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Bank PO - Exams


Bank PO is the designation of an Assistant Manager. It is called Probationary Officer (PO) because initially he or she remains on probation for some time. Assistant Manager, Probationer, Scale I Officer and Probationary Officer all are same designations in Bank.

After selection as a Probationary Officer (PO) in a particular bank a PO has to remain on probation normally for 2 years. The purpose of the probation period is to give training to the candidates. An officer has to participate in various training programmes during the probation period. It is basically the learning period in which officers are groomed for important assignments after probation.

During probation period there are frequent postings and transfers. Only after completion of probation period final posting is given. After probation the officer is confirmed as an Assistant Manager and gets his or her permanent posting. Some banks are now-a-days placing officers as Deputy Managers also just after confirmation, provided they pass the test conducted by the bank. Mainly SBI gives this opportunity. Just before completion of probation period a confirmation test is conducted in SBI. Those who pass it are confirmed and those who stands high in the merit gets position of Deputy Manager.

In our country the two most popular Probationary Officer Exam are that of SBI and IBPS. Now-a-days there are various bank such as Andhra Bank, Bank of Baroda and United Bank of India are also announcing Bank PO Recruitment through Manipal School of Banking. However the fact remains that SBI PO and IBPS PO are the most popular and big recruitments of India.

Eligibility Criteria for IBPS PO and SBI PO - Now I will tell you about the eligibility criteria of IBPS PO as well as of SBI PO. For IBPS PO the age requirement is between 20 – 30 years. The educational qualification requirement will be a degree in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification.

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