The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) will conduct Common Written Exam (CWE) for Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) from 2012-13 for recruitment of Officers and Officer Assistants (Multipurpose). National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has been entrusted with the responsibility of coordination and Supervision of the selection process beside finalisation of the methodology for the conduct of the Common Written Examination.
Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Financial Services, has decided to introduce a Common Written Examination (CWE) to be conducted by Institute of Banking Personal Selection (IBPS) for recruitment of Officers in Group A and Group B. A total of 82 Regional Rural Bank (RRBs) will participate in the Recruitment Process.
Groups for Common Written Exam (CWE)
Officers in Group A will include Junior Management Grade Scale I, Middle Management Grade Scale II (with 1 to 2 years experience), Middle Management Grade Scale III (with 5 years experience), and Group B which includes Office Assistants (Multipurpose) in RRBs.
The educational qualification for recruitment in RRB in each group is Graduation except in Officer Scale II wherein degree in specialised area is required. The other eligibility conditions (Like Knowledge of Local Language) and the exam pattern will differ as per each scale.
For ensuring proficiency in local language, the passing of 10 standard exam with local language as a subject, will be verified at the time of interview and will also be specified by each RRB in their individual notification.
The knowledge/ awareness of computer will be treated as an added qualification which will be stipulated by each RRB when notifying for recruitment for Scale I cadre.
Selection Process for IBPS RRBs
Candidates applying for above mentioned cadres in the RRBs will have to qualify the Common Written Examination (CWE) conducted by IBPS followed by an Interview by the respective RRBs. Separate Common Written Examination will be held in each of the cadres in RRBs.
Note: There will be a common paper for both Generalist and Specialist cadres for Officer Scale I.
IBPS will issue a valid Score Card to all the successful candidates who can henceforth, apply in RRB for recruitment as per their requirement. The Score Card will be valid for one year from the date of issue. Interview of the candidates who have secured minimum qualifying marks in CWE in order of merit will be done by a Committee constituted by the concerned RRB. After completion of interview process, RRBs will issue letters of appointment to the selected candidates.
Role of NABARD
The written exam will be supervised by NABARD who will further identify one RRB as Nodal RRB for each State to coordinate the conduct of examinations in that State under their charge. However, the other remaining RRBs in the State will also be involved to assist the designated Nodal RRB in carrying out smooth conduct of the examination in coordination with IBPS.
How to Apply
IBPS will notify the Common Written Examination, stipulating minimum eligibility criteria in terms of age, qualification and experience (if any) as well as the modalities of conduct of CWE. Candidates will be advised to specify any one centre from the list of centres notified by IBPS from which he/she would appear for CWE.
The application fee for Officer (Multipurpose) and Officer (Scale I, II & III) will be Rs 350 and Rs 450 respectively for General Category candidates. Fee for reserved (SC/ ST/ PWD/ Ex-Servicemen) category will be Rs 50.
There shall be no restriction on the candidate to appear in the interview only in the RRBs located in the state where he/she had appeared for CWE. However, the candidates may be required to possess proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT for which vacancies he/she wishes to apply.