Top 15 Preparation Tips To Crack The Probationary Officers Exam Conducted By Bank Of Baroda

Bank of Baroda (BOB), which is a financial services company whose headquarters is in Gujarat, has released an employment notification calling out for aspirants to apply for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) in Junior Management Grade/Scale-I. The recruitment notification was for a total of 600 vacancies.

The official notification mentioned that the candidates will be selected for the 9-month Post Graduate Certificate in Banking and Finance offered in Baroda Manipal School of Banking. Post completion of the 9-month on-campus program, candidates will be offered appointment in the bank as Probationary Officer in Junior Management Grade/ Scale-I.

Prep Tips For PO Exam, Bank Of Baroda


After joining the bank, candidates have to carry out a 3-month Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in the form of on-job training. The completion of this will help the candidates attain a Post Graduate Diploma in Banking & Finance by Manipal Academy of Higher education (MAHE). Let's tour how to crack this examination in a single attempt.

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Bank of Baroda Exam Pattern

Candidates will be selected based on an online examination followed by a round of group discussion and an interview.

S NoName of Test No of Questions Maximum Marks
1Reasoning and Computer

Aptitude 50




Awareness 40


3Quantitative Aptitude 40


4English Language 35


Total 165 200 5English Language (Letter writing & Essay) 2


The duration of the exam will be 2 hours and 30 minutes excluding the English language section (letter writing & essay). For the descriptive paper, duration is 30 minutes. The descriptive paper will be assessed only when the candidates secure minimum qualifying marks in the objective test. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer in the objective-type test. Only candidates who obtain a minimum score in each test will be shortlisted for the psychometric assessment test, the round of group discussion and the interview.

15 Preparation Tips To Crack Probationary Officer Exam Conducted By Bank of Baroda

1. As the online examination is schedule on July 28, make sure you master the basic concepts in all the sections.

2. The reasoning section consists of both verbal and non-verbal sections. Focusing more on the verbal part is suggested.

3. Gather all the information related to the fundamentals and generations of the computers because a direct question is expected.

4. Though the weightage of the general awareness is low, this section is considered as a scoring one. While preparing, focus on the current affairs.

5. Make a note of all the current affairs with the help of yearly or monthly magazines.

6. The economy and banking awareness topics are also key players in the general awareness section. Make a note of all the recent developments for these topics.

7. Prepare flash cards for memorising the formulae in quantitative aptitude.

8. Practise is very important to score well in the examination. Never ignore this part of the preparation process.

9. Be strong with the simplification techniques to score well in the data sufficiency and data interpretation topics.

10. Good vocabulary and grammar are required to score well in the objective English and descriptive paper.

11. Make a habit of writing at least one essay everyday to score well in the descriptive paper.

12. Punctuations is also considered in the descriptive paper.

13. At least 2 to 3 questions will be asked on synonyms and antonyms in the reading comprehension section.

14. Always start your preparations with the most important topics.

15. During the last phase of the examination, focus only on revising what you've previously studied.

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