Syllabus for Indian Overseas Bank PO Exam

Bank Recruitment -Recruitment in Indian Banks. Find all the information about the syllabus for bank probationary officer exam of the Indian Overseas Bank

Created On: Apr 14, 2011 12:39 IST
Modified On: May 7, 2011 20:14 IST
SyllabusBank PO Exam
SyllabusBank PO Exam

Bank Recruitment Questions & Answers

Banking profession is an attractive option for young graduates. Probationary Officers are recruited by individual banks as and when required. Banks hire eligible graduates through PO exams and train them for a period of two years. The selected candidates' performance during the probation period will decide their position after training. You should keep yourself informed as different banks have different dates for entrance test for PO Exams.

Bank PO Syllabus

1. Test of Reasoning

This section judges the candidate on their reasoning abilities and mental aptitude. Enlisted below are the various categories across which questions can be asked.


  • Number Series
  • Alphabet Series
  • Test of Direction Sense
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Number Ranking
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Problem on Age Calculation
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Decision Making etc.


  • Non Verbal Series
  • Mirror Images
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Grouping Identical Figures
  • Embedded Figures etc

Computer Competency

  • Basic questions on computer aptitude
  • Operations of computer

2. Quantitative Aptitude

This section checks the quantitative and mathematical skills of the candidate. The questions asked in the entrance exam are from the following categories:

  • Number System


  • HCF, LCM
  • Simplification
  • Decimal Fractions
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Unitary Method
  • Percentage
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Profit and Loss
  • Average
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Mensuration (2D and 3D)
  • Algebra
  • Data Interpretation

3. Test of English Language

The candidates are gauged on the language abilities and understanding of English grammar in this section. Questions are asked mainly from the following categories:

  • Verb
  • Adverb
  • Subject Verb Agreement
  • Error Correction
  • Tenses
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Fill in the Blanks with Modals, Articles etc
  • Comprehension
  • Answering questions based on Unseen Passages
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms

4. Test of General Awareness with Special Reference to Banking Industry

This section tests the candidate on their awareness of the world around them. Questions are asked mainly from the following categories:

  • Current Affairs (National and International)
  • Major Financial/Economic News
  • Budget and Five Year Plans
  • Who's Who
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards and Honours
  • Science - Inventions and Discoveries
  • Abbreviations
  • Important Days
  • International and National Organisations

Descriptive Paper

The descriptive paper of Indian Overseas Bank judges the candidate on their knowledge of English Composition like Essay writing, précis writing, letter writing etc. Candidates weak in English need to practice a lot from English books.

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