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Top 10 recruitment exams for 2016

By Amit Chaudhary
Last updated on: January 28, 2016 19:10 IST
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Here's everything you need to know about the top recruitment examinations in India.


Every year lakhs of students start preparing for different entrance examinations to ensure employment into the public sector.

Be it banking, teaching or the civil services, each of these examinations demand a certain rigour and preparation from its candidates.

While lakhs of students apply for these examinations from across the country, a few thousand succeed in finding employment.

Presenting a list of recruitment examinations you must look forward to in 2016.

1. IBPS PO Exam

The probationary officer (PO) is considered a lucrative white collar job in India.

Conducted by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), every year, lakhs of aspirants apply for PO examination and only thousands succeed.

Position: A bank probationary officer post is the entry level position for management cadre

Job Profile: General banking and bank administration, supervision of the clerical works and work towards increasing banks business

Growth Prospects: It has very high growth prospects.

You are required to have a strong determination and good preparation to clear the exam and the following interview rounds successfully.

Expected date of notification: July 2016

Expected date of examination: October 2016 (preliminary) and November 2016 (Mains)

2. SBI PO Exam

Much like the IBPS PO exam, the State Bank of India is also a top choice for banking aspirants.

Clearing the PO examination is a priority for most entry level aspirants.

Job Profile:  The SBI PO is slightly different from that of other banks. SBI PO job profile involves general banking, administrative tasks, and marketing and cross selling of other products.

Training: Two years of probation

The basic difference is that a SBI PO is exposed to bigger roles and responsibilities soon enough. Best performers are always rewarded in SBI.

Expected date of notification: April 2016

Expected date of examination: June 2016 (preliminary) and August 2016 (Mains)

3. IBPS Specialist Officer

Apart from recruiting POs, IBPS recruits specialist Officers too.

Job Profile:  Specialist Officers are appointed for specific roles in various departments.

Different Posts:

  • IT Officer: responsible to take care of banks’ software systems.
  • Law Officer: needed to handle all Legal or Judicial matters of the bank.
  • Agriculture Officer: responsible for the promotion of loans in rural areas for agricultural purposes.
  • Marketing Officer: responsible for marketing and branding of a bank
  • HR Officer: responsible to handle human resource department functions
  • Rajbhasha Adhikari: responsible for translation related works.

Date of notification and exam: Not yet declared


The Staff Selection Commission's combined graduate level (CGL) is the exam to look out for if you are looking for senior government of India jobs.

Job Profile: General administration for different Central Civil posts including ministries.

Popular  Posts

  • Examiner
  • Assistant CSS
  • Income Tax Inspector

Expected date of notification: February 2016

Expected date of examination: May 2016(Tier 1) and August 2016 (Tier 2)

5. RBI Grade B Examination

The Reserve Bank of India is one of the most prestigious government institute of India and always the top choice of any banking aspirant.

Position: RBI Grade B is the entry level officer position post for management cadre.

Growth Prospects: If you are being recruited at a young age, there is more chance to be a deputy governor after promotions in RBI departmental exams.

Expected date of notification:  June 2016

Expected date of examination: August 2016 (Pre) and October 2016 (Mains)


The job of an Assistant Administrative Officer (AAO) is regarded as a very responsible and respected job in insurance sector.

Position: The LIC AAO post is an entry level officer position.

Job Profile: General administration, supervision of the subordinates and work towards increasing insurance business.

Career advancement : Various opportunities are available for dynamic officers as Administrative, Senior Administrative, Chief Administrative and Director, Administration etc.

Training: Probation-cum-training of six months.

Popular Posts

  • Administration AAO
  • Development AAO
  • Accounts AAO

Date of notification: January 2016

Date of examination: March 2016

7. UPSC Civil Services Examination

Civil servants are bureaucrats who significantly influence decision making of the government. The power and status associated with this field is immense.

Job Profile: They head secretariats as well as district administrations throughout the country.

Areas of work : Wide variety of duties and responsibilities ranging from maintenance of law and order, collection of taxes, to developmental work within State and Central areas of jurisdiction, implementation of social welfare activities, etc.

Preferred Posts

  • Indian Administrative Services (IAS)
  • Indian Police Service (IPS)
  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

Expected date of notification: April 2016

Expected date of examination: August 2016

8. IBPS and SBI Clerk

With the government saying no to interviews for clerk posts from 2016, clerical jobs are in hot demand. 

Job Profile: The person inside the withdrawal and deposit counters are mostly of clerical grade.

Training: Basic training of six months.

Growth Prospects:  In a few years, clerks may become officers by clearing internal exams.

Date of notification: January 2016 for SBI Clerk and August 2016 for IBPS Clerk

Date of examination: March 2016 for SBI Clerk and Nov-Dec 2016 for IBPS Clerk.

9. Indian Railways

The Indian railways is the largest department of central government in India.

People who are looking for graduation jobs in railways for the year 2016, it is the best opportunity of RRB Non Technical Recruitment 2016.

Job Profile: The RRB NTPC has come up with various posts like Commercial Apprentice (CA), Assistant Station Master (ASM) etc. Profile will vary according to the post applied for.

Growth Prospects: Allowance, facilities and growth prospects are all very high.

Expected date of examination: March to May

10. TET

In India Teacher Eligibility Test is conducted by both Central and State governments to shortlist candidates and employ them as teachers.

Job Profile: Teaching in in various government schools and colleges

Different Tests:

  • Uttar Pradesh TET
  • Haryana TET
  • Central TET

Opportunities and benefits: These positions have very good salary package with lot of other allowances and benefits.

Date of notification: Throughout the year

Date of examination: Throughout  the year

The author Amit Chaudhary is education consultant at, a Bengaluru based online test Preparation Company for government/PSU jobs.

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