Difference Between SSC & Bank PO – Which to choose and why ?

“Trying to determine the superior option between SSC (Staff Selection Commission) and Bank PO (Probationary Officer) exams? Seeking a verdict on which one is more preferable for your career ambitions? Delve into a thorough analysis of these two competitive examinations to discern the one that aligns perfectly with your goals. We’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages, potential career prospects, and detailed insights into both paths, allowing you to make a well-informed decision on whether SSC or Bank PO suits you better.”

The thing a student finds is what to do after graduation. Some go for post-graduation, and others start preparing for government or exams. Nowadays, thousands of students are preparing for these exams, making it confusing.

So, where are students planning to pursue their careers? Both Banking and government sectors offers future growth and job security in India. But choosing between SSC and Bank Po remains a question. Students seek guidance from family, friends, teachers, or any aspirant who can generally guide them. If you are also going through the same question and need clarification about which is better, SSC or Bank PO, this article is for you.

Let’s discuss the differences between SSC and Bank PO to make you choose your career.

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What is the difference between SSC and Banking PO?

Differentiating between two exams becomes difficult as there are many aspects to relate to. We will discuss the differences in three sections, divided as follows- 

  • About Exams 
  • Syllabus 
  • Complete Job Profile

We will differentiate SSC and Banking PO one by one based on the topics given above. Let’s begin.

What are SSC and their exams?

SSC CGL or Staff Selection Commission, Combined Graduate Level is a golden opportunity for the students willing to pursue their career in the government sector. SSC CGL is a government Job recruitment exam conducted in India recruits’ people for various government posts such as Intelligence Bureau, CAG, AO, Exercise Inspector, Statistical Investigator, Central Secretariat Service, Central Vigilance Commission, Ministry of Railways/ Defense/ External Affairs, and CBI. Around 30 lakh students fill out the SSC CGK application form, and 15 lakh aspirants appear for the exam.

SSC has many exams. Here is the list of all those exams-

  1. SSC GD
  2. SSC CGL
  4. SSC JE
  5. SSC CPO
  6. SSC MTS
  7. SSC Stenographer

SSC Exams 2023

Exam NamesSSC Exam Notification DateSSC Exam Date
Combined Graduate Level Examination, 2023April 1, 2023June – July 2023
Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level Examination, 2023May 9, 2023July – August 2023
Multi-Tasking (Non-Technical) Staff Examination, 2023June 14, 2023August – September 2023
Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces Examination, 2023 July 20, 2023Paper I Exam Date – October 2023
Junior Engineer Mechanical, Electrical and Quantity Surveying & Contracts Examination, Civil),2023July 26, 2023Paper-I Exam Date – October 2023
Stenographer Grade ‘C’ & ‘D’ Examination, 2023August 02, 2023CBE* Exam Date –  October-November 2023
Constables (GD) in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), NIA, SSF and Rifleman (GD) in Assam Rifles Examination, 2022October 27, 2022CBE* Exam Date –  10 January to 14 February 2023

Remember that SSC is purely a government job.

What are different bank exams?

Now bank exams are a golden opportunity to step into the banking industries, or State Bank of India, and other banks conduct the various bank exam. Here is the list of various bank exams –

  1. SBI PO
  2. SBI SO
  3. SBI Clerk
  6. IBPS Clerk (CWE Clerical)
  8. RBI Officer Grade B
  9. RBI Officer Grade C
  10. RBI Junior Engineers (JE)
  11. NABARD

The SBI bank exams date is yet to be notified.

The difficulty level of the Syllabus of the SSC and the Bank exam

Both Bank and SSC exams have the same subjects – Reasoning Ability, English, General Awareness, and Quantitative Aptitude but have a different topic-wise syllabus.

  • The reasoning section is tougher in bank exams than in SSC. The questions in the SSC exam are more concept based.
  • The Quantitative section is more conceptual in SSC CGL.
  • English section is quite similar in both SSC and bank. In the SSC exam questions are from topics such as spotting the error, idioms, synonyms, and antonyms. For Bank exams, students should focus more on vocabulary and grammar.
  • Syllogism and reading comprehension have more weightage in banking exams.
  • Both exams focus on Current Affairs and General Awareness. For bank exams, students should focus more on Banking awareness, current affairs in the Economy and Finance, and trending issues related to banking, but SSC general awareness and current affairs are on static GK.

Complete Job profile of SSC and Bank PO 

Work Pressure 

  • SSC CGL officer has lesser work pressure than a Bank Po professional.
  • A bank PO professional has immense pressure d during month-end, quarter-end, or year-end. 
  • An SSC CGL officer has a better work-life balance than a Bank Po professional.
    • Unlike a Bank Professional PO job, there is no customer interaction in the SSC CGL job.
  • There is a training session on finance, investment, billing, and accounting for Bank PO professionals.
  • Bank PO professionals work six days a week, and SSC CGL works five days a week.


The salary is around 39,000-45000The salary is about 38,000-42,000/- per month.
They also receive extra perks in addition to the salary


The transfer takes place once every four to five years.The transfer takes place once every two to three years 
Transfers occurs as per the requirements.Transfer happens based on seniority or promotion.

Pros of Working in SSC and Bank PO 

You get high chances of promotionsYou get high chances of promotion
You earn society respect/Don’t have to go through transfer cycles. 
You have immense powerA decent Salary 
You get exposure to the government sector. You get loan at lower rates
Advantage of getting promoted to Gazette post.

Cons of working in SSC and Bank PO 

You get posted away from home.You might get posted in rural area.
Relocation across PAN India.Customers can be irritating and rude.
Work pressure is less.High Workload.

It’s not easy to choose between the best but the differences above can make you choose as per your requirements. I hope we have provided you with enough information to understand the differences between SSC and Bank PO.

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