As of right now, there are a number of articles over the internet regarding a ‘suspected’ SBI Clerk Exam Cancellation. This is mostly pointing to the fact that a PIL was filed by an SBI Aspirant on 25 May 2016 in Madras High Court against the State Bank of India. Let us try and understand what was the objective behind filing the PIL and what it actually says.
SBI Clerk Exam Cancellation Controversy
This is what we know so far. An SBI Clerk Aspirant named S Gurukrishna Gokul filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on May 25, 2016 in the Madras high court against State Bank of India. The objective of the PIL was to point towards a ‘suspected’ ambiguous eligibility condition in SBI Clerk Notification published by the State Bank of India.
According to SBI Clerk Notification 2016, the candidates with record of default in Repayment of Loans will not be eligible for Clerical Jobs in the State Bank of India.
Source: SBI Clerk Official Notification
So, to simplify, the following criteria will deem an applicant ineligible for SBI Clerk 2016
- A Record of Defaults in Repayment of Loans or Credit Card Dues.
- An Adverse Report from a Credit Information Company.
- An Adverse Report regarding Character and Antecedents or Moral Turpitude filed against the candidate.
As per the PIL filed by S. Gurukrishna Gokul, these norms and conditions will prevent a large number of economically & socially backward candidates from applying for the posts. He further adds that at a time when a large number of poor students were searching for jobs in government & public sector units, this condition made them ineligible to apply for SBI Clerk.
A solution offered by Gokul is if these defaulters are able to crack SBI Clerk Examination and gain employment in SBI, they would be able repay the loans. He has also submitted that, instead of providing employment for candidates to make them repay loans, the bank is creating more educational loan defaulters by coming up with such “unreasonable & arbitrary ineligibility conditions”.
On 19th April, 2016, The New India Express published an article which stated that PMK founder S. Ramadoss has termed SBI Hiring Procedure as ‘Unconstitutional’.
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Hence, there is a certain level of commotion regarding the current eligibility criteria of SBI Clerk 2016. As per Gokul’s PIL, he has requested the court to direct State bank of India to cancel the clerk recruitment & issue a fresh notification so that more candidates can apply.
From what we can say as per current information, there are 3 possibilities
- SBI Clerk Exam gets Cancelled. (a mere possibility, not concrete!)
- No action is taken by State Bank of India or Madras High Court regarding the PIL and the exam continues as per dates scheduled.
- A mid-way solution could be a Special SBI Clerk Examination for those supposed ‘defaulters’ who have an impending Education Loan.
This is the story we know so far and we can assure you that NO Final Decision regarding the Cancellation of SBI Clerk 2016 has been taken yet.
So, don’t panic and continue preparing for SBI Clerk Prelims 2016 scheduled for 4 and 5 June.
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