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

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:

  • 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 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:

  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 – 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:

  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.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)

  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

  • Recruitment process for several vacancies to be announced by the IBPS soon

    The recruitment process for several vacancies will be announced by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) soon. Some of the vacancies that will be included are Clerk, Management Trainee, Specialist Officer, and Bank Probationary Officer. The notification in regard to the recruitment will be uploaded on the official website of the IBPS soon. Individuals can apply for these posts on the official website as well. Several vacancies such as Clerk, Management Trainee, Specialist Officer, and Bank Probationary Officer are used by the IBPS to fill vacancies at various banks.

    12 October 2021

  • Call Letters for IBPS RRBs Recruitment 2021 Released

    The Indian Institute of Banking Personnel (IBPS) has released the call letters for RRBs (CRP RRBs X) for Group “A” - Officers (Scale-II and III) on 13 September 2021. You can visit the official website to download the call letters. Note that the call letters will be accessible on the site only till 25 September.

    22 September 2021

  • Reserve Bank of India Junior Engineer 2021 results announced

    The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has announced results of the Reserve Bank of India Junior Engineer 2021 examination. The scores can be checked on the official website of the IBPS by candidates who have appeared for the post of Junior Engineer in the electrical or civil branch. The scores are also available on the RBI's official website. The mark sheet of the online exam was released and can be downloaded until 4 February 4, 2022. The result can be checked by using either the date of birth or roll number or registration number and password.

    18 August 2021

  • Exam date for AP EAPCET 2021 announced

    The exam date for AP EAPCET 2021 which is organized by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada on the behalf of APSCHE has been announced. AP EAPCET examination is a state level examination and acts as a gateway for students seeking admissions in professional courses offered by different colleges located in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Candidates can get admission in various courses like engineering, agriculture, etc. The exam will be held between 19th and 25th August. Applicants can fill and submit the online AP EAPCET 2021 application form from 26 June to 25 July, 2021. The application fee can be paid through online mode or at any AP online centers. To apply for agriculture or engineering stream, the fees is Rs.500 while for applying at both streams, candidates will need to pay Rs.1,000.

    1 July 2021

  • Provisional list for PO, SO and Clerk released by IBPS

    The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released the provisional allotment under the reserve list for the post of Probationary Officers, Specialist Officer and Clerk. The candidates who have applied will be able to check the provisional allotment list on the official website of the IBPS.

    The list will be available from 31 March to 30 April 2021. The allotment has been done based on merit and preference. The offer of appointment including the terms and conditions, verification process and joining will be given by the bank at a later date.

    12 April 2021

  • 2021 Competitive Exam Dates

    The following is the list of competitive exams that are upcoming this year, from the undergraduate to graduate level and in various fields of study: CBSE 10th board exams 2021 are from 4 May to 7 June, CBSE 12th board exams 2021 are from 4 May to 11 June 11, JEE Advanced 2021 is on 3 July 3, COMEDK UGET 2021 is on 20 June, 2021, NDA 2021 is on 18 April and 5 September 5, CLAT 2021 is on 13 June 13, AILET 2021 is on June 20, NEET 2021 is on 27 June 27, AIIMS MBBS 2021 is from 17 May to 24 May 24, JIPMER MBBS 2021 is in May 2021 but dates are yet to be announced, UPSC CSE 2021 is on 27 June, SSC CGL 2021 is from 29 May to 7 June, SSC CHSL 2021 is from 12 April to 27 April, SBI Clerk 2021 is on March 7, 2021, and CAT 2021 is yet to be announced.

    2 March 2021

  • Results for IBPS RRB Officer's Scale I examination declared

    The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has announced the result of the IBPs RRB PO Exam 2020. The result of the CRP-RRB-IX Recruitment of Officer Scale I preliminary exam was released on the official website on 11 January.

    The candidates who had appeared for the exam will be able to check their results online on till 18 January 18. The IBPS has conducted the preliminary examination on 12 September and 13 September 2020. The mains exam will be held on 30 January 2021. Once the candidates clear the preliminary examination, they will advance to the Main examination and the admit card along with the scorecard for the RRB Officers Scale I will be released at a later date.

    15 February 2021

  • RBI to soon issuejob notification for Grade B officers

    TJob aspirants have something look forward to as RBI, the country's central bank is likely to issue job notification for the post of Grade B officers, As per sources there will be a total of 332 vacancies with the application process slated to begin on 28 January . The application needs to be submitted online by visiting the official website of RBI. The application fee which needs to be paid is Rs.850 for general and OBC category applicants and Rs.100 for application belonging from SC, ST and PWD categories.

    28 January 2021

  • Schedule for IBPS exams released on the official website

    The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has released the schedule for the CRP main online examinations. The candidates will be able to check the schedule and calendar on the official website of the institute at

    According to the newly released schedule, the IVPS RRB-IX Officer Scale 1 will be on 30 January 2021 and the Office Assistants (Multipurpose) will be on 20 February. The exam for the IBPS Probationary Officer/Manager will be held on 4 February. The Clerk-X exam of IBPS will be held on 28 February.

    5 November 2020

  • IBPS PO Prelims 2020 Exam -expected cut off

    The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection has just finished conducting the IBPS PO Prelims 2020 exams. An unnamed source has said that the Shift 2 paper had a moderate difficulty level. All the candidates who had appeared for this exam had also said that the paper had a good mix of easy and tough questions. The students had written the exam with a lot of precautions. In order to avoid crowding outside all examination centres, the exam had been divided into four shifts.

    14 October 2020

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