The notification that everybody has been waiting for has been published by the IBPS a few days ago and candidates aspiring to join the fledgling Indian banking sector are busy registering themselves for the IBPS PO 6 examination that is scheduled later this year. One of the most important things in this recruitment process is filling your preferences since according to that, you will be allotted the bank if you are finally selected for the job. In this article, we shall try to find out the factors that come into play while choosing the right combination of preferences for you.
IBPS PO 6: The Preference matters
The preference that you need to fill while registering yourself for the examination plays a vital role in determining your future employer. Hence, you need to be careful in choosing the right bank as your first preference and so on. The following factors should always be kept in mind while filling the preferences.
Number of branches of the bank: This is an important factor since according to the branch strength, you may predict the most likely areas of your future postings. Some banks have more branches and some have less, now, it depends on you which one you want to go for.
The headquarters of the banks: Except SBI, all the other banks have more number of branches concentrated in a particular region of the country. For example, Bank of Baroda has most number of branches in Gujarat and Maharashtra whereas Andhra Bank branches are mostly in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. So, you can decide which bank may offer you a home posting if you are allotted to that bank.
Overall business volume of the bank: This is going to be an important issue because of the merger talks going on these days. If you join a smaller bank, it may get merged with a bigger bank and your promotional opportunities may get hit in the future because of that. So, keep in mind the business volume of a bank before opting for that bank.
Inputs from seniors: This is very important since there have been regular recruitments in the last few years in the banking sector, most of the young generation people have worked in different banks for few years and they know the work culture there. You will get a first hand idea of the work culture and growth prospects from them.
Your personal choice: You may have personal linking for any bank because may be you like the work culture or the customer service provided in that bank. So, if your heart says that you should go for it, you must give it your first preference.
Your marks matter: Even after choosing a bank as your first preference, you are not certain to get it. You need to score higher marks if you want most sought after ones such as ECGC or Bank of Baroda or Punjab National Bank etc. On the other hand, even if you score higher and your preferred banks are not the most sought after ones as mentioned above, you may get into one of those because of mysterious allotment criteria adopted by IBPS at the time of final selection.
While filling the preferences, keep in mind that it is not about giving the best choice and after that, you can fill anything. But, you need to find out the preferences you want to provide to every single bank and fill the form accordingly. For example, Bank of India may be your first choice b but all the other preferences after this also matter since if you do not get the first preference, you may get the second. So, chalk out your strategy and fill accordingly. It is true that it is not in your hands even after scoring high marks to get into your first preference, but you need to do everything that you can as it is about your future that we are talking about.
All the best!!