Canara Bank has offered maximum vacancies for the recruitment of Probationary Officers (POs) in the last three years (including the current recruitment year) among the 16 public sector banks. This also means that among all the 16 PSBs, the bank has recruited the maximum number of POs in the last two years. Also, as per the vacancies for the current recruitment year, Canara Bank will hire the maximum number of POs. Even if some shortlisted candidates leave the position for some better options, it’s certain the bank will still be the top recruiter for POs among the PSBs. According to the data released by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for IBPS PO, Canara Bank has announced a total of 4750 vacancies for the recruitment of POs in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Out of these vacancies, 1200 have been announced for the current recruitment year, 1350 for 2017-18 and 2200 for the recruitment year 2016-17.
Check the table below to know which bank offered how many PO vacancies in three years.
PO/MT Vacancies 2018
PO/MT Vacancies 2017
PO/MT Vacancies 2016
Union Bank of India
Bank of India
Punjab National Bank
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Central Bank of India
United Bank of India
Punjab and Sind Bank
Bank of Maharashtra
The other banks to offer the maximum vacancies after Canara Bank include Union Bank of India, UCO Bank, Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, and IDBI Bank. Canara Bank, leading the lot, is followed by Union Bank of India offering 1750 vacancies from 2016-2018. UCO Bank, at the third position has announced a total of 1620 PO vacancies, out of which 540 were in 2016, while 530 and 550 PO vacancies have been announced for 2017 and 2018. Next to UCO Bank is Allahabad Bank which offered 525, 235 and 784 PO vacancies for 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.
At the fifth and sixth spot are Bank of India (BOI) and IDBI Banks which decided to recruit Probationary Officers at almost same number of vacancies. While BOI offered a total of 165 vacancies, IDBI announced to hire POs for 1350 posts. This means that BOI offers only 15 more PO vacancies than the IDBI Bank.
While the aforesaid banks have announced vacancies to recruit maximum number of Probationary Officers, some banks with the minimum vacancies include Andhra Bank, Punjab National Bank, Vijaya Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Syndicate Bank, Central Bank of India, United Bank of India, Corporation Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank and Bank of Maharashtra.
While Andhra Bank, Punjab National Bank, Vijaya Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce offered PO vacancies ranging from 500 to 925, Syndicate and Central Bank of India offered 400 vacancies each for 2016, 2017 and 2018 recruitment year, followed by United Bank of India with 200 PO vacancies. Next to them are Corporation Bank and Punjab and Sind Bank with 184 and 158 vacancies respectively. However, it’s Bank of Maharashtra which has offered the least number of PO vacancies in three years. According to the official data, Bank of Maharashtra announced 100 vacancies in 2017 only, whereas in 2016 and 2018, the bank has not announced any vacancies.
Besides the banks with least number of PO posts, there are some banks which have opted out not to participate in IBPS PO selection procedure. As per the data released by IBPS pertaining to PO vacancies, for the three consecutive years, Dena Bank, Bank of Baroda, Indian Bank and Indian Overseas Bank have not announced any vacancy as participating banks of IBPS PO. However, it must be noted that banks like Bank of Baroda and Indian Bank are not participating in the IBPS PO system, as they are conducting their own PO exams now.
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