Mumbai headquartered Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) Selection recently come out with it’s notification for recruitment of Probationary Officers for public sector banks in india – the new criteria has come as a huge shock to banking job aspirants. Public sector banks In India are one of the largest recruiters in the country, with each year over 30 lakh students appearing for exams conducted by IBPS (on behalf of 19 public sector Indian banks). Since it’s inception IBPS has been surrounded by controversies due its faulty recruitment processes. Just as when things started looking brighter Probationary Officer – 3 notification comes with changed eligibility criteria for age as well as for percentage of graduation.
Previously any graduate below 30yrs of age were eligible for appearing in IBPS PO exam,but now on recommendation of Khandelwal committee, Ministry of finance – Govt. of India has asked the 19 public sector banks in India to revise their eligibility criteria as minimum 60% marks in graduation and an upper age limit of 28 years vide it’s circular No. 10/30/3/2012-IR.
This has drawn lot of criticism from disappointed banking aspirants as many have been preparing for this banking exam for years – this comes as a bolt out of the blue and shuts the banking job door for many. While it is said any organization is free to fix any criteria suitable like any other PSUs but on moral grounds when unemployment is already a huge problem (especially with the youth of our country) shutting the door of one of the largest recruiting industry (i.e. public sector Banks In India) for a large chunk of aspirants CANNOT be an acceptable policy decision.
60% in graduation criteria ???
Our country does not have a uniform marking system across universities – while only handful of people get 60% in the major universities like universities like Delhi University,Calcutta University, and Allahabad University. In other universities & pvt colleges scoring 60% is not much of an issue – again it’s a commonly known fact that scoring in general streams is more difficult than in professional or technical or practical oriented streams. If we go back in history their was a time when PSUs asked different percentages for different streams due to this very fact – WHY WAS THIS CHANGED ? If one looks at statistics only 10% of total pass out of BCOM in Calcutta University got 1st class this year – does government think others don’t deserve a government job ? – and this is not just the not just the story of Calcutta university.
IN FACT – India’s top most exam IAS does not ask for any percentage in graduation, and the Staff Selection commission too conducts it’s exam Combined graduate level for both Group-B & Group-C posts of central government without any percentage bar.
Unemployment problem is on the rise & many state governments have already increased the upper age limit to 32 years or even more,but the Banks in India seem to have gone against the trend by bringing down age limit to 28 years,which again makes lots of aspirants ineligible who were preparing for few years with banking jobs as their only hope following our Finance Minister mentioning in his recent press conferences about huge recruitment’s in banking sector.
While it is said by the Khandelwal committee that these criteria will help improve service quality in banks, questions are being asked by students whether really a single graduation marks can be a point to judge a person’s capability,the test is being conducted to test the students & to select them, and not to reject them .
1) Government might implement the Khandelwal committee recommendations in a phased manner, like from certain year of graduation or may be 3 years later such that today’s students can choose their future accordingly.
2) Keeping in mind the issue of unemployment & the very fact that it will deprive lot of aspirants from getting a job, the government might consider removing this criteria completely.
3) Govt can further ask selected candidate to complete certain banking diploma or courses recognized by banks within 1 year like JAIIB.
Aspirants are trying their best to make their voices heard to both media & government – some have vowed to file a case in the high court or the honourable Supreme Court. Some are out in roads protesting in various places. The question is why does the government not want to give a level playing field for all ?
I hope banks & government consider this issue & take steps to give everyone a level playing field. The proverb goes “ a fish can’t be judged by it’s ability to climb a tree” , similarly a graduation percentage can’t be the sole criteria of sitting in an exam.