Indian public sector banks are keeping pace with the time and giving tough competition to the private players. Last time when you went to any public sector bank, you might have interacted with the people like General Manager, Cashiers and Clerks with big, hardbound and heavy registers. That was the image all you had in your mind.
That time has changed now! Public sector banks hire professionals in the field of Information Technology, Agriculture, Law, Human Resource, Marketing and Sales. These banks are changing their infrastructure and going digital by setting up online banking services, hiring smart sales officers to provide better and excellent customer services, hiring Chartered Accountants and Law Officers to strategize on new and effective customer oriented beneficial schemes. Banks are doing all the effective things to retain its customers and value them.
In earlier years, every bank in India used to have their own banking exams to recruit candidates for specialist posts. In 2011, IBPS started conducting a common online examination for recruitments. The examination for these specialized posts is IBPS Common Written Examination (CWE) for Recruitment of Specialist Officers or IBPS Specialist Officer examination.
IBPS Specialist Officer online examination was last held on 16 March 2013 for the total 11 different posts. These positions were sought after in 20 public sector banks. There were total 34 examination centres located all across India. All the eligible candidates were judged on various tests. Combined results of CWE and Interview were announced on 14 June 2013 and an online process for preference of organizations was started from 24 June 2013 and ended on 29 June 2013. Allotment of jobs will commence on second of July 2013.
This year, the vacancies were open for the following posts:
- Information Technology Officer (Scale-I)
- Agricultural Field Officer (Scale-I)
- Rajbhasha Adhikari (Scale-I)
- Law Officer (Scale-I)
- Technical Officer (Scale-I)
- HR/Personnel Officer (Scale-I)
- Marketing Officer (Scale-I)
- Information Technology Officer (Scale-II)
- Law Officer (Scale-II)
- Chartered Officer (Scale-II)
- Finance Executive (Scale-II)
IBPS has not declared the vital statistics of the exam such as total number of vacancies, total applications accepted and total number of candidates who were able to clear CWE.
As per IBPS official website, the cutoffs were calculated using the formula:
Total Weighted Standard Score = Standard Scores obtained in [Reasoning + (½ English Language) + General Awareness/ Quantitative Aptitude + (1 ½ Professional Knowledge)]
The eligibility criteria were different for different posts as some posts required knowledge of computers while some posts required general awareness with special reference to banking industry. There was a provision for negative marking as well.
The complete process of IBPS Specialist Officer examination was online. Right from applying for the examination to actually writing the examination, results announcements and final merit list is laid online.
Candidates seeking for the complete process of previous IBPS Specialist Officer examination can view the details in the following document. This will help them understand the nature of the examination, eligibility criteria, how to apply, what to do and what to avoid.