A PO or a Probationary Officer is basically an Assistant Manager of Scale I in a bank. He is a Junior Manager of Grade I scale and hence called Scale I Officer. After the selection criteria is completed, a Probationary Officer has to go through an intensive training program at Institute of Banking Management where they are trained. The probation period of a PO may last for 2 years. This again differs from bank to bank.
As the candidates selected for this post are young officers who have freshly graduated, they have a great enthusiasm within themselves. They are hardworking and have a zest to learn and hence they are imparted with some really serious responsibilities by the bank.
A PO is trained on multiple verticals such as finance, accounting, billing, investment etc. during his/ her probation period in order to acquaint them with various working procedures of the bank. This is basically done by entrusting them with responsibilities and jobs in these categories.
The main purpose of the bank is to provide optimal service to its customers. A PO has to make sure that the business of the bank keeps on increasing by tending to the banks’ customers properly by handling customer complaints, addressing various customer related issues such as discrepancies in accounts, rectification of undue charges etc.
When they get acclimatized to the banks’ norms they are provided with more serious responsibilities such as planning, budgeting, loan processing, investment management etc.
Every year all the government as well as the private banks conduct Bank PO exams to recruit young officers. The major banks participating in this process are listed below:
• State Bank of India
• Allahabad Bank
• Bank of Baroda
• Bank of Maharashtra
• Punjab National bank
• Oriental Bank of Commerce
• ICICI Bank
• Cooperative Bank
• Cooperation Bank
• Syndicate Bank
• HDFC Bank
The main exam among them is the SBI PO exam and the IBPS PO exam. Both of them have a large number of vacancies and eagerly look for young officers. The main thing to keep in mind is that every bank has their own selection criteria and their own set of papers. IBPS Conducts a common written exam for hiring of Probationary Officers (PO) in different public sector banks(PSU) and State Bank of India conduct a separate exam for hiring of Probationary Officers (PO).
Recruitment is done in generally three steps process. The first two phase is written test which are preliminary exams and mains exam respectively. The third step is the interview process. Candidates selected after the first two rounds get eligible for the interview round. After getting selected in these three rounds a merit list is generated based on the candidate’s performance. The one who make it to the list are selected for the post of PO.
The syllabus for SBI PO preliminary exam and mains exam is different as they are two different levels of SBI PO 2018 Exam. SBI PO Mains exam has 2 additional sections to be prepared - Computer Aptitude and General Awareness apart from the basic three sections of Quants, Reasoning & english Language. Here`s the detailed SBI PO 2019 syllabus for both the exams:
SBI PO Preliminary Exam syllabus: The preliminary examination of SBI PO exam 2019 constitutes of three sections: Reasoning Ability, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language.
|Reasoning||Quantitative Ability||English Language|
|Logical Reasoning||Simplification||Reading Comprehension|
|Alphanumeric Series||Profit & Loss||Cloze Test|
|Ranking/Direction/Alphabet Test||Mixtures &Alligations||Para jumbles|
|Data Sufficiency||Simple Interest & Compound Interest & Surds & Indices||Miscellaneous|
|Coded Inequalities||Work & Time||Fill in the blanks|
|Seating Arrangement||Time & Distance||Multiple Meaning/Error Spotting|
|Puzzle||Mensuration – Cylinder, Cone, Sphere||Paragraph Completion|
|Syllogism||Ratio & Proportion, Percentage|
|Blood Relations||Number Systems|
|Input Output||Sequence & Series|
|Coding Decoding||Permutation, Combination &Probability|
The banks pay their probationary officers quite handsomely. The basic pay of a SBI PO is Rs 23,700. In addition to this basic pay, the officers are also eligible for Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA), CCA, special allowance etc. The total salary thus amounts to Rs 40,239 per month.
The salary is almost same for POs of almost all the banks. You still might encounter a little variation from bank to bank.
• Before applying for this post it is really necessary to check the eligibility criteria for this examination. A candidate must be 21-30 years of age while applying for Bank PO exam. Age relaxation of 5 years is given to candidates belonging to SC and ST. the candidates belonging to OBC categories are given an age relaxation of 3 years. The ex-servicemen and the candidates holding Jammu and Kashmir quota are also given an age relaxation of 5 years.
• Apart from this the minimum educational qualification of the candidate must be that of a graduate from a designated University.
• A candidate must also not hold any criminal record. If found guilty, their candidature is likely to get cancelled.
To get through this prestigious exam, a proper preparation is necessary keeping in mind the current pattern and Bank PO syllabus. You can either prepare for the exam on your own or consider a coaching institute for your preparation. Opting for e-books & Test Series is another option to prepare for bank PO exams.
You can access e-books & Online Mock Test Series from here.
The growth in this field is quite fast. You can jump to Grade II officer within 3-5 years of your service. The POs are required to give few written examination and go through an interview process to get promoted to a higher designation. One can easily switch to the position of Manager, Assistant General Manager, General Manager etc.
The expected schedule for SBI PO 2019 are as under:
|SBI PO 2019-20|
|Beginning of Online Registration||Third week of April 2019|
|Final Date of Online Registration||Second week of May 2019|
|Release of Admit Card for Prelims 2019||Third week of June 2019|
|Exam Date for Prelims 2019||First week of July 2019|
|Declaration of Result for Prelims 2019||Second week of July 2019|
|Release of Admit Card for Mains 2019||Third week of July 2019|
|Exam Date for Mains 2019||First week of August 2019|
|Declaration of Result for Mains 2019||Third week of August 2019|
|Release of Admit Card for Interview 2019||First week of September 2019|
|Declaration of SBI PO Final result||First week of November 2019|
The cut-off will help candidates to know about the minimum score required to ace the different levels of exam in which SBI PO is conducted. To get a clear idea of SBI PO Cut-Off 2019, let`s have a look at the cut-off for year 2018.
category wise Cut Off for SBI PO Prelims 2018
SBI PO Prelims Cut Off (2017)