The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection's clerical recruitment exam for public sector banks could be held in 13 regional languages along with English and Hindi following a recommendation from the Finance Ministry in this regard.
The move is based on the recommendation made by the Committee constituted by the finance ministry to examine the possibility of holding the exams for clerical cadre in PSBs in regional languages.
The IBPS exams seeking to hire for 3,000 clerical posts in 11 banks had been put on hold in July this year and a committee set up after a controversy erupted over not keeping Kannada as a language medium option to write the test. Out of the 3,000 clerical posts, 407 posts are in Karnataka.
The appointments for clerical staff were being sought for the Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Punjab and Sind Bank, Union Bank of India and UCO Bank.
The committee further said that the decision of holding clerical exams in regional languages will also apply to future SBI vacancies.
The ongoing recruitment process of the State Bank of India for vacancies already advertised and for which preliminary exams had been held will be completed as advertised, the statement from the finance ministry said.
However, any clerical recruitments and other advertised hirings for the 12 public sector banks in future will be conducted in 13 regional languages.
The Finance Ministry said that the committee took into account employment opportunities for local youth and give them equal opportunities.