Canara Bank PO 2021: Eligibility, Application Form, Exam Pattern & Syllabus, Admit Card & Result

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May 5, 2021

Canara bank is among the largest public sector banks owned by the Government of India. It is a well named and reputed bank in India. Its headquarters is based in Bengaluru. It was established at Mangalore in 1906(by Ammembal Subba Rao Pai). Every year candidates have to go through a recruitment exam of Bank PO, conducted by Canara Bank, specially designed for the bank sector. Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance, for one year course, nine months course and three months of training in Canara Bank either through NITTE Education International Pvt Ltd or Manipal Education Services Pvt ltd, Bengaluru. Canara Bank publishes various Bank Exams Recruitment of PO and other Posts having upto 800 bumper vacancies by online test (tentative)and Interviews.

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Highlights of Bank PO 2021

Exam Name Canara Bank PO
Exam level National
Exam category Graduation
Exam stages Online exam, Discussion and Personal Interview
Exam duration 2 hours
Exam language English and Hindi
Exam fees General candidate are Rs. 708 SC/ST/PWBD is Rs. 118
Exam purpose Selection of the Probationary Officers in the bank after completing one-year PGDBF course in Manipal Global Education Services Pvt Ltd or NITTE Education International Pvt Ltd
Important Dates

Important Dates of the exam

All the relevant information will be in official notification regarding the examination dates of application form link, closure of application form date and date of online written examination. As official notifications will be announced in 2021 keep a check on a regular basis.

Events Dates 2021
Release of application form To be notified
Exam date To be notified
Issue of admit card To be notified
Canara Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria for Canara Bank PO

The eligibility criteria is a basic set of guidelines in terms of age, educational qualification, nationality. Candidates should complete these parameters so that they become eligible for the exam. Eligibility of Canara Bank PO is given below:


  • Candidates should citizen of India or
  • Citizen of Nepal or Bhutan or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of settling in India
  • A person of Indian birth in Indian who has relocated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka ,Burma, East African countries like Ethiopia Kenya, Malawi, United Republic Of Tanzania, Zambia,Uganda, Zaire and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • Candidates must make sure that Indian Government has issued them an eligibility certificate.

Educational Qualification:

  • Candidates should have a degree with a minimum of 60% marks and 55% for SC /ST /PWD or equivalent grade in any discipline.
  • Candidates must have knowledge of both operating and working on a computer. Candidates who do not have same should do the same within 6 months from the date of joining the bank
  • Applicants must know how to speak and write in Hindi

Age limit:

Canara Bank PO will invite applications from young and passionate candidates who want to make a career as a banker in Canara Bank. The age of applicants must be in between 20 to 30 years.

Age Relaxation:

Candidates belonging to the reserved categories have a relaxation in the upper age limit for 5 years. Further details from the table below:

Category Age relaxation
Scheduled caste / Scheduled Tribe 5 years
Other Backward classes 3 years
Persons with benchmark disabilities 10 years
Persons should have a legal residence in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during period 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989 5 years
Persons affected by 1984 riots 5 years
Ex Servicemen, commissioned Officers including Emergency commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ short service commissioned officer who have contributed at least 5 years in military service and have been released on completion of assignment otherwise than by way of discharge on account of misconduct or physical disability attributable to military service or invalidment 5 years
Application Process

How to apply online for Canara Bank PO Exam 2021

When the eligibility Criteria is completed successfully you can apply to Canara Bank PO exam online. If there is any failure in eligibility criteria his/her candidature will be cancelled. Be very careful while filling your online form Application because after the final submission of the application from no change will be allowed. For you convenience steps are follows:

  • Candidates should visit the official website of Canara Bank.
  • Visit the Canara Bank's website and tap on the option “CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE” to generate the Online Application form.
  • Complete the application form with all the details asked.
  • Upload the scanned documents according to the specified dimensions and format .
  • Before clicking on FINAL SUBMIT, candidates should preview the application form to see if any correction is needed.
  • Proceed with the payment to finish the application form

Canara Bank PO Application fee

Application fee should be paid right after filling the form. Without paying the fee your candidature is not completed. According to the government norms SC/ST/PWD candidates are exempted for paying the application fees for Rupee 118/- including GST of 18%. It is mentioned that there would be no refunds under any circumstances. Information regarding application fee in detail, please refer to the table below:

Category Application Fees
SC/ ST/ PWD Rs. 118 /- ( intimation charges only includes GST)
All others Rs. 708/- ( including GST)
Exam Pattern

Canara Bank PO Exam Pattern

Canara Bank PO is a single level objective exam. The exam consists of a total of 200 marks with the time duration of two hours. Details of Canara Bank PO Exam Pattern are:

