various PSU Banks, RRB, RBI, NABARD, SBI, (LIC) & (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.


First Published: Mon, October 16 2017. 12:50 IST