Com­mon writ­ten test re­sults valid only for sub­se­quent fi­nan­cial year, says IBPS

The Hindu Business Line - - BANKING - VINSON KURIAN

The In­sti­tute of Bank­ing Per­son­nel and Se­lec­tion (IBPS) has said that re­sults of the com­mon writ­ten ex­am­i­na­tion con­ducted by it dur­ing a year are valid only for the sub­se­quent fi­nan­cial year, and not in per­pe­tu­ity.

The point was ar­tic­u­lated in a ‘limited af­fi­davit’ filed by it in the Bom­bay High Court in re­sponse to a writ pe­ti­tion by of­fi­cer can­di­dates in the re­serve list for 2016-17 seek­ing al­lot­ment to ‘non-join­ing’ va­can­cies.

The pe­ti­tion­ers had con­tended that IBPS should have al­lot­ted the re­serve can­di­dates against va­can­cies aris­ing on ac­count of can­di­dates in the merit list not tak­ing up their ap­point­ments.

But there can be no such com­pul­sion, the af­fi­davit said.

The de­ci­sion whether or not to al­lot can­di­dates from the re­serve list is to be taken by par­tic­i­pat­ing banks alone.

In the present case, the con­cerned banks were not able to, or did not de­sire to fill all va­can­cies ex­ist­ing at the end of the fi­nan­cial year.

The va­lid­ity of the score card au­to­mat­i­cally had ex­pired on March 31, 2017. Hence, the pe­ti­tion­ers can­not claim any re­lief in re­spect of the scores ob­tained by them in the writ­ten ex­am­i­na­tion for 2016-17. The com­mon re­cruit­ment is an in­de­pen­dent process for fill­ing up of re­ported va­can­cies for a spe­cific pe­riod. On com­ple­tion of the pre­scribed pe­riod, the com­mon se­lec­tion process gets com­pleted and the process is closed.

IBPS is a mere test-con­duct­ing agency; it nei­ther cre­ates nor fills va­can­cies in the par­tic­i­pat­ing banks. The de­ci­sion whether or not to al­lot can­di­dates from the re­serve list is to be taken by the lat­ter alone.

There­fore, it is only bound by the num­ber of va­can­cies re­ported by the par­tic­i­pat­ing banks in ad­vance for the fol­low­ing fi­nan­cial year. The banks have en­vis­aged such a scheme to en­sure a level play­ing field.

With the al­lot­ment of mer­itlisted can­di­dates against re­ported va­can­cies, the com­mon re­cruit­ment se­lec­tion process was over by March 31, 2017. Hence, the ques­tion of grant­ing any rem­edy to the pe­ti­tion­ers does not arise.

No job guar­an­tee

But this does not guar­an­tee pro­vi­sional al­lot­ment to/re­cruit­ment by par­tic­i­pat­ing banks. The sub­ject of the pe­ti­tion is the com­mon writ­ten ex­am­i­na­tion for re­cruit­ment of pro­ba­tion­ary of­fi­cers for 2016-17.

Since the en­tire re­cruit­ment process for that year was com­plete on March 31, 2017, the pe­ti­tion had be­come in­fruc­tu­ous.

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