How to Become Probationary Officer in A Bank?

Bank Probationary Officer (Bank PO) – Job Profile,

Career Scope, Recruitment, Salary

Probationary Officer is a very exciting career in the banking sector, apart from Management Trainee and Special Officer. Bank Jobs are quite popular these days. Many candidates want to go for Bank PO option.

Job profile:

All the activities or duties which may be assigned to a probationary officer are listed below:
General Banking: This is the very basic duties which need to be performed by the Probationary officer and includes maintenance of customer’s current and savings accounts, issuing drafts, clearing and including cheques, accepting long-term deposits, issuing debentures and processing loans.
Housekeeping and Supervisory Functions: Assigning duties to subordinates and checking the workflow of subordinates to make sure that the work is carried as per the rules and routine of the bank.
Other work: PO (Probationary Officer) can be assigned for handling any other banking tasks as well.

Recruitment Process in PSU Banks and Private Banks

You need graduation to sit for Bank IBPS, SBI or any other Exam.
Every year 22 PSB, as well as private banks, announces the vacancies in PO job role and they mainly focus on recruiting young officers. Banks who have a major participation in the process are listed below:
  • State Bank of India
  • Allahabad Bank
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Punjab National Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • Cooperative Bank
  • Cooperation Bank
  • HDFC Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
IBPS PO and SBI PO together come with almost 15000+ Vacancies for Bank PO. IBPS conducts a common written examination test for hiring PO in different public sectors whereas State Bank of India conducts a separate examination for their recruitment process.
Private Sector Bank ICICI also invites ONLINE applications from Indian Nationals for the appointment of young professionals.
Other Private sectors Bank Axis Bank also announces the recruitment for new batches of Young Bankers Program (ABYB), a yearly event much similar to PO recruitment in public sector banks

Basic Recruitment Process:

A. Written examination: Time allowed: 2 hours Objective test: 200 points Syllabus of the written examination:
  • English Language (grammar, vocabulary and comprehension)
  • General awareness, computer and marketing.
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Reasoning (high level)
Test type: Descriptive
Time: 1 hour
This test comprises of 4 sections namely, comprehension, short précis, letter writing and easy writing.
B. Group discussion and Interview.
Candidates who have successfully passed the previous tests are called for the GD and Personal interview. The GD consists of 20 scores whereas the interview is of 30 marks.
C. Final Merit list
The final merit list is prepared based on the scores of all the previous examinations and is converted into a 75-point scale.


Employees working as Probationary Officer receive around Rs 30,000 per month and in addition they also get PF contribution which amounts to Rs 4000-5000.
However, the salary and the benefits provided to the employee depends upon the job location, for instance, people working in Mumbai get a salary of around Rs 29,500.
Apart from the salary, employees also get the free medical facility to the employee and three-fourth amount of the medical expense for any family member of the employee. Which attracts many people to work as a PO is the low-interest rate on loans.

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