Recruitment of Specialist Officers (SOs) in the Indian Banks: Revised eligibility conditions

IBPS has issued an advertisement for conducting Common Written Examination III (CWE III) to recruit specialist officers in participating Indian Banks.However, it has changed eligibility criteria for IT officers & Agriculture Field Officers. In CWE I & CWE II, eligibility requirement was a graduate degree but this time it is a 4 year degree. In addition to this particular change, a new change in eligibility criteria has excluded BCA graduates from appearing in CWE III and even candidates pursuing MCA course since eligibility criteria requires completion of MCA degree on 1-11-2013. This appears a cruel joke to BCA students who have appeared in earlier CWE I & CWE II examinations. They have been made unfit for IT Officer post in Indian Banks if revised eligibility criteria comes into force as advertised by IBPS.

In 2012, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducted the first common written test for selection of Specialist Officers (CWE SPL-I) in participating banks. Scorecard of this examination will be valid until March 31, 2013. Based on scorecard of CWE, qualifying candidates will be called for a Common Interview to be coordinated by IBPS. Merit list of successful candidates will be prepared based on scores of CWE and Common Interview. As per the order of merit list, offers from the participating public sector banks will be received by the candidates through a computerized system depending on the vacancies and order of preference of banks by the successful candidates. Participating banks for CWE SPL-II are: Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Dena Bank, IDBI, Oriental Bank of Commerce, PNB, Punjab & Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, UCO Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India and Vijaya Bank. Since validity of scorecard of 2012 will expire on March 31, 2013, IBPS has notified Common Written Examination II (CWE SPL-II) for the financial year 2013-14 that will be valid till March 31, 2014.

Modernization process has necessitated the recruitment of specialist officers in diversified fields like information technology, legal, finance, marketing, audit etc. Initially successful candidates will be posted as Specialist officers in Scale I & II and later on promoted to other grades based on the work performance and performance in departmental examinations.

Online Registration, Payment of Application Fee & Download of Call letter

Online examination (CWE SPL-II) will be conducted in the middle of March (16 OR 17TH March) 2013. Candidates have to register online and pay application fees between January 10 and January 28, 2013. Candidates opting for offline application fee payments have to do it between January 12 and February 2, 2013. Call Letters for the written examination may be downloaded only after March 6, 2013.

Required qualifications & Experience for different posts

I.T. Officer (Scale I & II)

1. BE or B.Tech or B.Sc. degree in CS / IT/ Electronics/ Telecommunications/ E&C/ E&I or BCA, OR

2. PG degree in CS / IT / Electronics / Telecommunications / E&C / E&me or MCA, OR

3. Graduate having passed DOEACC ‘B’ level

No experience is required for scale I but one year experience is needed for Scale II vacancies.

Agriculture Field Officer (Scale I)

Graduate degree in Agriculture or allied fields

No experience is asked for this post

Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale I)

A PG degree in Hindi with English as a subject in the graduation OR

A PG degree in Sanskrit with English & Hindi as subjects in the graduation

No experience is needed.

Law Officer (Scale I)

Law graduate without any experience are eligible for CWE. However, 3 years experience of practice is needed for Law Officer (Scale II).

Technical Officer (Scale I)

Degree in the given branches of engineering/B. Pharm. No experience is needed.

HR/Personnel Officer (Scale I)

PG degree or diploma in Personal Management/Industrial Relations/HRD/Social Work/Labor Law OR

Degree/Diploma in Business Administration/Management with specialization in HRD. No experience is desired.

Marketing Officer (Scale I)

PG degree or diploma in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing without any experience.

Finance Executive (Scale II)

PG degree or diploma in Business Administration with specialization in Finance with 3 years experience in the area of Credit Appraisal of industrial projects in Financial Institutions/banks.

Chartered Accountant (Scale II)

Candidates need no experience but must have passed final examination for Chartered Accountants.

Age of the general category candidates should be between 20 (21 in some cases) and 35 years of age on 1.1.2013 for most of the posts shown above except Law & IT Officer (Scale II) posts as maximum age limit for these two post is allowed to 40 years. Age relaxation for other categories is available in the advertisement. In addition to above conditions, candidates aspiring for other than IT Officers posts must have studied either computer/information technology as one of the subjects in the High School/College/Institute or have operating and working knowledge in computer systems as evident from certificate/diploma/degree in computer operations/languages. Candidates can apply only for one post.

Structure of the written examination

There will be total 200 questions and each question will carry one mark. Of the total 200 questions, sections defined as ‘Reasoning’, ‘English Language’ and ‘Professional Knowledge’ will have 50 questions each for all posts. Weigtage for reasoning questions will be one mark for each question, half for each English Language section question and 1.5 for every question of Professional Knowledge section. Candidates for the posts of Law Officer & Rajbhasha Adhikari have to attempt 50 questions (each carrying one mark) related to general awareness and all others same number of questions related to quantitative aptitude. Questions will be of objective nature and wrong answers will have negative marking.

Results of written examination of CWE-SPL II is now declared and score card is already placed on the IBPS website. Cutoff for individual sections is 24 for each section. However, overall cutoff is understood to be kept 135 or so. Hence candidates qualifying both cutoff marks limit will perhaps be called for interviews in different banks. If you consider individual section cutoff, even after qualifying individual cutoff in all sections one will get a total of 96 marks but overall cutoff limit is also to be achieved. One should not be complacent after clearing individual section cutoff.

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