Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced that the recruitment examination for various posts in Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), will be held in 13 languages alongside English and Hindi. According to the official sources, IBPS RRB 2019 will be held in Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.
The Finance Minister said, ''To provide a level playing field & to expand employment possibilities for local youths, it has been decided that examination for direct recruitment of officers (Scale-I) & Office Assistant in RRBs will be conducted in 13 regional languages in addition to English & Hindi.''
The Office of Nirmala Sitharaman also tweeted, ''Level playing field & increase in employment opportunities for rural youth.''
The move will create more employment opportunities for rural youth. pic.twitter.com/Sgfozzzk29— NSitharamanOffice (@nsitharamanoffc) July 4, 2019
There is a huge demand to conduct the RRB written exams in regional languages on Twitter with #ResolveIBPS. In 2014, the Institute had discontinued the Regional Rural Banks (RRB) entrance examination in local languages. The online entrance test will be held in English and Hindi.
The official recruitment notification clearly mentioned that an essential qualification to posts in IBPS RRB is that a candidate should be proficient in a local language. This put students who is good at a local language in jeopardy though they satisfy the eligibility criteria. Many voiced that aspirants from poor or marginalized communities are not showing interest to take part in the IBPS RRB exam because of this language barrier.
IBPS conducts Specialist Officer, Probationary Officer (PO) and Clerk recruitment examination for the nationalized banks along with RRBs. However, proficiency in the local language is required only for recruitment to RRBs.