Bank PO

The banking sector attracts hordes of people to its recruitment drives because of the security, well-paid and great career prospects that it offers. Openings are available in banks at various levels, right from Clerical posts to that of Probationary Officers.

There are various types of banks in India such as the State Bank of India and Associates Nationalized Banks, Domestic Private Sector Banks, New Domestic Private Sector Banks, Foreign Banks. The Reserve Bank of India acts a centralized monitoring body in the Indian financial sector.

Students who have gained more than 60% in their graduate studies can appear for the All India Examination conducted by the Public Sector Banks. This exam is the first step towards a lifelong career in the Banking profession.


Indian Banks for Probationary Officer Examination


A List of Banks in India that conduct the PO Examination Tests are:

  • ICICI Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Canara Bank
  • SBI Bank
  • Corporation Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Federal Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • OBC Bank
  • Saraswati Cooperation Bank PO
  • Allahabad Bank PO
  • Dena Bank PO
  • Central Bank of India Bank PO
  • Bank of Baroda PO
  • Andhra Bank PO
  • IDBI Bank
  • Vijaya Bank PO


State Bank PO Examination: Pattern & Syllabus

SBI PO: Syllabus & Pattern
Let us look at a model of the State Bank PO exam as it is the largest bank and has several associate banks under its fold such as the State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Indore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Suarastra, State Bank of Travancore. But more or less this applies to all the other bank exams too.

Educational qualifications required are a First division graduation in any discipline with more than 65%. This is relaxed for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Physically Challenged.

In addition, proficiency in computers and a certificate of training from a reputed institute is also essential.

Age limit: Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on1st July of the year of Exam

When held: generally in the month of September-October.

There are two stages of the test which is in Hindi and English that is:

  1. Written Test :
    1. Objective/Syllabus:
    2. Test of Reasoning ( 75 Questions and time suggested is 50 minutes)
    3. Quantitative Aptitude (50 Questions and time suggested is 30 minutes),
    4. General Awareness (50 Questions and time suggested is 25 minutes),
    5. Test of computer literacy and English language (50 Questions and time suggested is 30 minutes).

    The total Number of questions asked is 225 and 135 minutes allotted for the Objective Test. Beware as there will be negative marks for the wrong answers.

    It is a test of English language.

    45 minutes.

    To test the person’s higher order cognitive abilities such as comprehension and analysis of situations, generation of unique ideas or situations as well as language ability.

    Three out of four questions have to be answered on a given situation with answers to be restricted to the space provided in the question-cum-answer sheet.

    Note: no negative marks

  2. Interview:
    Consists of a group discussion and interview only for those candidates who have cleared the written examination.


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