Public sector banks (PSBs) will hire 63,200 persons in the current financial year, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Thursday.

The country’s largest bank SBI will alone recruit 20,000 clerical staff and 1,200 officer level employees.

Besides, other public sector banks will hire 22,000 officers and 20,000 clerical staff in this fiscal.

“So there are many opportunities for the young men and women to build the career in banking. It’s a very attractive career and young men and women must take advantage that the banks are recruiting so many people,” Mr. Chidambaram told reporters after meeting heads of public sector banks and financial institutions here.

There were 84,489 vacancies at various levels in state-owned banks at the end of the last financial year. Most of these banks have undertaken recruitment drives in recent years. The public sector banks have a sanctioned strength of about 8 lakh employees as on March 31, 2012. — PTI