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The coveted job of a Bank Officer is for those who qualify in the Bank Probationary Officers Examination conducted by Banking Service Recruitment Boards.

Eligibility Conditions

  • The candidate must be a graduate from a recognized University or must possess an equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Government of India.
  • The age limit is between 21 and 30 years as on the specified date notified in the press advertisements with exceptions in specific cases. The upper age limit is relaxed for SC/ST and OBC candidates, ex-Servicemen / Commissioned Officers and Officers of Regional Rural Banks, subject to certain conditions.

Scheme of the Examination

There are two stages, namely a Written Test and an Interview.

The details are as follows:

(i) The Written Test consists of:

                       (a) Objective Test
                       (b) Descriptive Test

(a) The Objective Test consists of the following sections:

  • Test of General Awareness: To find out the candidate's awareness of people and events, past and present from different walks of life.
  • Test of English Language: To assess proficiency in the English Language through questions on grammar, vocabulary, sentence completion, synonyms, antonyms, comprehension passages etc.
  • Test of Quantitative Aptitude: To measure how fast and accurate a candidate can handle computation, reasoning and interpretation of tables and graphs etc.  
  • Test of Reasoning: To gauge the thinking and reasoning aptitudes of the candidates through questions of various kinds. Problems may be of three types, namely Series, Analogies and Classification.

There is Negative Marking in this section for every wrong answer. The tests of General Awareness, Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude will be in Hindi and English. The number of questions in each section and the suggested approximate time for solving each section are given below:




Test of General Awareness


25 minutes

Test of English Language


30 minutes

Test of Quantitative Aptitude


30 minutes

Test of Reasoning


50 minutes

Total No. of Questions


135 minutes

(b) The Descriptive Test: This 45-minute paper is set either in English or Hindi. It serves to measure the candidate's higher order cognitive abilities such as comprehension and analysis of situations, generation of unique ideas or situations as well as language ability. Three out of four questions have to be answered on a given situation with answers to be restricted to the space provided in the question-cum-answer sheet.

(ii) The Interview follows for candidates successful in the preceding Written Test. Final selection is based on the aggregate marks obtained by the candidates in the written test and interview, and is according to merit.

Application Procedure

Neatly typed or legibly handwritten applications should be submitted in the specified format to the Board as is mentioned in the recruitment advertisement


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