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Bank PO : Probationary Officer Job Profile, Salary, Career Growth

Bank PO : Probationary Officer Job Profile, Salary, Career Growth



The full form of Bank PO is Bank Probationary Officer. Bank PO is a managerial level post offered in various Public Sector Banks in the country. It is entry level managerial bank job. A Probationary Officer holds the designation of an Assistant Manager in any Public Sector Bank. Being a lucrative career option and a white collar job, lakhs of students contest for Bank PO exam in order to join this prestigious position through IBPS PO or SBI PO. 
Many other govt. and private banks now also conduct their separate recruitment drive for the post of PO through Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance Program. Through PGDBF the candidates are enrolled for a 9 months exhaustive curriculum of PG Diploma program following by 3 months of on the job training after which they are appointed as Assistant Manager in the Bank.
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:



RBI Officer Grade-B

IBPS Regional Rural Bank PO

Bank of Baroda PO

Bank of Maharashtra PO

Dena Bank PO

Indian Bank PO

Syndicate Bank

India Post Payments Bank PO



When a candidate is selected for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) in a bank, he/she is offered the post of Assistant Manager (AM) or Deputy Manager (DM) after the probation period of a PO is complete. The probation period continues for 2 years after which the designation of AM or DM is offered to the PO.


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. Among all banks SBI and IPPB are the one where a Bank PO is entitled to max salary in comparison with other banks. IPPB has conducted its recruitment for the first time in 2016-17 and it offers a pay scale of 23,700 - 42,020 Rs. The officers are also entitled to other terminal benefits as per the policy defined by the banks.


IBPS and SBI are two major bodies that conduct PO exams every year. The recruitment process for both these exams is quite similar. The recruitment process happens in 3 phases: Preliminary Test, Mains Exam and the Interview Process. The preliminary test is an online objective test and mains test has two parts- an online objective test and an online descriptive writing test. A basic cut-off is decided for each phase of the exam to screen out the candidates. A candidate is required to qualify all these stages. 
Both the objective tests have separate cut off for each individual section and a complete cut off for the examination and a candidate is required to meet these cut offs to pass on to next phase of recruitment. The marks obtained in Preliminary exam has no role in the merit list, only the marks of Phase-II of Mains exam and marks obtained in the interview process and accounted for while the making of the merit list. The Descriptive test in most of the Bank PO recruitment is qualifying in nature. Apart from the merit lists banks also release a reserve list of candidates who were left with point blank margin. Candidates are selected from reserve list to fill up further vacant posts as decided by the bank. After getting through all the phases the candidate goes through document verification process and medical test, as these are the last procedures of Bank PO recruitment. 
An eligible candidate after qualifying all the stages of Recruitment Process is thus appointed to the post of Probationary Officer in a Public Sector Bank.


Every year, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection or IBPS organizes PO exam to select candidates for the post of probationary officer in various public sector banks across the country. Apart from IBPS other public and private sector banks aslo conduct recruitment drive for the post of Probationary Officers. IBPS PO is one of the most sought after examination in the country. The notification for the same is released 2-3 months prior to the commencement of exam. The exam takes place in three phases: Preliminary Test, Mains Exam and the Interview Process. IBPS has released its calendar for the year 2017. According to IBPS Tentative Calendar of Online CWE for RRBs & PSBs the Prelims and Mains exam for IBPS PO will tentatively take place in October'17 and November'17 respectively. And the CWE - Prelims and Mains exam for IBPS RRB PO will tentatively take place in September and November respectively.
State Bank of India organizes SBI PO separately to select candidates for the post of probationary officer in its various branches spread across the nation. SBI has conducted recruitment for SBI PO 2017-18 in April-May'17. The selection process is same as that of IBPS PO. The notification for SBI PO was released in the month of March. Candidates who will clear all the three rounds: Preliminary round, Mains round and the Interview Process will finally selected for the post of PO in one of the various branches of SBI.


The syllabus and test for both IBPS PO and SBI PO is 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.

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

1. 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)
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Computer Knowledge
History and Generations of computers; Basic knowledge of- Computer Network, I/O Devices and Hardware, Computer Software and Operating System, MS Office Suit, Computer and Network Security, Terminologies related to the Internet; Computer Aptitude - Number system and conversions, coded binary conversions, flow chart and DFD, logic gates
5. General Awareness
Special Reference to banking terminologies and Financial Awareness, Current Affairs of 3-4 months, Static Awareness, Banking norms, ratios, rates and policies
The eligibility criteria for both IBPS PO, SBI PO and other Probationary Officers are same. A candidate is required to fulfill basic two requirements to be eligible for these exams. A candidate is required to fall into 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. The required age limit and education qualification is specifically mentioned in notification of every bank's recruitment (the criteria may vary slightly from bank to bank depending upon its norms).


To prepare effectively for 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. A thorough knowledge of the entire syllabus is necessary to score high in Bank PO examination. It is important for the candidate to prepare with Computer Based Test for Bank PO recruitment exam as almost all banking exams are held in online mode. Candidates can prepare for 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.


For a comprehensive and result oriented preparation, candidates can join our Online and Offline Coaching Program. The Offline Coaching Program is offered by Career Power in various cities all across the country. The Online Coaching is provided through Video Courses, Correspondence Courses and E-Books. Candidates can enroll themselves for any of these two verticals and give wings to their detailed preparation for Bank PO Exams. Candidates who are to appear for the final phase of recruitment process/tests - Interview can also enroll in our Career Power Special Interview batches for  Bank PO Recruitment. You can enroll in Special Interview batches for India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) PO recruitment 2016-17.


A range of E-Books as well as course textbooks and magazines are available in our store to help you accelerate your preparation for Bank PO exams. Separate books are available for both SBI PO and IBPS PO exams. The books are updated as per the recent change in syllabus and contain detail course content for each section being asked in Bank PO exams.

eBook for Descriptive Writing- Tips, Pattern and current affairs based examples

Reading Comprehension eBook based on Current Topics

Competition Power Magazine (Feb-June'17) ebook Edition

Advanced Machine Input Output for Bank PO exam

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For the judicious preparation of Bank PO Exam, a candidate is required to solve as many Sample Papers as he/she can. A range of Sample Papers is available on our website specifically for IBPS PO and SBI PO. Apart from Sample Papers you can also opt for Mock Tests and Online Test Series that are designed exclusively for Bank PO Exams.
Solve Bank PO Sample Papers here


The Interview Process is the final stage of the selection process for the post of Probationary Officer in a Public Sector Bank. The areas around which the questions revolve are General Banking Awareness, Terminologies Associated with Bank, Banking Ethics, Policies and Amendments issued by Bank, Schemes and Derivatives etc. Some General Questions asked in the Interview round of Bank PO Exam are:

What is FDI?

What is GDP?

What is Inflation?

What is Revenue Deficit? Etc.