IBPS Bank PO vs IT Industry: Which one is better


IBPS Bank PO vs IT Industry: Salary, Prestige, Job Security, Area of Interest, Growth Prospects and Work Life Balance.

IBPS Bank PO vs IT Industry

Dear MockBankers

Each and every one of us desire a job which not only is comfortable but keeps challenging us and hence give us growth. Moreover we aspire for a job which helps us utilize our skills to the max and give a sense of purpose. Life becomes an amazing journey in this case.

So what actually is a good career option. Well the question is debatable but the inference is, only that option, in which we see ourselves working hard and partying even harder, is where we see our holistic growth, both personally as well as professionally.

In the last decade, the IT industry has emerged as the preferred choice for youngsters of our generation, ‘dream job’ as we call it. If you are an engineer from a good college, you will definitely prefer getting a campus placement in top IT companies viz. TCS, Infosys, Accenture, Wipro and the likes. We love these multinationals for their ‘culture’, ‘growth’, ‘perks’ and what not. But it is only after we start working for these behemoths that we realize that all that hungama about corporate life and work culture was a mere delusion, a smoke screen.

We write codes for 8-10 hours daily, 5-6 days a week and it becomes monotonous. We realize our growth has shunted and find ourselves in the middle of an ocean with no land in sight. Nothing is exciting, challenging anymore. Consequently there is no development and of course no growth. Life becomes an endless cycle of being slave to deadlines.Bank PO vs IT Industry : SALARY, PRESTIGE, JOB SECURITY, AREA OF INTEREST, GROWTH PROSPECTS AND WORK LIFE BALANCE

After months and months of sulking and endless deliberations, the reality hits and we pledge to ourselves ‘Not Anymore’, but then we are faced with another equally profound dilemma “If not IT, then WHAT?”

Well we feel we have cracked the answer to the ultimate question and it is: “Bank PO”

Bank PO is one of the most sought after job in India. It is a guarantee of a secure future coupled with the prestige of working with in the government sector.

We will compare Bank PO vs IT industry to see if it’s really the answer.

IBPS Bank PO vs IT Industry #1: Prestige

  • Let’s face it, unlike the western world, in our country the respect we get from still others matters. Be it for shaadi or rishtedars or in laws of siblings.
  • IT industry was and is the dream sector for the Indian middle class. If you are working in a big shot IT firm, nobody will bother about your other credentials. ‘Yahan Naam mein sab rakha hai’.
  • A Bank PO, though less suave is considered equally good.
  • So we leave it upto you to decide this round. Please answer the question below:

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IBPS Bank PO vs IT Industry #2: Job Security

  • Well the stakes are equally set here, but only if you are living in the Pre-Recession era. IT companies were riding high on the Y2K growth and things were all rosy and good. Then came the 2008 Recession and mayhem spread.
  • IT employees got new words in their dictionaries ‘Pink Slips’, ‘Layoffs’, ‘Debt’. Though the present situation is better than 2008, nobody and we stress NOBODY can safely predict when the next recession might hit and sweep us with it. IT industry is prone to market forces and any day can very well be your last day at the firm. This coupled with the automation revolution has rendered thousands if not millions of IT industry stewards useless. To improve bottom lines, companies are reducing the flab and are going agile, making mass firings a norm.
  • Do not believe us check out the following article in prominent national daily talking about over 15000 recent job cuts in IT industry : http://bit.ly/15kLayoffs
  • Enter the Public Sector Banking Industry. Though 2008 crisis was a result of bankers not being able to control their greed, it didn’t affect the jobs of people working in Indian Public Sector Banks. Even in the darkest times there hasn’t been even a single mass layoff in the history of Indian PSBs.

It is true that Bank POs don’t get the lucrative ‘onsites’, but you are never left without a site. *winks.

IBPS Bank PO vs IT Industry #3: Area of Interest

  • IT jobs have a requirement – You need to know how to code. If you are not from CS/IT engineering, you either slog endless hours to learn it or ‘Tata Bye Bye dream IT company mein job’. We see civil engineers writing long lines of codes and imagining ‘What wrong did I do with my life.’
  • On the contrary Bank PO doesn’t has any specific requirements. You can be completely yourself and you will be considered. Everything there is to learn you learn it on job. The only requirement is to clear the IBPS or SBI exam, which by the way every IT company also conducts – ‘Apty’.

IBPS Bank PO vs IT Industry #4: Salary and Perks

  • The main bone of contention among all the candidates – Salary.
  • A salary of entry level PO is higher than that compared to other entry-level IT jobs. The CTC package of a  probationary officer is easily around ₹5-6 lakh per annum. It is even more for RBI and SBI.

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  • Now add to this the perks offered by Public Sector Banks. All PSBs give you leased housing and allowances for things like newspapers, chai and even furniture. I mean WHAT!!
  • Almost 30-40% of the salary of an IT industry worker goes to pay his bills, rent and transportation. Compared to this, Bank POs are able to save more than 60%  of the salary as their housing is taken care of.
  • This one goes to the banking industry.

IBPS Bank PO vs IT Industry #5: Work Life balance

  • In an IT job, you have uncertain timings at work, working in nights ( so that you can manage your US client’s timing) and no holidays on many occasions.
  • But that’s not the case with banks. Timings are fixed. You get more holidays than IT industry. This means you get to spend more time with your family and friends. You will never work on Holi, Diwali, Eid and Christmas. Hence, bank jobs helps you to maintain an effective work-life balance.

