Bank Probationary Officer (Bank PO)

Bank Probationary Officer (Bank PO): This is a managerial position in a bank. After the essential 1 to 2-year training, candidates are designated as Assistant Managers (AM) or Deputy Managers (DM). Starting Salary as a Bank PO ranges from Rs. 30,000 - Rs. 40,000, depending upon bank to bank and location of posting.

About Bank Exams

Every year, multiple exams are conducted for the recruitment of Bank PO, Bank Clerk & Specialist Officers. Broadly, these exams can be classified into following Categories-

IBPS PO: It is a common exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the recruitment of Probationary Officers. IBPS Clerk: It is a common exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the recruitment of Clerical Cadres.

Bank Exams Pattern

Recruitment in government banks is generally done in three stage recruitment process. First two phases are written test, which are called Pre and Main; and last stage is the interview process. Shortlisting of candidates is done at each stage – Pre, Main and Interview.

Final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks in Mains and Interview (weightage: 80% Written Test & 20% Interview).

Bank Exams Syllabus

Written tests in bank exams generally ask questions to test the General Aptitude of the candidates. In Prelims, 100 questions are asked from three different sections – Quantitative Aptitude (35 Questions), Reasoning Ability (35 Questions), English Language (30). While in the Mains exams, 200 questions are asked covering Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English Language, General Awareness and Basic Computer Knowledge.

Syllabus of all above sections is given below:

Quantitative Aptitude:

Number Systems, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage & Averages, Profit & Loss, Mixtures &Alligations, Simple Interest & Compound Interest, Surds & Indices, Time & Distance, Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere, Sequence & Series, Permutation Combination & Probability, Quadratic Equations, Data Interpretation.

Reasoning Ability :

Sitting Arrangements, Tabulation, Logical Reasoning, Syllogism, Input Output, Coding Decoding, Alphanumeric Series, Ranking / Direction / Alphabet Test, Data Sufficiency, Coded Inequalities, Non Verbal Reasoning.

English Language :

Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Error Spotting, Sentence Correction, Para Jumbles, Vocabulary, Multiple Meaning Words, Paragraph Completion and New Pattern Questions of various types.

Computers :

Number System, History of computers, Hardware, Software, Database (Introduction), Communication (Basic Introduction), Networking (Lan, Wan), Internet (Concept, History, Working Environment, Application), Security Tools, Virus, Hacker, MS Windows & MS Office, Logic Gates.

Current Affairs:

Banks in NEWS, Economy based current affairs, Business NEWS, Agreements, New Appointments, Visits, Government Schemes, Awards and Honors, Summits, Committees, National and International, Obituaries, Reports and Indexes, Books and Authors, Defense, Sports.

IBPS PO Mains Syllabus

The Mains Exam tests candidates in Reasoning & Computer Aptitude, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness (majorly focusing on Economy & Banking).

IBPS PO Syllabus for English

1.   Vocabulary

  • Homonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Synonyms
  • Word Formation
  • Spelling

2.  Grammar

  • Spotting Errors
  • Phrases and idioms
  • Direct and Indirect speech
  • Active/ Passive voice

3.  Reading Comprehension

  • Theme Detection
  • Passage completion
  • Topic rearrangement of passage
  • Deriving Conclusion

IBPS PO Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

  • Ratio and proportion
  • Averages
  • Time and work
  • Speed, Distance and time
  • Mixture and allegation
  • Stocks and shares
  • Percentages
  • Partnership
  • Clocks
  • Volume and surface Area
  • Height and Distances
  • Logarithms
  • Permutation and combinations
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Equations
  • Probability
  • Trigonometry
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Mensuration
  • Elements of Algebra
  • Data Interpretation
    • Pie charts
    • Tables
    • Bar & Graphs
    • Line charts.
    • Caselet
    • Combination of any two of the above

Reasoning & Computer Aptitude Syllabus

1.  Verbal reasoning

  • Analogy
  • Puzzles (Box, Floor, Age Based etc)
  • Classification
  • Word formation
  • Statement and conclusions
  • Syllogism
  • Statement and assumptions
  • Statement and arguments
  • Coding Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Passage and conclusions
  • Alphabet test
  • Series Test
  • Number, Ranking and time sequence
  • Direction sense Test
  • Decision making test
  • Figure series
  • Input/output, Assertion and reasoning
  • Sitting Arrangement

2. Non-Verbal Reasoning 

  • Series test
  • Odd One Out
  • Analogy
  • Miscellaneous Test

3. Computer Aptitude 

  • Basics of Hardware and software
  • Windows operating system basics
  • Internet terms and services
  • Basic Functionalities of MS-Office (MS-word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint)
  • History of computers
  • Networking and communication
  • Database basics
  • Basics of Hacking, Security Tools and Viruses.

IBPS Syllabus for General Awareness

  • Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months.
  • Overview of Indian Financial System
  • History of Indian banking system.
  • Recent credit and monetary policies
  • Introduction to National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN etc.
  • Abbreviations and Economic terminologies
  • Banking Terms
  • Important Government Schemes on capital & money market