Both SBI PO and Statistical Officer are government jobs for which lakhs of candidates are applying every year through various entrance examinations across the country. While SBI PO is the entry level officer post in the premiere public sector bank in India, the Statistical officer post is offered through SSC examinations. The statistical officers are posted at the junior level in Group B (Central Civil Service, Non-Gazetted, Non-Ministerial). Under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, the candidates would get selected to Subordinate Statistical Service in the country. Both, SBI PO and Statistical Officer jobs have its pros and cons, which makes it an interesting comparison.
Though Statistical Officer post is one of the most rewarding and lucrative job opportunity through the SSC examinations, few people are aware about the post or the kind of work that needs to get performed by the candidates selected through the test. On the other hand, people trying to get into the post of probationary officer have more or less idea about the post and its functions in the public sector bank. In order to have a better view of both the career choices, this article would focus on the various aspects of the job profiles and present the necessary information regarding the job opportunities.
Job Profile of SBI PO and Statistical Officer
- The Statistical Officers selected through the SSC CGL would get posted either at National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) or at various government ministries. The Statistical officer post at the NSSO generally has two functions, i.e, Data Collection and Data Procession. While data collection is a field work that involves conducting surveys and data collection from various geographical fields, the data processing is a more of a desk job. The data processing includes preparation of extensive data complied through various field sources, which helps in forming and shaping government policies, schemes and programmes of the government of India. In the ministries and departments of government, the Statistical Officers mainly have clerical desk jobs that include drafting of documents and preparing survey reports, data entry, tabulation and compilation of existing data reports. While, the data collection part involves interaction with the people on field, the statistical officer job is mostly desk based and involves very less interaction with people on an everyday basis.
- On the contrary the SBI PO job involves day to day interaction with the customers in and out of the bank. The bank PO is responsible for increasing the business of the bank by providing loan opportunities and roping in new valuable and dependable customers. The SBI PO generally works from the personal desk in the banks, but they often need to meet clients and customers who are of value to the bank. They are responsible for carrying out day to day banking financial transactions in the bank as well.
Workload and Social Status
- While bank PO enjoys a certain social status dealing with people and their requirements every day, the same is not true for the Statistical officers. Being a desk job, the statistical officer post is more of a data collection and tabulation one that involves very few chances of interaction with the people. The Bank PO gets associated with people and their problems and allows them to have certain benefits and loan facilities from the bank. This gets them the social status and respect from the cliental as well as the customers of the bank.
- The workload and pressure also mounts to the SBI PO with the kind of responsibility they need to take up. The banks rely heavily on the PO for business expansion and they need to make sure that the transactions and day to day official work is being done suitably. They often have to work additional work hours to make sure everything is in place for the next day. The same is not true for Statistical officers in the junior level, who enjoy a fixed work-hour and less pressure at work. They find a good balance between their personal and professional lives, as they get a good amount of time to spend with their loved ones after the duty hours.
Postings of SBI PO and Statistical Officers
- The SBI PO need to at first undergo a probationary period of two years, during which they could not leave the bank and could be posted to anywhere in the country. Due to the large number of branches of SBI, the probationary officers are generally posted to branches in their home state or the state they have applied from in the first couple of years. They often get rural postings at the beginning of their job.
- The Statistical Officers selected through SSC CGL examination could be posted anywhere in the country as well. Approximately 80% of the candidates selected through SSC are posted in the National Sample Survey Office and the rest of the candidates are appointed to various ministries, departments, organizations under the central and state government.
Pay Scale of SBI PO and Statistical Officers
- The Statistical Officer selected through SSC CGL joins at pay bad of Rs. 9200- 34800 with Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/-. The starting salary of the Junior Statistical Officers in the various ministries or in the NSSO is about Rs. 30000/- per month.
- The probationary officers on the contrary in SBI gets a whopping annual gross salary of 8 to 12 lakhs, depending on the place of posting. The in hand monthly salary through the basic and DA is about Rs. 30000/- per month for SBI PO, but the other benefits and pay perks adds up the salary quite high. They are given bank’s contribution of PF of about Rs. 1690/- and Perquisites such as conveyance, newspapers, entertainment allowance, house and furniture maintenance adds up to another Rs. 4130/- per month. The HRA is whopping Rs. 29,500/- per month for the candidates placed in metro city branches of the bank. In addition they are provided with self and family medical benefits, concessional loan rates and home travel concession by the bank.
Growth and Promotion of SBI PO and Statistical Officer
- The candidates joining as Junior Statistical Officers through the SSC CGL examination can climb up the ladder of Senior Statistical Officer within 5 years of their posting. In another 2 or 3 years’ time they could rise up to the Assistant Director post. Over the course of their service, the candidates can even rank as high as to the Deputy Director, Joint Director and Director posts.
The Probationary officers too, can rise quite fast in the ladder and end up being the branch manager of assistant branch manager after just two or three years of their services to the bank. They can rise up to the Regional Manager and other higher posts in another 10 years of their services. The deserving and hardworking candidates can rise quite fast in the rank in the banking sector.