IBPS Bank PO vs IT Industry #6: Growth Prospects

  • It takes around 10 years of blood and sweat to become a Mid level Manager in an IT firm. Even then there is always a sword of uncertainty hanging over your faith.
  • If you join as a probationary officers (PO) in PSBs you rise to become Branch Manager within 4-5 years and if you are fortunate enough, you can rise to the post of Chairman.

We have now compared Bank PO and IT industry jobs on 6 parameters.

Which is better from your perspective? Well we are waiting for your answer.

Checkout the following questions and answers on Quora on Bank PO vs IT Industry-




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  • Farheen Akhtar

    I like bank jobs & its my dream to become a Bank PO, nowadays it is equally prestigious to work in banking sector or IT sector

    • Vaibhav

      Yes Farheen True.

  • Mangesh Girhale

    Each and every point is 100% genuine. Thanks a lot!!! mockbank!!! I have experienced this thing in the IT Industry in the last 2 years personally!!!

    • Vaibhav

      Thanks for your opinion Mangesh

  • mx zuxyne

    Only the entry level salaries are comparae else IT beats bank job hands down when you move into middle and senior management. And God knows from where did you get this insane idea that there’s work life balance in banks. Even 24 hours are not sufficient to please the management and meet targets.

    • Vaibhav

      Thanks alot for your valuable opinion

  • Pradeep

    Hi Vibhav
    But Banks are not purely government sector with compared to the Railway.

    May i know the difference between government job and public sector (banks) jobs.


    • Vaibhav

      Agreed. This comparison was done only for PSBs vs IT industry. The difference between gov. job and PSB job are many. We will soon post an article on gov. job vs bank po job in PSB.

      • Pradeep

        Thank you Vaibhav… We will wait for that article.

  • Dileep

    Both r worst jobs .

  • Devbrata

    If you do not get onsite opportunity , then working in an IT company like a slave is a complete waste. And also life is a marathon and not a 100 meters race. There will be lots of ups and down in ones life and they will expect to give your best in those situation as well. Also there will be all together different life after 40, Its not always possible to always adopt to the new technologies and trend.
    The worst years of PSU will be the initial years where you will be transferred to some remote areas. But after 3-4 years you can expect a much better and healthy life.

    • Nishu

      But IT employee have much higher respect in society then Bank Officer

      • Devbrata

        Dont know on what basis you have made this point.

        • Nishu

          With new pension system both PSU and IT sector employee get same benefit, no different at all, salary in IT after 5 years probably higher then Bank employee except some facilities, In IT you can start you own start up in future

          • Devbrata

            Yes offcourse salary of an IT employee will be more than an PSU employee after 5 – 8 years. But expense of an IT employee will be more as all of them lives in metro or A class cities of India. At the end of the day how much you save will matter. Truly agree with your point that you can have your own start up if you are from IT sector. so if you can start up your own firm, then nothing is better than that. One risk factor working an IT company is the pyramid structure of the organization unlike PSU. If you see closely only 5-10% people are aged 45+ in an IT company. Its not always about salary its about living your life.

  • Nishu

    mostly unemployed and unskilled students choose Bank PO simple logic, IT companies seeks high skill labor, Over all respect in IT seems much higher then PO, My 2 cousins working in IT industries have high respect then my Father ” Branch manager in SBI “, However there are many many jobs where competition is pretty less and job security is higher for example aviation and petroleum, My mom is patient, her treatment costs 16 lack a year, and Bank is paying 85 % of money and for employee its 100%, But despite respect IT industry kick your ass in these situations

  • DEEPU ramachandran

    After 4-5 years in tier 1 IT company(eg: Linkedn) employees salary bumps up to somewhere between 24-36 lakhs per annum. I dont think PSU will pay that much for 15 year experienced banker.

    • vk

      How many people work in Linkedin?

  • davidtayo

    If anyone is looking to apply for IT jobs then currently Ideavate is having an openings in various fields..

  • Gladiator from Haryana

    Well Salary and designation comparison is not done properly, In IT one easily becomes a manager in 5 years and the salary is much much much more along with perks of working in corporate, I mean the work culture is quite different. Parties, Fun @ Work are exclusive in corporate. Banks are opening up their environment nowadays but a lot to catch up. The greatest thing is the prestige, Sarkaari job ka tag is the greatet thing you get along with a job in Banks 😉


      Thanks for your feedback

    • Abhishek


      Well i want to meet the guy who became manager in IT after joining at entry level in 5 Years… Cozz bro mind it…Its impossible

      • Gladiator from Haryana

        In IT one easily becomes TL under 3 years time… A team leader is kind of manager with less responsibility & authority. Yet an IT TL enjoys much more monetary benefits then a Bank manager..

        I know at least 3 such examples where the person became manager in 5 years… It solely depends on your skill set & learning ability.

      • Mohit Negi

        Then you don’t know about IT companies.

  • BoB…The Builder

    If entry level PO in PSB has a CTC of 7-8 lacs including leased housing and other perks then what will be his CTC if he leaves PSB after 5 years and joins pvt bank…It wont be less than 15-20 lacs…So growth of PO is way better than IT engineers..!!!