What is Bank PO?

Bank PO also known as Bank Probationary Officer is one of the well known posts that one comes across and also aspires for. There is an exam known as Bank PO Exam which is conducted by leading banks inviting scores of aspirants to apply for the desirable post. Let us learn more about the bank probationary officer post.

A probationary officer’s post can be termed as an entry level opening for people in the officer cadre in banks. The duration of probation for the selected candidate would be 2 years, after which the candidate would be placed in the role of an Asst. Manager who will be monitored and mentored by the Sr. Manager.

Any graduate who has completed their studies successfully is eligible to apply for the exam. The probationary officers’ exam consists of 3 levels of filtering, which are mentioned below.

  1. Written examination – this exam is spread over 3 hours and consists of objective and descriptive tests.
  2. Group discussion and interview – this is the second round of the exam, wherein a group discussion and interview is conducted. Depending on the number of vacancies available, candidates are called for and selected.
  3. Final selection – every bank has their own method of arriving at the final list of candidates who are selected for the post of a probationary officer. Depending on the scores of candidates at various levels, a merit list is put up for the candidates to join.

Candidates who get through all the three rounds of filtering get placed in the banks as probationary officers. The probation time (2yrs) gives the candidate enough time to learn various aspects of accounting, marketing, investment options, market analysis, handling customer grievances etc. Soon after completing their probationary period, the candidate will then be placed as an Asst. Manager.

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