Full form of Bank PO
Bank PO stands for Bank Probationary Officer. It is a managerial level post which is offered in different Public Sector Banks as well as Private Sector Banks across India.
List of Banks which participate in the conduction of PO recruitment exams
For the 2021 Bank PO recruitment process, the following banks are conducting or participating:
- UCO Bank
- Bank of India
- Bank of Baroda
- Indian Bank
- Canara Bank
- Central Bank of India
- Punjab and Sind Bank
- Punjab National Bank
- Indian Overseas Bank
- Union Bank of India
Eligibility Criteria for Bank PO exam
There are certain eligibility criteria which have to be met in order to appear for a Bank PO exam. Although the criteria may vary from bank to bank, listed below are some of the common criteria which have to be met, irrespective of the banks.
|Age of the applicant||20 years to 30 years*|
|Nationality of the applicant||Indian**|
|Educational qualification of the applicant||Should have a graduation degree from a recognised university|
*The age bracket mentioned above is applicable to applicants belonging to the General category only. An age relaxation of 3 years is applicable for applicants belonging to OBC category. On the other hand, applicants belonging to SC or ST category will get an age relaxation of 5 years.
** The nationality or citizenship of the applicant who appears for the IBPS CWE or Bank PO examination can be one of the following:
- A subject of Nepal or Bhutan
- A Tibetan refugee who entered India for permanent settlement before 1 January 1962
- Person of Indian Origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, or one of the listed East African countries.
Bank PO Exam Dates
The important dates in relation to the Bank PO Exam dates can be listed as follows:
|Name of Exam||Date of Exam|
|SBI PO Notification||4 October 2021|
|SBI PO Prelims||November/December 2021|
|SBI PO Mains||December 2021|
|IBPS PO Notification||October 2021|
|IBPS PO Prelims||No information released|
|IBP PO Mains||No information released|
Bank PO Job Profile
The job description or job profile of a Probationary Officer (PO) in a bank consist of a number of duties. Some of these duties can be listed as follows:
- The Bank PO will be responsible for handling public relations, customer’s complaints, and most other issues in regard to customer satisfaction.
- He or she will be responsible for managerial work such as supervising the clerical staff of the branch office.
- A Bank PO will also have to manage the cash flow, loans, finances, and mortgages.
- He or she will be responsible for taking care of the documents related to loans as well (if required).
Bank PO Vacancies
As per the notification of the IBPS Bank PO examination for the year 2020, the number of vacancies can be listed as follows:
- IBPS Bank PO – 4000+
- SBI PO – 2,056
- IBPS RRB PO – 10,166
Bank PO Selection Process
In the Bank PO selection process, an applicant will be required to go through 3 phases. They are as follows:
- Preliminary Exam
- Mains Exam
- Group Discussion and Interview
Bank PO Exam Syllabus
Since the Bank PO exam is held in 2 stages – preliminary and mains, the syllabus for Bank PO exam can be summed up as follows:
- Syllabus for Preliminary Exam: English language, reasoning ability, and numerical ability
- Syllabus for Mains Exam: General reasoning, computer aptitude, English language, general economy, banking awareness, and data analysis and interpretation.
Bank PO Exam Pattern and Marks Distribution
A detailed breakup of the exam pattern and marks distribution is mentioned below:
- Exam Pattern for Preliminary Exam:
- Exam Pattern for Mains Exam:
|Subject||Number of Questions||Marks|
|English language||30 questions||30 marks|
|Reasoning ability||35 questions||35 marks|
|Numerical ability||35 questions||35 marks|
|Total duration of exam: 60 minutes|
|Subject||Number of Questions||Marks|
|General reasoning & computer aptitude||45 questions||60 marks|
|English language||35 questions||40 marks|
|General economy & banking awareness||40 questions||40 marks|
|Data analysis & interpretation||35 questions||60 marks|
|Total duration of exam: 180 minutes|
In addition to this, another test is conducted for a duration of 30 minutes wherein the English language skill is tested through descriptive letter writing and essay writing. The marks allotted for this exam is 25 and the time allotted is 30 minutes.
Bank PO Exam Application Fee
The application fees for Bank PO examination are as follows:
- For SC, ST, and other backward classes it is Rs.175 only.
- For General category and other categories, it is Rs.850 only.
Bank PO Salary
The salary for a Bank PO is usually within the scale of Rs.52,000 to Rs.53,000 (approximately). These figures are inclusive of the allowances that are provided. However, the salary, as well as the allowances, may vary from bank to bank.
Bank PO Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What does a Bank PO do?
- Is a B.Tech student eligible for IBPS PO exam?
- Is 60% marks necessary in graduation to appear for IBPS PO exam?
- Is IBPS PO a government job?
- Is IBPS PO job considered to be a Grade A job?
A: The position of a Bank PO is that of an assistant manager in the branch office where he or she is posted. A Bank PO will have a probationary period and during this period, he or she might be asked to do any job – both clerical and managerial.
A: Yes, any graduate student in any stream of education is eligible to appear for the IBPS PO exam.
A: No, it is not necessary to have 60% marks in your graduation. However, different banks might have different criteria and it is subject to change. Please go through the detailed eligibility criteria in such cases.
A: No, IBPS PO is not considered to be a government job. Although all banks under IBPS are public sector banks and are under complete control of the Government of India, it should be noted that the employees of these banks will be employees of the respective PSB and not the government.
A: No, the banking sector is separate from the other public sector jobs. On one hand, the government jobs are classified into grades. On the other hand, the banking jobs are classified into scales. In case of a fresher Bank PO personnel, the individual will be considered to be a Scale I officer.