Selection Procedure for Bank Probationary Officer Exams

Bank PO Selection Procedure: Find all the information about the selection procedure of probationary officer in Indian Banks. For excelling in bank PO exam, it is very important that a candidate knows the nerve of the exam i.e. the syllabus and the entire selection procedure.

Created On: Apr 30, 2011 13:09 IST
Modified On: May 25, 2011 13:42 IST
Selection Procedure : Bank PO
Selection Procedure : Bank PO

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For excelling in bank PO exam, it is very important that a candidate knows the nerve of the bank exam ie, the syllabus and the entire selection procedure. A candidate should be aware of the topics to be covered, current affairs and should start preparing for it well in advance. Apart from preparing specifically for individual bank exams, has outlined general selection procedure for bank PO exams. We wish you luck in your endeavour!

A. Written Examination

The Written Examination will comprise of Objective Test and Descriptive Test details of which is furnished hereunder:

a) Objective Test

Objective Test consisting of Test of Reasoning, Test of English Language, Test of Quantitative Aptitude, Test of  General Awareness, Test of Computer Knowledge.


Sl. No. Test No. Of Questions
1 Test of Reasoning 50
2 Test of English Language 50
3 Test of Quantitative Aptitude 50
4 Test of General Awareness 50
5 Test of Computer Knowledge 50
  Total 250

The candidates shall be required to qualify in each objective test as per the cut-off marks determined by individual banks. There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the objective tests which will result in negative marks for every wrong answer ie, one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.

b) Descriptive Test
It will consist of 4 questions out of which the candidates are required to attempt 3 questions only. The descriptive paper of Allahabad bank judges the candidate on their knowledge on situations, current topics, topics of common interest, national issues etc. The candidates are required to write essay type answers on these questions. The questions are basic in nature and not much preparation is required for it. To prepare for this section, candidates need to remain updated about the various current topics and try to write short notes on them along with life situations.

Note: The question paper for above test both Objective and Descriptive except the Test of English Language and Descriptive Paper will be printed bilingual ie English and Hindi. Bank will decide the minimum cut-off marks for each test as well as Total Weightage Marks.

Depending on the number of number of vacancies, such of those 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 only be called for the interview.

B. Group Discussion and/ or Interview
Candidates who clear the written test are called for group discussion and personal interview. After GD and PI, mark of all sections ie written GD, and PI added to decide the final score and shortlist the candidates.

Group Discussion demands knowledge of current affairs, cool temperament, and right attitude. So always be prepared with some current topic especially with economical/ financial topics. Reading news paper and watching news will help a lot.

Personal Interview is conducted to check the behavior, conversation skill, and knowledge about banking and financial topics. Technical questions may come from your previous job (if u you are already working), projects that you have done, academic subjects and about the bank also. So, prepare well on one subject from your academic curriculum, do a good research on the bank and rehearsal mock interviews.

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