An Overview of Bank P.O. Exam

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10 Feb 2016

An Overview of Bank P.O. Exam

Banking is a lucrative and prestigious career in India. Entry to the management cadre is via Probationary Officer (PO) examination. There are good opportunities of career advancement in this sector and the most attractive part is that banks are good pay masters offering high pay and perks.

The banks hire one as an entry level Officer on probation for a period of 1 to 2 years. In the stage as a P.O. (Probationary officer), you will be trained in numerous banking disciplines.

The bank P.O. exam is divided into three stages:

Phase 1: It consists of 100 objective type questions covering Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning and English language. (Total-100 questions for one hour).

Phase 2: It is the Main exam consisting of a Multiple Choice paper and Descriptive paper. Multiple choice objective paper consists of 4 parts: Reasoning, Data Analysis, General Awareness and English language.

English language papers for both stages include: Grammar, Vocabulary and Comprehension

Phase 3: This consists of Group discussion followed by Personal Interview.

To prepare for bank P.O. test, one can enrol in bank P.O. training institute in Delhi.

Eligibility: The candidates must have completed graduation in any discipline and must be generally between 20 and 30 years.

There are various entrance exams conducted by various banks. The most prominent are:

  • IBPS Common Written Exam: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection conducts a CWE for recruiting candidates as Probationary Officers in Public Sector Banks. This selection procedure has been approved by twenty-two public sector banks and the Indian Banks Association.
  • State Bank of India (SBI) Probationary Officer Exam: SBI conducts entrance exams for recruiting P.O.’s. It consists of three phases: Phase 1: Preliminary Exam. Phase 2: Main Exam (includes computer awareness). It has an Objective test and a Descriptive test. Phase 3 consists of Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
  • Private Banks: They have joined the fray for selecting P.O.’s. For example, ICICI conducts an entrance to recruit candidates for its Residential Training Program held in ICICI Manipal Academy Campus, Bangalore. Candidates are enrolled in MBA program in Manipal University.

These are some of the main selection procedures for recruitment as Bank Probationary Officers.