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All about BANK OF MAHARASHTRA (PROBATIONARY OFFICER) EXAM

BANK OF MAHARASHTRA, Leading Listed Public Sector Bank with Head Office in Pune and all India network of branches invites ON-LINE Applications, from candidates for recruitment to the post of PROBATIONARY OFFICERS. The candidates applying for the post should be proficient (Reading, Writing, Speaking and understanding) in official/local language of the state to which he/she is applying.
 
Note:-  

  • The selection will be made on the basis of performance in the order of merit in Online Test conducted through IBPS/or any other examiner decided by the Bank and Document verification. Merely satisfying the eligibility norms do not entitle a candidate to be called for written test & document verification.
  • Bank of Maharashtra, a leading nationalized Bank invites online applications from qualified graduates who will be appointed as Probationary Officer in JMG Scale I after successful completion of one year Post Graduate Diploma in Banking & Finance course specified from the training Institute Manipal Global & /or NIIT-Institute of Finance, Banking & insurance Training Limited a pioneer academic & training institutions.

Course Stream: Commerce & Banking

Important Dates for BANK OF MAHARASHTRA (PROBATIONARY OFFICER) EXAM

Event Dates
Test Date October 28, 2017
Test Start Date October 28, 2017
Test Results Date November 05, 2017
Registration Start Date August 12, 2017
Registration End Date September 06, 2017
Admit Card Start Date September 06, 2017
Admit Card End Date October 28, 2017

Exam pattern of BANK OF MAHARASHTRA (PROBATIONARY OFFICER) EXAM

  • The examination will consist of online objective type test.
  • You may attempt the tests / questions in any order you like.
  • However in your interest you are advised not to spend too much time on any one of the tests because the candidates are required to qualify in the Objective Tests by securing passing marks, in each of the tests, to be decided by the Bank on the basis of the performance of all the competing candidates taken together in each test to a minimum required level for each category.

Note : The questions in objective tests except for the Test of English will be printed in bilingual, i.e. English and Hindi. The candidates shall be required to qualify in each objective test as per cut-off marks determined on the basis of Group Performance in each test.

  • Total Duration: 120 minutes
  • Total Marks: 200
  • Total Questions:200
  • Marking System:-
    • There will be negative marks for the wrong answers in the Objective Tests.

PERSONAL INTERVIEW

  • Candidates qualifying in the online test will be shortlisted and called for Personal Interview / Group Discussion subject to the number of intake in each category.  
  • After Group Discussions/Personal Interview, shortlisted candidates in order of merit in written test and Personal Interview will have to undertake PGDBF in Banking from Bank Empanelled Institute at their own expenses for 12 months, of which 3 months INTERNSHIP in Bank branches with a monthly stipend of Rs.20000/- during internship.

How to Prepare for BANK OF MAHARASHTRA (PROBATIONARY OFFICER) EXAM?

Reasoning
This tests your power of observation and mental ability. As this section has the one of the highest allocation of marks, try to practice it thoroughly. This is also a section where you can get good scores. While you are preparing for this section, concentrate on solving a lot of problems like mirror images and problems that involve figures.
Quantitative Aptitude
This section tests a person's mathematical ability. It covers areas like probability, time and distance, mensuration, profit and loss, number system, fractions and the like. To prepare for this section, practice as many sums as possible. Try to learn multiplication tables by heart. Also, try to solve questions by using mental tricks. Practice, practice and more practice is the key to achieving good scores here.  
General Awareness
This is also a scoring section. Usually, 75% of the questions are related to the banking field, while 25% is allocated to current affairs. To score good marks, keep yourself abreast with the current banking policies, various changes they may have undergone, the causes, the impact the policy changes had on the economic situation of the country, and the like. You can also refer to the last Budget that was presented and the present economic scenario of the country. Apart from this, keep yourself updated with latest happenings in the field of science, history, geography, and other areas. Reading newspapers and watching news on TV regularly will also help you prepare for this section.  
English language
This section is usually taken for granted and candidates end up not putting in too many hours of practice. However, it is important that they come fully prepared for this section, after all, it is for 50 marks. The test will check the candidate's command over the language. To prepare, one can start reading English newspapers regularly, learn a couple of new words every day, note down the antonyms and synonyms of words, practice comprehension, and watch English news on a regular basis. Apart from this, one can learn and practice grammar. There are online grammar tests too that you can take.
Time management
Learn to manage time effectively. When you are taking the exam, divide your time in such a manner that you are able to attempt all the questions. Have a clear plan in mind before you walk into the examination hall. In the hall, you just need to execute the plan. It may seem difficult to answer 200 questions in 140 minutes, but with a little bit of smartness and practice, you can give it a shot.
Regular reading
If you aspire to make a career in a public sector bank, make it a habit of reading newspapers, magazines on current affairs and business and books on banking.
Mock tests
There are many tests available online that will test your general and quantitative aptitude. Try to take up as many online tests as possible. This will not only give you confidence but also help you build a strategy to handle the exam in a successful manner.