Syndicate Bank PO (PGDBF) 2018: New Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Following the pattern of IBPS PO exam, Syndicate bank has also introduced descriptive test in recruitment examination of Probationary officers (PO) this year.

Created On: Dec 28, 2017 19:09 IST
Modified On: Dec 29, 2017 11:18 IST
Syndicate Bank PO Exam : New Exam Pattern & Syllabus
Syndicate Bank PO Exam : New Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Syndicate Bank has invited application for the post of Probationary Officer (PO) in Junior Management Grade / Scale-I through its Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance (PGDBF) course.  The exam provides a golden opportunity to young talent.  This time the examination pattern of syndicate bank PO has changed. The recruitment authority has introduced an online descriptive test of English language carrying 50 marks.

Syndicate Bank PO (PGDBF) Exam 2018: How to Crack it?

Selection Process:

Candidates shall be selected by Syndicate Bank through a selection process consisting of an (open) online test conducted by IBPS followed by Interview and/or Group Discussion.

New Patten of Syndicate Bank PO Exam:

Test Type

Name of Subject

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks


Online Objective Test

Reasoning Ability



Composite time of 2 hours




English Language



Quantitative Aptitude



General Awareness



Online Descriptive Test

English Language Descriptive Test



30 minutes

Note: Each Candidate will be required to obtain a minimum score in each objective test and also minimum total score in the objective test. Depending on the number of vacancies cut offs will be decided in each test. The descriptive test is for qualifying purpose only. Wrong answers in objective test will attract negative marks for the online test.

Syndicate Bank PO Exam 2017: Exam Analysis

However, 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:  In the previous year the highest number of questions were asked from the topic Logical Reasoning and Seating Arrangements. Important topics for the exam are:

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

Syllabus for English Language: Last year the major number of questions were asked from Reading Comprehension and Sentence Improvement in this section.  The question paper of English Language would be set on topics such as:

  • Reading Comprehension (It is expected that candidates would see lengthy passage including questions on antonym and synonyms)
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Para Jumbles
  • Spotting Errors
  • Double Fillers
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Irrelevant Statements
  • Main Idea of Passage

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Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude: Like SBI PO exam the syndicate bank PO exam asked a maximum number of question from the topic Data Interpretation in the previous year. There was 20 question asked from DI in the previous year. This part covers following topics:-

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

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Syllabus for General Awareness: This will cover static GK Questions, current affairs and banking awareness 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, country and currency, , airports, ports in India, tallest and biggest in India and the world, first in the world as well as in India, cabinet ministers of union government, state capitals etc. Financial Awareness section will cover banking in India, banking terminology, bank headquarters, slogans of banks, regulatory bodies in India etc. Some of the important topics for this section are-

  • Current affairs related to national and international issues of last 6 months.
  • Overview of Indian Financial System
  • History of Indian banking system.
  • Fiscal and Monetary policy
  • Familiarity of work and responsibilities of National financial institutions like RBI, SEBI, IRDA, FSDC etc and of International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UNO, SWIFT etc.
  • International organizations like IMF, World Bank, ADB, UN, WTO, etc.
  • Abbreviations and Economic terminologies
  • Banking Terms
  • Government Schemes
  • Important days
  • Sports
  • Indian Constitution
  • Culture of India
  • Currency of countries etc
  • Awards and Hounors

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