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IBPS - Institute of Banking Personnel Selection

About IBPS

The journey of this Institute began in 1975, just after nationalization of banks, as Personnel Selection Services (PSS), a unit of National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM). The objective was to develop an unbiased and efficient system for recruitment, promotion and placement services. This prototype initiative was extended to provide these services with all the academic and operational inputs to the banking industry initially which now has been extended to non-banking sectors as well. In 1984 this unit became an independent entity Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) at the behest of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Public Sector Banks. The first Chairman of its Governing Board was Dr Manmohan Singh, the then Governor of RBI. IBPS is envisioned as self governed academic and research oriented institute, with a mission of enhancing human resource development through personnel assessment.

The foundation of the Institute is to promote professionalism in Talent Acquisition through selection of competent and efficient cadres of personnel from the clerical to the executive tier, promotion and placement of human capital at various tiers within the organizations, carrying out research in the area of human resource management, psychometrics, measurement and evaluation of competencies and conducting seminars, workshops and training programmes in the areas related to its activities.

The Institute is an autonomous body; registered as a Public Trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act of 1950; a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and a centre for providing PhD in Management affiliated to the SNDT University.

By enhancing its consulting expertise over the years, the institute has acquired the distinction of a Premier National level Institute and the fore-runner in the field of personnel selection. It pioneered the use of Objective Type Cognitive Ability tests for mass level examinations. Its success story has now registered a distinctive hallmark on the national horizon, be it class or mass selection.

What IBPS Does


A pioneer in the use of Objective Type testing methodology for employment testing in the country, the Institute constantly seeks to keep pace with the times as well as the needs of client organizations.
A robust research environment and the experience gained over two and a half decades of testing employees at entry, middle and senior levels as well as assessing in general and specialist cadres, ensures that the Institute provides methods of selection which are efficient and relevant to the job profile. Its approach to selection is based on identification of talent that is most appropriate to the changing functional roles and business needs.
Over the years, IBPS has enhanced its infrastructure, network and expertise to contemporary requirements and have upgraded its modus operandi to handle mass recruitments at any centre across the country. To date, the volume of candidates assessed stands unparalleled.

Promotion and Placement

The Institute not only helps to identify talent to be sourced from the market through the recruitment process but also helps to identify employees within organizations with the necessary competencies to cope with roles and responsibilities. IBPS has been conducting inter-scale promotion assessments for both Generalist and Specialist cadre employees across levels of the organizations.
With the selection process, the Institute helps its clients in succession planning their manpower, thereby providing opportunities for the employees to grow and develop.

Assessment Center

The Institute has been conducting Assessment Centre Programmes for variety of clients. The aim of conducting these programmes is to identify gaps in the skill levels [between desired level and observed level], decide upon placement of employees by matching the employee profile with the job profile and identify training needs of individual employees. These programmes also provide a platform for personal development of employees.


BPS conducts training programmes for its clients on a range of areas. It provides short-term training capsule program to cater to the client’s needs. Some of them include training on:
  • Behavior assessment skills
  • Item writing skills
  • Training on test administration procedure for personnel
  • Training on test administration for centre (City) coordinators
  • Training programs for trainers
  • Induction training programs for newly recruited staff

Research and Development

The Institute is recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization by the Government of India.  IBPS as a professional institution primarily handles recruitment, promotion, placement, admission and training activities. The foundation of all these functions lies on its extensive research and development efforts.  Research activities are carried out to achieve the following:

  • To improve and modify whenever necessary, the existing recruitment and selection processes of the institute,
  • To promote the development of theoretical perspectives in the domain of Psychometrics, Assessment and Selection, Banking and HR and General Management.  Research and development activities are also centered to handle the consultancy and providing solutions to issues pertaining to psychometric tools and manpower planning.
  • To provide advisory services to the policy making bodies in banking industry, academic institutions and government bodies.
  • To conduct seminars and workshops to keep pace with the latest developments in the field of selection science and psychometry.

The Institute is also recognized as a Centre for guiding scholars for PhD in Management by SNDT University. Five Faculty Members are recognized as PhD Guides. It also offers internship opportunities to post graduate students in the areas of behavioral assessment sciences. It has rich library which is well-stocked with books and periodicals related to Human Resource Management, Psychometrics, Testing, Measurement & Evaluation, General Management, Banking and Finance, Information technology and the related areas of Selection Science. It also provides its staff, visiting scholars and interns, the opportunity to gain knowledge through e-learning process.


The Institute provides consulting services to its clients that help in enriching their human resources and talent capabilities. Consultancy services have been provided to over 15 clients cutting across industry/sectors which include Banking, Insurance, industries like power, steel, government departments, private corporate etc.

The Institute provides consulting services in the following areas:

  • Manpower Planning
  • Organization Restructuring
  • Recruitment Policy
  • Internal Promotion  Policy
  • Job Analysis and Job Profiling
  • Competency Mapping for re-skilling/up-skilling/realigning assignments

Owing to the success of these services, IBPS’ clientele has multiplied over the years. It has maintained its repute by continuously upgrading its resources to meet contemporary challenges.

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