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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection - Probationary Officer and Clerk

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection - Probationary Officer and Clerk

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, IBPS for short, is an autonomous body that recruits employees into various Government posts in Public Sector Banks all across India. IBPS conducts Recruitment exams for aspirants who wish to have a career in the Public Sector Banking industry.

Some of the positions that IBPS conducts Recruitment exams for are Probationary Officer (PO) and Clerk. The IBPS PO exam is conducted on a National Scale once a year and has three stages in the recruitment process namely, Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and an Interview.

Candidates must be between 20 and 30 years old and have a Graduation Certificate from a Government recognised University to apply for this exam. Only those who meet the basic eligibility criteria can apply for this exam. The application process and actual examination are both online and candidates have to visit the official IBPS website to take part in the process.

Once a candidate passed the Preliminary exam, they will be qualified for the Main Exam. Only those who also clear the Main Exam will be selected for the Interview. Selections after the interview are based on the vacancies in the participating banks. Candidates need to keep in mind that various Public Sector Banks across the country participate in this recruitment drive and thereby, the vacancies for each bank will vary.

The Probationary Officer post is an entry level post and is often called a Scale 1 Officer Position. The PO’s responsibilities include handling customer support, clerical supervision, loan processing and other multitasking jobs that help the PO understand the workings of the various departments in the bank. The probation period for a PO is two years and the posting could be anywhere in India, depending on the hiring bank.

The IBPS Clerk Exam is also conducted once a year by IBPS and there are two levels in the recruitment process, namely, Preliminary exam and Main exam. Those who clear the Prelims exam is qualified for the Main exam and those who clear the Main exam will be issued an Offer of Appointment and be provisionally allocated to a bank based on the vacancies available.

The eligibility criteria for the IBPS Clerk exam is that the candidates need to be between the ages of 20 and 28 years old and should have a Graduation certificate from a Government recognised University. Candidates should also know the official language of the state/UT from which they are applying. Candidates need to be medically fit as per the standards put down by the hiring bank. The application process and examination are both conducted online.

The Clerk in a bank is the person who is at the first level of contact with customers. Clerks handle various office work like handling customer complaints, working at the counter, maintenance of bank accounts and marketing the financial products like loans and deposit schemes to the customers.

Ever since digitalisation of banking activity, many of the tasks of a bank Clerk has become outdated. The human part of the job i.e., dealing with customers is the only job that cannot be replaced and is still in the hands of the Clerk’s expertise. This is the major reason why a Bank Clerk is also called a Single Window Operator.

Other than State Bank of India (SBI) which has its own recruitment exams, IBPS helps aspirants from around the country get a prospective career in the banking business. For those who wish to have a lucrative career in the banking sector, IBPS is the go-to recruitment organisation.

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