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    I want to work as a P.O in a bank

    Presently working as LDC and wants to join as a P O in a bank. Check this page to get suitable advice from our experts.

    Can resign to the post of SSC CHSL ( Lower division clerk) in future if my BSc degree will complete from IGNOU and then can I apply for bank P.O. exam? My age is 19 years old yet.
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  • By continuing your B.Sc course from IGNOU, you have taken a right step in achieving your graduation. However, you must take care that your aggregate mark should not fall below 55 percent and the other parameter such its affiliation should not be a matter of concern since IGNOU is considered to be one of the best university having recognition from the ministry of Human - resources and its degrees are accepted world wide.
    You must be clear how you should proceed for the clearance of written and oral test. It would be better to go through the past year question papers of PO available in the market for the familiarity of the pattern of such such tests. The written test comprises three sections namely aptitude test, GK and your mathematical ability to solve some complex problems within a limited time - frame.
    For the first two parts, you should go through a noted English Newspaper such as Times of India, Hindus etc. It would serve twin purpose firstly acquaintences with the current events helping you in the written test and secondly it can improve your English by going through editorial and other eminenent writers expressing their views. For the later part, join a commercial institute for upgrading your solving technique in relation to mathematical problems. Such tricks could save your time in arriving at the right answer making it easier to crack the written test.
    For the oral test, you clarity in thinking and your better communication- skill would pave the way to your success.

  • IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) is the agency which conducts exam for the posts of PO in various participating banks. After your graduation you can apply for the same. There is a heavy rush for this competition though the vacancies are also substantial. Thousands of people apply for these coveted posts. During 2018 the exam was held for about 4100 posts of PO in different banks. Some banks may not be participating in this and have their own exam for the posts of their PO/ management trainees.

    The age eligibility limit for general category candidates for this is in the range 20 to 30 years and conveniently suits in your case. The advertisement for applying is generally in the third quarter of the year (August/ September) and one has to apply online for this. For different other categories like SC/ST, OBC, PwD, Ex-Servicemen etc different age relaxations are applicable.

    The exam consists of three stages - preliminary, main and interview. The total process from applying to appointment letter takes 6-7 months time for the selected candidates.

    Preliminary examination consists of test in English Language, Numerical Ability and Reasoning Ability containing a total 100 questions pertaining to these three subjects. There is a requirement of some minimum marks to be scored in each of the three parts in the exam. The duration of exam is 1 hour only. Based on the result of this exam the candidates will be short listed for the main examinations and will be called accordingly.

    Main Examination consists of tests in Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness, English Language, Data Analysis & Interpretation and English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). This contains about 200 questions and the duration of exam is 3-1/2 hours (including 1/2 hour for English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)).

    Based on the result of the main exam the candidates will be shortlisted for interview. The interview will be conducted by the participating banks in presence of IBPS personnels. The place and time of the interview will be available to the candidates in the IBPS site itself. They may get it in their email also. Generally the weight age given to written test and interview are in the proportion 80:20 for assessment of the candidate.

    A candidate is expected to perform at least 40% in the interview which is the minimum marks to be secured in the interview.

    I want to add here that those persons who are already working as clerk in bank another internal channel of rising in the career exists. That is called departmental training officers exam. It is internal to the respective banks. It is very tough to compete in that but that is one alternate way to rise to the PO post internally.

    Knowledge is power.

  • You can do that. But don't resign the present job till you get a job as PO in a bank. The present age of yours indicates that you can write PO examinations after completing the degree. The age limit will be around 28 years for POs jobs. So there is no problem of age.
    The PO posts will be advertised in all the leading newspapers as and when some vacancies arise. After completing your graduation you can start applying for the same. You have to follow the instructions given in the advertisement and apply. You have to pay the required fees also. Then there will be a written test conducted by the bank. The exam will be objective type questions and you should prepare well for the exam. There are many guides and there are coaching institutes also who will give you the required coaching.
    Once you are qualified in the written test you will be called for an interview and once you are selected in the interview you may have to undergo a medical examination.
    All the nationalised banks, private banks and other financial institutes are taking POs. The career is very promising and the benefits and perks are good. So you can concentrate and prepare well so that there will not be any problem in getting the job.
    Please see whether you have to apply through proper channel as you are in a government job now. Please go through the instruction properly and then decide.
    As you are qualified for the clerical job you can start applying for clerk post in Banks from now onwards so that you will have better chances of getting the job and once you join the bank you can attend departmental examinations and get promoted to officer level.

    always confident

  • You are now only 19 years old and you have already joined Central Government. My congratulations!

    I know that you have been posted in Delhi or in any other bigger cities of India as you have qualified SSC CHSL. So, you must not resign. First, qualify your B.Sc. Examination from IGNOU. Use the Study Centre of your city. If your Study Centre is in a different city, you can register yourself in a Study Centre in the city where you are working.

    After qualifying your B.Sc. Examination, lots of opportunity in Government sector will come to you. Not only Bank Probationary Officer (P.O.), you will also be eligible for applying for higher-level posts of SSC (SSC CGL), various posts under different Railway Recruitment Boards and also for Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC. You can also apply for the Public Service Commission posts in your own state.

    As you are posted in a big city, you will get the coaching facility for various recruitment examinations in your city. As you are already working, you can finance the coaching fee. So, don't resign your present post. If necessary, you can take long leave (Leave Without Pay) for a maximum period of five years.

    Last but not least, I must state that nowadays SSC CGL posts are considered more lucrative than Bank P.O posts. In my office itself, two Assistant Section Officers have joined in last three years resigning the position of P.O.

    “Khamosh rahoon toh mushkil hain, keh doon toh shikayat hoti hain" (It is difficult to remain silent; But if I speak, they complain.) --------- Saba Afghani

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