Subject Number of Questions Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 50 50
Reasoning 50 50
English 50 50
General Awareness 50 50
Total 200 200
Canara Syllabus

Canara Bank PO Exam Syllabus

Syllabus for Canara Bank PO has 4 sections i.e. Quantitative Aptitude, General English, Reasoning, General Awareness. In Quantitative Aptitude topics are Time and distance, Time and work, Ratio and proportion carries a good weightage. In Reasoning, topics like Seating Arrangement, puzzles and Input and Output etc. plays an important role. For General Awareness, having knowledge of current happenings is very important as it also carries good weightage in the exam. Good English language skills is also very important to score good marks in this section.

Quantitative Aptitude Time and work, Trigonometry, Set theory, Percentages, Relations, Algebra, Data Interpretation, Probability, Permutations and combinations, Speed, Distance and Time, Mixtures and Allegations, Average, Mensuration
English Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Error spotting, Passage Making, Jumble Words, Sentence Framing, Fill in the blanks
General Awareness Banking and financial awareness, Economic Terms, Current Affairs, Banking terms, rates ,processes, Static GK, National Institutions, Monetary policies
Canara Admit Card

Canara Bank PO admit card

Canara Bank PO admit cards are to be released online separately for online test and Group Discussion and Interviews. Applicants can download their admit card by logging in with registration number or roll number and date of birth or password. Canara Bank PO admit card will have information related to exam and candidates personal details. The Canara Bank will not send the hard copy of admit cards to applicants by post. It’s mandatory to carry an admit card of Canara Bank PO to the exam centre along with one photo-identity proof.

Steps to download Canara Bank PO admit card

Applicants must follow the given steps to download the Canara Bank PO admit card :

  • Visit the official website of Canara Bank
  • In the home page, applicants will find the admit card link
  • Click on the link, applicants will be redirected to the login page
  • Candidates must needed to enter registration number and date of birth or password
  • The admit card will be shown on the screen.
  • Download your admit card and take its hard print out copy

Details in Canara Bank PO Admit Card

The admit card consists of the following details :

  • Candidate’s name
  • Date of birth
  • Category
  • Roll number
  • Exam date
  • Venue of exam
  • Reporting time
  • Scanned signature
  • Scanned photograph
  • Address of exam centre
  • Exam time
  • Exam day guidelines

Documents that should be carried with Canara Bank PO admit card

While appearing for the online test and group discussion and interview, candidates need to produce the following photo- identity proofs.

  • PAN card
  • Bank passbook with photograph
  • Passport
  • Voters card
  • Identity card issue by a recognised college / university or Photo identity proof issued by Gazetted Officer / People’s Representative along with a photograph.
Canara Vacancy

Canara Bank PO Vacancy 2021

Latest Canara Bank PO total vacancy has to be announced in the official notification. Earlier, a total of 800 vacancies were released from the Canara Bank PO recruitment of last year. This year the official notification has to be announced. Therefore, look at the previous year detailed vacancies below :

General OBC SC ST OC HI ID VC Total
404 216 120 60 8 8 8 8 800

Canara Bank PO Salary

Those candidates who are selected as a probationary officer at Canara Bank will be paid in between Rs. 36,000 – 38,000. The job profile of a probationary officer is similar to that of the other banks. Canara Bank PO is providing a special designed one year program for Post Graduate Diploma of Banking and Finance (PGDBF) after successful completion candidates will be given a designation of a PO in Canara Bank.

Exam Centres

Canara Bank PO Exam Centre

Exam centres are the exam cities where Canara Bank PO exams are conducted. The list of such centres are listed by the examination authorities. The online test of the Canara bank PO is expected to be conducted in 188 cities. Applicants can choose their exam centres while filing the application form. Also, Canara Bank reserves have the right to allocate the exam centres to the applicant.

Applicants must check the list of exam cities for Canara Bank PO mentioned below:

State Exam Cities
Andaman and Nicobar Island Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chirala, Chittoor, Eluru, Guntur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram.
Arunachal Pradesh Naharlagun
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
Bihar Arrah, Aurangabad (Bihar), Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea 
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai Nagar, Ballarpur, Raipur
Delhi NCR Delhi and New Delhi
Goa Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Annand, Gandhinagar, Ahmednagar, Jamnagar, Mehran, Rajkot, Seurat, Vadodara
Haryana Ambala, Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Yamuna Nagar
Himachal Pradesh Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Una 
Jammu and kashmir Jammu, Samba, Srinagar
Jharkhand Bokaro steel city, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Dharwad, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi
Kerala Alappuzha, Kannur, Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrichur
Lakshadweep Kavaratti
Madhya pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Ujjain
Maharashtra Amravati, Aurangabad (Maharashtra), Chandrapur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai/Thane/Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Solapur
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shilong
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkanal, Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Fatehgarh sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Sikkim Bardang, Gangtok
Tamilnadu  Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Virudhunagar
Telangana  Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Warangal
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Banda, Bareilly, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida/ Greater Noida, Sitapur, Varanasi
Uttarakhand  Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee
West Bengal  Asansol, Durgapur, Greater Kolkata, Hooghly, Kalyani, Siliguri

