Bank Exam Syllabus - Bank PO | Clerk | Specialist Officers


Banking is one of the rapidly increasing industry in India and they are thought-out as the sunrise sector of Indian Economy. More so, the government is attention to providing banking facilities in every village and town, under its monetary addition scheme. And hence, many branches of the banks are existence opened in every part of the country.

As the sector is expanding very fast, it also needs a workforce at various levels. Basically, the recruitment in bank sector occur at the following levels:

Bank Probationary Officer (Bank PO):-

  • This is a managerial position in a bank. After the essential 1 to 2-year training, candidates are designated as Assistant Managers (AM) or Deputy Managers (DM). Starting Salary as a Bank PO ranges from Rs. 30,000 - Rs. 40,000, depending upon bank to bank and location of posting.

Bank Clerks:-

  • As the name implies, this is a clerical post in the bank and this can be deliberate an entry-level job in a bank.
  • Salary of a Bank Clerk is mainly in the range of Rs. 20,000-25,000 varies on a bank to bank and posting location.

Specialist Officers (SO):-

  • Banks also hire aspirants for specialist profiles like – IT Officer, HR Officer, Marketing Officer, Finance Officer, Law Officer, Agriculture Officer, etc. normally, the grade and the starting salary of Specialist Officer is in the same spectrum as Probationary Officers.

List of Banks that recruit every year:

Each year, government banks recruit more than 1,00,000 aspirants for different roles. So in terms of employment in the government sector, Banking is the most fruitful sector to grab a government job.

Following banks are the main bank which are recruiting frequently over the years

  • State Bank of India
  • Reserve Bank of India
  • Allahabad Bank
  • Andhra Bank
  • Bank of India
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Bank of Maharashtra
  • Indian Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Oriental Bank of Commerce
  • Punjab & Sindh Bank
  • Punjab National Bank
  • Syndicate Bank
  • UCO Bank
  • Union Bank of India
  • Canara Bank
  • Central Bank of India
  • Corporation Bank
  • Dena Bank
  • United Bank of India
  • Vijaya Bank
  • IDBI Bank
  • Bharatiya Mahila Bank

Types Of Bank Exams

Every year, various exams are organized for the recruitment of Bank PO, Bank Clerk & Specialist Officers. Widely, these exams can be explored into the following Categories-

  • It is an ordinary exam administered by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the recruitment of Probationary Officers.
  • State Bank of India administer its own exam for recruitment of Clerical Cadres.
  • It is an ordinary exam organized by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the post of Clerical Cadres.
  • Reserve Bank of India recruit officers (Grade B) through an All India exam. Although, there are very few jobs in this, working with RBI has its own prosperity and future forecast.
  • RBI recruits Clerical Cadres through an All India exam. Again, a job in RBI is deliberate very reputable.
  • State Bank of India organize its own exam for recruitment of Probationary Officers.
  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts an ordinary written exam for all the Regional Rural Banks of India (RRBs) for the posts of Probationary Officer, Clerical and Specialist Officers.
  • It is an ordinary exam organized by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) for 20 PSU Banks for the enrollment of Specialist Officers like Marketing Officer, IT Officer, HR Officer, etc.

Bank Exams Pattern

  • Recruitment in government banks is mainly done in three stage recruitment method. First, two stages are written test, which is called Pre and Main; and the last stage is the interview process. Shortlisting of aspirants is done at each stage – Pre, Main, and Interview.
  • Final merit list is processed on the basis of marks in Mains and Interview (weight: 80% Written Test & 20% Interview).

Bank Exams Syllabus

Written tests in bank exams usually ask questions to test the General Aptitude of the candidates.

In Prelims, 100 questions are asked from three different sections

Quantitative Aptitude35
Reasoning Ability35
English Language30

While in the Mains exams, 200 questions are asked

Quantitative Aptitude-
Reasoning Ability-
English Language-
General Awareness-
Basic Computer Knowledge-

Syllabus of all the above sections is as follows:

  • Number Systems
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Percentage & Averages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Mixtures & Alligations
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Surds & Indices
  • Time & Distance
  • Mensuration – Cylinder
  • Cone
  • Sphere
  • Sequence & Series
  • Permutation Combination & Probability
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Data Interpretation
  • Sitting Arrangements
  • Tabulation
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Input Output
  • Coding Decoding
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Ranking / Direction / Alphabet Test
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Coded Inequalities
  • Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Error Spotting
  • Sentence Correction
  • Para Jumbles
  • Vocabulary
  • Multiple Meaning Words
  • Paragraph Completion
  • One Word Substitution
  • Spelling Test
  • Idioms/Phrases
  • Active/Passive Voices
  • Number System
  • History of computers
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Database (Introduction)
  • Communication (Basic Introduction)
  • Networking (Lan, Wan)
  • Internet (Concept, History, Working Environment, Application)
  • Security Tools
  • Virus
  • Hacker
  • MS Windows & MS Office
  • Logic Gates
  • Banks in NEWS
  • Economy based current affairs
  • Business NEWS
  • Agreements
  • New Appointments
  • Visits
  • Government Schemes
  • Awards and Honors
  • Summits
  • Committees
  • National and International
  • Obituaries
  • Reports and Indexes
  • Books and Authors
  • Defense
  • Sports
  • RBI
  • Function of RBI
  • Banking Abbreviations
  • Banking Regulation Act 1949
  • Policy Rates
  • Types of Accounts
  • Capital Market

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