Common Test for Bank Jobs from June 2011

There was need to bring in a system where there is common entrance test for selection of clerical, officer and specialist officers cadres in nationalized banks in India. This system is not new and many engineering/ medical/ CA and other competitive exams are held in this way, good examples can be AIEEE, CAT, GMAT, ICAI CPT, etc.

Indian Bank Association has decided to introduce a system for initial short listing of candidates to avoid them inconvenience of appearing in multiple examinations conducted by individual banks at regular intervals of time with abrupt vacancies, this system will enable candidate to better prepare for this common entrance exam and schedule accordingly.The system is finalised & as per Indian Bank`s Association (IBA), this new selection process will come into effect from June 2011.

Here are some of the important points to look in the proposed common bank test:

  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will conduct the exam 2 times a year for Clerks, Officers (entry level) & Specialist officers posts only.

  • The candidates appearing for the exam will be given a score card which will be valid for one year from the date of issue.

  • Public banks looking to recruit for above posts will invite applications from those having valid scorecards, by specifying the eligibility conditions (age, education % etc.,)

  • Candidates satisfying the eligibility criteria can send in their applications & proceed directly to Interview or Group discussion (whichever the bank decides)

  • As IBPS is responsible for conducting exams - it will notify each time, about
    i) Eligibility conditions
    ii) Application fees
    iii) Exam date, pattern & syllabus
    iv) Call letters / Issuance of Admit cards

  • Hereafter, scorecard issued after writing the common test is necessary to apply for any public sector bank jobs.
The common exam model will cover job vacancies in Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India, UCO Bank & Vijaya Bank.

State Bank of India & its 5 associate banks do not come under this process & will conduct separate tests as & when required.

Since the process has been decided, announcement for the 1st common bank exam could be out anytime sooner.We will get more details once its released.


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