Eligibility / Exam Pattern




Eligibility Criteria 2017

(A) Essential Academic Qualifications: (AS ON 31.08.2018):

Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the Central Government. Those who are in the Final year/ Semester of their Graduation may also apply provisionally subject to the condition that, if called for interview, they will have to produce proof of having passed the graduation examination on or before 31.08.2018. Candidates having integrated dual degree (IDD) certificate should ensure that the date of passing the IDD is on or before 31.08.2018. Candidates possessing qualification of Chartered Accountant may also apply.

(B) Age Limit: (As on 01.04.2018):

Not below 21 years and not above 30 years as on 01.04.2018 i.e. candidates must have been born not later than 01.04.1997 and not earlier than 02.04.1988 (both days inclusive) Relaxation of Upper age limit:

Age Relaxation:

S.NoCategoryAge Relaxation
1SC/ST5 years
2OBC (Non – Creamy Layer)3 years
3Persons With Disabilities (PWD)PWD (SC/ST)-15 Years PWD (OBC)- 13 Years PWD (Gen)- 10 Years
4Ex Servicemen, Commissioned officers including Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered 5 years military service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from the last date of receipt of application) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment5 years
5Persons Ordinarily domiciled of the state of Jammu & Kashmir during the period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.19895 years

(C) Other:

i. Candidates with record of default in repayment of loans/credit card dues and/ or against whose name adverse report of CIBIL or other external agencies are available are not eligible for appointment.

ii. Candidates against whom there is/are adverse report regarding character & antecedents, moral turpitude are not eligible to apply for the post.

(d) Number of  Attempts: 

CategoryNo.of Attempts
General (PwD)
SC/SC (PwD) – ST/ST (PwD)
No Restrictions


The selection for Probationary Officers will be done through a three tiered process:

Phase-I: Preliminary Examination:

Preliminary Examination consisting of Objective Test for 100 marks will be conducted online. The test will have of 3 Sections (with separate timings for each section) as follows:

Sr. No.Name of testNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1English Language30Total Maximum Marks 10020 minutes
2Quantitative Aptitude3520 minutes
3Reasoning Ability3520 minutes
  1001 hour

Selection criteria for Main Examination: Category wise merit list will be drawn on the basis of the aggregate marks scored in the Preliminary Examination. Candidates numbering approximately 10 times the numbers of vacancies in each category will be short listed for the Main Examination from the top of the merit list.

Phase – II: Main Examination:

Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Descriptive Test will be administered immediately after completion of the Objective Test.

(i) Objective Test: The objective test of 3 hours duration consists of 4 Sections for total 200 marks. The objective test will have separate timing for every section.

TestName of testNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
IReasoning & Computer Aptitude45Total Maximum Marks 20060 minutes
IIData Analysis & Interpretation3545 minutes
IIIGeneral/ Economy/ Banking Awareness4035 minutes
IVEnglish Language3540 minutes
 Total155 3 hour

(ii) Descriptive Test: The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with two questions for 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay).

Note: Penalty for Wrong Answers (Applicable to both – Preliminary and Main examination)

Phase – III: Group Exercises (20 marks) & Interview (30 marks)

Candidates qualifying for GE & Interview under ‘OBC’ category would be required to submit OBC certificate containing the ‘Non Creamy layer’ clause. Candidates not submitting the OBC certificate containing the ‘Non Creamy layer’ clause and requesting to be interviewed under General category will not be entertained.

Final Selection:

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination (Phase-I) will not be added for preparing the final merit list for selection. Only the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in Objective Test and Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list. The candidates will have to qualify both in Phase-II and Phase-III separately.

Marks secured by the candidates in the Main Examination (out of 250 marks) are converted to out of 75 and marks secured in Group Exercises & Interview (out of 50 marks) are converted to out of 25. The final merit list is arrived at after aggregating converted marks of Main Examination and Group Exercises & Interview out of 100. The selection will be made from the top merit ranked candidates in each category.

Results of the candidates who qualify for Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview as well as the final select list will be made available on the Bank’s website.

Application Fee and Intimation Charge (Non Refundable):

Sr. No.CategoryTotal
1SC/ST/PWDRs 100/- (Intimation Charges only)
2General, OBCRs 600/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)



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