Sunday, 9 August 2015

Career in Banking Sector

If you’re good at Maths and English and want to make a career in Banking Sector, then this is the right time to make a move. Most government and private banks in India are currently recruiting or planning to do so in the near future. Banks have also been expanding their branch and ATM network in a big way due to which they need trained human resources on a large scale.
In the last few decades, the banking industry has experienced fundamental changes. The example of Hema Malini Venkatraman is an interesting case in point. After completing her graduation with gold medal in the 1980s from a very famous college of an average Indiantown, she was asked by the media if she wanted to become an IAS officer or try some other field. She remarked that she wanted to become a Probationary Officer (PO) in a bank. Not only her parents but even her school teachers as well as the media were stunned at her answer that instead of attempting to qualify for an IAS exam, such an intelligent girl wanted to become an officer in the bank. Such reactions were quite obvious at that time because civil services then had around one thousand vacancies a year whereas banks barely had 40-80 vacancies. If any bank ever advertised for over 100 vacancies, it used to be a huge sensation. But now the scenario has changed and a large number of vacancies are advised. Now is the time for those who want to opt for career in banking.
Growing Opportunities
The retired Assistant General Manager of Vijaya Bank, AP Singh says that the nature that the nature of expansion of the banking sector is such that new branches are being opened in the villages and thus well-trained personnel are the need of the hour. He further adds that suburban areas in almost all cities are also expanding with new colonies growing at a fast pace. No sooner does a new colony come in; a bank branch is needed instantly. Once a bank makes a debut, the rest follow suit. Another observation that he makes is about the changing nature of services offered by banks.
He says, earlier government and private sectors banks used to provide services pertaining to deposit and remittance of money, loans and debt. But, now banks are also selling insurance policies and offering services in the financial fields such as mutual funds & strategic investment plans. With this, the range of services has increased and so has opportunity for employment.
Recruitment Scenario
According to hansmukh Aditya, Secretary, Central Bank, this year’s recruitment would certainly not be less than that of the last year. Dr. Upendra Sah, a lecturer in the department of economics at the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, analyses the possible recruitment in the banking sector in a different way. According to him, every year, thousands of officers are retiring in almost all the old government banks. This number is among the highest in bigger institutions like the State Bank. Naturally these seats have to be filled soon to ensure the organization smooth functioning. Additionally, in rural as well as urban areas, private sectors banks like government banks, are also opening their new branches and want to expand their business aggressively. Though the number of employees and offices in the newly opened branches is less, yet, at least five to six people are recruited. Additionally, providing license to several new banks is in line this year. Public sector company IDFC and the non-banking finance company NBFC Bandhan are said to have received licenses to open banks. Bandhan has even announced the commencement of banks operations formally from next month. According to a non-official estimates, this year there is likely to be 60-80 thousands vacancies and recruitments in the banking sector.
Indian Banking System
Dr. Upendra Sah says that the Indian banking system is very strong and holds the complete Indian economy strongly. The strength of this system could be taken into account with the fact that a few years back when the world economy was under the threat of recession, Indian economy came out largely unscathed because of its strong banking system. After independence, the story of banking regulations began with the banking regulating acts of 1949. That time banking system was completely private and most of the rough edges were found in this system. Later in1969, 14 banks were nationalized. After 11 years, in 1980, 6 more banks were nationalized. Among these, New Bank of India was merged with Punjab National Bank. As of now, there are 19 nationalized banks in India whereas the number of State bank of India and its subsidiary banks is six. In private sector there are 18 banks whereas an announcement regarding license to two more banks was made.
The Process of Bank Recruitment
There is a common written test for the recruitment which is conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection-IBPS. This test is being conducted twice in a year for recruitment in 19 government banks. The State Bank of India with its constituent’s banks conducts its own test separately. Now after appearing in one test, they will be eligible to seek employment at several banks. For the Government banks, including the regional ones, IBPS holds a joint online examination followed by interview. Pre-examination training is also arranged for SC/ST candidates. For a job in a regional rural bank knowledge of local language is also required. In the private sector, there are no set selection criteria or process. They recruit according to their own process. Many private banks usually prefer campus selection.

Category of the Banks and Name Government Banks
State Bank and its co-coordinating units (State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore)

Allahabad Bank
Catholic Syrian Bank
Andhra bank
City Union Bank
Bank of Maharashtra
Dhan Laxmi Bank
Bank of India
Federal Bank
Bank of Baroda
Jammu & Kashmir Bank
Canara Bank
Karnataka Bank
Central Bank of India
Karur Vaishya Bank
Corporation Bank
Lakshmi Vilas Bank
Dena Bank
Nainital Bank
Indian Bank
Ratnakar Bank
India Overseas Bank
South Indian Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Tamil Nadu Mercentile Bank
Punjab National Bank
Axis Bank
Punjab & Sind Bank
Kotak Mahindra Bank
Syndicate Bank
UCO Bank
United Bank of India
Indusind Bank
Union Bank of India
Yes Bank
Vijaya Bank


Bhartiya Mahila Bank

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