Bank PO

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

Given below is a list with the names of a few major banks which conduct or participate in the Bank PO recruitment process:

  • Allahabad Bank
  • Bank of Maharashtra (BOM)
  • Bank of Baroda (BOB)
  • Cooperation Bank
  • Cooperative Bank
  • HDFC Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC)
  • Punjab National Bank (PNB)
  • Syndicate Bank
  • State Bank of India (SBI)

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:

  • Indian
  • 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 April 2020 (tentative)
SBI PO Prelims June 2020
SBI PO Mains July 2020 (tentative)
IBPS PO Notification August 2020 (tentative)
IBPS PO Prelims 3, 4, and 10 October 2020
IBP PO Mains November 28. 2020
IBPS RRB PO Notification July 2020 (tentative)
IBPS RRB PO Prelims 26 and 27 December 2020
IBPS RRB PO Mains 30 January 2020

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:

  1. The Bank PO will be responsible for handling public relations, customer’s complaints, and most other issues in regard to customer satisfaction.
  2. He or she will be responsible for managerial work such as supervising the clerical staff of the branch office.
  3. A Bank PO will also have to manage the cash flow, loans, finances, and mortgages.
  4. 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 – 4,336
  • SBI PO – 2,000
  • IBPS RRB PO – 3,352
  • RBI Grade B Officer – 199

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:

  1. Syllabus for Preliminary Exam: English language, reasoning ability, and numerical ability
  2. 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:

  1. Exam Pattern for Preliminary Exam:
  2. 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
  3. Exam Pattern for Mains Exam:
  4. 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.100 only.
  • For General category and other categories, it is Rs.600 only.

Bank PO Salary

The salary for a Bank PO is usually within the scale of Rs.23,000 to Rs.42,000 (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)

  1. What does a Bank PO do?
  2. 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.

  3. Is a B.Tech student eligible for IBPS PO exam?
  4. A: Yes, any graduate student in any stream of education is eligible to appear for the IBPS PO exam.

  5. Is 60% marks necessary in graduation to appear for IBPS PO exam?
  6. 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.

  7. Is IBPS PO a government job?
  8. 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.

  9. Is IBPS PO job considered to be a Grade A job?
  10. 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.

News About Bank

  • SEBI Grade A application date extended again; exam postponed

    The Securities and Exchange Board of India has extended the deadline for the application of its Grade A exam. The exam that was supposed to be held for various posts of the SEBI Grade A officers has been already postponed due to COVID-19. SEBI has extended the dates for the fourth time since releasing the notification. The Grade A exams had already been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. The last date for the online application and payment of fees for the SEBI Grade A will be 31 July 2020 and the dates for the preliminary exam and the main exam are yet to be announced.

    The notification which was released by SEBI outlined the number of posts under various departments. A total of 147 vacancies under various departments and disciplines were announced such as Legal, IT, Electrical Engineer, General, etc. The exam for SEBI Grade A is held in two phases which are the preliminary and the Mains. The questions asked are divided into two papers where Paper 1 will include subjects like the English Language, Quantitative aptitude, General Awareness and Reasoning. Paper 2 will include subjects such as Finance, Costing, Commerce, Accountancy, etc.

    1 June 2020

  • IBPS Results Declared for Top Posts Including Clerk, Probationary Officer and Special Officer

    The exam results for the Institute of Banking Personnel Services 2019-2020 have been declared for the posts of Special Officer, Clerk and Probationary Officer. The final result of the exam will be based on a cumulative score of the exam along with the interview given by the candidate. The selected candidates will be handed the appointment letters to join the bank.

    The steps to check the results of the Institution of Banking Personnel Services are:

    • Visit the official website.
    • Click on the option of ‘CRP Specialist Officer/ CRP PO/MT or CRP Clerical.
    • On the redirected page, click on the option of ‘result’.
    • Enter the registration number, password and log in.
    • The results will appear on the screen along with the allotted bank name.

    21 May 2020

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