All about Bank PO Exams

Bank PO exams are conducted by every bank that wishes to recruit officers. This is one of the best ways for graduates to enter the field of banking. Probationary officers, as the name suggests, work on probation for two years during which they undergo extensive on-the-job and off-the-job training and get to learn the nuances of banking. The PO’s performance during these two years decides his next allocation. Every bank has its own PO exam which is conducted whenever the need for fresh recruits arises. POs take on managerial responsibilities later. The exam is not tough if one has been regularly preparing for it.

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Important Dates for Bank PO Exams Exam

Opening Date for RegistrationApril 7, 2014
Closing Date for RegistrationApril 24, 2014
Date Fee Payment (Online)April 7 to 24, 2014
Date Fee Payment (Offline)April 10 to 28, 2014
Tentative Date of ExaminationIn the Month of June 2014

Details of Bank PO Exams Exam

The probationary officers are selected on the basis of a written test, clearing which one has to go through a GD (group discussion) and an interview. 

The written test usually lasts for around 3 hours. Almost every bank has same pattern for the written test which is as follows:

The written test will have an objective section (you get 2 hours to attempt it) and a descriptive section (1 hour). The objective section will test your knowledge of the English language; Numerical ability, General Awareness, Marketing & Computers; Data Analysis & Interpretation and Reasoning. The descriptive section will include letter writing, essay, reading comprehension, précis writing etc. There is usually negative marking for wrong answers in the objective test. The descriptive test is only for qualifying purpose. The bank will decide the minimum cut-off marks for each subject as well as the Total Weighted Score [TWS]. Depending on the number of vacancies, candidates who rank sufficiently high in the order of merit in the written test as per the cut off marks decided by the bank will be called for the interview.

On clearing the written test, one gets called for Group Discussion and Interview.

Bank PO Exams Exam Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria might differ slightly from bank to bank. A general outline of the same:

  • The aspirant must be an Indian national
  • The aspirant must have completed his/her graduation with at least 60 % aggregate from a recognized University/institute to be able to apply
  • The aspirant must be computer literate to be eligible to apply
  • The aspirant must be above 21 years of age and must not be more than 30 years of age. The age criterion also differs from bank to bank. Rely only on the information provided on the bank’s website or advertisement

How to Prepare for Bank PO Exams Exam ?

The written test is a cakewalk for those who have been preparing for competitive exams like CAT, XAT etc since the areas tested remain the same. The difficulty level is less for the PO exam. The method of preparation too will be similar. There are a lot of good books on Data Analysis & Interpretation and Reasoning in the market which have numerous solved and unsolved questions for practice. Marketing & Computers is a relatively new area being tested in the PO exam; books for the same are also easily available. For quantitative section, practice is the key. One must be thorough with the basics of mathematics especially till Xth Std. Prepare topics like algebra, profit loss, percentage etc. Apart from class X textbooks, some of the reference books are Sultan Chand publications’- Quantitative aptitude, Abhijit Guha, R.S. Agarwal & R.K. Gupta. To score well in the general awareness section, one must keep themselves abreast with the current affairs. Make reading the newspaper a daily habit. GK books like the Manorama yearbook also are of great help.

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