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Bank Probationary Officer: All you want to know

A bank probationary officer is the starting level appointment for bank personnel.

"It is important to handle your finance wisely but it is more important to know who the handler is."

There are various kinds of functions carried out in a bank. The ones who carry out these functions are bank personnel. They look after your money and keep it safe with proper accounting and knowledge. They help you keep your money secure and even double them if the need comes. These people who manage everything in a banking institution are also called as bank probationary officers.

What is a Bank Probationary Officer?

A bank probationary officer is the starting level appointment for bank personnel. They have one or two years of probation (on condition/can be removed anytime) period during which they are exposed to various banking functions like loans and advances, foreign exchange, credit rating, risk management, marketing, etc.

Skills Required

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to make calculations
  • Quick
  • Accurate
  • Well organized
  • Flexibility
  • Willing to transfer to other branches

Entrance exams
Every bank has its own entrance exam. There are no general exams conducted as such.

Where to study?
Top Institutes in India:

  • Triumphant Institute of Management Education
  • IFAM
  • Maharashtra Career Academy
  • Institute of Banking Personnel Selection
  • National School of Banking

Courses and Eligibility

  • Bank Recruitment Probationary Officer Course (BRPO)
  • Bank Clerical Recruitment Comprehensive Course (CRCC-COMP)
  • RBI Grade 'A' Course
  • RBI Grade 'B' Course
  • LIC/GIC Assistant Administrative Officer Course (LIC/GIC-AAO)
  • LIC Assistant Course (LIC-ASST)

The duration of the courses vary from institute to institute, generally it is from 45 days to three months and the eligibility criteria in general is open to students who have passed 10+2 examination from a recognised university in mostly commerce stream.

Job Profile

The job profile for an officer is limited to the daily management of a bank. They are as follows:

  • Accounts Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Cashier
  • Credit Officer
  • Financial Dealer's Assistant
  • Financial Institution Branch Manager
  • Insurance Officer
  • Postal Employee

Employment Opportunities
There are huge numbers of opportunities for banking professionals. They can work in various private and public banking institutions or institutions related to finance.

The salary of a beginner is anywhere from 15,000-25,000 per month whereas the salary increases rapidly with the post up gradation and years of experience which can be between salary from 60,000-80,000 per month.

A Bank Probationary Officer's position is seen with tremendous respect in the society as it secures a lifelong opportunity to grow, prosper and serve the society in a senior and responsible position in the banking industry.