IBPS will introduce Common test for posts in nationalised banks from June 1

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), from June 1, will introduce a common entrance examination for initial short listing of candidates for selection into clerical and entry level officer cadre and specialist officers in various nationalised banks in the country, a press release from Indian Banks' Association said.

The move is aimed to help candidates avoid appearing for multiple examinations conducted by different banks for initial short listing, the press release added. The IBPS will conduct the exam twice a year for each cadre.

The banks, which will participate in the common entrance examination system, include Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, India Bank, India Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India, UCO Bank and Vijaya Bank.

Score card

Candidates appearing for the common entrance will be issued a score card that will be valid for a period of one year from the date of issue. Each bank, which desires to recruit candidates for its various cadres, will invite applications from the pool of candidates who have valid score cards from IBPS.

The score card will specify the eligibility criteria including terms of age, educational qualifications and minimum score obtained in the written exam.

The new method of selection has Government of India approval and consent from the Boards of each of the participating banks and Managing Committee of Indian Banks' Association.

A valid score card issued by the IBPS will be a pre-requisite for candidates to apply for clerical cadre, entry level officer cadre and specialists officers in the participating banks, press release said.

The IBPS will issue notifications to conduct the common examination and will also hold pre-recruitment training to SC and ST applicants at its various centres.


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