Preparation for Bank Probationary Officer (PO) Exam

In this article, aspiring candidates who are looking to start their career in the banking sector will find out the effective ways of preparing for the Bank PO exam. The Bank PO full form stands for Probationary Officer exam.

Every year there are around 2-3 million applicants who opt to appear the Bank PO exam and start off their career in a number of nationalized banks which is covered under either Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) or State Bank of India (SBI).

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The Bank PO exams include:

  1. IBPS Probationary Officer (PO)
  2. SBI Probationary Officer (PO)

While the candidate is preparing for the Bank PO position, it is very important for them to understand the important steps and stages that are included in the selection process.

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Stages of Bank PO Exam

Generally, there are two stages of Bank PO exam:

  • CWE (Common Written Examination)
  • Interview

The CWE is covered into 2 phases namely:

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Mains Examination

When the candidate is able to clear the Prelims exam, it is only they are allowed to appear for the Bank PO Mains examination. Once the CWE stage is through for a candidate, then the shortlisted candidates are called for the Interview which is supposed to be the last phase of the selection process.

To learn more about SBI PO Preparation, check at the linked article.

This article will help the aspirant to prepare for Bank PO exam preparation. Applicants can find all the relevant information about the Subjects & Topics covering all the phases of CWE. Besides, we bring forth some useful tips, tricks & suggestions, that come in handy to candidates while preparing for the Bank PO Exam.

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Important Topics of Bank PO Exam

The table below shows the bank PO exam pattern, important topics, subjects and a generic tip for attempting each of these sections:

Section Asked in No. of Questions Important Topics Tips
Reasoning Ability Prelims & Mains 35 in Prelims

60 in Mains *.

Series, Comprehension, Logical Reasoning & Coding-Decoding As most of the questions asked in this section are general, so candidates should save time in solving this section and make reasoning a high scoring section.
Quantitative Aptitude Prelims & Mains 35 in Prelims

50 in Mains

DI, Number Series, Ratios, Average and Simplification The focus of the candidate should be on practising different types and difficulty level questions.
English Language Prelims & Mains 30 in Prelims

40 in Mains

Cloze test and Reading Comprehension Good command over the language is important to score in this section.
Computer Awareness Mains 60 * in Mains Operating System, Computer Basics, Network Basics and Shortcuts This section is very generic and requires the student to be clear with the topics as this section is very less time-consuming.
General Awareness Mains 50 in Mains Indian Economy, Marketing, Sports, Finance, Constitution, History of Banking and Banking Terms The candidate should focus on current affairs of last 6 months related to the Banking, Finance and Economic Sectors.

*- In some of Bank PO Main Examinations, both the Reasoning Ability and Computer Awareness sections are combined together to make one section that consist of 60 questions overall.

To know more about SBI PO exam pattern, check at the linked article.

We recommend the candidates to focus on the entire bank PO syllabus by devoting some extra time and effort on the important topics given in the table. This might increase and improve their chances of clearing the Bank PO Examination in the first attempt.

General Tips for Bank PO Preparation

Apart from the important topics that are covered in Bank PO Exams, we also present some general tips for the candidates that would be helpful during their bank exams preparation and in the examination hall:

  • Use General Knowledge as a Weapon:

Keeping the focus on topics like Current events, banking awareness, political news, economic news and sports on a daily basis for at least last 3 months. This will improve your command over this section and help you in scoring high marks in this section of the Bank PO exam.

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  • Time Management:

Time management either during preparation or in the exam hall is very important as the candidates will know how much time is required to solve the respective bank exam paper. They would also be able to see which section is taking more time than expected and need to improve on the same accordingly.

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  • Effective Planning:

While the candidate starts preparing for the Bank PO Examination, they should plan the time and sequence of the subject in such a manner that important subjects of the bank PO syllabus like Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning Ability are covered in the start as preparing for them require more time than other subjects.

Important Bank/Govt Information:

  • Stay Up-to-date:

Once the candidate decides to appear in the Bank PO exam, he/she should start concentrating on everyday general knowledge topics as it gets inconvenient to find the appropriate general knowledge content later.

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  • Practising & Revision:

The candidates should keep their focus on regular practising and revision as the preparation time for Bank PO exam stretch up to 3 months. It has been observed that candidates who are not revising or practising during this phase suffer a lot of difficulties as the bank exam dates draw closer.

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