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

  • 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

  • Clerk exam results for IBPS have been released

    The PO Exam and RRB Clerk results for the year 2019 have been released by the IBPS. The result can be downloaded by individuals who have attended the exam on the official website of IBPS. Around 8,000 vacancies were filled. The results were announced by IBPS on 18 September 2020. Individuals can view the results until 17 October 2020. You can visit the official website of IBPS and go to the results section. On the next page, you must enter the relevant information and click on ‘Submit’. You can take a printout of the results as well.

    23 September 2020

  • IBPS announces revised dates for RRB Exams for various posts

    The Institute of Bank Personnel Selection has announced the revised exam dates for the recruitment of IBPS RRB 2020 for the posts of Officer Scale I, II, III and Office Assistants. These posts will be available at the regional rural banks. As per RRB Exam schedule, the IBPS RRB Prelims 2020 exam will be held of 12 September, 13 September, 19 September, 20 September and 26 September. The previously scheduled date for the exam was to begin from 3 August.

    The candidates who have applied for the IBPS RRB Recruitment 2020 of 9638 Vacancy will be writing their exams within a month. The exams for the Officer Scale-II and III – Single Exam will be held on 18 October 2020 and the Officer Scale I – Mains Exam will be held on 18 October 2020 as well according to the new schedule.

    13 August 2020

  • IBPS PO/MT expected to publish the official notification of 2020 Probationary Officer recruitment in August

    The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection is likely to conduct the recruitment of Probationary Officers (PO) and Management Trainee (MT) this year. In the year 2019, the official notice of recruitment came out on the website in August. Hence it is likely the official notification for IBPS PO/MT recruitment in 2020 is expected to release in the month of August 2020. The tentative exam dates for the 2020 selection tests have already been announced. The Prelims are scheduled to be held on 3rd, 4th, and 10th October 2020 while on the other hand, the Mains exam is also scheduled to be conducted tentatively on November 28, 2020. Candidates are recommended to keep a close watch on the official website i.e. to get notified when the notice is released and the application process is started.

    13 July 2020

  • 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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