Job Aspirants Protest Higher Marks Criteria For J&K Bank Posts

SRINAGAR — Hundreds of job aspirants Wednesday protested the higher qualifying marks criteria set by the Jammu Kashmir Bank for the post of probationary officers (POs) and Bank Associates.

The aspirants staged a protest here at Press Enclave Srinagar and  demanded that the Bank should relax the age criteria and the percentage of 60% for officer posts and 55 percent for the job of Associate.

The bank had recently issued an advertisement inviting applications from job aspirants for the posts of 250 Pos and 1250 Banking Associates. The last date for submission of forms for PO is November 6 and for Banking Associate is November 10.

“The Bank has laid some harsh conditions with reference to age, marks and disability. There is no relaxation for disabled job aspirants” said the protesting aspirants.  

“We were greatly disappointed and our dreams have been shattered when we find ourselves not eligible as per the new eligibility criteria of JK Bank. The requirement of 60 percent marks for the post of probationary officer and 55 percent marks for the post of banking associate at graduation/post graduation level is too high for many of us.  Many of us are those who only work hard for competitive exams rather than giving preference to the academic career,” they added.

The protesting youth said, “Students find it very hard to concentrate on studies in Kashmir in wake of turbulent situation. JK Bank, being our own institution should also take care of us and we appeal Chairman JK Bank to allow us to appear in the examination. It is for the first time that such harsh conditions were laid by the Bank for the aspirants.”

 “The candidates who are ineligible as per the new recruitment rules request authorities to reconsider the decision regarding the new eligibility criteria and give us also the opportunity to serve the bank and fulfil our dreams too. We will be highly obliged if the age bar and percentage requirement is relaxed,” the aspirants said. 

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