Bank Probationary Officers Examination (Bank PO Exam)

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

The phrase PO stands for Probationary Officer. Bank PO Exam is conducted for the entry-level position in the officer cadre in the banking industry. It is the junior most position in a bank. The exam is conducted by different banks at different intervals throughout the year based upon the number of vacancies available in a particular bank.

What does a Bank PO do?

The job of a bank PO officer is to handle customer grievances, approve loans, manage cash etc. A bank PO officer may be allotted work in the Loan department or Mortgage Department or Finance Department etc. A Bank PO officer may also be given administrative work or more general banking operations. The duration of the Probation is generally two years. However, these days some banks have only one year as a probationary period.

SBI PO (2019)

SBI PO exam is undertaken by the State Bank Of India every year to conduct admission into the post of Probationary officers in Bank.  The probationary offer has to serve a probation period of 1 to  2 years depending on the bank. 

SBI PO 2019 Offical Notification


SBI PO 2019 Important dates

EventsDates
SBI PO 2019 Notification release Date
April 1, 2019

SBI PO 2019 Application Form Availability
April 2 to22, 2019

Pre-exam Training (SC/ST, Minorities) Call Letters
2nd week of May  2019 Onwards
Pre-exam Training Date
4th week of May  2019 Onwards

Download SBI PO 2019 Admit Card (Prelims) from
3rd week of May  2019 Onwards

Exam Date of SBI PO 2019 Prelims 
2019, June 8, 9, 15 and 16

SBI PO 2019 (Prelims) Result 
1st week of July 2019 onwards
Download Mains SBI PO 2019 Admit Card from
2nd week of July 2019 Onwards
Exam Date of SBI PO 2019 Mains 
July 20, 2019

SBI PO Mains 2019 Result 
3rd Week of August 2019 Onwards
SBI PO 2019 Group Exercises and Personal Interview  Call Letter date
4th Week of August Onwards
Date for SBI PO 2019
September, 2019

SBI PO 2019 Final Result
2nd Week of October 2019


SBI PO 2019 Vacancy

State Bank of India has declared a total vacancy of 2000 posts for SBI PO 2019 Exam

Vacancy (PWD) Category


CATEGORYVACANCYBACKLOGTOTAL
LD20-20
VI20-20
HI205373
d & e20-20

*VI: Vision Impairment

*HI: Hearing Impairment

*LD: Learning Disabilities


VACANCY (all other categories)


CATEGORYVACANCYBACKLOGTOTAL
GENERAL810-810
SC300-300
ST150-150
OBC540-540
TOTAL2000-2000


Latest Changes

  • The SBI PO Vacancies has have been reduced to 2000 this year
  • Form 2019 onwards, 10% EWS category reservation will be applicable for SBI PO
  • Specified time duration for both sets of SBI PO exam i.e. Preliminary And Mains exam
  • For General/EWS and OBC Category, the application fee has been increased to INR 750 from previous INR 600 while for other categories it is INR 125

BANK PO Eligibility Criteria

For a candidate to be eligible to appear for the Bank PO Exam, the candidate should be an Indian National between the age of 21 years (minimum) and 30 years (maximum). Also, a minimum of 55-60% marks is required at the graduation level from a recognized university/board.

BANK PO Exam Dates and Schedule

There is no fixed exam schedule for Bank PO test as every bank conducts the test according to the number of vacancies available.

BANK PO Exam Pattern

Every bank has its own selection criteria and exam pattern through which candidate is shortlisted. Bank PO exam is usually an objective type paper but it may vary from bank to bank.
In general, there are about 225 MCQs with .25% negative marking for questions attempted incorrectly. Duration of Bank PO exam is around 2 to 2 hours and 15 minutes. The exam syllabus is based on knowledge of topics like Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English and General Awareness.

BANK PO Exam Centers

Bank PO exam is conducted on a large scale in different centers spread around the country covering state capitals and important cities.

Bank PO Exam Preparation

For Bank PO exam preparation, there are many books that are available in the market or online. Further, many Bank PO coaching institutes in Chandigarh are present that will help a candidate to prepare for the Bank PO exam in the best possible manner.

BANK PO Future Prospects

Probationary Officers (POs) have a good career path in the banking industry and can make to the top positions in the bank with continued performance. The pay scale for a bank PO who is a Scale I employee ranges between Rs. 14,500- 25,700 while the actual take-home salary could be approximately 31-35,000 per month or more (including all allowances).

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