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Bank Recruitment Exams Going Online – Impact For Institutes And Aspirants

When the number of applicants for popular competitive exams increases, it becomes increasingly difficult for the institute/board conducting the exam to administer the test manually. The logistics too, stretch the bandwidth of faculty and administration. In this context, many of these boards are looking to systematically taking these exams online. In accordance with the same trend, entrance exams for Banks in India went online. This came as a huge shock to aspirants who were preparing for these exams. Officially, IBPS, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, conducts the exams on behalf of banks. Earlier, OMR sheets were used since all questions were multiple-choice based. Though it makes the process easier for IBPS, the candidates think otherwise.

It is not only the Probationary Officers exams, but also the Clerical grade exams that went online. Many of the applicants are from middle class and lower middle class families for whom getting a bank job is a dream come true. They might not be comfortable answering questions online during the exam, if they didn’t have prior experience of using a Computer Based Testing (CBT). To address this issue, IBPS said that it will provide special training for the applicants from less privileged backgrounds or differently-abled candidates.

For training institutes, involved in training aspirants for these various bank recruitment exams, too, this is a major change. The training methodologies and processes they have been following over the years need to be overhauled. They will be required to provide some kind of simulation of CBT for the people they are training. This involves setting up infrastructure and also providing an exam and assessment software for simulating the CBT environment.

To its credit, an online system makes it easy and faster for tests to be conducted. Lakhs of applicants vie for thousands of bank jobs in India. The recruitment process is a major exercise for the banks. Conducting an online test makes it easier, faster and more accurate. The turnaround time, between conducting the test and analyzing the results, is reduced which would help banks recruit more often with lesser strain on their resources both in terms of effort and time.

For Training Institutes:

vTesting is an online exam and assessment platform from hubVirt Software Solutions, that helps institutes offer their exams in various test areas. The students/users of an institute can login to vTesting and practise tests put up by the institute.

For aspirants who need additional practice online:

hubVirt also offers a content based solution, vStudyroom, that has simulated practice tests for bank exams covering various test areas. The test areas covered in these bank exams are: Quantitative Ability, Logical and Reasoning Ability, Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation (for PO), Marketing/ General Awareness and Computer Skills. vStudyroom, a FREE resource, provides practice tests in all these areas.

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Training and Development – Online Option For Organizations

As businesses expand, having a workforce that is well-trained and up-to-date with knowledge of internal processes becomes critical in order to deliver quality services. It is not easy to find such talented and readily trained employees. Hence some companies have partners or extended work force instead of permanent employees to maintain flexibility in resource base. Managing such a workforce is more difficult than managing permanent employees.

No matter what type of workforce an organization has, it is important that every employee follows the current best practices and common processes to ensure that the offering to the end customer is consistent. Whether it is keeping the sales force up-to-date on the product offerings of the company or training the employees on the products & processes, training and development of workforce plays a pivotal role in ensuring that quality service is delivered to customer. As the company grows, it becomes difficult for the company to bring the workforce together for frequent trainings or product updates.

Technology plays a crucial role in managing the trainings of a global workforce. A comprehensive LMS is a must-use training platform for companies. Here are some of the important features that a company should look out for:

  • tracking current skill set of employees
  • nominating employees for trainings
  • online course delivery
  • knowledge base sharing
  • social learning to engage workforce
  • feedback mechanism

Some of the benefits of offering courses online are:

  • save resources used for training
  • have easy access to training material
  • let employees undergo training at their own pace
  • track skill base of employees
  • scale up training programs quickly

vLearningPro is a comprehensive LMS for organizations, that enables them to take advantage of technology in saving time, cost and resources for talent and knowledge management by offering training programs online to their workforce. For more details visit: www.hubvirt.com

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E-Learning for Companies

Training is an integral part of the operations in an organization. From induction of new employee to leadership training, every company has to spend time, effort and money in organizing trainings. Yet the knowledge dissemination is not uniform and sometimes not enough for the professional growth of employees. There are dedicated training departments for large firms, whereas in smaller firms, senior employees act as trainers or mentors.

Typically companies provide training in various ways:
• Hold in-house training sessions
• Provide manuals and self-study material
• Tie-up with some outside institution
• On the job training where senior employees act as mentors
• Adhoc trainings by bringing in experts as training consultants

Whatever might be the way, it puts extra burden on resources and the un-organized nature of knowledge transfer does not often yield required results. Sometimes the trainee is also torn between giving time to training versus work.

E-Learning is an option that is being increasingly considered by companies to save on cost, time and resources. One pre-requisite of e-learning is computer literacy which is no longer an issue in current scenario.

A learning management system (LMS) manages and deploys e-learning. It also consolidates the training resources and information of the organization. Communicating and sharing knowledge becomes easier. An LMS makes the learners accountable for their own training plans and helps the HR department track and plan the career growth of employees. Controlled access to courses ensures that the training material is distributed only to those who really need it. Reduction in time off from work increases the productivity of the employees.

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e-Learning in Institutes

The use of technology in education, known as e-learning, is much sought after these-days by institutes and corporates alike. Technology applications are not just limited to administration. They are being increasingly used in classrooms. There are various ways in which institutes use technology:

¨      Online courses: The instructor conducts sessions online – either through video or audio or text methods. The student-teacher interaction is minimal.

¨      Technology supplementing tradition: The instructor teaches sessions in the classroom, but uses technology to supplement teaching in the form of power point or sharing course material or online tests, etc.

¨      Semi-traditional courses: The instructor replaces some of the classroom sessions with online sessions.

As institutes adopt technology for e-learning, they should keep in mind some important issues:

¨      Institutes must provide adequate and reliable infrastructure

¨      Set aside a specific budget and time-line for adoption of technology

¨      Students and faculty must possess the skills to use e-learning tools

¨      Faculty must re-design their course offerings to be incorporated into e-learning environment

¨      Do not underestimate the extent of administration and support that e-learning requires

¨      Opt to distribute or centralize the administration of e-learning depending on the distribution of their resources.

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