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Eligibility for bank jobs relaxed

New Delhi, July 23 () : Eligibility criteria for those applying for posts of probationary officers and management trainees in public sector banks has been relaxed according to the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).

This relaxation comes for those who are to appear for the common written examination in October. The BJP’s student wing had staged protests in Patna against the earlier changes by IBPS.

Under the revised eligibility criteria, the qualifying age has been increased from 28 years to 30 years, which will be allowing more number of candidates to appear for the exam.

Yet another change in eligibility criteria by IBPS is that the candidate need not be computer literate as specified before. As per the earlier conditions for eligibility, a candidate should have studied computers from a recognized institution. It could be a degree or even a diploma or a certificate course at school level. Now this has been scrapped. The dates for applying and paying registration fees have now been extended.

Various student organizations in Bihar held demonstrations and blocked movement of trains at various places as a protest against the changes in eligibility criteria by IBPS. They objected to the reduction in age to 28 years, increase in fees from Rs 400 to Rs 600 and the qualifying mark set at 60%.

Students met Governor D Y Patil while another group gheraoed Mudhra CMD of BOB when he came to inaugurate a branch. The BJP and Left wing student unions have been protesting since last week. They have decided to intensify the stir and spread it across the country. The main demands of the protesters have not been met.

The new changes would not satisfy the student unions who would now launch a more intensified stir. With recruitment being low and campus placements rare, the security of state-owned institutions are now coming back to the fore for the job seekers.