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.
When a candidate is selected for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) in a bank, he/she is offered the post of
Assistant Manager (AM) or Deputy Manager (DM) after the probation period of a PO is complete. The probation
period continues for 2 years after which the designation of AM or DM is offered. Before the completion of the
probation period, which is for 2 years, he/she can be asked to perform any kind of bank related activity; it can be the
clerk or assistant type of job. This is done to get them acquainted with various working procedures of the bank.
The work of a Bank PO also includes managerial tasks, such as supervision of clerical work, taking decisions for the
benefit of the bank, managing cash balance etc. PO has to verify all the work done by bank clerk. All the transactions
of bank involve the role of maker and checker. For example, in cash transactions, if clerk is the maker, then the PO is
the checker; in case of loans, generally he/she is the maker and bank manager is the checker. The responsibility of
losses resides with the checker. Another responsibility of PO is to work as public relations officer, handle customer
complaints and address various customer related issues such as discrepancies in accounts, rectification of undue
charges and look into complaints regarding services provided by the bank.
Bank Probationary Officer usually work in comfortable surroundings and put in a standard workweek. Working
conditions also vary according to where the employee works. Employees in a typical branch work weekdays, some
evenings if the bank is open late, and Saturday mornings. Hours may be longer for workers in bank branches located
in grocery stores and shopping malls, which are open most evenings and weekends. Branch office jobs, particularly
teller positions, require continual communication with customers, repetitive tasks, and a high level of attention to
Entry Level Education
- Bachelor Degree is the basic qualification.
- Candidate need to qualify the exam taken by banks.