Growing number of banks and banking business has produced many employment opportunities in Banks. For any graduate, the post of Probationary Officer (PO) is considered to be an ideal position to begin a career in banking sector. The procedure of recruitment of Bank Probationary Officer involves a written exam and then personal interview and group discussion for successful candidates in written exam.
The first step is to clear written test with good marks. Also the marks secured in the written test are combined with marks secured in interview in later stages to make the final list of selected candidates. Let us learn more about written test and how one should go for it.
A typical bank probationary officer test comprises of four papers – General Knowledge, Arithmetic and Numeric ability, Test of Reasoning and English Language. Marks secured in English language are considered in merit ranking and it is necessary to pass in the subject with good marks too. All papers may contain maximum 50 questions except reasoning paper which usually will have 75 questions. So there are 225 questions in total.
All questions are objective type and there will be penalty of -0.25 marks for every wrong answer. This means you should answer only those questions which you are confident about the correct answer. Time allotted for the Bank Probationary Officers Exam is 150 minutes. i.e. almost less than a minute for every question.
This tells you about how quick you are expected to be while answering. When you prepare for a Bank PO Exam, the best way is to look at previous year’s question papers. Sites like bankpo.in publish previous question papers with answers. This will give you an idea about type of questions asked. Initially you may find it difficult but you should not worry.
At first, you can look at question papers of clerical post in bank on the same site and try to solve them. They have the same papers like the Bank PO Exam but are a lot easier. So, attempting them first should be the first step before proceeding with the Bank PO Exam papers. This will help you to build your confidence.
Do not be disappointed if you are not able to clear the exam at first attempt itself as the competition is not that easy. But with little efforts you can crack it. Almost every nationalized bank conducts recruitment drive for Probationary Officers posts once in a year. Private banks conducts separate PO Exams and differs from bank to bank. This way in a year you can get minimum 3-4 chances which is more than enough. For general knowledge you can depend on news papers like Times of India, Economic Times of India, Wikipedia and DD News among news channels.
The best way to prepare for a Bank PO Exam is to set yourself for a mock test of same duration taking any previous question papers. You will learn how to divide your time to touch maximum number of questions. Ideal time set would be general knowledge: 25 minutes, English: 25 minutes, Arithmetic & Numeric ability: 40 minutes; reasoning: 60 minutes.
You can adjust similarly as per your convenience. In the mock test you will learn how to control yourself from spending too much time on one particular paper (even if you know answers to all questions) and give equal importance to all the papers in specified time. At the end of the test you can evaluate yourself taking into consideration penalty for every wrong answer. If you do this for about 10 -15 times with different papers and score about 70%, 80% of chances will be there of getting short listed. Once you get short listed, you can prepare for the interview by going through more information available on interviews (Bank PO) over the internet.