Scores of IBPS conducted test for those without a degree may not be valid!
Public Sector Banks (PSBs) now wants graduates for the clerical posts. A bank job aspirants must have a graduate degree in order to appear in bank clerk examinations. Previously, intermediate (10+2) passed and candidates of 18 years of age were qualified for the post of clerical job and intermediate and completion of 18 years of age were the minimum required qualifications.
However, from this year onwards, some banks have made graduation as the basic educational qualification required. Mr M. N. Sudharkar, Deputy General Manger – Human Resources of Andhra Bank, said to The Business Line “The minimum qualification for clerks has been enhanced to graduation based on guidelines from the Government.”There are several other banks who had upgraded the minimum qualifications for clerical posts including Bank of Baroda.
However banks retained minimum age required to apply for clerical post to 18 years though nobody in India can complete graduation by that age.
This would mean trouble for over 30 lakh candidates who appeared for the common written examination for clerical posts conducted by the Institute for Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) in November last year with intermediate as the minimum qualification.
But making graduation as minimum qualification will make the test obsolete for those who did not have a degree. Though the test score is valid for one year, they cannot apply to clerical positions now.
Mr M. Balachandran, Director, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, said that the Government order on making graduation as minimum qualification was a “recent development” which came after IBPS conducted the written exam.
“Many banks are now changing the norms. From the next exam, IBPS will prescribe graduation as the minimum criteria,” he added.