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Institute of Banking Personnel Selection clerical cadre examination put on hold

The decision was taken after media reports emerged, which claimed that the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection had given the candidates applying to fill 3000 vacant posts in 11 banks the option to take exams only in English and Hindi.

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection clerical cadre examination put on hold-VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Jul 13, 2021, 7:06 PM IST
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The Finance Ministry has put on hold the ongoing process of holding the examination initiated by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection.

The decision was taken after media reports emerged, which claimed that the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection had given the candidates applying to fill 3000 vacant posts in 11 banks the option to take exams only in English and Hindi.

The media reports had triggered outrage, especially in Karnataka, as out of these 3000 vacant posts, 407 are for Karnataka. 

The Congress went hammer and tongs against Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Congress leader and former chief minister S Siddaramaiah claimed that candidates were able to write IBPS exams in regional languages before 2014. 

However, the rules were changed to allow only English and Hindi after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, he added.

He also claimed that the decision to exclude the option of regional language would result in the unemployment of Kannadigas. Targeting Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as well, Siddaramaiah accused her of constantly betraying Kannadigas and Kannada. She is unfit to represent the people of Karnataka in Rajya Sabha, he said, adding that she should resign if she has any shame.

The Finance Ministry clarified that a committee had been constituted to examine the demand to hold clerical cadre examination in Public Sector Banks in local/regional languages. 

The committee, which will look into the matter in its entirety, will give its recommendations within 15 days. 

The examination had been put on hold until the recommendations of the committee are made available. 

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