State Bank of India commands a name which no other public sector bank carries.This factor seems to have come into play in the recent SBI PO recruitment 2013 bringing in 17 lakh applications.The Indian banking sector has been looking up for past couple of years even after the global economic turmoil.So is the reason for bank jobs turning hot favorite among young people.
An advertisement to fill 1500 probationary officer vacancies was released by State bank of India in January 2013.The last date to submit online applications closed on February 23rd.
How Many Have Applied?
With the written examination on April 28, SBI has inserted ads in all leading newspapers thanking applicants for registering & termed the response as ‘overwhelming’.
|Although exact numbers were not revealed, the bank says that over 17 lakh applications have been received.|
In addition to wishing registrants for the written test, the notice also informs candidates to download their call letters from SBI website starting April 8th.
Highest in Recent Times
Taking cue from such ads, business newspapers also carried articles related to this unprecedented response for SBI PO recruitment 2013 mentioning possible reasons.
Ever since common written exams (CWE) & interviews were introduced for jobs in 20 other public sector banks, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has been mandated to conduct recruitments (State bank group is not part of it)
14 lakh registrations were recorded for the inaugural common test for PO`s in 2011.But IBPS CWE are held for 20 participating organisations whereas SBI stands separately.
This level of competition to get inside India`s largest govt.owned bank makes one look in awe.
4500 Only Required
Based on the average marks of qualifiers in objective & descriptive tests, categorywise listing shall be prepared upto 3 times the vacancies & they would be called for Group discussion & personal interviews, says SBI PO recruitment notification.
|This simply means the bank will shortlist only 4500 candidates for phase II selection process that includes GD/ PI|
Having now known about the interest among aspirants SBI will have to decide on its shortlisting strategy.So either of the following is bound to happen,
- The level of question paper could be increased OR
- Section wise & combined cutoff marks may be set higher to select desired number of individuals.(see previous yr SBI PO cutoffs)
With 17 lakh people waiting for their chance, registrants should put their heads down and start preparing for SBI PO exam more seriously in the coming days.(Read important topics to cover for SBI PO exam)