Important points related to exam centres

  • The preference of the exam centres are required to be entered in Canara Bank PO Application form.
  • The details of Canara Bank PO exam centre are mentioned in Canara Bank PO admit card.
  • Candidates have to choose only one Canara Bank PO Exam Centre.
  • No request of change in the exam centre will be accepted by Canara Bank.
  • The bank can cancel or add exam centres according to the applications
  • Candidates need to appear for the exam at their respective exam centre allotted to them.
Canara Result

Canara Bank PO Result and Cut off

The Canara Bank PO result for both the online exam and final selection process that is the interview round will be published separately. The aspirants will download the result in PDF format. The aspirants will be qualified based on the rank and their category. The PDF format of the result will contain the below mentioned details:

  • Name of the aspirants
  • Roll number and Registration Number
  • Category of the candidates
  • Name of the allocated exam centre

To appear for the next level selection process and to be recruited, the candidates need to get the minimum cut off score. The cut off score will be published for online test, group discussion and for the interview round. The cut off marks of Canara Bank PO is dependent upon the below mentioned factors:

  • Total number of candidates
  • Total number of available vacancies
  • Difficulty level of the exam.

Steps to download the Canara Bank PO Result

  • Go to the official website of Canara Bank
  • Now, from the home page, the aspirants have to click the result
  • Once the page will be opened, you can open and check the PDF formatted result
  • Check your roll number once, before you download the PDF
  • Lastly, the candidates can download the PDF format of the result.

Candidates have sufficient time to prepare for Canara Bank PO 2021. It is a good option for career selection. All the exam related information is in the article for the fresh applicants thinking to apply for the Bank PO exam.

Canara Bank PO FAQs

Ques: How many questions are there in the online written exam of Central Bank SO?

Ans: There are 100 questions in total containing 1 mark each in the online written exam of Central Bank SO.

Ques: What type of questions are there in the online written exam?

Ans: The questions asked in the online written exam are objective in nature.

Ques: How many sections are there in the online written exam?

Ans: There are three sections in the online written test paper- General/Economic/Banking Awareness, Computer Knowledge, and Stream Specific Questions.

Ques: What is the total marks and duration of the online written exam?

Ans: The total marks of the online written exam is 100 and the total duration is one hour (60 minutes).

Ques: What is the basic salary of a Central Bank of India Specialist Officer?

Ans: The basic salary of Canara Bank Specialist Officers differs according to the post. However, it is somewhere between INR 23,700- INR 50,030.

Ques: Does the Central Bank of India provide any age relaxation for its SO exam?

Ans: Yes, the Central Bank of India follows the generals norms related to the age relaxation for the reserved categories in its SO exam.

Ques: Is the Central Bank of India SO Exam bilingual?

Ans: Yes, the Central Bank of India SO Recruitment Exam is bilingual (English and Hindi).

Ques: What is the expected number of vacancies for Central Bank SO recruitment 2021?

Ans: The expected number of vacancies for Canara Bank SO recruitment 2021 is around 80.

3 Months Crash Course

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


ashmita singh
My graduation percentage is 59.5% and I am belongs to general category, so I am eligible for fill the form or not.
simran singh

No, you are not eligible for the course. Rounding 59.5% to 60% is not possible. You are not allowed to declare the marks by choosing to approximate it. The eligibility criteria is the candidate should have a degree with minimum 60% marks. You must qualify the eligibility criteria to get admission.

ashmita singh
I am graduated 59.5% i have any chance to fill the form and I am belongs to general category...
priya negi

Hey! Ashmita, You must have a minimum of 60% marks in your graduation degree to get admission to this course as a general candidate. For more information you have can check out Canara Bank PO 2021: Eligibility.

ejjagiri ramprasad
Now I am working in icici bank ltd as assistant manager,my graduation percentage 59.9 %, I am belongs to OBC category..can I qualify for this my age is 28yrs.
diya suresh

For reserved category candidates, minimum required aggregate at UG level is 55% (It is 60% for general category), so yes you are eligible. Also the maximum age limit is 30 years with relaxation of 3 years for OBC category students. You need to apply in online mode for the exam.

jyoti ravindra salve
diya suresh

Being graduated from commerce stream you are very much eligible but there are other factors that needs to be satisfied as well including following:

  • Must have secured a minimum of 60% at degree level. 55% for reserved category candidates
  • Must have working knowledge of computers
  • Age must be between 20 and 30 years
  • Must be well versed in Hindi language
koyena biswas
How can I check results and cut off?
jaya garg

Hi Koyena. Candidates can check their results on the official website of the central bank of India SO that is by filling the relevant details like registration number, date of birth or password.

