By: Admin | Posted on: Jun 18, 2020


Bank of Baroda (BOB) is one of the state-owned International banking and financial services company in India. Headquartered in Vadodara, Gujarat, this bank has the corporate office in Mumbai. It has almost 5,538 branches all over the world and about 10,441 ATMs. The bank was founded by the great Maharaja of Baroda, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in the year 1908, July month in Baroda, Gujarat. BOB, along with 13 other commercial banks, was nationalized on July 19, 1969, by the Government of India. In this article, we shall discuss how to prepare for BOB Probationary Officer exams.


Eligibility Criteria for BOB PO:

  • Educational Qualification: Candidates must have completed graduation from a recognized University in India with a minimum of 60%.

  • Nationality: The candidate must be an Indian citizen.

  • Age Limit: Candidates with a minimum age of 20 years and a maximum of 28 years can apply for the Exam.


Selection Process for BOB PO Exam:

  • Written Test:

The BOB test consists of objective type of questions and it has four sections. They are 

  1. Quantitative Aptitude, 

  2. Reasoning, 

  3. General Awareness, 

  4. English, and marketing aptitude.


  • Group discussion and Interview Process:

Candidates who are selected for the interview will only be allowed for the Interview and group discussion rounds. The shortlisted candidates will be called for the final selection for the post of  PO - Probationary Officer.


Tips for Preparing BOB PO Exam:

  •   The BOB PO Exam Pattern is designed to test speed and time management. You will be given around 200 questions to solve in 2 hours 30 minutes. Very few of the aspirants are able to attempt 100+ questions with decent accuracy.

  • Aspirants need to maintain about 90% accuracy in the examination to crack this.

  • There is a need for the aspirants to devote time to all the four sections in a planned and practiced manner in order to clear the sectional cut-offs for each while maximizing your overall score.


Some important tips for preparing BOB PO Written Test:


1. Easy Method for preparing Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Start From the Basics:

For the BOB PO exam, there is no set syllabus that aspirants can follow, in general. But if any particular test appraises you with the topics included, then you should stick to that. Otherwise, it is always suggested to go back to the basics of Mathematics, It is very important to cover all the basic topics from the academic syllabus.

  • Work on fundamentals:

Make sure your fundamentals are clear. The basic concepts of all the topics involved should be clearly understood. Take guidance from your mentors if you are stuck on any particular topic. Never leave any topic, even if you think it seems relatively unimportant, as any question can be asked from any topic. Always revise the concepts, whenever possible.

  • Practice - Practice -Practice:

Most of the entrance exams have Quantitative Aptitude as one of the papers. Solve all the possible previous year's papers and get the model papers of these exams. This will help to get yourself familiar with the pattern and structure of the questions set. The key mantra to success is extensive practice and speed.

  • Take a well planned systematic approach:

Solve the practice questions topic wise and attempt the entire paper. In the beginning, you can always solve the problems using conventional methods. But as your practice increases, aspirants should focus on various shortcut methods to increase speed. Always know the conventional or basic method before you switch to the shortcut model.

  • Remember important formulas, theorems, tables, and shortcuts:

Quantitative Aptitude has a lot of formulas, theorems, tables and many more things to refer to. Write down the critical ones that you need to memorize on an easily accessible place like write it over a paper and paste it on your wall. This can help you a lot in the long run. you can glance at the formulas or important topics at any time. Practice a lot to get yourself familiar with them. 

Like practice some square root or cube root problems to resolve or solve quickly during the exam.

  • SPOT Analysis - Mark strong and weak sections:

SWOT analysis is required. While solving the problems of different sections, try to analyze the topics that you are really strong in and also the ones you need more practice. Work on your weaker areas, and get a decent hold on it.

Work on your strong areas and gain more command over them. So that you can save good solving time there.  Take guidance from your, mentor, or senior to gain the required knowledge.

  • Read the questions very carefully:

Always remember understanding the question is the key to solving the question. Read the questions very carefully so that you thoroughly understand it properly before attempting. A slight misinterpretation/misunderstanding of the question can cost your exam or rank.


