IBPS Clerk and RRB Clerk are two of the most renowned bank exams in India. Lakhs of candidates appear for them each year and a little portion out of them qualifies till the finals. Both have their significance, let’s look at both of them separately:
- IBPS clerk:
Initially conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), the IBPS Clerk exam is a common written test for filling clerical vacancies in nationalized Indian banks. For personnel selection in Public Sector Banks, a CWE is required before selection. Candidates selected for clerical cadre posts are on probation for six months. For them to become permanent employees, they must pass an assessment test/performance review after the probationary period has ended.
- RRB Clerk:
Candidates apply to the IBPS RRB Clerk exam to become Office Assistants in the various Regional Rural Banks across the country, who are responsible for the everyday operations. In the RRB exam, IBPS is the conducting body and its annual examination is conducted every year. Apart from the Office Assistant exam, IBPS appoints candidates for two other positions at various railways recruitment boards (RRBs) in India, these are IBPS RRB Officer Scale I (IBPS RRB PO) &IBPS RRB Officer Scale-II & III.
Now, let’s compare both of these on a certain basis, and then the right conclusion can be drawn:
- Profile of the job: Candidates consider this one of the factors that influence their decision to pick a job. In an RRB, an applicant will be referred to as a clerk, while in a scheduled commercial bank, they will be referred to as an office assistant. Both posts have essentially the same job profile. Their primary tasks revolve around interacting with customers, updating passbooks, and generally serving them.
- Load of work: It appears that both the profile and the workload are similar. However, when asked students who were selected for both job descriptions, they feel regional Rural Banks have a lower workload in comparison to scheduled commercial banks.In addition to this, scheduled commercial banks have even more to do than just their regular duties whereas, in the case of regional banks, there are far fewer things to do than their normal routine work.
- Prospects in career: This is another important criterion that prospective candidates need to take into account when deciding between the two. In Scheduled Commercial Banks, the career progression is much better and quicker. A clerk selected in a scheduled commercial bank has the opportunity to progress up to scale-V in the next 10-15 years, which is not possible in the IBPS RRB as the promotional process is much slower.
- Posting: PSB postings are less desirable than those in Regional Rural Banks because they have more branches and therefore have a lower chance of being selected. In IBPS RRB, you can choose your post easily whereas it is not available in IBPS Clerk 2020.
Difference between both exams:
- IBPS RRB Clerk and IBPS Clerk Recruitment have significant differences in their selection procedures. There is an advantage for candidates with limited proficiency in English as IBPS RRB Exams give you the option of attempting the prelims in English, Hindi, or regional language. You will be tested on just two topics for the prelims: Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. Candidates can select either English or Hindi Language to attempt the IBPS RRB Main Exam.
- In contrast, candidates for the IBPS Clerk Exam have to attempt the English Language section both in the preliminary and mains test and can also prepare with BYJU’s Exam Prep experts.
There are many aspects of becoming a banker you need to consider, but in the end, it comes down to your choice and career goals.
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