Bank PO Exam 2019 – Job Profile, Salary, Syllabus & Career Growth

About Bank PO 

The full form of Bank PO is Bank Probationary Officer. Bank PO is the most sought after job in India. Every year a number of students took part in this examination as the selected candidates are posted as a probationary officer in the public sector banks. There are many recruiting bodies who are responsible to recruit candidates for the profile of bank PO. Like SBI and IBPS. Candidates have attracted this profile because of the handsome salary and lucrative benefits it provides. Check the official notification released by the bank before filling up the form for the same. Keep on reading this article to know more about bank PO.
If your aim is to become a Probationary Officer and to start your career with a brilliant opportunity in Banking Sector you must look out and prepare for these some of the leading recruitment procedures:

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Bank PO Notification

Bank PO Notification is released by the respective banks. As of now, IBPS has released the official notification of IBPS PO 2019. Bank update about the vacancies and notification on their official sites. Once the notification is released for the particular bank, aspirants will be able to apply for the post of the probationary officer before the closing dates of registration as prescribed in the official notification.

Bank PO Exam Date
Only after the release of the official notification, one can get to know about the exam dates. IBPS used to declare the tentative dates for the various posts including PO in the form of IBPS Calendar. Tentative dates for IBPS PO are 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th of October. If in case IBPS or any other recruiting body make changes in the exam dates, students then are notified by the official news from the organization on their official site only.
Bank PO Eligibility
The eligibility criteria for both IBPS PO, SBI PO, and other Probationary Officers are the same. A candidate is required to fulfill the basic two requirements to be eligible for these exams. A candidate is required to fulfill the required age limit for the exam, i.e. a candidate is required to be of minimum 20 years of age before applying for IBPS PO or SBI PO exam. In addition to that, the minimum educational qualification required for SBI PO and IBPS PO is that of a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Age limit and other information are mentioned in the official notification. Go through the notification carefully before filling up the form.
Bank PO Job Profile

After the probation period, selected candidates are posted as an assistant manager or deputy manager as per the bank requirement. The probation period continues for 2 years after which the designation of AM or DM is offered to the PO. The work of PO may include various types of work. It includes the passing of loans for a different purpose and many other things.
Bank PO selection procedure

IBPS and SBI are two major bodies that conduct PO exams every year. The recruitment process for both these exams is quite similar. Bank PO is a three-tier process exam which includes:

  • Preliminary phase
  • Main exam (objective + Descriptive)
  • GD/Interview round

One has to qualify all the three phases to be finally selected in the merit list. Merit list is drawn on the basis of the marks obtained in main and interview round.

Bank PO Salary

  • According to the official notification, the basic pay of a Bank PO is Rs. 23,700/- 
  • Apart from that, a lot of allowances such as DA, Transport Allowance, HRA, CCA, etc. 
  • The Gross Salary thus amounts to Rs. 38,703/- for a probationary officer in hand or more. Among all banks, SBI and IPPB offer the maximum salary and benefits as compared to other banks. 
  • IPPB Conducted the exam in the year 2016-2017 for the first time with a starting basic pay of 23,700 – 42,020 Rs. 
  • All the officers are entitled to get the other benefits besides salary as specified by the banks.
Bank PO Vacancy

One can expect the latest vacancies only after the release of official notification from the organizations. Every year a number bank PO vacancies are released and candidates are recruit under the post of Probationary officer under different banks. The vacancy may increase or decrease any time, it depends on the vacant position in the respective banks across India.
Bank PO Syllabus

The syllabus and test for both IBPS PO and SBI PO are the same. The syllabus for preliminary exam and the Mains exam is slightly different. Let’s have a look at the syllabus of both these examinations. It is important to have a thorough knowledge of Bank PO syllabus.

