1) The Written Exam

The foremost step in the selection procedure is the written exam that serves as a qualifier and is used to separate the cream of the nation from all other applicants. It is an objective paper conducted online and has a net duration of two hours. The test covers five different sections and a total of 200 marks are distributed in varying proportions across different categories.

The sections are as follows:

  • Reasoning for 50 marks
  • English Language for 40 marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude for 50 marks
  • General Awareness (with special reference to Banking Sector) for 40 marks
  • Computer Knowledge for 20 marks

For every answer that is incorrect, a negative marking is also there. One- fourth of mark (0.25 marks) is deducted for every incorrect answer. To qualify for the exam, every student is supposed to score a minimum which satisfies the cut-off.

2) IBPS Interview

Candidates who clear the cut-off that is set for the exam qualify for the next round which is the IBPS Interview. Perceived as one of the most difficult rendezvous that a student might ever face; excelling in this holds the key to your selection. These interviews are directed by the Participating Organizations and composed by the Nodal Bank every state and Union Territory across India with the assistance of IBPS. The ratio of importance given to the exam and the interview is 80:20; that is the interview holds 20% weightage in your selection while the qualifying exam has a proportion of 80% to its credit. When going for the interview; it is advised to carry the following documents:

  1. Printout of valid Interview Call Letter clearly specify the date and time
  2. A valid system generated Online Application Form
  3. A valid date of birth proof
  4. A valid photo Identity proof
  5. The mark sheet of your Graduation
  6. Certificates to validate your caste if applied for same
  7. Medical Certificates for physically disabled candidates
  8. Experience Certificates (if any)
  9. NOC (No Objection Certificate) from departments for those who are already working in other government or public sector bodies

Most students are unable to clench the title due to lack of preparation in this front, most dedicate all their energy to the qualifying exam and ignore the importance of the interview which often leads to their downfall. It is critical and thus should be given adequate importance to.

3) Reference Check

Reference checking will verify factual information such as dates and places of employment, as well as to provide useful information on the applicant’s work history, a valuable indicator of future performance. One risk of not sufficiently examining the background of an employee is a lawsuit for negligent hiring. The general theory of negligent hiring lawsuits is that the employer, because of its negligent hiring practices, placed individuals in a position where they could injure a member of the public. The employer’s pre-employment investigation of the employee is the focus of these cases, which try to determine what a reasonable employer should have known and discovered about the employee before hiring the individual. One important tool to discover information regarding an employee’s past is the reference check.

4) Medical Examination

After having cleared all the above, the final hurdle remains the medical examination where the candidate is checked and verified is he is deemed fit for the job profile that is being offered to him. Though the criteria to sail past this one are not very stringent it sure holds a key position in your selection. Finally, after passing through all these checks you will reach your destination that is the job as a Probationary Officer or a Management Trainee.