Why the cutoff of the prelims exams of banking sector is high as compared to that of the mains?
We know that there are numerous aspirants for the banking sector exams in our country and most of them are heavily dedicated to clear this examination and get a job in a Public sector bank. Bank’s recruitment exam is taken by IBPS for most of the PSBs and SBI conducts exams itself. There are also individual exams conducted by many PSBs which enroll them for a PGDBF course through a tie up institute with them which consists of a residential course of one year.
Previously there were no prelims examination but as the competition increased the recruitment was included with this. The prelims exam consists of 100 questions of 1 mark each with ¼ of negative marking to be completed in duration of 1 hour. Now, the idea of sectional timing is also added which makes it more competing among the aspirants. The candidates have to secure minimum cutoff marks in each section and also an overall cutoff.
The change in examination pattern and the increase in the difficulty level of the exams making it tougher. Whether it is clerical cadre or officer level recruitment exam, now with changing dynamics of bank exams don’t be surprised if you find Prelims exam cut off very high and Mains cut off, on the contrary, very low.
The level of the prelims exam is easy and of the mains exam is so very lengthy, calculative and tough. This trend is brought to us for the sorting out of the candidates with slow speed of solving the questions. When the level of the exam is easy to moderate the cutoff is bound to go high. Even there is sectional timing but it can’t affect those candidates who are very speedy in solving questions. Most of the candidates can solve almost all the questions if they are given no time limit or an extra time. Thus, the one who is fast at calculations with accuracy is the winner in the prelims. Prelims exam have the old set pattern questions and aspirants are more used to the old pattern questions and it results in the paper to be relatively much easier and leads to the high number of attempts which in turn increases the cutoff.
Prelims exams work as a filter to strain out the majority of the candidates and passing dedicated ones to the next phase. As government job with good salary, perks, allowances and job security with job satisfaction attracts a bulk amount of competition every year with graduates, post graduates, professionals from all over the nation.
For a limited number of vacancies there is a huge competition in banking exams. The dedicated candidates who aspire to be a banker one day are consistently improving themselves through solving mocks, quizzes and increase their speed of solving the questions. This much higher level of competition and the easy prelims exam gives a top notch elevation in the cutoff marks.
While in the mains exam the level of questions is high and questions are of new pattern. The new pattern questions are introduced every year in the exams and it takes a small amount of time to understand the method of approaching and solving the new pattern question. The questions are a bit lengthy and are of mixed pattern and topics from the syllabus. Thus, the cutoff marks of the mains exam is low as compared to the prelims exam.