2. The easy way of preparing Reasoning:

  • Topics covered under Reasoning:

  • Syllogism

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Puzzle

  • Input-Output

  • Inequality

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Coding-Decoding

  • Blood Relation

  • Ranking

  • Direction


Some more important topics to note down to get prepared for reasoning:                   

  • By practicing mock tests frequently we can try to score good marks and so you can at least get cutoffs.

  • After practicing work on your weak areas.

  • Go for easy questions first so that you can save time. Time management is important.

  • First try to attempt Inequalities, Coding, and Decoding, Alphanumeric symbols which is comparatively easy than others.

  • After that attempt Syllogisms, Blood relation, Input-output and finally attempt Puzzles, Seating arrangement, Logical Reasoning.

  • Don’t spend more than 45 minutes in the reasoning section. Leave the questions which you can’t attend.


3. Tips for preparation of General Awareness:

  • Topics covered under General Awareness:

  • Physical Geography

  • Indian and World Geography

  • Indian and World History

  • International Organizations

  • Everyday Science

  • Awards and Honors

  • Indian Economy

  • Indian Polity

  • Constitution

General Awareness section may have a lot of topics to cover but at the same, it also promises you of right answers unless you are attempting blindly and it is also very less time-consuming. If you guys are preparing properly with the above-mentioned tips in mind, you will definitely be able to crack this section with good marks. So, mug up facts and then revise properly so that you can get back the information quickly when required. Some more important topics to note down are:


  • Finish the Syllabus First:

You have to finish the complete syllabus without leaving any chapter. However, keep in mind that you need not be an expert on this subject. Therefore don’t go into more detail while preparing for it

  • Revise as Much as You Can:

While learning for General Awareness you will go through lot of different topics, so you can’t keep all the topics at your fingertips. So keep on revising as much as you can.

  • Keep A Fixed Time for Revision Every Week:

Have one or two days for revision of what you have read in the past week or in the same week. This will help you in keeping information memorized in an effective manner.

  • Take Mock Tests as Many as You Can:                                        

Once you are done with the syllabus and revision, start taking tests even if they are only GA tests. It helps a lot if you face a lot of questions before actually facing the questions in the examination.

  • Solve Previous Year Papers Without Fail:

It is a very common trend in SSC that questions get repeated from previous years and it is especially helpful for the GA section. Hence, solve the last 10 years papers of SSC Exams without fail before you step in to write the actual examination.


Tips for the English Language:

  • Read newspaper daily

  • Learn about grammar rules

  • Improve Vocabulary

  • Listen to podcasts

  • Listen to some songs and try to sing along with it.

  • Learn more words and their meanings

  • Do lots of reading


Role of Probationary Officer:

  • BOB POs require to supervise the work done by the Clerks. The BOB Clerks and Sub-staff will be required to prepare the records of transactions that take place.

  • The Probationary Officer will be expected to cross-check all the reports and ensure that they are mentioned or have been included correctly.

  • BOB POs will have authority over the sanction and approval of loans. They however are responsible for verification of the documents by the customers for loan approval.

  • BOB POs will be expected to work towards ensuring customer satisfaction and they will be needed to do whatever is necessary to improvise the whole process of extending services to the customers.


Last Minute Preparation Tips for BOB PO:

  • Go through the whole syllabus and be sure of not missing a topic.

  • Have a clear understanding of the exam pattern and plan your time accordingly.

  • Do not forget about negative marking.

  • Take multiple mock tests, before appearing for the exam.

  • Give a multiple quick revision to all the sections of the subjects.

  • Keep notes for all the formulas and other important details.

  • Revise your own prepared notes and important topics.

  • Be prepared to face surprises in the exam.

  • Eat healthy food, avoid oil items, and have a Healthy Diet.

  • Have a healthy sleep and solid sleep


Pay Scale for BOB PO:

The Bank of Baroda(BOB) PO Salary, with HRA, DA, etc. ranges between Rs. 28, 321 and Rs. 33,986.


The BOB PO Exam is comparatively easy to clear than other competitive Exams. As this Exam contains mainly aptitude kind of questions. But the aspirant needs to practice hard as these exams are a challenge on time management. Without practice, it will be difficult to complete the exam in time. Aspirants should be aware of all the shortcut methods, especially for the Quantitative section. Smart work needs to be done during the exam. So work hard and stay motivated. 


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