Banking is a dynamic sector that will continue to provide vast employment opportunities in the coming years. The profession was open for graduates from all disciplines including engineers and the sector can be considered to be on par with other hot professions offering good pay packages and social standing.

This was the message sent to students and aspirants of bank jobs at a seminar on “Exciting Career Opportunities in Banks” organised by ‘The Hindu' in association with National School of Banking (NSB) here on Sunday.

Banking was one of the few sectors in which career growth was directly linked to performance, said Shiv Kumar, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India (SBI).

He threw light on various aspects of recruitment and how any graduate can aspire towards a professional and rewarding career.

Promotions and scales were based on internal examinations and one can reach the executive cadre at a very young age, he said and pointed out that SBI was recruiting Probationary Officers (PO) in huge numbers.

Growth was quite fast for POs and there are foreign assignments too at various levels making the career attractive. Starting salary can be Rs. 21,000 for P.O.s while the same was around Rs. 12,000 in the clerical cadre.

Mr. Kumar himself joined the organisation as a probationary officer and rose to the present position. Agricultural Officers too were being recruited on a big scale as there is greater focus on the farm sector apart from opportunities in the technical wing.

N. Rama Raju, a retired senior SBI official, cautioned ex-servicemen applicants on the cut-off dates meant for applying. Caste certificates older than one year are not valid and candidate should be doubly careful in submitting necessary certificates on time.

Application these days is web based, and candidates can rectify mistakes in the form once during the exam time but not later. He said award of first class in degree varies in several universities.

For example, in Maharashtra only the final year aggregate is calculated and in some states all the three-years aggregated is taken into consideration.C.S. Vepa, Director, NSB, said the exam and the interview test the application of knowledge rather than accumulation. Time was a big factor and candidates fast off the blocks usually get through as quick decisions are expected to be taken in the banking jobs.

P. Ranga Reddy, Regional General Manager, The Hindu welcomed.

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