IBPS PO Objective Test

Preliminary Exam
Quantitative Aptitude
Reasoning Ability
English Language
Mains Exam
Quantitative Aptitude
Reasoning Ability
English Language
Computer Knowledge
General Awareness (with special reference to Banking)

SBI PO Recruitment Objective Test

Preliminary Exam
Quantitative Aptitude
Reasoning Ability
English Language
Mains Exam
Data Analysis & Interpretation
Reasoning & Computer Aptitude
English Language
General Awareness (with special reference to Banking)

Syllabus for Bank PO exams

Quantitative Aptitude
Data Interpretation (Bar, Line Graph, Tabular, Pie Chart, Radar, Caselet), Inequalities(Quadratic Equations, Quantity-I & II), Approximation & Simplification, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous Arithmetic Portion (Percentage, Average, Ratio, Mixture and Allegation, Speed Distance and Time, Time and Work, Upstream and Downstream, Problem on ages, Problem on Trains, Mensuration, Permutation & Combination, Probability, etc)
Reasoning Ability
Puzzles (Box, Months, Days, Colours, Shelf, Floors, Items, etc.), Seating Arrangement (Circular, Linear, Square, etc.), Data Sufficiency, Inequalities, Blood Relation, Coding-Decoding, Machine Input-Output, Alpha-Number-Symbol Series, Alphabet, Order, and Ranking.
English Language
Reading Comprehension, Fillers, Sentence Rearrangement, Vocabulary based questions, Sentence/Phrase Improvement, Sentence/Phrase Replacement, Errors, Cloze Test, Paragraph Related Quetsions (Para filler, para improvement, para errors, para replacement etc.), Connectors.
Computer Knowledge
History and Generations of computers; Basic knowledge of- Computer Network, I/O Devices and Hardware, Computer Software and Operating System, MS Office Suite, Computer and Network Security, Terminologies related to the Internet; Computer Aptitude – Number system and conversions, coded binary conversions, flow chart, and DFD, logic gates
General Awareness
Special Reference to banking terminologies and Financial Awareness, Current Affairs of 5-6 months, Static Awareness, Banking norms, ratios, rates, and policies

Bank PO Exam Pattern

Phase-I: Bank PO Preliminary Examination 2019

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 English Language 30 30 20 minutes
2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 35 20 minutes
3 Reasoning Ability 35 35 20 minutes
Total 100 100 60 minutes

Candidates had to qualify in each of the three tests by securing minimum cut-off marks which were decided by IBPS.

Phase – II: Bank PO Main Examination 2019

Main Examination consists of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 25 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests were conducted online. 

S.No. Name of Tests(Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1 Reasoning & Computer Aptitude 45 60 60 minutes
2 English Language 35 40 40 minutes
3 Data Analysis & Interpretation 35 60 45 minutes
4 General/ Economy/ Banking Awareness 40 40 35 minutes
Total 155 200 3 Hours

Bank PO Admit Card

The admit card for the post of Bank PO is released by the bank at least 15 days before the commencement of the exam. Once the Admit card from the various banks or organizing body is released, we will update the links.
Bank PO Preparation

To prepare effectively for the Bank PO exam, it is really necessary for a candidate to excel in the subjects being asked in the Preliminary and Mains exam. Both IBPS PO and SBI PO have a pre-defined syllabus which contains multiple sections for a candidate to excel in. It is important to have complete and deep knowledge about the exam syllabus. As all the bank PO exams are held online mode only, it is important for the students to prepare thorugh online mode. Candidates can prepare for the objective test and all other phases of exams either through our Online Computer Based Test Series for Bank PO Exam or by joining the Career Power Offline Classroom Program.
Bank PO Result

Result of bank PO is released after the completion of the exam. The result of the preliminary phase is released after 7-10 of the exam. It may take the time of a month or two, to release the final result or the merit list of the candidates. Merit list is drawn on the basis of the marks scored in the main and the interview round. Fist phase i.e preliminary examination is qualifying in nature.

Bank PO Cut Off

Cut off is the deciding factor for a candidate to start their career in the banking sector. Cut off are decided by the banks itself. It is the minimum qualifying marks that one needs to obtain to appear for the next phase or for the final selection. Marks scored in the preliminary phase are considered as qualifying to appear in the main exam.

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Click here to check the cut off for IBPS PO

Bank PO FAQ’s

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