Only Graduates eligible for Bank Clerk - Is this justified?

With recent changes in IBPS clerk exam, the minimum educational eligibility criteria have been hiked to graduation. Read on to find out why was the Bank Clerk Exam eligibility criteria modified?

Created On: Dec 28, 2015 12:58 IST
Modified On: Jan 13, 2016 13:12 IST

Banking sector has always been one of the most sought after fields to build one’s career in. With renewed focus on this sector via governmental schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna; the need for qualified and trained banking personnel has increased manifolds. The most primary level at which one can be part of the Banking sector is through a Bank Clerk Jobs. Being a government sector job, apart from great salary, Banking Clerk jobs are preferred by candidates for stability and perks they offer. Generally Bank Clerks are hired through written tests. However, with recent changes in IBPS Clerk exam pattern there have been significant changes in the Bank Clerk exam format, eligibility and pattern. Aspirants have been left wondering about all these changes and the logic behind them. In the article below, we shall try to decode these changes and also identify what prompted the authorities to implement them.

Why were changes made to the Bank Clerk Exams?

With increasing number of candidates applying for the Bank examinations, accommodating the applicants through existing test pattern was turning out to be a very challenging task. Furthermore, the quality and quantity of the candidates appearing in the Bank Clerk exams were also suffering under the existing model. To cater to these challenges, the Bank Clerk Exam Pattern was changed this year.

Exam Pattern

According to the latest Banking Exam calendar announced by the IBPS, the Clerk Banking exam would be conducted into two stages i.e., Preliminary Examination and Main Examination. The preliminary examination would be an objective style test that will be used to screen students for the Main Examination. The Main examination would be descriptive in nature and will be conducted to screen candidates for the Personal Interview Round. Following the personal interview, candidates will be chosen for final placement as Bank Clerks in respective branches.

Graduation as Bank Job Eligibility criteria

The biggest challenge that major exams like SBI Clerk or IBPS Clerk exams faced under the existing exam pattern was the high number of candidates applying for the examination. With minimum qualification set as clearance of Class 12 examination, the Bank Clerk examinations received several thousand applications for just a few posts. To meet this challenge, IBPS has decided to increase the minimum academic qualification required to appear for Clerk Bank Job to Graduation.

Many candidates who have cleared class 12 Examination have raised objection to this move, but considering the situation of high number of applicants, it seems like a move in the right direction. Although some people may miss out on the opportunity to be part of banking system through the clerk examination, it will raise the general quality of the clerical personnel within the banking sector. The candidates who are planning to appear for Bank clerk exams post Class 12 can still do so after completing their graduation. Graduation being the minimum academic qualification to appear for Bank Clerk exam may seem harsh right now, but as most other jobs today need graduation as minimum eligibility criteria, it will seem to work in favour of aspirants by opening up opportunities on other sectors as well in case they fail to clear the Bank Clerk examination.

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