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Allahabad Bank | AFO Exam Paper Pattern

Allahabad Bank has recently issued recruitment notification for 110 Agriculture Field Officers (AFO). You can find more about this Allahabad Bank AFO notification from the previous blog post of mine titled: Allahabad Bank AFO Notification, Eligibility & Forms.

This blog post intends to provide you the study materials for Allahabad Bank AFO Exam with analysis of Exam pattern and by giving you the sources of sample papers and books for Allahabad Bank AFO exam preparation. But before that let us know what is an Agriculture Field Officer in banks.

What are Agriculture Field Officers?
What does a Bank Agriculture Field Officer do (i.e. job content of a Bank Agriculture Officer)?

The job of a Bank Agriculture Officer is to promote rural lending in general and agriculture lending in particular for various schemes of Government (e.g. Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojna, Swaranjyanti Swayrozgar Yojna etc.) and also other schemes of the Bank.

The work of Bank Agriculture Officer includes: to mobilize, process / appraise the loan proposal pertaining to Agriculture & Allied- Agriculture activities and recommend sanction thereof. This requires customer prospecting, customer acquisition, pre loan-sanction visit/field inspection, verification of revenue records, credit appraisal, loan disbursement & post loan sanction follow-up/loan recovery.

For this they need to interact with farmers at grass roots level to spread information about the credit facilities being extended by the bank as well as interact & sensitize the concerned Government officials’ viz. Revenue officials, District Agriculture Officer, Panchayat Secretaries & Village Sarpanches.

Allahabad Bank AFO Selection process:
Allahabad Bank selection process consists of a written test (Objective + Descriptive) followed by Interview. To be selected in written test and called for the Allahabad Bank AFO Interview, you have to score minimum qualifying/cut-off mark of 40% (35% for SC/ST/OBC) in aggregate.

Allahabad Bank AFO Written exam pattern:
Allahabad Bank in its recruitment notification has not specified much about the Written exam pattern, other than that the exam is going to consist of following Objective & Descriptive papers:

Allahabad Bank AFO Objective Test sections:

  • Test of Reasoning.
  • Quantitative Aptitude.
  • General Awareness.
  • English Language.

Allahabad Bank AFO Descriptive Test section:

  • Professional Knowledge.

Allahabad Bank in its recruitment notification, has not has not said anything about how many questions are going to be asked in each section and what would be the mark distribution. However, it says : you are going to be sent an ‘Acquaint yourself' booklet along with the call letter, which is supposed to contain more info about the AFO Written exam.

But till that time, you can have a fair idea about the Allahabad Bank AFO Written exam pattern from a Bank of India (BOI) PO exam pattern, which had similar section of papers. The recent BOI PO written test consisted of a 300 mark (2 hours duration) Objective paper and a 100 mark (1 hour duration) Descriptive paper with following section-wise distribution of marks:

Name of The Test Ques. Marks Qualifying Marks
General Reserved
Objective Test : 2 Hours Duration
Reasoning Ability 100 150 60 52.50
Quantitative Aptitude 50 75 30 26.25
General Awareness 50 75 30 26.25
Total 200 300 150 135
Descriptive Test : 1 Hour Duration
Knowledge on Current Development and Communication Skills 5 100 50 45
Interview   100 50 45

Above exam pattern is given to you just to have an idea. You would know more about the exam pattern in the ‘Acquaint yourself' booklet.

How to prepare for Allahabad Bank Agriculture Field Officers exam?
You can prepare for the exam using available books & online sample paper for Bank Agriculture Officers exam. However, I find that you should take the online sample paper only as an eye-opener and use the books extensively for your preparation. I could find following resources: