Tu­tor­ing 2 Math duds helped Bhat­tacharya crack PO exam

Financial Chronicle - - PLAN, POLICY -

FORMER chair­per­son of State Bank of In­dia, the coun­try’s largest bank, Arund­hati Bhat­tacharya, who re­tired last week, said she passed the SBI pro­ba­tion­ary of­fi­cer (PO) ex­am­i­na­tion cour­tesy of two girls who she used to teach men­tal math­e­mat­ics.

Speak­ing to a lo­cal tele­vi­sion chan­nel, Bhat­tacharya said, “I used to tu­tor two young girls who were total duds in math­e­mat­ics. I used to give them half an hour of men­tal math­e­mat­ics tu­ition a day, which in turn pre­pared me for the exam.”

She also re­vealed that she had cho­sen a bank­ing job over IAS be­cause the salary of a pro­ba­tion­ary of­fi­cer at that time was slightly more than an In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices of­fi­cer, ac­cord­ing to Mon­ey­con­trol News. “In those days, banks paid Rs 100200 more than an IAS of­fi­cer. In IAS you need to know one sub­ject till post­grad­u­ate, and that sub­ject can­not be a lan­guage. As I did English, I had a hand­i­cap in case of IAS.”

The first woman chair­per­son of SBI joined the bank 36 years ago and grad­u­ally climbed the suc­cess lad­der. She held many po­si­tions in var­i­ous de­part­ments like for­eign ex­change, trea­sury, re­tail op­er­a­tions, hu­man re­sources and in­vest­ment bank­ing. “No­body in my fam­ily was a banker. I be­came a banker be­cause at that time there were very few jobs, which you could get with­out know­ing some­body,” she said ex­plain­ing why bank­ing was an eas­ier choice.

“I knew no­body, I was in a hos­tel, and a few of us got to­gether and de­cided that we would crack this ex­am­i­na­tion. In those days there were no guides or coach­ing classes. All that we stud­ied was from the com­pe­ti­tion mas­ter,” Bhat­tacharya re­marked.

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