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Public sector banks to recruit 85,000 staff in 3 years

New Delhi, Sep 30 (Calcutta Tube) Public sector banks (PSBs) have planned to recruit around 34,000 officers and 51,000 clerks in the next three years in a bid to expand their operations through new branches, especially in semi-urban and rural areas.

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), an autonomous organisation engaged in recruitment of personnel and internal promotion in banks and financial institutions, will conduct common recruitment examinations of clerks and officers for all the 27 public sector banks, an official statement said Monday.

‘Keeping in view the recommendations of A.K. Khandelwal Committee and Indian Banks’ Association and taking note of the fact that many public sector banks are already utilising the services of the IBPS for recruitment of clerks and officers, the government has decided to entrust the IBPS the responsibility to conduct the common recruitment examination for the PSBs,’ the statement said.

The Khandelwal Committee has recommended that bankers can design the content of testing, methodology for conducting such test and also review the existing arrangements.

The committee presented its report to the government in June, making a number of recommendations on the issues – ranging from manpower and recruitment planning, training and skill development of staff, career planning, performance management, reward management and succession planning.

The government has set a target to provide banking facilities to areas with population above 2,000 by March 2012. Only 37 percent of bank branches are in rural areas and less than 40 percent of the country’s population have bank accounts.

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