The mainstream competitive exams in india are on a way towards huge shift in basic testing methodologies as the focus has now started to shift from testing the knowledge to testing the aptitude of the candidates. There has been a significant amount of change in the patterns of main exams of the country that include ias exam (civil service exam), the very in-demand and hot bank exams that give an opportunity to get highly satisfying and security assuring bank jobs.
The other factor that has caused in increasing attraction towards the bank exams in the young people of the country is the handsome salaries being offered by the banks now a days (thanks to the recent hike in salaries in the main stream public sector banks in india ). All these factors have caused in increasing the competition in bank exams by many folds as many more students are applying in these bank exams and trying to seize the opportunity of getting a satisfying and security provider bank job.
The big recent change in pattern of bank exams that has varied the way bank exams are conducted is the common written examination(CWE conducted by IBPS). According to this new parttern, all the mainstream public sector banks will now recruit through a common written examinationn that will be conducted twice a year for clerical and po/Specialist officer' posts(once for each).
The qualifying candidates would then be issued scorecards which will be valid for an year. Public banks That will be looking to recruit for above posts will invite applications from candidates having valid scorecards. Eligibility conditions like age, education, Percentage will be explicitly mentioned by the banks that invites applications for respective posts as per requirements. Candidates satisfying the eligibility criteria can send in their applications & proceed directly to Interview or Group discussion (Accroding to bank selection Criteria). Currently there are 19 public sector banks participating in this pattern.
This new pattern is expected to solve a lot of issues collectively by the candidates and also by the banks. Banks used to face a lot of problems while managing the activities involved in organizing recruitment drives. Also, students had to suffer as they had to wait for long periods of time to get the results as banks also have other things to do. These issues are expected to solve through this new CWE pattern with correct evaluation and timely results. Thus this is a good change in pattern of bank exams.