Tutoring 2 Math duds helped Bhattacharya crack PO exam
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.