Syllabus for Probationary Officer Exam

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PO syllabusFor any young Graduate, an attractive job offer after College life is Banking Profession. It has maintained the position of “Most Wanted Job” & is the priority list since many years all together as it enjoys much respect & prestige in the society.

Within which the post of a “Probationary Officer” (PO) is worth appreciating. Banks hire eligible Graduates through PO exam for training for a probational period of two years . The selected candidate’s performance during the probation period shall decide their position after training. Different banks include Probationary Officers during different periods through out the year.

Pursuing a career as a Probationary Officer is said to be as a unique career in itself. With an attractive salary package, this post of a Probationary Officer surely seems to be luring enough. The salary package of that of a Probationary Officer is attractive with Rs. 70,000/- to Rs. 80,000/- per annum.

Candidates with an age limit of 21-28 years of age within General Category are eligible to apply for the post of Probationary Officer. The Mode of Examination consists of a Common Written Test & a Common Interview. The Common Written Test consists of 200 questions. The Passing Marks is regarded as 40% in each section & an overall score of 100.

Only those candidates who clear the common written test are eligible to appear for interview test.

Syllabus for Probationary Officer Exam

As said before, the selection of a Probationary Officer is made on the basis of a common written exam succeeded by an interview. A candidate is provided with 2 hours (120 minutes) to attempt the PO test.

The test is an objective type test. It carries multiple choice answers to choose from. The test shall be a computer-based test. Questions shall be flashed on the computer screen of the candidate. Candidate is supposed to click on one option from the provided ones.

The syllabus of Common Written Exam involves various sections such as;

  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • General Awareness
  • English Language
  • Computer Knowledge

Let us understand each of them carefully.

Section Marks
Logical Reasoning50 marks
Quantitative Aptitude50 marks
General Awareness40 marks
General English40 marks
Computer Knowledge20 marks
  1. Logical Reasoning: This section tests your power of observation as well as mental ability. This section carries one of the highest allocation of weightage for marks. But in this section, one can equally score well. One can practice solving with problems like mirror images & problems involving figures etc.
  2. Quantitative Aptitude: This section is meant to test the mathematical ability of an individual. It covers topics like probability, time & distance, profit & loss, mensuration, fractions etc. Much more practice is required to score well with this section. Mental tricks can save time to great extent.
  3. General Awareness: This can also be termed as a scoring section. Normally 75% of the questions are related to the banking field & 25% are related to current affairs. Keep updates relating to banking policies, various changes undergone, causes, impact etc. Keep updates on latest happenings in the field of science, history, geography & other areas. Reading newspapers & watching news on TV will help you to prepare for this section.
  4. English Language:  This section check’s candidate’s demand over the language. Questions on synonyms, antonyms, comprehension. One can also take up with online Grammar tests.
  5. Computer Knowledge: One should be through with the basics of computer & working of MS Windows, MS Office etc.

Learn to manage your time in this exam & divide it accordingly in all the sections. Let us know in case of any issues or queries.

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