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Canara Bank PO Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 7th May, 2021

Canara Bank PO recruitment is conducted to select candidates to the post of Probationary Officers in Junior Grade Scale I after successful completion of the specially designed Post Graduate Diploma in Banking & Finance (PGDBF) course. Canara Bank PGDBF is a one-year training course that candidates can undergo either at Manipal Global Education Services Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru campus, or NITTE Education International Pvt Ltd. Greater Noida campus.

Candidates for admission to the course is selected through the online objective test followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The responsibility of conducting the online test has been given to the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) whereas the other selection processes are conducted by Canara Bank. Besides, Canara Bank also recruits candidates to the post of PO based on IBPS PO exam.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam Canara Bank conducts the PO exam to select candidates to the post of probationary officers at Junior Grade Scale-i.
Conducting Body Canara Bank
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Canara Bank PO Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate must be either:
    i) a citizen of India or
    ii) a subject of Nepal or
    iii) a subject of Bhutan or
    iv) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 01.01.1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India or
    v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia & Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India provided that a candidate belonging to categories (ii), (iii), (iv) or (v) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

    A Candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the group discussion/Interview conducted by the Bank, but on final selection the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India, is produced.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. A Degree (Graduation) with a minimum of 60% marks (55% for SC/ST/PWBD) or equivalent grade, in any discipline from a University recognised by the Government of India or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the Canara Bank PO Exam should be minimum of 20 years and maximum of 30 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe candidates 35 years
    Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy layer) candidates 33 years
    Persons with Benchmark Disabilities 40 years
    Persons ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 35 years
    Persons affected by 1984 riots 35 years
    Ex Service men 35 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no limit on the number of attempts until the candidate fulfil all the required eligibility criteria

Canara Bank PO Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Preliminary exam date To be notified
Preliminary exam result date To be notified
Main examination date To be notified
Main examination result declaration date To be notified

Canara Bank PO Exam Pattern 2021

The selection shall be by way of Online Objective Test followed by Group Discussion and Interview. Online objective test will be conducted through Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), Mumbai.

Important points regarding the pattern of the examination:

  • Canara Bank conducts the PO examination to recruit fresh candidates for the post of probationary officers.
  • The examination is conducted in two phases.
  • The first phase is an online examination in which the candidates are required to answer certain questions which are objective in nature.
  • The candidates securing passing marks in the objective online examination will qualify for the next level that is group discussion and interview.
  • Except for the English language, other subjects will be bilingual (Both in English and Hindi).
  • The cut-off marks for each subject and the overall cut-off score will be decided by the bank.
  • Candidates must clear both the cut-off scores, i.e sectional and overall, in order to appear for the next stage of the selection process.

Pattern for Online Objective Examination

The duration of this paper is 2 hours.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Reasoning

This paper will check the reasoning ability of the candidates

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
2 Quantitative Aptitude

This paper will check the mathematical skills of the candidates.

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
3 English Language

This paper will check the English language proficiency of the students

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
4 General Awareness

This paper will check the general knowledge of the candidates

Merit Ranking Nature 50 Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 50
Total Marks* 200

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Group Discussion and Interview

The Group Discussion and Interview carries 50 marks each. The qualifying marks for Group Discussion and Personal Interview is not less than 40% for General Category while it is 35% for SC/ST/OBC/PWBD candidates.

Canara Bank PO Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Online Objective Examination

1 Reasoning

  • Number Series
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Non-Verbal Series
  • Number Ranking
  • Alphabet Series
  • Directions
  • Analogy
  • Arithmetical Reasoning
  • Blood Relations
  • Decision Making
  • Mirror Images
  • Clocks & Calendars
  • Cubes and Dice
  • Embedded Figures etc.

2 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number System
  • Percentages
  • Decimal & Fractions
  • Average
  • Simplification
  • Problems on Ages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Time and Work
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Time and Distance
  • HCF & LCM
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Data Interpretation etc.

3 English Language

  • English Language
  • Verb
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Tenses
  • Error Correction
  • Adverb
  • Articles
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms
  • Unseen Passages
  • Idioms & Phrases
  • Antonyms etc.

4 General Awareness

  • Countries & Capitals.
  • Science – Inventions & Discoveries.
  • India and its neighboring countries.
  • Indian Constitution.
  • Important days.
  • General Politics.
  • Current events.
  • Scientific Research.
  • Economic Scene.
  • Current Affairs – National & International

Syllabus for Group Discussion and Interview

There is no specific syllabus for interview. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.

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