Canara Bank PO (PGDBF) 2018: Exam pattern and Syllabus

Canara Bank PO examination 2018 notification has out. The examination gives you an opportunity to get a job in one of the largest public sector bank of India.

Canara Bank PO exam : A detailed exam pattern and Syllabus
Canara Bank PO exam : A detailed exam pattern and Syllabus

Canara Bank, one of the largest public sector Banks in India has invited application for the recruitment of probationary officers in junior management grade scale-I through specially designed One year  post graduate diploma in banking & finance (PGDBF) course.  Here we are giving the detailed exam pattern and syllabus.

Course Details:

The course comprises of 9 months of classroom studies and 3 months internship at Canara Bank’s Branches / Offices. The full-time course will be conducted either at Manipal Global Education Services Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru campus or NITTE Education International Pvt Ltd. Mangaluru campus.

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 Eligibility Criteria:

Education: Candidates should possess a Degree (Graduation) with a minimum of 60% marks (55% for SC/ST/PWBD) or equivalent grade, in any discipline from a recognized university.

 Age: Minimum 20 years – Maximum 30 years as on 1st January 2018.

Selection Procedure:  Candidates shall be selected by the bank through Online Objective Test followed by Group Discussion and Interview. The test will be conducted through IBPS.

The Pattern of Online Objective Test:


Number of Questions



Quantitative Aptitude



2 Hours







General Awareness






 Note:  There will be negative marks for wrong answers in Objective Test.  Each candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each subject and also a minimum total score as decided by Bank to be considered for Group Discussion and Interview.  

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Although the bank has not provided any specific syllabus for the exam; here we are providing important topics to be prepared for the exam.

Syllabus for Reasoning Ability:   Important topics for this section are:

  • Seating arrangement 
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Puzzle
  • Coding-decoding
  • Inequalities
  • Input- Output
  • Blood Relation
  • Ranking
  • Direction and Sense
  • Series

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 Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude: The section covers the following topics:

  • Data Interpretation( Pie charts, Table chart, Bar Graphs, Line charts)
  • Number system
  • Approximation
  • HCF and LCM of Numbers
  • Problems based on age
  • Number series
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Average
  • Mixture and Allegations
  • Time and work
  • Pipe and Cistern
  • Speed, Distance and time
  • Partnership
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Mensuration
  • Data Sufficiency

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 Syllabus for English Language:   The question paper of English Language would be set on topics such as:

  • Reading Comprehension (including questions on antonym and synonyms)
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Para Jumbles/ Sentence rearrangements
  • Spotting Errors
  • Double Fillers (Sentence Completion)
  • Phrase Replacement
  • Irrelevant Statements
  • Main Idea of Passage

 Syllabus for General Awareness: The section can be divided in three parts i.e. Current affairs, banking awareness and static GK questions. The current affairs questions will cover the last 6 months events of both national and international importance. Static GK Questions will be from country and capital, airports, ports in India, tallest and biggest in India and the world, first in the world as well as in India, etc. Banking Awareness part will cover banking in India, banking terminology, bank headquarters, slogans of banks, regulatory bodies in India, Main function of RBI etc. Some of the important topics for this section are-

  • Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months.
  • Main functions of RBI
  • Overview of Indian Financial System
  • History of Indian banking system.
  • Fiscal and Monetary policy
  • Work and responsibilities of National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC (Financial Stability and Development Council )etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UNO, SWIFT(The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), IBA, United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), Bank Board Bureau(BBB)  Bank for International Settlements (BIS)etc.
  • International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN, WTO, etc.
  • Abbreviations and Economic terminologies
  • Banking Terms like NPA, Current Account and Savings Account (CASA), Capital to risk (Weighted) asset ratio (CRAR).
  • Important Government Schemes
  • Important National and International days
  • Sports
  • Indian Constitution
  • Culture of India
  • Currency of countries etc
  • Awards and Hounors

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Service Bond:  At the time of joining, the selected candidates have to execute an Agreement / Security Bond to serve the Bank for a minimum period of 5 years from the date of joining the Bank as PO upon successful completion of the PGDBF course. In the event of candidate abandoning, absconding or resigning the services of the Bank before completion of five years, he / she shall be liable to compensate the Bank with an amount of Rupees One lakh with applicable taxes.

Salary & Emoluments:  Presently, the scale of Rs. 23700 – 980/7 – 30560 – 1145/2 – 32850 – 1310/7 – 42020 applicable to Junior Management Grade Scale-I. The official will also be eligible for Dearness Allowance (DA), HRA, CCA, Medical Aid, Leave Fare Concession etc. and Perquisites like Conveyance, Quarters, and Furniture etc. depending on the place of posting and other factors.

Canara Bank PO recruitment exam provides one more great opportunity to banking aspirants. There are two complete months to go, use this time efficiently and grab this opportunity. Always remember hard work pays off.

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”

All the best!

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