Banks in India used to conduct their own written tests till the early 1970s. There used to be allegations of corruption, nepotism and favouritism against this bank-wise selection. Therefore, a changed pattern of selection was introduced for all banks through the National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM). The objective pattern took six to eight years to take a firm hold. However, candidates used to be bewildered by the changed pattern of tests which included subjects such as test of reasoning and many patterns which were never taught in Schools and Colleges.
Late Shri E.K. Thakur, our Founder Chairman, had joined the State Bank of India as a Probationary officer in 1966. He had then stood first in India in the all-India SBI P.O. Exam. He had thereafter also worked for many years in the Staff Department of SBI at State Bank’s Mumbai H.O. and used to conduct recruitment for all cadres. He was fully familiar with written tests, interviews and evaluation. He was also the National President of State Bank and Associate Banks’ Officers’ Central Federation, known as the SBI Officers Federation. So he also had an industry view.
It was, therefore, late Shri E.K. Thakur, a Probationary Officer himself, along with several other Probationary Officers, who decided to form an all-India Institute to train candidates for Bank P.O./Clerical exams. The institute was named National School of Banking and was established in 1978. It is now the largest pre-recruitment training Institute in India having several In-class Centres throughout the country and drawing Students from various States and Union Territories of India.