Recruitment Examinations

Every year the number of graduate students goes up exponentially. This has increased the competition to secure a job a lot. There are a lot of students with exceptionally good talents graduating every year and the only way for organizations/companies to pick them out is by conducting recruitment examinations.  There are a number of recruitment exams conducted every year, sometimes even twice a year to hand-pick students by their talent and knowledge. 

There are a lot of different career fields that one can pursue, if not in the field that he/she had graduated in. Because there is always space to learn if one is interested to learn. This article is going to focus on the recruitment examinations being conducted by the IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) and the SBI (State Bank of India). These two organizations conduct exams to hire candidates for the various positions of employment in a bank. 

IBPS conducts various recruitment exams such as IPBS Clerk, IBPS PO, IBPS SO which are basically for the positions of a clerk, probationary officer, and specialist officer. These exams are eligible to be taken by anyone who possesses a Bachelors Degree. The syllabus for these IBPS exams is not particular from any course or subject, it consists of topics such as general knowledge, financial aptitude, logical reasoning, and English comprehension. These are skills that one can acquire by practicing regularly for these exams. Similarly the SBI Clerk, SBI SO and SBI PO Recruitment exams are for candidates from any background who wish to work in these positions at the State Bank of India.

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Both the organizations conduct examinations for various bank posts but the exam conducted by SBI is for recruitment into any SBI branch only whereas the exams conducted by IBPS are for recruitment to any bank that is recognized by the Government of India. 

The above-mentioned recruitment exams are conducted in two phases i.e; prelims and mains, and consist of topics such as English language ability, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability which tests the basic skills of an individual. These topics are common between the prelims and mains exam questions. The mains exam will also consist of topics such as financial awareness and data interpretation. 

However, there are some differences in the way the two organizations conduct recruitment examinations. The IBPS Clerk examination consists of only objective type questions for both the prelims and mains phases of the examination. The exams are conducted online or in a computer-based mode. Candidates who have a Bachelors’ Degree in any field can apply for this exam and they must focus on being able to solve the Reasoning and logical questions in time to be able to score well. The scores in this examination are normalized to equate the difficulty level of the exam being conducted in different slots. Candidates are required to score a minimum amount of marks in the various sections and also cross the cut-off marks set for that year. The IBPS PO and the IBPS SO follow the same type of exam pattern and mode of conduction. 

The SBI PO recruitment exam has a pattern that is slightly different as it consists of objective as well as descriptive questions in the mains examination. This is followed by a final phase of examination i.e; the Interview phase where candidates are required to sit for a face to face interview. For the candidates to get selected for the PO position, they are required to qualify the mains and the interview phases individually. Another rule of scoring in this exam is that the candidate needs to score at least the passing marks set by the SBI in order to qualify for the final interview phase of selection. The other exams conducted by SBI such as the SBI SO and SBI Clerk follow the same exam pattern and method of selection. 

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Since these exams are open for all candidates who have a Bachelors’ Degree, the candidates require some help in preparing for the examinations. For this purpose, there are coaching centers all around the country for candidates to join and prepare. Some coaching centers are verified by the conducting bodies of the examination and candidates are advised to look for these centers on the respective official websites. 

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