What is the application fees to apply?
jaya garg

Hi Swarup. Candidates needs to pay the fee through online mode only. The application fee is different for the general and the reserved categories and the fee is non-refundable, also includes GST@18%
For all other candidate, the application fee is worth INR 500 and the intimation charges is of RS. 50/- i.e is 550.

How much experience is required for CDO/Chief Data Scientist post?
jaya garg

Hi Riyaz. Candidates must have an expert knowledge in quantitative methods for business and advance data science and need to have at least 8-10 years of industry experience in data science or business analytics out of which 5 years of experience in banking and financial services.

nafisa khatoon
What is the minimum age requirement to apply for Security Officer?
jaya garg

Candidates applying for Security Officer/I and /III post must be at least 26 years old while the maximum age limit is 45 years. To apply for Risk Manager /III, candidates must be at least 21 years and maximum of 35 years. Further details are here.

puja sao
Who established the Central Bank of India and when?
jaya garg

Hi Puja. The Central Bank of India is the largest and oldest bank of India which is wholly owned and managed by Indians. It was established in 1911 by Sorabiji Pochkhanawala.

What will be done in case candidates don’t not secure the cutoff marks in the exam?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates need to secure Canara Bank PO cut off marks on the Online Test, Group Discussion and Interview for selection, else they will not be considered further.

arushi thankur
Is there any agreement or bond?
jaya garg

Hi Arushi. Yes, the selected candidates at the time of joining the course are required to sign a bond of five years. The bond remains effective from the date of joining the Bank as Probationary Officer upon successful completion of the PGDBF course.

divakar sharma
How to apply for Canara Bank PO exam?
jaya garg

Hi Divakar. Eligible and interested candidates can apply for Canara Bank PO exam online. Canara Bank announced several Bank Exams Recruitment of PO and other Posts having upto 800 vacancies.

gouri kumari
What the course comprises of?
jaya garg

Hi Gouri. The course comprises nine months of classroom studies and three months internship at Canara Bank’s Branches/Offices.

sourajit mukherjee
How many exam centres can I choose? Also please advise me some preparation tips.
jaya garg

Candidates are allowed to select only one exam centre while applying. Also candidates must know the detailed syllabus so that you are able to chalk out a smart study plan. Candidates must create a time table that needs to be followed dedicatedly. Other useful tips are here.

What to do if I cannot fill Canara Bank PO application form at one go?
jaya garg

In case candidates are not able to fill the application form at one go, they are advised to save the data already entered.
Further details are mentioned here.

sadim ansari
How can I apply for Canara Bank? And is Canara Bank A govt bank?
jaya garg

Candidates have to first refer to the official website, and upload all the scanned Images of Photograph and Signature as per the mentioned format. Further details are mentioned here.

fauzia shahid
. What is the probationary period?
jaya garg

Hi Fauzia. The shortlisted candidates will be on probation for a period of two years (that is 24 months) from the date of joining, or applicable as per the rules of the Bank.

jaya garg

Hi Fauzia. Only online applications will be considered while applying. Candidates are supposed to refer to the official website to submit all the required details.
Check out other details here.

koyena biswas
How is the final selection done?
jaya garg

HI Koyena. The selection round include an online objective test which is followed by Group Discussion and Interview. The final merit list for selection will be on the basis of performance in Online Test, Group Discussion and Interview.
All important details related to the selection procedure is mentioned here.

sadim ansari
What if anyone does not secure the cutoff marks in the exam?
jaya garg

Hi Sadim. The final merit list for selection is prepared based on the candidates’ performance in an Online Test, Group Discussion and Interview. It is important to meet the cut off score to get considered further.
All important details related to the selection procedure is mentioned here.

shanu sharma
Hello mam What is the exam date of canara bank po and how to prepration for this exam
diya suresh

Hi Shanu, The official notification for the vacancies has not been released yet and the same will be issued at the right time on the official website. There will be an online exam for which you can refer previous year question papers and mock test series to prepare well. Also it is important to understand the syllabus and pattern of the question. To know more details visit Canara Bank PO 2021.