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Probationary officer is an entry level position for management in banks. Banks recruit POs in Junior Management Grade Scale-I. Canara Bank is one of the top public sector banks in the country. Every year, for the past few years, Canara Bank has been initiating a separate process to fill a part of its PO vacancies. The process requires the selected candidate to go through a Post Graduate Diploma in Banking & Finance (PGDBF) of 1 year before being inducted in the bank.

About the program

Duration - 1 year

Institutes and Fees – For the 2018 vacancies, 2 institutes were offering the program in tie-up with Canara Bank - Manipal Global Education Services Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru campus charging Rs. 4,13,000 for the course and NITTE Education International Pvt. Ltd., Greater Noida campus charging Rs. 3,54,000

Course curriculum - The course covers the basics and applications of Management, Finance and Banking.


Presently, the starting basic pay is 23,700 in the scale of 23700-980/7-30560-1145/2-32850-1310/7-42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The official will also be eligible for D.A, H.R.A/ Lease rental, C.C.A, Medical and other allowances and perquisites as per rules in force from time to time. The total compensation per annum on CTC basis can be a minimum of Rs. 8 lacs and maximum of Rs. 11 lacs depending on place of posting and other factors.

To know more about the program, go through Canara Bank PO-PGDBF program analysis video below:

Canara Bank PO-PGDBF Program Analysis Video


In 2018 vacancies for the PGDBF program came in 2 slots. The total vacancies in Canara Bank PO-PGDBF 2018 October notification were 800. Out of these 800 vacancies, 404 vacancies were for General candidates and rest were divided according to government reservation norms.

Exam date and registration:

In 2018, the registration started in the month of October and the exam was conducted in December. No official notification has been released since 2018.

Essential academic qualifications:

Graduation with a minimum of 60% (55% for SC/ST/PWD) in any discipline from a recognised university or any equivalent qualification recognised as such by the central government.

Age and number of attempts:

General candidates should not be - below 20 years and above 30 years. There are provisions for category based age relaxation according to existing government norms.

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join Canara Bank as a Probationary Officer through this program, is required to register online for the recruitment process. In 2018, the application fees for general candidates was Rs. 708 and for reserved category candidates was Rs. 118.

To know about the procedure in detail you can click on the below link

Canara Bank PGDBF Official Notification 2018-19

The examination will be held in two phases i.e. Objective Examination and Group Discussion & Interview. The candidates who are shortlisted after Objective Examination will have to appear for GD-PI round.

Phase-I: Objective Examination:

Objective Examination for 200 marks is conducted. The test contains 4 sections with a composite timing of 2 hours (i.e. no sectional time limit). The mode of exam is online. The questions are in English and Hindi both (except English Language Section). There is negative marking for wrong answers (1/4th of total marks allotted for that question).

Objective Exam Pattern (2018):

Category wise merit list is drawn on the basis of aggregate marks scored in this exam. Normally candidates numbering approximately 3 times the number of vacancies are shortlisted for the next round (GD & PI).

Section No. of questions Maximum Mark
Reasoning 50 50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
English Language 50 50
General Awareness 50 50
Total 200 200

Phase – II: Group Discussion (50 marks) & Interview (50 marks):

In Group Discussion, normally a topic or task is given and participating candidates are supposed to discuss the topic or complete the task assigned. Interviews are conducted for individual candidates. A panel of 4-5 evaluators interviews a candidate to evaluate her/his personality, skills, and suitability for the job and organisation. The whole process takes around 3-5 hours depending upon the number of candidates and the panel. The minimum qualifying marks for GD and PI is 40% for General candidates and 35% for Reserved category candidates. If a candidate fails to secure the minimum qualifying marks in this round, then she/he will not be considered for final selection irrespective of the marks scored in Objective Test.

Final Selection:

The marks of both Phase I and Phase II are considered. The weightage (ratio) of Objective Exam, GD and Interview is 50:20:30 respectively. The final merit list is decided on the basis of this weighted score.

Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as Canara Bank PGDBF, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on a single resource for conceptual clarity. Once concepts are clear, practicing regularly is key to performing well in competitive exams like these. We have provided playlists of important concept lectures below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their fundamentals for this exam.

Our Free Resources (click on the links below for accessing the relevant content)

Lectures for Objective Paper (Prelims and Mains)

Lectures for Group Discussion and Interviews

Our Paid Programs

While we do not conduct a separate program for Canara bank PGDBF, our other paid courses such as IBPS PO and SBI PO are designed on similar lines and we recommend them to the aspirants for all such exams. Look out and register for these programs for a more intensive preparation.

The cut-off of the December 2018 exam has been given in the below table. Detailed Cut-Off can be accessed here. The cut-off marks are the marks scored by the last candidate selected in each category. They differ every year according to the competition and the paper’s difficulty level. One year's cut-off is in no way predictive of subsequent years' cut-offs.

Stage of Examination General OBC SC ST
Overall Cut-Off Score 130.25 125.00 112.75 100.50

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