IBPS PO Criteria, IBPS Eligibility Criteria Changed. IBPS PO New Criteria- Banking Aspirants See Red.
Mumbai headquartered Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has come out with it’s CWE PO/MT-III Notification and it has come as a huge shock to banking aspirants. Banking sector has been one of the largest recruiter in our country,each year lakhs of student appear for exams conducted by IBPS on behalf of 19 Public Sector Banks (PSBs). Since it’s inception IBPS has been surrounded by controversies. Just as when things started looking brighter CWE PO/MT-III Notification comes as a huge shock with changed eligibility criteria for age as well as percentage of graduation. Previously any graduate below 30-years of age were eligible for IBPS CWE PO/MT exam, but now on recommendation of Khandelwal Committee, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has asked 19 Public Sector Banks (PSBs) to revise their eligibility criteria as minimum 60% marks in graduation an upper age limit -28-years vide it’s circular No. 10/30/3/2012-IR. It has drawn lot of criticism from disappointed banking aspirants, many have been preparing for banking exams for years & suddenly it came as a bolt from the blue for them as door for banking job is shut for them. On banks’s side it can be said that they are free to fix any criteria suitable like any other PSUs but on moral ground when unemployment is already a huge problem in front of youth of our country shutting the door of one of the largest recruiting industry for a large chunk of youth is may not be the right idea.
60% in graduation criteria – Our country does not have an uniform marking system across universities ,while only handful of people get 60% in top universities like Delhi University,Calcutta University, Allahabad University in some other Universities & Private Colleges scoring 60% is not much an issues, again it’s a commonly known fact that scoring in general streams is much difficult than professional or technical or practical oriented courses, if we go back in history their was a time when PSUs asked different percentages for different streams due to this very fact.
India’s top most exam Indian Administrative Service (IAS)/ UPSC does not ask for any percentage in graduation, Staff Selection Commission (SSC) too conducts it’s exam Combined Graduate level for both Group-B & Group-C posts of Central Government without any percentage bar, So we hope that keeping in mind the future of lakhs of unemployed youth our government will reconsider this criteria.
Age Criteria – Unemployment problem is on the rise and many state governments has already increased the upper age limit to 32 or even more,but the Banks seem to have gone against the trend by bringing down age limit to 28,which again makes lots of aspirants ineligible who were preparing for few years & may be bank was their only hope with our FM mentioning in his recent press conferences about huge recruitment in banking sector.
While it is said by Khandelwal Committee that these criterias will help to improve service quality in banks,questions are being asked by students/ job seekers whether really a single graduation marks can be a point to judge a person’s capability,the test is being conducted to test the students & to select them,not to reject them .
1) Government might implement it in phased manner like from certain year of graduation or may be 3years later that today’s students can choose their future accordingly
2) Keeping in mind the issue of unemployment & the very fact that it will deprive lot of aspirants from getting job government might remove this criteria
3) Govt can ask selected candidate to complete certain banking diploma or courses recognized by banks within 1year or so.
Banking aspirants are trying their best to make their voices here to media & government while some had vowed to file case in court. We hope banks & government will be a bit considerate about this issue & take steps that will give everyone a level playing ground as the proverb goes “ a fish can’t be judged by it’s ability to climb tree”.