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IBPS to Conduct Common Exam for Jobs in Gramin Banks

Written By STPORTAL on Friday, March 16, 2012 | 2:51 PM

IBPS to Conduct Common Exam for Jobs in Gramin Banks

The Institute for Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will have yet another responsibility in bank recruitments.The government of India has informed regional rural banks (RRB) about its decision to assign IBPS conduct a common written test for posts that fall vacant in their branches.By this communiqué, the present system of RRB recruitment is expected to undergo some major changes.

In 2010, the finance ministry during an event announced the introduction of common written examination for entry level bank jobs in public sector banks.As per the report on BL, the ministry has now finalized a similar process for RRB`s - most commonly known as Gramin banks.

Separate Exam?

Currently IBPS is responsible for conducting & releasing results of PO, clerical & Specialist officer common exams.So at present, there would 5 exams every year
(4 PO, clerk & 1 spec. off.)

Going by it, It may not be possible for IBPS to allow candidates who have qualified in PO or clerk exams to apply for jobs in RRB, as there are many difference that includes job profile, exam pattern & eligibility conditions.

So in all probability, IBPS may be planning to initiate a separate exam solely for the purpose of gramin banks.


Once the new test is in place, candidates clearing the exam would be given scorecards & based on the eligibility criteria fixed by each bank, applicants can send in their applications to get shortlisted for interviews.

The entire recruitment process shall get over within 6 months compared to the longer duration it took previously.

Stay in Town

An important thing to note here is the location of these 82 rural regional banks.Unlike commercial banks, gramin banks are situated within a state catering to the needs of local people in that district. Hence the residential status/domicile & knowledge of local language will naturally become an eligibility condition.

The proposed common exam for recruitment into RRB would benefit those not interested to shift or move to other states for the sake of job.

Once more details emerge, we shall update…
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